Rik's Ramblings

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

War, War, Bloody War ...

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Monday, August 25, 2008

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Notes to new parents

When sending pictures of your new born baby
 1 - 640x480 is big enough
 2 - Soft focus

New born children, while cute, often come with fluids and cords attached that don't go well with breakfast.  The higher the resolution, the more graphic they appear on my laptop.  Soft focus will also help to disguise the details - that's why they use it in the movies for old celebs.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Yosemite Break

Had a fun week in Yosemite. Stayed down at the Wawona end, at The Redwood in Yosemite. House was a little 70's looking, but it had all the conveniences we required and some nice big bedrooms (plenty of trundle beds too, for the nine of us). Had a nice big deck too out at the back where we could lounge around and barbecue huge slabs of meat.

Had a couple of days down in the valley floor. Did the valley floor tour (again) which is always a good way to get an overview of the various places in Yosemite.

Went down to Bass Lake one day and rented a ski-boat. Bass Lake we'd never heard of, but it's only about 20 miles to the south of Yosemite. The lake is big, the water is warm and there are a couple of places there to get lunch/drinks, etc., so that was a good place to visit as a side trip. We ended up going back on Saturday for a couple of hours just to swim in the lake before driving back home to SJ.

Dinner at the Wawona on Friday night, which I liked. The food wasn't great, but I love sitting out on the front porch there having a cocktail and listening the the piano. They have a pianist every night (I think) so after you've had dinner you can adjourn to the lounge, relax and imagine you live in a time where there was no TV, cellphones and street lights. Best part of the holiday for me :-)

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Amazon Green

Worth checking out:

Amazon.com has launched Amazon Green [ http://amazon.com/green ], a cross-category program that includes a list of products that customers have selected as the best green products offered by Amazon.com and a place for customers to discover Amazon's entire green product selection.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Diving in Monterey with a camera

Went diving at the weekend with my PADI Digital Underwater Photography class. Taking pictures under water is very hard I have to say. I did get this good video though of a seal trying to eat my fins.