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Archive for May, 2009
my first 3-d video: jim abernethy eats fruit
This may or may not be Jim’s first time eating this much fruit (he’s even been eating veggies!), but it is my first time posting a 3-D video. You can check it out if you have red/blue 3-D glasses. Sturdy ones are like $4 on Amazon.com. Paper ones are probably cheaper.
WOW — this video really suffers from compression artifacts, and the 3D effect is much less effective when compression artifacts ruin the video. I’ll have to figure out how to compress these videos so they don’t lose their “3D-ness”.
Wendy makes a wish upon her birthday candle
I have been in Southern California quite a bit over the past couple of weeks. Luckily, it all included a lot of family time. My mother was in town, visiting from Taiwan, and it was great to see her at Wendy’s graduation and for a day during the gallery set-up. Photos follow. (read more »)
Baby Liam Sather
OK, I’m not surrounded by babies at this moment. At this moment, I am surrounded by Swiss people and sharks. But I was happy to get to see baby Liam last week before leaving for San Diego and then, the Bahamas. (read more »)
Emma the tiger shark and a lemon shark friend
We are currently back at West End hiding from the weather after spending the day at Tiger Beach. We had a total of five individual tiger sharks, including Emma, our #1 supermodel! Emma’s pregnant at the moment; when she swims toward us head on, her normally large head looks tiny against the bulbous backdrop of her huge belly (which often drags on the sand — funny!). (read more »)
The Shear Water ready to depart… with one cool add-on
I convinced Jim to bring the flying boat this time. It is going to be awesome.
In a prior article, I wrote that it would sometimes take upwards of 15 seconds before my Mac would boot when OCZ SSD drives were installed. It turns out that I’m an idiot and didn’t set a startup disk, which is why the machine would sit there on a white screen for so long before starting up.
Set a startup disk, and startup is super fast.
I am on a flight from SFO to Atlanta, and it’s ridiculous. I’m in seat 44D, which turns out to be the worst seat on this Boeing 757-200 plane — the last aisle seat. I dread sitting in this seat. There is currently a line of eight people standing next to me doing all sorts of ridiculous things while waiting to use the bathroom. One elderly woman decided to rest her arm on top of my chair and rock back and forth. I asked her to stop. A guy in tight jeans decided to have a oh-so-invigorating stretch while standing next to me: he turned away and bent forward, sticking his butt into my face. I’ve been jostled by people and food carts probably thirty times since sitting down, and everyone seems to want to rest their arms, shoulders and other body parts on the back of my chair. Combine all of this with a crying, regurgitating baby, super-loud flight attendants sharing their lives with each other, and bad turbulence, and it’s one of the worst flights I’ve been on recently!
Me, in front of some of my prints (photo: Wendy Cheng)
I’ve spent a lot of time over the past few weeks preparing for an upcoming underwater photography exhibition at the Taiwanese American Cultural Center (TACC) in San Diego. I’m here in San Diego now, and my father and I spent the last two days installing hanging rails, moving and unpacking crates, and finally, hanging 14 of my best prints. This is a special event for me because six years ago, the TACC hosted the first gallery space to display my work. (read more »)
Michaela Brockstedt, Laurel Stewart, Adam Lau, Jane Call, Eli & Courtney Woolery and me
Michaela hosted a Wetpixel Quarterly dinner in Oakland last week, which was a lot of fun! We all work so hard on the magazine while working other jobs. It’s good to socialize every once in awhile — it reminds us of the things that actually matter in life!
hooding ceremony 2009 at USC
Wendy was hooded at USC a week and a half ago and will be moving to NYU at the end of this summer to become a professor. I’m so proud of her! I flew down to LA, just for the day. (read more »)
Hanging out after the concert: Laural, Antoni, Eric, Pam and Thon
I really enjoyed performing with the Stanford Symphonic Chorus a week ago. Need to play cello more!
my little hydroponic herb garden: it’s ALIVE!
