Guess the Candy

candy guessWe saw this in Parade Magazine one Sunday (yes, we still read the paper….).

Guess the candy.

The answers are upside down on the bottom of jpeg.




Cool Card Trick

Deck of Cards

I was flipping thru Flipboard the other day and saw this video.  It is geared for kids, but, this old adult thinks it is a pretty cool card trick.  I will have to try it when I can locate a deck of cards.  :-)

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Geek Christmas Gifts 2012

Mike Pihlman:

I wrote this for another blog…but, thought it would be cool here too. :-)

Originally posted on TelBitConsulting: Technology Simplified:





Assuming we make it to Christmas this year….think Mayan calendar…here are some cool GEEK gifts to buy your favorite NERD for Christmas.  :-)

Thanks to former AltamontCowork coworkers Tom and Dave, the Gardner twins, for helping pick geeky additions to this list.

Bluetooth Handset Gloves

What nerd would not want these?

Rolling Alarm Clock

For our 21 year old at college who cannot seem to get up in the morning!

rolling alarm clock

Microsoft Surface Tablet

Hey…it’s new.  Geeks like new.  Besides the TV commercial is kinda cool.

Tesla Car of the Year

For the rich geek in your life.  Or poor one like me who would love it!  :-)

Big Bang Theory DVDs (hey…are DVDs old technology?)

If you love the gang….get it on DVD before DVDs are obsolete.

Magic Wand Remote Control


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Carmel By The Sea, Carmel, CA

This past weekend we took a day trip to Carmel, CA.  One of our favorite places on earth, we decided to go with our 12 year old Lab, Sunny, hoping he would enjoy the day before getting too old!

We think he enjoyed it!  There were hundreds of dogs in Carmel that day, most of them poodles there for the annual “Poodle Day” festivities.

If you have never been to Carmel….add it to your bucket list.  It is wonderful.

Here are some pictures:

And finally…on the way home….full moon over Hollister, CA


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Tim McGraw and Kenney Chesney ROCK Oakland July 15, 2012

We went last night!  Imagine, Tim McGraw as an opening act!  AWESOME.

Kenny Chesney moves around soooo much he is hard to take a picture of….out of hundreds…I got maybe three.  :-)  Tim McGraw conserves his energy….

McDonalds Hamburger Photo Shoot

I saw this link to the Huffington Post and was curious enough to click on it and watch the McDonalds video.

What I saw was a fascinating (to me anyway!) look into the real world of advertising and marketing photo shoots.  Bravo for McDonalds for not being “afraid” to show how they do it!

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“My Freshman Year of College is Over” by Caitlin Dong

A quick note from Caitlin Dong, our first Carol Phan College Scholarship recipient!

D-O-N-E. I’m donedonedone. My freshman year of college is over and it definitely feels
surreal. I remember thinking at the beginning of the school year that time could not pass by any slower. In retrospect, the year seemed to fly by. However, I don’t think I could be more ready for summer. Now it’s time to find a job and help fund some of my college expenses!
High school graduations are quickly approaching and I’m sure that all of the seniors are ready to finish off their high school careers. I remember how excited I was to graduate, enjoy the summer of freedom, and start college. Don’t forget to enjoy yourselves, freshman year will pass you by faster than you realize.
Thank you again to Mike Pihlman & all of his efforts and dedication toward the Carol Phan College Scholarship program, as well everyone else who help make it happen – the scholarship money undoubtedly helped out this past school year. Congratulations and best of luck to the new scholarship recipients.

Link to all of the Scholarship Recipients.

Thank you Caitlin….you ROCK!   :-))))

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Berkeley Ridiculously Automated Dorm (BRAD)

I saw this video on Facebook.

Sure hope Derek does not mind me reposting it here for all our readers.  :-)

VERY COOL, VERY CREATIVE.  Here is the web site for U.C. Berkeley.

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13 Most Useful and Useless College Majors

Kristen (my daughter and Carol’s best friend for those who don’t know) sent me this link last night….very interesting.

The most useful, and useless, college majors.

