Florian Pichler

Flo goes on tangents

Blogging for your amusement and my chance to remember things. Pictures & ramblings about tech, making, and baking.

Fun with Pixels

I blame CircuitPython, but I began to dabble with tiny computer chips a while ago, and it’s refreshingly constraining. Adding OLED or RGB matrix displays to these projects is plenty of fun, and it rekindled my love for pixel art, too.

My little 1-Bit Astronaut

Back home in Augsburg

The jet lag could be worst, but drinkable, good-tasting tap water, a shower with decent water pressure, and a mixing valve make up for it.

Up and down again

Tourists doing touristy things in Fog City.

Painted Ladies

We took a picture Alamo Square of some okay examples of the architecture here.

Sutro Tower

Went to Haight street for the retro hippie vibes and caught a look at the famous broadcasting tower on Twin Peaks.

Very cold ocean, but a decent view

Went to Baker Beach to catch the Golden Gate Bridge from another angle.

Rode a Cable Car home to the hotel. They remain a whimsical mode of transport. I like whimsical trains.

It has changed in the last decade, but it remains San Francisco.

2272 miles / 3656 kilometers

We made it back to San Francisco.

Lazy Sunday

Lounging at the hotel pool in Santa Clara and planning our last two days in San Francisco.

Muir Woods

Giant redwoods

Some of these trees are older than a millennium and stand tall even after fires. The forest feels serene and alive, and I can only feel humble next to these wooden giants.

Seeing everything so green and water flowing is a refreshing contrast to the wild desert landscapes we saw earlier in our travels.

A careful mother truck in her natural habitat carrying her younglings

Yosemite Valley

Two days well spent hiking in breathtaking landscapes. The melt water was much more than usual, which gave us a few blocked passages but also incredible waterfalls.

Upper and lower Yosemite falls
View on the Half Dome
Mirror Lake
El Capitan

We experienced LA as intended — In congested traffic everywhere we went.


We learned a few interesting facts about Las Vegas on our tour through the Neon Museum

We won a dollar, and we lost it again.

That's all I have to say about Las Vegas.

Death Valley

42° C
Looking down from Dante's View on to the Badwater basin. The road down there was closed because of the flooding and mud slides after as little as 2mm of rain.

Leaving Death Valley behind and heading for Las Vegas in the dusk.