Governance of open-source projects

One of my colleagues have tweeted about how open-source projects are individually unique and therefore individuals who seek to participate in such projects should focus on learning about their projects, as opposed to focusing on the “how to participate in open-source” kind of generic statement. It’s like the difference between knowing individuals vs a labeled…

Sea Otter Classic

I’ve participated in my first cycling event today. Really more of a big festival. It was such a nice clear autumn day. Not knowing what to expect, I played it safe and participated in a 75km long distance ride along the coast. I’ve never ridden with so many other people either. Thanks to all the…

September cycling update

I continue to ride my bike. 1hr on a weekday, then one long weekend ride. ~250km per week. Lately I started carrying my camera with me. It is heavy, so it slows me down, but it lets me combine two hobbies of mine. I found out that slowing down was actually a feature; I can…

Honda Gorilla 1:12

According to my wife, her late father used to drive this bike for commute in Tokyo. He was a chubby man, this is a tiny bike, so I try to picture him on this bike and that brings a smile to my face. Alas, there’s no picture left of him and the bike. She didn’t…

Birthday status update

It’s wonderful that Facebook lets me hear words from my friends every once a year, especially in this 2nd year of the pandemic when I’m not seeing many people. So this is my annual “status update” for those of you who care. I’m feeling a lot of changes in me in the past year. I…

Bike trip across America, DONE!

Almost exactly one year after I started, I’ve finally completed my transcontinental virtual bike tour from San Jose, California to New York City, New York. 4723km ~= 2936miles. Quite a bit of distance! My blog posts along the way can be seen here. Interestingly, it wasn’t this goal that pulled me forward. It’s the small…

Rutherfurd Hall

I’m biking east along Interstate 80 and today I’m at Rutherfurd Hall in Allamuchy, New Jersey. Rutherfurd Hall is a lake side estate, currently used as an event venue. It’s owned by a school district (!) and to the left of this picture is an actual school (elementary school + middle school). This house was…

DuBois, PA

I’m biking east along Interstate 80 and today I’m in DuBois, Pennsylvania. DuBois is a small town that scores 1 on the McDonalds index. But they do have a historical society located right in the middle of what appears to be a downtown. The article that got my attention was how USPS experimented with no-landing…

Nomadland

My colleague told me a while back that he watched Nomadland and he wondered what I’d think of the movie. Yesterday I finally had a chance to watch it. I have a few vivid fears in my life. One of them goes like this; I’m old, the world has changed around me, and whatever skills…

Harley Davidson Heritage Softail Classic

I wanted to assemble a motorcycle model. And it had to be a Harley Davidson. I think it’s because now I ride a bicycle. It makes me appreciate the feeling of open air, going slowly and taking it in, and going a road less traveled. In other words, the joy of adventure. It feels free,…

William H. McGuffey Boyhood Home

I’m biking east along Interstate 80 and today I’m at William H. McGuffey Boyhood Home, near the border between Ohio and Pennsylvania. He wrote textbooks for elementary school grade 1 to 6, and his book was sold more than 120 million copies (!). That’s a mind-boggling number. Growing up, Japanese was not my favorite subject…

Fremont, OH

I’m biking east along Interstate 80 and today I’m in Fremont. OH. The name reminds me of California because there’s Fremont, CA. What I didn’t know was that there is more California tie than I knew — both cities are named after John C. Frémont, a man who played a key role in the formation…