The making of a photo book

This past year, Stephanie and I were able to visit some relatives we hadn’t seen in a long time. Three years had passed since she’d visited her family in France, and it had been at least as long since I’d…

The significance of 416.66

That’s the new monthly contribution you can make to an IRA in 2008 to reach $5000 annually. One question though: why is the maximum annual contribution for an individual retirement account 1/3 as much as the maximum contribution for a…

Ricoh GR Digital II at ISO 400

I’m not a pixel peeper, I swear!, but Daimon Xanthopoulos asked me about the performance of the GR Digital II at ISO 400, and I felt obliged to provide a sample. Of course I wouldn’t depend on shots at ISO…

Why I buy online

I want to buy a laptop hard drive for a project. I could easily order the one I want from Newegg for about $75, but I thought it’d be nice to get one sooner, so I called around to see…

Wide angle lens porn

For Christmas this year, my parents got me the lens adapter/hood (GH-1) and the wide angle conversion lens (GW-1) for my new Ricoh GR Digital II. I feel totally spoiled. Here’s the obligatory closeups. The GW-1 takes the natively wide…

Back on the veggie delivery wagon

Awhile ago I wrote that one of my favorite things about the city was joining a community-supported agriculture co-op. Ironically just after I wrote that, Stephanie left the job where the vegetables were delivered. Though there were a few other…

I can never remember how to create a new MySQL user

Anyway, here’s the mother-lovin’ SQL all in one place: create database db_name; grant all on db_name.* to 'user_name'@'localhost' identified by 'password'; flush privileges; For simple, personal projects, db_name = user_name = password, just to make life a little easier. Carry…

“I guess we took that corner too fast…”

Seen tonight on Larkin between Bush and Pine.

Steak au poivre

It’s what was for dinner. Featuring two vegetables from the biweekly delivery: leeks and turnips. The “poivre” (or pepper) sauce was made from a combination of butter, shallots, flambeed brandy, red wine, beef stock, dijon mustard, and heavy cream. Yum-my!

Marketwatching

I’ve recently discovered something about myself: I find the rise and fall of the stock market endlessly fascinating. Actually that’s a bit of hyperbole. I just haven’t found an end to my fascination. As I’ve blogged previously, I’ve invested my…

On sharing ideas

While driving to Healdsburg last Saturday, I had a big idea. Actually it was more of a big awareness, blooming out loud as I was talking with Stephanie. Recently I’ve kept a few of these “big” ideas to myself, rather…