Archive for October, 2006

Christmas comes early


Santa dropped off something special this morning – my new MacBook Pro! I will not deny it: I am a total Apple whore. This thing will be replacing my Powerbook G4 that I got last year. Oh, and I have to buy a new EVDO card from Verizon too, as the old one won’t fit in the MBP!
A few unboxing pics after the link.

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The floor is done

THANK GOD. What a friggin’ nightmare this was. If it could go wrong, it did. But it’s done and it looks pretty good, unless you’re a professional wood floor installer. I’ll add a picture tomorrow. But first, I need to get this glue off of my hands!

One year in Oakland

Hey, I’ve been here for exactly a year! While it hasn’t cured my anxiety or improved my social life, I’m still glad to be here. And even though it’s a pain in the butt, I like my house.
As an anniversary present, the County of Alameda sent me my property tax bill today:


Oh, the joys of home ownership.

Cool pics of the night


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I totally stumbled upon this one by accident. Had just arrived at Treasure Island for my usual round of night picture shooting, when I noticed that there were many other photographers (with tripods) lined up. Turned out that the moon was setting over the city! It’s really hard to take this shot, as the moon always comes out too bring. Oh well, I like them anyway.
First photo was taken with the Canon PowerShot G7, the second with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50.

Behold the bamboo


Okay, so six rows of bamboo doesn’t look like much, but it’s a major accomplishment for me, considering what a nightmare this project turned out to be. The floor is finally free of mortar, so we started to actually put it down. First we did a mockup, cutting the pieces as needed. Then, I got out the glue, which costs a whopping $17 a gallon! You apply the glue just like you would mortar, and then the countdown begins. You have 20 to 30 minutes to get that wood down before the stuff starts to harden, and believe me, my dad and I were down to the wire. The wood does everything possible to be uncooperative and make our lives difficult… but in the end, it worked out, and it looks good. Too bad there’s like 20 rows still to come!