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Ramen at Ippudo with Douglas and Emily

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With Douglas and Emily at Ippudo in New York

While I was at Beneath the Sea in East Rutherford, New Jersey, Douglas Seifert and Emily Irving were enjoying all 9 Beethoven symphonies in Manhattan. They managed to drag Marit Miners away for dinner one night (although, dinner with Douglas and Emily is a vegetarian nightmare), and Susy and Stan Waterman for a night of music.

I didn’t get to see Douglas and Emily until Monday; we met at Ippudo for an 11am bowl of ramen and heavenly pork buns, elbowing our way past an entire busload of Japanese tourists to get our table.


My eating buddies.

I don’t get to see them enough these days.

New York, NY | link | trackb | 1 comment » | Mar 31, 2010 04:29:55

Stop confusing me, New York City!

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Go — WAIT! Stop! .. what?

New York, NY | link | trackb | no comments » | Mar 30, 2010 23:19:53

Software no worky

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New York, NY | link | trackb | 1 comment » | Mar 30, 2010 17:15:19

Weekly Twitter Digest: 2010-03-29

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  • I favorited a YouTube video — [HQ 100319] T-ara & Yoon Si Yoon – KTF Bubi Bubi CF – 2 http://youtu.be/9O4eWfFgTG8?a #
  • I favorited a YouTube video — The Story of Bottled Water (2010) http://youtu.be/Se12y9hSOM0?a #
  • RT @sterlingz: Big news for Android users: Dropbox app!! http://zum.bz/aEiw5s #
  • RT @johnolilly: Must-read on iPad & hacking from my friend Ben [Fry] http://benfry.com/writing/archives/608 #
  • Fantastic testing tool. Multiple versions of Internet Explorer! (using on a VMWare VM) http://tredosoft.com/Multiple_IE #
  • Google stopped censoring searches in China by pointing Google.cn to Google.com.hk. http://ech.cc/d7Vdj2 #
  • Check out the MacUpdate Spring Bundle. 11 Top Mac Apps worth $400 for only $49.99. PLUS I just got AppDelete for free! http://bit.ly/macupd #
  • If you're thinking about getting Parallels 5, the current MacUpdate promo is definitely the cheapest way to buy it: http://bit.ly/macupd #
  • Adobe’s new Lightroom 3 beta may support video! http://ech.cc/btamMg #
  • Dear Metreon, please kick Avatar 3D out of your IMAX so we can see the Hubble 3D film! #
  • RT @adamnash: The International Space Station from 1998-2010, flash animation (USA Today): http://bit.ly/bYvwR8 #
  • Adobe's Lightroom 3 beta 2, which supports video import/management and tethered shooting, is now available for download http://ech.cc/aGkU5x #
  • @pyknosis Pam says you're "medical nerdy" — in the best way possible, of course. in reply to pyknosis #
  • I missed this because Adam would never tell me. Congrats, Adam Lau, for your HM at NPPA! http://ech.cc/dtGWQx #
  • RT @sensationalseas The Sensational Seas Two DVD is now available!!! http://bit.ly/bBdPWR All proceeds will benefit ocean charities! #
  • I favorited a YouTube video — WTF Japan Seriously.com http://youtu.be/OainzQ0Z1-0?a #
  • Watching Colbert while massaging PDFs. #
  • @pyknosis I use Crashplan and really like it, although I use it for in-house backups. Offsite: DropBox + harddisk at friend's place. ;). in reply to pyknosis #
  • I highly recommend DropBox to everyone concerned about backing up data. Install it. Work out of it. Couldn't be easier! http://ech.cc/a4LWXv #
  • If you are going to sign up for DropBox, give me a referral! (click though to DropBox) http://ech.cc/9pt0eU #
  • @pyknosis I don't trust any company that offers "unlimited" backups for not much money. in reply to pyknosis #
  • Dear Facebook: sometimes, I can reach www.facebook.com, but not facebook.com. #
  • Gura Gear, the best, lightest bag for traveling with lots of camera gear, now has a Facebook group. http://ech.cc/cc01rK #
  • If I ever go up in a hot air balloon, I want it to be in this one: http://ech.cc/bNaxEP #
  • I favorited a YouTube video — Content-Aware Fill Sneak Peek http://youtu.be/NH0aEp1oDOI?a #
  • RT @Wetpixel: Adobe CS5 coming out April 12: Adobe has announced the global launch of Creative Suite 5. http://bit.ly/9YrrZM #
  • Off to Beneath the Sea in Jersey. Come say hi to Wetpixel! We'll be in Booth 109. http://www.beneaththesea.org/ #
  • Damn. That can't be good (the piece of foam coming out of my Canon MP830's paper output slot). http://tweetphoto.com/15710408 #
  • No, I would not like to trade my Economy Plus seat for your standard Economy seat. Thankyoubuhbye (in Mandarin). #
