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Timelapse: Saint-Martin canal cruise in Paris

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A timelapse video of a 2.5 hour cruise in the Saint-Martin canal in Paris — very cool because there is an altitude gain of approximately 24 meters through a bunch of sequential locks.

I created the timelapse by taking 1510 images at 3-second intervals using the Canon 5D Mark II, Sigma 20mm/f1.8 lens, ISO 1600, manual exposure. The camera ran out of batteries about 60 minutes before the end of the cruise. Also, I cut out about 5-6 seconds of the first tunnel because it was too much of the same.

Paris, France | link | trackb | 7 comments » | Sep 28, 2009 15:18:06

Macarons from Ladurée, Paris

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Rainbow macaron heaven

Macarons from Ladurée, a patisserie just a few blocks from Musée d’Orsay. We cut our museum time short for a special trip there to get macarons. (read more »)

Paris, France | link | trackb | 4 comments » | Sep 28, 2009 01:28:27

Weekly Twitter Digest: 2009-09-28

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  • Verizon releases OS 4.7.1.53 for Blackberry Tour http://bit.ly/12tcqC #
  • % chance I will get my work done before leaving the country: 0 #
  • I haven’t touched my cello for 2 months. So sad. #
  • @atow You chose David Jay over me!! ;) in reply to atow #
  • Hrm. No Safari with default Snow Leopard install? And no download of SL-compatible Safari? Need the SL install disc? whaaa? #
  • Screw Safari. Chromium, you are my new alternate browser. #
  • Has anyone figured out productivity loss in $$ from Blackberry BIS outages (like the one we’re having now)? http://bit.ly/ROzPZ #
  • Blackberry service is back, here in Los Angeles. Good FAQ on resending service books: http://bit.ly/MfSuF #
  • @RogierDiver weird. A google search for “safari snow leopard” did not lead there. Led to safari 3.0.4. Guess I need more patience. in reply to RogierDiver #
  • Today, Don Kehoe helped me to move my prints from G2 Gallery to San Diego. We’re headed back to LA in 6 hours. Thank you, Don! #
  • I uploaded a YouTube video — Howard Hall’s underwater RED ONE camera, Gates housing http://bit.ly/3ysYaZ #
  • I’m copying from my ReadyNAS Pro at around 78MB/s, sustained, bursting to over 100MB/s (using it as NAS, not iSCS). Impressive! #
  • Not so impressive: Ran Apple’s Remote app on my iPhone, and my Mac Pro kernel panicked immediately. #
  • Last 3 kernel panics say that LCCDaemon was culprit. Reinstalling Logitech Control Center now… (Snow Leopard) #
  • Experiment to stay logged in on Facebook chat was a FAIL. Impossible to be productive with 1000 bored “friends” looking to chat! #
  • 75 minutes of sleep, and then i’ll have to get up to go to the airport. not ideal!! #
  • The DEMA Show just used “OMG” in official email correspondence, but they won’t let kids < 16 years old into the show. LOL! OMGBBQ!! #
  • Everything was fine on this plane until the babies arrived. #
  • Google Latitude on Verizon Tour definitely doesn’t work internationally. It thinks I am in Miami. #
  • If only all info booths at CDG had the same information. #
  • CRRRAP. iPhone is getting MMS. So much for any hope of being able to use AT&T in San Francisco. Viva Verizon! http://bit.ly/2WSMbj #
  • Hanging out in the Montparnasse area in Paris. Streets are lively at midnight — lots of people still finishing up dinner (including us). #
  • Alexis has taken us to Pierre Herme!! Amazing! #
  • Cafe Marly at the Louvre with Catherine, Jaxie, Alexis, and Nathalie! #
  • Wow, the MOMA in Paris is UGLY. #
  • Off to meet at Opera Bastille for a night tour of Paris via boat, foot, and car. #
  • Getting tons of advice for places to go in Paris. Thanks, everyone! We have a huge list, and have locals taking us around. It’s wonderful… #
  • There’s a guy playing fake tennis with himself (no racket, no ball) in front of the obelisk in the center of Paris. #
  • Strange. My 32GB SanDisk Pro card is REALLY slow via Firewire 800 UDMA card reader. My old Extreme IV card read consistently at 40MB/s. #
  • I sent my camera to 5 megapixel sRAW for timelapse images and forgot to set it back afterwards. Night images all at 5MP. :( :( :( #
  • Rare moment: leaving my big camera at the hotel tonight (on purpose)! #
| link | trackb | no comments » | Sep 28, 2009 00:01:00

Rose and lichee flavored macarons at Pierre Hermé

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Rose and lichee macarons, pierre herme

Rose and lichee-flavored macarons with raspberries @ Pierre Hermé in Paris — not far from our hotel in Montparnasse. These are to die for

San Francisco, CA | link | trackb | 2 comments » | Sep 27, 2009 03:23:56

SanDisk Extreme 32GB compact flash card benchmarks

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It looks like the SanDisk Extreme 32GB compact flash card is actually benchmarking at close to its advertised 60MB/s read and 40MB/s write times (connected using a SanDisk UDMA Firewire 800 card reader).

