Hoover Dam is big

Last weekend Stephanie and I traveled to Las Vegas for a wedding. On the way there we took a detour through Lake Mead. Which meant we got to stop and visit Hoover Dam. And take lots of pictures. First sight…

New hiking shoes!

Stephanie got a great shot of me posing with my pristine new Vasque Mantra Gore-Tex XCRs before we took off down White Rock Canyon. They’re totally awesome.

Hiking to a hot spring

On Saturday night we camped at the Temple Bar campground at Lake Mead. Well, near Lake Mead. It was a nice enough campsite, but there wasn’t really much to do other than boating. Our campsite So on Sunday morning we…

Warning: Bighorn Sheep Ahead

Another one for my collection.

Lake Mead Panoramic

Lake Mead panorama Note to self: need to practice using Automatic Exposure (AE) lock.

Alice’s Wedding

So the real reason we were in Las Vegas was not to traipse around Lake Mead, but to attend the wedding of my college friend Alice and her now husband, Mike. After our failed camping attempt on Sunday night, we…

Cured olives

After 4 weeks of dry curing in kosher salt, check out how they look now! Talk about a transformation. As for taste, they are very, very salty. But the texture is right. So to soften the flavor (I hope!), I’m…

FM at the intersection of Creative and Monetization

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Bonfires on Franklin Street

…circa February 2001 (pre-Justinsomnia), after UNC beat Duke. Sadly Duke won the NCAA championship that year, but UNC came back in 2005. I was inspired to post these shots from the ground after seeing this time-lapse video from above: Franklin…

How to use the command line

This “howto” is intended for people who may be new to Ubuntu (or Linux in general), or who spend most of their time using the graphical user interface (aka GNOME), but are occasionally confronted by other howtos that assume knowledge…

Bicycle’s eye view

“Death Monsters Ahead” Which reminds me of this patch: “Cars-R-Coffins” I remember seeing one of these on the messenger bag of some dude on a motorcycle riding alongside me down Lombard, back when I used to scoot over the bridge…

Backs of cars are like a photographic genre unto their own

I’m not sure what type of car this is, I’m assuming a 1970s-era Dodge. Update: I desaturated the background of this photo (a similar effect I’ve applied in some other car photos: Pink VW Cabrio on Pine Street, I ♥…

The EMP and DEPT tables for MySQL

So I’m reading through the introduction of O’Reilly’s SQL Cookbook and I get to this part that says: The majority of the examples in this book involve the use of two tables, EMP and DEPT. The EMP table is a…

Some SQL tricks you may not know

I flipped through the MySQL Cookbook and jotted down anything I didn’t know and thought might be useful. There was a lot of stuff I didn’t know and thought was probably useless, especially if you do most of your data…

Urban Cheese Party!

Last night Stephanie and I hosted our latest in a long line of food-themed parties, this one to unveil the cheese we’ve been making lately. All told we had seven different kinds of cheese, made from a variety of types…

On warmth

It’s so weird to sweat, doing nothing. It reminds me of North Carolina. Walking home from work today was like a sensory experience I can’t quite begin to describe. I was wearing shorts, short sleeves, and the weather felt like…

Oeufs-jambon-fromage

Those are Ralph Giacomini’s marvelous eggs from Point Reyes Station, scrambled with cream, along with our homemade farmhouse cheddar and some browned Niman Ranch ham, all sitting atop a toasted La Brea whole wheat baguette. Photo by Stephanie

Stephanie’s young Manchego

Of all the hard cheeses we exhibited at the party, it was Stephanie’s young Manchego, made with a mix of 2/3 cow milk and 1/3 goat milk, that really looked like cheese. Here’s a good shot showing the little air…

From the farm to the jar

Stephanie and I woke up early on Saturday morning to drive out to Capay Valley for Farm Fresh To You‘s spring farm tour and strawberry picking. I went by myself last year, my first tour of the farm, and had…

Organic pastoral

Some more nice pics from our trip to the farm. Tree over an irrigation canal Orange blossoms (which smell amazing) Bolting bok choy (not a good thing)

Poison oak season

Ever since I posted about my poison oak experience three and a half years ago, I get to watch the poison oak season unfold as people search for it in Google (specifically, Google Images) and end up on my blog.…

Ubuntu 9.04, first impressions

Just upgraded to the latest release of Ubuntu tonight, 9.04 (aka Jaunty Jackalope). Chintzy login screen aside, it looks really good. I wasn’t prompted to resolve any config file conflicts during the install The new Human login screen is really…