Bits and Pieces from 2017

So I was skimming through the year in iPhone photos, screenshots, and saved images from other sources and came across an assortment of quirky things that sort of represented some of my more off-the-beaten-path experiences in 2017, which turned out to be the year of the odd. For your amusement, I present them here with little comment. What music has… Continue reading

The French Have an Old Saying…

I spent yesterday hanging out around Mount Tamalpais, Muir Woods, Muir Beach, and the Muir Beach Overlook. I was shooting my very first 360º hyper lapse1 and some time-lapse of the sunset. Regrettably, the sunset was a total bust because the marine layer was so thick. But, I had a couple of unexpected and interesting encounters. First, below is the… Continue reading

Cirque du Soleil

Cirque du Soleil 2016: Kurios Last year I failed to mention that we attended the Cirque du Soleil: Kurios, here in Atlanta. That encounter was Steve’s first experience with a Cirque du Soleil, and, as is customary, the performances in the show were wonderful, colorful, thrilling. The music, costumes, and theme were unique. Our seats were excellent. Steve loved the… Continue reading

The New Patriotism

My post is not intended to anger anybody. I’m the one who is angry. I literally grow angrier every week. In this post I share my perspective: some of what makes me angry. You see, I sense the careful crafting of a new idea I’m calling The New Patriotism. The New Patriotism is being born as our democracy, our representative… Continue reading

Welcoming Waldo, a New Beast, into the Family

We decided it was time to add another feline to the family. Ten years ago this month we adopted Conrad the Kat from Good Mews, a no-kill cat shelter that keeps about 100 cats at a time. We went back about 3 weeks ago.1 While we will never de-claw a cat, we need to protect our leather furniture from cat… Continue reading

The Time Machine

I had no idea that electricity is actually a time machine! The disadvantage of living in an area with so many beautiful old trees is that during a storm, they blow over onto the power lines. This year we have had over a half dozen old trees fall in the neighborhood. Some have badly damaged, even completely destroyed houses. One… Continue reading

That Basket of Deplorables Is the New Face of US Terrorism (Updated)

Peter Cvjetanovic, 20, told KTVN that he traveled from Reno to Charlottesville. Read the story here. I’m late to learning the details of what has transpired from the Nazi and White Supremacist terrorist attacks that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia.  I refuse to use the term “Alt-Right.” These are militant, white, Nazi terrorists that want to usher in to this… Continue reading

San Francisco Gay Pride: You Haven’t Lived until…

I confess, I’m not much of a parade person. I don’t hate parades; I just don’t like them. They simply don’t do anything for me. I’ve been to Atlanta Gay Pride a couple of times. Whatever. Not worth going back. But San Francisco knows how to throw a party, let me tell you. The Bay to Breakers Race is insane… Continue reading

Learning Out Loud

I was interested in exploring shooting anamorphic video with the iPhone 6s+1. In fact, I was interested in seeing how far I could push video with the iPhone generally: nighttime, directly into the sun, etc. I also wanted to try mixing some 360º footage into the my little project to see if significantly changing perspective in a normal “flat” video… Continue reading