Archive for January, 2008

Collegiate Weekend

January 28, 2008 7:10 pm

As promised, here’s a weekend update! 

Saturday was supposed to be a very rainy day so no one had really big plans (it’s tough to do stuff when it’s raining and your primary means of transportation is walking!).   However, we woke up Saturday and discovered that it was quite nice out and not raining at all!  None of us are used to these “rainy” days that they have here where it doesn’t really rain at all!  (today was another one, except it rained hard for about 10 minutes…. but beside that it was sunny!) 

Seeing as it was sunny, we decided to head over to the Stanford campus for a bit of sight seeing.  We started in towards the hearts of the campus down Palm Drive, a nifty road that goes on for a LONG while with palm tree after palm tree down the length of it:

Palm Drive

Finally we arrived at the main part of campus:


To start, we headed up Hoover tower which overlooks the campus:



You could also clearly see the bay and mountains that surround the valley:


You could also see the NASA Ames wind tunnel that I showed you a picture of the other day:


After a while in the tower, we wandered around the campus:



After grabbing some late lunch, we started to head back out towards the caltrain as it started to look more threatening for rain, but on the way we stopped by the cactus garden.  I’m not really one for gardens, but this garden was full of plants that were completely unlike the plants I am used to. 



Some of them were huge!




And some of them were tiny:


Finally, I took a few pictures of the Caltrain that I ride nearly every day:



Sunday was a mostly quiet day.  I went to church again with my friend from WPI, continued to work on the new version of, and got my resume ready to send in a few places for summer work. 

 Now it’s on to another week with an Alpha release scheduled for this Friday. 

Week 3… Already?

January 25, 2008 6:29 pm

I haven’t forgotten about you!  Overall it’s just been a quiet week.  We plowed ahead with our project this week, getting things into quite good shape already.  I am quite surprised at how far along we are with it already actually. 

On Wednesday a bunch of the Storage Software team (the group we’re working with at NVidia) took us out to lunch to an Indian food place not too far from NVidia.  The food here has been rather interesting because it is so heavily influenced by Eastern countries (Asia/India/Thailand/etc).  The cafeteria only really serves “pasta” once a week or so (not counting the Asian stir-fry stuff), there’s always at least one Chinese or Japanese meal, and always one Indian meal and one meal that’s either Mexican or something ‘American’ or ‘European’ (turkey, steak, salmon). 

 The other excitement that I had this week was a venture yesterday to Stanford to attend an InterVarsity Christian Fellowship meeting there.  After work I grabbed a quick bite to eat and then walked back to the caltrain,  hopped a train, then hopped a buss into the middle of the Stanford campus (a really really big campus).  I was a good deal early because I had no idea how frequently the buses ran and how long it would take once on the bus, but it worked out well.  There was a time of singing, a speaker (an Intervarsity staffer for their campus, who spoke about commandments in the Bible, and the misconception that people have that they are “bad” and that they are in-fact really good things that bring you closer to Him, relating them to a Dr’s instructions) , and finally some more singing.  (yay run on sentence 🙂 )  I hung out for a while aftewards and met some neat people.  There were actually 80+ people at this meeting, which was rather nifty coming from a much smaller Christian Group at WPI’s campus (although Stanford’s student population is >18,000 and WPI’s is ~4,000).  The journey back home was abit rougher as the caltrain only comes twice between 9 and midnight.  After a bit of the wait at the caltrain station I caught a train back to Mountain View and my apartment.  Several people at the meeting said that they could possibly drive me in the future so we’ll see if that works out. 

 Several of us from WPI were planning on going up north of San Francisco this weekend to a national forest up there, but it is currently raining hard and it’s suppsoto keep it up right through the weekend so we decided it wasn’t worth the chance of the park not being open.  That more or less leaves my weekend planed, so we’ll see what happens!  Whatever it is, I’ll be sure to let you know once it’s happened!

PS: sorry for no pictures… it’s been mostly rainy / mostly cloudy and not generally great picture taking weather!