I’m not sure why my image ingest yesterday was so slow!

Paris, France | link | trackb | no comments » | Sep 27, 2009 03:01:37

Weekly Twitter Digest: 2009-09-21

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  • Whoah. Snow Leopard sudden logout and login (all apps quit). Save often! #
  • Video: “Mr Hitler not happy about the Canon 7d” http://bit.ly/15rkJf #
  • When my drive died, I lost my best night long exposures from Colombia. Totally bummed. #
  • Do I pay the $60/yr for Vimeo Plus, or just use YouTube’s HD video? #
  • I uploaded a YouTube video — Canon 5D Mark II: Leafcutter ants in Utria, Colombia http://bit.ly/4CRFmQ #
  • Splurged for dinner at Gary Danko tonight with parents. Food was wonderful! #
  • Post-war Japanese, Chinese, and Korean photography exhibit at SFMOMA — fantastic! #
  • I just had to convince my dad that “Helga” was not Ishmael’s mother. #
  • Re-enable old font smoothing in Snow Leopard. http://bit.ly/GOU8Z #
  • I love being ranked high on Google. http://bit.ly/10racS #
  • SSD Summer Slam: 12 new SSDs compared: http://bit.ly/3vCktD #
  • Intel’s X250M 34nm vs 50nm (and explanation of TRIM support): http://bit.ly/2tK9x #
  • Today is Wetpixel CMYK day. #
  • @charlottelai They were just here overnight — quick trip before heading back to Taiwan. We should have called you. :( in reply to charlottelai #
  • RT: Remarkable story on the Turing apology. Incredibly proud of JGC. http://bit.ly/q67W2 (via @johnolilly) #
  • A bunch of drives, a NAS box, and PCIe eSATA card arrived in the mail today. I’m ready to revamp my storage! #
  • Have any photography clients like this? :) http://bit.ly/AaoQ7 #
  • Decided on ReadyNAS Pro instead of DroboPro. I put 2 x 1.5TB and 4 x 1TB drives in it and configured as X-RAID2. Waiting for initialization! #
  • Is there a free iSCSI initiator that supports Snow Leopard? #
  • As of today, “gdbb776″ GoDaddy coupon saved me about 25% on bulk renewals — saved about $120. #
  • Do I really need 4 waterproof jackets? #
  • My Pandora station is called “Classical, no flute or recorder.” #
  • @pyknosis Was he double parked in handicapped parking? in reply to pyknosis #
  • Forced Pam out of the house — no more work for today, dammit!! #
  • It feels strange to go to a plain ol’ diner after watching Julie and Julia. #
  • ‘A dead salmon perceiving humans can tell their emotional state.’ http://bit.ly/1MMROv #
  • Why would they choose such a terrible (and loud) band for this South Park food festival thingy? #
  • My posture makes me look like a polar bear. no like. #
  • Just discovered JIS screwdrivers. Now it all makes sense. #
  • Hmm. 2nd sudden logout / login in Snow Leopard. Not good… #
  • OK, I have one ReadyNAS rsync’ing to another (with scheduling). I love it. #
  • Just compiled MySql for Snow Leopard. Great instructions at HiveLogic: http://bit.ly/6kfG #
  • I’m speaking tomorrow at WPSV in Saratoga @ 7:30pm. Topic: 40 days in Indonesia http://wpsv.org/ #
| link | trackb | no comments » | Sep 21, 2009 00:01:00

Finally using rsync

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Just another exciting Saturday evening at the Cheng household: I finally took the 15 minutes to understand rsync, and I’ve used it 3 times tonight already. :)

  1. … as a cron job on my main Mac Pro to incrementally sync one drive to another every night
  2. … to sync a share from one ReadyNAS to another
  3. … in a scheduled backup kicked off from my ReadyNAS Pro to fetch mysqldumps from echeng.com every day

rsync and I will have a long relationship, I’m sure.

I also notice that rsync looks into packages in the Mac OS X filesystem. Nice! (although this would imply that running rsync without the “–delete” flag won’t work well if files inside packages change). It also doesn’t properly copy symbolic links, so SuperSuper! is still useful for full-volume syncs.

San Francisco, CA | link | trackb | 1 comment » | Sep 19, 2009 23:45:43

Last weekend for G2 Gallery show

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My work @ the G2 Gallery

This weekend is the last weekend of the H20 show at G2 Gallery. 14 of my prints are on display there, printed on aluminum. Check it out, if you are interested!

