Gordon Moore poses in front of a representation of his “law” at the Computer History Museum. Photo: Douglas Fairbairn

No one has done more to influence life in the computing era.” — John C. Hollar former CEO of the Computer History Museum

January 3, 2022 is the 93rd birthday of entrepreneur, philanthropist, and scientist Gordon E. Moore, promulgator of Moore’s Law of exponential growth in technology. In a post…

A Gray whale skeleton at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center in 2021.

“The ocean is a wilderness … wilder than the Bengal jungle and fuller of monsters.” — From Cape Cod by Henry David Thoreau (1865)

Story and photos by David A. Laws

“They’re out there somewhere,” I said, pointing to the horizon.

“Dad, keep your eyes on the road. We’ll look for the Farallones,” said my son Mark…

Sunset on Pico Blanco in the Ventana Wilderness of Big Sur with the Little Sur River in the foreground.

When Pico Blanco wears sunset like a lion skin
On his granite shoulders
I have followed her down to the sea
Where gulls and cormorants burn like phoenixes,
The great ocean is possessed by light and sound.

From “Little Sur River” by Eric Barker

Story and photos by David A. Laws

Half an hour’s drive south of…

Travels of Hayes Perkins 1893–1914. Map courtesy John Martin from Hayes Here and There

Story by David A. Laws

Wanna buy a boat?” called the bewhiskered leader of a group of men hauling a battered rowboat up the Yukon River bank near Fort Gibbon, Alaska in 1908.

Henry Hayes Perkins watched intently from a distance. The crude vessel, constructed from whipsawed lumber waterproofed with strips cut from kerosene cans…

Advertisement in Electronic News, November 15, 1971 Image: Courtesy the Computer History Museum

“This is what made computing really take off!” — Pat Gelsinger, Intel CEO

On November 15, 1971, Intel Corporation ran a two-page advertisement in Electronic News, the industry weekly newspaper, proclaiming ”A New Era of Integrated Electronics.” With Intel barely two years old, the announcement of The MCS-4 Micro Computer…

The Camden House at Christmas. Photo: Eden, Journal of the California Garden & Landscape History Society, Winter 2021, Volume 24, Number 1. pp. 52–3.

“Success was called LUCK by those that failed. From observation, nine-tenths of the ‘luck’ came from hard work and judgment.” — Charles Camden [1]

According to forty-niner Charles Camden, it took hard work and judgment, not just luck, to make his fortune prospecting for gold. These same characteristics in later…

Fishguard, Lower Harbor. Photo: Courtesy of The Manor Town House

Story by David A. Laws

That one nation’s hero is another nation’s terrorist is seldom addressed in school history books. Most children learn of the villainous redcoats in the American war of independence. Few texts tell of American-led attacks on the British Isles. Or that the last invasion attempt led to the printing of the…

Abandoned Cold War Naval Facility (NAVFAC) building with view of Point Sur

“We had heroes in the Cold War” — Carol O’Neil, State Park Volunteer Historian

Story and photographs by David A. Laws

John le Carré dismissed Cold War spy heroes as “ A squalid procession of vain fools” in his 1963 espionage novel The Spy Who Came in from the Cold. Volunteer historian Carol O’Neil at the former…

David A. Laws

I photograph and write about Gardens, Nature, Travel, and the history of Silicon Valley from my home on the Monterey Peninsula in California.

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