Archive for February, 2008

Gravatars

February 22, 2008 By: erik Category: Geeky, Internet, Wordpress

A “gravatar” is a “globally recognized avatar“. I can’t remember why I signed up at gravatar.com about six months ago. Last October, the company that runs WordPress, the software that runs this blog, bought gravatar.com, so it’s not surprising that there is a WordPress plugin to support gravatars. When I noticed that the new version of my comment preview plugin supports gravatars, I thought I’d give them a try here on my blog. I might not keep them, but it’s a fun novelty for now. As implied, your gravatar should show up on other websites too, especially as Metcalfe’s Law takes effect and more sites adopt them.

So go sign up and set your avatar for my blog comments!

Total Lunar Eclipse

February 21, 2008 By: erik Category: Geeky, Photos, Videos

Total EclipseLast night there was a total lunar eclipse. There won’t be another one for almost 3 years. Plus, it’s the first astronomical event since buying my new camera. So I wasn’t going to miss it. The only problem was that, in Spain, it occurred at 4:00 AM in the morning. The sky was overcast all day yesterday, so I figured there would be no way for me to see the eclipse, but at about midnight, all the clouds blew away and the heavens became clear. I wasn’t very tired, so I decided to stay up until 4:00 AM instead of setting an alarm and going to bed. The things I do for my blog readers….
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Taylor Mali

February 20, 2008 By: erik Category: Funny, Geeky, Stuff I Found, Videos

Just passing on some YouTubery that I stumbled on today. This guy’s pretty amazing. Both of these videos are great. I’m particularly fond of the first one because of my disgust and adoration of misspelling and word games respectively.
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Yates Mill

February 20, 2008 By: erik Category: Photos, Travel, USA

MillOn my week of commuting into work in Raleigh, NC, recently, I passed by a pretty cool-looking building: Yates Mill. According to the web page, a mill was first used on this site 250 years ago. That’s like America’s equivalent of one of Europe’s still-standing ancient Roman structures. Except for demonstrative purposes, it hasn’t milled anything for over 50 years. It is now a park run by NC State University.
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Belgian Beer Night

February 19, 2008 By: erik Category: Partying, USA

Belgian FlagOn Monday, February 11, I went out with some of my high school hallmates to a specialty beer bar in Raleigh, called The Raleigh Times Bar. They had about 200 different beers on the menu, with a special section for Belgian Beers. I was pretty much in heaven. We had three different beers, each in 750 ml bottles, and each one came with a different glass, and each one was completely unique and they were all fantastic!
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Starry Night

February 19, 2008 By: erik Category: Colindres, Geeky, Photos, Spain

This isn’t quite as beautiful as Van Gogh’s painting, but I’m pretty happy with my first attempt at a 30-second night time exposure with my new camera. If you click on the image, you can see notes about each of the visible stars in Flickr.
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Frankfurt to Bilbao – Airline Photography

February 18, 2008 By: erik Category: Photos, Spain, Travel

WolfskehlenI finally made it back from my annual pond hop. My single-serving friend on the flight from Charlotte to Frankfurt was a pretty interesting person. She was a tiny, 45-ish, Indonesian woman with a frustratingly huge amount of unused leg-room. Her husband is German, and they live together in Frankfurt, but her husband does most of his business work in Newark, New Jersey, which is where he was during our flight. Their children live in Indonesia. She was returning from Minnesota, where they have an apartment that they rent for most of the year, but she had just spent forty days there ice fishing on Lake Superior! Upon arriving in Frankfurt, she was going to spend only eight hours alone in their empty house (husband in New Jersey, remember) and then head to Indonesia to see the offspring. Pretty wild, huh?

On my flight from Frankfurt to Bilbao, LH4502, I blatantly ignored the “please turn off any electronic devices” and took some photos out the window. It took me a while to figure out how there was a strip in the middle of each photo that wasn’t in focus. It must be the stream of hot air shooting out of the engine. Rather amazingly, I was able to find almost all my subjects in Google Maps after landing.
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Road To Work

February 14, 2008 By: erik Category: Photos, Travel, USA

This week, I’ve been staying at my grandmother’s house and commuting into Raleigh to work. Some of the farm land I have to drive through to get there is truly gorgeous.
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Headless Grinch

February 13, 2008 By: erik Category: Photos, Weird

Headless GrinchI’m working at the office this week, like I did last year. It’s pretty weird. Here at the office, they have an incredibly creepy Headless Grinch in one of the back storage rooms. Apparently the folks in Whoville figured out how to build a guillotine.
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Myrtle Beach Classic 2008

February 12, 2008 By: erik Category: Golf, Partying, Photos, USA

Myrtle Beach Classic ParticipantsEvery year I play in a golf tournament organized by my father in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. This year there were 16 participants staying in 4 condos playing golf in a 3-day tournament. I played excellent golf and ended up tied with the leader after all 54 holes, but I lost in a scorecard playoff.
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