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Echeng.com e-mail down for today

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When it pours, it rains. Fastmail, my e-mail provider, is having problems, and my e-mail at this domain will be down for the rest of the day. If you need to contact me, please use my Wetpixel e-mail address or contact form.

UPDATE 9/1/06, 5PM – My mail seems to be working again. I’m going to cancel my fastmail.fm service as soon as my account there is back online.

San Diego, CA | link | trackb | 1 comment » | Aug 31, 2006 15:28:41

A great white shark portrait

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Great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) portrait, Guadalupe, Mexico
Great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) portrait, Guadalupe, Mexico
I’ve got lots more, but it may take some time to get the images online. :)  

Oakland, CA | link | trackb | 1 comment » | Aug 31, 2006 13:41:14

Leaving the cage at Guadalupe

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Great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) and divers in cages, Guadalupe, Mexico
Great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) and divers in cages, Guadalupe, Mexico
After our group left, Norb and I stayed for an additional 5 days out at Guadalupe with Lawrence and a boat full of interesting people. The three of us spent many hours down at 25′ in the cinema cage, which is really just a place to hang out in the water while great white sharks swim around. Only once did a white shark approach the down cage, but I wasn’t in the water at that time (too bad!).

I did something stupid, though, and it was only after the fact that it really sunk in. (read more »)

San Diego, CA | link | trackb | 2 comments » | Aug 31, 2006 13:34:58

Great White Sharks, Guadalupe

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great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) at Isla Guadalupe, Mexico
Great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) at Isla Guadalupe, Mexico
I just spent 7 days out at Guadalupe with Norbert Wu and our group of photographers, and it was truly a wonderful time. Our group was friendly, funny, and enthusiastic, with some members spending upwards of 6+ hours in the cage each day! I’m turning right around for a second trip tomorrow, and leave San Diego again in just 6.5 hours.

The Wetpixel forums were hacked while I was gone, and I spent 4 hours getting them back online tonight. What a way to spend my one night back with my family in San Diego… :(

Continue reading for a 50MB slideshow I made for the partipants on the trip. If you don’t want to view this entire post, you can also see a smaller version (smaller, faster). (read more »)

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San Diego, CA | link | trackb | 2 comments » | Aug 26, 2006 01:28:36

Using Subversion with my websites

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Per Alex King, I have decided to use Subversion to track changes to my websites (echeng.com and wetpixel.com) over time. I used the SVN 1-Click setup to install an SVN repository and client on my Windows server, and just installed TortoiseSVN on my client machines.

I finally decided to do this because I wrote over an important file yesterday and had to go back into my server backups to retrieve it.

Oakland, CA | link | trackb | 3 comments » | Aug 14, 2006 12:18:00

Cars are cool

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I’ve kept this quiet for awhile, but I might as well share with the users who have access here. :) In March, I got a new car. I’m still afraid of it, but I’m starting to learn how to drive it properly (without killing myself, I mean). (read more »)

Oakland, CA | link | trackb | 2 comments » | Aug 13, 2006 23:52:12

Screaming Turtle still at Smithsonian

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turtle @ smithsonian

A friend wrote to me a few days ago informing me that my screaming turtle image is still on display at the Smithsonian’s Natural History Museum. Apparently, it’s …. in natural hist museum downstairs just around the corner from coffee bar, near escalator up to first floor….

I’d love to get a photo of the print in its new location. Can one of you Washington D.C. folk help me out? :)

Oakland, CA | link | trackb | 2 comments » | Aug 12, 2006 17:01:51

Gabe Trop, Heidi Kim, Dave Patchen, Bill Rivard

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gabe’s cool eyes

It’s been a week full of seeing people I don’t get to see very often. A few days ago, Gabe Trop, Heidi Kim and I met up for brunch in San Francisco. Gabe and I became friends through a strong bond as fellow Stanford cellists, and whenever his name comes up, I think of what he wrote on the inside cover of Thomas Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow, a birthday gift he gave to me one year:

To Eric Celloes Rule [sic] From Gabe

Heidi has finished her transition from violinist to lawyer, and will soon be starting work in San Francisco. (read more »)

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Oakland, CA | link | trackb | 1 comment » | Aug 12, 2006 15:48:42

Jinwha Choi visits

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After five years of no contact, I hung out with Jinwha Choi again here in the Bay Area. The last time I saw her, she had just graduated from college and taken off for Hawai’i. She leaves again tomorrow, which is sad. I really enjoyed her company this week, and we had some really good chocolate.

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Oakland, CA | link | trackb | no comments » | Aug 12, 2006 15:34:38

Mozart cadenza on crack

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New Yorker music critic Alex Ross posted a link to what must be one of the most bizarre Mozart cadenzas ever performed. (read more »)

Oakland, CA | link | trackb | 2 comments » | Aug 12, 2006 13:13:36

Trapped in Fremont

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Help! I’m trapped in a Fremont strip mall with the Fremont tech-industry lunch-time crowd all around me! I’m having some work done on my car, and I have to wander around here until 5pm.

43 minutes down, 4 hrs 17 minutes remaining.

