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Archive for March, 2005
The webcast of the Vienna Teng benefit show at my place
is finally online! A donation gets you access to the 1 hr 8 minute movie (if you arrived at the actual show, you will receive access information via e-mail). The webcast will probably be up until April 15th or so, but you should probably watch sooner rather than later. 
Details can be found on Vienna’s website: [benefit webcast
Special thanks to: Vienna Teng, Jim Batcho, Adam Tow, Victor A., and Eric Miller
 Note that currently (Saturday, 9:19PM), the video stream crashes Quicktime on my Windows XP machine if I have my your Quicktime connection setting set to 384KB/s. Also, 112KB plays back too fast (chipmunky). At 56KB/s (audio only) and 784KB/s +, the video works well, so try those speeds if you have problems (your mileage may vary). We have people looking at this, so hopefully it will get fixed soon!
jim and vienna cook
The night before I left home, we had a little dinner party at home. Jim (MALE HOTNESS REDEFINED) and Vienna cooked up an oxymoronic, mostly-veggie culinary delight while Livia made chocolate martinis. Mandy and Elliot came over to hang out, too. My only duties were photographic and quesadillic in nature. Cindy came over to cook the night before. Two final fat-generating hoorahs before I jet off for a month. :)
There was a short deluge here in Florida today, and James and I witnessed multiple palm trees downed by the howling wind.
I hate the red-eye from SFO to Houston. The flight leaves at 12:40am and is just over three hours long — definitely not long enough to get any real sleep. (read more »)
I love the shit that Meredith posts. Here are two examples:
And I grew up with the girl (Meredith). I can see why she and my sister are such good friends.
Thoughts on loft life, updates on projects. (read more »)
tard + chocolate
Photos are fun! Photos of: dinner with Geoff, Livia, Robert, and Liam, Livia’s meatloaf, and hanging out (several times) with Mandy and Elliot.
I had more to say, at some point in the past. You must understand that energy that goes into posting photos comes directly out of any energy I might have to write something coherent.
zombies can edit, too
Video editing. Edit, edit, edit. Watch amateurs at Final Cut Pro read manuals and learn how to make favorite transitions. Watch Victor clean video using fancy multi-pass compression algorithms. Watch Fred figure out rtsp authentication. Watch us get this all running by… Thursday? Maybe?
dinner @ pearl
I’m starting to lose things. I knew I had photos of our jaunt out to Pearl in Rancho Bernardo, but it took me awhile to find them. :)
So here they are. After dinner, we sat around signing little pieces of paper (read more »)
near lago lindo, rsf
After last weekend’s benefit concerts, Vienna, Marika, Alan, and I flew down to San Diego for a music-filled few days. On Sunday night, Vienna performed at the Lamb’s Players Theater in Coronado. Livia had already been down in San Diego for a series of concerts, and she, Wendy, Steve and Hiro Drogin, my parents, and I headed down from North County San Diego to see her perform.
The Lamb’s Players Theater is a great venue; the acoustics were good (although I think Vienna could have come up a bit more in the mix), and there wasn’t a bad seat in the house. (read more »)
vienna teng benefit concert @ eric’s loft
On March 11th and 12th Vienna Teng
came over and performed in two benefit concerts at my loft in Oakland. Marika Hughes
(cello), Alan Lin
(violin), Jim Batcho
(drums), and I joined her on stage. (read more »)
A month ago, I bought Kung Fu Hustle for $20 from some Asian DVD website. When it arrived, I discovered that it was of a region not compatible with my Region-1 player.
IN THEORY, I could do the following to make a region-free copy (read more »)
cindy and friends
When I left the house on Saturday morning, I had no idea that I would be out until the following evening.
Cindy had a big birthday bash last weekend — lots of fun, because I almost never get to see her friends. Happy Birthday, Cindy! About 40 of her friends arrived, but very quickly, 11pm arrived. I am learning that 11pm (or 12am, or whatever) is apparently very late for over-30s living in the Peninsula. (read more »)
I had heard that the white shark at Monterey Bay Aquarium wasn’t doing well, but <a href=”http://www.underwatertimes.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=266″”>these photos show that she has basically rubbed her nose off against the sides of her cell. It’s very sad.
UPDATE Aquarium’s shark stirs heated debate
angie and me, boston
I just wrote up some stuff about my trip the Boston Sea Rovers Clinic last week.
Aside from the people I hung out with during the clinic, I spent time with Angie Tseng, abhi shelat, Semira Rahemtulla, Joel Dawson, Vienna Teng (out playing a conference Harvard), Julia Ogrydziak and Jeffrey Krause. Joel is now a professor at M.I.T. (!), and abhi is finishing up his Ph.D. in cryptography. (read more »)
I met Cindy Mong when she was but a wee froshie at Stanford University. In fact, I believe I met her during one of the first couple weeks of her time in college, which totally made me feel like a dirty old man as the old cellist in a string quartet with three young frosh (where “old” is a relative term). But I stayed in the group anyway, and we ended up having a great time. :)
Violist Cindy and pianist Julia Greer gave a wonderful concert at my loft on February 26th, 2005. (read more »)
My friend Alex King has just released new versions of his popular Tasks and Tasks Pro software:
Tasks Pro 1.5 and Tasks 2.5 sport the following shiny new features:
Recurring tasks, task templates, favorites, new themes and PHP 5
compatibility. In Tasks Pro, version 1.5 brings a new admin interface
including a user permissions management screen and an option to inherit
task groups from a parent task when creating sub-tasks. [alex's blog entry]
You know what’s great about evites? The address is right there on the evite. And there’s a little link next to the address that says “View Map.”
You know what’s also great? The evite tells you what time the event is, and all sorts of other little details.
Alex has posted a summary of our coding efforts resulting in single-sign-on between Exhibition Engine and Invision Power Board 2.0, and content migration between the old and new Wetpixel designs.
I googled myself today and discovered that I have 8 of the first 10, 14 of the first 20, and 23 of the first 30 references to my full name. AND, I discovered that Ryan over at Reef, Photo & Video has an google ad out on my name. That’s funny. :)
Been working hard lately. Had a few breaks to enjoy music. No breaks to relax. I just want to go see movies or something. Vienna filled my fridge while I was out one night (i am indebted), so at least I’ve been eating.
After this weekend, I’m going to take a couple of days and do no work. Um. If I can stop myself from doing work. I’m discovering that no routine = work seven days a week, including evenings.
Going to leave the house to dine with Cindy tonight. And for that, I am excited. :)
the master of platonic,
Transcript from e-mail: (updated) (read more »)