Welcome to The Sanctuary at Soledad Goats


AFTER 20 YEARS AS AWARD WINNING GOAT CHEESE FARMERS, WE’VE DECIDED TO GIVE IT UP ALL UP… AND MAKE VEGAN CHEESE.This is Violet, one of the last babies born on our farm now that we’ve stopped breeding. As much as we love our babies, we just can’t bring another life into the world when there are so many animals out there who need our help.Since the day we met while saving sick calves, it has always been about the animals. We’ve always been a no kill farm where the animals are treated with love. They’re our family. We did the best we could for our animals while still producing cheese, but then we realized — a vegan farm will allow us to do even better.We’re going to apply our decades of cheese making artistry toward creating absolutely delicious artisan vegan cheese, the proceeds from which will support our sanctuary for rescued animals. Of course it’s terrifying to give up all we’ve known for decades, but when your heart tells you what you must do, you can’t really ignore it, can you?Please join us on this exciting journey.Carol & Julian   to help feed our Sanctuary animals while we transition to a vegan farm

Source: Welcome to The Sanctuary at Soledad Goats

Terry Fox – Need your Daily Inspiration?

One dude, one leg, runs across Canada… They don’t build many like him.



I soon realized that that would only be half my quest, for as I went through the 16 months of the physically and emotionally draining ordeal of chemotherapy, I was rudely awakened by the feelings that surrounded and coursed through the cancer clinic. There were faces with the brave smiles, and the ones who had given up smiling. There were feelings of hopeful denial, and the feelings of despair. My quest would not be a selfish one. I could not leave knowing these faces and feelings would still exist, even though I would be set free from mine. Somewhere the hurting must stop….and I was determined to take myself to the limit for this cause.[26]


Source: Terry Fox – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The world’s most famous climate scientist just outlined an alarming scenario for our planet’s future – The Washington Post

“You can see a lot of different points in this paper, and it’s going to take a while for the community to sort them out, but actually, the story is clear,” says Hansen. The bottom line conclusion, he says, is that sea level rise is “the big impact of human made climate change.”

-we’re fucked… sorry future generations…


Source: The world’s most famous climate scientist just outlined an alarming scenario for our planet’s future – The Washington Post

Spherical Harmonics: On quantum measurement (Part 6: The quantum eraser)

Here’s to you, quantum measurement afficionado, who has found their way to the sixth installment, breathless (I hope), to learn of the fate of the famous cat, eponymous with one of the great ones of quantum mechanics. Does she live or die? Can she be both dead and alive? What did this kitten ever do to deserve such an ambiguous fate? And, how many times can you write a blog post teasing cat-revelations and still not talk about it after all? And talk about erasers instead? How many? In my defense, I tried to talk about the cat in this post. I really did. But the quantum eraser, and in particular the double-slit experiment that I have to describe first, took so much room that it was just not in the cards. But rejoice then, this series will be even longer!

Source: Spherical Harmonics: On quantum measurement (Part 6: The quantum eraser)

Is our star special? Are there other stars like ours

sun“We will have to leave Earth LONG before our star begins going through its death throes since it’s slowly brightening and will raise the temperature of the surface to above the boiling point of water in about 500 million years. The solution will certainly involve putting some distance or insulation between us and our once gentle sun, but regardless, we’re going to have to have the technology to create our own environment, because our planet will be a burnt cinder.

Our species will have disappeared LONG before all the stars die, so, no worries there. The ultimate fate of our universe is another topic…for another time. :)”

This persons answer made  me think that civilization / humans are not going to be here forever, just like me. I need to make time to spend with my family, myself… Live this gift we’ve been given.


