Pacific Northwest Trip Part 2

This year happened to contain one of the driest summers the Pacific Northwest had seen. There were lots of fire raging, some intentionally set and some caused by nature. On the way to the Bachelor Party caving trip, I saw this immense plume of smoke from a fire. I’d been to lots of caverns before, … Continue reading “Pacific Northwest Trip Part 2”

San Francisco Trip Days 6 and 7: The Wedding (actually in Livermore) and Aftermath

The wedding day went the way these things always go. If you’re not involved you’re spending most of the day waiting around until it’s time to get your nice clothes on and go to enjoy the wedding. I went to get In-N-Out Burger for lunch and learned that Scarlett really, really likes french fries. There … Continue reading “San Francisco Trip Days 6 and 7: The Wedding (actually in Livermore) and Aftermath”

San Francisco Trip Day 5: Off to Livermore

Today’s post makes the series name somewhat inaccurate, hence the subtitle.  We awoke and, having spent the week debating the best course of action, decided it made the most sense for us to all go to the airport to pick up the rental car since it cost the same to get out there whether it … Continue reading “San Francisco Trip Day 5: Off to Livermore”

Thinking like the Physically Disabled

While listening to a recent podcast of This American Life (TAL) it made me realize the troubles that the disabled have to go through in this country.  I don’t mean the way others treat them differently, although that certainly is an issue, but rather the little things we take for granted.  The sad thing is … Continue reading “Thinking like the Physically Disabled”

Grand Canyon Trip: 5 Oct 2010

While on my trip to the Grand Canyon I kept a journal of my experience in order to create an after-the-fact travelogue.  Presented over the next few days is an edited version + photo essay of my trip. — 5 Oct 2010 Tomorrow I get to see the Grand Canyon!  I’ve been waiting to see … Continue reading “Grand Canyon Trip: 5 Oct 2010”

Review: Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland

I’m a big Tim Burton fan and I also tend to like his casting of Johnny Depp.  But I’m no fanboy:  I found Tim Burton’s take on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to be worse than the original Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.  The first thing I have to get off my chest and … Continue reading “Review: Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland”

Renting a Camera Lens

For my cousin’s wedding I wanted to have a f/2.8 lens.  I had had bad luck with my current lenses at Richard’s wedding because I couldn’t get good enough low light performance.  So I decided to rent a Canon EF 24-70mm L f/2.8 lens.  So not only will it be an f/2.8, but it will … Continue reading “Renting a Camera Lens”

First Look Review: Braid

That a game like Braid can exist is a statement on where video games are as an art form with a well-established history and canon.  To make a parallel in the paint world:  without a long canon of traditional paintings of tables with fruit and bread, people wouldn’t have really understood the “parody” or “remix” … Continue reading “First Look Review: Braid”