you're still here? well then.

Right, so:

Went to Chicago to finish editing a video of the Adobe onAIR bus tour, a.k.a. Geeks On A Bus, which played at the end of the day 2 keynote at Adobe’s MAX conference. It was entertaining to see something I’d worked on on giant screens in front of thousands of people, even if most of them were more interested in getting to lunch.

clare and onAIR bus


Went to a Renaissance Faire to celebrate Doug’s birthday. Dressed up in ridiculous outfits, ate turkey legs, watched jousting, and learned that at renaissance fair(e)s it’s perfectly acceptable for strangers to make admiring comments about other strangers’ breasts.

kids with turkey legs!


Oo, Baby.

So I bought myself a Lensbabytilt/shift for the masses—and took it to Kings Canyon last weekend. It’s a fun toy, and even though there are a lot of misfires, what with manual exposure and very imprecise focus control, the cool shots can be really cool.


forest path



Threat #1: SOLVED! (kinda)

A few weekends ago a big group went to Utica Reservoir out in the Sierra Nevadas for some camping, swimming, and flailing around in a giant inflatable hamster ball.

Car 1 arrived Friday evening and set up camp; Car 2 arrived around three on Saturday morning, set up our tents and passed out. Cars 1 & 2 woke up at 5:30 Saturday morning when a bear arrived to rifle through the cooler and bags of food that were sitting in the middle of camp, about fifteen feet from everyone’s tents.

No one was entirely sure what to do—some yelled, some clapped, some shone flashlights—half the noise we made was debating back and forth whether or not to throw things, keep yelling, etc.

Doug, however, had his iPhone in his tent. Doug had network coverage. And Doug achieved what surely must be the first recorded instance of using an iPhone to Google what to do during a bear attack during a bear attack.

iPhone and bear-bitten pitas
(yes, that’s a bear bite in the pita bread)

He didn’t learn anything all that useful, but eventually the bear went away when it started to get lighter and/or he got sick of our shouting… though he did eat most of the sweet stuff and an entire tub of Gorgonzola cheese. But the breakfast burrito fixings survived intact—as did the mimosas and the beer, which we used that morning at breakfast to toast Santa the Bear (he ate the cookies and the milk), may he never return.



It only took about a year of grumbling over my design, longer of Bryan grumbling over my rotting-from-the-inside blogging software, and finally a really good reason to have working comments…

It’s still non-functioning and/or non-finished in several places, but I’ve found that I’m more and more ok with “good enough” these days ; )

Senegal or PC related

Village view (back)

Towards the end of my first rainy season in Senegal, I started taking a picture each month from the same spot, looking over fields towards my village. They start in August 2005 and end in October 2006.


I find it hard to believe I was standing there a year ago taking that third-to-last photo—sometimes it could be a decade for how distant it feels, other times I can still feel myself there, watching the thunderstorms come rushing through. As life here takes over, I find myself worrying more and more about the effort it will take to hold on to those two years in any meaningful way.

But most of the time there are a million other things eating up my tired little brain, including those I’m procrastinating on, like switching my blog over to WordPress from this dying install of Movable Type (comments crapped out a while ago). And something about a site redesign. Right.


Earth & Sky blog

man with no pants

I’ve posted my first entry over at Earth & Sky, which was kind enough to invite me to blog with them. The post is about an Encyclopaedia Brittanica video from 1954 that imagines how aliens would describe human beings and their culture—it’s good kitsch that I think raises some interesting questions about science then and now.


weekend yosemite

Q: How many pictures can a person take of the same rocks?

A: Never enough.




fame by proximity?

I recently provided editing services and consultation for a couple who was making a video for the wife’s parents’ 50th anniversary. Her father was high up in the Navy and they had lived all over the world, so it was quite a story, involving submarines and senior U.S. officials and six children.

Below is a screenshot from the credits, which I had no part in writing. This is without a doubt the most illustrious company I will ever, ever keep in a “Special Thanks” section. Gotta love alphabetization.

special thanks


doin' the bay with noelle

Yesterday: Went hiking in Muir Woods

muir woods

with Noelle


and then walked out onto the Golden Gate Bridge.

bay from the bridge


some excuses for not posting

1. My life is no longer noteworthy to the internets.

2. I’ve been busy getting out and enjoying the ridiculously gorgeous area where I now live.

Wine tasting and driving down the coast with my parents:

wine barrels at kunde

pigeon point lighthouse

beach collection

And hiking and seeing the sights in the Lake Tahoe area:

360 of Lola Montez

tahoe with geese