Scott's Thoughts

“Meet Surface Hub 2”

“Solo: A Star Wars Story — our spoiler-free review”

“How the Original Bullitt-Movie Mustang Was Rediscovered”

“Flickr joins SmugMug to create the world’s best home for photography”

“Together, SmugMug+Flickr”

“Secrets Explained: The Last Jedi”

“Oppo is ending its line of high-end headphones and Blu-ray players”

NPR Newscaster Carl Kasell Dies At 84, After A Lifelong Career On-Air”

“How To Change Your Facebook Settings To Opt Out of Platform API Sharing”

“Toys R Us to close all 800 of its U.S. stores”

“The web can be weaponised – and we can’t count on big tech to stop it”

“Jessica Jones’ series creator discusses the character’s future”

“If this is what conservatism has become, count me out”

“The AR-15 Is Different: What I Learned Treating Parkland Victims”

“Inside The Federal Bureau Of Way Too Many Guns”

“Happy Birthday, Ruby!”

“Apple Maps vs. Google Maps vs. Waze”

“Roger Federer beats Robin Haase to become oldest world number one”

Night Riding

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When I tell people I’m heading out for a mountain bike ride at night, I usually get a look of surprise and concern. With mountain biking’s reputation as an “extreme” sport, the idea of adding darkness to it seems insane to most. Of course, the mountain biking I do isn’t like what those same people associate with the term, which usually looks more like Red Bull Rampage.

While I don’t think of it as inherently more dangerous, night riding does make a trail that might be boring during the daytime much more interesting. Modern LED light sets made for bikes have improved to the point that they put out as much light as you might wish and last a long time, using smaller batteries than ever. Adding to the appeal is our weather this year: here in California, our winter looks downright lovely to most of the country. Crisp, clear nights have made the riding this winter super enjoyable.

The downside of riding at night in this area is that it’s illegal; almost all open spaces here close at sundown. That’s unfortunate in large part because it seems relatively arbitrary. I think that most land managers are worried about lawsuits if someone gets injured at night, and don’t really want to have rangers on staff all night. Of course, that means that we’re really hoping to not run into any rangers who are on duty, since they issue pricy tickets if they catch us. The alternative–riding solo on a trainer indoors to keep fit–is so much less appealing. Given how many I see out on the trails, it’s a risk quite a few dedicated cyclists have been willing to make.


I love that Ainsley is enjoying My Neighbor Totoro so much. She invited her friend (and neighbor) Nora over to share her new fave. She immediately asked that I take her to the store to get a Totoro plush toy she’d seen a couple weeks earlier, but hasn’t seen the show. She sleeps with the thing every night now; it’s her favorite. Next up: Nausicaä. :)

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On a bittersweet note, this is one of the last images I’ll make with the Leica setup I acquired almost exactly three years ago. The Leica is moving on to a new home, but that’s making room for something new, which I’ll share soon.

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“The Threat to the Mac: the Growing Popularity of Non-Native Apps”

“A list of 25 Principles of Adult Behavior by John Perry Barlow”

Winter in California

It’s been a rough winter in California.

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Val, Ainsley and I spent a weekend recently at New Brighton State Beach in Aptos, near Santa Cruz. It’s close to home and originally intended to shake out the trailer at the beginning of the year. I made the reservations six months in advance, since it’s a popular spot. At the time, I figured “so what if it’s raining?” Of course–as you can see–we hit the weather jackpot: mid-‘60s and the beach mostly to ourselves. What a nice surprise, and an even nicer weekend.

“Back On Trail”

“Argosy: A short history of the painted Airstream”

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