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On Stardust

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I went to see Stardust with Mandy and Elliot tonight, and it’s become one of my favorite movies. I love the modern fairytale genre, which Stardust represented brilliantly. It spoke to the romantic in me, albeit through the bars of the cage that I keep all that stuff captive within these days. I kept thinking, “I want someone who glows when she is around me!” And with all of my friends getting engaged and married, being alone is all the more apparent with each passing day.

My Mom nags me gently — but constantly — about my single status, which doesn’t help.

I keep telling myself that I am not out there actively finding my true love (if such a thing exists) because of my busy schedule. I know that my schedule has a lot to do with it — I mean, how is it possible for me to establish new relationships when I am not in one place for more than a week at once? But I know that the schedule isn’t all to blame.

Still, I have to have hope. There is nothing I’d like more than to meet someone who makes everything else fade into the background.

Oakland, CA | link | trackb | no comments » | Oct 28, 2007 23:52:55

Video of the Chimbu @ Mt. Hagen Festival

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This is quite random. I was watching the behind the scenes video of Paul Steward’s experience in Tari (Papua New Guinea), capturing video footage of birds of paradise for BBC’s Planet Earth. I met and befriended him while we were both there.

Anyway, in the footage, they show Huli men dancing, which reminded me that I have a bunch of (crappy) video from Mt. Hagen and Tari taken with my old point & shoot camera (mostly shot to capture an audio track).

So here’s one of the videos. It’s footage of the Chimbu’s dead child “dance”, which they performed continuously at the Mt. Hagen Cultural Festival. (read more »)

Oakland, CA | link | trackb | 1 comment » | Oct 28, 2007 00:55:21

Ilya’s Halloween Party

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me, livia, and ilya. i have a sword (photo: geoff nuttall)

Dressed in a somewhat unimaginative costume, I ventured out tonight to Ilya’s Halloween party south of Market in San Francisco. I wore the kung fu uniform I bought for Emile’s wedding and strapped a broadsword to my belt.

I gotta say… there’s something satisfying about putting your hand on the hilt of a sword strapped to your waist. I like the feeling. (read more »)

Oakland, CA | link | trackb | buy/see all | 2 comments » | Oct 28, 2007 00:15:05

Serengeti infrared panorama

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infrared panorama, serengeti national park, tanzania

Much to Al Vinjamur‘s dismay, I keep shooting stitched panoramas without using a tripod. This panorama was shot with my infrared-modified Canon 20D, and those dots in the middle are elephants. It’s hard to see at 600 pixels wide (the original is over 10,000 pixels wide), but you can also download a 1024-pixel version.

Oakland, CA | link | trackb | 3 comments » | Oct 26, 2007 00:36:59

More elephant photos from Tanzania

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elephant in tanzania

yee-haw. i’m posting some more elephant pictures. you know, to complement the elephant fart video (which is now the #1 result for the google search, “elephant fart video“). (read more »)

Oakland, CA | link | trackb | no comments » | Oct 26, 2007 00:35:30

Travel assist applications

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Dear WorldMate Live and TripIt:

Would you please merge your applications? It would be fantastic to have a service that automatically parses confirmation e-mails and creates shareable itineraries (TripIt) that syncs its data with a cool application on the Blackaberry (WorldMate Live). And if you could support syncing with Google Calendar or iCal syndication, that would be great too.

Thank you, A Blackberried Traveler

(I tried importing Orbitz travel documents through to WorldMate Live, and it failed miserably. I’m not using Outlook, so I had to forward them in Mac OS X’s Mail.app. Maybe that was the problem (they claim to support Orbitz).)

Oakland, CA | link | trackb | 2 comments » | Oct 25, 2007 23:15:34

Photo catch-up

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everyone is excited when baby jack eats

I thought I’d post a link to my latest photos on Flickr. There are images in the set from Open Studios in SF (RedStart Design), Baby Jack, Geoff + Livia, Sarah Kemble, Gabe Trop, and Eli Woolery.

Oakland, CA | link | trackb | no comments » | Oct 25, 2007 13:16:19

Funny letter to my sister

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I found a funny letter I wrote to my sister in June of 1984 (when I was 8). She was at my uncle’s place in Indiana, but I don’t remember why. (read more »)

Oakland, CA | link | trackb | 9 comments » | Oct 25, 2007 12:05:26

I is good at computers

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all i was doing was holding down the mouse on the contrast slider!

I’m really good at finding bugs in software. :)

Oh, and that giraffe photo is one of my favorites. I happened to have the wrong lens on my camera when the giraffe in the rear walked by…

Oakland, CA | link | trackb | 1 comment » | Oct 25, 2007 00:34:11

Horsing around in the Solomon Islands

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To take my mind off of the fires in San Diego, I thought I would post a few photos from the Solomon Islands. I enjoy traveling with people I know well because we frequently end up having a great time underwater.

Eric Cheng, underwater
me, with my seacam/ikelite rig (photo: douglas seifert)

Douglas took the above photo of me, which is perhaps the most interesting portrait I have of myself, to date. Look at those strobes! The image screams SERIOUS RIG, doesn’t it? :) (read more »)

Oakland, CA | link | trackb | 2 comments » | Oct 24, 2007 00:57:24

San Diego fire area expands to our house

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According to the map at SignOnSanDiego (they have swapped out the crappy one they had earlier for a Google map), the area of the fire has expanded to include the location of our house.


map of san diego fire area as of 4:10pm

Luckily, the burned structures list doesn’t include any houses near ours (yet). (read more »)

Stanford, CA | link | trackb | 8 comments » | Oct 23, 2007 21:07:58

Oh, Rancho Santa Fe

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Photo: JIM BAIRD / Union-Tribune

Ahhh, my home town. Why must you make it so easy to mock you, even during times of emergency?

Here’s the description from the source page (which has intermittently been down over the past day, presumably because everyone is going there for fire news):

Oct. 22, Rancho Santa Fe: Fire, along S6 between Lake Hodges and Del Mar (Villa de la Valle at the Del Mar end, Via Rancho Parkway nearer Hodges). These people did not want to be photographed; they were westbound at mile 6 of Via de la Valle, with a Jaguar leading a horse at slow walking speed, and behind them a horse trailer that was full.
Oakland, CA | link | trackb | 3 comments » | Oct 23, 2007 12:08:19

San Diego fire update

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fire status as of 2:04am

The fire is pretty close to my parents’ house now. Since both of them are out of the country, there was no one to grab files, photo albums, and other valuables during evacuation. (read more »)

Oakland, CA | link | trackb | 5 comments » | Oct 23, 2007 09:41:27

San Diego fires dangerously close to home

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The fires that are burning out of control in Southern California are mere miles away from my parents’ home. Luckily, both of them are away in Taiwan at the moment and don’t have to deal with the mandatory evacuation orders. Still, it’s really scary.


pink shows estimated fire area

SignOnSanDiego has an a map of fire areas and road closures, but the website has been really slow today. There’s also a thumbnail of the map and links to breaking fire-related stories (some of which don’t actually go anywhere) on their home page.

LATimes has more useful articles linked from their local news site, including this one that talks about the 250,000-household evacuation in San Diego.

Oakland, CA | link | trackb | 3 comments » | Oct 22, 2007 16:27:46

Computers confound me

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I’m printing out envelopes from within Pages.app. When kicked off from my Macbook Pro, they print out fine. But the same document prints totally wrong when printed from my Mac Pro. On the screen, the document looks the same. The printer behaves properly for other documents. If I try to fix the problem by changing the orientation in Page Setup, the envelope document looks totally wrong (becomes vertical instead of horizontal — clearly not the desired result).

Argh.

Oakland, CA | link | trackb | no comments » | Oct 22, 2007 15:29:26

Three elephants in the Serengeti

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Three elephants in the Serengeti, near Wogakuria, Tanzania

Clearly, I need to find some time to process my safari pictures from earlier this month!
UPDATE: Andy has just posted three people pictures from our trip.

Oakland, CA | link | trackb | 7 comments » | Oct 22, 2007 01:16:40

Schedule vs friends

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At the reunion last weekend, one of my (slightly drunk) friends sort of got in my face about not being a good friend because I’m never around. “We moved here for you!” he said (which is not true). I then pointed out that I used to call whenever I was in town, and that they never got back to me in time. Oh, and that they never call.

But I do understand the frustration. (read more »)

Oakland, CA | link | trackb | no comments » | Oct 21, 2007 12:27:03

Google power

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As of right now, I am the #1 hit for “elephant fart video“. However, I’m barely on the first page for the more generic “elephant fart“. Need more google power! [see the elephant fart]

Oakland, CA | link | trackb | 2 comments » | Oct 21, 2007 11:59:54

For sale: Canon 1Ds Mk II, Canon 1D MK II, Seacam housing

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Hey guys. In preparation for an upgrade to the Mk III series, I’m selling off my Mk II gear:

  1. Canon 1Ds Mk II digital SLR body – SOLD
  2. Canon 1D Mk II digital SLR body
  3. Seacam Mk II underwater housing

The for-sale listing is up in Wetpixel classifieds forum. Check it out, if you’re interested! Images of the camera are available upon request.

Los Angeles, CA | link | trackb | 4 comments » | Oct 21, 2007 08:36:31

Stanford class of 1997 10-year reunion

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I returned from Tanzania last weekend during the middle of my 10-year college reunion. I was so tired that the last thing I wanted to do was drive the 50 miles to Stanford and back, but I finally decided that I should probably go — especially after having missed the 5-year (I was actually on campus, but was preoccupied).


me and carrie casselman

Adam Tow and I met up at Livia’s place on campus and walked over to Tresidder together. It was funny — the first people I saw were Mandy and Elliot, who had just returned from their honeymoon. Mandy was nicely tanned; I assume Elliot tried to tan himself as well, but his Minnesotan blood probably noticed the attempt and blocked the effort. (read more »)

Oakland, CA | link | trackb | no comments » | Oct 20, 2007 18:50:38
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