Taking Over vs Taking Back

Here’s the difference, as I see it.

To take over is outsiders coming in. Imperialism.

To take back is to reclaim what was once yours. Independence.

So, to take over, say… a city that was never yours and that you’re not from, sounds to me like you’re a bunch of ego-maniacal imperialists. Might as well be building a fucking fully operational battle-station.

On the other hand, to live in that same city and to reclaim it from the evil forces that control it and (by proxy) you, that sounds to me like a revolution. A rebellion of worthy allies.

Imperialists always get what’s coming to them. Just ask Rome.

Originally published at: http://sbb.me/b44v1

Unused LA Ruby Conf Shirt Design Mock

Unused LA Ruby Conf Shirt Design Mock

LA Ruby Conf is coming real soon. A while back (at RubyConf 10 in San Francisco Burlingame) I talked with Coby Randquist about submitting a design that would be considered for the conference tshirts. I whipped on up with these ideas in my: 1) no red / ruby / gem imagery, 2) no nerd conf shirt look. I mean, I know we’re all nerds and we’re not ashamed of it. But I get tired of the same old shirts at everyone of these things. So with that in mind, I decided on grey with no images, one column of justified variable weight Helvetica (duh) run most of the length on the front of a shirt. Light grey text on dark grey shirt.

I think it would’ve be nice, but oh well. If anyone else wants to use this general design for another conference (or whatever), feel free to. I’ll even send you my Illustrator file or I could modify it to fit your needs. If your event is something that I especially like, all I ask is for a printed shirt in return.

Unused LA Ruby Conf Shirt Design Mock

Originally published at: http://sbb.me/b44D3

What I did today

Today I:

  • built a mud flap on our rear car gate so the little dog, Beta can’t get out
  • unstuck two french doors
  • clean some random crap out the yard
  • moved the compost bin
  • did some diplomacy with the landlord
  • listened to some podcasts: Planet Money and The Pipeline
  • made and ate a great lunch out on the poolside in the sunshine
  • read a little bit of The Elements of Typographic Style
  • played with the doggies
  • walked around the yard, slowly

I’m currently waiting for my lovely girlfriend Stacey to get home from work to spend a little Quality Time™ together. All in all, a pretty great day. Life is finally starting to work out.

Originally published at: http://sbb.me/b44D2

FOR SALE: Ricoh GR Digital Camera and Canon Vixia HF20 Video Camera

Update: Sold.

I’m getting rid of both of my “prosumer” cameras: Ricoh GR Digital Camera and Canon Vixia HF20 Video Camera. Both are less than a year old and still under manufacturer warranty. Both are in excellent condition with no defects. Both work like new. I really love both of them, but I never use them any more. I find I only use my iPhone 3GS (I know, I know… but whatever).

I’m asking $700 for the Canon Vixia HF20, wide angle lens, USB 2 cable, remote control and tripod. And $300 for the Ricoh GR Digital and 4x 2GB SD memory cards. Both come with their original power cables / battery chargers and their instruction manuals.

Also, times are tough and some extra monies right now would really help.

If you’re interested in either, get in touch with me.
or (801) 898-9481

More picture of both cameras and the accessories are available on Flickr.

GR Digital Camera

Ricoh GR Digital Camera

Canon Vixia HF20 Video Camera

Canon Vixia HF20

55mm UV Filter & Professional Digital High Definition 0.45X Wide Angle Lens

Wide Lens with UV Filter for Canon Vixia HF20

Canon Vixia HF20 Video Camera Power Cable Tripod 4x 2GB SD Memory Cards Ricoh GR Digital Instruction Manual Ricoh GR Digital Camera, Instruction Manual, 4x 2GB SD Memory Cards, Battery Charger and Power Cable Ricoh GR Digital Camera Battery, Charger and Power Cable Ricoh GR Digital Camera Canon Vixia HF20 Video Camera USB Cable Canon Vixia HF20 Video Camera USB Cable Remote Control