  • Life of a hematologist: RT @pyknosis: I spent so much time on the phone with nurses … it's like the heydays of phone sex all over again.. #
  • Going to be updating from Beneath the Sea primarily from the @Wetpixel twitter account. Follow us there if you want updates! #
  • There's nothing like group chanting of "USA, USA!" at the local Houlihans to get the blood flowing. #
  • @sterlingz re: latest Aperture update: How 'bout hierarchical keyword export? YEAH, RIGHT! ;) in reply to sterlingz #
  • I want to do a bottled vs tap water taste test (I am sensitive — can taste difference between the 2 taps in my house). #
  • Given that I send about 1 fax per month, I may just start using FaxZero at $1.99 per fax (15 pages max). #
  • Wah wah wah… RT @tonywu: @sterlingz Exported file via Aperture after 3.0.2 update. Still no metadata visible in Photoshop #
  • @sterlingz @tonywu Apple has never taken image metadata seriously: has always had errors in output, ridiculously slow search, no hierarchies in reply to sterlingz #
  • RT @johnolilly: Simple app to convert almost any video to MP4, Ogg Theora, or a specific phone or iPod. http://www.mirovideoconverter.com/ #
  • I favorited a YouTube video — beautiful cat with surprised face http://youtu.be/dZf2hUIuwRI?a #
  • RT @TEDxB: See the great lineup of speakers at the sold-out #TEDxB via live webcast Apr 3! http://tedxberkeley.org/webcast #TED #TEDx #
  • The Wetpixel booth at #BTS #
  • The Wetpixel booth at #BTS , now with photo! http://tweetphoto.com/15946615 #
  • The new Lightroom 3 Beta 2 is FAST. #
  • @cindypon Isn't saying "yonied" like saying, "vagina'ed?" in reply to cindypon #
  • @tonywu It reads metadata from the .thm file. You can add keywords and other meta, but it doesn't sync back to XMP. Plays in default app. in reply to tonywu #
  • Finally integrated #Fancybox into @Wetpixel. Love the thing. #
  • @sterlingz @tonywu LR3 import speed seems to be much faster as well. I am liking where LR3 is going! But I wish I could output XMP for video in reply to sterlingz #
  • I just ambushed Leandro Blanco as he got off the elevator with his guitar in hand. #BTS #
  • Day 1 of Beneath the Sea coverage posted over at Wetpixel! http://ech.cc/9AAdiu #BTS #
  • Uh oh – it looks like there is a Twitter hash collision between Beneath the Sea and Bangkok Traffic (Love) Story. #BTS #BTS #
  • Did you know that North New Jersey is the embroidery capitol of the world? #
  • At the Sheraton Meadowlands with no car. We are STRANDED and HUNGRY. #bts #
  • @MaryLynnPrice I totally missed out on the group photo! I arrived 1.5 hours late. :( in reply to MaryLynnPrice #
  • I'll be in the audience tonight at the #BTS film festival. I'd link to the webpage for it, but there isn't one. :( #
  • Carl Roessler just came by — @tonywu, he said to say hi! #
  • OK, why did Pam get to play with a Microsoft Surface today?? I want to play with one. #
  • RT @tonywu: New post: Night Safari Video http://bit.ly/d3CJyK #
  • Bret Gilliam surprised me and brought me on stage with dive pioneers at Beneath the Sea (as an example of the next gen)! So honored!! #BTS #
  • My MiFi seems to be connecting and disconnecting rapidly, giving me new IP addresses. I keep on getting logged out of Wetpixel. Argh. #
  • @tonywu Yes, Tony, I do have "normal people" problems. For example, I will not get much sleep tonight. That is a normal problem! in reply to tonywu #
  • @tonywu Hey, Tony. Here's me with Carl Roessler — we thought it would be great to take one for you: http://ech.cc/9TyuXE in reply to tonywu #
  • RT @tonywu: CITES: "$cience" spelt with a dollar sign http://bit.ly/cfLzJc #
  • @KariPost it was nice to meet you! in reply to KariPost #
  • Blackberry Tour is ridiculously slow. Lots of 20-30 second spinning clocks. Only downside to going global on Verizon. #
  • @andybiggs no Blackberry Bold on Verizon. Used to have one on AT&T. GSM in Bay Area not an option. in reply to andybiggs #
  • About to fall asleep on my feet. So much to do over the next few days — not sure how that will happen. #
  • And so, the smell of concentrated urine welcomes me into Manhattan. #
  • Interesting. Facebook installed a photo uploader "Plug-In". It still doesn't import IPTC captions, though, which is … truly confusing. #
  • RT @Wetpixel: Beneath the Sea coverage, day 2, updated with text http://wetpixel.com/i.php/full…..-coverage/ #
| link | trackb | no comments » | Mar 29, 2010 08:01:00

