my shark mural, used in extreme makeover home edition
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition used some more of my images to produce the Latif family shark room for one of the sons. There is a house tour on AOL’s website that shows the shark room starting at around 1:35.
The mural was printed by Murals Your Way, who represent some of my work.
I like this room better than the one they made last time, which was a bit too bizarre for my tastes (scary, deep-see fish over the bed??).
This is really, really annoying. My parents have internet service provided via DSL from the convoluted company that is/was Yahoo!/AT&T/SBCGlobal. In the past, if I wanted to send email from my mail client while I was at home, I had to change my SMTP server to match AT&T’s supported server and use my parents’ account for password authentication. This is annoying enough. But recently, Yahoo!/AT&T/SBCGlobal has started requiring sender email registration to send e-mail from their already-locked down SMTP server (!). (read more »)
I just installed Fring for iPhone, and it is the best community messaging application I’ve seen for the device (what is Fring?). AND, it supports VoIP in the form of Skype and SIP (!). This is the application I’ve been waiting for, and is a really compelling reason to <a href=/journal/2008/03/07/how-to-properly-jailbreak-iphone-114-with-youtube-fix/”>jailbreak your iPhone.
I fired it up and gave Victor A. a call using SkypeOut. Other than the standard latency that one expects from a Skype -> mobile phone connection, everything worked perfectly, and the sound quality was quite good.
Fring even runs in the background, which is really cool. I’m not sure how much battery power the thing sucks down, but it certainly is really great to be able to use Skype on my iPhone! I’m sure the 3G version will give the iPhone enough bandwidth to be able to take advantage of VoIP when out of WiFi range.
Fring supports Skype, SIP, Yahoo! Messenger, AIM/iChat, MSN Messenger, Google Talk, ICQ, and Twitter.
Congratulations, Fring developers! You get a spot on my iPhone’s home application page.
I am searching for the best car mount for my iPhone. In my old Subaru, I used a cheapie $4 vent mount from the local carwash to hold my (old) Blackberry. Unfortunately, that sort of aesthetic doesn’t match my current car (and, it rubbed the paint off of the contact areas). :)
I tried an iGrip cigarette lighter adapter mount, but it was so tight fitting that it pulled the metal ring of my cig lighter adapter right out (!), and now, I have to bring my car in to get it fixed. The suction cup version is more ghetto, but might look and work fine. I think I’ll give it a try.
Anyone have a good solution? I know I shouldn’t be using the phone in the car, but the stupid iPhone doesn’t have voicedial.
I don’t remember at which airport I saw this sign, but I think it was the airport at Varanasi… or Chennai (more likely, since it was a passport check). It made me laugh out loud and sneak a shot with my camera phone (you aren’t allowed to take pictures in India airports or airplanes).
Flickr is now allowing the uploading of videos. The video quality is really good, but they limit your videos to 90 seconds (a mistake, I think). In any case, I just just found a replacement for Veoh for videos under 90 seconds! YouTube’s video quality is subpar when compared to Flickr’s, and YouTube’s community is terrible (for comments, I mean).
Check out the video in fullscreen. It’s not bad. It also isn’t obvious how to break out of fullscreen mode if you don’t read the instructions :) (hit ESC to return).
Being pseudo-homeless at the moment, I spent the last two days down at Stanford with Geoff, Livia, and Baby Jack (Palo Alto: so clear! so cold!). I felt very domestic, even though Geoff and Livia never let me do any work when I’m at their place. Baby Jack is learning quickly; it’s a lot of fun to hang out with him now because he understands pretty much everything you say to him.
Mandy and Elliot came by to see Jack, and Jack instantly fell in love with Mandy. It was funny — he started acting really weird as soon as Mandy walked in the door. (read more »)
Yeah, it was brief, but it was great to see friends. I stayed with Tony and Ai-jen out in Queens, but went into Manhattan for a Sea Shepherd Conservation Society film screening at Technicolor on Leroy (Kim was in town, and I met Paul Watson for the first time) and for dinner with Vienna, Tony, Bev, Pat, Heidi, and Julie. (read more »)
I was just forced to upgrade to WordPress 2.3.3 after my 2.1.3 version was hacked. I didn’t hear of any security bulletin informing the world that 2.1.x had been abandoned. Normally, WordPress folks continue to provide minor security updates. I was hacked the last time this happened, too.
The bad news is that Popularity Contest won’t be working until someone can figure out how to make it wp-cache compatible again. :)
Brahmins lead an evening ceremony at the Ganga Seva Nidhi ghat
I am deathly afraid of the water in the Gangas river (or the Ganges, as we call it), but tens of thousands of people bathe in its waters every day. In Varanasi, the holy city, we saw a dozen bodies being cremated (bodies and ashes are dumped into the river) as well as thousands of people out celebrating as Brahmins performed a ceremony on stages at different ghats. More soon. Until then, I leave you with two more images. (read more »)
We spent a day and night cruising the backwaters of Kerala on a houseboat. It wasn’t exactly luxurious, but it was absolutely beautiful, and I really enjoyed sitting around in the warm wind with my entire field of view covered in various hues of green and blue…