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  • Packed and ready

    Posted on July 11th, 2010 Jeff Keller 1 comment

    Tomorrow at this time I’ll be about 7.5 hours into my flight to Germany, where we’ll change planes and head down to Venice. Zoe and Flame aren’t too excited about me leaving, as you can see from the photo. And speaking of which, I’ll be bringing my GF1 and a trio of lenses, and will be posting photos of my trip as it happens (more of less)!

  • Vacation nears

    Posted on July 1st, 2010 Jeff Keller 1 comment

    My summer vacation is less than two weeks away!  And yes, I’m going on another cruise — this time it’s back to the Eastern Mediterranean.  I’m going to be revisiting a few places and going to several new spots as well.  All of this on the brand new Nieuw Amsterdam, which takes its maiden voyage on Sunday.

    Our cruise begins and ends in Venice (yay) and goes to:  Split (Croatia), Athens, Istanbul (overnight), Mykonos, Kusadasi/Ephesus, Santorini, and Katakolon/Olympia (bah).

    Looking forward to the ship, the sights, teh food, and the lack of work!!

  • A few Disneyland photos

    Posted on May 22nd, 2010 Jeff Keller 1 comment

    I was lucky enough to be a part of my 2 year-old niece’s first trip to Disneyland a few weeks ago. Obviously, this was anything but the typical Disneyland trip for me — it was mostly seeking out characters and gentle rides. I took a bunch of photos, mostly of my niece and family, but here are those that I can share:

    PS — I’ll be going back in June for the World of Color premiere, I hope!

  • Cool pics of the week – artsy edition

    Posted on May 17th, 2010 Jeff Keller No comments

    I took these with the mediocre Nikon Coolpix P100 about a week ago, when the huge Golden Princess was sailing out of SF Bay.

  • Bathroom remodel time

    Posted on May 10th, 2010 Jeff Keller No comments

    I’ve been saving my pennies for a while now so I can finally get my late 70’s-style bathrooms remodeled.  First to go are the cabinets and countertops, with mirrors and lighting to follow. And then there’s the shower and tub, which is a whole other can of worms.

    I was surprised by all of the junk that’s been collecting under my sinks. Who knew that I had so many bottles of Windex!

    Here’s the “before” photo of the master bathroom sink area:

    Same bathroom, mid-construction:Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

    Doors on:

    Granite!

    Done!!  Well, aside from the sink fiasco above.

  • Intuit: Master of Extortion

    Posted on April 20th, 2010 Jeff Keller 1 comment

    I knew this was coming based on recent usage of Quickbooks 2007… but here’s the letter I received from Intuit today:

    This probably isn’t really extortion, but it sure feels like it. I now have to shell out $160 to buy a product I don’t want, so I can keep e-mailing invoices to advertisers.spesifikasi android

    For what it’s worth, the reviews of QB2010 are lousy. Groan.

  • A new commitment

    Posted on March 21st, 2010 Jeff Keller 1 comment

    Back in September of 2008, I officially went on a diet. It went well for the first year, but then things started to come apart. I started to fall off the wagon, and not track my “points” for the week. I also started having problems with my foot, which kept me from going to the gym for awhile.  Frustrated with my health and life in general, I fell into the emotional eating trap, which is a recipe for trouble (no pun intended). My weight started to climb.  At the beginning of 2010, I got some bad news about my health which kept the emotional eating going.  I’ve gained back nearly half the weight that I spent a year losing.

    I’ve decided that I have to make a big change, starting now.  I’ve got to get back on the diet train and start going to the gym regularly. I’ve found that waiting until the late afternoon to go creates too many opportunities to make excuses. Seeing how I’m self-employed, I’m not normally in a rush to get going. I’m going to set my alarm clock earlier, wake up and have a light breakfast while doing the morning e-mail and web surfing rounds, and then it’s off to the gym. Or at least that’s what I’m hoping to start doing tomorrow.  I’ll report back in a few weeks and we’ll see if that chart starts trending in the right direction again.

  • Doubleheader

    Posted on March 21st, 2010 Jeff Keller 4 comments

    Yesterday I took my mom to the second round games of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament in San Jose. Upon arriving, a guy walking the other way told me that they would not allow him to bring in his Nikon D-SLR, and that I’d likely have the same problem. I thanked him and figured that I’d try my luck.  I get to the ticket window and they looked at my camera (Nikon D300s with 17-55 lens attached, and 70-300 lens in a bag) and said “sorry sir, you cannot bring that inside, you’ll have to bring it back to your car.” When I told them my car was an hour train ride away, they escorted me to the guest services office.  I tried arguing (polietely) with them, but they said “if your lens extends and is longer htan six inches, it can’t come in.”  Seeing how I didn’t have any choice in the matter, I checked everything in and went to watch the first half of the Murray State vs Butler game.

    Come halftime, my cell phone rings. It’s the office calling, saying that the manager (of the whole place, I think) said that I could have my camera and 17-55 mm lens back, but they were keeping the telephoto until the end of the game. I figured that I should take what I could get, and went and retrieved the camera.

    So, here are my pictures from the two games, taken with the not-very-telephoto 17 – 55 mm lens. I was going to write the NCAA a nasty letter for having such a ridiculous restriction, but I figured I’d let them off the hook after they gave me my camera back.