The Golden State – California – Day 3…

… Finally! Reached San Diego, the final stop of our trip – and good internet connection.

Day 3 in California was spent visiting the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA. http://www.computerhistory.org/. For those who are interested, Google’s global head quarters is almost right behind the museum.

It is the perfect place to time travel down centuries of discovery, adventure, progress, use, development, and refinement of mathematics, logic and computers. This is great – but a bigger greatness lies in the fact that the road has not ended, it goes on into the coming future, and just like the past journey, the coming is envisioned by the gifted few, discovered and refined by many and benefits or is used by the entire human race. Humans are powerful for the reason that they can think.

“The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” Alan Kay.

It is interesting that for me the history and the people involved mattered, for the three boys (husband included) the technology was captivating – we each benefited from the displays in our own way.

Charles Babbage Computing Machine.

Charles Babbage computing machine. Only two remain in the world.

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Fairchild Notebooks

Fairchild Notebooks

Fairchild Notebooks

Fairchild Notebooks

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IBM 1401 demo lab.

Display in the museum's store.

Display in the museum’s store.

Stanford University was next but we did not do the tour as planned. Instead we came back to San Francisco and took a cable car ride (http://www.sfcablecar.com/) and walked down Sacramento Street towards Chinatown. The road down, from the end of the cable car ride, has some really beautiful buildings in the Nob Hill area including some high end hotel chains like Fairmont (where the president stays on his visits), Ritz Carlton, Pacific-Union Club (which to this day grants memberships to men only), and the Grace Cathedral (where the movie Sister’s Act was filmed – I have not verified this on my own).

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A building on the corner of Market and Drumm streets - waiting for the cable car.

A building on the corner of Market and Drumm streets – waiting for the cable car.

The cable car.

The cable car between Market Street and Van Ness Avenue – there are two other routes.

The road of our ride.

The road of our ride.

Grace Cathedral

Grace Cathedral

Pacific-Union Club - an exclusive all men club.

Pacific-Union Club – an exclusive all men club.

Light poles outside Fairmont Hotel.

Light poles outside Fairmont Hotel.

Down towards Chinatown, browsed some of the shops and my son got a Maneki-neko (the beckoning cat – which is considered to bring good luck to the owner in the Japanese tradition). Dinner was Mediterranean food from Oasis Grill II (http://oasisgrill.com/) on Drumm Street (Embarcadero) – delicious!

Chinatown.

Chinatown.

The one thing that I would love to do on my next visit is a walking tour of Stanford – it is a beautiful campus.

We took it light as all of us where a little tired with our 10 mile biking trip the day before and we had a long drive to Pismo Beach the next day. All in all, a happy stay in San Francisco 🙂

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