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December 2007

Almost ready to go

Posted by Jessie S Dec 9, 2007

On Thursday, I'm supposed to get on a plane and go to Asia for six weeks.  I'll be traveling to China (where my parents are living), Thailand, Hong Kong, Bali, and Japan.  I'll definitely put up some geotagged photos from each place once I take some!


For now, it's (somewhat) crunch time.  Gotta get some work done, although I work remotely now and will continue working in Asia.  Gotta pick up my passport from the Chinese consulate, buy some presents for the family, pack... 




Anyway, look for more updates in the next few weeks.  Should be lots of fun.  Happy holidays everyone!



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Once upon a time, there was a magical lodge hidden away in the mysterious forest.  Only a select few knew where it was or were even allowed in.



Err... not really.  The Tourist Club is a beer pub/social club on the edge of Muir Woods, just north of San Francisco.  They are a private club, but they're also open to visitors during weekends.  I decided to take my LA friends there for a nice walk and a few beers.  Then we went to a restaurant called Ad Hoc in Napa for dinner.  Highly recommended, by the way, if you ever want to know what home cooking by a world class chef tastes like.



Oh yeah, I also happened to bring my handy GPS unit for tracking every step we took.  You know, just in case other people wanted to know how to get there.



Here's a map of our trip that afternoon and evening:





And as always, I created a Picasa web album plotting the pictures on a map, which can be found here:



Of course, there's the obligatory screenshot:





Maybe one of these days Google wil let people embed album maps into their websites... right now you have to pay for third-party services to do so.  I also haven't had time to hack together my own code for generating photo maps.  One of these days...



This photo probably sums up the Tourist Club experience:





Mmm... Belgian beer on tap and sausages while overlooking a gorgeous mountain landscape...



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Playing with color modes

Posted by Jessie S Dec 4, 2007

Just got done with a hectic two weeks.  First was a week in Los Angeles to visit friends and my sister for Thanksgiving.  Next was a week back in SF with some of my friends from LA coming along.  Lots of food, drink, and fun, but not much time for much else...


Anyway, at the prompting of a friend, I decided to sketch a "still life" (a.k.a. my teacup) one day.  I used to draw all the time, but it'd been years.  And hey, doodling is still fun. 




Then I decided to be extra "artsy" and take pictures of the materials associated with the sketch.  I also played around with the color modes on the DSC-W80, which was also given to me by Sony.  Here are the pictures in sepia, black and white, and color:















The graininess works decently well in sepia and black and white, but not so much in color.  I must've used a somewhat high ISO setting, since it was indoors.  I personally like the sepia photo best.



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Jessie S

Jessie S

Member since: Oct 21, 2007

This is my experience as a Sony brand ambassador for the GPS-CS1KA unit. I'll have the unit and my camera at races, vacations, and other events. My photos will then be uploaded and plotted on the world map for everyone to see!

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