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Sunday, July 27, 2008


These are my people

In case you don’t already know, I’ve pretty much abandoned any hope of being a photographer, at least for the time being, and returned to my real strength: editing. At the urging of the estimable Mack Lundstrom at San Jose State, I applied for and received a newspaper copy editing internship under the auspices of the Dow Jones Newspaper Fund. For that reason, I’m currently working full-time on the copy desk of the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson.

Before I came here, though, I had to report for a two-week training residency held at the university I had just graduated from. Honestly, I wasn’t looking forward to it — after wearing a cap and gown, campus was the last place I wanted to be. But when I got there, something wonderful happened: I met 10 other people who cared about the proper use of the English language just as much as I did. Some of the first conversations I overheard were people discussing the writing mistakes that bothered them the most. I said to myself, “These are my people!”

Dow Jones internships aren’t just handed out to every Tom, Dick and Moron that asks for one; it’s a reasonably competitive program. If you walked into the training classroom without knowing that, you’d soon figure it out: This was a sharp bunch of people. Handsome, too.

After two weeks of spending most of our waking hours together, we split up to go to the newspapers that had agreed to employ us for 10 or 12 weeks. I’ve certainly found more kindred spirits on the Star copy desk, but I’ll never forget my fellow trainees at the West Coast Center for Editing Excellence. I won’t attempt to sum them up for you, but I hope this little slide show will give you a glimpse into the special breed of people that want to work the rim.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008


Can you glub glub glub?

I should love Motorola. They’ve got so much to admire: a cool 50-year-old logo. A name that evokes images of 1950s cars and their radios. A history of amazing technical innovations.

But man, their phones are lousy.



Digital toast

toasted circuit boards



If you’ve ever had the hard drive in your iPod die, you’ve seen the little sad iPod icon on the screen. This is the actual sad iPod that icon is based on. Again, no Photoshoppery here, just lighting.

sad ipod
Thursday, May 1, 2008


Optical drive payback

Listen up, drive. You’ve made your last coaster.


Zip whip

I still have a pile of 100MB Zip disks, even though I no longer have a Zip drive. Think they’d make a nice slaw?

Zip slaw


No user serviceable parts inside

My computer’s not working, but I think if I can just open up the processor….

drill that chip
Friday, April 4, 2008



It’s been a while, but I finally took another good picture. No trickery here — just a dead keyboard, some nice strobes, and a slightly sore hand.

Keyboard rage
Sunday, March 2, 2008

Earth needs editors

When Computers Edit

Lately I’ve been irritated by newspaper web sites that use a program to cut story teasers to length. As often as not, they make the cut after a period that doesn’t end a sentence.

Hell's BBC

VOICE OVER (GROWLING): There’s a new BBC, and it’s kickin’ ass…

Friday, February 8, 2008


Portrait? Sure!


Gina, a senior majoring in photography at San Jose State University, is the mother of two young boys.

Thursday, January 24, 2008


Fortune for the new year

Asian message wafer

From an Asian message wafer at Eric’s comes this fortune so nice, I had to mat it twice.

Thursday, January 3, 2008




It’s moments like this that make my mind reel at the wonder of growth — people come in such radically different sizes.

Here’s hoping your 2008 is happier than this little person.