• Sep 29, 2016

     Three of us tackled our first century ride, starting and ending at Morro Bay High School. Mostly Hwy 1, with a long haul of up Hwy 46 to get lots of climbing in. 101 miles, 5400 ft ascent. More images from the ride at Flickr:
  • Nov 19, 2015

    I've been looking for something cool to do with an old Arduino board that's been sitting around, and it just occurred to me that the most useful thing I could probably do with it would be to build a Useless Machine, as shown here.
  • Mar 7, 2015

    Received a bottle as a gift a bit ago, and consumed with enthusiasm!  
  • Mar 7, 2015

    Had an incredible experience in Prague and Czesky-Krumlov in summer 2014. Wrote up a detailed blog post here: http://birdhouse...
  • Mar 7, 2015

    After decades of web development, it's time to tackle something new - building a site completely optimized for mobile devices such as iPhones and Androids. I actually need to build two - one for Bucketlist and one for my workplace.&n...
  • San Francisco, CA, United States
    Mar 7, 2015

    It's kind of crazy how long I've been a Patti Smith fan without ever seeing her live. I have a framed album cover of her album Easter on my office wall, pit hair proudly gleaming. vid img Finally made this happen in Feb. 2015, It...
  • Feb 16, 2013

    My son did this at his grandparent's house - had great fun, and the grandparents' reaction was priceless. http://www.flickr.com/photos/shacker/849052...
  • Aug 21, 2012

    Did an amazing tour of Vancouver Island with family, summer 2012. One of the highlights was a 5-hour sea kayak trip to Meare's Island. This was my first time in a kayak with a skirt and rudder - very different experience from the smaller...
  • Jul 1, 2012

    There is a beer, made in small quantities by Trappist monks in Belgium, called Westvleteren 12. Incredibly hard to get (you can't order it  - you need to put in a reservation and visit the monastery in Belgium on a specific  da...
  • May 29, 2012

    My son and I have actually planted six geocaches over the past five years - all of them in the East Bay area.  Look me up on geocaching.com - I'm shacker
  • May 29, 2012

    As an unapolagetic treehugger, I've done this many times on our weekly family hikes.
  • May 20, 2012

    Since originally posting this, I started teaching a class in HTML/CSS/PHP/Javascript at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, and then later took a job at a central campus department as a full-time front-end developer, using Jav...
  • May 18, 2012

    Something I've wanted to do since I was a kid, finally came true today - a morning spent 1500 feet above the ground in a hot air balloon with family and friends. Absolutely amazing experience, totally still and peaceful on a picture perf...
  • Apr 29, 2012

    A 100-mile bike ride is called a "century" and a 65-miler is sometimes referred to as a "metric century." I had thought this would become one of the hardest things I'd ever done, but was pleasantly surprised - it was hard, but not horrib...
  • Feb 24, 2012

    Composting is a way of life! Amazing to see how much lighter your trash is every week when you put the bins out - so much good potential soil goes into landfill.
  • Dec 31, 2011

    Proud to say I've completed a New Year's resolution - took a photo every single day in 2011. Notes and slideshow here: http://birdhouse.org/blog/2011/12/31/phot...
  • Nov 1, 2011

    This process continued through 2011, and  I finally finished around November. Here's a quick video tour of the digitized LPs: Read More
  • Jul 26, 2011

    Ivory is full of microsopic bubbles, which expand rapidly when heated. 90 seconds in the microwave is all it takes (start with 1/3 of a bar). What you get is something like this (green added in Photoshop for the heck of it): image  ...
  • Jun 10, 2011

    Bought the SkyLab kit from antigravityresearch.com. The build was pretty straightforward, and we were blown away by how high it flew - over 400 feet from a single...
  • Jun 8, 2011

    Yeah, it's loud and obnoxious, but it's also approximately the most fun you can possibly have on water. SO fun!
  • Jun 2, 2011

    OK, it just happened - I laughed until I cried reading the Best of Autocorrect.  I'm still crying.
  • Feb 20, 2011

    We've lived in the Bay Area for a decade, but had never gotten around to walking the length of the Golden Gate bridge. Finally did it today. It was OK. The views and architecture are incredible, but you're right next to six lanes of traf...
  • Jan 28, 2011

    I like to strum a little ukulele (Hawaiians pronounce it "ooh-ke-leh-leh") every now and then. Such a happy sound - you can play the saddest song in the world and it'll still sound cheerful when played on the uke. imgThe kit A while ago ...
  • Oct 22, 2010

    After a nine-month wait, my Renovo Pandurban was finally completed. Spent a few hours building it up, and spent the next week riding every chance I got. So in love with this bike! Bamboo is an incredible construction material for bikes. ...
  • Oct 7, 2010

    I've actually made six of them (four are currently active).  
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  • Sep 22, 2010

    I spent my senior year of high school as an exchange student, living in New South Wales, half an hour north of Sydney. One of the most transformative years of my life.  Fell in love for the first time, spent two weeks on a sheep sta...
  • Sep 22, 2010