Meeting Dr. Eugenie Clark

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Dr. Eugenie Clark and me at Beneath the Sea

Noted marine biologist Dr. Eugenie Clark asked me to come to her book signing today so we could meet. The word on the street is true: Eugenie is one of the nicest people ever! I’ve been sending her images for years for a paper she is working on about Plotosus, and feel like our paths should have crossed long ago.

New York, NY | link | trackb | 2 comments » | Mar 28, 2010 21:56:32

Two Beneath the Sea surprises

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I’ve been updating Wetpixel with coverage of Beneath the Sea 2010 here in New Jersey.

I had two big surprises today.

The first was meeting Carl Roessler, who came up and introduced himself during tonight’s BTS Caymans party. Yes, this is the Carl that Carl’s Ultimate is named after; while spending 6 days on Carl’s Ultimate out in the Eastern Fields of Papua New Guinea, my esteem for Carl went up and up with every dive — what a man he must be to have such an incredible thing named after him! Meeting him in person did not disappoint.


Meeting Carl Roessler at BTS 2010 (photo: Abi Smigel)

And speaking of diving pioneers, Bret Gilliam went on stage at tonight’s film festival to announce his generous donation of 1250 copies of Diving Pioneers and Innovators to Beneath the Sea attendees. But he started by asking a select group of diving pioneers to come up on stage. He ended the list with… me! I was shocked, and ambled up to the stage in my cargo pants and fleece jacket, looking positively silly next to incredibly distinguished folks, who all were in formal attire: Bret, Stan Waterman, Mike deGruy, Zale Perry, Dr. Phil Nuytten, and others. We proceeded to stand up there for 15-20 minutes as Bret continued his donation speech.

After the film festival, Eli, Abi and I went over to the Caymans afterparty to have a drink. As I went to photograph Bret signing copies of this book, he proceeded to tell everyone that I should also sign the book. Since I’m not actually in the book, this caused some confusion:

“Hi, Eric! Will you sign my book?” (confused look)

“Eric… Cheng? I’ve never seen any of your work, but someone told me that you were going to be… or are… famous..?”

Hah!

I wrote, “Have a nice summer!” in one woman’s book, but then crossed it out and wrote a real message.


Bret Gilliam signs copies of Diving Pioneers and Innovators

Thank you, Bret — I do indeed owe you. ;)

San Francisco, CA | link | trackb | 2 comments » | Mar 28, 2010 00:01:11

Inflatable whale, in the Mission

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You never know what you’re going to see in a San Francisco storefront (in the Mission district).

