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Archive for February, 2003
I lost some money in the stock market today. You’d think that I would have learned after the last big market crash. :( It’s the first time I’ve invested anything in the market in the last year. I’ll just have to be more careful next time. Still, it’s depressing.
Check out this baby loggerhead turtle I shot today. He was attacking my dome port. :) We did a turtle release out in the ocean, and these guys went crazy whenever the front of my camera came anywhere near them. It was very cute. :) Most turtle-savvy folk have told me it is likely that the turtle thinks my dome port is a jellyfish.
UPDATE Purchase a print of the screaming turtle!
I just spoke with Vienna Teng after deliberately not calling her during the weekend; I was afraid that I would disturb her while she was busy with the media. :) At the end of our conversation, she said (paraphrased), “Go Forth, Ye Intrepid Explorer,” to which I responded, “An explorer, huh? I just feel like I’m just aimlessly wandering,” to which she replied, “At least you’re having fun doing it.” :)
Adam has posted images from Vienna’s CNN-filmed performance at Borders.
Remember, I’m still posting photos daily while I’m here in Florida. You can check there to keep up with what I’m up to, or you can pick up the phone and call my cell. I’m having a great time here, but I do miss face time with my friends. :(
I must go to bed now. We’re waking up in 5 1/2 hours to see if the conditions are suitable for flying. :)
Check out this video Jim made for WeLoveSharks.com (not to be confused with ilovesharks.com. Please don’t go there — especially if you are at work. :) Anyway, the video shows people associated with the Marine Safety Commission shooting (with a gun — not the kind of “shooting” that I do) a shark they caught. Later on in the footage (not shown), the camera is put down to reveal a woman holding a baby. Yep. These guys caught and shot a shark multiple times at point-blank range with a baby a few feet away from them. The video is the first link on this page.
An image I took is the photo of the day on Steve’s Digicams again! Check today, if you want to see it. :)
Reproduced from my current travel log:
I forgot to mention that there were a few people on the boat today who made it glaringly obvious why the rest of the world (except Britain!) hates Americans. I believe what I heard was, “I don’t really care about the people in Iraq and North Korea, as long as I’m comfortable over here.” I think he was talking about nuking them, but I’m not sure because I immediately ascended up to a different level on the boat to prevent my ears from being polluted by more ignorance. There was also a guy talking in a way that lumped all of the Middle East and South Asia into a category of “horrible” areas, which sounded to me like a fundamental inability to grasp the validity of cultures foreign to his own. One of the guys even had little beady eyes to compliment his shining personality.
I mean “boo” in the pursed-lips, furrowed-eyebrows, two-thumbs-down sense of the word, and not the “boo! I scared ya” sense. The search for that special someone continues (if you can even call it a “search.” i definitely wander through life without actively looking). Maybe I should put a personals ad in Shark Diver Magazine? ;)
“Wanted: female 22-29, slim, attractive, intelligent, with an overriding, burning passion for something. must not be afraid of water nor sharks.”
I got a message from the computer science department at Stanford today:
According to our records, you are an alumnus and no longer an active student at Stanford. Your current status is listed as: “Relations – Ugrad-alumnus, Mscs-alumnus.” Therefore, your Xenon account will be changed to reflect your current status on Feb 20, 2003.
Good thing it took them five years to figure this out! :)
I just took a shower with a parrot. It was really strange. :) He talked a lot, but he mostly said, “Hello,” and voiced little grumbles that might have been attempts to say my name. I think he got it right once… but it was hard to tell. He’s been saying “Ow.” and “Hello Zoe” a lot today.
