After spending four months working in California, my internship is finished and I'm back in Toronto. Perhaps nothing more of interest will be happening for a while, but here's a collection pictures from my frequent visits to San Francisco.
Monday, September 21, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
I've been working on this on and off for a while. A slightly outdated computer means I can hardly do editing without crashes every few minutes, so I've given up on any further refinements for now.
For those technically inclined or curious, the time lapse clips are made with a Canon XSi hooked up to a Ti-89 programmed as a intervalometer, with frames reduced to about 4MP and combined in Quicktime. The fireworks are shot with a Sony HDR-TG1 in AVCHD. 3D compositing is done in After Effects, music is royalty-free, and final editing is with Premiere.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
It's been a full month since I've returned to this side of the Pacific. I miss the abundance of street food and the generally festive atmosphere in Taiwan, but it's also somewhat relaxing to be living in the American suburbs. Work is only 8 miles away from home, and I carpool with coworkers every day, so it looks like I've escaped the normal symptoms of urban sprawl.
Photos of the latest "family reunion" in San Francisco can be found here, although I won't point any out in particular. It's not that San Francisco isn't interesting - but it's an hour's train ride away, and I've yet to catch it on a perfectly sunny and photo-worthy day. So here are some pictures of my recent visit to the "ranch" in Dallas - 6 new hens and a new baby goat.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
How do I know it's the last vacation in Taiwan? Because I'm going to the company's California office in the next week or two. It looks like I'll escape the unbearable heat of the tropical summer for some less harsh sunlight in San Francisco for the rest of this gig (until end of August). A change of scenery would be quite nice.
And about the vacation... it seems like such a long time ago. Jermaine's already put up a whole wad of pictures online, and I'm too lazy to put up a set of my own (which would mostly be the same thing anyway). Check them out at the links below:
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Wow... two months since the last post.
I always think it's exceedingly strange when blogs are abandoned without any sign of redirect or goodbye. There are plenty of these on the internet - the last post usually says something like "I'll post again soon!". I'll hopefully not let this website become of that, but I guess after 5 months of routine there's very little news interesting enough to post.
But the past two weeks have been a very relaxing vacation - time off work and touring around the island. So over the next little while, perhaps I'll dole out some new, interesting pictures in portion sized chunks. In the mean time, I have a lot of work to catch up on!
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Ok, I just got my computer back. Turns out a faulty graphics card was covered by an extended warranty policy, so I didn't have to pay the estimated $1000 required for a total motherboard replacement.
Anyway, since Chinese New Year three weeks ago until just tonight, there has been nightly fireworks shows down by the Kaohsiung harbour. Really, I have never heard of or thought possible nightly 7-minute fireworks shows for three whole weeks! Although frankly after seeing it 8 times from 8 different parts of the city it does get a little bit boring. In any case, the city's really gone all out to promote itself in preparation for the 2009 World Games.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Lately I'm finding that it's getting harder to convey the full range of stuff I want to share on this here blog, so I'm on to creating a new personal website where I don't have to jump through hoops to get the features I want. While I get up to speed with this new project, I probably won't be paying too much attention to this blog anymore. But hang tight - in a couple of months I promise it's going to be good.
In the mean time, some pictures from beautiful Kenting, when I visited about a month ago with my coworkers Alice and Kitty. It's something like the vacation spot for all of Taiwan, a must-see place on a visit to Taiwan.