San Francisco, CA | link | trackb | 2 comments » | Mar 22, 2010 19:12:48

Disqus comment count is way too high

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I am enjoying using Disqus‘s comment engine a lot, but its comment count is totally wrong. In the main journal view, comment counts are correct, but in single page views, they are off by hundreds.

I have a support ticket in with Disqus and hope to hear from them soon.

San Francisco, CA | link | trackb | 5 comments » | Mar 22, 2010 17:51:22

The Story of Bottled Water (2010)

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8 minutes. If you drink bottled water, it’s worth watching.

San Francisco, CA | link | trackb | 3 comments » | Mar 22, 2010 14:42:30

Weekly Twitter Digest: 2010-03-22

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  • RT @Wetpixel: Berkley White of Backscatter is speaking about DSLR video for WPSV tonight in Saratoga, CA. http://ech.cc/cFuRNm #
  • Hints of peach cobbler in coffee? I call bullshit! http://tweetphoto.com/14529042 #
  • I have been converted to LaunchBar from Quicksilver. @alexking was right (he voiced his preference years ago). http://ech.cc/acFZoF #
  • Zyrtec is my friennnndd. #
  • "I suspect the only people who aren’t using Dropbox are those who haven’t tried it." -Daring Fireball http://ech.cc/cwAWoZ #
  • Got my 2010 Census form. Remember to mark "Other Asian" and write in "Taiwanese" if you consider yourself to be Taiwanese. #
  • Berkley White of Backscatter just gave a fantastic talk at WPSV. Had Chinese food and a drink with him after w/Mike Topolavac and Adam Lau. #
  • Correction: Canon EOS 5D Mark II firmware 2.0.3 is finally live on Canon servers. http://ech.cc/do99TY (updating my 2 bodies now) #
  • @sterlingz I went to post the Canon firmware on Wetpixel and was happy to see that you beat me to it. :) #
  • New visa from India has question: "countries you have visited in the last 10 years." Uh, can I attach a spreadsheet or text file? #
  • New Canon 5D II firmware supports live RGB histogram in addition to live luminance histogram, which is great for underwater shooters. #
  • @tonywu Tell Mean that I will rent Aey for 15 seconds ($1.25) to verbally assault you creatively, and for another 45 sec to post on YouTube. #
  • FS: Barely-used 2 x LaCie 500GB Rugged Hard Disk with Firewire 800 & 400, USB 2.0. $100 each + ship. Curr $169.99 new. http://ech.cc/9FIFa5 #
  • Anyone want to come see Dawn Upshaw and Emanuel Ax this Saturday? http://www.sfsymphony.org/seas…..ntid=35912 #
  • FS: 320GB 5400rpm bus-powered Wiebetech ToughTech Mini (2 x FW800, 1 x FW400, 1 x USB – no eSata) $120 + ship http://ech.cc/avnqsE #
  • @sterlingz I may end up buying Postbox. I like — except that their claims of fast search don't seem to be holding up vs Mail.app. #
  • @sterlingz I may stay on Postbox just for threaded subject view. in reply to sterlingz #
  • I hate it when species are renamed, seemingly just for fun. (Gymnodoris impudica and Gymnodoris rubropapulosa) #
  • @pyknosis Hey, Aaron. This guy isn't you, but he's pretending to be. http://twitter.com/madhuntdotc…..0600403228 in reply to pyknosis #
  • Poor AT&T. Failing on all fronts. http://failblog.org/2010/03/16/att-fail/ #
  • Hydrogen peroxide powered tip-jet helicopter. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGcRgEuCocQ #
  • Went back to Mail.app after testing Postbox for a week. It's close… but not quite there. #
  • Alex Mustard's excellent review of the Nauticam underwater housing for Nikon D700. http://ech.cc/ahRWuf #
  • I vote to ban images in email signatures. #
  • More in the laugh-out-loud series: http://failblog.org/2010/03/17…..wing-fail/ #
  • I'm getting ice cream after my dental appointment. #
  • I guess it's St Patrick's day? I'm wearing black to celebrate. #
