Goodbye, 2009. Hello, 2010.

A couple days late, but here we go.

Out with the old. I have this general feeling from lots of friends that 2009 was not a great year for them. I tend to agree. When I think about my past 12 months, I get a feeling of… meh. But when I try to articulate why it was so bad, I’m reminded of the really great stuff too. Here’s some of the highlights.

  • I didn’t have a job the whole year and still got by OK
  • I went to Chile for a month in February
  • I got rid of most of my possessions fitting everything I own into my van
  • I travelled the USA for four months
  • I saw old friends from Atlanta (and elsewhere) for the first time in several years
  • I made new friends all over the country and in other countries
  • I got a new laptop, 2 cameras and phone
  • I turned 30
  • My dog, Civ, turned 9
  • I got rid of all but 1 of my cameras
  • I continued The Resistance Army with Bookis
  • I started Less Than Three with Bookis and Tj
  • I met and started dating Stacey

Not all bad. Actually pretty decent. But I still feel like I wasn’t very happy or fulfilled. So that’s this year’s plan: bust ass, get lots done, feel good about myself.

This is a more detailed list of goals, what some people call resolutions. (Originally published at ListYourList.)

Let’s call them Goals, because you’re on your way once you set your goals.

  • Get out of debt
  • Get a job
  • Get a house
  • Build a wild edibles map app… or enlist someone else to
  • Build a dam wiki… or enlist someone else to
  • Sell 30 shirts / month
  • Publish 6 issues of a new online magazine
  • Get an activity stream aggregator / publisher working
  • Never burn another CD or DVD
  • Read at least one book / month
  • Get to TODO ZERO at least once
  • Stay put, don’t travel so much

Twenty Ten, The Year of Personal Jet-packs, my personal Year of Hustle. Get into it.

Originally published at:

Wanted: Rails Developer for Activity Stream web app

I’m designing a web based Activity Stream aggregator and I need a Rails developer or two that wants to build it with me. I’m looking for partners not employees.

The idea is simple: Keep up with my friends’ activity on various sites from one web app.

Later I want to publish a unified activity feed for users of the site. On both ends I want to add a little bit of smarts that recognizes when a post is a duplicate (like, say when I post to Twitter and Facebook sucks it in) and show the post once.

I’ve built a static prototype currently at

This will be a bleeding edge technology site only supporting the latest greatest browsers, assuming that our users are smart or willing to learn and implementing technologies that matter (even if they don’t have the widest adoption yet). Things like:

  • Lots of keyboard shortcuts (j/k to page thru initially)
  • activity streams
  • atom
  • gravatar
  • hatom
  • hcard
  • oauth
  • open id
  • portable contacts
  • xfn

We’re not going to store or ask for any passwords. Ever. If we include a site in our aggregation without asking a user for her password, we won’t include that site. This is will be an app where things are done right. No compromise. No regret.

Out of the gates, I personally care most about:

  • twitter
  • flickr
  • facebook
  • vimeo

Next, I’d like to see

  • youtube
  • fireeagle
  • google latitude
  • foursquare
  • github
  • delicious
  • rss
  • tumblr

If you’re really into consumption of third party web services, open data, portable identity, aggressively minimalistic code and design, and a web of data (or you want to be), let’s talk. I need a partner or two.

Originally published at:

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)

Originally published at:

In Other News

In case you don’t know, I’m on The Great American Road Trip and blogging about it over there. There’s also the road trip Twitter account : @MyRoadTrip and the Flickr photo set and videos on Vimeo from the road.s

In other words, things are slow around here, because I’m busy else where. I’ll be back. This is the one thing that still holds true.

Originally published at:

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 <>
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:

REI ATM / Loomis / Seattle Police Incident: The Cliff Notes

For new-comers to the story, here’s a brief recap

  1. On Friday May 8th, I took this picture at the downtown Seattle REI store.

    Two Loomis Employees Refilling an ATM at the Downtown Seattle REI

  2. I was arrested by the Seattle Police at REI. This picture was taken of me by Mark Sangerman, another customer at REI

    This is me getting arrested by Officer Abed at REI for taking a photo and refusing to show my ID

  3. After I was released and got home later that night, I wrote about my experience.

  4. The next few days was a lot of media coverage on various websites, print media, talk and news radio and on television news.

    I was interviewed on NPR member station KUOW in Seattle, WA today (May 13th). The full show can be heard at This is the few minutes that was about me and what happened at REI (mp3).