Fremont Suburbia Hell | link | trackb | 7 comments » | Aug 8, 2006 12:43:43

The Mac Pro: oh, how Apple tempts me

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Mac Pro

Apple announced the new Mac Pro at WWDC today, and it looks sexy.* Despite all my bitching about Macs, I actually really want to go back to one. I was a diehard Mac person for five years, and even worked at Apple for a summer back in 1997 (a.k.a. The All-Time Low). There is always something that holds me back, though. Right now, it’s very simple:

1) No Photoshop Universal. LAME. 2) No dial-up via Blackberry and poor Blackberry support in general. 3) Nothing even close to Nelson Email Organizer Pro for e-mail.

1 is a must for what I do now. People who argue that it’s fast enough aren’t as impatient as I am.

2 is only necessary on a notebook.

3 I might be able to live without, but NEO Pro saves me so much time in my daily correspondence duties that I can’t imagine doing e-mail without it.

And so, I continue to wait.

* Now you see why I am still single…

Oakland, CA | link | trackb | 9 comments » | Aug 7, 2006 22:23:03

Photo Catchup, August 2006

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thelonious lovin’

Photo catchup! Images include: movie night at the loft, Cindy Yu Emura shopping, Lynn Park at the Palace of Fine Arts and at hole-in-the-wall Vietnamese food, a print I made for a friend, a one-day overlap with Vienna Teng, Adam Tow at work, Superman Returns 3D at the Metreon, lobster rolls with Heidi Hau, and a drink with Jeremy Henrickson.

Now I feel complete.

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Oakland, CA | link | trackb | no comments » | Aug 7, 2006 14:55:00

WordPress releases 2.0.4 security update

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9 days ago, WordPress announced the immediate availability of version 2.0.4. There have been many security updates rolled up into the latest release, so you should definitely upgrade you’re a WordPress user. My server gets compromised every time I fail to install the security updates announced by the many scripts I use on both echeng.com and wetpixel.com.

Oakland, CA | link | trackb | no comments » | Aug 7, 2006 01:09:37

Slow Club and Asian confusion

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joechang is back

During my 3.5 days between South Africa and Tonga, I saw quite a few of my friends including Joe and Rachel Chang, who have recently relocated back to San Francisco after years in Manhattan. Joe, Rachel, Cindy Mong, Dave Patchen, and I had a nice brunch at Slow Club in Portrero Hill. I’m bummed because Dave was part of a show at Gump’s (who regularly stock his wonderful glass work), and I missed it while in Tonga. I never get to go to my friends’ shows/concerts these days. Lame.

That evening (July 16), I went out for dinner at La Taza de Cafe with my only friends in Oakland, Greg and Annabelle Tsutaoka (my neighbors). It was here that we hatched the plan to provide an official disambiguation page for our respective visages to prevent further confusion in our building. I hope it works!

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Oakland, CA | link | trackb | 1 comment » | Aug 7, 2006 01:04:28

Sathers and Kims in Glenn Park

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Monica, Wuy, and Ophelia have moved into a house in Glenn Park, so now I can more easily go hang out with the Sather/Kim family all under one roof. A few days ago, Monica made vegan enchiladas while we watched It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (I had never heard of the show). It was funny, and after so much travel, hanging out with friends to watch television is really my idea of a proper vacation.

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Oakland, CA | link | trackb | no comments » | Aug 7, 2006 00:56:43

Baby Lilly Shiffman

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Lilly Shiffman
Lilly Shiffman

Speaking of Stanford, I finally made it down there to see Barry and Robin’s new baby, Lilly. She was tiny and cute, and the first thing Barry did was plop her littleness into my hands.

Unfortunately, I probably won’t see any of them again for some time. Barry is leaving the quartet and moving to Banff to direct the music program at the Banff Centre. I wish him the best of luck up there! I’m definitely going to visit sometime.

There are babies shooting out all around me. Three of my friends are having babies due this November. They all seem to be progressing through a “typical” life progression, while I continue to bob around in strange waters far away…

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Oakland, CA | link | trackb | no comments » | Aug 6, 2006 23:45:55

Nostalgic Stanford visit

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Before leaving for South Africa a couple of months ago, I drove down to Stanford to hang out with my cousin, Charlotte. She was an RCC in Roble last year, and I spent much of the evening in her room playing XBOX 360, which was fun. It was really strange to be in a dorm room, though. I’m glad that I can still masquerade as a student. It would have been awkward if I looked like some dirty old man hanging out in the dorms.

Char still has the Marin bike that I used while I was in school there, and considering the amount of bike theft on campus, it’s amazing that the thing has lasted so long!

The next day, I was at Stanford again, this time with Lynn. I can’t remember why I went there again, but we spent some time roaming around around the Art Museum and Rodin Sculpture Garden.

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Oakland, CA | link | trackb | no comments » | Aug 6, 2006 23:38:17

London photos updated

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I’ve updated an old post about London with a few photos. The photos aren’t very interesting, but they’re there anyway…

Oakland, CA | link | trackb | no comments » | Aug 6, 2006 23:22:00

48 photos of Eric Cheng

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hi! i see you. (photo: wen)

You know those big bio photos that rotate on the front page? Here they are. Now, in return, please tell me a story. :)

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Oakland, CA | link | trackb | 9 comments » | Aug 6, 2006 01:10:43
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