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Teaming up with DESIGN West
kfield   7/26/2013 4:38:10 PM
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Thanks for sharing Rick. Sounds like we need to partner and have the next Silicon Valley Beer Week coincide with DESIGN West 2014!!!

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Re: Teaming up with DESIGN West
mcgrathdylan   7/26/2013 7:07:19 PM
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A good read for a Friday afternoon. It has left me quite thirsty...:)

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David Ashton   7/27/2013 10:40:29 PM
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@Kfield....Karen.... some time ago EELife ran a pub quiz....

http://www.eetimes.com/author.asp?section_id=58&doc_id=1286878

By all accounts it was an awesome evening.  I couldn't be there but had almost as much fun coming up with some of the trivia questions.    Sylvie Barak who organised it now works for Atmel (Hi Sylvie!) but maybe they would sponsor another one.   There's an idea for you......

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Silicon Valley buzz
Susan Rambo   7/26/2013 8:50:07 PM
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Thanks, Rick for updating us on the Silicon Valley buzz. I'm glad the Valley is still "hop"ping.

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Fun...
Charles.Desassure   7/27/2013 11:00:52 PM
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Sound like a lot of fun!

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what brand is it?
zhgreader   7/29/2013 12:13:40 AM
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this beer may not as good as Harbin beer or Qingdao beer made in China:)

 

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kfield   7/29/2013 11:37:23 AM
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@zhgreader I've had Qingdao beer both in China and here in the US and you are right--it is pretty incredible! But these craft beers are also amazing--why don't you plan to come to DESIGN West next year in San Jose and do a taste test??

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zhgreader   7/30/2013 1:25:29 AM
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Qingdao beer is one of good quality beer in China. It has more than 100 years history to date. It was created by German. Due to the perfect mineral spring water in Laoshan hill, near Qingdao, suitable for brew, as well as excellent climatic condition, its fame was swift soon.

except this beer, the wine in this district is also famous. such as Zhangyu wine. which has also long histroy and awarded for excellent quality of grapes.

to be frank, I don't drink, neither wine, nor beer. just know many of its brands. 

However, alcohol is most of our chinese favourite. Maotai is one of their representative. few foreigners could bear its higher alcohol strength,

these days are very hot, we are enjoying watermelon.

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rick merritt   7/29/2013 12:57:25 PM
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I used to love Tsingtao (alternate label or different beer?) to wash down food at Hong Kong restaurants when I lived there as a budding EE Times reporter before anyone was talking about smartphones. It was good. So is Singha, Thailand's beer.

Singapore and the Philippines lack a good brew in my opinion and Koreans may have beat Japan in LCDs and about everything else electronic, but Japan still has better beer. Now the Belgians have great semiconductor research at IMEC and some of the world's best brews, too.

I think Design West 2014 should have a beer tasting session with products from all the electronics hot spots in the world.

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zhgreader   7/30/2013 12:49:27 AM
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Tsingtao and Qingdao beer are the same one brand. Qingdao is right true pronunciation of chinese.

whereas Tsingtao is old spelling.

similar, Tsinghua univ, =Qinghua univ.

sKorea has a good products of LCD, especially large size, but their core tech is from Jap.

Jap's electronic tech is still strong, but they fail in strategy. they seem conceited, closed and would not melt into the new world.

chinese will catch up with the world again.

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rick merritt   7/30/2013 11:23:36 AM
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@zhgreader: Thanks for the clarification. Like Bombay = Mumbai.

So when is the free factory tour to come over and taste the local version? ;-)

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Too many to count
Duane Benson   7/29/2013 1:07:29 PM
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Here in the Portland, Oregon area, we have so many different craft beers and brew pubs, I simply can't keep track. There are a fair number that brew and sell in their restaurants and nowhere else, nor do they carry anything but their own product. Many are also bottled and sold in stores, or just shipped in kegs to other local establishments. One of the big disadvantages of being exclusive is that if I don't like their brew style, I can't come back and have a different brand.

