Archive for May, 2003

Photos: Aquarium photographs now posted!

Friday, May 30th, 2003

The first set (of many) from my Memorial Day weekend of day trips is now posted. View all the photographs from the aquarium.

Work stuff: new chair and soccer uniforms

Thursday, May 29th, 2003

My new chair came in to work today. It’s supposed to be good for my ailing back. Yes, my back still hurts. Sigh. Anyway, I have a new chair, so I’m happy. (:

Also, the Red Hat soccer team uniforms that I designed came in today. They look really nice, and everyone thinks that the shirts are quite slick. I’m happy with the way it turned out. I will most definately take pictures of the team in an upcoming game and I might even sneak an early picture of someone wearing one of the shirts tomorrow. We shall see.

Oh, I have my own shirt too. I’m lucky number 18. I might have to start playing soccer soon.

From Kevin Bacon to SARS

Thursday, May 29th, 2003

The Six Degrees principle is moving from the realm of fun and games with Kevin Bacon into a researcher’s lab with a study on SARS.

It would be an odd set of events if Kevin Bacon helps to solve the SARS problem. If that were the case, Hollywood could produce a movie based on the actual events. Of course, Kevin Bacon would have to star in SARS Attacks! (not to be confused with Mars Attacks!)

The freedom to click

Wednesday, May 28th, 2003

"For it is bizarre that we increasingly live in this world where every movement is captured by a camera, yet increasingly, ordinary people are not permitted to take pictures with cameras. This is yet another part of a growing obsession with control that seems to mark so much of this society."

Read more of Lawrence Lessig’s recent post. (This is one post in his ongoing Starbucks series.)

The future of Internet Explorer?

Tuesday, May 27th, 2003

Does Internet Explorer have a future? It has seemingly been more-or-less untouched over the past few years. The website "Slightly Bent" has more on the subject.

If you visit my website in Mozilla, it looks great. In Safari and Konqueror, it’s almost the same as Mozilla (except for the rounded edges which are implemented in both CSS3 and a Mozilla hack which is more-or-less the same as the CSS3 border-radius). If you view my site in Internet Explorer, it does not fare as well. It works, but the side box area is offset to the right a bit and none of the nifty hover stuff works. Why is that? My website is not broken — it renders fine in multiple browsers (even IE on the Mac); it’s Internet Explorer for Windows which is at fault. I can’t fix that. I must either ignore the 90% (or so) stranglehold Microsoft has on the market or work around issues (and accept the fact that IE won’t render things correctly).

In the mean time, if you are currently using Internet Explorer, please see a few reasons to switch to Mozilla Firebird, and download a build. (The latest release, Mozilla Firebird 0.6 might be a good starting point.)

Back from the mountains

Tuesday, May 27th, 2003

I am back from the trip to the North Carolina mountains. It was great. I went up there with a good friend of mine, Allea. We traversed throughout most of the eastern part of the state and even crossed the border into Tennessee for a bit. I managed to get a good deal of decent photos, and I’ll be posting lots from this past weekend (beach, mountains, etc.) over the next few days.

This is the dawning of the age of aquarium photos

Sunday, May 25th, 2003

As you know, this is Memorial Day Weekend in the United States. For many of us working class, it translates to a three-day weekend extravaganza which is usually an excuse for roasting animals (specific ones, of course) outside on something known as a "grill". I’m a vegetarian. For me, a three-day weekend means that I should go somewhere to take pictures on my digital camera. Of course, I do that all the time anyway, so this is just an excuse for travelling somewhere and taking pictures on the trip. What fun.

Today, I went to Kure beach, which is around two to three hours away. There were lots of people hanging out, for some reason. The smell of roasted pig and cow lingered in the air as I walked along the sandy shore. People are typically suspicious of (or interested in) anyone carrying a camera (especially me carrying a behoemith SLR with mutiple lenses). These specific people today were even more suspicious as they were half-naked in swim suits and the person with the camera (me) had a friend’s borrowed 300mm lens on said camera body (I was taking pictures of birds and trees, not any people — honest!). Even if I had only my dinky 50mm (the smallest lens I have size-wise) attached, they would have felt threatened; my camera’s body is large and imposing enough. I did not take any pictures of bathers, for what it’s worth.

I quicky avoided the sun and surf oriented crowds and went directly to the local aquarium. Afterward, I went to a military fort.

Basically, to sum this post up: I took some neat pics of fish and stuff (alligators, turtles, sea horses, jellyfish, and more — also some neat tree pictures from the fort area too). Expect them soon-ish; as early as tomorrow evening or the beginning of next week.

I am going to take more pictures tomorrow. Mountain and forest stuff. It should be nice too.