Dodging flying mud and bison (oh, and FU-Camp)

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You knew I couldn't stay away a week, right? Well, I had to send pictures. We took two days off (funeral and cremation is tomorrow) to go to Jackson Hole with my mom's sister, Wilhelmina.

When I saw this sign, I thought of the blogosphere. Funny that! :-) The sign was guarding the Artists' Paintpots in Yellowstone National Park. What is it? It's a mudpit. A clay pit, actually. Through the clay would pop up bubbles of gas. That caused the mud to get thrown up to five feet away. It's nature's way of blogging. The latest news bubbles up. Phhlllurbt. Phhlllurbt. Phhlllurbt.

Heh, nature owns a new word. Phhlllurbt. That's the sound that the bubbles make as they pass through the mud and escape. (Google and Live.com don't have any results if you search for that word). Here's a photo of what the mud looks like as the bubbles come up:

Mud pots in Yellowstone National Park

Anyway, I just uploaded our best pictures. Page One. Page Two.

Oh, I just saw Dave Winer saying that security will be extra tight at FU-Camp this summer. Dave's such a joker! Hey, Dave, I think we'll have FU-Camp at my mom's house this summer sometime. Maybe in August after all the conferences are finished.

You'll just have to watch for the flying mud.

Anyway, I'm still taking off until this weekend. I didn't even sign on my laptop the past few days. Maryam couldn't believe that I didn't take it with us to Jackson Hole.

Oh, speaking of Jackson, WY, I had the best food I've had this year in Burke's Chop House in Jackson. What made it best? The small things. The way they cut the apples and strawberries that adorned my salad. The wine they picked. The setting. The staff.

But, they don't have a Web site.

That's just weird to me. I guess I wouldn't mind so much, but the restaurant was only half full. Interesting that the management does everything else right but isn't spending any time on marketing to people who'll visit Jackson. Remember that almost all of the potential customers will come from outside Jackson. So, having a presence on the Web makes a lot of sense to me.

Anyway, see ya this weekend. We have two days of driving ahead of us after the funeral. Maryam made us keep the BMW at home, too, which really bummed me out. We rented a Jeep. What a cruddy car. It only has 11,000 miles on it and it sounds worse than her Toyota did after 65,000.

A few other things before I sign off again. It's nice to see my recent blogging has had a positive impact on people. Jeff, my boss, decided to start blogging personal stuff again.

Oh, and when we went to Chico Hot Springs the other night there were two beautiful women (Bridget and Jen) who were waving at me and giggling, but I'll let Maryam write that story. Let's just say I can't escape from bloggers, even in small-town Montana. And I didn't mind that at all! :-)

Endless Walkway at Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone

Update: sometimes a photo is worth freezing your behind off for. This is one of those photos. It took a 20 minute walk in freezing wind/snow/rain (sometimes all three together). And the image just happened for a few seconds as steam from the Grand Prismatic Spring floated over the walkway making it look like the walkway was endless. In reality there are some kids on the other side of the steam. Another 15 seconds and they'd reappear. Damn it was cold, though. Too bad the photo can't communicate that!

One last thing. A few people have asked where my mom's house is. That caused me to plug "Emigrant, Montana" into Google Maps and Virtual Earth (er, Windows Local Live). I learned that my mom's street doesn't exist in Google, but does in Windows Live (she lives on Capricorn Drive). Here, take a look for yourself: Google search for Emigrant, Montana. Local Live search for Emigrant, Montana. Google isn't even close to as good a quality a map for Montana. Interesting.

Comments

  1. Just having a web site doesn’t do you any good. It’s not like Jackson’s that big that it’s easy to get lost in things.

    If it’s a good, useful web site, that’s different. The Capital Grille has a good one. But that was useful on my second trip there, (the one I proposed to melissa on).

    The first time, it was the way most people discover restaurants…someone else took me there. A web site can’t tell me how good the steak is, or the rest of the food, and I find reviews to be worthless. A restaurant is a uniquely…sensual experience.

    A web site can’t convey that. In fact, it’s easy for a bad one to make you NOT want to eat there. At best, it’s a way to make reservations in advance. But then, so is a good concierge. In a tourist town, being on the Concierges good side is a much better marketing tool than a web site. So again, what’s the web site going to do that a good relationship with concierges/front desk people/cabbies won’t?

    Not a whole lot.

  2. Just having a web site doesn’t do you any good. It’s not like Jackson’s that big that it’s easy to get lost in things.

    If it’s a good, useful web site, that’s different. The Capital Grille has a good one. But that was useful on my second trip there, (the one I proposed to melissa on).

    The first time, it was the way most people discover restaurants…someone else took me there. A web site can’t tell me how good the steak is, or the rest of the food, and I find reviews to be worthless. A restaurant is a uniquely…sensual experience.

    A web site can’t convey that. In fact, it’s easy for a bad one to make you NOT want to eat there. At best, it’s a way to make reservations in advance. But then, so is a good concierge. In a tourist town, being on the Concierges good side is a much better marketing tool than a web site. So again, what’s the web site going to do that a good relationship with concierges/front desk people/cabbies won’t?

