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  • No serendipity today

    Posted on November 29th, 2006 Jeff Keller 3 comments

    Tonight I almost had one of those moments that’s usually reserved for movies. The scene: a crowded cafe. Jeff walks into cafe and gets in line behind a young woman. Jeff looks around and sees one open table, so (being the experienced cafe patron) he puts his bag on it. The girl in front of Jeff gets her drink and realizes there’s no place to sit.
    Without even thinking about it, Jeff offers to share his table with the girl, until a table opens up for her. She graciously accepts and sits down. Jeff thinks “wow, this is a great opportunity here” until he sees the sparkly diamond ring on her finger. Oops — so much for that idea. Eventually somebody leaves and she moves to her own table.
    In the end, serendipity did not occur… but I give myself points for taking a risk and doing something very spontaenous and un-Jefflike. I think I also earned some karma for helping her out. Oh well, better luck next time, I guess.

  • I love playing with my Wii

    Posted on November 27th, 2006 Jeff Keller 3 comments


    The one bright spot in this otherwise crappy day (due to a uncomfortable meeting I need to have this afternoon) was the arrival of my Nintendo Wii. It took a while to get used to the weird controls, but I’m really loving it!
    Instead of playing the same sequels again and again (but with nicer graphics) like on the X360 or PS3, the Wii lets developers do totally new things. I’ve only tried the bundled Wii Sports so far, but things are looking very promising indeed.

  • 2006 SF Auto Show Pics

    Posted on November 21st, 2006 Jeff Keller 3 comments

    Today it was once again time for my annual father/son trip to the SF International Auto Show. There weren’t too many exciting cars, but a few things caught my eye. Click the link to see photos of the most interesting cars at the show — all of which were taken with the Nikon D40.

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  • For cat lovers only

    Posted on November 20th, 2006 Jeff Keller No comments

    If you own a cat then you’ll definitely get a laugh out of this column by the Chronicle’s Jon Carroll.

  • Long time no cloud photos

    Posted on November 18th, 2006 Jeff Keller 1 comment


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    It’s been ages since I posted any photos of cool clouds, but I got two nice shots late this afternoon. I took’em with the brand new Nikon D40.

  • Too much free time

    Posted on November 15th, 2006 Jeff Keller 6 comments


    It’s nice to see things like this to remind me that yes, I have more of a life than some people. These folks have been camping out in front of the local Best Buy for who knows how many days, with the hope of getting a Playstation 3 on Friday. Now, I’m a big gamer, but I’m not crazy enough to spend several nights in front of a store in a pretty dicey part of Emeryville. I’m going to make an effort to get the Nintendo Wii on Sunday, but that’s about it — the PS3 can wait.

  • Advice needed

    Posted on November 11th, 2006 Jeff Keller 27 comments

    I don’t know how many people still read this blog (since I don’t get many comments anymore), but I’ll throw this one out there hoping to get some good advice/suggestions.
    I was talking with my mom and sister earlier tonight, and my sister and I both agreed that the isolation of my job is to blame for my increased generalized and social anxiety (not to mention reduced self-esteem).
    My sister thinks I should just give up my website full-time and get a real job, so I get back the daily human interaction I’ve lost over the last five years. I think that’s going too far. The first thing I’m going to try is to take on another job at the animal rescue place — cat socializing isn’t great for meeting people. I’ll continue to do that, but I’d like to find something there that involves people instead of just cats.
    So, blog readers (all three of you), does anyone have any suggestions as to how I can get back that human interaction that I’ve lost since I started working from home? I’ve thought about taking a class as well, though I was never terribly social in school either. Suggestions are appreciated!
    (Added 11/12: Just to clear things up, I have no intention of leaving my current job)

  • Coonfrontation

    Posted on November 8th, 2006 Jeff Keller 2 comments

    Last night was much more eventful than planned. I had just gotten into bed when Zoe started making a lot of noise at the sliding door that leads to the backyard. Growling, hissing, and meowing. At one point she actually jumped against the window, which got me out of bed. I got up, walked over to the door, and turned on the outside light. Staring back at Zoe and I were three raccoons, who didn’t seem to care that we were there. I slid open the door (keeping the screen door shut, of course) and yelled at them, and they scurried up the hill.
    About 20 minutes later they were back, and Zoe had returned to making noise (this is at 1AM now). I turned on the light again and there were two raccoons right outside, again, not really caring about either of us. It turns out that they were eating the acorns that fell out of the two oak trees in my yard. I had no idea they ate such things, but after reading up on them I discovered that they’ll eat just about everything. I guess times are tough in the trash eating business these days!