Saturday, September 20, 2008


Favorite Things

Caroline put together a book of my favorite things for my 35th birthday

Monday, September 01, 2008


Seattle Labor Day


Paul rocks

My friend Paul's Weezer cover band played Slim's last friday

Saturday, August 23, 2008


Saturday Farmer's Market

Saturday, August 16, 2008



Sunday, July 20, 2008


9000+ cacti species

Sunday, July 13, 2008



The infamous water pump from London's 1854 cholera outbreak (as detailed in The Ghost Map).

Monday, June 30, 2008


Cooper visits SF

Sunday, June 15, 2008


Graduation weekend dinner at B&T

Saturday, June 07, 2008


Caroline's Rice Thresher

Wednesday, May 28, 2008


Memorial Day NYC trip

Saturday, April 26, 2008


Your Room Sir

Suite upgrade in LA

Sunday, April 20, 2008


Spruce Dinner

Had a great dinner at Spruce last night (using a christmas gift from michael and lisa). They have house cured meats - here's coppa - which I had to eat all by myself.

Sunday, April 06, 2008


Turning Italian

Has Maryrose & Chris + Trevor & Teri over for dinner last night. Italian themed.

Sunday, March 23, 2008


The Coffee House: My new NYC haunt

Well it's official, i'm now a junior member of The Coffee House, a venerable NYC club founded almost 100 years ago as the "foes of finance." This eclectic group of writers, artists, scholars and creatives included notable members such as Herbert Hoover, John Steinbeck, Henry Luce and George Gershwin.

So why me? It all draws back to my father-in-law Michael Barlerin, proud Coffee House member. A few years ago Michael gave me Roger Angell's memoir as a gift. Reading about the literary circle he grew up around made me realize that being on the West Coast meant Caroline and I were less able to extend the wonderful histories her mother and father had created in Dallas and New York through their own involvement in the arts. So for Christmas this year when Michael proposed putting me up for membership of course i was interested. It also helped that perfectly consistent with Michael's outlook, this club wasn't some snooty stuffy affair but a group with renegade spirit.

Now i just need to figure out more ways to get back east in order to meet my fellow Coffee House members.

Sunday, March 16, 2008


Saturday night in the fog of the ocean

CB and I enjoyed dinner with Mitch and Freada in Half Moon Bay last night. It was great to catch up - Caroline worked with Freada for four years and Mitch has been heavily involved with Second Life since its inception.

Sunday, March 09, 2008


Indian Wedding

It was India Night at Caroline's Stanford program and festivities included a simulated wedding.

Saturday, March 08, 2008


Caroline, Annie and Me

Caroline and I attended last night's opening reception for the Annie Leibovitz show here in SF. Definitely recommended if you're in the area - a very personal retrospective with fewer of the iconic celebrity portraits (although there were some wonderful shots of household figures) and more of her family, friends and landscape work.

Saturday, February 23, 2008


Wondercon in San Francisco


Meals with Friends

Sunday, January 20, 2008



Wednesday, January 16, 2008


Captain Blackberry

From a conference i attended in October.....

Wednesday, January 09, 2008


Xmas holiday pictures

Some of CB's photos from NY and Dominican Republic.

Saturday, January 05, 2008


Cooper holidays

Saturday, December 22, 2007


dinner with michael and brad

Sunday, December 16, 2007


Sweet Like Us

Saturday, December 08, 2007


Google Holiday Party

Space theme. Bunch of different room.


Sugar High

My friend Ryan (works at Jelly Belly) always throws some sweets my way when we get together.

There was a jawbreaker as big as your fist. That's not candy, that's Darwin. If you're stupid enough to try and eat it, you choke and die.

Thursday, November 29, 2007


Heart of the City

Happy CB on the roof of Pat's NYC apartment

Saturday, November 24, 2007


Thanksgiving on Long Island

Saturday, November 17, 2007


Caroline likes veggie burgers

Saturday, November 10, 2007


Art III !

A tiny piece from the wonderful Lark Pien. I hope to have a much larger one someday.


Art II !

New small piece by Debbie Huey



Today we hung this great Gary Panter piece that Pat gifted me for my birthday.

Saturday, November 03, 2007


Snow in SF

Taking in the ski/snowboard jump at Pac Bell with VIP passes.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007


Jet Setters

Was at a conference for a few days this past week and shared the flight with some old (and new) friends. Mitch (the guy in the Hawaiian shirt) is involved with Linden Lab (where i worked before Google) and his wife started the foundation that caroline ran from 2003-07 before leaving for grad school.

Sunday, October 07, 2007


Letters to the Editor

My father and i used to have a competition re: getting letters to the editor published. It's hibernated in recent years but with one in today's NYTimes Sports section, dad is letting me know it's game on!

