Mom’s Christmas Cards

Over the holidays I spoke of a few secret projects, and now I get to tell you about one of them. When my mom retired, she took up painting and enjoyed it immensely. Being who she was, she decided to start hand painting the family Christmas cards every year, and to...
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Leading my first birding group: Merced National Wildlife Refuge

So on Saturday I led my first birding group, leading 11 on a exploration of Merced National Wildlife Refuge. This is something I’ve wanted to do for a few years, but this is the first year my schedule has cooperated. I did this trip through the Santa Clara Valley...
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Checking in…

I’ve found there’s one true fact about writing: once you get out of the habit of writing, it’s a lot easier to continue not writing than it is to get the writing back on a schedule. “Oh, it can wait one more day” is a terrible excuse, but it works. I’ve been trying to...
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Continued excavation in the room of death

I meant to get some more writing done this week on the blog, but between work and the room of death, I simply ran out of time. The photo at right shows the pile of boxes I've moved out of the room in search of the floor, which I've actually found (for those curious,...
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Entering the room of death….

I apologize for the lack of blogging, it's not for lack of things to talk about. The new job has been eating my brain and by the end of the day, I've been mentally tired as I soak everything in and start figuring out where I can be most useful. I'm happy with where...
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Thoughts on Jim Goldstein’s Best of 2017 project

I decided to once again look at all of the submissions to Jim Goldstein’s Best of the Year list to see what I could about trends in the images and in site design for displaying them. I’ve done this two times before, but not for a couple of years. You can take a look...
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New Car Smell

Over the weekend, I decided to replace the Beast. I’ve had the 2012 Escape since early 2013, and it’s been one of the best cars I’ve driven, but it was starting to show signs that it was going to cost money. I typically start thinking of replacing a car around 100K...
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A regretful review of Bay Photo Labs

I’ve been using Bay Photo Labs for most of my lab printing for years and I’ve always been happy with them and their work. The one time they had a mistake in an order (I got someone else’s images and I hope they enjoyed mine) they reprinted and resent both orders right...
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My GoTo IOS Applications (2017 edition)

Here’s a list of the IOS Apps I use regularly and depend on. Over the last couple of years, I’ve shifted some of my tools because I now require that apps that do things that I might want to also do on IOS (or access their data on IOS) both have an IOS App and sync the...
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The Organizations I supported in 2017

Almost done with my 2017 wrap up. To be honest, all of these are blog posts that have been in my “do soon” pile anyway, and I realized bringing them all together at the end of the year together a lot of sense. This is the list of organizations I’ve donated to in 2017,...
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22 hours ago
You know, if they can’t fix these problems, maybe they should shut them down until they can. https://t.co/xTVVMtx0nm
1 day ago
And somehow he avoids getting hit by lightning or having his head explode. https://t.co/U8u6zxgLiM
1 day ago
Agreed. Congratulations, @GOP, you have convinced the kids to activate against you. Except this time, you won’t be able to send attack dogs against them like you did in 1968. https://t.co/lJi2dnuyVA