Monday, November 30, 2009

Make Harvest of Today

"Trust nothing for to-morrow's sun:
Make harvest of today."

The inscription on the sundial at General Vallejo's house in Sonoma is just the last line. The quote is from William Gladstone's translation from Latin of the poem by Horace.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Sonoma City Hall

Downtown Sonoma, in the city square.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Train Tracks

San Jose airport in the distance.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Babbage's Difference Engine

The model of Babbage's Difference Engine at the computer museum will not be going away when the Visible Storage exhibit is closed.

I found a book in the gift shop about Ada Lovelace. The first computer program is generally considered to be Section G of her appended notes to the translation of "Sketch of the Analytic Engine" by L. F. Menabrea.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Plaza Del Sol

Taken from the top of the parking structure.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Cart at Target

Because Starbucks is soooo far away.

Core Memory

The Visible Storage exhibit at the Computer History Museum will close December 13.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Magnetic Oracles

Exhibit at the Museum of Jurassic Technology, Los Angeles.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Building 42

Building 42 at the former headquarters of Silicon Graphics, Inc.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Outdoor Seating

At the hotel across from the movie theaters in Culver City.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Aperture Effect

Did you know that point sources of light appear as starbursts if you use a small aperture? For long exposure night shots, I always tended to opt for larger apertures (or my camera would programmatically select those).

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Farmers Market

A sign said that there's a farmers market on Fridays and Saturdays at the Farmer's Market in L.A.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Denny's Redux

This image is more like what I had wanted after looking at the previous Denny's photo. Very little post processing. Might have framed it a little more to the right (maybe next time).

Monday, November 16, 2009

Carousel Horse

The horses at the renovated carousel at the Santa Monica Pier are hand carved and wonderfully detailed. 

Friday, November 13, 2009


The image got a little noisy when I tried to tease some detail out of the shadows. What I really should have done was wait about 10 minutes for the sky to get a little darker, and taken a longer exposure. No problem, I thought, I'll just come back the next day. But the next day was cloudy. And so was the next. And then I had to work late the rest of the week. Never got a chance to go back. Carpe lux, eh?

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Moldy Cheese

I think this was a stilton.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Top Leaking Capacitors

From a video card that recently stopped working. These capacitors apparently lost their magic smoke.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

El Paseo de los Suenos

Sculpture shadows line up on the solstices and equinoxes. Of course, you can't tell that in this picture.

Monday, November 09, 2009

Jakes of Sunnyvale

Beer, pizza, and burgers.

Sunday, November 08, 2009


Sunnyvale Town Center, November 2009.

Friday, November 06, 2009

Sprained thumb

Fell while on the bus. Dislocated thumb. Pulled it back into place. Got splint installed.

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Middlefield at Whisman

Does this look urban or suburban?

Wednesday, November 04, 2009


I vote via absentee ballot anyway, but I pass the polling place on my way home from work.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009


On El Camino Real.

Monday, November 02, 2009


For a while I've been trying to get a good shot of the Sunnyvale Caltrain station. I got this idea from the "Sunnyvale" photo pool on Flickr. Now that daylight savings time has ended, I guess I'll have even more night shots.