Larry Hosken: New: Tag: pedestrian

Walking around my neighborhood today, I see 100% grim faces. It reminds me of hallways in companies facing multiple layoffs.

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Last week, I walked most of the way around the bay (again). This week, I wrote about it. Unlike the previous time I walked most of the way around the bay, I didn't make a point of stopping at interesting places. Thus the walk was mostly uneventful. This makes for a strange writeup. A la "Here is one sentence saying that I walked for several hours without incident" intermingled with "Here are three paragraphs of ranting about how some difficult wayfinding turned what should have been 1km of walking along Trimble Road into a detour walking into the San Jose Airport You think I'm exaggerating but it's all true."

I left in the long rant because if I'm planning another one of these walks and I think to myself "I'll ad-lib my navigation from north San Jose to Milpitas, it'll be tricky but OK," I'm hoping I'll see this and remember "Oh gee whiz it will not be OK, why would I ever think that?"

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I'm just now back from a most-of-the-way-around-the-bay walk. My feet must recuperate. I may wear socks and sandals together. I appreciate your understanding during this difficult time.

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Book Report: Wild

It was a bestseller. Everybody read this before I did. You probably already read this or decided you wouldn't. Anyhow. It's a memoir of grief on the Pacific Coat Trail. I saw the movie before I read the book; I liked the movie. The book was different, was able to capture different things. The book captures the scariness of hiking alone that I could sympathize with: the horror of losing the trail; gradually realizing you're trespassing.* The book captures other scariness I didn't share but could appreciate: the horror of being a woman hiking alone, encountering creeps. It's not all scariness; there are happy parts, too; the appreciation of food after deprivation, the kindness of strangers.

*Oh gee whiz, in the time in between when I wrote this report and when I got around to posting it, I got caught trespassing by some deputies. They let me go, perhaps telepathically determining that I hadn't set out intending to trespass… Anyhow.

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Understand: I grew up in a time of paper maps. I'd look at a map of some place and never think I could get from there to some other not-on-the-map place. Maybe those places were close; but whoever thought to go someplace not on the map one was looking at right then?

Last year, I walked most of the way around the bay. Along the way, I visited Sweeney Ridge and the SF Bay Discovery site. I came at them via San Bruno. But from that spot radiated other trails to other places.

Monday, I walked there from Pacifica; then walked down to San Bruno. The walk was nice; bunny rabbits and hummingbirds and dilapidated Nike Missile control buildings. But the thrill was moving from map to map. Passing through space previously ignored.

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Yesterday, I passed the site of SCRAP's upcoming escape room game, Escape the Jail.

It was a little bittersweet to consider that "Escape the Jail" theme. On the sweet hand: Run More Games, yay. On the bitter hand, remembering that Kazuya Iwata wanted to run an escape game on Alcatraz, so if he's running this escape game not-on-Alcatraz… maybe that means he gave up on that dream.

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Book Report: The Old Ways It's a book of philosophical meandering ramblings about walking and sailing old routes. It starts out with a great deal of meandering musings, but if you can get past that, there are some interesting...

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It's like someone started to bedazzle this lamp post. And then someone labeled some stones for a phone keypad before noticing that there weren't enough. Or something? It's like something, that's for ...

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This morning, I did a sort of whaddyacallit… phone-guided walk of the Berkeley hills with a back-story. Following SMS and voice instructions, I walked and climbed and saw some things to a narr...

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obscure joke What does one say to an urban drifter who lacks snacks?   "You're" a "flâneur" without a "flan". ...

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Google Streetview knows Muir Woods trails Why walk the Steep Ravine trail like a chump when you can traverse it virtually through street view? There's the Steep Ravine, the Matt Davis, much of the Dipsea… I was thinking of walking ...

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Wanted: Mnemonic for Proper Coyote Hazing What this photo is failing to show you is a coyote peeking out from amongst the eucalyptus trees uphill from UCSF Parnassus Heights, i.e., really really close to where I live. That's from my walk ...