“By 7:30am we were on the boat with Captain Mike and Eli, Ed, and Big Al (the three guys who are responsible for Shark Diver Magazine). We motored out for 35 minutes to Shark Canyon and dropped in to photograph sharks (duh!). Eli wanted to get a photo with the magazine — and sharks all around him — but the magazine all but dissolved as soon as he took it out of the dry bag. Too bad! Anna’s strobes also refused to fire (as we are all familiar with, they worked fine on dry land, but failed to work at depth). It was a fun dive! Nurse sharks and caribbean reef sharks congregated all around us, giving us ample opportunity to take photos. Best of luck to Shark Diver Magazine! The premiere issue has just hit newsstands.” [travel log]
Oh yes — Adam Nash tells me that I must put this up on my website. The note attached to the video states, “This is a video taken in 6000 feet of water. An undersea robot is sawing a 3mm wide slit (1/10th of an inch … remember that width) in a pipeline. The pressure inside the pipeline is 0 psig, while the pressure outside is 2700 psi, or 1.3 tons per square inch. Then a crab comes along….” [see the video: crab vs. pipe]
Hey, guess what? A photo I took was on the cover of the Jan 24, 2003 edition of the Palo Alto Weekly! They failed to credit me. Oh well. They issued a correction in the following issue. I should get used to it, I suppose. :)
I’ve kept this next link on my desktop during the entire blogging outage I had over here because it is so funny. check it out! :)
The Canvas has temporarily (?) lost its live music permit, so I got a last-minute call from Vienna Teng asking me if she and Maya Marin would be able to have a house concert at my place on the coming Saturday. Both she and Maya kept thanking me… but it was really my pleasure to host such talented artists! How often does one get to be so close to talent — in the comfort of one’s own living room? :)
On five days notice we packed 60 people into my place (50 rsvps + those who were apparently not evite-savvy ;) for beautiful music. I only knew about half of the people who came, and unfortunately it was difficult to meet many of the “strangers” because I was so busy running around fulfilling hosting duties. One guest named John brought me a gift (a CD of Bill Frisell) to thank me for opening my house to strangers. It was such a nice gesture I almost didn’t know what to say. So.. thanks, John! :)
Other coverage: [chris 1] [chris 2] [david ohlson 1] [david ohlson 2] [sean dreilinger]
[maya (find jan 10)]
I really must get to bed. I’m leaving for the airport in just 4.5 hours. [see photos]
it was so clear the day i returned from san diego that i drove up to twin peaks to take some photographs. here’s a view of the bay bridge and the east bay:
February 2, 2003 marked a milestone in the most serious (now) of my hobbies. 38 of my photographs are on view at the Taiwan Center in San Diego in an exhibition of underwater photographs (with a few top-side photos thrown in). Without of the help of Crystal, Pictopia and my parents, I don’t think I would have been able to prepare in time. The opening turned out to be a lot of fun. Many high school friends showed up, and I even had friends drive down from Los Angeles! It’s the first time since sixth grade that I’ve tried to sell art (in sixth grade I was offered $10 for a Vermeer reproduction I did using pastels ;). All of the gallery prints will be for sale somewhere on my web site when I get around to finishing the gallery section. I estimate that I will have online print sales ready sometime in the late spring.
Anyway, thanks to all of you who came! The show is up through the end of February, and it is open to the public (and free!). [see photos]
It was 47 degrees in the water last week in Monterey. Professional marine photographer Jim Watt flew in from his warm home in Kona to beef up his digital stock collection of otter and seal photos. I took Wendy down to Monterey to meet up with him; I had been looking forward to meeting Norbert Wu, but he was out of town… but we did get to go out on his little Boston Whaler. :) It’s taken me a few years, but I’ve finally figured out how to be comfortable diving and photographing Monterey. With a dry suit and dry gloves, I am usually warm for multiple one-hour long dives, even in 45 degree water. Watt was out of the water in 20 minutes during his second dive; he was quite brave to shoot in a wetsuit, even if he complained about the cold water every five minutes. :) We were accompanied during our time on the boat by the strangled gurgling and barking of many sea lions. They’re really disgusting when they are on land, but in the water they glide around with a surprisingly natural grace. I don’t have any good underwater shots of them yet, but eventually I hope to take some. After the first day of diving we were given a nice tour of Light & Motion Industries, but I had to sign an NDA, so I can’t say anything about what I saw in there. It was pretty cool, though. Afterwards we met up with Eli Woolery, who is also branching into marine photography and research, and had dinner at El Torito on the water just past the Breakwater. I need to get down to Monterey more often. Anyone up for some diving? :) [see photos]
I’ve had a packed couple of weeks! The St. Lawrence String Quartet and Pilobolus performed in Memorial Auditorium at Stanford University on January 22nd in a wonderful collaboration and asked me to be the videographer and photographer for the event. Pilobolus were absolutely amazing — perfect control of their bodies! Really neat stuff.
On the 23rd, Livia Sohn came over to perform Glazunov’s Violin Concerto for a few friends. As usual, she kicked ass. Let’s see… what else happened in the last two weeks? Pat Suh stopped over for a couple of days on her way back to New York (from Seattle), and because of a last-minute cancellation we were able to have lunch at French Laundry, up in Napa. I’ve wanted to eat there for a long time. We walked into the restaurant at 11:30am and didn’t end up leaving until 3:30pm (ten courses later!). It was quite a meal. :) [click for some photos]
This makes me so happy. I have dumped good ol’ unsupported Greymatter. :) Cafelog b2 is fantastic! It even has a way to import all of my earlier entries from Greymatter, but that will break all of my image includes, so I will have to figure out a slick way to do that, eventually.
Let the updates begin! (I’m behind. :).
Oh yes. This site no longer supports Netscape 4. Good riddance!
The old output section is still available, as is the really old output section.