Earlier this month, Kat and I flew out to the west coast to visit some friends, and to spend four days in Monterey with my family.
The following entries were written in the Photo category:
I’ve finally gotten the GPS connection working with my D200, and am loving the simplicity of it all: turn on GPS, turn on camera, wait for satellite fix, take pictures, enjoy the extra geospatial metadata.
I spoke way too soon in saying “We’re Back”. The server is up and running, and has been for a bit now. But the upgrade that caused all the trouble a few weeks ago has left my site crippled: None of the RDF-backed features (pictures!) are currently working because of mysterious problems with mod_perl and Redland.
After a week of highly varied weather, it snow a couple of inches this morning. It was apparently great snow for making snowmen, because there were four of them outside my apartment and I passed another four on a short walk around the campus.
I’m always impressed with Sam Javanrouh’s daily dose of imagery, but his recent shot of the Brighton Pier is wonderful.
I spent all day Saturday in Boston shooting photos with Matt. I rented a Nikon PC 85mm lens for the weekend and we played around with it all around town. We had more than just the tilt/shift lens, though.
The International Semantic Web Conference is currently taking place here in Athens, Georgia, and it’s been really great so far.
Earlier this month I spent a few days in Maine visiting friends and enjoying the scenery. Unfortunately, the foliage couldn’t seem to make up its mind, and the trees were mostly either green or brown.
It’s been around for a few days now, and I’ve got mixed feelings about Flickr’s new geo-tagging support. On one hand, they’ve done more for the cause of spatial photo annotations in the last few days than anyone has ever done before. On the other hand, the data still ends up being controlled by Flickr, and the simple coordinate approach to geo-tagging means that you can’t attach any other interesting data off of locations.
This most recent trip to California is coming to a close, but it’s been a great trip. I spent four days in San Diego with my parents, three siblings, two brothers-in-law, four nephews and two nieces. We had a great time visiting the San Diego Wild Animal Park and Sea World, paddle boating around and watching fireworks across Mission Bay, and attending a Luau.
Photos from the barbecue in LA are now online.
The other night Matt kept pestering me to grab my camera and get some shots of the approaching storm. I’m sure glad he did because I got about 3 shots off from the balcony before it started pouring rain and this one captured the lightning very well.
For a long time, I’ve tried to consider what the best way to present my photos on this website is. Here’s some background on what I’ve done in the past, what I’m doing now, and a solicitation for thoughts on how to move forward.
So I’m back from Japan. I have been for about a week, actually. It took a while to get caught up on sleep, though. I haven’t had time to publish all the photos yet, but I’ve put some highlights in a (Flickr) Japan Set. Expect more soon.
Last week, Kat and I spent a few days of spring break in Vermont, doing all the Vermont things we could think of. Also, I leave tomorrow for two weeks visiting Kabir in Japan.
I’ve just made public a feature on this website I’ve been playing with for several months. After discussion privacy issues at ISWC with Libby and Bijan, I added support on the photo pages for marking individual photos as private. The idea here is that if you’re in a photo, you have the option of taking it offline.
Last Saturday we had a great early Thanksgiving in Providence before everyone left town to be with their families, and this week I’ve spent the actual Thanksgiving holiday with family in DC. Photos are now online.
I’m finally back from Ireland (and England) and ISWC. There are pictures online from the conference and my weekend in London.
Pictures from the Keene Pumpkin Festival are now online.
I’m drooling over the announcement of Aperture. The demo videos (and quite frankly everything I’ve read about it) make Aperture look like a near-perfect post processing application for photos. It’s clear that Apple took all the serious issues photographers deal with when working in digital, and thought long and hard about how to solve them. From the stacking of rapid-fire shots, to the backup vaults, the pervasive metadata support to the beautiful user interface, Aperture looks like a winner.
New photos are now online from the Cnation mini-reunion at Sunset and the Housewarming at our new place in Providence.
I’m back at the airport. Again. Back to LA for a week. I’ve got lots of work to do while there, and lots of other things to take care of, but I promise, I’m going to start posting more often.
All the Wheaton crew was back together this weekend, meeting in Freedom, Maine for Greg and Laura’s wedding. The weather was pretty damp and cold, but the rain mostly held off for the wedding, the reception was under a large tent nicely erected atop several birch trees, and a great bonfire warmed everyone up later on in the night.