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Further Around the Bay I walked more of the way around the bay. You may recall that my walk most of the way around the bay last month skipped a few parts that seemed too dangerous for walking; and a part that didn't seem t...

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That time I walked most of the way around the bay I took eight days and walked most of the way around the bay. I wrote down some things that happened, took some photos. Let's hope I left out the tedious parts and included only the interesting parts....

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I finally tried a Detour audio tour. These tours are like a neighborhood audio tour that you listen to on headphones, but use your phone's geolocation to figure out if you're at the right place to he...

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Over-Engineered Walks: Pittsburg Yesterday, I walked from the Pittsburg/Bay Point BART station to Old Town Pittsburg and back. This was my last walk chosen by that "Geocaching Vicinity" system. It was a good system. It was a good...

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I finally figured out there's no great way for me to walk south off of San Bruno mountain, a.k.a., the dramatic hill from the end of the WHO game. Ages ago, when I wanted to take a long walk, I used...

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Overloaded Name If you say Gordon Moore, as in "Moore's Law" …now we have to ask if you mean the Intel co-founder's rule of thumb about computer hardware advances or the San Francisco beat cop. ...

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Book Report: Cool Gray City of Love It's a book about San Francisco. Something of a cross between a history and a gazetteer; it's a collection of 49 essays, each using a San Francisco neighborhood as a leaping-off point for talking abo...

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Book Report: A Sense of Direction In which the author goes on a few walking pilgrimages, though he is not himself religious. He discusses what folks got out of pilgrimages back in the day. Similarly, he discusses what they get out of...

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Assumption school exists. The jokes practically write themselves. ...

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Over-engineered Walks a year later: Munzee I still play Munzee, in which folks post the GPS coordinates of barcode stickers, and I go find and scan those bar codes. Since you only get credit for scanning any particular Munzee once, it gives m...

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Over-Engineered Walks a Year Later: randomized deck from index cards I still let some written-on index cards figure out my walking route to work each morning. If my route doesn't bring me to the correct block, then I take the last card, cross out its number, and write...

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Over-Engineered Walks a Year Later: Geocache Vicinity When I want to get out from behind the computer and go for a walk and don't want to choose the route myself, I still do this: Choose a geocache that I haven't visited yet that's a little further away...

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Larry Lane …as encountered on a walk through the Oakland Hills ...

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Nautical Flags, Richmond Posting this just in case it shows up later as a Shinteki puzzle site, you know? ...

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Puzzle Hunts are Everywhere, even Stanford Campus and/or the Moon This long weekend was all about location-based games, mostly out in the world. Played Shinteki's Stanford Puzzle Tour Failed to Real-Escape the Moon Base Followed a Hash House Harriers trail from th...

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Happy National Poetry Month I saw a poem this morning: Parent demonstrates-by-example how to look both ways… ...

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Updated a photo of McGrouther-Conradi tacks with an informative message I got about their history. ...

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How to be sure a site is GPS-friendly? How do I know if a place is "glitchy" for GPS? I thought it was enough to just glance at my phone-map for a few seconds, but now I don't know what to think. The other day, I met friends downtown. I ...

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OK, I've tried Ingress now It's another location-based game; Egnor finally nudged me over into trying it. By checking in at one spot and then checking in at a nearby spot, I drew a line segment on a map between those two spots...

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To try a game prototype where the "map" depends on where you physically play, go to Amnesia Fortnight, pony up a few bucks, vote for "Buried Metropolis," and hope for good luck. That's the skinny. H...

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Book Report: The Ludic City Mostly, an academic jots down observations of people goofing around in cities' public spaces. Pedestrians waggle their arms. Buskers and street crazies accost passers-by. Bicyclists ride in perhaps-s...

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The plan was to stick some Munzee barcodes to things. Things did not go according to plan. I tried sticking a barcode under a utility box and the barcode fell right off—the box was covered with...

