The new slim wallet

Having to photoedit the wallet bulge out of my right ass cheek recently was the last straw. Enter Slimmy: I tried putting it in my front left pocket along with my cell phone, but as I don’t have one of…

Le fog

Looking down Pine Street this morning

The Ravioli Party

On Saturday, we invited some friends over for our first ever (maybe the first ever?) ravioli party. The new pasta machine was the inspiration, and the idea was simple. We’d provide the machine, the pasta dough, and more red wine…

Speedblogging

My usual blogging style is notoriously sluggish. I’ll start with an idea, write a paragraph or two, futz with some photos if I’ve got any, surf the web and get distracted, search for a relevant link, lose my train of…

My next camera: the big dog

My new camera hasn’t yet arrived (Update: it just arrived!), and I’m already thinking about my next camera. I guess that’s what I get for choosing super saver shipping and it actually taking up to 9 days. Idle hands makes…

Hiking the Marin Headlands

The weather was unusually pleasant on Sunday, so I took the opportunity to go on a nice, long hike around the Marin Headlands. US 101 leading up to the Waldo Tunnel View of San Francisco from the Coastal Trail Trail…

My small contribution to green building in Chapel Hill

Last August, as in August of 2006, I got an email out of the blue from a freelance graphic designer in North Carolina named Tony Burden. He was searching for some photos to use in a brochure for a green…

Jay-Z flashing euros!

I love this: When I start seeing rap stars flashing euros instead of U.S. dollars, I know our economy is in trouble. Screenshot from Jay-Z’s Blue Magic music video

Between buildings at night

Followup to Between buildings. 15 second exposure.

Crêpe bretonne

The other weekend Stephanie and I found ourselves near the Mission and hungry—a good combination—and so thanks to 1-800-GOOG-411, we made our way to 16th and Valencia to eat at the fabled Pancho Villa Taqueria. Except we never made it,…

On aspect ratios and photography

With digital photography and point-and-click editing tools, it seems the concept of a fixed or standard aspect ratio is going extinct. If necessary, you can crop till you get to a composition you find most pleasing, resize for the web…

Oil spill containment boom in Sausalito

Michael Ruhlman on life, luck, and blogging

Last Sunday I got to see Michael Ruhlman read from his new book, The Elements of Cooking at the San Francisco Ferry Building. Michael retold the story of what led him to that particular moment in time. An early love…

Meeting the man behind Trader Joe’s Chocolate Croissants

The strangest thing happened the other night. I was volunteering at a Beaujolais Nouveau party and Alliance Française de Santa Rosa fundraiser with Jean-Claude and Sabine, when I overheard someone mention Trader Joe’s Chocolate Croissants. Trader Joe’s Chocolate Croissants I…

The new view from my desk

I felt sort of bad posting the old view from my desk, but after the FM tech team moved to a new building across the street today, I feel like I’ve received a significant upgrade.

Ivan rocks the vote

Friend (and coworker) Ivan Kanevski got props from the mainstream media last night for his work in creating the non-mainstream presidential candidate chooser, Glassbooth. Totally rad!

Thanksgiving at Lassen

After discovering our Zipcar had a dead battery and waiting for someone to come pop the lock and “boost” it, Stephanie and I drove up to Healdsburg (along with everyone else in northern California) to pick up Jean-Claude and Sabine…

Whoa, Google Maps adds totally kickass Terrain view!

The Hybrid view is now a checkbox under Satellite called “Show labels”. (via Stephanie)

Importing Haloscan comments into WordPress (v2.3 and up) from Blogger

Note: Even though I originally wrote this for WordPress v2.3, it continues to work for all versions of WordPress through v2.9.x. Background Who knew that when I migrated my Blogger blog to WordPress way back when, I’d still be supporting…

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