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Goblins, oh my!


April 14, 2007 07:57 PM PST


Goblin Valley Utah.

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January 11, 2007 02:10 PM PST

Floods, wind storms, power / internet outages, snow and more snow - oh my! It's been a rough few months. At this rate the kids will be in school until July.

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$100 iPod Crank


December 11, 2005 11:59 PM PST

Paul made me do it.

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October 3, 2005 01:11 AM PST

I ran across a new photo of Saturn's Moon Hyperion on the Nasa Planetary Photojournal. This is featured on the Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) page today.

The APOD doesn't have an RSS feed yet, but has scraped one together:

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Woodland Park Zoo


September 30, 2005 12:54 AM PST

Went to the Seattle Woodland Park Zoo a while back (- cool, they somehow got After going to the Singapore and San Diego zoos, it's not really that impressive, but it has a nice community feel, and is the kind of place it would be nice to have a season pass for your kids. For some reason most of the animals were hiding the day I was there - this dude was the only one just out chilling in a tree.

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Iris Raindrops


September 27, 2005 03:26 AM PST

My Canon 350D does pretty well at macro shots with the stock lens. This was taken last month after a rain storm. I've since cut back the iris leaves and will be dividing the bulbs for wintering. Continue reading "Iris Raindrops"...

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Bellevue Sunset


September 25, 2005 02:34 AM PST

I took this shot at the top of level of a parking garage in Bellevue. There will be a tall building blocking this view one day.

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Pearl Jam Vancouver 2005


September 10, 2005 01:16 AM PST

Last Friday (9/2) I saw Pearl Jam in Vancouver, BC. I really, really wished I could have smuggled in my Digital SLR. It's almost impossible to take shots with a point and shoot with no control over the shutter speed and ISO sensitivity. Not to mention a tripod, which is what you really need. Anyway... an awesome show as usual.

Long shutter time leaves a blur in the motion...

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August 14, 2005 10:12 PM PST

Paul had occasion to visit during the Blue Angels weekend of Seattle Seafair last weekend.
Blue Angels and Lake Washington.

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Google Earth Addiction


July 2, 2005 02:19 AM PST

If you can't tell from the post time, I'm totally addicted to Google Earth. Google recently expanded to include sattelite images of the entire world. Last week they released a free version of Google Earth, an application that renders the entire earth, and is zoomable down to the level of individual cars on a street!

If you have a computer with decent speed and a 3D card, download this app. Not only are images rendered, but full earth topography, streets, and many other map elements are visible. Currently, the only drawback is that some parts of the world are mapped at a much higher resolution than others, but since the areas are loaded dynamically, I assume Google will be improving the high res areas going forward.

So let's start out by playing a little "where in the world". The theme here is islands. An easy one:
A metropolitan island.

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Testing Picasa


June 30, 2005 10:21 PM PST

My desk (screens locked so you 'softies can't steal my precious code). Also note the Vanilla Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream and the Vanilla Diet Coke:


The Cabinet Of Doom, located right behind me. The box in the lower left contains 1 metric crapload of chocolate truffles, some of which can be seen on the plate in the upper left:


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Spring Flowers


June 12, 2005 10:31 PM PST

It's still spring (for another week or so), so I've collected some of my flower related shots over the past few months.

Crocus flowers in Vancouver Canada. These bulbs rebloom each year in January and February; before almost all other flowers.

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Freeway Photos


April 3, 2005 03:44 PM PST

I happened to have a camera in the car the other day, and came across some interesting sights. To keep eyes on the road, I didn't frame the images at all, but they came out allright.
Freeway notification sign on I-90. Also displays incidents if there are any. I'd love to see more of these around the area.

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Airplane Tricks


March 19, 2005 05:13 PM PST

Earlier this month, I got to fly a friend's private plane around the San Juan Islands. I've never flown before, but subtract takeoff, landings, and any emergency situation, and it's pretty much like Crimson Skies. This little two seater is actually a kit and was built by the pilot, a retired commercial airline pilot. It's got two seats; front and back, both pitch, yaw and throttle controls. I think it goes about 130 mph, and can do rolls, loops, etc. I got to fly it from the back seat for 20 minutes between about 1000 feet and 3000 feet.

It was a clear, crisp spring day...

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More Daily Photos


March 12, 2005 01:02 AM PST

After seeing the excellent Daily Dose Of Imagery, I thought I'd post a link to another cool imagery site, which I've been visiting on and off since 1995: Astronomy Picture Of The Day (and archive):


For you Seattle-ites, check out these composite moonrise photos: here and here.

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Friday Photo


March 4, 2005 12:55 AM PST

I pass this building regularly on my neighborhood walk.

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January 29, 2005 10:49 PM PST

Ok, time for a new photoblog post. Hate to see the Thailand post off the front page, but we are still blessed from the banner.

Terragen is a freeware 3D landscape generation and rendering application for Windows. It was designed to render actual USGS and planetary data. After reading about the data from the probe landing on Titan being rendered by Terragen, I decided to check it out. I'm an old fan of Kai's Power Tools and Bryce, which was an exceptional landscape based rendering tool.

The interface to Terragen is pretty rough, but it sure can generate beautiful pictures. In many ways Bryce back in 1996 was more advanced in terms of 3D procedural textures and solid modeling tools, but Terragen seems more scientific for some reason. The cloud and water modeling is excellent as are the shadows. All in all, Terragen is a great tool for rendering landscapes, and doesnt (yet) try to be as artsy as Bryce. Don't expect to throw together scenes like these your first time out!

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Land of Smiles


December 20, 2004 02:08 AM PST

Thailand is truly the land of smiles. It is so refreshing to travel in a place with virtually a complete lack of xenophobia. Thailand is the #1 country for repeat tourism and it is not hard to see why. From the beautiful beaches and countryside to the temples and food and people, Thailand is the best place to become acquainted with Asia.

Fun fact: It's a recent fad among Thai teenagers to wear fake braces. They're kind of like jewelery for the teeth, given the cost of orthodontics for the average Thai family.

"He who has understanding and great wisdom does not think of harming himself or another, nor of harming both alike. He rather thinks of his own welfare, of that of others, of that of both, and of the welfare of the whole world. In that way one shows understanding and great wisdom.Ē - Buddha

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November 29, 2004 10:28 AM PST

IMGP0259.JPGIt's a bit cold this morning - I couldn't find the spider.

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New Brain


November 22, 2004 10:03 PM PST


My gaming rigs new brain.

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Microsoft Halo2 Day


November 9, 2004 09:53 PM PST

mshalo.jpg Line at the MS store for HALO!
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