These are either from Newsweek, or Science Mag, or, The Daily Beast, or whatever…when it comes from Tumblr….the source is confusing.  :-)

The 13 Most Useful* College Majors (As Determined By Science)


1. Nursing

2. Mechanical Engineering

3. Electrical Engineering

4. Civil Engineering

5. Computer Science

6. Finance

7. Marketing and Marketing Research

8. Mathematics

9. Accounting

10. French, German, Latin, and other Common Foreign Languages

11. General Business

12. Elementary Education

13. Economics

*Useful, for our purposes, is defined by majors most likely to lead to less unemployment and higher earnings, and which are in industries projected to grow in the next decade according to research from Georgetown University and data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.


The 13 Most Useless College Majors (As Determined By Science)

1. Fine Arts

2. Drama and Theatre Arts

3. Film, Video, and Photographic Arts

4. Commercial Art and Graphic Design

5. Architecture

6. Philosophy and Religious Studies

7. English Literature and Language

8. Journalism

9. Anthropology and Archeology

10. Hospitality Management

11. Music

12. History

13. Political Science and Government

(EdYour primary tumblrs majored in two of these and now work in the field of a third.)

UpdateOur arts critic has some words of encouragement for you.

Update 2! Here are the most USEFUL college majors.

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Wingless Man Flies Like an Angel

Chau sent me this video earlier today.

Illusionist Criss Angel flies between buildings with no apparent support.

Can it be?  Very cool…..

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Book Review: “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins

Mike Pihlman:

I finished the book…next week the movie! Enjoy. :-)

Originally posted on TracyReaderDad Thrillers & Mysteries:

Genre: YA Fantasy

(kids killing kids)

In what was once North America, the people of the Capitol of Panem, rule the 12 Districts of Panem (#13 was completely destroyed in a rebel uprising many years ago) with an iron fist.

Starvation and fear are the norm.

As a constant reminder of the control the Capital has over the people of Panem, once a year they hold “The Hunger Games” where a boy and a girl, between the ages of 12 and 18, from each District get the honor of fighting each other to the death.

The last standing tribute wins.

“The Hunger Games” are televised to all of Panem and the Gamemakers make sure the killings continue at a regular pace and are interesting for all to see.

The 74th Hunger Games is the focus of this book.  District 12 is a poor coal producing area located in what was once Appalachia.  Katniss Everdeen lives there with…

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iPad Uses

Friend Dave Gardner posted this on FB.  HILARIOUS iPad usage video.  OMG (5 WaterTowers!!!)

Scary thing is….I am about the same age as the old dude!  ENJOY!

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You Can’t Please Everyone

Chau sent me this via email a few days ago.

Very appropriate lesson to learn….



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Cute Animal Pictures

Chau sent these (and a lot more..) to me via email last night….very cute animal pictures.


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Tracyite E.J. Sings

OMG…..E.J.’s mom is an AltamontCowork member.  Check out this video.  AWESOME!!  I told her country is the only way!  :-)  What do you think????

Gotta tell ya….Tracy, CA is a hot bed for singing talent.

Megan Slankard, Tara Tinsley, some guy named MC Hammer, and now E.J.

Watch out world…here comes Tracy, CA !!!  :-)

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Angry Birds at Stonehenge

This did NOT come from Chau, surprise, surprise….instead it was a FB post by Dave Gardner.


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Jokes for the Week

Chau sent me these very FUNNY, sometimes RAUNCHY, jokes a few days ago.

BEWARE:  Do not read these jokes if you are easily offended.

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Beautiful Paths

Chau sent me an email a few days ago with most of these pictures of beautiful paths.  As luck may have it, Facebook friend, and Tracy Press Photographer, Glenn Moore posted the picture below of the path to the famous UFO landing site in Tracy, CA.  I asked if I could grab it, and he said sure (probably wondering why I would want it).  Heck….it is not the most beautiful path, but, it is OUR path!  :-)

Tracy, CA UFO Landing Site Road (taken by Glenn Moore, Tracy Press)

See Glenn’s Blog for the whole story on UFO’s in Tracy, CA.

(We all know where this is!)

(We all know where this is too!)

(this looks like the roads in KS where I started running)

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Five Funny Commercials

Chau sent me a link to a commercial the other day.  It was funny, but then I saw this one listed on the side (Hmmm, I wonder what caught my attention?)….VERY FUNNY but if you are easily offended or innocent….like me…do not watch!  :-)

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