Friday, December 16, 2005
When I voted for the Seattle smoking ban, I guess I didn't quite realize that would mean my walk home from the bus stop would involve walking through a cloud of smoke outside the Little Red Hen. I guess I'll have to cross the street if I want to avoid the two breaths of perilous second-hand smoke that I take while walking past - or just get over it.
Thursday, December 15, 2005
Wednesday, December 14, 2005
Finally bit the bullet and got a new phone! It was made much more palatable by UW's discount with Cingular, which is nice. As soon as it's charged for 8 hours (though it's already telling me it's fully charged) I'll get to play with it and see what it can do!
Monday, December 12, 2005
Saturday, December 10, 2005
I stopped by Gasworks Park tonight to take some night photos of the Seattle skyline. With the weather being so clear lately, I figured this was a good opportunity. Many of my shots, however, were marred by the passage of decorated boats on Lake Union - they're pretty on their own, but during a 15-second exposure, they just end up putting a big light smear in the picture. In this boat-free shot you can see Seattle's newest high-rise going up - just to the right of the Washington Mutual building.
Friday, December 02, 2005
It snowed today in Seattle, the entire duration of which I enjoyed from inside the Blue Flame building. The snow was in big, fat flakes, likely because it was still pretty warm. It didn't stick in downtown, but up on the hill in Tangletown it stuck a little to the grass and cars. Walking home from the bus stop I also saw that someone had made a tiny snowman - people always make snowmen, no matter how little snow there is... I guess it's just too tempting :)
Monday, November 28, 2005
Thursday, November 17, 2005
The people in my neighborhood sometimes go a little crazy with their Christmas lights... walking home from the bus stop today I saw that they had already started! Granted, it's just a few white icicle lights, but come on! Can't you wait till after Thanksgiving?
Monday, November 14, 2005
Friday, October 28, 2005
Tuesday, October 18, 2005
I finally made it to the new Seattle Public Library - I've been meaning to go since it opened a year and a half ago... how's that for procrastination? Anyway, it was just as cool as I thought it would be - and hurray for making a library such a neat place to go.
Sunday, October 09, 2005
A labmate of mine recently bought the 4GB black iPod nano (right). Very sleek! For fun, I put it next to the 5GB 1st generation iPod (left, as if it wasn't obvious) that I've been borrowing from Peter. It may not be as chic, but at least it still works! Someday I'll get my own - but for now the clunker will have to do. Thanks, Peter!
Saturday, October 01, 2005
Thursday, September 22, 2005
Friday, September 16, 2005
Wednesday, September 14, 2005
Monday, September 12, 2005
Saturday, September 10, 2005
Saw this spider devouring a fly in its web this past weekend while at Eno River State Park in North Carolina. Other highlights of the trip included camping and whitewater rafting in West Virginia, tooling around the Duke campus, including the Duke gardens, with my cousins, and spending a lot of time with my good friends and seeing their new house.
Wednesday, August 24, 2005
Sunday, August 21, 2005
Wednesday, August 17, 2005
OK, so it's been a little while. Sorry! My previously free wireless that I got at home dried up, and though we did bite the bullet and finally join the world of (legit) broadband, it took till today to get it all set up. Soo anyways (ugh) I'll be able to post from home now (well, I could always dial-up before, but MAN is that slow!) so maybe I'll be a little better about posting regularly.
Had some help figuring out how to turn the little movies from my old digicam (.avi) into animated GIFs - so the movie I took of the finale of the fireworks show over Lake Union this year is now postable! I'd worry about it taking a long time to load, but since everyone who would ever want to look at this site has a high-speed connection, I guess I won't worry after all.
Thursday, August 04, 2005
In preparation for Seafair, the Blue Angels were practicing today around Seattle - and buzzed our building more than once! The second time I had my camera ready to go and snapped this shot. According to my labmates, they are #5 and #6, so you can look up the pilots on the Navy website. They'll practice again tomorrow and then Seafair is this weekend. I will be heading out of town to avoid the madness!
Tuesday, August 02, 2005
A teaser trailer for the fourth Harry Potter movie, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, is out - though fairly uninformative and using a number of scenes from previous movies. I have to say that I don't approve of Ron's new 'do though. Harry, on the other hand, still looks similar to how I would imagine him from reading the books. The third movie was directed by Alfonso Cuaron, and I thought that was the best of the three so far. This one is directed by Mike Newell, who directed Four Weddings and a Funeral. It comes out in November, most likely around Thanksgiving. Blimey!
Monday, August 01, 2005
Apparently Rafael Palmeiro has been using steroids, despite his denial - I guess it's lucky I got a shot of him and Ichiro at the Mariners game I went to last month ("Fun with the Ultra-zoom," July 20, 2005 below), because he's been suspended for 10 days.
This blimp has made several appearances at South Lake Union in the past few weeks, leading me to dub it the psychedelic blimp. Apparently the King 5 helicopter was sent to investigate too. After perusing the Seattle Metblogs site, however, I finally learned what its purpose is... to inspire children? Oh well, at least it's fun to look at.
Sunday, July 31, 2005
We've been having some beautiful sunsets lately, prompting me to take some shots of the colorful sky last week. Standing on my balcony I took a series of shots (helped with the stitch assist function on my camera), then stitched them together in Photoshop Elements.
Thursday, July 28, 2005
Well it's the end of July and Seattle sure has been having a nice summer! Temps in the 80s, clear blue skies, long daylight hours - this is what makes the rainy months all worth it. :) Oh, and check out this shot I took of the waxing moon with my Canon PowerShot S2:
Tuesday, July 26, 2005
A few weeks ago my advisor spoke on NPR's Science Friday about our lab's research and its implications for clinical heart repair. Follow the link if you want to listen to it or read the transcript!
Monday, July 25, 2005
Wednesday, July 20, 2005
At a Mariners game on Saturday, I had some fun with my new camera. I enjoyed having the long zoom (12x optical), as well as the high-speed continuous shooting mode for action shots like this one of Ichiro getting thrown out at first base. The ball has almost reached Rafael Palmeiro's glove.
Thursday, July 14, 2005
Wednesday, July 13, 2005
About a year and a half ago, my friend gave me a plant called a pregnant onion. It's an onion that grows half-in and half-out of the soil. As it grows, it forms bulges in the bulb, which eventually bleb off to become their own little plants. The first "baby" of my original plant has finally started to get its own leaves! I think it's really cool.
Tuesday, July 12, 2005
Monday, July 11, 2005
A bit belated, here are some shots I took of the 4th of July fireworks over Lake Union last weekend. All taken with my little 2MP point-and-shoot Fuji digital camera, with no tripod! The show was great. I'll have to wait till next year to try out my new camera...