Sunday, September 23, 2007


Congrats Nick and Jesse

Nick Haines and Jesse Marmon tied the knot this weekend

Sunday, September 09, 2007


Me and Cooper

Got to see the newest arrival to the family today - one month old Cooper - the first grandchild in our family and the lovely spawn of my sister Alyssa and her husband Justin.

Monday, September 03, 2007


Photos: Bora Bora, Stanford

Peep two of CB's photo albums

From vacation in South Pacific

From her first days at Stanford

Sunday, August 26, 2007


CB gets some class

After a grueling excel training, Caroline starts pre-term for Sloan this week so be sure to send her your well-wishes. And number two pencils.

Friday, August 10, 2007


I'm an uncle

a few weeks earlier than expected but Alyssa and Justin welcomed Cooper Joshua Lipton into the world this week. We're excited.

Thursday, July 19, 2007


YouTube: New Embedded Player options

Sunday, July 15, 2007


And now Vince and Berit are married too

This wedding had a very impressive ratio of tattoo:guest


Trevor and Teri married

Two weddings, one weekend. First one done! Trevor and Teri Watt are now married.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007


Lady Bird Passes

Lady Bird Johnson was a family friend of Caroline's and although i never met her, i recall her christmas cards. She would be pictured with a large extended family - literally last year it was a tri-fold.

Sunday, July 08, 2007


Off it goes

Had a senior moment at the gym today and forgot the combination to my masterlock. They needed to cut it off for me. The bright side is that by forgetting it, i'm sure i used the brainspace to retain something way more important.


Little red pills

Caroline came back from the Aspen Ideas festival with lots of great stories and contacts but most exciting for me was the sample size Pom Pills bottle. I'm the guinea pig so if you don't hear from me again, it means i had an allergic reaction and died.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007


Caroline goes to Aspen, Hunter to the bar

With Caroline out of town at the Aspen Ideas Festival, I've been left to my own devices. This usually just means i just hang out at work til all hours, but with today off it means a quick stop at the gay bar. Yes, my secret life is that every few months I go to the Pilsner Inn for an intense pinball session. Today it was Theatre of Magic, indisputably one of the better machines from the mid-90s before the industry pretty much went under.

Sunday, July 01, 2007


Caroline is DONE

Caroline's last day of work was Friday as she gets ready for the Sloan program at Stanford.

Saturday, June 23, 2007


Mom's Done

Family had dinner last night to celebrate my mother's retirement from teaching. She'll never really stop - next year she's doing some mentorship for new hires - she's out of the classroom.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007


Three years ago today....

Caroline and I got married!

Monday, May 21, 2007


Home Sweet Home

Caroline and I are now both back in town after some weekend travel.

CB was in NY for a Taproot board meeting and some family time.

I was in Mexico - a friend is thinking of joining a luxury residence timeshare so a few of us joined him for evaluation.

Saturday, May 12, 2007


Droids deliver mail

One of the Star Wars mailboxes in LA


My favorite pictures of Caroline

Caroline Avedon Portraits

Tuesday, May 08, 2007


The Day the DVR Died

i think my Tivo died. I'll buy a new one on saturday but alas how to recover my lost programming. Hard drive surgery coming up!

Sunday, May 06, 2007


Yeah, it's been a while

so what happened was we have all these great pictures to post but left caroline's camera with a friend. Now we've got it back so i'll get back to this blog more frequently.

Anyway, just got back from Caroline's orientation weekend at the Stanford Sloan program. It's a very respected executive MBA program she'll be doing for a year starting August. I'm a Biz Partner (what they call the SO's)!

Sunday, April 08, 2007


He Won at Jeopardy, Baby

A little obsessive Googling to find out if my old roommate Doug Dorst had published his first book yet revealed that while we're still waiting for his novel to hit shelves, he did win $60k+ on Jeopardy last year. Nice!

Friday, March 16, 2007


Blink and you'll miss it

Our wedding planner was featured on the local news and she managed to include a photo of us in the montage. Click the video player to watch.

Sunday, March 11, 2007


And when we're not at home...

we're likely still working somewhere.

Have laptop, will travel.

Sunday, March 04, 2007


Wondercon 2007

March 2007 - wondercon

Attended Wondercon Comic Convention in SF

Sunday, February 25, 2007


Belle of the Ball

Spent a few hours at the annual Academy of Friends AIDS benefit here in San Francisco. Caroline put on an amazing gown previously only worn at Beth and Teymour's wedding. The gay guys and drag queens were totally worshipping her, which is quite an accomplishment. Michael and Brad took a picture of us so hopefully can add it in future days.

