Through one of our oldest garden trees downtown San Francisco is visible. Awesome.
Happy Memorial Day dear friends! We just finished our breakfast and are preparing for a relaxed holiday. Later this evening we are invited to Sarah's dad Richard for a dinner. It's actually catering but when my dear father in law invites us for dinner it's so sweet!!!
After the water leak in our neighbor's garage in early March we have assessed the condition of our own (they are built in a set of three) and found it in need of new pipes. Hmm... guess we'll have ourselves a chance to clean out our extremely cosy garage, honey.
We all know there are big plans for the man made Treasure Island, the biggest yet in San Francisco. But now also George Lucas is chiming in on it. His museum first "went" to Chicago after leaving the Presidio, but there's a law in nature that says what's once been to San Francisco always returns. Go Lucas, go!
The new Nvidia GTX 1080. It's faster than two 980 in SLI and a beast of a card. Maxwell is thus being outdated and Pascal is the new King. No third party benchmarks have been done yet so stay tuned. The GTX 1080 will be out on May 27th. And it will break the bank. Big time.
Maxing out GTA V in 4K with 3 (!) Nvidia 980 cards sounds promising, right? Unfortunately the vram doesn't stack so you'll be sitting in front of your monitor with an average framerate of 6.2. Yep, so much for your expensive powerhorse. Check out some other framerate guzzlers HERE.
Guess how much moolah you need to be considered "wealthy" in the Bay Area? Put down you coffee cup first. $6 million. Yep. And $1 million to be considered "comfortable". You've got the figures right HERE if you want to know more. Craazee!
The most brilliant game series of all time unveils it's 3rd installment today. Say goodbye to work, family and sleep. Or simply don't touch the game at all. Because you WILL be caught in its grip if you press that button: DARK SOULS III. Whatever your decision, do watch the beautiful launch trailer below:
The new BART railcars were showcased last Wednesday in Hayward. They're sleekier and have more doors and the system map will be shown on a monitor instead of a poster. The old cars have more or less looked the same since 1972 so it's about time the Bay Area commuters get to ride in a more future proof train set. Let's hope the agency will step up the cleaning as well. How many of us have been able to look out the windows without paying sad attention to the dirty dirty panes? Never have I seen clean windows on a BART car. Ever.
OK guys. Ever wondered how a First Person Action Movie would look like? That is, a movie shot like an FPS video game. Well Hardcore Henry is exactly that. Take a look at the trailer below. You better brace yourself for this will probably be the ride of your life!
In 2009 I saw a video from Boston Dynamics with BigDog, a robot walking through snow and slippery icy roads. This is their more humanesque version of it - Atlas. And yes, it's still just as hilarious when it almost falls over because of cyberbullying or obstacles!
I've listened to this very talented man in San Francisco a couple years ago and it's about time he receives it: The Game Developers Choice Lifetime Achievement Award. Congrats Todd!
Hope for Paws is an organization that rescues dogs and other animals that are suffering. Watch this touching journey where little Jordan steps up from close to death to full health and vigor, ready to take on the world as all dogs should be able to. Please donate.
As an avid rpg player I've been waiting for Dragon's Dogma Dark Arisen to arrive on PC. And now it's here. Gamers love it, even more than the Dragon Age franchise. And the professional critics? Here's a link to a review that pretty much covers the whole point. and says it all.
$600 for the Oculus? The price was announced yesterday. I have tested one of the earlier versions in Paris and I wasn't convinced at all. This is Peter and Justin's take on the latest version and if it's going to be a mainstream success or not. Straight from CES 2016 in Las Vegas.
So, with Windows 10 comes DirectX 12. As an avid PC gamer you're probably going to ponder - or at least wonder - whether low-level APIs are going to deliver better performance, consistent frame delivery and all that which makes life worth living. Check out the outlines of it by clicking HERE.
One of those incredible photos taken from Jake's quadcopter may illustrate Happy New Year to all of you out there, both my own friends and Sarah's as well as our mutual friends all over the world. Unfortunately Sarah's stuck with the flu in Quebec, the first in almost 20 years (and no, I don't feel sorry for her. She needs this to wind down!). And I'm still in Europe (longer than i thought this time around). Take care, we love you all!
Looks like I'll be staying in Sweden/France over the Holidays. With my last trip to Paris before X-mas next weekend and Sarah busy in Quebec we won't be able to celebrate together (again!). But if the lucky star shines brightly over the both of us she'll be heading for a business trip to Marseille in January. Meeting up will then be a cakewalk.
Photo: Classic Cable Cars
Photo: Classic Cable Cars
One Rincon Hill has always been occupying a place in both Sarah's and my heart since the first tower opened its gates during the recession. In 2010 we went for a tour and it was even affordable back then. But now, the rent for the 2br/2ba unit on the 55th floor is $14,000/month! SfGate published an article about it this morning. You can read it HERE.
The terror that struck France last night is horrible beyond measure. And it made me realize how deeply connected I am with the French after all these years of travelling back and forth to Paris. This is a sad day folks. A sad day indeed.
Got an aerial pic from Jake which he took of Nob Hill from his drone last week. Nob Hill is one of my favorite neighborhoods in San Francisco. Sarah and I rented an apartment in 2011-2012 for almost 8 months on Pine street with a crazily awesome view of Financial district and upper Nob Hill.