    I was an exchange student in Australia in 1983 and had the good fortune to be able to spend two days diving the Barrier Reef. Memories I'll never forget -- was able to grab onto the shoulders of a manta ray with a 15' wingspan and glide ...
  • Sep 22, 2010

    In jungle areas around the world, especially in "eco-tourism" areas, you can often ride a zipline through the forest canopy. Some of these are up to a quarter mile long, and cross gorges hundreds of feet deep. Here's one in Costa Rica: Z...
  • Sep 22, 2010

    For years, I've made mental notes about all the things I wanted to do before I die.  Meanwhile, I've watched as social networks became the main way people log and catalog their interests online. Finally, decided it was time to get s...
  • Sep 22, 2010

    In high school, I got pretty good - even rode a 5-foot unicycle once (though my usual ride was a "standard" height one). I commuted to Morro Bay High School from home in the hills (5 miles) on a unicycle a few dozen times. Haven't ridden...
  • Sep 22, 2010

    As a boy, I went to my Aunt Kathy's farm in Oregon, and had my first opportunity to milk a real cow. Remember being amazed at how warm and supple the teats were, how sensuous the experience was. Never thought about milk the same way agai...
  • Sep 22, 2010

    Traveled through Europe in 1989 and met a great guy who invited me to stay on his family's tulip farm. Even got to visit a tulip auction! img
  • Sep 22, 2010

    Las Vegas is home to a small but incredible museum dedicated to the life -- and wardrobe -- of the great Liberace. Sadly, the museum is scheduled to close before long. If you want to check this one off your bucketlist, get it done before...
  • Sep 19, 2010

    The kobe sushi at Yoshi's in Oakland, CA is sublime. Hard to describe just how sensuous great kobe beef really is. Melts in your mouth!
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  • Sep 2, 2010

    I played guitar casually for around 20 years, then picked up a Fluke three years ago. A year later, received a cigar box ukulele kit for a gift. Enjoyed building it, but it didn't sound great (sound is round! how can you expe...
  • Aug 25, 2010

    This is one of my most indelible memories. Australia, 1983, with the first love of my life. Stopping on bicycles in the middle of a field, when warm rain started to pound. We stopped our bikes, not sure what to do next, then suddenly the...
  • Aug 25, 2010

    Would like to build a fort for my son - a place for him to hang with his friends, store his stuff, and play out his imaginary world.  We spent most of the summer of 2009 building a fort from mostly discarded or re-used lumber donate...
  • Aug 25, 2010

    I got PADI certified at age 15 and made an OK living cleaning boat bottoms in Morro Bay, CA through my teen years and early 20s. Wouldn't want to go back to boat cleaning, but do enjoy occasional pleasure dives, preferably in tropical wa...
  • Aug 25, 2010

    I actually spent most of my childhood wanting to surf, then most of teen years actually doing it (mostly in Morro Bay, CA). So I guess I can count this one complete :)
  • Aug 25, 2010

    OK, have to confess this wasn't on my bucketlist until I saw it on Shana's, but I've done this many times. Just be careful what you reach for when it's time to wipe - especially if you're sensitive to poison oak! Seriously though, I alwa...
  • Aug 16, 2010

    ... preferably in Hawaii or someplace tropical. image
  • Jul 14, 2010

    The Northeast coast of Kauai, Hawaii, aka the Napali Coast, is regarded by many as one of the wonders of the world. image The road that encircles most of Kauai doesn't make it all the way around, simply because the cliffs and mountains o...
  • Jun 15, 2010

    Recently completed the first 2.5 miles of Kauai's Kalalau Trail, along the Napali coast. Amazing experience, but the hardcore do the entire 11 miles. Hope to return one day when my boy is all grown up and do the entire hike, camp a night...
  • Jun 15, 2010

    During a trip to Kauai in 2010, spent a glorious afternoon lounging on a volcanic black sand beach. http://www.flickr.com/photos/viator-things-to-do/20...
  • Mar 17, 2009

    Every year I travel to Austin TX for SXSW Interactive, and rent a bike to travel the city. This usually means lots of riding along the river. If I'm there near sunset, love to stop and watch the bats flying out from under the bridge.&nbs...
  • Mar 8, 2007

    On a biz trip to Austin a few years ago, I rented one for a day and had a blast. It's the most intuitive, graceful mode of transportation you can imagine. Would love to own one, if it were more practical! This is me, in 2007, riding...
  • Jul 12, 2000

    I'm no expert, but have had many opportunities, and am able to stand up and stay up!  http://www.flickr.com/photos/oliviabellphotography/4974642...
  • May 12, 2000

    Spent our honeymoon in Greece! Unforgettable.
  • Apr 21, 1999

    In the late 90s, I wrote The BeOS Bible for Peachpit Press, followed by MP3: The Definitive Guide for O'Reilly (both now out of print) book1 book2
  • Aug 18, 1997