Saturday, February 24, 2007


Caroline 2,0

By the way, this week Caroline got into both the Columbia/Haas MBA program and the Stanford Sloan Management Program. Lots of big decisions ahead. Go CB!

Monday, February 19, 2007


It takes a confident man...

... to admit he likes scented candles. Just as my old Tocca candles were running out, Caroline introduced me to Jo Malone for Valentine's Day. Specifically the Basil Candle Collection -- yes, it's as interesting as it sounds.

Sunday, February 18, 2007


FF in SF

Feb 2007 - FF visit to SF

Tuesday, February 13, 2007


What celebrity likes my name?

I don't usually cross-post between my two blogs, but click here to find out what celebrity thinks Hunter Walk is a good name.

Sunday, February 11, 2007


Gasp - plans on a Thursday!

Our normal routine of "get home late, nod to each other, return to working in home office" was wonderfully disrupted this past Thursday. CB and I went to see The Roots at the Fillmore and while neither of us were feeling 100%, it was a great show.

Saturday, January 27, 2007


Not retiring until 2008

Second Life's Board Chair interviewed at Davos:

"When will there be a liquidity event? When do the investors and employees who are shareholders get some money back? There’s no timetable on that. Not this year. We’ll look at it again."

Geez, guess I'm working until at least 2008 ;-)


Thursday, January 25, 2007


Late night

My first push at YouTube - late night but waiting for site to come back live.......

Sunday, January 21, 2007


No peking. Well maybe a little

CB and I saw the Peking Acrobats in Berkeley today. Very impressive body control.

Monday, January 15, 2007


Sadie chicken

On Block Island this summer my goddaughter had the best frozen chicken dinner. And while my diet does not often resemble that of a four year old, in this case I had to have my own Sadie chicken.

Well, after six months we finally tracked it down -- Bell and Evans, carried at discerning grocers throughout the United States.

Sunday, January 07, 2007


Resolutions 2007: Yoga

So although i usually eschew New Year's Resolutions I decided to embrace the meme this year. One of my intentions is to start practicing yoga again -- nothing serious, just a weekly session -- so this morning i returned to the studio i used to visit. The folks at The Mindful Body were surprised to see me given that the last activity on my account was late 2003 but, hey, you know, i was busy.

Saturday, January 06, 2007


CB Family at Xmas

2006 Holiday Pics

Monday, January 01, 2007


Big Apple Circus

Saturday, December 16, 2006


The mind is willing, the body less so

My post-event soreness reminds me that

1) I'm getting older
2) Dodgeball on trampolines makes for an excellent team offsite

Saturday, December 09, 2006


From the mouth of babes

Our five year and seven year old neighbors get overjoyed and like to shout and wave when we see them. Usually they'll tell us about where they're going or what they are eating for dinner. Today:

"We're going to the grocery store. Mom says Luna is dead."

It's cute when spoken excitedly by kids.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006


Werewolves of London

My Europe trip in September had a number of interesting developments. Now at least one of them can be revealed:

BSkyB and Google announce pioneering partnership

"He [Eric Schmidt, Google CEO] said that Google was planning similar deals with other large media firms and content providers. "If we can get this structure right over the next few months and it rolls out, then it becomes the index case for every other country and every other operator.""

Damn right!

Saturday, December 02, 2006


Bedroom additions

It took a while for Caroline and I to get organized but we've now gotten our headboards and bedroom rug. A generous gift from Caroline's mom.


Chef Alex and Wally

CB and I spent the afternoon and evening with the fine folks from SF Culinary Adventures, a food experience service owned by friends of ours. The impetus? Besides yummy dining and great conversation, Culinary Adventures was being filmed for a local news show.


Thanksgiving in NY

A great NY trip for Thanksgiving. My dad is blogging.

Newly engaged Nick & Jesse

Cute nephew

Handsome strapping men


Loving Luna

The week before Thanksgiving we put Luna to sleep and gave her some relief from the cancer she's been fighting for the last 18 months. Luna was 12 1/2 years old and a wonderful companion. Caroline has put some pictures up on a website so we can all remember her.

Saturday, November 25, 2006


Up Country

Hanging out in Stanfordville with with the sister-in-law and her family. Their place has a great guest apartment above the garage. I vow to spend a summer there at some point in the future. Whether they know it or not.

Sunday, November 05, 2006


Great Grapes

CB and I spent Sunday afternoon in Heaven. Or at least as close as you can get while still maintaining a pulse. We were guests of the Sterling family at their Iron Horse Vineyard. Iron Horse produces prestige wine - it has been served at the White House for 20 years - and, if you're lucky enough, complements it with absolutely awesome meals prepared by the winery chef.

What brought us to such a great venue? Andy Plesser of was celebrating the growth of his online video venture. Along with me and CB were the founder of Blinkx (and his fiancee) plus the co-founders of The News Market.