OK. Everyday since getting back, I’ve promised myself that I’d post an update. And sure enough, every day I’d not do it. But today is different. Today is the day that I get back into the habit of posting. I swear.
We’ve been hanging out in the French Quarter and enjoying the night-life of New Orleans. We leave tomorrow heading back to Providence, but New Orleans has been tons of fun.
Wheaton’s Graduation was yesterday. It was great, as always, to see so many old friends and to watch the seniors graduate. So congratulations to the class of 2005. Thanks for being such amazing people, and here’s hoping you stay in touch.
Matt came down to visit this weekend, together with Simon, we found ourselves at a Wheaton party where seniors and the underclassmen that are staying for graduation are all enjoying the week before commencement and the beginning of summer.
Nikon is fucking up big time on this RAW debacle. The refuse to engage the community of their users, and it’s utterly frustrating. Engadget’s recent interview with Steve Heiner, head of Nikon’s DSLR group, had an obnoxious cut-in by Nikon public relations trying to avoid saying anything at all about the RAW issue, or Adobe’s DNG format.
I’ve put up pictures from the WCCS Station Dinner at Paragon last night, with a few additional shots of the flowers that are springing up all over Providence.
I’ve been doing terribly at updating this month. Really quite awful. So here’s a recap of the month.
My Death Valley photos are now online.
With a working computer back in my life, I’ve been cleaning up some code, and making some changes to the website.
Walked down to Izzy’s in the rain last night, and enjoyed the assorted 2am crowd.
Photos from our Christmas Eve dinner and church service are online.
Here’s a photo of Logan from the plane while we were waiting to be de-iced.
The silence was getting to me, so here’s a photo from Wheaton’s Luminaria.
Optimizing the image search continues. It’s much faster now than a few days ago (again), but still slow for interactive use. Here’s a screenshot, though, to tide you over.
I had intended to write a short bit about why you wouldn’t be able to browse pictures on this site by location for a long time, but two days of solid hacking on an good-enough solution using RDQL has gotten me so much closer than I would have thought possible just a few days ago.
The pictures are now available to be browsed by year and month.
There are now 8642 photos, at least partially annotated, on this site.
The photos from the Beer Festival are online.
I’ve been putting tons of work into the photo annotation code, and am about ready to tackle the trip photos. To test the code, I’ve been adding lots of new pictures, and going back and annotating lots of old pictures.
Fall color is everywhere. Herewith, photos from the last week.
I’ve begun the long, arduous process of sorting, selecting, annotating, and publishing the roadtrip and Ireland photos.
The camera I mentioned earlier is my new Nikon D70. It’s awesome, and I’ve put up a new photo album of shots of surfers and kitesurfers at sunset in Malibu.
It’s Photo Friday again. This week’s subject is “Mother,” and I’ve got the perfect photo.
You can now search for photos on this site by place name, latitude/longitude pairs, and Wordnet terms.
Almost all the photos in the pictures section now have individual pages describing who appears in the picture, the date and location at which the picture was taken, and the camera used to take the picture.
A photograph of a door in the Garage, Cambridge, submitted to wordPhoto for “Graffiti.”
Photo Friday, a couple days late: Black and White.
An entry for Word Photo’s “Night” topic, too late for submission, ends up on my site instead.
Photo Friday is here with “Glamour.” And here’s Ben, strutting his stuff.
My Alaska photos are now online.
Until I can get a full photo album online from my recent trip to Alaska, here’s one of the best shots I took of Turnagain Arm, south of Anchorage.
Photo Friday, “Man”: My brother, Glen, wearing my sister’s scarf and hat. Christmas, 2003….
This week’s Photo Friday theme is “Motion.” Here’s a shot of the red line in Manhattan, taken on the night before New Year’s Eve.
Trips Pictures are flooding back onto this website. Also, there are some pictures up from Shuli’s Birthday in 2002.
A photograph of the Nalgene rainbow on a wall at REI.
It’s photo friday. This week’s theme is “Structure,” and I’ve got two shots of my uncle’s new house in Buellton.
This lovely stencil showed up recently behind the In-N-Out in Westwood.