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Mike Baehr
San Francisco
Typical Macintosh User
Interests: urban planning, cycling, surfing, public transit, openbsd, san francisco values
Recent Activity
I went to the Dolphin Club today and swam in the bay. I'd been looking forward to it for a whole week. I've never done open-water swimming before, or been in the ocean/bay without a wetsuit. This was a first for both. A buddy of mine who has been out there a few times served as the necessary wingman/motivation to actually go ahead and try it out. I got out of the water after 5 minutes because I was feeling really euphoric, which I foolishly figured was the beginnings of hypothermia. In fact, I think I was just stoked. Walking... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2012 at Surf Daily
I was almost a Californian, you know. I moved to the Bay Area in 2006, or, more accurately, stumbled off of an Amtrak and ended up staying. Let's not front. I didn't come here to ruin your party, I just sort of wound up here. San Francisco tends to take people like me and either kill them or fix them, and it seems to have mostly fixed me, at least insofar as I've been here for 5 years and I'm not living on the streets or dead. If you want more details, ask me. There's parts of my life that... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2011 at Surf Daily
Mike Baehr added a favorite at Cute Sexy Funny Awful
Jun 14, 2011
Danny: I saw that! I'm heading over to BayLISA on Thursday, which is hosted at LinkedIn in Mountain View, so I was actually planning on doing that very ride in reverse. Should be nice!
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Since its inception, I've loved Google Street View for two reasons. I can tour dangerous places I've always wanted to visit I can suss out bike parking in advance before I go somewhere This works well in cities. It does not work so well in the suburbs, where the place I'm going might be set back behind a sea of parking. I do not expect the Google Street View Prius to go putter around every parking lot and garage to spy on my behalf. This week I am attending Velocity, a conference which up to this point I have been... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2011 at Surf Daily
I've had many support experiences with Apple. None of them has reached the level of hatred I encountered attempting to solve the simplest problems with Nokia. Their bad customer service is absolutely systemic, and everyone else bitches about it as well. I would go so far as to say that dealing with Nokia, whether as a customer or, heaven forbid, a developer, is nothing short of kafkaesque torture. First world problems!
Toggle Commented Feb 15, 2011 on Nokia is ruined at TEAM BARRY TECH LOG
Ruyn Ruyn Ruyn. Nokia is thy name. I read Stephen Elop's "burning platform" memo. What a clueless nitwit. Nokia has absolutely been fucked for years, but the problem isn't their platform. Nokia has a quality problem and a customer service problem. Switching operating systems isn't going to fix that, except... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2011 at TEAM BARRY TECH LOG
Among my associates you will frequently hear this "rule": If, as go about your day, you run into an asshole, then damn. What an asshole. If you run into a second asshole, well shoot. Guy's an asshole. If you run into a third asshole, you are the asshole. This rule is very appropriate when surfing, especially when you're a kook like me. I tend to assume that if I wind up in someone's way, or if they wind up in mine, it is probably my fault. There is occasionally reasonable doubt, but after the second or third time it's occurred,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2010 at Surf Daily
Mike Baehr is now following Matt Sanchez
Nov 24, 2010
Mike Baehr is now following Glorious House of Barry
Oct 2, 2010
As some of you know, I have been attempting for some time now to get his eminence Chris Wilson, of Wilson/Powerlines Productions, to join me over brunch, where we would get to discuss the issues of the day over slow food and mimosas (OK, he gets to have the mimosas. I would have a lemonade). Regrettably, my attempts have been for naught. The most recent, rebuffed with utter silence, involved the hand-delivery of this invitation to a Powerlines representative who was holding court over a few DVDs of Down the Line at the final Sunday Surf Benefit: Chris: you don't... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2010 at Surf Daily
A little over a year ago (last Sunday was the actual anniversary), I had brunch at Universal Cafe and then went up to the beautiful little town of Bolinas (it doesn't exist; don't try to find it) on the invitation of my dear friend Josh, himself the subject of an exciting and titillating bromance that began on IRC way back when and has yet to be consummated with Ice, largely due to my abstinence from booze. Alas. Since then, I've managed to break a Softop (that happened in the first couple of weeks, actually), sprain an ankle, cut myself in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2010 at Surf Daily
Mike Baehr is now following Six-A-Phone
May 24, 2010
Board is here!, originally uploaded by tehdely. Finally picked up the new stick from James today. That's Jon on the left helping him hold it up. I can not fucking wait to wax this thing up and take it out for a ride. When I carried it into Mollusk to buy a bag, there was a brief flurry of "get a load of this!" from the employees. One of them said "that is the gayest board I've ever seen" to which I promptly replied "yes, that's the point". Win. Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2010 at Surf Daily
Mike Baehr is now following Kate
May 10, 2010
Smooth Rides, originally uploaded by tehdely. Beautiful, tiny morning @ Kelly's. Images courtesy of, music courtesy of Boney James. Look closely near the end for a brief Cryptomail cameo. Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2010 at Surf Daily
via This explains everything. Excellent single-serving site, by the way! Continue reading
Reblogged May 9, 2010 at Surf Daily
God knows there's been enough debate lately on Stoke Report about who's behaving appropriately and who belongs where. People have to do a double-take when a bot regurgitates a bunch of it; its nonsensical prattle looks so familiar to the battle-fatigued. Today we were alerted to the fact that we're now the subject of a (somewhat scathing) blurb in this month's SURFER, the relevant parts of which I'll quote below: On the other side of the spectrum were the Stoke Reporters–equally as, well, stoked as the Saffas, but completely lacking in skill and etiquette. Stoke Report is a regional website... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2010 at Surf Daily
So, I won a surfboard last night. Wait, let me back up. I won a gift certificate for a custom-shaped surfboard last night. Let me back up further. I won said gift certificate after spending four hours with some of my friends from StokeReport and other awesome, stoked people at a fun little bar in the Outer Sunset, while we listened to dub and watched surf videos. I also won two front-row tickets to a pre-season Giants game on Sunday, and an oversized t-shirt from Aqua. Pretty fucking rad, no? Listen, I'm a piss-poor surfer. And "surf culture" is still... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2010 at Surf Daily
Mike Baehr added a favorite at Six-A-Phone
Mar 26, 2010
This is why I surf :) Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2010 at Surf Daily
To sum: A step in the right direction, but make sure to double-check things... and can Google really replace local knowledge? Google's announcement of bike directions was all the buzz yesterday, so I decided to try it out for myself. My friends know I'm particularly smug about my commute and have gone so far as to map it on Bikely, which yields a particularly enviable elevation profile: It's no surprise that I not only enjoy my ride to work, but can usually make it in under 15 minutes (12 is my record, from a combination of really good luck with... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2010 at Surf Daily