Ferry Terminal Sunset

Ferry Terminal SunsetStepping off the ferry this evening in Alameda, this was the view down the estuary back towards San Francisco! Unfortunately, I didn’t have the 20D with me, just the trusty Nokia N95, and while the shot is still beautiful, I have to admit it did not do the scene justice. Tomorrow, and perhaps for the rest of this week, I will carry the 20D with me too!

I actually have a few from last week when I took it, but still need to upload those. Watch for more sunset photos in the Flickr stream this week…

Mint Leaf Menu

I have taken a few photos of the Mint Leaf menu and uploaded them here so you can see what options are available.

This is the main menu page, showing all the starters and main course options (click the image for a larger view):

And this is the lunch menu page:

I didn’t include the page with the side dishes, deserts and beverages, the latter including a selection of beer and sake options. If you’re looking for a desert, I recommend trying the Cream Cheese Cigar with Bananas – you might want to share it though!

Mint Leaf Vietnamese Restaurant

Mint Leaf Vietnamese RestaurantHeading out to do a quick network access test at McDonald’s tonight, then on to pick up some dinner from a new Vietnamese restaurant right here in Alameda: the Mint Leaf.

Located in Marina Village, the Mint Leaf is a sit down restaurant. We went for dinner a couple of weeks back and ate in. Tonight I’m planning to pick up and head home since I’m eating alone. Their website is not yet live, but you can check out the reviews on Yelp and ChowHound.

Ring Bell and Wait

What else would they do?Hanging on the fence next to the gates to the loading bay at the Hangar 1 facility in Alameda is this sign. I wonder what caused them to use this wording though? Had there been incidents of truck drivers arriving, ringing the bell and then driving off? Or, perhaps, getting out, ringing the bell and then hopping back in the cab and just driving through the gates?

The mind boggles!

Open Top Public Transit

Open Top TrolleyLast weekend MUNI was running this open top trolley along the Embarcadero, apparently as a shuttle service for something. Aside from being a trolley I haven’t seen often, it also caught my eye because it was flying both the Stars & Stripes and a Union Jack flag (it is the one on the far side in this photo).

Not sure who it was shuttling, nor why there was a Union Jack flying on it – anybody know?

Cindarella Bicycle

BicycleA grey, and relatively cold Memorial Day weekend here in Alameda. It actually rained a little on Saturday, was blustery and cold on Sunday and only a little better for Monday.

Today, of course, was back to blue skies and sunshine.

The photo was taken in the small playground area attached to the Ruby Bridges Elementary School here in Bayport, Alameda (even though Flickr still thinks that all the photos I take in Alameda are actually from Oakland).

Location Tagger, AT&T Wi-Fi and Twitter

Starbucks, AlamedaI installed a new app on my N95 the other day from the Nokia Beta Labs: Location Tagger. This is one of the things that should have been built into the camera application from day one on a GPS enabled phone, but I’m glad to see they’re catching up.

The photo on the right is my first test of this new feature. The photo was automatically geo-tagged (so, if you visit the photo’s page in Flickr, you can see it placed on a map). Flickr seems to be confused about the city (it thinks Alameda is Oakland!), but it shows up in the correct place on the map.

Why was I at Starbucks? Well, I stopped by to see whether AT&T had disabled the free Wi-Fi for iPhone users. The special free login page has indeed gone, replaced by the older iPhone login page, though it did still let me on using the iPhone credentials I had stored in my Devicescape account 🙂

Finally, I finally signed up for Twitter, and added the Twitter feed to the left column on the blog. Since it is connected to my IM client (Adium, for those wondering), I can send it short messages about what I’m up to, and they’ll end up here on the blog as well as on my Twitter page.