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Puzzle Hunts are Everywhere, even 10.4 N 75.5 W This morning, I had the spirit to look up. Above the usual eye-level was a crudely taped-up laminated message, triva-lly cluing a certain location. (Not my location; I was in San Francisco, USA, of c...

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Over-Engineered Walks: Munzee Addendum Last week, the Munzee folks must have spidey-sensed that a puzzle-hunt enthusiast was writing about their geocaching-in-the-age-of-smartphones game. We know this because soon afterwards, they launche...

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Over-engineered Walks: Munzee Munzee is a game that encourages you to go places, something like Geocaching in the age of smartphones. In Geocaching, you are given a set of lat/long coordinates; you go there, you find a little con...

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Over-engineered Walks: randomized deck from index cards A few weeks back, Brian Enigma posted in response to one of these "Over-engineered walks" posts: @lahosken Or get a set of DiceCards and remove/ignore the ones with a north or diagonal compass. Or ma...

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Over-engineered Walks: Geocache Vicinity When I'm traveling and I want to to do some semi-random wandering, I look for geocaches, little boxes hidden around the world whose lat/longitudes are posted on a website. Except I don't really look ...

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Tonight's talk wasn't recorded, which is too bad because it touched on The-Game-ish themes. Participants move through space, facing challenges which they overcome as a group. Still, that lack of reco...

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Over-engineered Walks: Dice Around the start of 2012, I started work at Google's San Francisco office. I walked to work, but quickly got tired of walking the direct route day after day. I started walking a different route each ...

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Over-engineered Walks: Keep Walking South I walk for exercise. I don't like deciding where to go, though. I set up systems to make that decision for me, so I can enjoy the breeze and the sweet, sweet endorphins. Complicating these systems: I...

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Vertical garden, Hickory Alley ...

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A resident addressed me: "It would be interesting to set up a time-lapse camera here." I was walking at Waldo Point Harbor in Sausalito, a big houseboat area. Specifically, I was stepping off a tempo...

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The people of Brisbane, California, decorate the town's fire plugs. When a fire plug wears out, they don't want to discard their art, so they have a plug preserve. ...

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New-to-me Golden Gate Bridge overlook by Battery Godfrey ...

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The @Shinteki logo, before it was a triangle, was a seated discus thrower. (Specifically, it was a mash-up of Rodin's Thinker and Discus Thrower statues.) That was pretty funny because ha ha who thin...

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Photo: Niantic Ave If you walk from San Francisco to the Daly City BART station, you could pass this. ...

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Saw a Hash House Harriers pack run past, my first time seeing a live pack instead of just leftover chalk marks on the ground. At first I was kind of disappointed. I thought "If I were the hare, I wo...

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Windows Phone event setting up at San Francisco @BillGrahamCivic, preparing for major crowd control. ...

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Link: SpliceVine interview with Sara Thacher @thacher is a big name in the @jejuneinstitute game and other TransMedia experience/game/thingies. This site about video editing(?!) interviewed her, and she mentions an early influence: Janet Cardif...

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My high school chums and I used to go to the No-Name Sushi restaurant every so often. We stopped going after it caught fire. (How does a restaurant specializing in raw fish catch fire? Anyhow.) I wal...

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@HollowSF now has @DandelionChoco. nextdoorsweets.com is open and serving boba and gelato. I'm gonna get fat. ...

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I used to stop in at the Roastery for the decor. They used Papyrus font despite being across the street from an art school. I always wondered what woke the art students up more: the coffee or the gra...

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People are surprised that Barefoot Contessa's at @sfcarts Stanyan/Waller. But "no shoes, no service" law sez she's gotta eat outdoors. ...

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Each morning, a food truck pulls up behind the San Francisco opera house. Its car horn plays the bugle tune First Call. A night at the opera meets a day at the races. ...

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I walked home a different way yesterday and bumped into #OccupySF . It's a real thing. You know how sometimes you read a news report of a protest, but eventually figure out it was just a half-dozen p...

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I walked south and took some photos http://goo.gl/nQMb5 ...

