Archive for June, 2007

Jun 29 2007

Night Shoot at the Beach

Published by under Declan,Photography,San Diego

I’ve been inspired by Viss and nrek to shoot some photos in low light. I was out late last night listening to the excellent James Drive at Belly Up, so I stopped by the beach in Del Mar and shot some waves and the moon. Here’s my favorite, with a crop suggested by Gabe:

Here are some ghost waves. I bet I can do more in Aperture with these:

I got some palm trees and sprinklers too:

Click here for more from this set.

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Jun 14 2007

Flickr Page Views Graph

Published by under Tech

Statr for Flickr graph

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Jun 09 2007

BarCampSD Finally Happens

Published by under Current Events,Fun,San Diego,Tech

Two Marches ago, I met Chris Messina at the O’Reilly Emerging Technologies (ETech) conference. He told me and Gabe about barcamp, an unconference and social networking experience that sounded pretty cool. We hopped on the site, added a SanDiego section and started drumming up interest.

We mainly needed a venue, and it looked like the Price Center at UCSD would be great, once the students left for summer. We talked to the people in charge, and it all looked good until we wanted to stay overnight and have booze. Funny how these little things put the kibosh on so many good ideas… 🙂

We lost momentum after that and the idea languished and rose again a few more times as various people tried to get it moving along. Check the revision history of the wiki if you’re really bored. Someone should use that as a basis for a doctoral thesis in social interaction.

Anyhow, ETech rolled around again this year and I got an odd IM from a buddy who stayed late one night and told me he’d been talking to a guy with my name tag. I rushed out to the car and saw that my tag was still there. Turns out a very clever young man had found a dupe of my card and hacked his way into the conference. I hopped onto the #barcampsd irc channel and we chatted for a while.

His name was Dan and he also wanted to see BarCampSD happen. We batted some ideas around, included some more people, and finally started a dialogue on the group mailing list. A few ups and downs later, a meeting was convened in a loud restaurant in Hotel Circle, then moved to a quieter venue across the parking lot. I think all of the key players were there, and people started grabbing tasks – fund raising, food, recording, venue, etc. It was loud, disorganized, uncoordinated, and perfect.

I didn’t really see anything I could do directly, and honestly I was kind of tired and put off by a lot of what had happened in the last year. There was a lot of energy and enthusiasm around the table, so I just listened and enjoyed the atmosphere, and maybe a margarita, I can’t remember…

The group had subsequent meetings that conflicted with my schedule, but they were great about mailing the list and chatting on the irc channel. After a few weeks, it all got put together and they pulled of an excellent event.

Some impressions of the event itself:

The people were warm and open. I was struck by how many social activist organizations were there. Aid for Africa, StuckInBed, empowerthyself, all kinds of interesting folks.


Geeks who wanted to use their talents to help. This was the whole feel of the team that put it together, and the people who showed up.

I saw very little pushiness. No one was really proselytizing that their tech was better than others’. People were genuinely interested in what other were doing. I’ve seen this before at a session called “Desktop of the Alpha Geeks” at ETech – a look at what tools, processes, and widgets that other smart people use to run their lives. I think this is why GTD has taken off so much.

There was a great mix of people. Many sizes, shapes, genders, backgrounds.


Schedules do not need to be agonized over:


It’s ok not to know exactly how it’s all going to work. Post-its are cheap.

A lot of cool tech doesn’t have a keyboard:


Something about chickens. And beer. Lots of beer:


I look forward to being involved with the next BarCampSD in November.

If you want to get involved, go to

For more of my pictures, click here.

For a lot more pictures of the event, click here.

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Jun 09 2007

3 Doors Down

Published by under Family,San Diego

I was at work on Monday and got an IM from Elaine saying that firemen were at the door warning them that they may need to evacuate.  The house 3 doors to the east was on fire!


So they put it out.

From the North County Times:

Three displaced by Rancho Penasquitos blaze

RANCHO PENASQUITOS — Three residents were displaced by a fire that caused about $200,000 damage to a single-family home in Rancho Penasquitos on Monday afternoon, authorities said.

The blaze was reported at 3:23 p.m. and began in an upstairs bedroom of a two-story home in the 13000 block of Russet Leaf Lane, said Maurice Luque, spokesman for the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

“There was a lot of smoke and fire showing when (firefighters) got there,” and responding crews doused the flames in about five minutes, Luque said.

Authorities estimated the cost of the damage at $150,000 to the structure and $50,000 to the contents inside, fire Capt. Ted Visser said.

The Red Cross responded to assist an adult, two teens and two dogs displaced by the fire, Luque said.

More pictures here.


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