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  • Adventures in underwater photography (part 1)

    Posted on December 30th, 2006 Jeff Keller 14 comments

    It’s pretty humbling when you have to throw away 80% of your photos, but that’s
    what my experience with underwater digital photography have been thus far.
    Yesterday the water wasn’t very clear, so I didn’t really have anything worth
    keeping. Today I did some serious snorkeling and got better photos, but still,
    it’s hard. Seeing things on the LCD isn’t easy, the fish don’t stay still,
    plus you’re always drifting around… all that makes it a bit frustrating.

    Click the link to see a few shots I took today, with more to come before the
    end of the trip. Again, these are from the Canon SD800 with its matching underwater
    case.

    Oh, and fish experts are welcome to ID these guys for me, since I don’t know
    many of them.

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  • Aloha from Maui

    Posted on December 29th, 2006 Jeff Keller 4 comments

    Just saying a quick "Aloha" from Maui. Yesterday included flying, waiting
    in too many lines (for car and food), and a little swimming. Here are some
    teaser photos to make you jealous. Hopefully my next set will include some
    underwater photos!

    Oh, all of these are taken with the Canon PowerShot SD800 IS.

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  • Local news remains useless

    Posted on December 26th, 2006 Jeff Keller 3 comments

    At the gym today I was watching the local news on the ABC affiliate. They had a “story” (which they even promoted before the preceding commercial break) about a new study about heartburn drugs.
    The story: “A new study says popular heartburn drugs may block the absorption of calcium.”
    And that was it. They didn’t say what drugs, or why this may be a bad thing.
    Local news stations have really gone downhill in recent years, relying more on gimmicks like “Super Doppler 2000 HD Pro” weather radar than actually reporting the news.

  • Cool trip + cool new toy

    Posted on December 22nd, 2006 Jeff Keller 3 comments


    Next Thursday I’m leaving for a week in Maui. Sun, warm ocean, and no work! I’m going to be bringing along two new toys, as well: a Canon PowerShot SD800 IS with matching underwater case! This will be my first underwater photo experience and I’m looking forward to it. I’ll be doing some snorkeling on both Maui and Lanai (we’re going to the latter for a day) and will see how things go!
    On another note, I’ve felt two good earthquakes here in the Oakland hills in the last two days. They’re short but remarkably powerful, especially for their sub-4 magnitude. I’ve had enough, thank you!

  • My shoes don’t stink

    Posted on December 21st, 2006 Jeff Keller 1 comment


    … at least according to Zoe. Today I caught her rolling around on them. I have a feeling she was mostly interested in them due to the four 18-week-old kittens playing with the shoelaces last weekend at my volunteer job.

  • Screwup of the month (year?)

    Posted on December 20th, 2006 Jeff Keller 1 comment

    Boy was this a good one on my part…
    1) Jeff’s ATM card doesn’t scan very well anymore
    2) Jeff thinks he orders a replacement ATM card from BofA’s website
    3) Card arrives, turns out it was a replacement for my BofA credit card (rarely used)
    4) Jeff activates new credit card
    5) Jeff takes what he thinks is the old credit card and goes over to the shredder
    6) Jeff shreds his ATM card
    Oops.

  • ID this bird

    Posted on December 20th, 2006 Jeff Keller 1 comment


    Zoe was all excited while looking out the back door this morning. We had plenty of birds and squirrels, and her tail was wagging like crazy. I noticed one bird in particular, and got my camera and nice lens ready. I slid the screen door open just enough to fit my lens through to take some photos of it. When I was done, I noticed that Zoe had managed to squeeze through the gap and was on her way up the hill (I got her eventually).
    The question here is: what kind of bird is this? I’ve never seen one before.
    Update: Both Ashley and Mark told me that it’s a thrush of some sort. Thanks guys!

  • Cat dryer

    Posted on December 18th, 2006 Jeff Keller No comments


    Apparently I don’t keep my house warm enough in the winter. Just ask Zoe — she can usually be found lounging in front of one of the heater vents for that occasional blast of warm air.