Aug
19
2011
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A day of no merit

At work today. It’s after dinner now and so far every call we have gone on, around 4, has been of no merit. In otherwords, 911 was called and we were not needed. Totally bizarre day.

We got a giant piece of sushi grade ahi and made pot stickers and tuna sashimi. We also made pork and shrimp, and just pork pot stickers. Yum. I’m stuffed.

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Aug
17
2011
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Fogged in

Up early before going to work. Tried to get up to coyote point in Fremont older to catch the sunrise.

The fog was low and I thought I was going to get lucky and catch the sunrise over a sea of fog. But when I got up there I was probably less than 100′ from the clearing above the fog.

Instead I got this with my phone.

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I don’t know what it is about this picture.  But it summarizes how I feel.  Mellon collie and sad.

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Aug
17
2011
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Jimmy Chin, Photographer

Photography and cinematography have quickly become a hobby of mine. I’ve always loved taking pictures. But recently I have really gotten serious about this hobby.

I love the outdoors. I love the feeling that it gives me. I love the fresh air and challenges that the outdoors offer. Whether I’m mountain biking, camping, backpacking, hiking, fly fishing, or just sitting in a hammock strung across two pines, I love the feeling it gives me.

The black night and glowing milky way gives me a sense of smallness. The universe is so vast and big that it is physically incomprehensible how miniscule we are.

Anyway, Jimmy Chin is a pro adventure photographer. This is a video about him in his element. I must say I am envious. Out in the element, photographing.

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Aug
16
2011
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Aug 16, 2011 Uvas Fishing

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Aug 16, 2011 Uvas Fishing, a set on Flickr.

I took the kids fishing at Uvas and decided last minute to see if my parents wanted to go. They did and the kids ended up having a great time.

The species we were targeting was the bluegill perch. Main because they are easy to catch, can shake the rod pretty good for a 3 and 6 year old, and provide fast action.

I lost count but I think Tuli caught about 4 and Nolan caught maybe 2 or 3. Tuli was way into them. She loved reeling them in.

Nolan would get a little frustrated by himself when reeling them in so I ended up helping him a little.

Neither of my kids wanted to hook the worm. Nolan was very concerned we were going to kill the worm by hooking them. Tuli just wanted the fish to eat the worms. Both of them touched at least one fish. Nolan wanted to put one of the fish in a bag.

Tonight Tulia and Nolan both asked me, “can we go fishing again?”

Yes!! Success.

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Aug
16
2011
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Reality Lapse 2.0

Another version of Reality Lapse with some more footage.

A collection of time-lapse footage I’ve shot in the past month.

The places include:
Fremont Older Open Space Preserve Cupertino, CA
Crystal Springs Reservoir CA
Skyline above San Bruno, CA
Aquatic Park, San Francisco, CA
Ghirardelli Square, San Francisco, CA

The footage with boats and Ghirardelli in the background was the first time I used the Dynamic Perceptions Stage Zero Dolly. Worked Great.

Canon XTi
Canon T3i
18-135mm f3.5
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Dynamic Perceptions stage zero dolly

Music Familiar Ground by The Cinematic Orchestra

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Aug
11
2011
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Reality Lapse

A collection of time-lapse footage I’ve shot in the past month.

The places in order of appearance include:
Fremont Older Open Space Preserve Cupertino, CA
Skyline above San Bruno, CA
Aquatic Park, San Francisco, CA
Ghirardelli Square, San Francisco, CA

The footage with boats and Ghirardelli in the background was the first time I used the Dynamic Perceptions Stage Zero Dolly. Worked Great.

Canon XTi
Canon T3i
18-135mm f3.5
18-55,, f3.5
Dynamic Perceptions stage zero dolly

Music Familiar Ground by The Cinematic Orchestra

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Aug
10
2011
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Timelapse in San Francisco

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IMG_4608, a photo by lost_by_bike on Flickr.

I had a nice block of time today by myself, so I decided to go to SF and shoot some timelapse photos.

This photo was of a couple sailboats with Ghirardelli in the background.

I was right at the edge of the fog so the light was pretty cool. Changing but cool.

Originally I wanted to shoot the Golden Gate with the fog but it turned out to be pretty socked in. I did manage to shoot some photos of the bridge with the fog but the focus was more on the fog moving and less on the bridge.

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Feb
06
2011
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Beach day in February!

70 degrees in February?  The rest of the country is digging out of heavy snow.  Yes, it’s nice to live in California.

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Dec
31
2010
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A productive day

I didn’t get a ride in like I wanted to today, but at least I got a lot done.

Fixed the side gate.  The lag shields were pulling out of their holes and the gate was swinging low and not catching the latch.

Went to Trader Joes and bought groceries and stuff to make meatloaf.  I managed to fit everything into the hard boxes that I installed on the GS recently.  I’m pleasantly surprised as to how much stuff I can fit in the boxes.

Then I made healthy meatloaf and candied sweet potatoes.  Meatloaf was  ground turkey with spinach, mushrooms, carrots, onion, garlic, steel cut oatmeal, fresh eggs, and spices. Healthy and tasty.

All the veggies that go into my meatloaf. Gotta get the kids to eat good somehow.

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While the meatloaf and sweet potatoes cooked, I fixed two drawers that were overloaded.  The bottom of the drawers are stapled to box.  When you overload the drawer, the staples can no longer hold bottom on.

Way too much stuff caused the bottom to blow out

Overloaded drawer bottom

I bought this staple gun a year ago to fix some other project.  I have to say that this is one of the coolest tools I own.

Bad ass staple gun

A few staples and the drawer can now hold all the discounted dented cans you can buy.

An hour later the meal was done. Somehow a bottle of wine disappeared in the process…  Have to look into fixing that.

The finished product

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Dec
23
2010
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Fargo, Go Far. Ti.

Ok, So I started seriously thinking about buying the Trek Sawyer.  But then got to thinking that my bike stable is getting a little outta hand.  And really the Sawyer wasn’t filling any bike needs that I didn’t already have a bike for.  So this got me thinking. Why am I again spending money on a bike that isn’t exactly what I want.

And so what is it that I want exactly? I want a 29er that can tour on and off road. I want it in titanium.  (After getting a Moots, ti is saweeet)  I want a hardtail.  I no longer want to tour with big heavy racks and big panniers.

The answer came to me.  I’ve always admired Salsa bikes.  The Fargo was always an interesting bike.  Now they have created a Ti version of the Fargo with updated geometry.

“OMG!” I thought. That’s it.  Ti adventure touring bike.  After touring down south on the LHT, I realized that panniers just let you pack too much.  I’m all for bike packing.  Light as possible, minimum.  And if I need to tour with lots of stuff, I have the Big Dummy.

So, this is the plan. Sell the LHT with racks, panniers, and all.  Sell the Beasely 650B SS. Work some overtime.  Order me up a Ti Fargo frameset.  Start building a Ti 29er adventure bike from the ground up!

Ti Fargo

Just sick

Hey I like hot sauce. So Salsa is fitting isn't it?

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