    Here’s the audio from the Dori Monson show today (May 13th) where we talked about the ATM/REI/Loomis incident (mp3). It’s just the actual show parts, no news or commercials. It was edited down by Matt Misbach. (Thanks, Matt). I’m pretty happy with how the show turned out.

  5. After a few days, I wrote an update about the new things that happened.

  6. What’s next is not especially clear, but this is not over.

Questions, comments, suggestions, editorial corrections, death threats, love letters, deathbed confessions, insider whistle blowing, vegan cookie recipes, high fives, bike rides, chilling exposes, or media requests? Email me. (

Originally published at:

What happened at REI. An Update.

I will be on the Dori Monson show today (May 13th) at Noon (Pacific Time). If you’re in the Seattle area, you can tune into 97.3 FM. On the internet you can listen from their website. To use their in-browser player, you will need to have Microsoft Silverlight installed (gross) or use Windows Media Player (also, gross). Alternately, you can use their streaming MP3 in any decent audio application (iTunes, I’m looking your way). You can call in toll free at (888) 973-5476. You can email into the show through their website, too.

Also, you can email me directly ( or on Twitter you can send me a direct message (if I’m following you) or @reply me.

Here are a few quick updates on things that have happened related to that blog post that I wrote about what happened at REI.

About The Spectacle of This Incident

About The Actual Incident

  • I was not arrested for trespassing. That much is clear. I was not told to leave. I was told in no uncertain terms that I could not leave. The cops had me sign a card as I was being released that acknowledged that (someone at) REI requested that I be trespassed. That means if I go back to REI within a year I can be arrested for trespassing. Although…
  • The downtown Seattle REI general manager, Kara Stone, was quoted on Slog saying that I am “welcome to come into our store” and that REI did not request I be trespassed. According to the Slog story, the Seattle Police records show otherwise. I’m guessing that the REI security people told the cops to do it and that the general manager was unawares of it. Either way, I’m not racing back there anytime soon.
  • It’s not clear (to me and others) if I was ‘arrested’ or just ‘detained’ or if the difference is just semantics. I never said in my post that I was arrested. I said that I was cuffed, taken out of the store by the cops, put in a police car and put into a holding cell for some time. Whether that was “arrested” or not, I’m not sure.
  • When I was released from the police station, it didn’t seem like any charges were being pressed against me. But when I tried to get the police report, I was reminded that charges can be pressed after the fact. So as of now, nothing more has happened with the police. We’ll see if that changes.
  • I was read my Miranda Rights when I was in the holding cell.
  • I was in cuffs the whole time I was in the cell.
  • We never completed the transaction for the thing I was trying to special order. So there’s not going to be any awkward “can you bring it out to the sidewalk” moment.
  • If there are more questions that you have or clarifications that you want, email me (

About What’s Happening Now/Next

  • I went downtown to request a copy of the police report. Because I’m listed as a suspect on the report, I can’t get it for a week while it’s in a process called ‘Public Disclosure’. This is in case there is any possible pending investigation. People listed as victims can get the report right away (as I understand it).
  • Someone (who wasn’t me) filed a complaint to the Seattle Police Department Office of Professional Accountability on my behalf. The OPA emailed me telling me, they’d contact me more later about it.
  • I contacted the The ACLU Washington State. They had already heard about what happened. We’re talking more.

The comments on every site where this story appeared spiraled out of control and off topic pretty quickly. My site is the only one where I have any control. So I’m trying something different than before. Comments are turned off. If you want to tell me something or ask a question, you can email me (

Update 1: I was interviewed on NPR member station KUOW in Seattle, WA today (May 13th). The full show can be heard at This is the few minutes that was about me and what happened at REI (mp3).

Update 2: Here’s the audio from the Dori Monson show today (May 13th) where we talked about the ATM/REI/Loomis incident (mp3). It’s just the actual show parts, no news or commercials. It was edited down by Matt Misbach. (Thanks, Matt). I’m pretty happy with how the show turned out.

Update 3: Mark Sangerman took this picture of me as I was being arrested by Officer Abed.

This is me getting arrested at REI for taking a photo and refusing to show my ID

Questions, comments, suggestions, editorial corrections, death threats, love letters, deathbed confessions, insider whistle blowing, vegan cookie recipes, high fives, bike rides, chilling exposes, or media requests? Email me. (

Originally published at: