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  • Christmas comes early

    Posted on October 30th, 2006 Jeff Keller 2 comments

    Santa dropped off something special this morning – my new MacBook Pro! I will not deny it: I am a total Apple whore. This thing will be replacing my Powerbook G4 that I got last year. Oh, and I have to buy a new EVDO card from Verizon too, as the old one won’t fit in the MBP!
    A few unboxing pics after the link.

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  • The floor is done

    Posted on October 30th, 2006 Jeff Keller No comments

    THANK GOD. What a friggin’ nightmare this was. If it could go wrong, it did. But it’s done and it looks pretty good, unless you’re a professional wood floor installer. I’ll add a picture tomorrow. But first, I need to get this glue off of my hands!

  • One year in Oakland

    Posted on October 28th, 2006 Jeff Keller No comments

    Hey, I’ve been here for exactly a year! While it hasn’t cured my anxiety or improved my social life, I’m still glad to be here. And even though it’s a pain in the butt, I like my house.
    As an anniversary present, the County of Alameda sent me my property tax bill today:

    Oh, the joys of home ownership.

  • Cool pics of the night

    Posted on October 27th, 2006 Jeff Keller 1 comment

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    I totally stumbled upon this one by accident. Had just arrived at Treasure Island for my usual round of night picture shooting, when I noticed that there were many other photographers (with tripods) lined up. Turned out that the moon was setting over the city! It’s really hard to take this shot, as the moon always comes out too bring. Oh well, I like them anyway.
    First photo was taken with the Canon PowerShot G7, the second with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50.

  • Behold the bamboo

    Posted on October 25th, 2006 Jeff Keller No comments

    Okay, so six rows of bamboo doesn’t look like much, but it’s a major accomplishment for me, considering what a nightmare this project turned out to be. The floor is finally free of mortar, so we started to actually put it down. First we did a mockup, cutting the pieces as needed. Then, I got out the glue, which costs a whopping $17 a gallon! You apply the glue just like you would mortar, and then the countdown begins. You have 20 to 30 minutes to get that wood down before the stuff starts to harden, and believe me, my dad and I were down to the wire. The wood does everything possible to be uncooperative and make our lives difficult… but in the end, it worked out, and it looks good. Too bad there’s like 20 rows still to come!

  • Frustration

    Posted on October 20th, 2006 Jeff Keller 8 comments

    If there’s one thing I pride myself on in my business life, it’s the fact that I’m not afraid to call a spade a spade. Or, in this case, if a camera sucks, I’m going to say it. I was trying to finish up my review of the Samsung NV10 when I looked at the other reviews on the web to see if their results matched mine. If you just read the text alone, you’d think that the NV10 was the greatest thing since sliced bread. They gloss over the flaky, unneeded interface and the crummy photo quality, and it gets a great score.
    My review as not going to be nearly so positive. Which makes me wonder how people will judge me (there’s that social anxiety kicking in). I don’t think I’m too critical — that’s my job, right? I wish other writers would step up to plate and be honest, instead of sugar coating things. Samsung is one of my biggest advertisers, but I’m not afraid to say that the NV10 isn’t so hot. I just wish there was more agreement in the community.
    Update: Review is posted.

  • The wrong kind of writers block

    Posted on October 18th, 2006 Jeff Keller 1 comment

    A couple of months ago my old therapist had me write up a list of my good qualities. You know, something to look at when I’m feeling down. About a month ago I decided that I wanted to turn that list into a paragraph or two. Not really to share, but just to “self disclose” a little more (which is something I have trouble with).
    For some reason I have been unable to do it. I created the Word file, but havne’t typed a thing. I get uncomfortable whenver I think about acutally writing something, so nothing ever gets done. I seem to be having a self esteem crisis lately, and I’m not entirely sure why I’m so down on myself.

  • Photos from Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

    Posted on October 14th, 2006 Jeff Keller 29 comments

    I just got back from a little mini-vacation at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. While these two parks (which are attached) are about 200 miles away as the crow flies, it takes forever to get there, since the roads are really windy. Once there you’ll end up at a place that reminds you of Yosemite, but more spread out, and with less people. I wouldn’t recommend going in the off-season, as there are almost zero services open — we ate at the same place for almost every meal, and finding gasoline is even more difficult.

    I’ve got a ton of photos after the link, all taken with the Fuji FinePix S6000fd. Enjoy!

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