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Sunday, May 30, 2004


Ah, summer

Looked up through the apple tree yesterday, and there was Luna.

la luna
Saturday, May 29, 2004


A couple cool links

There are two great sites that I’ve been meaning to add links for, but I keep forgetting. Luckily, two legal issues in the news have caused me to remember.

The California Coastal Records Project has thousands of aerial photos of the coastline, and they’re fascinating to look through. Once you pick a place to start, the site makes it easy to cruise up and down the coast, zooming in when you want to. Since I don’t have any friends with boats, planes, or helicopters, it’s all new to me — my local beach is a different place when you’re looking east.

Like me, Barbara Streisand has a home that’s visible in a photo on the site. Unlike me, Babs has sued the creators of the site for making her more vulnerable to stalkers or some garbage like that. (In fairness, her home is a good deal more visible than mine, and she’s much more stalker-worthy than I.) Now she’s the one paying their legal fees. Hooray!

On the other coast, www.nycsubway.org has been on my mind because of New York’s proposed ban on cameras in the subways. There are a lot of fools like me who think trains are cool, photogenic things, and they’re rightfully hot and bothered about not being able to take pictures anymore.

Funny thing is, I thought there had always been a ban on cameras in the subway. Last I knew, there was, but apparently they lifted it in 1994, by which time I was in California and unaware of what the MTA was doing. That’s why you won’t find any pictures of the NYC subway here. Except for a little video. Shhhh.

Friday, May 28, 2004

Site news

New section buffed, polished

A helpful reader pointed out that all the Cabrillo Voice articles I posted were pretty tough to read. Truth is, I don’t have that much experience making pdfs, so I screwed it up a little the first time. The files are now a little larger byte-wise, but they should have much larger type, as well. Keep in mind when you look at these that they’re much clearer at certain magnifications than at others — zoom in and out a little, and you should be able to get very sharp type.

These new versions come straight from the page layout program, rather than from scans, so they should look pretty damn snappy. Well, except for the faculty authors piece, which is still a crumby scan. That should be fixed next week.

My last article for the Voice is posted now.

Thursday, May 27, 2004


Yahoo! Weather: When you absolutely, positively need to know the temperature within 40 or 50 degrees

Wherever you are tonight, bundle up!


What a coincidence!

And I have a cure for an illiterate president! I’ll tell you about it in November.

Thursday, May 20, 2004


I got yer gas prices right here

This is getting insane.

spendy gas
Friday, May 14, 2004

Site news

New section, new content

Because I’m saving all my stories for the college newspaper in pdf format, I thought I might as well post them here.

None of them are Pulitzer material, but I’m sorta proud of the story that ran today. I worked hard on a photo idea, and I think it worked out pretty well. Part two of the story will run two weeks from now.


They grow ’em small in Jersey

Before I saw this headline, I had no idea that the NJSO was so very tiny.

FBI Investigates NJ Orchestra In Violin Case

Thursday, May 13, 2004


“There’s nothing left that won’t cross over”

I noticed on iTunes the other day that there’s a new Phish single, which is odd because they don’t usually go that traditional route of releasing a single before the album. It’s also odd because the song is eerily radio-friendly and un-Phishy. No interminable Tube Screamer guitar solo, no awkward goofy lyrics, and the whole thing’s less than three minutes long. Could this be their “Touch of Grey,” the radio hit 20 years in the making?

Tuesday, May 11, 2004



must every sandwich on TV feature ingredients that are “piled high”?

No piles for me, thanks.

Tuesday, May 4, 2004

Site news

Yeh, I’m still here

And I’m going to graduate in a month. What the hell’s going on around here?

Well, there’s an awful lot of work yet to be done, so I’m not posting very much right now. Obviously.

On the other hand, I have been working on rebuilding this site with leaner, meaner code. It won’t look very different on the outside, but it should load more quickly, and future updates will be much easier to do.

I’m also thinking about making all the images a little smaller, so that the whole page fits on a 1024 x 768 screen without scrolling. Of course, I could accomodate people with 800 x 600 screens … but how many people is that? What do you use? Let me know, why dontcha.

There’s a new mp3 today from Ann Arbor pop legend Frank Allison. There is no justice in a world that ignores him while allowing Counting Crows a career. About this mp3 thing, though: I don’t know if I’ll continue posting them. The lawsuits are telling me to quit, as is the fact that few people apart from Yale students appear to be downloading the songs I put up here. If taking away the mp3s would break your heart, let me know. Otherwise, expect them to fade away soon.

Anything else you’d suggest? For the love of God, let me know.