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  • Not a smart idea

    Posted on August 30th, 2006 Jeff Keller 2 comments


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    If you look closely to the upper-right of Zoe’s whiskers you’ll see what she’s staring so intently at. Yes, it’s a bee. Every once in a while I catch her chasing after them, and I have to think that this isn’t a smart move on her part. I’m shocked that she hasn’t been stung so far, given the number of times she’s swatted at them. Being a cat, of course, she doesn’t listen to my warnings.

  • The Presidio with primes

    Posted on August 28th, 2006 Jeff Keller 2 comments

    Yesterday I grabbed my (loaned) Nikon D80 and Pentax K100D and two lenses — a Nikkor F1.8 50mm for the D80, and a Pentax F3.2 21mm for the K100D — and headed to the Presidio. I walked for miles, starting near the new Letterman complex (which is a must-see), heading through the Main Post and ending up at the Warming Hut. I then turned around, walked all the way past East Beach, then through the Marina district to my favorite sandwich place in that area. After grabbing some lunch I hiked it back to where I started and enjoyed my lunch.

    Click the link for some pics from my walk!

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  • Mac Pro is here!

    Posted on August 21st, 2006 Jeff Keller 4 comments

    Soooo exciting! I changed my original Mac Pro order to get it here faster (by just getting the stock video card — the better one is on order) and it arrived today! After a few hours of file transferring I’m up and running, and things seem pretty snappy so far! The biggest difference between the Mac Pro and my old G5 is the noise — the new one is silent, while the G5 sounds like a jet plane.
    My first program is to get the extra gig of RAM into it, and then move over a hard drive that’s in the G5.
    A few pictures after the link!

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  • Nature’s lawnmower

    Posted on August 20th, 2006 Jeff Keller 2 comments


    While driving past the park near my house the other day I noticed something strange behind the soccer field. Upon further inspection I realized that it was goats — and plenty of them. Turns out that these “rent-a-goats” are being used to get rid of the dead grass that would make great fuel for a brushfire (and believe me, we don’t want that around here), and I guess this is the “organic” way to do it. There’s an electric fence around them so they can’t leave, and a dog keeps them in line, though he was sleeping under an oak tree when I walked over. There were probably a hundred of the little guys just munching away, and they’ve been doing so for two days thus far.
    Here’s what I want to know: who cleans up all that goat poop when they’re done?

  • Too high tech

    Posted on August 18th, 2006 Jeff Keller 2 comments

    If there’s one place that doesn’t need to be high tech, it’s the gas station. Today I went a little out of my way to take advantage of a 10 cent/gallon discount that I earned at Safeway gas stations (yes, as in the grocery store). When I pulled into the station the cheap stuff was $3.05. When I drove out, the price on the electronic signs now read $3.01.
    I think it’s time to back to the days of signs that had to be adjusted manually.

  • Great moments in Montclair history

    Posted on August 17th, 2006 Jeff Keller No comments

    Today — totally by accident — I discovered some interesting history about the area in which I now live. Back in the late 1920’s there was a railroad (the Sacramento Northern) that had service between SF/Oakland and Sacramento. According to the article I linked to up there, the train tracks went through Shepherd Canyon, within a block of my house, before going into a tunnel that ended up on the other side of the Berkeley Hills. The right-of-way is the bike/pedestrian path that I’ve walked on before.
    Needless to say, today I went looking for the tunnel (it was closed in 1957), but I couldn’t find a thing. I’m guessing that it’s since been covered up or built over. I think I know where the track popped out on the other side of the hill, but again, there’s no evidence left. Nonetheless, it was pretty interesting to learn about this… I certainly had no idea.

  • What a different some teak oil makes

    Posted on August 16th, 2006 Jeff Keller 2 comments


    Back in March I bought a nice wood table for the back deck. As the months have gone by, the wood has started to fade, so over the last two days I’ve put some teak oil on everything, and boy, does it help. A bit of a pain, yes, but it looks like new again! (In the photo only the center chair has been oiled.)

  • Good fortune

    Posted on August 14th, 2006 Jeff Keller 1 comment


    I usually roll my eyes whenever I read the fortune inside the ubiquitous post-dinner cookie at Chinese restaurants. That’s because they’re usually not fortunes at all (my friend Amit has bitched about this before).
    Anyhow, after a nice birthday dinner for my mom at an SF Chinese place, I broke open my cookie to find the fortune pictured above. Turns out it’s actually relevant to my life right now! In my cases, the “new possibilites” are work-related, and I’m hoping they work out… and if they do, I’ll provide more details here.