Saturday, November 04, 2006


Friday Night Lights

Took a few hours on Friday night to hide from work (which I'll otherwise be doing most of the weekend). How did we make use of our time? Quite excellently I must say!

Saturday, October 14, 2006


Bloggers getting into Second Life

Posts that contain "second Life" per day for the last 360 days.
Technorati Chart
Get your own chart!

Friday, October 13, 2006


Dallas - State Fair

Oct 2006 - Dallas trip

Sunday, September 24, 2006


London in rearview, now in Zurich

Flew to Zurich today where I'll be until Wed morning. Didn't arrive until late in the afternoon but still enough time to stroll in late September sunshine. Walked over to the Google office to get my bearings and then happened upon various Swiss folks doing the things Swiss people do, which basically seems to be kissing, smoking and eating ice cream.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006


Lost in Translation

Okay, it's not Tokyo and I'm no Billy Murray, but the jet lag bug has got me. Another night with trouble falling asleep. Never a night owl anyway, all i want is some zzzzzzz. I hear flying west is easier than east because all you need to do is stay up later, not try to fall asleep earlier. Now they tell me....

Tuesday, September 19, 2006


The Birthday Upgrade Strategy Does Not Work

Yesterday was my birthday and I spent my evening on a plane crossing the Atlantic. Work is taking me to London, Zurich and Seattle for the next two weeks meaning lots of air time and likely some Airborne. Which, by the way, despite what the woman sitting behind me insisted, IS supposed to be added to water and not chewed like an effervescent vitamin.

Despite our runaway economic success, my company is still pretty sensible when it comes to travel expenses so I flew coach to Heathrow. Used almost all my tricks to try and snag an upgrade from economy but alas it was not to be. Fortunately, I was able to snag one of the limited seats with extra legroom - 29K.

Now I'm in London, back from a stroll outside (sunlight fights jet lag) and preparing for a quick workout before spending the rest of the night on my laptop cranking through emails and finishing a presentation I need to deliver tomorrow morning.

Sunday, September 17, 2006


Poor little corn dogs

I will be attending the Texas State Fair. Unfortunately, it will be after the World Corny Dog Eating Championship.

Friday, September 08, 2006


Rocky Mountain High

Caroline and I flew into Aspen last night to begin the celebration of Kate Nitze's wedding. It's been two years since we last visited but the town still has the familiar mix of easy going crunchiness and ridiculous wealth. The St. Regis gave us a junior suite so i've been enjoying the complimentary dark chocolate, although not to the degree that I won't look forward to tonight's dinner at the Hickory House. Hey, we hiked Hunter's Creek Trail today so I deserve it!

Monday, September 04, 2006


Movies out, audiobooks in

Big changes ;-)

Netflix = stop
Simply AudioBooks = start

the sad truth of a man who spends too much time in his car

Saturday, August 05, 2006


Free dessert!

What's the only thing better than dessert? Free dessert! We redeemed our promotional card at Creations Dessert House last night for a little mango treat.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006


Tea for Two

And then after ice cream making, Caroline and I spent sunday afternoon working from our favorite tea house. Until the bad music overwhelmed her and we had to leave :-(

Tuesday, August 01, 2006


Ice Cream Eatin'

Thankfully our Williams Sonoma instructor made a batch before our class and shared the goodness with us.


Ice Cream Makin'

On Sunday Caroline and I attended an ice cream prep demo at Williams Sonoma. Our confidence is now running high for another attempt at making some ourselves.

Sunday, July 30, 2006


It's hot, parents visit

Last weekend my parents out to the West Coast. It was the first time they've seen our house (photo from our backyard). We had assured them it gets quite chilly during the summer. Ooops, record high temperatures.

Sunday, July 16, 2006


Pearl Jam at the Civic Ctr

Another in the series of "blurry Treo pictures," CB and I went to see Pearl Jam tonight (a welcome break from a weekend of work) the evening before her birthday.

Friday, July 14, 2006


Acoustic Foo

CB and I went to see the Foo Fighters play an acoustic set at a high school theater. Dave Grohl was in good spirits - he talked about Nirvana, which I hadn't heard him do before in concert.

Monday, July 10, 2006


Desk, done? Almost!

My desk is almost done... thanks Peter

Sunday, July 09, 2006


Hodes visit

Aunt Susan, Cousin Kara and Uncle Richard (from the left of me) came to visit on July 3rd. Their heads look normal size here but they're really quite big because of the giant brains inside.

Saturday, July 01, 2006


More popular than "free wooden knife"

And people say you can't get anything for free anymore


Coming soon, the urinal memorial

The Mass MoCA makes a sly joke about sponsorship. Or at least I hope it's a sly joke.

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