August 1st, 2004

beach, outside

easy adventure

the ice

the ice

[the rest of the pictures]
Yesterday I went with Kate, Jon, Rachel, Elena, and Charles to the Big Four Ice Caves [wta]. After stopping at the grocery store for picnic supplies and missing several turns, we made it to the trailhead. The hike itself was more walklike with little elevation gain and a very developed path. But the end was really cool. It opened into a big rocky clearing with ice caves. It was really hot until you got within the range of a cave opening, which released a steady breeze of freezing cold air. We didn't venture into the caves since they are apparently deadly.

After lunching in the icy air, we climbed on a big rock and walked around looking at waterfalls and more ice. Eventually we found a big waterfall and climbed into it. The experience was pretty fantastic, but eventually I started to mildly panic about the difficulty of getting back to the ground [exciting personality insight: no fear of heights, slipping or falling injuries, but lack of easy escape route]. We made it back without difficulty, only scarred by a very wet foot.

From the boulders, it looked like it would be nice to explore the flat meadow of wildflowers. When we got there, it turned out to be more of an expedition than we anticipated. The flowers were probably seven feet tall and the path was through an abandoned creek bed. It was really beautiful and great smelling -- though it would've been nice to have a machete. We made it back only slightly scratched and very satisfied with an excellent nature experience.

On the way home we stopped at the Buca de Beppo's in Lynnwood. 1/3 of our party dined in socks, perpetuating our dirty hiker credibility. Despite our challenging dietary requirements (some no meat, some no dairy, most in favor of basket wine), we successfully ordered and restored our caloric balance.

After dinner, we stayed at Elena and Charles's house to watch The Bourne Identity on their home theater setup. It was intended to catch people (including me) up for the Bourne Supremacy, but was not successful for all. I thought that it was a fun spy movie (though some of the drama was diminished since I knew that several principal characters survived for the sequel), but others thought that it was boring.
chair, apartment

some other events

... saw the Outfoxed DVD [site] on Thursday. Nothing especially new for me, but another case of seeing it all in one place that made it worth checking out. The most interesting part to me was the study showing the striking differences in perceptions of the Iraq War based on news source:
Fox News watchers were most likely to hold misperceptions -- and were more than twice as likely than the next nearest network to hold all three misperceptions. In the audience for NPR/PBS however, there was an overwhelming majority who did not have any of the three misperceptions, and hardly any ahd all three. -- "Misperceptions, the media, and the Iraq War" p.11 PIPA, October 2003 [pdf]
Apparently, the results were not explained by differences in educational level or party affiliation. I think that the documentary could've gone further in terms of discussing the overall shift in opinion-based news programming, possibly in an attempt to keep up with Fox's ratings, but I guess that FNC was the easy target. I do feel sorry for the volunteers who had to watch Fox for months to catalog particular techniques.


My iBook's hard drive started making bad clicking noises; so I spent much of Friday trying to back up data and figure out if there was any hope for it's future.

Based on my conversation with AppleCare this morning, it looks like it will be taking a field trip to Apple early next week.


Today I've been catching up on work using a CSS laptop [css]. Nice to see techfee money put to good use.