Sorry for the jumps in camera position. It’s hard to keep a little camera on a gorillapod attached to a computer and an AC adapter on a kitchen counter for days at a time without bumping it every once in awhile!
UPDATE 5/24/09 – I built a new movie and replaced the one on this page. The herbs keep growing!
UPDATE 6/9/09 – Yet another update! The garden is prospering, although I left town for 2 weeks and had a couple problems. Firstly, I couldn’t raise the lights so the tops of the fastgrowing herbs hit the lights and burned to a crisp. Secondly, the system ran out of water. I replenished the reservoir when I returned home, and all is well.
Cindy and her daughter at the Silver Phoenix book signing
Congratulations to Cindy Pon for the release of her new book, Silver Phoenix: Beyond the Kingdom of Xia! P and I went to her San Francisco book signing, which was at Books Inc. in Laurel Heights. (read more »)
I am very active both on Twitter and on Facebook. When I post a new Tweet (from my phone or various Twitter clients I use), it is reproduced as my Facebook status and also appears in a sidebar in my online journal. When I post a new message on my journal, an announcement tweet is automatically sent, which also appears as my Facebook status. It sounds very complicated, but it’s not. Install Alex King’s Twitter Tools plugin for WordPress and the Twitter app on Facebook, and you’ve reproduced my setup.
I’ve always consumed Twitter activity in Twitter and Facebook activity in Facebook. I use their respective web clients as well as Tweetie for Mac OS X, Tweetie for iPhone, Facebook for iPhone, Facebook for Blackberry, Tiny Twitter for Blackberry, Twitteberry for Blackberry (2 twitter apps for Blackberry because I haven’t found one that supports multiple logins).
If I see a tweet I want to reply to, I reply using Twitter. If I see something in Facebook I want to reply to, I reply using Facebook.
Luckily, I can’t keep up with Facebook statuses because I seem to have accumulated over 800 friends over there; this effectively makes me not even try to keep up. The Facebook news feed provides an excellent way to “Hide” news from friends and companies I don’t want to see daily information from, but it is still so overwhelming that I only really see the first page of updates when I go there for my fix.
My Twitter activity is still manageable because I only add people whose are compatible with me in Twitterland (no guilt over removing a good friend who tweets to the world every time he/she eats a bagel).
However, I do have a group of friends who, like me, duplicate tweets as Facebook statuses. I recently installed Seesmic Desktop, and for the first time, see Tweets and Facebook status updates roll in at the same time. I can reply to one or both right there in Seesmic, but the question is, in which community do I reply?
Seemic Desktop already de-dupes tweets coming in from multiple Twitter account communities. Hopefully, it will one day be able to group duplicate updates across Twitter and Facebook accounts and reply to both at the same time.
In any case, it’s nice to see attempts to harvest updates from multiple communities to provide a single place to participate online. I haven’t seen any application do it right yet, but I’m glad people are trying!
Baby Marc — so cute!
I happened to be down in Palo Alto at the same time Joe and Rachel were, so we met up at Cho’s to get a quick bite to eat. I had only seen baby Marc once before (3 months ago), and it was really nice to get to play with him again. He’s got the most beautiful big, gray eyes. (read more »)
After upgrading Missing Sync to the latest version, I stopped being able to connect my Blackberry to Blackberry Desktop Manager in Windows XP running in VMWare on Mac OS X. The RIM composite device appears in the USB menu, but connecting to it does nothing.
The culprits are two background Missing Sync processes running in Mac OS X. I used Activity Monitor to quit those processes, and my Blackberry connected in VMWare with no problems.
article about me in this month’s Digital Photo Pro
There is an article about me in this month’s Digital Photo Pro magazine. The print version has a small micro-portfolio of some of my work. I haven’t seen the actual issue yet, but a friend send me a scan of it (thanks, Steve!).
UPDATE: See the article here [download pdf]