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Sophie Laurenzi’s spider artwork

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Back in February, Sophie Laurenzi, a high school student in Memphis, TN, wrote me an email to ask whether she could recreate one of my photographs for an art project. She sent me a photo of the finished piece a few days ago; I love it!

Here’s the original photo, which I snapped while in Rangiroa, French Polynesia in 2005:

Great work, Sophie! (and, the expression is priceless)

San Francisco, CA | link | trackb | no comments » | May 30, 2011 19:32:08

Weekly Twitter Digest: 2011-05-30

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| link | trackb | no comments » | May 30, 2011 07:01:00

For sale: Panasonic GF1 + lenses, and more

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  • Panasonic Lumix GF1 Micro Four Thirds camera + lenses and accessories
    • Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 Micro Four Thirds camera with 14-45mm lens. $550
      • Comes with: camera body, Lumix 14-45mm F3.5-5.6 lens, battery, charger, ac cable, av cable, strap, lens hood, lens storage bag, body cap, lens cap, lens rear cap, hot shoe cover, manuals, CD, and original box
    • Panasonic 14mm F2.5 Micro Four Thirds lens, with lens cap, rear cap, box. $270 SOLD
    • Panasonic 20mm F1.7 Micro Four Thirds lens, with lens cap, rear cap, box. $450 SOLD
    • Panasonic DMW-LVF1 Live View Finder, with case and box. $175
    • Qty 2: Panasonic DMW-BLB13 Battery for Panasonic GF1 and other G-series cameras. $30 each
  • Canon PowerShot S95 digital camera w/box, extra battery, LCD protector (installed), and 4GB Kingston SD card. Good condition (visible nicks from use, and tiny dent in corner). $350
  • Qty 1: Apple 85W MagSafe Power Adapter (from 17-inch MacBook Pro, but compatible with all MacBooks, MacBooks Pro, and MacBooks Air that use MagSafe). $60 each
  • Apple 85W MagSafe Power Adapter with old-style connector (from 17-inch MacBook Pro, but compatible with all MacBooks, MacBooks Pro, and MacBooks Air that use MagSafe). $50
  • Motorola MD681 5.8GHz cordless speakerphone and MD61 2nd cordless handset. $80
  • ProClip device holder for iPhone 4 (without case—this one). New. $20
  • 2GB KIT (2 x 1GB) DDR3 SDRAM Memory Module; 1333 MHz DDR3 PC3-10600 Unbuffered ECC; Pulled from Mid-2010 Mac Pro. $30
  • Nintendo DS games:
    • The Legend of Zelda, Phantom Hourglass. $20
    • Castlevania, Portrait of Ruin. $25
  • Playstation 2 games:
    • Katamari Damacy. $10
  • Playstation 3 games:
    • Gran Turismo 5 Prologue. $12
    • Bioshock. $10
    • Grand Theft Auto IV. $12
  • DVDs:
    • Stargate Atlantis, Season 2 (5 discs). $20
  • Canon 7D, non-functional body (water damage—bottom of camera only), for parts. $25

For pickup in San Francisco or Mountain View; will ship in USA (buyer pays shipping). Contact me here, if you’re interested!

San Francisco, CA | link | trackb | no comments » | May 30, 2011 01:23:56

Weekly Twitter Digest: 2011-05-23

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  • Pam made me do it. http://instagr.am/p/EUJWn/ #
  • While we're waiting on a bus to the causeway, I thought I'd resurrect this photo taken during a tour of Nasa Buoy http://instagr.am/p/EUKWh/ #
  • 10 minutes to launch (which was just cleared) #sts 134 http://instagr.am/p/EUgRx/ #
  • Space shuttle Endeavor launch!! http://instagr.am/p/EUhy8/ #
  • So many things had to come together for us to make the shuttle launch at the causeway. Thanks to everyone who made it possible! #
  • STS-134, Space Shuttle Endeavor launches at 8:56am on May 16, 2011 #canon7d http://instagr.am/p/EU26C/ #
  • Haven't really slept in 29 hours. So tired… #
  • We had dolphins and manatees in the waterway between us and Endeavor. Has anyone gotten the jumping dolphin / space shuttle launch shot? ;) #
  • EndeavoUr, I'm told. I will fix when I can. ;) #
  • Download hi-res sequence of space shuttle Endeavour STS-134 launch: http://ow.ly/4WeCy #
  • After almost 48 hours, I am going to sleep. Until tomorrow! #
  • Worked until 1pm, and then rewarded myself… by working on a video. It never ends! :) #
  • @tammyloh That happens to me every day. Sucks! #
  • I dedicate this rice plate to Dan Kitchens. @ Formosa Bento House http://instagr.am/p/Ea41w/ #
  • @adamnash Where were my friends and family shares?? #
  • 2 out of 2 ways out of my alley are blocked by construction. #fail #
  • I picked up what I thought was a piece of black rubber from the floor of our office. It was a wet half of an olive. #officecleanlinessfail #
  • Some sort of crazy group bike thing going on in Mountain View. #
  • Plane on the deck of the Hornet http://instagr.am/p/EgOnP/ #
  • Ahhh, Florida http://instagr.am/p/EgPOW/ #
  • @ManuKumar headed to Maker Faire this afternoon. Hope to see you there! #
  • Wow. Impressed by the tweet volume re: Maker Faire. #makerfaire #
  • Pinball machine back @ Maker Faire 2011 http://instagr.am/p/Ei5kt/ #
  • Does this count as a verbal contract? http://db.tt/W6fPOAY (audio) #
  • @sterlingz may be down in Monterey tomorrow evening #
  • Distortion is fun! http://instagr.am/p/El5jM/ #
  • @PhilSwn sure! Please put my name on the gif. :) #
  • iPhone paypal app sends payments with no options. What kind of transfer did I just initiate? #fail #
  • @meen have video of the aggregation? #
  • Siphon pot. Purrrty… @ Blue Bottle Café http://instagr.am/p/EmFeK/ #
| link | trackb | 1 comment » | May 23, 2011 07:01:00

Space shuttle Endeavour STS-134 launch video

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Here’s a video I made of STS-134 using the 50-image launch sequence shoved into Adobe After Effects. Time warp FTW! (read more »)

San Francisco, CA | link | trackb | no comments » | May 18, 2011 02:33:14

Photo of space shuttle Endeavour launch, STS-134 (hires download)

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Space Shuttle Endeavour lifting off for STS-134, Kennedy Space Center
[Download Space Shuttle Endeavour STS-134 Launch Poster] (6940 x 5180 pixels, 2.9MB)

Endeavour’s STS-134 launch at Kennedy Space Center was my first space shuttle launch ever, and it was incredible. At T minus 2 minutes, my heart rate became elevated as adrenaline flooded my body. The bright-as-sun burn combined with the thunderous sonic boom (heard multiple times from reflections) was a visceral reminder of how incredible it is that we can shoot people up into space simply because we feel like doing so.

I set up my camera on the causeway and snapped a bunch of images (using a remote, so I could watch the launch using my own eyes). I had so many images of the launch that I put them all together in a poster, which is available to download in high-resolution. Enjoy!

Photos were taken with a Canon 7D, Canon 500mm f/4 L IS, Canon 1.4x teleconverter, Gitzo carbon fiber tripod, and Wimberly head. Exposure was 1/1000 sec at f/11, ISO 320. In the image sequence, the time elapsed between the first image and last is about 15 seconds.

Orlando, FL | link | trackb | 8 comments » | May 16, 2011 14:22:42

Weekly Twitter Digest: 2011-05-16

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  • RT @tonywu: Announcement for trip to photograph humpback whales in Alaska and Tonga summer 2012: http://twu.tw/kscDGq #
  • GoPro with Founder/Inventor Nick Woodman http://j.mp/mJOhTU (via Instapaper) #
  • Morning pause, en route @ Mountain View Caltrain Station http://instagr.am/p/EEDQY/ #
  • Anyone out there in the Bay Area have a funny / cute cat I can take pictures of? #
  • @ericyng Saw it. :) #
  • I wants a Fuji X100! http://ow.ly/4QTTP #
  • The process for getting Form 6166 from the IRS (cert of US tax residency) is broken. Cost is $35 + 2 month wait. #fail #
  • Morning rail @ San Francisco Caltrain Station http://instagr.am/p/EFxPC/ #
  • Winning @ Formosa Bento House http://instagr.am/p/EG5eD/ #
  • Starting a brand new @crashplan backup; tech support ticket has been outstanding for over 30 days; I'm forced to start over. #
  • I continue to suffer from the Fuji ScanSnap's modal dialog box that has Cancel as default. Hit space while typing! Cancel your scan! Wheee! #
  • Go, Washington! "Governor Signs Washington State Shark Finning Law" http://ow.ly/4U3iT #
  • Just had an enjoyable meeting with @koci. Love his work! #
  • "This Mahler isn't bad." -Pam, listening to a recording of Mahler 6. #
  • Boo! 2011 Apple iMacs do not support third-party hard drives (like fast SSDs): http://ow.ly/4UDUL #
  • @corbosman But the (new) dark side feels so good. #
  • Does anyone here in SF have a 77mm ND filter (3-stops or more) I can borrow for a few days? #
  • At Davies for Mahler 6. Last concert of the season, for me. #
  • Lights @ Davies Symphony Hall http://instagr.am/p/EQ6O_/ #
  • Mahler 6 tonight: moments after the flutist flubbed his/her entrance, a dog (in the audience) barked. Totally bizarre. #
  • @wooster Thank you for the offer! I'm told that the Vari-ND filter I was going to stack isn't good for long exposure, so i'm scrapping plan. #
  • "afraid of the demons he had himself unleashed in his music" (program notes for Mahler 6) http://instagr.am/p/ERTcX/ #
  • En route to space shuttle launch with #guragear Kiboko bag http://ow.ly/i/bBFX #
  • SFO @ United Red Carpet Club – Domestic Terminal http://instagr.am/p/ESKWF/ #
  • Layover at ORD @ Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD) ? http://instagr.am/p/ES2so/ #
  • 1:30am at KSC @ NASA – Kennedy Space Center http://instagr.am/p/ET7mh/ #
  • Saturn 1B @ Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex http://instagr.am/p/ET8lp/ #
| link | trackb | no comments » | May 16, 2011 07:01:00

Weekly Twitter Digest: 2011-05-09

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| link | trackb | no comments » | May 9, 2011 07:01:00

Nash Parties

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Me, Michael Schroepfer, John Lilly, Adam Nash

There is a very specific group of Stanford computer science grads who aggregate at Adam / Carolyn Nash events. All of them are off doing incredible things here in The Valley—it always boggles my mind to see everyone in one place.

I’d love to post more pictures here, but it was a baby birthday party, and about 75 of my 78 picture selects have pictures of people’s kids. Look on Facebook for more party photos. ;)

San Francisco, CA | link | trackb | no comments » | May 7, 2011 22:08:46

A moment of clarity during Mahler’s 9th symphony

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I had an incredible (and unusual) experience tonight at Davies Symphony Hall, where I went to see the San Francisco Symphony play Mahler’s Symphony No. 9 (one of my favorite pieces of orchestral music). I’ve seen it performed live a few times; each time, it’s moved me to tears.

Mahler’s 9th symphony ends in adagio—in the softest of fragmented whimpers—and as the last few notes whispered into existence, I suddenly had a moment of incredible clarity. All of my senses converged into absolute sharpness; I could see, vividly, every detail of the orchestra—the position of every stand, chair, instrument, player—and hear every tiny little creak of audience members trying not to move in their seats. Every bit of my brain was oscillating in perfect harmony, and I finally truly understood the meaning of the word, clarity.

It only lasted a few seconds, but was a moment I will remember for a lifetime. Thank you, MTT and the members of the San Francisco Symphony, for the wonderful performance.

As a side note, I now wonder if some people are able to achieve this sort of clarity during their normal, day-to-day lives. I can only imagine…

San Francisco, CA | link | trackb | 4 comments » | May 7, 2011 01:22:33

Weekly Twitter Digest: 2011-05-02

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| link | trackb | 1 comment » | May 2, 2011 07:01:00
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