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  • Cool pics of the week

    Posted on February 27th, 2004 Jeff Keller 9 comments

    I suppose the one a few days ago also counts.


    Clouds at sunset, Feb 27
    (larger version)

    15 sec exposure, looking down highway 24 toward SF from the Rockridge BART station, Feb 26
    (larger version)

  • Golf ball-sized hail

    Posted on February 25th, 2004 Jeff Keller 4 comments


    It hailed like crazy a few minutes ago. I always enjoy watching this, as it happens so rarely here. Anyhow, that’s not really a huge piece of hail on the doormat, it’s the golf ball that found it’s way into my yard last week. I can’t imagine those falling from the sky!

  • Decisions, decisions

    Posted on February 24th, 2004 Jeff Keller 8 comments

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  • Waiting for the skies to clear

    Posted on February 22nd, 2004 Jeff Keller 7 comments


    Right now these two beauties (along with several others) are gathering dust while rain falls from the sky. I need one day of blue skies so I can take as many cameras as possible to my usual photo spots in the city. Rumor has it that Monday will be dry. Maybe that will be my chance.
    As an aside, I believe that the two Canon Digital ELPHs shown above are the best looking digital cameras ever created.
    Update: Today turned out to be a nice day. Unfortunately two of the cameras I was expecting didn’t show up due to a “fax error” on the other end. Grrr…

    (full size image)

  • Rain delay

    Posted on February 20th, 2004 Jeff Keller 8 comments

    i was supposed to go to Southern California this weekend. One day was a trip to San Diego to visit my old haunts. Sunday was Disneyland, and Monday was to be spent hanging out with Jackson.
    Unfortunately the weather was not going to cooperate. With heavy rain and flood warnings in the forecast, I decided to postpone my trip a few weeks, hoping that the weather gets better. Unfortunately, I booked my hotel with Priceline… which is non-refundable. I guess it’s the price you have to pay for getting a cheap price on a hotel room.
    So hopefully I’ll try this trip again soon.
    Update: Looks like I made the right decision [link]

  • Foveon vs. CCD

    Posted on February 18th, 2004 Jeff Keller 4 comments

    If there’s any doubt about just how amazing the Foveon X3 sensor is, have a look at these crops:


    From Sigma SD10 w/Foveon sensor (view original)

    From Pentax Optio 33WR w/traditional CCD sensor (view original)

    The original images tell the full story, so check’em out if you care. Too bad the X3 sensor is only 3 Megapixel. And yeah there’s dust on the sensor in the Foveon shot.

  • Frogs

    Posted on February 17th, 2004 Jeff Keller 4 comments

    It must be frog mating season, because if I step outside, I feel like I’m in a swamp somewhere (though my lawn does feel swampy after I water it). I’m pinned between two golf courses, which is where (I assume) the frogs are. In my previous entry, I mentioned how quiet it is in the house. Well, the frogs are so loud that I can hear them with all the doors and windows shut. Not that it’s a bad sound or anything — I kind of like it.
    Listen to the frogs (QuickTime, recorded in my backyard)

  • A little too quiet

    Posted on February 16th, 2004 Jeff Keller 3 comments

    Overall, I really like my new house. My complaints are few. I still have two flaky recessed lights (soon to be fixed) and a screwy microwave (soon to be fixed for the second time), but other than that, it’s great. There’s one other thing that, while not really bothersome, makes me miss the places I used to live: noise — or a lack of it. This place is sealed up like Fort Knox, from the insulation to the double-paned windows. In fact it may be airtight. This is great for my electric and gas bill, and I don’t have any neighbor noise to speak of, but I miss hearing the rain and the wind. Sitting here at my desk, I would never know that it’s rainy and windy outside. At my old place, you could hear the rain, and you really knew when it was windy (leaky windows, anyone?). Maybe I should put on a jacket so I can open the window and listen to the rain.