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Sunday, March 08, 2009

A Trip to Palo Alto

Here I am on a rare trip away from Victoria. I'm in Palo Alto in California - let me show you around in 5 pictures.

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Here's my temporary desk while I'm out here. It's a spartan setup. Basic 30"-high table, patio chair, standard-issue grey waste bin. That big 30" monitor on the other desk is not mine, alas.

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I'm staying at an old hotel called the Cardinal Hotel. It was a first-class hotel in the 1920s. It's a charming place. Here I am standing on a chair in the Cardinal Hotel.

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Palo Alto is an interesting mix of the old and the new. Buildings that once housed cheese shops and laundromats in the 1930s are now inhabited by high-tech startups. And some old-style cheese shops and laundromats are still around.

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Here's my place of worship while in Palo Alto: St. Thomas Aquinas Church. It's in the Gothic style. Almost everything you see is made of wood.

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I brought my essential gear for the trip, including the keyboard, earbuds, and trackball that I'm used to. (And of course, index cards!)

Aren't index cards the greatest?

4 Comments:

  • This documentation is great.

    By Blogger Jeff Werner, at 3/09/2009 1:10 AM  

  • Index cards are sweet but they can't hold a candle to whiteboards!

    The continuing use of the patio chair over the super adjustable high tech chairs appeals to me in some way I can't quite define - just make sure you always drop into Bruce Lee fighting stance when it makes that gong sound!

    By Blogger Thomas David Baker, at 3/09/2009 5:42 AM  

  • I would have guessed that upon taking up photography you would be a genius at this as well!

    Some really original compositions here Jon, I'm particularly intrigued by how you took that shot of yourself walking down a street in Palo Alto without your camera getting stolen!

    As to your office set-up, temporary or not, you deserve far better than a patio chair and being without your own 30" monitor. For shame!

    By Blogger Paul Lloyd, at 3/09/2009 6:04 AM  

  • Hey Jeff - Glad you like it! Someday I need to blog about the day I saw you at Granville Island!

    Tom - You're right - the real estate of a big whiteboard is truly wonderful.

    Paul - Haha - Yeah you have to be quick when leaving your camera on the ground unattended for a few minutes!

    By Blogger Jonathan, at 3/09/2009 8:17 PM  

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