av8rmike: Mythbuster's Adam, text: I reject your reality and substitute my own! (reality)
I posted some more pictures to the Flickr set I created for the previous snow storm. We had a good two feet or so in and around the city on Saturday, and it was still about knee-high by the time I went out to take pictures on Sunday. I wish I'd gotten one of the snowboarder in the south Mount Vernon Place Park, but I think he was done by the time I got my camera ready.
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That's the view looking up my street. I also like this photo:
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If you can't make that out, it says "WE LOVE 7-ELEVEN", which is of course written outside the local 7-Eleven.
av8rmike: Text: Resistance is futile (if < 1 ohm) (resistance)
Pic! )
One of my co-workers was in California last week and picked up this nice coffee mug for me. It's oversized and is a pretty pastel blue color, but while I was washing it I saw that it had a sticker* on the bottom. Apparently the glaze used on the mug contains trace amounts of cadmium and lead, which because of Prop 65, causes cancer in the state of California. I guess it's a good thing I live in Maryland.

* According to a different co-worker, these stickers are on everything in CA. How fragile are you guys out there? =P
av8rmike: (blinkie ponie)
Yay new layout! With a photo taken by yours truly.
av8rmike: Star of David (jewish)
Re-posting this from [livejournal.com profile] tidesong, since she didn't make it public....



I should also mention here that good people of Jones Soda have not only made both a Christmas and a Chanukah holiday pack of sodas, but they somehow managed to make the Christmas Ham Soda kosher: [link]

Windy Day

Jun. 28th, 2007 09:23 pm
av8rmike: (webcam)
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I'm really, really proud of this picture I took at Fort McHenry. It was such a clear day, you could see all the way to the Key Bridge, which doesn't happen much in the hazy summer.

Of course, the tiny size here doesn't do it justice, you have to click on it. Now if I knew a way to get it more visible...
av8rmike: Mythbuster's Adam, text: I reject your reality and substitute my own! (reality)
Them's some good eatin' there... )
av8rmike: Star of David (jewish)
My menorah, complete with ugly-ass yet symmetrical candle colors.
Clicky! )
av8rmike: (violin)
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I posted pictures from this past weekend's Red Bull Flügtag. Most of them are from pretty far away, so you have to view them full-size to see anything interesting. The highlights were the craft that got stuck on the ramp, crashed almost immediately into the water, or floated better than they flew. In that respect, the event was pretty disappointing, not to mention the huge crowd.

Saturday night's concert went very well, with a modest but enthusiastic turn-out. This weekend's John Denver tributes could be interesting, both because a lot of the schedule seems to be up in the air, and because Mom's coming to see Sunday's show.
av8rmike: (edoras)
It's inevitable that as we read each other's journals we create mental pictures of each other. Post this on your own journal to find out who your friends see when they read about your life.

Two Rules:
1) The person must be in the movies or on TV (but doesn't have to be an actor/actress). The person can be specific to a role or just the person themself.
2) You have to post a link to a picture of said person in the comments.
This one is too easy... )
av8rmike: (webcam)
I decided to spend the better part of Saturday slathering on some sunscreen and walking around outside, checking out Artscape, Baltimore's biggest street festival and celebration of the arts in the region. The last time I went was two years ago, and I think last year was the same weekend as the trip to Gettysburg. It'd have been a better time if I hadn't got caught in the rain on the way home, but I did get to hear a free performance of the Baltimore Symphony.

I even took my camera this time, and my photos have been posted to Flickr. I was hoping to get pictures of the famous Baltimore Art Cars, but had I read the recent City Paper articles, I'd have seen that for the first time in 13 years, the organizers of Artscape elected not to invite the Art Cars to the festival. Apparently they chose to go with something more eco-friendly, like solar-powered cars.

Still, PVC art is kinda cool.
av8rmike: (webcam)
So, it's only taken a month. =P

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(Links to photoset.) The title card says "Nightingala 2006: A Tribute to John Denver", which was to benefit the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing.

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I quite like this picture. ;)
av8rmike: Photo of pile of Korean money (money)
Female Android Debuts in South Korea
Now they've gone and done it... they've made a FemBot!

Of course, I have to wonder where they get the time to make one, given how addictive video games are there:
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When Escape Seems Just a Mouse Click Away [washingtonpost.com]
In South Korea, the nation that experts describe as home to the world's most extreme gamer culture, authorities are alarmed by what many here are calling an epidemic of electronic game addiction.
av8rmike: (webcam)
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(Test-posting from Flickr)
Pictures from the weekend's trip to New York have been posted to Flickr. As usual, I didn't post the family ones, out of privacy stuff.

Link.

EDIT: I don't like this layout...
av8rmike: (webcam)
flushing
A week or so later, the photos from Korea (well, most of them) have been uploaded to Flickr.
Link to set.
av8rmike: Mythbuster's Adam, text: I reject your reality and substitute my own! (reality)
Yes, unfortunately the long weekend had to come to an end. I had sufficiently recovered by Friday night to play the concert at Villa Julie, which seemed to go over very well. That morning, I also got fitted for my new soft contacts, which I really like (but forgot to wear for most of the weekend).