List of Fun Internet Links…


http://www.metmuseum.org – View super High Def photos and scans of over 400,000 pieces of art.

http://www.myabandonware.com – Download or stream thousands of classic games from the 80’s and 90’s.

http://www.youtube-mp3.org – Download any youtube video in mp3 format.

http://www.myfonts.com – Good resource for figuring out what font was used in any document.

http://camelcamelcamel.com – Free Amazon price tracker gives you the price history of any item and will send alerts when the price of something you are tracking changes.

http://www.skyscanner.com – Look up and purchase flights based on budget and not necessarily destination.

http://www.stripcreator.com – Make your own comic strips!

http://www.fliptext.org – ˙ssǝnb˙˙˙

http://gifprint.com – This one is awesome! Print any gif as a flipbook!

https://www.fiverr.com – People looking for work or you can look for work. You can find experts in hundreds of fields including proofreading and graphic design. Prices range from $5 – $800.

http://www.picmonkey.com – Basically a dumbed-down version of Photoshop…but its free!

http://www.whosampled.com – Look up any song and see what tracks the artists sampled.

http://www.similarsites.com – Put in a website that you’re bored with and it will search for similar websites.

http://giphy.com – Online database of gifs (a must for beginner imgur users).

http://thenicestplaceontheinter.net – Free Hugs!

https://www.quora.com – ask questions and experts will usually answer. You can also answer questions in your areas of expertise.

http://www.canistream.it – type in any movie or show and it will give you a list of streaming options (displays free and paid content).

Amazing Story! 70-Year-Old Woman Steals the Western States Show

It was one of the most dramatic finishes in 42 years of the Western States Endurance Run—and it wasn’t for first place. With just 90 seconds left before the 30-hour cutoff time and 300 meters to go in the 100.2 mile race on Sunday, Gunhild Swanson, 70, of Spokane Valley, Washington, dug deep to became the oldest woman to complete the course in a time of 29 hours, 59 minutes, and 54 seconds.

Source: 70-Year-Old Woman Steals the Western States Show | Runner’s World

Clever Illustrations Reveal the Two Kinds of People There Are in the World – My Modern Met

Are you the type to cut your sandwich in half or portion it into triangles? What about dog-earring a book page rather than using a bookmark? Depending on your personality, you’ll probably have a distinct preference for both those scenarios. The clever Tumblr called 2 Kinds of People is full of these situations that show the simple yet wildly different ways in doing things. These stylistically-minimal illustrations are the work of a Lisbon-based art director who goes by the Twitter handle @inoffensive. Using bold colors and lines, he creates side-by-side comparisons that simultaneously depict relief and frustration. You might prefer tabbed browsing and keeping your websites contained in one place. Or, you might despise such tabs and want separate windows. It varies from person to person, but one of those choices will probably make you think, “Why would someone do it like that?” The witty pictures are a light-hearted way of showing that there’s really no “correct” way, no matter how…

Source: Clever Illustrations Reveal the Two Kinds of People There Are in the World – My Modern Met

Timelapse Sisyphus 1 on Vimeo


Bruce Shapiro is making some cool art – TAOMC.com

“Motion Control” is an industry term for computer-controlled movement in applications like robotics and CNC.  The technology has revolutionized  industrial  production and more  design,  but until recently was extremely expensive and complex.

I have spent the past 25 years dedicated to exploring motion control as a new medium for artistic expression, building CNC art  tools and kinetic sculpture that combine my love of art, science and education.


Timelapse Sisyphus 1 from Bruce Shapiro on Vimeo.

View Javascript Events Fired on Element in Google Chrome

  • Hit F12 or open Dev Tools
  • Click the Sources tab
  • On right-hand side, scroll down to “Event Listener”, and expand tree
  • Click on the events you want to listen for.
  • Interact with the target element, if they fire you will get a break point in the debugger


Similarly, you can right click on the target element -> select “inspect element” Scroll down on the right side of the dev frame, at the bottom is ‘event listeners’. Expand the tree to see what events are attached to the element.


You can use monitorEvents function.

Just inspect your element (right mouse clickInspect on visible element or go to Elementstab in Chrome Developer Tools and select wanted element) then go to Console tab and write:


Now when you move mouse over this element, focus or click it, the name of the fired event will be displayed with its data.