  • Keri Wilk, on underwater snoot photography http://ech.cc/9bTFEr #
  • Kindle for the Mac finally out. http://ech.cc/bpbBe3 #
  • I favorited a YouTube video — A normal neuron and a mutated neuron develop side by side. http://youtu.be/GBIa8G3gBH0?a #
  • My friend, Jeremy Desmon, will be performing at Joe's Pub in NYC on March 22: http://ech.cc/99n6Lm #
  • Met up with @topolovac at Axis Cafe to catch up over lunch. #
  • Damn. It's starting to get hot in Casa Cheng. I have reverse temperature in my place: comfortable all winter, too hot all spring/summer. #
  • Ostrich WIN. http://failblog.org/2010/03/18/ostrich-win/ #
  • "What’s going to happen .. Safari, Chrome, and .. IE9 users will be served HTML5 video.. Firefox users will get Flash." http://ech.cc/9XJlrs #
  • A great micro-documentary on Chat Roulette. http://vimeo.com/9669721 #
  • @johnolilly You may be interested in Sleep Cycle for iPhone (if you're still wielding both phones) http://ech.cc/dz7eZO #
  • I favorited a YouTube video — Chat Roulette Funny Piano Improv #1 http://youtu.be/32vpgNiAH60?a #
  • I favorited a YouTube video — The Dead Guy on Chat Roulette http://youtu.be/lscEOe7W6Q8?a #
  • "Nations vote down export ban for bluefin tuna" http://ech.cc/dcUF8M At least we'll have jellyfish when everything else is gone. #
  • I love that the India visa process has been outsourced by brown people to white people here in SF. Reverse outsourcing! #
  • @viennateng a few thousand watts of lighting, computing, and refrigeration? I want a smart meter. in reply to viennateng #
  • First step in exporting comments from WordPress to Disqus = #fail (no reason given). Trying again. #
  • Canon releases 5DMkII revised firmware V2.0.4 http://bit.ly/14XH1U #
  • Had lunch at the SF Westfield mall food court and feel like I've been poisoned. #
  • I'm about to be labeled a »Jungen Wilden« by a German magazine. Is that good?? #
  • @andybiggs be careful about flights that aren't part of your international itinerary — baggage constraints! in reply to andybiggs #
  • Canon EOS MOVIE plugin-E1 for Final Cut Pro finally available for reals http://ech.cc/9otQQZ (select Mac OS X, and it will show up) #
  • Shawn Heinrich's Ocean Voyage video — beautiful stuff. http://vimeo.com/10219568 #
  • I just want to be a tv slug!!! #
  • My videos taken with underwater endoscope in Indonesia last week. I'll assemble into a best-of video as soon as I can. http://ech.cc/9Csg2Z #
  • Having big problems with Disqus showing up and then disappearing (showing the standard WordPress comments). Have to figure out what's wrong. #
  • OK. Switched to WP-Super-Cache "half on", and Disqus seems to be showing up reliably now. #
  • @ggoodale have to do some more tests. I don't use the openID plugin, so it may work for me. in reply to ggoodale #
  • Replaced WordPress Mobile Edition with wp-touch, and switched to WP Super Cache to support mobile (with updated user agents) #
  • Congrats to Stephen Prutsman, whose piece was performed by Dawn Upshaw and Emanuel Ax tonight in SF. Saw them backstage after. Geniuses! #
  • Another week, another 26GB download. I need a faster series of tubes! (or, in this case, they do) #
| link | trackb | no comments » | Mar 22, 2010 08:01:00

Another animal from your nightmares

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Stock video footage / show reel of a reptilian snake eel (Brachysomophis henshawi) and a white-eyed moray (Siderea thysoidea) eel, taken with an underwater endoscope (wide-angle macro). Lembeh Strait, Indonesia.

Footage shot with a Canon EOS 7D digital SLR in High Definition 1080p @ 29.97fps, H.264 @ 40Mbps.

Apologies for the obnoxious timecode in the middle. I’ll edit all of my footage from Lembeh into a best-of video as soon as I can!