    Not a whole lot.

  3. John: good point.

    One thing I want to do, though, is link to it and give it an outstanding review. Bums me out when I can’t do that.

    One thing I wish my cell phone did was bring me much better restaurant information. Google and Live.com totally suck for finding restaurants.

  4. John: good point.

    One thing I want to do, though, is link to it and give it an outstanding review. Bums me out when I can’t do that.

    One thing I wish my cell phone did was bring me much better restaurant information. Google and Live.com totally suck for finding restaurants.

  5. Ahh Phhlllurbt. It reminds me of when I was a kid – we went to one of the Imax cinemas at a theme park in Australia (here). This was a very rare kind of thing for my family, to get away and have a happy time that involved theme parks and things rather than just going bush and camping.

    Anyway, at this Imax they were playing a nature film which included – you guessed it, a mud pit bubbling away.

    I was laughing and joking about it saying “Thats the sound of Katie in the bath”… obviously a reference to bodily gas erruptions that I would have no idea about as I didn’t actually bathe with my sister – uh, anyway…

    Not five minutes later, a younger kids mother asked the kid (who was all of 8 in contrast to my being probably 15-16 at the time) if he knew what that was on the screen – to which he promptly shouted “Thats the sound Katie in the bath!!”

    Cue my mortified sister dropping lower in her seat and my roaring laughter.

    Family is everything Robert, my best to you and yours.

  6. Ahh Phhlllurbt. It reminds me of when I was a kid – we went to one of the Imax cinemas at a theme park in Australia (here). This was a very rare kind of thing for my family, to get away and have a happy time that involved theme parks and things rather than just going bush and camping.

    Anyway, at this Imax they were playing a nature film which included – you guessed it, a mud pit bubbling away.

    I was laughing and joking about it saying “Thats the sound of Katie in the bath”… obviously a reference to bodily gas erruptions that I would have no idea about as I didn’t actually bathe with my sister – uh, anyway…

    Not five minutes later, a younger kids mother asked the kid (who was all of 8 in contrast to my being probably 15-16 at the time) if he knew what that was on the screen – to which he promptly shouted “Thats the sound Katie in the bath!!”

    Cue my mortified sister dropping lower in her seat and my roaring laughter.

    Family is everything Robert, my best to you and yours.

  7. Robert – good luck with everything tomorrow.

    In terms of your trip so far:
    Why don’t you geotag those Flickr photos?
    http://www.blockrocker.com/service_flickr.php

    …so that they show up with the rest in of the geotagged photos in Yellowstone?
    http://blockrocker.com/index.php?platt=44.32&plongt=-110.28&pzoom=8

    And, if you want to promote Burke’s, use the geotagging bookmarklet to add this blog post at Burke’s location….
    http://www.blockrocker.com/service_bookmarklet.php

    …or of course, you could just add geotags to your blog post (and blockrocker will pick it up via technorati):
    http://www.blockrocker.com/service_geoblog.php

    Either way, folks researching the area will see it there and be directed to this post.

    Ummm, damn – I didn’t mean for this comment to turn into one of those insensitive, ill-timed pitches – its just so many of the things you mentioned fit with the stuff I’ve been working on.

    At any rate, in all seriousness, I hope the funeral goes well tomorrow. All the best to you and yours,
    –Rod.

  8. Robert – good luck with everything tomorrow.

    In terms of your trip so far:
    Why don’t you geotag those Flickr photos?
    http://www.blockrocker.com/service_flickr.php

    …so that they show up with the rest in of the geotagged photos in Yellowstone?
    http://blockrocker.com/index.php?platt=44.32&plongt=-110.28&pzoom=8

    And, if you want to promote Burke’s, use the geotagging bookmarklet to add this blog post at Burke’s location….
    http://www.blockrocker.com/service_bookmarklet.php

    …or of course, you could just add geotags to your blog post (and blockrocker will pick it up via technorati):
    http://www.blockrocker.com/service_geoblog.php

    Either way, folks researching the area will see it there and be directed to this post.

    Ummm, damn – I didn’t mean for this comment to turn into one of those insensitive, ill-timed pitches – its just so many of the things you mentioned fit with the stuff I’ve been working on.

    At any rate, in all seriousness, I hope the funeral goes well tomorrow. All the best to you and yours,
    –Rod.

  9. When I search both Google and Local Live I get very simlar maps. Am I missing something? Both sources say that Capricorn Drive is actually in Pray, not Emigrant, but they both find it.

  10. When I search both Google and Local Live I get very simlar maps. Am I missing something? Both sources say that Capricorn Drive is actually in Pray, not Emigrant, but they both find it.