The G2 Gallery is in Venice, California: www.theg2gallery.com

San Francisco, CA | link | trackb | 2 comments » | Sep 18, 2009 17:32:11

Sixgill shark story airing on OPB on Oct 22 & 25, 2009

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A sixgill shark in Seattle

Vince Patton, Producer for Oregon Public Broadcasting, just wrote me to tell me that their story on sixgill sharks in Seattle is finally going to air this coming October 22 at 8:30pm PST, and on October 25 at 6:30pm, as part of Oregon Field Guide. We gave Vince some space on our chartered boat a year ago when we were out diving with sixgill sharks.

Some of my underwater footage will be included, and you might even see me in some of the scenes. ;) I don’t have TV signal here at my place, but I’m told that the story will be up on their website after it airs.

San Francisco, CA | link | trackb | no comments » | Sep 18, 2009 11:47:59

The best cat video you’ll ever see

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Thanks to Eli for showing me this. :)

San Francisco, CA | link | trackb | no comments » | Sep 17, 2009 20:48:41

Mac OS X Snow Leopard font smoothing settings

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For some reason, Mac OS X 10.6 “Snow Leopard” removed font smoothing settings from the Appearance System Preference Pane. The new pane only has the option, “Use LCD font smoothing when available.” Luckily, there is still a way to set font smoothing strength. (read more »)

San Francisco, CA | link | trackb | 4 comments » | Sep 15, 2009 19:33:48

Wiebetech RTX400-SV / Silicon Image eSATA on Snow Leopard

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Today, I discovered that my Wiebetech RTX400-SV 4-bay external eSata enclosure / TeraCard TCES2-0 PCIe 2-port eSATA card combo doesn’t work with Mac OS 10.6.1 Snow Leopard. I use the TeraCard card as an interface to the RTX400 for port-multiplied SATA. It worked perfectly in previous versions of Mac OS X, but fails craptastically in Snow Leopard.

I wrote to Wiebetech, and they told me to reinstall the driver for the PCIe card. Unfortunately, the PCIe card is based on Silicon Image, which is known to be incompatible with Snow Leopard. At least the OS was smart enough to disable the driver upon Snow Leopard update: SiliconImage3132.kext and SiCoreService were both moved to the “Incompatible Software” folder.

Here’s what happened during my (thus far, unsuccessful) attempts to get my backup enclosure to work:

  1. I tried to reinstall the driver (Sil3132_1.1.9u_Sil_Pkg, dated Feb 27, 2007), which is available from Wiebetech’s website. Mac OS X 10.6.1 kernel panicked upon install (and the install failed).

  2. I read a support thread where an IOGear tech suggested installing the latest RAID5 driver from Silicon Image’s website. The driver filename is siliconimage3132r5_15160.zip, dated 8/14/2007. I installed this driver, rebooted, and turned on my enclosure. The drive(s) mounted, but writing to them threw errors and eventually kernel panicked

  3. I uninstalled siliconimage3132r5 manually by deleting the silicon image extension from /System/Library/Extensions, the SATARaid5 folder from /Applications/Utilities, and SATARaid5Daemon from /Library/StartupItems.

And now, I’m back where I started. I can’t access drives in my RTX400 from Snow Leopard. I’m going to have to boot from Mac OS 10.5.8 in order to back up my data, which just seems wrong.

Silicon Image doesn’t support customers directly, so I suppose I’ll have to ask Wiebetech to find a solution. In the meantime, if any of you know of another PCIe card that supports port-multiplied eSATA and Snow Leopard, I’d appreciate recommendations!

UPDATE:

I now have a newly-installed Mac OS X 10.5.7 bootable drive that I am using temporarily to do incremental backups of my main 2.5TB data volume to the RTX400. Wiebetech wrote back and said that the FirmTek SeriTek 2SE2-E card supports Snow Leopard even though it uses the Sil3132 chipset (they wrote their own driver), but I’m going to switch to the Sonnet Tempo E4P PCIe card, which uses a Marvell chipset, is faster, and supports Snow Leopard. It’s a bit more expensive, but I’m always up for moving data faster.

I’ve also read that Silicon Image may never update the driver for the Sil3132, and I don’t want to be sitting around waiting forever. It’s time to move on to a better chipset.

UPDATE Confirmed: Sonnet Tempo E4P works in Snow Leopard. It wants to run at 8X on the PCIe bus, so put it in slot 4.