San Francisco, CA | link | trackb | 3 comments » | Mar 20, 2010 10:20:39

Disqus “reactions” are fantastic

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The first thing I really like about Disqus is that it brings community from other services back into my website. Disqus looks at Twitter, Friendfeed, and other services and pulls in “reactions,” which are posts that contain links to a given journal entry. It will even resolve shortened URLs.

Last week, I posted about a fun transaction between me and some of Tony‘s friends in Thailand. Tony commented on the journal entry in his Twitter feed, which was picked up by Disqus as a reaction:

This sort of feature is exactly the reason I moved over to Disqus from WordPress’ standard commenting engine. There is one issue, however. Because I use Alex King’s Twitter Tools, each journal entry is also posted as a tweet to my personal Twitter account. Disqus picks all of these entries up as reactions, which is something I’d rather it not do. This would be a difficult thing to try to filter out, so I’m not expecting it to be added as a feature anytime soon.

Another feature that shouldn’t be overlooked is that people can simply reply to a comment notification email to reply to a comment.

So far, so good!

San Francisco, CA | link | trackb | 18 comments » | Mar 19, 2010 11:01:04

New comment system on echeng.com

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I met with Michael Topolovac today, who recently embarked upon a new project that requires a lot of research into social media and networking. During the meeting, Mike pointed me to Disqus, a commenting system that can easily be plugged into a variety of websites. Upon doing some more research, I decided that I wanted to use Disqus or a similar commenting system here on echeng.com.

I read up on both Disqus and Intense Debate and chose Disqus (for no real reason).

Installation was pretty simple, but the first export of WordPress comments to Disqus (which is called “import” in all of the documentation) failed (generic error — “try again!” they said). The second export seemed to work, but I noticed that I lost the 1 comment still in moderation on the WordPress side. Too bad.

Because Disqus keeps WordPress comments and its own comments in sync, I should — in theory — be able to swap Disqus out for another commenting engine in the future. I’ve read that syncing breaks when users edit their comments or when moderators delete comments, but those issues will hopefully be ironed out as the product develops.

Let me know if you see anything strange!

San Francisco, CA | link | trackb | 6 comments » | Mar 19, 2010 00:28:46

Money well spent

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I just received an invoice for services rendered out in Indonesia. I consider this to be money well spent!

(this is related to @tonywu’s earlier tweet)

San Francisco, CA | link | trackb | 3 comments » | Mar 16, 2010 13:10:15

Weekly Twitter Digest: 2010-03-15

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| link | trackb | no comments » | Mar 15, 2010 08:01:00

Why Read It Later improves web reading productivity

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I read a lot, and much of what I read lives on the web. However, I rarely actually read documents on the web, preferring to read them offline during time away from the computer (e.g. when I’m waiting in line for something).

Instapaper and Read It Later are two services that reduce the queuing of articles for offline reading to single click actions. I happen to use Read It Later because of flexibility in apps (Instapaper focuses on iPhone), but they are both fantastic. Both offer free versions of their iPhone apps1 and paid $4.99 Pro versions that support things like HTML caching (as opposed to text-only reading). I find the pro versions to be worth every penny of their cost.

Here’s a 1-minute demonstration of me pulling an entry from my journal into Read It Later:

I’ve not found a good way to use Read It Later on my Kindle (Instapaper is supposed to have decent Kindle support), but this isn’t such a big issue because I find the iPod Touch to be more than suitable for reading articles offline. Also, the device is always with me. Instapaper also supports list sharing, which is something that might convince me to switch over, but I suspect that in practice, I’d rather just read the things that my friends tweet about because the act of explicit sharing doubles as a filter for good content.

Other apps I use also support Read It Later, including Firefox (via add-on), Google Reader and NewsRack (iPhone), Tweetie 2 (iPhone), and mobile Safari. This covers most of the applications I use to read online content, so anything I read can instantly be flagged for offline reading on another device.

If you are a consumer of web articles, you absolutely need to get on one of these services. They’re both free, so there’s no excuse not to do so!