GR DIGITAL Main Specifications

Item Description
Imaging device 1/1.8 primary color CCD with 8,130,000 effective pixels (total pixels: 8,300,000)
Focal distance
f=5.9 mm (28 mm converted to 35mm format camera)
Brightness (F)
F 2.4 to F 11*1
Lens composition
6 elements; 5 groups: 7 diaphragm blades
Digital zoom 4.0x
Shooting range About 0.3 m to infinity from lens tip
Macro shooting range About 0.015 m to infinity from lens tip
180, 120, 60, 30, 15, 8, 4, 2, 1 – 1/2,000 second
1/30 -1/2,000 second
3,264 x 2,448; 3,264 x 2,176; 2,592 x 1,944; 2,048 x 1,536; 1,280 x 960; 640 x 480
3,264 x 2,448; 2,048 x 1,536
320 x 240; 160 x 120
Picture-quality modes*2 F (Fine)/N (Normal)/RAW*3
ISO sensitivity*4 AUTO; 64; 100; 200; 400; 800; 1,600
Flash Auto/ redeye suppression/ force flash/ slow synchro/ flash off Throw distance*5 approx. 0.2 to 3 m
Focus Autofocus/ manual focus/ snap/ infinity (AF supplemental light also available)
Exposure adjustment TTL-CCD photometric system: multi (256 div.)/ center focus photometry/ spot photometry
Exposure compensation Manual correction (+2.0 to -2.0 EV 1/3 EV steps); auto bracket feature (-0.5 EV; ±0; +0.5 EV)
White balance Auto; fixed (Daylight/ Overcast/ Tungsten Light/ fluorescent light/ manual/ advanced); white balance bracket feature
Recording media SD memory card (3.3V 32/ 64/ 128/ 256/ 512MB/ 1GB); multimedia card; built-in memory (26 MB)
Storage capacity*6 (built-in 26 MB storage)
3,264 x 2,448: RAW: 1/F: 8/ N: 14; 3,264 x 2,176: RAW: 1/F: 9; 2,592 x 1,944: N: 22; 2,048 x 1,536: N: 36; 1,280 x 960: N: 63; 640 x 480: N: 277
Storage time (built-in 26 MB storage)
320 x 240: 39 sec (30 frames/sec); 160 x 120: 2 min 26 sec (30 frames/sec)*7
56 min 45 sec*8
Storage data capacity
3,264 x 2,448: RAW: about 11.52 MB/screen; F: about 2.83 MB/screen; N: 1.63 MB/screen 3,264 x 2,176: RAW: about 10.25 MB/screen; F: about 2.57 MB/screen; 2,592 x 1,944: N: about 1.03 MB/screen; 2,048 x 1,536: N: about 672 KB/screen;1,280 x 960; N: about 356 KB/screen; 640 x 480: N: about 83KB/screen
Recording modes Photo (Still, Continuous, S-Continuous, M-Continuous), Program shift / Aperture-Priority / Manual exposure, Scene (Text, Sound), Motion
Recording formats
compression: JPEG*9 (Exif ver. 2.21); RAW(DNG)*10
TIFF (MMR format/ITU-T.6)
AVI (Open DML Motion JPEG format compliant)
WAV (Exif ver. 2.21 μ law)
LCD monitor 2.5 inch low-noise polysilicon TFT LCD; about 210,000 pixels
Self timer Operating time: about 10 sec/ 2 sec
Interval timer Shooting interval: 5 sec. to 3 hours (units of 5 sec.)*11
PC interface USB 2.0; Ricoh original mass storage selectable*12
AUDIO/ VIDEO interface Audio OUT/ Video OUT
Video signal format Switch between NTSC & PAL
Dimensions 107.0 x 25.0 x 58.0 mm (WxDxH); does not include protruding parts
Weight About 170 g (not including battery/ SD memory card/ strap); supplied parts: 30g (battery/ strap)
Power 1 Rechargeable battery (DB-60); AC adapter (AC-4c option); 2 AAA alkaline dry-cell batteries; 2 AAA Oxyride dry-cell batteries; 2 AAA nickel-hydrogen dry-cell batteries
Shooting capacity *13 CIPA-standard compliant
DB-60 used: about 250; When AAA alkaline dry-cell battery used: about 30*14
Temperature range for use 0°C to 40°C
  1. * – If mode dial is set to , ND filter is used in F7.1-F11 range.
  2. * – Image-quality modes that can be set depend on the image size.
  3. * – Simultaneous storage with Fine mode (JPEG).
  4. * – ISO 1600 cannot be chosen when shooting in the RAW mode.
  5. * – Throw distance when ISO AUTO set.
  6. * – General estimate of number of still images stored.
  7. * – A 1GB SD card can record for a maximum of 88 minutes 31 seconds.
  8. * – A 1GB SD card can record for a maximum of 2,063 minutes 25 seconds.
  9. * – DCF compliant; DPOF supported. DCF is an abbreviation for Design rule for Camera File system standardized by JEITA. (full compatibility between devices not guaranteed).
  10. * – DNG is a particular RAW format advocated by Adobe systems incorporated.
  11. * – With Flash off.
  12. * – Mass storage supports Windows Me/2000/XP and Mac OS 9/X 10.2-10.4. Windows 98/98SE and Mac OS 8.6 not supported.
  13. * – The numbers of photos that can be taken were measured using conditions compliant with the CIPA standard. They are only given as a rough guide.
  14. * – The actual number of photos that can be taken will differ greatly depending on conditions of use and battery manufacturer.

