September 2005 Archives

Cool Ass Scientific Breakthrough

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Found an article in today's NYT that caught my interest. I've always been fascinated by the giant squid and its elusiveness. Can't wait to see their images.

I found this while setting up RSS feeds in Firefox using Sage. It's so frickin nice to have unadulterated, banner free access to content. I highly recommend making the move away from normal browsing. RSS 2.0 and Atom just plain RAWK.

UPDATE: I'm sure you've all seen it here and here. I'm a little disappointed.

UPDATE 2: Oh goody the National Geographic Society has a fine article here.

I've been a scanning, uploading fool all day today. I am truly addicted.

Black and White Yashica pics from Tokyo

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Finally got around to scanning these suckers. See the new group up on my Flickr page.

Way back in 1991

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I've been scanning 35mm color negative today for the first time using my epson 4990. Pretty sweet results at just 1200dpi.

Nautica Malibu Triathlon 2005

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Woke up at 4:30AM on Sunday morning. Had coffee, breakfast, packed, and was on the road by 5:30AM bound north on Pacific Coast Highway to Zuma Beach in Malibu.

It was a little chilly by the time I parked a little after 6:00AM. I rode my gear to the transition area where I found station 1013. It was right next to the entry gate off the swim. Sweet. I donned my wettop and herded with the other athletes to the swim start where I was the fourth wave to go in the 35-39 Category. We watched the three waves ahead of us head out into the half mile swim where they were pummeled by good sized 4 foot thumping barrels that made the crowd audibly wince and cringe. We white caps were extremely lucky in getting out and over the break pretty easily. All of us were rejoicing in our luck as we swam the 150 yards to the first buoy. It was a straight shot up the beach past two more buoys and then a right turn to the beach. I got out easily but lost my cap.

Made it to the bike very easily and I was on the road for the next 18 miles where PCH took us north to Leo Carillo State Beach which was the turnaround. There were some minor climbs but nothing outrageous. I got passed by the 40 year olds on their tri bikes that woosh by you. I did some passing of my own and by the time I got to the run, I felt pretty good. Ran steady and fast down to Point Dume State beach for two miles before the turnaround. I had to tie each of my shoes once so I ran faster to make up for it. I crossed the finish line and saw 2:02:XX. I was bummed. I wanted to make it under two hours since last year my time was 2:09:58.

I got back to the transition area and overheard these two guys in my group talking about their times. I realized that the time I saw was the time after the first wave of pros left twenty minutes before mine left. Subtracting 20 minutes from 2:02:XX gave my a 1:42:XX finish which is shaving off 27 minutes from last year's time. W00t. Can't wait to see results. Don't know when they post...

UPDATE: Saw results which had me finishing at 1:48:XX I guess we started 14 minutes after the pros? I thought it was longer but oh well. Still means I shaved off 20 minutes from last year and I made it above the 50 percentile mark (just barely.)

OMFG My Sister Has a Blog Now Too

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It's here and it's called "The Good Health Goddess." More of a newsletter/info blog rather than a personal one. Welcome to web publishing, Michele!

My dad has also been adding new posts to his Blogger site called The Church of Entropy. [Wiki article on "entropy" is here.] He's been into thermodynamics and physics all his life so he just goes off. I'd like to see him add more pics to his Flickr site.

Some other blogs from hometown (Media, PA) high school friends include Everything Tedman, The (mis)Adventures of Chuck, and Simone.

I know that all of these sites are in my sidebar but I just wanted to give them all a shout out since they all help keep me blogging.

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Click on the kitty for a great site that's been around for awhile. Thanks to Lionel and Cay for the heads up. I was unable to access it for awhile when it got Slashdotted but now I think the site has a new host.

Music for my readers

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It's been a little bit since I've posted any mp3s. Some cool songs I've been digging lately:

Bowling For Soup - "Come Back to Texas" 5.28 MB 192kpbs
Kayne West - "Diamonds" 3.66MB 128kpbps
Kayne West - "All Falls Down" 5.4 MB 202 kbps (VBR)
Death Cab For Cutie - "Brothers on a Hotel Bed" 8.3MB 256kbps
Gorillaz - "Dirty Harry" 5.2 MB 192kbps

Yes I will remain a sucker for good pop and killer rap. Enjoy. Go easy on the bandwidth since I have it throttled.

Los Angeles Blackout

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We were in the middle of a take on Still Standing when our stage lost power. Our producer called an early lunch and I took a walk around the CBS Radford lot in Studio City. Laurel Canyon going north was a parking lot. People were mostly cool and there was the occasional asshole who honked at intersections.

We heard half the Valley was out as well as Downtown, Hollywood, and Venice. By 2:00pm we were back online and on schedule. No biggie here folks. Just some normal California Weirdness.

Los Angeles Triathlon 2005

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This morning I got up at 5:30 in order to stage my bike in the transition area at the beach near Venice Boulevard. After setting up my station, I hung out for almost two hours watching the pro, elite, and and amateur olympic distance athletes take off in 12 waves. I only had my speedos on and it was pretty chilly but by the time my sprint wave left at 8:35 I was warmed up and ready to go.

The .4 mile swim went fast and I only got kicked in the face about a half dozen times which isn't so bad considering how packed the field was. My transition to the bike was okay and I was off pedaling east on Venice Boulevard by 9:00 or so.

The 20 mile ride to downtown was beautiful. 72 degrees and partly sunny the whole way. Variable winds that messed with me a few times. The course took us east on Venice to Fairfax. Up Fairfax to Wilshire. Wilshire to Highland. Highland to Hollywood. Hollywood to Sunset. Sunset to Beaudry above downtown. Beaudry to First Street. Past the Disney Concert Hall with a right onto Grand Avenue which was my favorite part of the race. It's a super steep hill that dropped us fast onto 11th Street where we made the transition to the run.

The 5K run was back up Grand which I'd been dreading ever since I saw the course. Once I made the turnaround at First, it was all downhill to the Staples Center where I finished at 1:57. 11th place out of 41 in my group.

I had a blast. It was a well organized, wonderful event. People were cheering us the whole way and all the athletes were kind and respectful of each other. Next year I want to do the Olympic distances- a 1 mile swim, a 25 mile bike ride, and a 10K run.

Cay picked me up on a corner west of downtown and we came back home to Santa Monica where we had a great brunch at La Vecchia, our weekly Sunday hangout.

Came home and watched Agassi lose to Federer. Had a nap and watched 60 Minutes. Now just getting ready for bed. It's gonna be the best sleep in a long while.

Post Katrina

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I haven't had it in me to do any blogging since the hurricane devastated the Gulf Coast.

More and more it seems like this country is divided along class lines. There are those that have enough to live comfortably and then there are those living in the 9th Ward of New Orleans. I hope the disaster affects change in our economic policies so that the poor and underclassed are given a fair chance at fulfilling their American Dream. With the Bush Administration and the Republican majority in Congress, I fear that there will be little change in our tax code that is so out of step with what's needed for our society to work more equitably.

There are a millions of us who are angry and confused by what's happened in the last two weeks. I got an email from a friend urging me to call for the impeachment of Bush. I would like nothing more but his ouster wouldn't change the fact that we need radical change to make this country better for everyone.

It's harder and harder for me to enjoy all the things in my life that so many will never be able to afford. A car. A computer. Leisure time. A house. Freedom. Giving money to the Red Cross is a temporary salve for me but deep down I know I need to do more in order for things to change. Every day while out in Los Angeles I see the urban poor. Normally I have to pretend that they are not there just so that I can go on living my privileged life but since Katrina I can't look away.

I've been staying clear of politics on this blog and in my life ever since the reelection of George W. Bush. I know that there are readers of this blog who voted for the guy in 2004 and I know I have my fair share of friends who will always agree with the posts I throw up here. Thanks in advance for staying with me.

The activist fire in me has been re-stoked and so I want to share with you some links that can't be ignored:

Keith Olberman on MSNBC - Quicktime movie from Crooks and Liars
Blame Game - Quicktime movie from Salon
Eye of the Political Storm - Newsweek poll shows Bush @ 38% approval

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