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Puzzle Hunts were everywhere, even the Magic Mountain area at Coyote Point park I went for a walk partway down the peninsula this morning. At one point, I realized I was walking past the Coyote Point playground, the one with the big castle-themed play structure. This site was th...

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I went on a walk this morning. I took a few photos. ...

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Wooly Pig Cafe There's a Wooly Pig Cafe 3rd Ave and Hugo in San Francisco. I feel like I scored some kind of "scoop" by discovering this cafe by walking around instead of by reading Heath Putnam's Wooly Pig blog. ...

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In the Haight, trading words with a tattooed dope fiend is old news; but shopping in a supermarket is novel. ...

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Art Hunts are Everywhere, even the Presidio I was just reminded of a walk I recently took in San Francisco's Presidio. There was an art event going on around the Fort Winfield Scott area; exhibits scattered around outside. You could approach...

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Puzzle Hunts are Everywhere, but the Edges are Fuzzy On my way to Saturday's excellent Shinteki Decathlon game, I swung by a few places to take care of a few things. E.g., I stopped to take an unhurried look at that worn-down Jejune sticker I'd spotte...

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Puzzle Hunts are Everywhere, Even the Marin Headlands and maybe the Seat in Front of me on the Bus There was that awesome Shinteki Decathlon game a couple of weeks ago. One of the clue sites was Hawk Hill, a high hill in the Marin Headlands. It seemed like a neat site, so... yesterday I went bac...

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Link: Ken Jennings roolz San Francisco City Hall runs this town. And who runs city hall? Not Gavin Newsom--he's bumbling around, grooming himself for a gubernatorial run. Fortunately Jeopardy star Ken Jennings stepped in to keep city ha...

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Puzzle Hunts are Everywhere, even San Jose I like The Game. I like the puzzles, but in between puzzles, I like hopping into a van and zipping around, visiting interesting places. Even though... all too often we don't really linger at the in...

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Follow-up: SFZero Suggestion Box You may recall that last month, I stumbled onto a suggestion box on Waller and Steiner streets. This suggestion box, as it turned out, was part of a game. This game, SF0, is a sort of mutual-dare c...

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Not-Puzzle Hunts are Everywhere, but especiially at Waller and Steiner On my way back home from the library, I encountered a nicely-made suggestion box at the Northeast corner of Waller and Steiner. Signage encouraged passers-by to write suggestions on index cards and ...

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Book Report: The Roads to Sata In this travelog, our hero walks the length of Japan, from the tippy-top of Hokkaido, the length of Honshu, down south past Sakurajima. This was in the 1980s, and gaijin were mysterious; he encounte...

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Can I Mooch a Ride from San Francisco to Mars Saturday Morning? Dear Lazyweb-- I'm volunteering at the Googol Conglomerate tomorrow, i.e., Saturday. I could spend three hours getting there from San Francisco on CalTrain. But I'd much rather mooch a ride with y...

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Book Report: New Yorker Feb 14 & 21 2005 I read the New Yorker in stack order; magazines are not pushed on the stack at publish-time, but are queued elsewhere for a nontrivial time; that is, I don't read them in chronological order. So you ...

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Puzzle Hunts are Everywhere I stepped off the streetcar two stops early tonight. I wanted to walk a ways. I had recovered from my wild and crazy weekend. I was no longer hobbling around--I could walk. So I wanted to walk, g...

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Puzzle Hunts are Everywhere Peter Tang just rented a new apartment. Today Steven, 'Lene and I went over to paint some of the walls. Watching paint dry is not interesting. So between coats we headed out for lunch. As we walk...

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Park Challenge Today Team Unwavering Resolve (a.k.a. Steven Pitsenbarger, Paul du Bois, and I) played in Park Challenge, a puzzle hunt game organized by the Desert Taxi folks. It was a fun stroll in Golden Gate Pa...

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Book Report: A Walk In the Woods Bill Bryson confirms that hiking is difficult. This book was OK. Tags: book | Appalachian Trail |Labels: book, ok, pedestrian...

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