  11. Off topic post. I was in FRY’s the other day and noticed the the X-BOX 360 machine running and ready to entertain. No one was playing it. That goes for the Nintendo also. The kids were all lined up behind “Guitar Hero”. I am not sure what this runs on? Does it run on the Regular X-BOX? Also I was looking to purchase an X-BOX 360 and have decided to wait. Why? I don’t think there any (enough) appropriate titles for me and my 6 year old daughter to play. I am waiting to see the Wii from Nintendo, they always seem to have games that are more whimsical in nature and will allow me to feel “right” about letting my daughter play alone with a friend. Is the X-Box 360 backward compatible with old X-Box games…?

  12. Off topic post. I was in FRY’s the other day and noticed the the X-BOX 360 machine running and ready to entertain. No one was playing it. That goes for the Nintendo also. The kids were all lined up behind “Guitar Hero”. I am not sure what this runs on? Does it run on the Regular X-BOX? Also I was looking to purchase an X-BOX 360 and have decided to wait. Why? I don’t think there any (enough) appropriate titles for me and my 6 year old daughter to play. I am waiting to see the Wii from Nintendo, they always seem to have games that are more whimsical in nature and will allow me to feel “right” about letting my daughter play alone with a friend. Is the X-Box 360 backward compatible with old X-Box games…?

  13. I can see why you’re at the top of the list here. As I learn how to, what for and why to all this…blogging, my sad attempt to get noticed as an artist and writer,
    I’ve made myself browse as musch as possible. While each that I have read has its own style, desire to meet a need, or just hang out, or journal thoughts that may or may not change someone’s life or thought about it…
    I still don’t quite get this atmosphere. Your’s I get.
    And so I will return, hoping to glean something of value thatwill help in my journey. Thank You!

  14. I can see why you’re at the top of the list here. As I learn how to, what for and why to all this…blogging, my sad attempt to get noticed as an artist and writer,
    I’ve made myself browse as musch as possible. While each that I have read has its own style, desire to meet a need, or just hang out, or journal thoughts that may or may not change someone’s life or thought about it…
    I still don’t quite get this atmosphere. Your’s I get.
    And so I will return, hoping to glean something of value thatwill help in my journey. Thank You!

  15. “Google isn’t even close to as good a quality a map for Montana.”

    Except that in Safari, Montana doesn’t have any streets at all, because Windows Live doesn’t work at all.

  16. “Google isn’t even close to as good a quality a map for Montana.”

    Except that in Safari, Montana doesn’t have any streets at all, because Windows Live doesn’t work at all.

  17. Glad you’re back! Hope you keep on blogging as I don’t think there are many places where the comments thread of a report about flying mud has an entry about restaurant websites a childhood story about family fun and a complaint about Vista. Best, C.

  18. Glad you’re back! Hope you keep on blogging as I don’t think there are many places where the comments thread of a report about flying mud has an entry about restaurant websites a childhood story about family fun and a complaint about Vista. Best, C.

  19. Carolus: the family-friendly games are on Xbox Live. You buy them online. My favorite so far is Geometry Wars. Maryam's favorite is Zuma.

    Chris: yeah, this is an eclectic thread, isn't it?

    BD: what search did you do? I still can't find Capricorn Drive on Google.

  20. Carolus: the family-friendly games are on Xbox Live. You buy them online. My favorite so far is Geometry Wars. Maryam's favorite is Zuma.

    Chris: yeah, this is an eclectic thread, isn't it?

    BD: what search did you do? I still can't find Capricorn Drive on Google.

  21. Enter “Capricorn Drive, Emigrant, Montana” into Google, and it comes back with “Did you mean:
    Capricorn Dr, Pray, MT 59065″.

    Windows Live comes back with:
    “The closest match for ‘Capricorn Drive, Emigrant, montana’ is ‘Capricorn Dr, Pray, MT 59065, United States’. If the closest match is incorrect, enter the complete address including country name and commas, and try again.”

  22. Enter “Capricorn Drive, Emigrant, Montana” into Google, and it comes back with “Did you mean:
    Capricorn Dr, Pray, MT 59065″.

    Windows Live comes back with:
    “The closest match for ‘Capricorn Drive, Emigrant, montana’ is ‘Capricorn Dr, Pray, MT 59065, United States’. If the closest match is incorrect, enter the complete address including country name and commas, and try again.”

  23. Dude, I was thinking about an Xbox 360, but no more. I’m all about the Wii:

    1) Those controllers are going to kick ass. Swordfighting games with those? The Xbox controller has *nothing*.

    2) I can download all the games I LIKED to play, i.e. Pokemon Stadium on the N64, old SNES games, etc.

    3) It might weigh less than the TV ;-)

  24. Dude, I was thinking about an Xbox 360, but no more. I’m all about the Wii:

    1) Those controllers are going to kick ass. Swordfighting games with those? The Xbox controller has *nothing*.

    2) I can download all the games I LIKED to play, i.e. Pokemon Stadium on the N64, old SNES games, etc.

    3) It might weigh less than the TV ;-)

  25. YOu wouldn’t by any chance have a full resolution version of that photo available would you? it’d make for a nice wallpaper :)

  26. YOu wouldn’t by any chance have a full resolution version of that photo available would you? it’d make for a nice wallpaper :)