Saturday I went down to the Harbor to check out the racing boats in town for the big Volvo Ocean Race. I spent several hours down there just enjoying the weather, getting sunburned, and just being glad being around people speaking English (mostly). Some of the pictures I took are posted at Flickr and I'll post the rest when I subscribe. Still haven't gotten around to color-correcting and posting all my Korea photos yet. As a test of Flickr's linking features, here's a photo of a Volvo XC90 made out of LEGOs:

You don't believe me? )

Another part of getting back into the routine: Rehearsal tonight for Columbia. When practicing yesterday, I was surprised how much of the Shostakovich 10th I could actually play, despite not practicing it for two weeks.
av8rmike: (rolleyes)
Today, finally (according to my colleague), I got the taste of what the last trips to Korea have been like for the other employees, i.e. sitting in meetings that last from 9 or 10 AM until a lunch break around 1:00, then more sitting and talking until around 6:00. Much of it is haggling over minutiae and who did this or didn't do that, most of that done in Korean. The only interesting thing was the V.P. of the company taking a dozen or so of the other employees and us to dinner at a fancy Japanese restaurant, with course after course of I-don't-even-know-what. Since I'm sure no one wants to read about meetings, I guess I could ask: what would people like to know about, or what should I write about for the last few days I'm here? Post a comment here and I'll try to answer it, but I'm hardly an expert after being here for five days.

A beautiful carving in the ceiling of a Chinese restaurant we found in China Street (appropriately enough), near Busan Station.
Pictures, of course... )

<Dave Chappelle>I'm rich, biatch!</Chapelle>
Money! )
av8rmike: (webcam)
Yes, we eventually had to get back to the business at hand, i.e. more meetings. Although, today involved driving about an hour to the factory of one of our suppliers to get a presentation on their capabilities and the parts they've already produced for the project. I took about a dozen pictures, but I doubt I can post them here, and they're pretty much only of interest to the people back at the office anyway. For lunch, before the factory trip, our hosts took us to the same business district we were in yesterday, right to the Outback Steakhouse. I guess they wanted to make us feel at home, even though I haven't been to an Outback in several years. I didn't have steak, but the food seemed pretty similar to what one would have back in the States.

Luckily, we finished the meetings early and were back at the hotel by 6:00 (compared with 8-9:00 other working days). For dinner my co-worker and I decided to head to the same area as this afternoon, and maybe a little more shopping. I wanted to try and find the Batman Bar to see if it was actually open, but despite asking a few younger guys, no one seemed to know where it was. At least I have some photographic evidence. My co-worker really didn't want any more Asian food, and since our only options were either the myriad tiny Asian restaurants or the few Western staples like McDonalds, Pizza Hut, or the Outback, we opted for the Pizza Hut.

Finally, you guessed it, more pictures. First, the Korean version of the Dollar Store:
Clicky! )

I know, I keep taking pictures of these buildings with all the lighted signs. It's because, in this city, they're everywhere, especially in the more commercial areas. Those signs that say "PC" are, as I'd guessed, Internet cafes. They are also everywhere.
Clicky! )

Here is the inside of one of them, which seemed to be pretty nice. There were some young women, but mostly younger guys, playing WoW, or CounterStrike, or Half-Life 2 (I think) and whatever else the kids are playing now. Maybe broadband is too expensive to install in people's homes, or the kids are just trying to avoid going home to their families, but these places must be really succesfull.
Clicky! )

Finally, one clinic where I definitely would not want to be a patient:
You know you want to clicky! )
av8rmike: (rolleyes)
Words can't even describe what today was like. I'll try to let the pictures speak for themselves. My co-worker and I walked down the hill from the hotel to an area of town called Gukje market. It takes up several blocks of the main street, then extends off each side for several more blocks before merging with another shopping area further downtown.
Gukje main street... )

The main part of the market is lots of tiny stores, most selling clothing, shoes, luggage/handbags, but others selling electronics, office supplies, other textiles, anything. Off to the right of the street above is the really cramped part of the market where they sell mostly food products: fresh fish, other seafood and products I couldn't even identify, packaged goods... It kept going on and on. Unfortunately, as I look through the pictures I took, I was trying too hard not to look like a complete tourist to take pictures of the really crowded section. This, coupled with the fact that most Koreans just don't speak English well enough to want to deal with me, made me feel pretty uncomfortable.

This side street had a number of video arcades, and according to one map I found, a big movie theater at one end.
Arcade street... )

This street marked the end of the market proper and the beginning of a slightly more upscale shopping area. For the three or so hours I spent in the market, I didn't buy a single thing, mostly because there was nothing I was wanting, no one in particular I was shopping for, and no desire to buy cheap knock-off Korean goods.
Click here... )

Batman Bar! )

The whole time, I had this song going through my head, appropriately:
A man walks down the street,
It's a street in a strange world.
Maybe it's the Third World.
Maybe it's his first time around.
He doesn't speak the language,
He holds no currency.
He is a foreign man,
He is surrounded by the sound, sound ....
Cattle in the marketplace.
Scatterlings and orphanages.

...except that I didn't see any angels in the architecture, and was carrying about 90,000 KRW.

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