We also still have a few chip fabs up this way - both potato and silicon.

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rick merritt   7/29/2013 1:33:16 PM
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Portland is an IPA heaven (do those big Intel chip fabs have an influence on your beer production?)...but Silicon Valley is caching up.

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Tom Murphy   7/29/2013 2:31:29 PM
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Clearly, we're in a beer bubble! 

Brew pubs are everywhere these days. Not only in tech meccas but in all large cities (except maybe St. Louis, where Bud lives.)

At least you can enjoy this bubble while it lasts.

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Caleb Kraft   7/30/2013 10:54:44 AM
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Being a home brewer and hop fan myself, portland sounds fantastic!

However, I might just be too cool to do the same thing as everyone else. Maybe I need to consider a less trendy hobby. How about chip fabrication at home?

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rick merritt   7/30/2013 11:25:53 AM
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@Caleb: I'd love to try a bottle of your home brew sometime, Caleb.

FYI our former comms editor Loring Wirbel was a brewer, too. One of his faves was "Goat Scrotum" I forget if it was a stout or what.

Anyway, you may have to wait quite a while until today's 3-D printers are ready for fabricating chips. However, we have written for years about people printing simple circuits with laser printers as a research project.

Cheers

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Tom Murphy   7/30/2013 2:52:21 PM
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I haven't tried any home brew projects since 1975 in my Berkeley days.  It ended when the bottles, which had been stowed in a crawlspace under a staircase, all exploded one night, flooding the area with yeasty suds and creating the pungent odor of stale beer that lingered for a long, long time.  After that, I settled for Anchor Steam -- one of the fine old SF brews -- when I could afford something more expensive than the bargain brands.

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Caleb Kraft   7/30/2013 3:10:43 PM
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I'm sure the janitorial staff were thrilled about your brewing activities. 

 

I've been lucky, no major explosions yet and I've brewed probably 50+ gallons. 

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Tom Murphy   7/30/2013 3:42:58 PM
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Oh, Caleb, we had no janitorial staff other than us. This was in one of those old redwood homes around the campus.  And 50 gallons? Yee gads, man, I hope that never blows!. That would be a nuke compared to the firecracker that we set off.

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Caleb Kraft   7/30/2013 3:45:29 PM
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50 gallons TOTAL! man, 50 gallons at once in your home would be impressive. I brew in 5 gallon batches, and there's no pressure till it is bottled. Still, I've been very lucky. 

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Tom Murphy   7/30/2013 3:54:42 PM
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Ah! Good!  Now I won't have nightmares about you being blown apart by beer. But it was the bottles that blew on us. Not just the corks, either. There was shattered glass and soggy, yeasty, near-beer everywhere. 

This sounds like one of those stories that begins....When I was in school, we didn't have no fancy-schmancy brew pubs, by golly. We had to brew our own... (Just wait till we have a story relevant to medical marijuana.)

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Caleb Kraft   7/30/2013 4:38:02 PM
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I think we're meandering waaaay of topic here. I could go on and on and on about brewing and stuff. 

Somewhat related to my initial statement though, did you know there are still folks out there building processors in their homes? They aren't wafers or anything, but they are functional!

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Tom Murphy   7/30/2013 4:48:46 PM
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You're right: all this talk about beer is off base. So it doesn't surprise me at all, Caleb, that there are people building chips in their homes. I just hope they whip up some dip to go with them.  (Oh, that was bad. But hey, this is a story about beer so maybe we're on topic).

Seriously, I'm not surprised folks are making electronic chips either. Some people are just like that.  (I'd ask you for more info, but I get the feeling you're going to blog about this.)

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Pub quiz revisited
kfield   7/29/2013 3:58:10 PM
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David: Thanks for reminding me of the pub quiz that Sylvie organized - we'll definitely be checking in together about future partnerships like this, both outside and at our events!

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