rubbing elbows with nobel laureates and pop stars…

Today, Genentech (where both of my parents work) had a huge party to celebrate their 30th anniversary.. My dad invited me along since he thought it would be a great opportunity to meet some of the Genentech folks (and maybe drum up a little Techdirt business). A few years ago, they had a big party to celebrate something else, and they threw a huge bash with Elton John, Mary J. Blige and Matchbox 20 — so the bar had already been set fairly high..

It was a gorgeous day in South San Francisco, bright and sunny, temperatures in the 80s, and a nice, steady breeze so that it didn’t get too hot. I did get a nice tan though. So there was quite a lot of speculation about what bands were going to play the party — the management supposedly sent out a bunch of clues, encoded in various stages of encryption like ROT13, so people were furiously working on the clues trying to figure out who would be there. However, the biggest clue was given by Huey Lewis in an interview published in the Missoulian a few months ago. Although he calls the company “Genetex”, he sure did let the cat out of the bag.

So yah.. the bands that played the party today were The Foo Fighters, Bob Dylan, Black Eyed Peas and The Eagles.. Pretty damn cool for a company party, I’d say.

We weren’t allowed to bring cameras into the show, so I left my camera at home… That said, there’s already a few pics showing up on flickr from the event… (look, it’s the eagles)

So yah.. it was a really cool event. Probably like 10,000 people or so.. And, I got to meet the Foo Fighters and the Black Eyed Peas.. Both groups were actually very nice for like the few minutes that I got to chat with them. Fergie is super cute in real life.. I didn’t get to meet Bob Dylan or the Eagles though… oh well.

Anyway… actually, the highlight of my day was probably when I met Dr. James Watson, Nobel Laureate and co-discoverer of DNA. I’m kicking myself for not getting a picture with him with the ol’ cameraphone, but oh well.. I met him, and actually got to chat with him for a little bit. Nice ol’ guy. I mean.. meeting famous pop stars is cool and all, but famous scientists? Awesome. Wow, I’m a nerd for sure.

Happy 30th Genentech.. we’re the same age.

Update: As my dad points out.. “A minor correction, Watson was the co-discoverer of the DNA structure. It was the structure, not the DNA.”

supperclub 1 year anniversary

It’s been one year since supperclub opened here in San Francisco, so last night was our big anniversary party… It was fabulous.. New Chef Jon Stevens whipped up some awesome tasty treats.. anchovy stuffed olives, some crab things, and fois gras.. mmmmm.

As for entertainment.. there were these awesome contortionists, the mystic pixies and one of those suspended ribbon dancer people (I’m not sure what to call it).

Andy took some nice pics of the event…

Happy anniversary supperclub!! If you haven’t been there yet, come by! Food is super good and it’s a great time..

shine photobooth timelapse

So.. the fantastic folks over at Shine have this neat-o photobooth in the back that takes your pic and automagically posts it onto flickr.. Yah, it’s kind of geeky.. but what would you expect from a place that is at 1337 Mission… (and if you get THAT reference, then you are truly geeky).

Anyway.. Brian made a kickass timelapse video of the photobooth.

I’m in there somewhere.

yearning man..

So, I didn’t go to burningman this year (since I’m here hanging out with grandma in Boston)… After going for 4 years in a row, I took last year and this year off. Honestly, last year I didn’t miss or even really think about it very much, but this year, I definitely was feeling the urge to return… And all week, I’ve been scouring flickr, awaiting for tales and pics to start to be posted, and alas…. it looked like it was an amazing time, so yah.. I think maybe I’ll be going again next year..

Check out some of the pics that I found from this year… Oooo.

Yah.. only 362 days till the man burns…

no more cases of the mondays…

So that last post about my crazy sleep schedule got me to thinking… why are we constrained to this whole 24 hours per day, 7 days per week schedule anyway? I mean, our biological clocks run on more of a 25-hour schedule, so the 24-hour day isn’t even what our bodies are dictating..

So, I remember a few years ago, I stumbled upon this proposal of the 28 hour day.. It’s an interesting concept:

28 hour day

Basically, instead of the 24/7 week, you have a 28/6 week (no more mondays!!).. And, the idea is that this schedule maximizes your daylight, non-working hours… It’s a pretty cool idea.. it’s kind of a waste to spend most of the daylight hours (for those of us with day-desk jobs) behind a desk… so, this way, you’re working when it’s dark out 10 hours a day for 4 days, and then you get a 36 hour weekend in the daylight… woohoo!

Anyway.. thanks to Thomas Edison, we no longer have to structure our day around the rise and set of the sun… hooray technology!