Seth and Howie

      At McDonald's Around the World

An incomplete history of the many McDonald's visits by Seth and Howie, and a long list of their friends.

Seth and Howie at McDonald's

IROS 2011, San Francisco

To the left: Famous IJRR Managing Editor, Jennet Batten is distracted by a tasty idea, "For 2010, IJRR's impact factor is .... mmmmmmmmmmmmmm french fries.........."

Above: Several wildly tasty treats (only one of which is a real fruit smoothie).

Surrey, July 2011
Howie came to England!
On the left, you'll see us visiting the borough of Epsom & Ewell, in beautiful Surrey.
Above, you'll see us celebrating the inauguration of the new web site: - which was a very nice present from Howie.
Chess in Surrey
Howie engaged in a game of chess with a proper Englishman.
The Game of Chess is not merely an idle amusement; several very valuable qualities of the mind, useful in the course of human life, are to be acquired and strengthened by it, so as to become habits ready on all occasions; for life is a kind of Chess, in which we have often points to gain, and competitors or adversaries to contend with, and in which there is a vast variety of good and ill events, that are, in some degree, the effect of prudence, or the want of it.
                --- Benjamin Franklin, in his article The Morals of Chess (1750)
Dinner in Surrey
Howie charming two proper English ladies at dinner.

Boston, April 2011
By happy coincidence, we found ourselves in Boston, for different reasons.
Even happier -- Allison and Wendy were also in Boston.
In this photo, Howie and I are about to enjoy our treats (McSundae and Cono), but Allison still waits anxiously for her order to arrive.
The wait is over -- this is one delighted World Famous Haptics Researcher, Roller Skater and Hockey Player.
How many Sweet McTreats can you count in this photo?
(Hint - there are at least seven.)
(Another Hint --- three of them are robotics researchers.)
As always, making new friends is a highlight of any trip to McD's. In Boston, we managed to find a Bulls fan (sadly, a fan of the new Bulls, not the old Bulls from the days of MJ).

Howie in Egypt - January 2011
In January, Howie visited Egypt. Sadly, he traveled alone. Happily, he carried a nice photo with him!
For your holiday shopping --- a picture frame would be a very nice gift for Howie. Maybe something with a nice anti-glare glass, perhaps a bit of gilding along the edges, or maybe something in a mahogany.

In Egypt, the girls love the bass players!