  1. Free iPhone apps: Instapaper, Read It Later
    Pro, paid iPhone apps: Instapaper, Read It Later 

San Francisco, CA | link | trackb | 1 comment » | Mar 15, 2010 00:32:39

Weekly Twitter Digest: 2010-03-08

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  • Always a sleepless night before I leave. #
  • Cramming, cramming, cramming. 6 mins before I leave. #
  • A metro with rectangular designer glasses who is carrying a non-MacBook Pro? Unpossible! #
  • Singaport Airlines economy: video inputs? USB charging? Ethernet? I like. http://tweetphoto.com/12950502 #
  • @tonywu nice! 2:30a is my normal bed time. :) in reply to tonywu #
  • @sterlingz 1000 people at the seminar? That guy is printing money!! in reply to sterlingz #
  • RT @adamnash: Evolution of a programmer. LOL at Windows/Enterprise programming http://bit.ly/cmsbFg #
  • Update on Singapore Airlines 777: the USB port reads video and music files on USB sticks. Going to test it now. #
  • @cindypon I think @tammyloh got hit by a Twitter abuse product. in reply to cindypon #
  • Meh. I want 60p RT @sterlingz: Canon adds 24 and 25fps HD Movie recording to the EOS 5D Mark II with Firmware 2.0.3 http://bit.ly/bk1yMt #
  • Singapore Airlines 777-300ER economy seat back: coat hook, drink hldr, screen, RCA video in, USB, Ethernet. http://tweetphoto.com/13008399 #
  • Hrm. I guess I didn't notice that I have an 8 hour layover in Singapore. #
  • @powderpuffgirlz Lena — i have an overnight layover on the 10th. Should I cancel my transit hotel booking? :) in reply to powderpuffgirlz #
  • So… what's proper protocol for dealing with a snoring guy sprawled out on a couch in an airport transit lounge? #
  • Tony Wu (@tonywu) shipped me something to bring to Indonesia. Here's the box it came in. http://yfrog.com/0i11vbjj #
  • I'm speaking at TEDxBerkeley on April 3. http://tedxberkeley.org/?p=91 #
  • @uwWestmorland Awesome, Stuart. I want to plan a trip for the aurora, but have been put off by being at the trough of the 22 year cycle. in reply to uwWestmorland #
  • Arrived safely in Manado with all my bags. Biggest hurdle is over! #
  • @CornforthImages My bad! Thought it was a 22 year cycle. 11 year is good — less time to wait. in reply to CornforthImages #
  • Refueling in Lembeh, one Coke bottle at a time. #
  • Enjoying night schedule in Lembeh. Arrived after 30 hrs of travel and did 2 night dives before passing out. #
  • Found about a dozen anemonefish hosting that parasite that eats and replaces the tongue. Had the insect eye lens on — too hard to shoot! #
  • Internet access is extremely unreliable here. Apologies if I am unable to answer emails. #
  • I'm uploading photos from Lembeh (when the network permits) to my Flickr account. http://flickr.com/photos/echeng/ #
  • Canon 70-200mm lens thermos. I want! (thanks, elliot). http://ech.cc/dBmRMq #
  • Late night fighting cats cause rage. #
  • I can't believe Facebook's photo import STILL doesn't grab IPTC caption and keywords. Primitive! #
  • RT @tonywu: New post: Night Safari Wrap Up http://bit.ly/aX5sER #
  • Tony's "shoot through the lenscap" technique. RT @tonywu: New post: Me At Work http://bit.ly/bXh2BL #
  • Night dives with current on slopey, sandy sites are challenging. Luckily, tonight's was quite rewarding! #
  • Just saw a flamboyant cuttlefish nail a shrimp goby. #
| link | trackb | 1 comment » | Mar 8, 2010 08:01:00

The stuff of nightmares

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Stargazer, Lembeh Strait, Indonesia, originally uploaded by echeng.

A skull-like stargazer (Uranoscopus chinensis) lies in ambush, waiting for passing fish to feed upon. echeng100303_0252273.

More photos at my Lembeh Strait set.

Lembeh, Indonesia | link | trackb | 5 comments » | Mar 5, 2010 22:28:18

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