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  • Sucks to be me

    Posted on March 22nd, 2008 Jeff Keller 3 comments

    I’m sure most people would be thrilled to have thirteen cameras on their desk at one time, but not me. That is three months worth of work there… and there are more cameras still to come. Is it time for vacation yet?
    If you’re wondering what all those cameras are:
    Left (front to back): Olympus 1030SW, Nikon L18, Nikon S600, Ricoh R8, Canon SD790
    Center (left to right): Nikon D60, Sony A3500, Olympus E-420
    Right (front to back): Sony W150, Panasonic FX35, Sony W130, Canon SD1100, Canon A590

  • Where’s Flame?

    Posted on March 20th, 2008 Jeff Keller No comments

    Flame has found a new perch in my house. You can see how he gets there from the photo. Problem is that, like most cats, once he gets there, he needs help down. The other day he came down himself (an 8 foot drop) and took the box he’s standing on with him. He was unfazed.

  • Summer vacation

    Posted on March 18th, 2008 Jeff Keller 1 comment

    I’m totally stoked about my trip to Alaska this June! The first part of the trip is a cruise out of Vancouver, sailing up the Inside Passage. We’ll first stop at the quaint towns of Ketchikan, Juneau, and Skagway. Next are two blockbuster days in a row: Glacier Bay, followed by College Fjord. After that, we cruise to Seward, and start part two!
    Part two is a short land tour, with the highlight being a few days in Denali National Park. The tour concludes in Anchorage, where I’ll fly back to San Francisco.
    This trip is going to be a photo extravaganza, for sure. I’m going to need a bigger lens to capture some of that wildlife!
    PS — Almost forgot, I’m going to Yosemite at the beginning of July with the whole family, too. Including my niece and Jackson the yellow lab!

  • Doh

    Posted on March 18th, 2008 Jeff Keller No comments

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    No economic stimulus for me! Thanks a lot, TurboTax!

  • Belated baby pictures

    Posted on March 13th, 2008 Jeff Keller 1 comment

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    I totally meant to post these on Monday, but the week just flew by! Here are some pics of my very cute niece, Savannah, from last weekend. She’s now 7 weeks old, and a lot more aware than when I last saw her. She’s starting to smile and make cute sounds when she’s happy. Click the link for a few pics!

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  • Only in Japan

    Posted on March 10th, 2008 Jeff Keller 2 comments

    Last week, SF Chronicle columnist Jon Carroll made some suggestions on how to improve Starbucks (in response to their “retraining” marketing ploy). One of his suggestions was to have a “stable of older lap cats, the kind that stay put on any warm human” to lend out to customers.
    In today’s column, he reveals that it’s already been done. It shouldn’t come as a big surprise to hear that it’s happening in Japan. There are cat tea houses where you can sip tea and enjoy the company of numerous resident cats, for around $7 an hour. Teahouses like this were apparently created because cats aren’t allowed in most apartments in Tokyo.
    I’ll have to put this one on my to-do list when I finally make it to Japan!

  • Down to the wire

    Posted on March 7th, 2008 Jeff Keller 1 comment

    I was really hoping to get my Sony Alpha DSLR-A200 review done before leaving for Southern California, but that’s not going to happen. Always seems to be something that slows me down. It seems like it takes me longer to review cameras than it used to, though I attribute a lot of that to burn-out.
    So, I’m bringing my work with me… but at least I can get to hang out with Savannah!
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    I’m sure I’ll be shocked at how much she’s changed in 6 weeks. I’ll definitely post some photos when I get back!

  • Calling all chefs

    Posted on March 6th, 2008 Jeff Keller 4 comments

    I may know my way around the kitchen, but by no means do I consider myself a “chef”. So, I turn to my blog audience (if there still is one) to solve this dilemma:
    I like to stir fry. I also liked to add minced garlic. I have heard that you should add it when the oil is hot, before anything else goes in (save for onions). The problem is, the garlic burns within seconds, and turns black.
    Looking forward to some good advice!