I have never been to a wedding quite like this one. It was really, really well organized, and everything was pretty much perfect. There was a 12-piece band and the most insane spread of appetizers. Congrats, guys! (read more »)
My Dad wrote over email that he was proud of me for “walking through the Stargate (to another planet in a far away Galaxy).” Obviously, it was impossible for me to take photos of myself on stage at Gatecon; luckily, others in the audience were there to snap a few.
Here you go, Dad — two photos of me on stage at Gatecon! (read more »)
I’ve been taking advantage of meals to catch up with friends before I leave town again on Sunday. I took a nice walk past Dolores Park to Tartine for lunch with Cynthia Yu today (and her sister’s beagle puppy in tow — that thing is a people magnet!). Evening plans included a dinner with Dave Patchen and Kim Nash, and I was pleasantly surprised to have Vienna Teng pop up on IM to tell me that she was around for the next 12 hours or so.
dave and kim with vienna’s new sunglasses
vienna teng and eric cheng at brothers
We baked ourselves in boiled kimchi and the fumes of wood coal-grilled bulgogi at Brothers, and then hung out up in the loft at my place until Vienna was forced to move her car at midnight.
And now, I have to go shower off the Korean BBQ smell and burn my clothing.
My buddy Jeremy Desmon just wrote me about a new online comedy series he is working on. Check it out!
I’m writing to spread the word about a cool new online comedy series I’m working on, called MAN OF THE PEOPLE: The Only-Recently Discovered Secret Political Recordings of Acting Mayor Francis “Woody” Woodson. The writing is really smart and clever and it stars an amazing crew of Broadway folks. This free audio web serial (with a political bent) “airs” new episodes online every Tuesday through Election Day, November 4th.
Please take a listen! Go to www.woody4mayor.com hit the “Play” button. That’s it. It’s that simple. Even better, subscribe to receive weekly emails or have iTunes automatically download each episode as it goes online. And it’s free! From the press release:
“Akin to comedic serials “Prairie Home Companion” or Joss Whedon’s “Dr. Horrible,” MAN OF THE PEOPLE echoes radio plays of the past, while providing an up-to-the-minute, satirical take on the 2008 election through the guise of a heated mayoral race in the fictional hamlet of Daltonville (pop. 1799). Comprised of the “found” tapes of a small-town mayor secretly audiotaping his every political move, this episodic download follows Woody Woodson as he drags Daltonville through a series of political minefields, trudging along his quixotic quest for re-election (and, of course, his place in history).”
Listen (and subscribe) at www.woody4mayor.com!
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(One minute) On Facebook? Go to www.snipurl.com/woody4mayor (it may ask you to login to facebook). Select “Post to Profile” at the top and click the “Post” button. That’s it. This helps us immensely. (Feel free to write a nice comment.)
(Two minutes) Got iTunes? Go to www.snipurl.com/iTunesSubscribe and click “Subscribe.” That’s it. No obligation to listen, but an initial blast of podcast subscribers (that’s you!) really, really helps us get exposure through iTunes rankings. So thank you so much. (Super-Duper-Bonus-Help: Know how to post comments at the iTunes Store? Please, please do, and say nice things!)
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Graham Abbott has been in town here in San Francisco for weeks, and has been loving it! I do believe we’ll be seeing him more frequently on this side of the Pacific.
For those of you who don’t know Graham, he is dive guide extraordinaire in Indonesia, and will be helping us to find rare critters during the Wetpixel Ultimate Indo trip next March/April. Graham has shuttled me around Bali more than once, and I owe a lot of my enjoyment of the island to his generous hosting. If you’re headed over to Bali and want to do some diving, Graham is your man!
GG came back through San Francisco on her way back to Sydney from Wyoming. Coincidentally, we were in San Francisco at the same time (again) and were able to hang out one more. GG thought it suspicious because although I claim to be out of town a lot, I always seem to be in town when she arrives. Suspicious, indeed.
A user on my Asian Blush forum has read through and summarized the nearly 1,000 posts in the thread on using H2 blockers like Pepsid to combat turning red when drinking alcohol — a truly Herculean accomplishment.
