Inside the Intel Museum with the microprocessor that changed the world

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This is a model of the microprocessor Intel designed for the Japanese company, Busicom, that changed the world. It only had over 2,000 transistors. We now have over 2 billion transistors (on and off switches for electricity to go through) on our modern day chip. The growth is astounding! And how they fit all that on something as tiny as half a finger is beyond me.

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A worthy quote by one of Intel’s founders, Bob Noyce.

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The bunny suit/sterile clean suit if you want to work in the clean room at Intel.  Gotta keep those silicon wafers clean!

Cool Person, Cool Place — Kenny’s Cafe

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Found this hole-in-the-wall called Kenny’s Cafe and was charmed by this kooky, happy-go-lucky Korean owner who takes smiley pictures of all of his satisfied customers and puts them all over the ceiling and walls inside his cafe. Not only is the food good (from bibimbop to burgers to breakfast), we got the most enthusiastic clapping loud goodbye. I have never seen nor experienced anything like that in my life.  Kenny remembers almost everyone’s name. When we chatted with him about his big personality and deceptively young appearance, he yelped a booming Hiya! and did a dramatic karate kick in the air. I was laughing so hard. He said he worked for Mercedes-Benz for 23 years sitting at a desk all day and now he is on his feet all day. He believes that everyone is a celebrity, and that is why he takes pictures of everyone and puts them on the wall. There’s even a large screen TV with a running slideshow of former patrons and of him and his wife. In his own words, “I’m important and you are important!”, Kenny exudes a comedic presence like no other.  He is one cool person and he owns a cool place in Santa Clara, CA. Kenny’s Cafe has only been there for 2 years, but he has made a success of it.

Brilliant boat name + Barbara’s Fish Trap at Half Moon Bay

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If the owner of this boat is ever asked where he’s at, all he has to say is, “I’m IN A MEETING.”  And it would not be a lie.  How clever and amusing!

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We drove to Half Moon Bay today and had lunch at Barbara’s Fish Trap. The dungeness crab sandwich and clam chowder I would definitely order again, but the fried fish was a little too soggy for my liking. I like their cocktail sauce because it doesn’t have as much horseradish in it and tastes more like ketchup.

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Chuckle of the Day — at the Serpentarium

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After a big lunch out, I asked my father-in-law if he wanted to go to the snake store next to the restaurant (I had trouble expressing Serpentarium in Mandarin.)  And being very Chinese, he said, “No, I’m full.” as if I was asking him to pick out a snake to eat at what he thought was a Chinese “snake store.”  My mother-in-law told him it’s the kind you look at, not eat at.  My husband and I were dying of laughter.

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We saw some adorable baby bearded dragons playing with each other and attempting to capture crickets to no avail.

What stood out to Michael was the tarantula because it reminded him of the piano piece, Tarantella by Piezoncka.

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My favorite was this stunning Tegu:

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Talk about glamorous disguise!

Moon Cakes came out early this year

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Mid-Autumn Festival ( or Moon Festival which is Aug 15 on the Lunar Calendar) comes early this year on the Solar Calendar — September 8.  So stores in California already have moon cakes out. Since we won’t be here to celebrate with family, we went ahead and gifted them with a large fancy box of Hong Kong moon cakes, the traditional kind with salty egg yolk and white lotus paste inside. It’s a bummer we don’t get to eat them right now.