May 2019

Supervised learning

I continued on to the Science Centre and had my normal ambivalent reaction. It’s a striking building with, as promised, spectacular views over the city. The building itself…

Buzzing over Berkeley

My interview with Stuart Russell had been arranged in the radio studio on the Berkeley campus with the Guardian listening in from London. Apparently the best views are…

Nursemaid to a Mustang

More often than not when I’m in San Francisco I make the mistake of having a car with me. Someone once estimated that at any given moment of…

Nepenthe is non-negotiable

I had to get to San Francisco that evening and it was after 2 by the time I left Hearst Castle. I couldn’t resist taking a final recommendation…

Motel 6, pick up sticks

Heading north from Santa Barbara I substituted ‘go somewhere really cheap’ for ‘don’t decide where you’re staying’. I have no idea who wins when you find a place…

Mission impossible

Before heading up into the mountains I spent the morning walking around Santa Barbara’s Spanish era buildings on the Red Tile walking tour. As I went I played…

Cold Spring hillbillies

Another advantage of a very lightly timetabled journey is that you can respond immediately to random suggestions. One of the LA Salon participants, on hearing that I was…