It's Been Raining

June 14, 2012

A few weeks ago, I made a post1 on how it's been drought-level-dry in my neck of the woods. Apparently, that's the modern day equivalent of a rain dance. The skies opened up and we've been getting drenched (including a bout of precipitation from a tropical storm) every day since.

For a visual aid in the earlier post, I shot some photos of the little pond in my back yard. Here's the original photo from May 21st.

Low water level

Here's a shot from roughly the same place taken today (June 14th).

High water level

I don't know how deep the pond is, but it wouldn't surprise me if the volume of water has doubled between the shots. For another comparison, check the water level at the overflow drain.


Low water at the drain


High water at the drain

I couldn't shoot that one from the same location. I would have had to have been chest deep in the water.


  1. The original It's Been Dry post from a few weeks ago.

Clouds and Lampposts

June 14, 2012

Clouds and Lampposts

I always enjoy scenes that look almost black&white even in color.

Brendan Eich, Ward Cunningham and Me

May 31, 2012

There are two languages that make web pages work - HTML and JavaScript. While attending the O'Reilly Fluent Conference1, I had the pleasure of meeting Brendan Eich2. He's the creator of JavaScript.

Brendan Eich and Me

Unfortunately, I was experimenting with the settings on my camera and borked this shot a little. Alas… such is life.

I also met Ward Cunningham3. AKA the guy who created the first wiki, the forerunning of Wikipedia.

Ward Cunningham and Me

I feel smarter just for being in their proximity.


  1. Fluent 2012: JavaScript and Beyond - The conference was very well done. Congrats to O'Reilly for putting on a good show.
  2. Brendan Eich - Creator of JavaScript. Currently the CTO at Mozilla. My job would be boring without the language he created. 3.Ward Cunningham's Wikipedia Page. Not at all surprising that they guy who created Wiki's has his own WikiPedia page.

Fancy Soap

May 29, 2012

The soap in the San Francisco Union Square Hilton is the fanciest I've ever seen.

Fancy Soap

Memorial Day in San Francisco

May 28, 2012

San Francisco National Cemetery

Remembering service members, past and present, on Memorial Day.

The Golden Gate Bridge Turns 75

May 28, 2012

The Golden Gate Bridge turned 75 yesterday. I was completely oblivious to this fact until the day before. As luck would have it, I'm in San Francisco. After a day of touring, I setup for some shots of the celebration's fireworks.

Fireworks at the Golden Gate Bridge

Shooting fireworks is always fun. Since this is also Memorial Day weekend, the fireworks make a nice tribute as well.

At Least I Had the Aisle Seat

May 27, 2012

This is how I sat for most of a 5 hour flight.

Seat space incursion

I was able to lean my seat back a little to get behind the incursion. Otherwise, it would have been even worse. Those first class seats look more and more tempting.

Deleting Makes Me Nervous

May 24, 2012

I'm sure that I only have things in the trash that I really want to delete. Still, numbers like this make me nervous:

Emptying a lot of trash

I'm mostly sure I'll still have some files left when that's done. Mostly.

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