Canon Vixia HF20 Video Camera Specifications

Standard Definition or High Definition High Definition
Television System NTSC
Video Recording system MPEG4-AVC / H.264
Image Sensor 1/4-inch CMOS, RGB Primary Color Filter
Total Pixels Approx. 3.89 Megapixels
Effective Pixels Video: Approx. 2.99 Megapixels
(2304 x 1296) / Still Image: 16:9: Approx. 2.99 Megapixels
(2304 x 1296), 4:3 Approx. 3.31 Megapixels (2100 x 1575)
Maximum recording time 32GB internal Flash drive
LP (5 Mbps) 12 hours 15 minutes
SP (7 Mbps) 9 hours 35 minutes
XP+ (12 Mbps) 5 hours 45 minutes
FXP (17 Mbps) 4 hours 10 minutes – Allows 1920 x 1080 Full HD Recording
MXP (24 Mbps) 2 hours 55 minutes – Allows 1920 x 1080 Full HD Recording
Lens Zoom Ratio 15x Optical / 300x Digital
Focal Length f=4.1- 61.5mm (35mm equivalent: 39.5 – 592.5mm)
Zoom Speed Variable / 3 Fixed Zoom Speeds
Max. F/Stop f/1.8-3.2
Focusing System Instant AF, Face Priority AF, TTL (through the lens)
Manual Exposure Yes
Programmed AE AUTO, P, Av, Tv, Portrait, Sports, Night, Snow, Beach, Sunset, Spotlight, Fireworks
Max Shutter Speed Movie: 1/2000, Still image: 1/500
Minimum Focusing Distance 10mm (wide) / 1m (tele)
White Balance Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Manual
Frame Rate 60i, 24p Progressive (records at 60i), 30p Progressive (records at 60i)
Minimum Illumination 0.4 lx (Night mode)
Image Stabilization SuperRange Optical (lens shift)
Filter Diameter 37mm
Viewfinder None
LCD Screen 2.7-inch Multi-Angle Vivid widescreen color LCD (Approx. 211,000 dots)
Flash Built-in
Recording Media Internal Flash drive (32GB) or SDHC Memory Card
USB Terminal USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
Video Terminal component (output), composite (output)
Audio Dolby Digital 2 channels (AC-3 2 ch)
Accessory Shoe Mini Advanced
Supplied Video Editing Software Pixela ImageMixer 3SE
HDMI Terminal HDMI Mini Connector (output), CEC and x.v. Color
Microphone Terminal 3.5 mm stereo mini-jack
AV Mini Terminal/Headphone Terminal 3.5 mm 4 pole mini-jack (video/audio output only)
Dimensions (W X H X D) 2.8 x 2.4 x 4.9 in. (70 x 62 x 124mm)
Weight (not including lens and battery pack) 12.0 oz. (340g)
Weight (fully loaded) 14.1 oz. (400g)

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15 Pounds of Chicken of the Woods Mushroom from a Tree in LA

Yesterday after lunch, Evan and I saw this massive mushroom on a tree.

15 Pounds of Chicken of the Woods on a Tree in LA

The next day I showed the picture to Alex who said “that’s Chicken of the Woods”. Which sounded right to me from the bit of mushroom research I did a few years ago. I ran it by my mushroom-hunting-nerd friend, Aaron Patterson. He gave me the “sure looks like it to me” seal of approval. So Alex and I went back and harvested it.

15 Pounds of Chicken of the Woods from a Tree in LA

Now we just have to decide what to make with it.

Originally published at: http://sbb.me/b42a1

REI Boilerplate Response to the May 8th ATM/Loomis/Arrest Incident

On May 8th, 2009 I was arrested at the downtown Seattle REI after I took a picture of an open ATM then refused to show my ID to Loomis employees, REI security or Seattle Police officers Officer GE Abed (#6270) and Officer Debra Pelich (#5976). One week later, REI has responded with a boilerplate message to members and customers that had written in about the incident. Several people have forwarded me a copy of it. So, I’m sharing it here.

It’s worth noting that one week later, REI has not made an effort to contact me. I am a member. They have my phone number, email and mailing address. Even if they didn’t, my contact information is not hard to find. It’s also worth noting, even though REI is claiming that they “did not request a trespass to be invoked”, the police report says otherwise. Either REI or the Seattle Police is lying.

From: Public Affairs <publicaffairs@rei.com>
Date: Fri, May 15, 2009 at 4:58 PM
Subject: REI Seattle


Thank you for your email and the opportunity to explain the incident that occurred between one of our customers and a security company servicing an ATM in our Seattle store. It is unfortunate that the situation escalated to the point that the police were called by the ATM security officers and the customer was detained by the police. At no time did REI detain the individual and we did not request a trespass to be invoked. We do not intend to enforce the trespass issued by police, and the customer is free to visit our store in the future.

We appreciate people sharing their varied points of view about what should or should not have happened at the store. We regret that the matter couldn’t be defused before the police became involved. One step we are taking is to discuss with the ATM security company ways to prevent the circumstances that led to this problem.

We value your membership in the co-op and hope to serve your outdoor needs in the future.

Megan Behrbaum
REI Public Affairs

So, there’s that. If anyone else gets a different response and cares to share it, I’ll publish it here. Thanks to everyone that has been supportive through this. And thank you to the people that shared your emails to REI with me.

Originally published at: http://sbb.me/b3ze1