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  • Fruit picking in Brentwood

    Posted on May 31st, 2004 Jeff Keller 7 comments


    Today my friend Marc and I participated in Brentwood’s sole tourist attraction — fruit picking! We went to one of the few farms that still had cherries (it was an early season), and went to work. Click below for a couple of pictures.
    In other fruit-related news, Marc talked me into buying more plants for my garden… this time two “older” grape plants which will bear fruit this year. In fact there are already grapes on them. We got muscat and flame. We planted them and put some trellises down as well.
    Oh, did I mention that it was 93 degrees today? Bah.

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  • hot hot hot

    Posted on May 31st, 2004 Jeff Keller No comments

    You know it’s going to be a hot day when it’s already 82 degrees at 930am. Thank God for A/C!

  • Not a recommendation?

    Posted on May 27th, 2004 Jeff Keller 1 comment

    Today was “ask Jeff for a camera recommendation” day. Keeping with my stated policy, I didn’t answer any of them.
    This one particular message took the cake:
    Subject: Not a Recommendation Request Per Se
    Just a question. 
    I appreciate that they’re very different cameras, but if you could buy prosumer Nikon 5700 at 365 new as compared with Canon S50 at higher price point (plus 50) or Canon S410 at lower price point (minus 50).

    Which was followed up by:
    Or one more under consideration:  Canon PowerShot S1 IS at similar price point.
    How is that not a recommendation request?

  • That’s a lot of ramen

    Posted on May 26th, 2004 Jeff Keller No comments

    The big news around town this week is that the new Safeway store is opening on Friday. It’s the anchor of a new shopping center just down the street. It’s amazing to see how Brentwood has changed since I first put a deposit down on my house a year ago.
    Anyhow, Safeway is really trying to get the word out about the new store. In the last week I’ve received a club card (already got one), numerous coupons, a pamplet describing the store, and a virtual tour CD-ROM. As it turns out the CD-ROM doubles as a $10 off coupon. Combining that with the other coupons they sent and I can eat on the cheap for weeks. They have free breakfast week, lunch week, snack week, and dinner week. I’m looking forward to the free cake myself…

  • Lesson learned, 6 months later

    Posted on May 26th, 2004 Jeff Keller 4 comments

    Perhaps getting white carpet in your house isn’t such a smart idea.

  • Sounds like somebody’s got a case of the Mondays

    Posted on May 24th, 2004 Jeff Keller 1 comment


    I didn’t know that it was possible to be this unmotivated. But I’ve been sitting at my desk all day and haven’t accomplished a thing.

  • Truer words were never spoken

    Posted on May 23rd, 2004 Jeff Keller No comments

    During dinner at the folks’ house tonight, we saw silently as 60 Minutes curmudgeon Andy Rooney, who usually has the lighthearted stories on the show, spoke about the prisoner abuse scandal. We all agreed that eh was spot-on. (Being a curmudgeon myself, I’m hoping to replace him one day.)

  • DCRP redesign almost ready to roll

    Posted on May 23rd, 2004 Jeff Keller 6 comments


    After nearly a year, the DCRP redesign is almost ready to launch. It is the culmination of a ton of hard work by myself, Willo, and my dad. Much of the holdup has been getting old content into the database — this literally took months. Thanks to my dad, though, this content now sits in 2700+ rows in the database. I got him a cool toy as a thank-you gift.
    This week I’ll be making a big list about what’s left to do. There is still some content that I need to come up with. There are some new graphics as well as some fixes that Willo will have to create. And there is a bit of programming left to do. I’m thinking that June will finally be the month this will launch. I look back at my previous predictions of a January or February launch and say: what was I thinking?