To stop getting this data just write this to console:


$0 is just the last DOM element selected by Chrome Developer Tools. You can pass any other DOM object there (for example result of getElementById or querySelector).

You can also specify event “type” as second parameter to narrow monitored events to some predefined set. For example:

monitorEvents(document.body, 'mouse')

List of this available types is here.

I made a small gif that illustrates how this feature works:



SOURCE StackOverflow

The programming talent myth [LWN.net]

Interesting article on the “real programmer”

Jacob Kaplan-Moss is known for his work on Django but, as he would describe in his PyCon 2015 keynote, many think he had more to do with its creation than he actually did. While his talk ranged quite a bit, the theme covered something that software development organizations—and open source projects—may be grappling with: a myth about developer performance and how it impacts the industry. It was a thought-provoking talk that was frequently punctuated by applause; these are the kinds of issues that the Python community tries to confront head on, so the talk was aimed well.

Source: The programming talent myth [LWN.net]

2015 Mohican Race Prep, Thoughts, Plan


Q) Am I ready for Mohican?

A) NO… I never am.

It looks like my training has been more consistent this year. Last year I got close to nothing in late March / April.

2014 miles time elevation
jan 169 13 11904
feb 195 15.5 13445
mar 376 28.75 36403
apr 411 29.5 27859
may 748 46.5 44243
total 1899 133.25 133854
jan 184 13.9 14697
feb 339 25.9 27372
mar 515 37.5 51347
apr 443 29.1 30625
may 500 35.25 26710
total 1981 141.65 150751
dif 82 8.4 16897


Training: After running the numbers I have 82 more miles, 8.4 more hours and 16897 more feet climbed. About the same amount of training. Let’s see if I can beat my 6:30 minute time last year. Last year I was on my geared MTB, this year I’ll be on my Niner Air 9 SS.

Strategy: Don’t blow out in the first section of the race. This is an exciting single track section, but the race is long. I’d rather be passing people later on in the race instead of being passed on those looong ass uphill grinders which seems to be the case.

Nutrition: Endurolytes (black magic). HOney Stingers, and GU Chomps with caffeine. I’ll stop at some aid stations for PB&Js and other misc. stuff. Water, I’m going to have 2 water bottles. One on the frame and one in my jersey. The new frame has 2 bottle mounts but there is one on the bottom of the downtube. This is just asking to get smashed / fall out.

2014 Training

2014 Training


2015 Training
2015 Training

How does the cell on the tip of my nose know to perform all the functions of a cell on the tip of my nose? How does it know that it isn’t a cell on the side of my nose (or my liver, brain, etc.) : askscience

This is fascinating!

Finally my degree (Molecular Genetics) can be useful!It’s all about protein gradients. It’s part of why life is mostly symmetrical or radial. You have a point of origin, let’s say a shoulder area, producing a particular protein during development. As the cells near it replicate to form an arm, the protein made at the origin spreads into them. The further the cells are from the origin, the less protein they have. Eventually, the cells are far enough away that the lack of that protein signals that the new cells being formed should be hand cells. Those hand cells then function as a new point of origin for a different protein radiating outward, which when present on its own forms finger cells and when mixed with the original shoulder protein forms wrist cells. At about a 50/50 mix of hand/shoulder proteins, elbow cells form.This is a very simplified explanation, as the truth involves the interaction of countless protein gradients and combinations from tons of origin points, but it’s the general way that your body forms and differentiates.So the cells on the tip of your nose are far enough from the point where your nose meets your face and have little enough of one or, more likely, five thousand nose proteins that they know they should be tip of nose cells as opposed to anything else. They’re obviously not getting “please become feet” proteins because the origin cells for those are much too far away.Hope that helps.


More great discussion here:
How does the cell on the tip of my nose know to perform all the functions of a cell on the tip of my nose? How does it know that it isn’t a cell on the side of my nose (or my liver, brain, etc.) : askscience