Archive for May, 2007

Mug Shot of San José

I found a San José coffee mug at my local Starbucks. It has been included in the Starbucks Architect Series. So now I can sip my morning joe out of the “Capital of Silicon Valley” for the mere pittance of only $9.95. You might note City Hall is not featured or even seen peeking out from behind the Knight Ridder building. A good thing? I should have bought more to sell on eBay. But most of all, I am just pleased to find anything in the South Bay that does not depict a San Francisco Cable Car or Victorian!

KFRC is… back

radioActually, KFRC never left it just changed formats from classic rock to a format “Featuring a combination of rhythmic hits from the 80s, 90s and today.” Now, KFRC Classic Hits is back but now down the dial.

So, what has changed? Here we go… 106.9 Free FM is now KFRC Classic Hits; MOViN 99.7 is now KMVQ, no format change; Free FM’s Adam Carolla, Opie & Anthony and Tom Leykis move to KYOU (KYCY) 1550 AM.

Bad news for those who listen to the “Free FM” personalities as 1550 is not a strong signal in the South Bay. Currently, no information when the KYOU format changes. For now, you can find streams at Free FM Los Angeles and New York.

MOViN 99.7
CBS Radio

KFRC On-Air: Dave Sholin, Celeste Perry, Jay Coffey, Steve Moore, Ben Fong-Torres (Sundays)

Airplanes Over Moffett Field

Planes For the past few days I have been noticing some different types of airplanes flying around the Sunnyvale/Mountain View area. It turns out there are World War II bombers on new tour of duty.

Photo: Victor Maccharoli

This Weekend – May 19-20

sunshine01.jpgBoogie On The Bayou

Boogie On The Bayou takes place in Historical Downtown Campbell featuring arts and crafts booths, lots of food including: All American, International Cuisine featuring Cajun and New Orleans style. Also, live entertainment and plenty of activities for the kids. Saturday 10:00am to 6:00pm and Sunday 10:00am to 5:00pm. Free admission and parking.

The Campbell Historical Museum will be participating with special activities for the kids. Sunday 11:00am – 4:00pm. Free admission to the museum this day only.

More information.

A La Carte & Art

The A La Carte & Art festival in Mountain View features live music, an arts and crafts show with 250 exhibitors showing their handcrafted wares, savory stroll-around foods, premium wines, microbrews and margaritas, a farmers’ market, chef demonstrations, street performers, and amusements for kids.

The demonstrations include: appetizer of chilled mussels with pepper relish; shrimp curry chowder; Vietnamese-style beef roll with rice noodles, lettuce, cilantro, carrots, cucumber and roasted peanuts; three ways to prepare a whole red snapper; Wok cooking – orange chicken recipe combines orange juice and soy sauce; apple strudel; along with floral designs.

Castro Street. Saturday and Sunday 10:00am – 6:00pm. Free admission and parking.

Chef demonstrations – list of chefs and times.
Festival information.

Maker Faire

A two-day, family-friendly event that celebrates arts, crafts, engineering, science projects and the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) mindset. It’s for creative, resourceful folks who like to tinker and love to make things. It is also for non-creative folks like me who just like to check out other’s arts and crafts. San Mateo County Fairgrounds. Saturday and Sunday.

See Jennifer’s post for more information.

Insect Fair

Insects, spiders, butterflies, and many other bugs, along with children’s crafts, face painting, a bake sale, and activities for the kids. Sanborn County Park, Saratoga. Saturday. Free admission; $6.00 vehicle entrance fee.

See my earlier post for more information.

Fly On Little Wing

At first glance what may appear to be a scene from “To Catch a Thief”, will actually be UC Santa Cruz researcher Brian Latta rappelling over the top of San José City Hall. He will be in San José tomorrow to check on the three falcon chicks that were born April 28th.

Peregrine Falcon Chicks
May 18, 2007
8:45 a.m. – Falcon banding
9:15 a.m. – Researchers determine falcons gender (estimate)

San José City Hall (Rear side of City Hall, off Fifth Street and San Fernando)
200 East Santa Clara Street
San Jose, CA 95113

Watch the Birdie

Bicyclists Sharing the Roads


As Gary pointed out, ‘May Is National Bike Month’ and this is just one of the 100,000 commuters in the Bay Area using their bikes to get to work today. Those of us stuck in our cars will need to keep our eyes open and give the riders their space.

California Bike Commute

Indian Restaurants in South Bay

I love trying new kinds of food, but I always fall back on Indian food. Whichever part of the world I go, I feel it’s always good to know Indian restaurants around. In the Bay Area, you don’t really have to search so hard; but still, one needs to figure out which is good, which one should be a last resort and which one is passable.

Firstly, one basic aspect needs to be clarified about Indian food, especially for those who haven’t yet dug in deep. There are many cuisines within India, not just one. Though one can broadly classify them as North Indian and South Indian, it doesn’t really do justice. Anyway, for practical purposes, we’ll keep it that way. North Indian food is more commonly found across the world — naan, roti, chicken tikka masala, lassi and the like. South Indian food is predominantly rice-based, with sambhar, rasam and so on.

Redefine your library! Buy, Sell, or Trade

Before iPods, or Zunes……
Before streaming audio, and DRM…..
Before iTunes, eMusic or Rhapsody
…….there was StreetLight Records.

If there was only one thing in the entire cosmos that has remained constant, it’s StreetLight Records. Buying, selling, and trading all things entertaining “since before time……was time”, right here in San Jose. When was the last time you actually touched a physical CD (that’s a music compact disc, if you’ve forgotten…ha, ha)? In the age of 1-click downloads of poorly encoded, and heavily DRM Mp3’s from a host of online music downloading stores, I’m willing to bet it’s been a long time since most folks have handled an actual CD.



bug01.jpgWith the nice weather, are the kids bugging you to take them places on the weekend? Well, bug them back by taking them to the Youth Science Institute Insect Fair at Sanborn County Park in Saratoga.

There will be a butterfly exhibit, a bug-themed bake sale (yikes!), and a live arthropod showing that includes millipedes, arachnids and crustaceans. There will also be food, face painting, and a number of children’s craft activities.

The free event is Saturday May 19, 10:00am – 4:00pm. There is a $6.00 vehicle fee to enter the park.

Driving directions.

Hey, Look! It’s… 4th Street Bowl

4th Street Bowl

Good for a few games. It’s not a flashy joint but serves its purpose!

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