    In 1997 I rode a motorcycle across the country, camping wherever I ended up. One of the highlights was laying a sleeping bag down in the Arizona desert. Couldn't even see where I was. When I woke up, I was staring into cactus needles - g...
  • Mar 12, 1996

    On a cross-country motorcycle trip, around 1996, I had the opportunity to do some caving in Montana, and spent half a day walking through the lava tubes. Amazing experience!  Read More
  • Apr 21, 1993

    Testing sdflkjsdf img
  • Nov 12, 1992

    I've done this many times, but one of the most memorable was in Walden Pond, near Boston MA in the early 90s. A summer squall came through while swimming there with my girlfriend, and the sky opened up. Warm rain was pelting down so hard...
  • Jul 16, 1991

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/13115927@N06/1358906734/ ; On a cross-country motorcycle trip, 1991. It was cold and windy that day :(    ...
  • Dec 30, 1990

    New Years Eve 1990, at the Filmore Auditorium, San Francisco.
  • Jul 19, 1989

    One of the most powerful experiences of my life. I had just graduated from college, and will always remember this as a somber passage in an otherwise joyful adventure.
  • Aug 18, 1987

    Since I grew up in Morro Bay and went to college at UC Santa Cruz, I drove up and down the PCH many times - by car, by VW bus, even hitch-hiked it a few times. Every trip was more beautiful than the last. img
  • Jul 7, 1986

    Classic post-college trek, living in hostels, out of my backpack for months on end. Living large in a small way, discovering the world.
  • Jun 20, 1984

     The Capela dos Ossos in Evora, Portugal is incredible - every time the cemetery fills up with the bones of monks and nuns, they dig up the oldest ones and make a larger chapel out of them! There are actually many such Oss...
  • Jun 12, 1984

    On a trip to Fiji in 1984, went out on a dive boat. As we headed out to sea, the wind and rain and dark clouds came bearing down on us. It was so warm and tropical, the wind, rain, and ocean water were all equally warm. Just sat on the d...
  • Apr 11, 1984

    I've gotten to try this twice in my life, and loved it each time - once in Fiji and once in Australia. You rise up so quickly your heart sinks to the pit of your stomach, but you don't notice because the view is so incredible! img  
  • Mar 1, 1984

    I spent a week in Fiji in 1984, on the way home from Australia. Stayed in a hostel with a couple from the island of Mauritius. One night the husband slipped off his shoes and practically ran up a coconut palm in the back yard, and knocke...
  • Nov 15, 1983

    While diving the Great Barrier Reef in 1983, had the great fortune to come across a manta ray with a 20' wing span, grab his shoulders, and be towed along the sea bed for a good long time. The most peaceful experience you can imagine. Wh...
  • Jun 15, 1983

    I was an exchanged student to Australia in 1983, and worked on a sheep station for a month. Saw hundreds of kangaroo in the wild while there! img
  • Jan 18, 1983

    I spent a year as an exchange student in Australia in 1983, and had Vegemite nearly every day!  It's not that I LOVED it, just that it was always there on the table, and I wanted to have the "full experience." img
  • Jul 13, 1982

    Back in high school in Morro Bay we used to do this once or twice per summer. We'd bring our guitars, some food, and just enjoy the heck  out of each other. img
  • Jun 11, 1981

    Actually got my PADI certificate at age 16 (I'm 45 now) and have been diving all my life!
  • Nov 11, 1980

    I've been skinny dipping many times in my life (I was kind of surprised to see it on so many people's bucketlists actually). In pools, in lakes, in the ocean. From my teen years to the present. In the tropics and in icy cold ponds, in th...
  • Oct 19, 1980

    Was never really an option in our family - all of our cars were stick shifts! I learned in a VW Squareback similar to the one pictured here (but not so fancy/shiny). We lived in a hilly area and I remember the smell of burning clutch as ...
  • Aug 19, 1980

    Many, many times in my life - the best is the crab I've caught myself while snorkeling or scuba diving (I've been bringing crab home to the family from the sea floor since I was 14 or so!)
  • Jun 19, 1980

    I've ridden many of them, both at ski resorts and on "dry" land. One of the most memorable was the gondola in Palm Springs, rising up to the mountains above. img
  • Jun 11, 1980

    Did a lot of this in my youth, growing up in Morro Bay CA. Even built my own skimboard at one point, fiberglass and all (didn't work as well as the ones from the local surf shop though). Had some amazing times. My body would never stand ...
  • Dec 15, 1975

    Have done this many times in my life, in many lakes! http://www.flickr.com/photos/71111184@N08/6427640367/in/photostream  
  • Sep 29, 1974

    img Our family had goats as a boy, and my brother and I  had  to milk them every day before school. I remember the milk being so warm, and sometimes goat hairs would fall into it. Sometimes we'd drink the goat milk right out of...
  • Jun 9, 1974

    When I was young, we had a few acres, and we had some goats. My brother and i were young, and little enough to try to ride them like horses. No pictures, unfortunately. Just a good memory.
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