San Francisco, CA | link | trackb | 4 comments » | Sep 15, 2009 13:30:25

Canon 5D Mk II video: Leafcutter ants in Utria, Colombia

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Leafcutter ants in Utría, Colombia, taken by Eric Cheng, using a Canon 5D Mark II, 1080p @ 30fps. Exposures ranged from 1/40-1/60 second @ f2.8-f3.5, ISO 1600-2500 (it was really dark under the rainforest canopy). Click through to the YouTube video to see it in HD.

San Francisco, CA | link | trackb | 5 comments » | Sep 15, 2009 00:21:52

Weekly Twitter Digest: 2009-09-14

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  • Back in Bogota after spending a week in the jungle! #
  • At La Opera hotel in Bogota. Wonderful! Going to try to shower off a week’s worth of mud. #
  • Also, my MBP woke up by itself while in a bag and became *really* hot. It now boots to a white screen. :( #
  • Why does Google Latitude think I’m in Florida? Does it not work in Colombia? #
  • Back in the Bay Area. 24 hrs of travel used to be nothing, but it has made me cranky today. #
  • MacBook Pro failure turns out to be (at least) a failed Intel X25-M SSD. I believe I’ve recovered all of my images from backups. #
  • Took 20 minutes to set up an advanced replacement RMA for Intel X25-M SSD, overnight for $25. Not too bad. But will take time to rebuild. #
  • @southlloyd SSD replacement was via Intel support, directly. But it was purchased as a stand-alone product. #
  • Mice levitated in lab. http://bit.ly/gnNXN #
  • @southlloyd thank you! It has been smooth so far, except that there is no option for drives on the support line (had to get transfered). in reply to southlloyd #
  • @ihatepink So sorry to hear that. :( Replacement: I’ve been using the Plantronics Voyager Pro. Highly recommended. Also like the Jawbone. in reply to ihatepink #
  • Canceling my Sprint EVDO card. I’ve been transferred 3 times so far. Make that 4 times. #
  • My website servers are down again (all of them) — third time in as many days. Not happy. #
  • @johnolilly John – you’re beating me in miles in 2009, but I have France, Japan and Papua New Guinea coming up (not that it’s a contest ;) in reply to johnolilly #
  • I seem to have lost a few video files from the past couple of months. :( #
  • Snow Leopard changes default monitor gamma to 2.2 (from 1.8). http://bit.ly/1qzY8o #
| link | trackb | no comments » | Sep 14, 2009 00:01:00

The happy dance

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San Francisco, CA | link | trackb | 2 comments » | Sep 13, 2009 10:40:20

Uh oh: No Snow Leopard on crazy Mac Pro config

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I tried to upgrade my Mac Pro today to Mac OS 10.6 (Snow Leopard), but I didn’t get very far:


Hrm. That isn’t going to work.

I have a crazy-ass 6 terabyte setup in my Mac Pro, and the Snow Leopard installer definitely doesn’t like it. (read more »)

San Francisco, CA | link | trackb | 9 comments » | Sep 12, 2009 00:39:19

Unibody MacBook Pro 17″ and Intel X25-M SSD failure

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During my photo assignment to Colombia last week, my 17″ unibody MacBook Pro stopped working. As some of you may recall, I have two Intel X25-M SSD 160GB drives installed in a RAID 0 (striped) configuration. The conditions weren’t ideal: 99% humidity, constant rain, lots of mud and bugs, and unstable electricity — when we had it at all. For some unknown reason, my MBP turned on inside my computer bag, and when Macs do that, I’m told that they shut down before reaching catastrophically-high temperatures.[^1] When I found my computer, the aluminum casing was really hot — not too hot to touch, but hot enough for me to be worried. Pushing the power button did nothing; I assume the computer is prevented from starting back up before it cools down sufficiently. (read more »)

San Francisco, CA | link | trackb | 2 comments » | Sep 10, 2009 17:11:41

Moon and clouds over Gorgona, Colombia

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I didn’t know how special that first night was going to be; it was the only night without heavy clouds and rain!

San Francisco, CA | link | trackb | 2 comments » | Sep 10, 2009 16:44:18

Weekly Twitter Digest: 2009-09-07

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  • Feel like a zombie. SFO to Bogota to Cali, Colombia. See you on the other side! #
  • Way to go, 60 Minutes, for featuring terror and murders in Colombia the day before I go there. Mom is freaked out! #
  • I just realized why I was confused. There is a dog barking on this plane. (Miami to Bogota) #
  • Arrived safely in Cali, Colombia. They put three journalists in this hotel room, though, and we have to leave in just 5.5 hours. Not nice. #
  • Gorged myself at breakfast, and am now headed off to Gorgona. May be off the grid for awhile… #
  • Love the security here. Zipper is zip-tied? Move on to the next bag! #
| link | trackb | no comments » | Sep 7, 2009 00:01:00
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