Sonoma Cycling

I went cycling for a winery trip with my new bicycle in Sonoma county last weekend. There were some troubles during the trip, but we really had fun.

Missing the ferry

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Firstly, we were going to meet at the SF Ferry Building at 11 a.m. on Saturday, but we were too late to take the ferry going to Vallejo. However, one of us found that the ship stopped at Pier 39 at 11:20 which is 10 minutes away by bike. Fortunately, we were able to catch the ferry in time before it left.

Stopped by a highway patrol

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We followed the exact bike route Google Map suggested from Vallejo to the cottage we rented on Airbnb. Suddenly, a highway patrol sirened at us when we were about to get to Napa county. We were wondering why there were lots of broken pieces on the ground, and the cars were driving so fast. As a matter of fact, the way we were going, whose speed limit was 60 mph, allows only cars to run. Luckily, we were just warned of the risks of cycling there. He kindly told us the right way. We should have double-checked if our route was bicycle friendly. On Saturday night, we joined together with another group to have dinner.

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Hiring a U-Haul

It was rainy on Sunday. We got poured on on the way to a winery and could barely make it there. It was still showering after taking a rest, so we gave up cycling and decided to hire a U-Haul. We went to a famous burger restaurant by the U-Haul. The burger was good. It was also nice that some bands played music in the restaurant. Then we headed to San Francisco.

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We missed our ferry, were stopped by a highway patrol, and drove a truck instead of cycling, but in the end, we had a lot of fun.

Developer Week Hackathon 2016

Our team won a second prize at Developer Week Hackathon 2016 held on February 13th and 14th.

What is Developer Week Hackathon?

Developer Week is a tech event which includes a hackathon, workshops, and a conference & expo in San Francisco. In the hackathon, we had some sponsors that provided the technologies such as REST APIs. The participants use the technologies and suggest the use cases.

Team

We were three engineers and a designer. Firstly, I tried hiring a random person. The first one I asked was a German guy. He introduced me to an Indian guy and an American girl. As a result, our team was international (Japan, US, Germany, and India).

Product

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The product concept was a digital signage displaying advertisement on it and an ads platform which allows you to reserve them via app. The digital signage was implemented by Raspberry Pi and LED Matrix.

My 2016 resolutions

2016 has come at last.

Do you have any New Year’s resolutions? I have two and half resolutions. I would like to share them.

1. To make more than four products.

They are whatever I can make. For example, mobile apps, web apps, IoT devices, and so on. This resolution also works for sustaining and improving my skill.

2. To pitch the products and win prizes.

I would like to present them by myself because recently, I realized I have to be able to explain the things I want to make. I will participate in hackathons and meetups, and practice my presentation.

Finally, I want a girlfriend. It isn’t a joke. Haha. Well, I will give it a try.