[food #5] chasu ramen at katana-ya. B2R points: 90

Katana-ya
430 Geary Street San Francisco, CA 94102 - (415) 771-1280
Open Daily 11:30am-1am

B2R points: 90

katana-ya ramen:  overall, this ramen was awesome and it is worth coming back for.  the restaurant is very small and tight.  there is a wait list outside that you write your name on for a table.  the ramen was excellent -- i ordered the "katana-ya ramen" with soy.  this was basically a combination noodle with an egg, wontons, fried chicken, and some pork.  the chicken was awesome and next time, i may just get the fried chicken ramen.

tobikio w/ quail egg and abri toro:  as a sushi place, this place is ok.  nothing special. 

i definitely give this place thumbs up and must go!

[food #4] fried chicken & waffles at Little Skillet SF. B2R (Back to Reality) points: 80

Little Skillet SF:  80 Back to Reality (B2R) points 
http://www.littleskilletsf.com
360 ritch st, sf, ca

little skillet sf is a true hole in the wall.  it has no seating so everything is served in little brown boxes.  it is also on a tiny (hidden) street in the SOMA area of SF so everyone just sits outside.  the place does not serve alcohol, but a wide range of eclectic sodas.

fried chicken & waffles:  very tasty.  the waffles aren't the cripsy kind.  more the doughy kind designed to absorb gobs of maple sugar.  delicious.  the fried chicken is excellent but not the best i've tasted.  some of the white meat was a little dry but overall i'd come back for this chicken. 

biscuits: like the waffles, they aren't flaky.  they are also designed to sop up maple syrup or whatever happens to be on your plate.  delicious!

potato salad/macaroni salad:  great as well.  they really pay attention to the sides here.

bonus:  breakfast po'boy sandwich -- in addition to fried chicken, i decided to pig out and taste one of their po'boy sandwiches.  they ran out of the shrimp po boy so i opted for a breakfast po 'boy.  the sandwich matches the southern recipe of the fried chicken and had true louisana po boy potential.  good sandwich.



Astronaut Tweets Stunning Pictures From Space: PHOTOS Of Kilimanjaro, Haiti, And More

Soichi Noguchi, an astronaut on board the International Space Station, has been sending Twitter pictures from space documenting the stunning views he has seen while in orbit.

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Siri Launches Voice-Powered iPhone ‘Assistant’ | Gadget Lab

A new app invites you to command your iPhone in the same way that Captain Kirk addressed the Enterprise’s computer.
Siri's visual interface displays a transcription of what you say, then hands the data off to an appropriate web service or search engine.

Siri's visual interface displays a transcription of what you say, then hands the data off to an appropriate web service or search engine.

Siri, an artificial intelligence-based voice-recognition startup, launched an iPhone app incorporating its technology on Friday. With the app running, you can address requests to your phone verbally, asking it things like, “Will it rain today?” or “Where is a good place for pizza nearby?” and “I’d like a table for two at Il Fornaio tomorrow night at 7.” The Siri app parses the sound, interprets the request, and hands it off to an appropriate web service, such as OpenTable, Yelp, CitySearch, and so on. It displays the results onscreen as it goes, giving you a chance to correct or adjust your request via onscreen taps.

It’s the most sophisticated voice recognition to appear on a smartphone yet. While Google’s Nexus One offers voice transcription capabilities — so you can speak to enter text into a web form, for instance — the Nexus One doesn’t actually interpret what you’re saying.

The voice recognition and interpretation abilities built into Siri have their origins in artificial intelligence research at SRI, a legendary Silicon Valley R&D lab that was also the birthplace of the mouse and of the graphical user interface. Spun out of SRI in 2007, Siri garnered a lot of attention for its ambitious plans to develop a virtual personal assistant. Actually bringing the product to market has taken quite a bit longer than expected.

In a demo shown to Wired.com, Siri responded quickly to spoken requests, answering questions about restaurants, directions and the weather with relative ease. It’s well-integrated with about 20 different web information services, and Siri representatives say that their application programming interface will allow many others to connect in the future.

From our initial testing on an iPhone 3GS, the app was zippy and smooth. Siri understood broad requests like “Find Chinese food nearby” and more specific ones like “Find Nearest Chase bank.” Impressive, and a much more efficient than searching for businesses in the Yelp iPhone app.

The Siri app is free, and the company says it has no plans to charge end-users; the goal is to make money from referring customers to services via affiliate fees.

Siri is available for download in the iTunes App Store. It requires an iPhone 3GS, because it relies on that phone’s faster processing power, but Siri representatives say a version compatible with the older iPhone 3G is in the works.

See a video of Siri in action, below.

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