Monthly Archives: March 2008

Anticipation is key

For those with point-and-shoot digital cameras or cameraphones, surely you are aware that the picture is not actually snapped the instant you press the shutter button, but rather anywhere up to 1/3 of a second later. This makes photography where … Continue reading

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Thar she blows

Back in 2003, a new graduate student arrived with his girlfriend (now wife) from the east coast. Wanting to get away for a weekend, we traveled to an Old Faithful Geyser in Calistoga, California. This is not the more famous … Continue reading

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Where the Pacific meets the Atlantic

Panama City, Panama: my mom is there now to see her uncle, who is sick. We could only manage to get one plane ticket, which was expensive enough four days before departure, and consider that it is also Easter weekend … Continue reading

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Sensing a theme here?

Let us continue in the marine life oeuvre (I know I’m using that word inaccurately, most likely you’re going to go look it up anyway, so at least you’ll learn something). Here we have a Leafy Sea Dragon (Phycodurus eques, … Continue reading

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More jellyfish

After Thursday’s look at the Moon Jellyfish, let’s see what another local species looks like. Instead of careful cultivation for pretty display samples, here are some less aesthetically-pleasing jellyfish straight from the ocean. The Black Sea Nettle (Chrysaora achlyos, wiki) … Continue reading

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The urban aquarium

Do people see aquariums as educational places to be avoided unless it gets them out of a day of school? I tend to see them as tourist destinations, something you must see when you’re near one. San Francisco’s Aquarium of … Continue reading

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Palace of Fine Arts

This is the setting for a scene from one of the coolest movies in recent times, 1996’s The Rock. After the car chase through steep San Francisco streets (all action movies set in SF must have a car chase), Sean … Continue reading

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