UPstream


The new android version of the game we developed in software engineering is in Beta testing, get it in the google play store:

Upstream at Google Play

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Escaping the heat at California Hot Springs


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This spring as the valley first showed signs of the coming hot days of summer we decided to head up into the foothills to enjoy the cool mountain air and see how the wildflowers were doing.

Sure enough, there were plenty of things in bloom to see almost everywhere we stopped.

And even when there wasn’t the beautiful green grass and trees made for some nice scenery.

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On the way back I spotted this little guy while taking pictures of yet more flowers.img_4856-x3

Jerusalem cricket (subfamily Stenopelmatinae), aka sand cricket

Then even though we were in the Prius and not on my bike we stopped of at the saddle sore saloon for some refreshment before heading home.

Ingress in Anaheim


While I’ve been keeping busy with school work there’s still been time for my new hobby; Ingress. For those of you who haven’t run into Ingress its a game from Niantic, the makers of Pokemon go. It’s actually been around for several years and the location data is what they used to create the pokestops and gyms. I started playing last year and it was Christmas eve when several of us gathered together to create a massive Christmas star over the city of Bakersfield that I really got into the game. Something about being able to play as a team was very appealing. Since then I’ve been playing regularly and have even joined in some out of town trips to Anaheim (there’s a lot of portals there).

It’s a fun hobby and I look forward to playing for some time to come.

 

Return to Vegas or the T-rex ate my bike!


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It turned out the reason we didn’t have reservations in Henderson for the trip home from Ely was because I had booked a non-refundable night for the following weekend, So what the heck it’s only 700 miles or so round-trip so I loaded the bike and off I went.

My first obstacle was as I neared Baker a huge dust storm hit. These are pretty impressive in a car, on a bike not really something I’d recommend experiencing. The pictures don’t really do it justice since I hid my camera away to protect it during the worst of it.

I made it through though and stopped in Baker to wash off some of the dust and check out Alien jerky.

I also stopped by a large solar collector field that had an unearthly glow as the focused sun beams shone through the dust still in the air.

I arrived in Henderson Nevada to find Dinosaurs had taken over the town!

I made it safely to my hotel though (T-Rex didn’t get me) and checked in and went and got some dinner before heading out to see the Vegas strip. I decided to take a ride on the new “High Roller” Ferris wheel. you start out by stepping into one of these.

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Before long you are climbing into the sky, they have screens that remind you how high.

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and the view once you’re up there is wonderful…

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I walked along the strip a bit then cruised it a couple of times on the bike before the crowded traffic got to me and it was time to call it a night. So I headed back to the hotel in Henderson.

Traveling through Nevada



Traveling in Nevada

My apologies for the lack of posts as late. My excuse as before is I’ve been busy with coursework as I near the completion of my degree. Hopefully the hard parts are over and I’ll have a little more time to post before I begin job seeking in earnest. Meanwhile I’m completing some posts from last year. Leaving the NSS convention in ELY we planned on driving over to Henderson Nevada and seeing Hoover dam. I however messed up the hotel reservations so instead we headed South to Needles, California which gave us an opportunity to see southern Nevada.


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The landscape here was definitely more arid then the previous part of our journey and afforded some great cactus sighting as we traveled along.

 

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and I spotted a film crew hard at work on an indie film “Thrasher Road”

https://www.facebook.com/thrasherroad/

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Then it was back on the long road back to Bakersfield.