Archive of Chris Gulker

Chris Gulker was a founder of InMenlo. He passed away on October 27, 2010. During his life, Chris was both high tech geek and artist. The tributes to him on his personal website demonstrate the breadth of his pursuits – photographer, writer, pioneer in electronic publishing, product evangelist – and how many people he touched, many of whom he only knew via the blogosphere.

Chris has written 163 article(s) for InMenlo.


Spotted: Bicycle built for four

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We’d love to see the Menlo Park family who owns this extra long bike riding around town. Maybe the bicycle built for four is an eco-balance to the large, seven-plus passenger SUV also in the driveway?

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Spotted: Teen girls at downtown block party

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Editor Linda liked the way this photo, snapped last night at the downtown Menlo Park block party, captured what teenage girls do best of all – congregate and chat. The moment reminded me of that time, long ago, when I was 13 or so and summer stretched ahead, warm and lazy, with no cares and […]

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Picture perfect weather for summer solstice

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Today is the summer solstice, marking the northern hemisphere’s longest period of daylight. For trivia fans, the solstice actually occurred at 11:28 am GMT, which was 3:38 am PDT. 20,0000 are said to have flocked to Stonehenge to view the sunrise, but here in Menlo we were mostly happy to kick back and enjoy our […]

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Spotted: a ’56 Chevy by any other name

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Depending on the era, this car would have been called many things: hot rod, wailin’ short, bad ride, cool wheels. The chrome is good, the paint is fair and the fat tires suggest a muscular V8 ‘mill’ under the hood – a car you’d expect to see in the classic right-of-passage film American Graffiti. In […]

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Frances Freyberg: Following her passion for photograhy around the world

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There seems to be a Menlo Park meme: Young person finds success at a local tech giant only to decide that cubicle culture, no matter how well-paid, is not for them. So it was with Menlo-based photographer Frances Freyberg, who steeled her nerves and jumped feet first into her two passions — travel and photography. […]

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Scrabble – down on the Menlo Plantation

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If you’re a regular at the Plantation Cafe on the Alameda in Menlo Park, you can’t help noticing the three women who are frequently playing Scrabble at a corner table. They’ve been getting together for about three years ago, after having met at the Cafe. “We found out we all had a mutual interest in […]

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Dave Sloan: Mining his Menlo roots to start a business

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Take three guys from Menlo Park who played Little League together, add their blend of just the right skills sets – and what you get is  a case study in the effectiveness of the power of three. “The new startup model is to be lean and productive and that’s us,” says Dave Sloan, the CEO […]

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World cup excitement in Menlo

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Dutch Goose customers trade high fives after the USA’s Clint Dempsey tied the match with England in the 40th minute of the first half at Rustenberg, South Africa. Doing its part, the “Goose” featured a World Cup Special – a 24-ounce American beer (Pabst) for $1.83. We’re not sure where the price came from (unless […]

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Spotted: waiting for a Mocha latte?

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What else would a brown and black dog in a cool brown-and-white Jeepster be waiting for, especially considering ‘dad’ was in Peet’s? Maybe the Menlo coffee emporiums are missing a bet by omitting pet flavors? T-bone Chai, anyone? Hmmmm… most will probably just stick to the outdoor water bowls that many local roasters offer.

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Spotted: Marc Silber at Cafe Zoe, just barely

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He almost missed his own reception: Marc Silber was sidelined by thunderstorms affecting Chicago air traffic after a presentation in Indiana. Nevertheless, the peripatetic photog went from airport to Cafe Zoe to greet a clutch of well-wishers, before slowing down enough to be snapped near one of his studies of a scene in France’s famed […]

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Willow Garage robots graduate – now off to university!

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When InMenlo visited Willow Garage, the company’s PR2 robots were still in development. Last night the company held a graduation ceremony for the robots which are headed off to 11 research institutions, winners in a grant competition aimed at accelerating robotics research by advancing a standard platform for robotic development. Given the novelty and hype […]

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