As a prize for finishing neurosurgery residency, Kenny had a full month off before having to go back to start fellowship. I took advantage of the rare opportunity to head up to Oregon for three days on the coast with his family and friends. The last time Kenny had time off between phases of life (med school and residency, it was), I convinced him to get SCUBA certified and come to Palau with me, steps which set into motion my career as an underwater photographer. The Palau trip marked my first time in the water with a camera, and I came back with a bunch of craptastic images, which are still online as an exercise in humility. :)
I really enjoyed spending time with Kieran, who is now two and a half years old. He’s old enough to have conversations with, which was novel. The baby I spend the most time with is still just babbling (mostly) in his own language. I’ve been quite enjoying seeing babies and toddlers at different stages in development, and it’s also been interesting to see differing parental approaches to raising children.
me, with kieran. i specialize in hanging out with other people’s babies.
We stayed in a house on the beach in Manzanita, which was absolutely gorgeous. There wasn’t much to do there but hang out and go for walks, and aside from a terrible allergy attack, it was just the thing I needed.
Two weeks ago, I stopped by Peter and Karine’s place to say farewell and wish them a happy move back to New York. It was sad to see them go, but only because I empathize with the pain of moving so often. The truth is that I will probably see them just as often in New York as I did in San Francisco.
baby ella with wetpixel quarterly
Peter has been telling me for some time that the first issue of Wetpixel Quarterly is Ella’s favorite “book.” When I arrived, Ella quickly associated the “Eddic Chen” whose photo is in the front of the magazine with the dude standing in front of her, and then proceeded to happily name every underwater critter in the magazine [video]. I was really impressed — at 20 months of age, she can probably identify more animals in Wetpixel Quarterly than can nearly every adult who has flipped through it!
Olivia, Jane, Linnea, and Ben came over as well to say their goodbyes (thanks, Olivia, for the pizza!). I hope the Kims return to San Francisco soon.
I drove home to San Diego earlier this month, stopping in LA for a night to pick Wendy up. Mom was in town for three weeks, and it was really nice to get to spend some quality time with her and the rest of the (extended) family. Going to San Diego is mostly relaxing; we eat, play tennis, swim, watch movies. walk on the beach, and in general, just hang out. Jame and both sets of Lais came to visit as well.
I have to say that it was comforting to have so many people around because when I am in San Francisco, I live in relative isolation. If I don’t call anyone, I sit around in my cave and work on the computer all day, with just a brief break for lunch, during which I walk around and stare at the people on the streets.
Just a few miscellaneous photos from the past couple of weeks: Joe and Rachel stopped by one night and shared some fantastic news, and GG made a surprise visit from Sydney. There are also a few photos of a late night working on the next issue of Wetpixel Quarterly.
Ron and Valerie Taylor recently sent me a few autographed copies of Blue Water, White Death, which really made my day (thank you, Ron and Val!!). If you are a fan of the ocean and have never seen BWWD, I recommend that you buy and watch it immediately. It is a real classic. In fact, I should have a showing at my place once I’ve unpacked enough to host something.
I don’t know why I need three autographed copies, but since they all have my name on them, I suppose I’ll be keeping them all unless I find another “Eric” that I like enough to give one to. (read more »)
This image has been sent to me so many times that I thought I’d finally post it (presumably sent to me because it includes a “shark attack” item). I’m told that there are an average of five reported fatalities by shark attack each year, worldwide. This year, I believe there have been four high-profile, shark-related deaths so far. We’re ahead of schedule, it seems. (read more »)
WordPress 2.6 was just announced, and I have upgraded this journal. It only took one command in the shell to do this — I highly recommend using Subversion to check out / upgrade your WordPress install. It’s really the best way.
Incidentally, I’m using Mike’s modified version of Popularity Contest because it plays well with wp-cache. It seems to be working fine, and required the same code change as the original version in order to be activated without a fatal error in WordPress 2.6.
Here’s an interesting statistic on why no WordPress installation should be without Akismet: in the 2 minutes that the plugin was inactive, I received two comment spams. They went into moderation, but I’d go insane if Akismet wasn’t active in my plugin list.
Also, the iPhone Mobile Admin plugin doesn’t work on WordPress versions past 2.3, which is unfortunate. I found it to be really useful.
Finally, if you upgrade to 2.6 and have Google Gears installed, be sure to click on the “Turbo” link in the upper-right hand corner of your admin interface to enable Gears for the WordPress admin interface.