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laheringer PRO 11 years ago
California obelisk

July 27th, a tiled obelisk in front of the local strip mall where they pulled out the last remaining cherry orchard in the county and put up a Starbucks and a Borders.
laheringer PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by laheringer (member) 11 years ago
full moon over the slurbs

July 28th, full moon and a heat wave are never a good combination.

I've so excited. We've planned a weekend trip to Las Vegas in a couple weeks and I've arranged a tour of the neon boneyard where they take the old neon signs.
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Great shot of the moon there...and who needs cherry orchards anyway? Pffft...money - overrated.
laheringer PRO 11 years ago
Pattypan squash

July 29th, pattypan squash for dinner.
eelend PRO 11 years ago
mmmm
looks tasty


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laheringer PRO 11 years ago
don't phunk with my heart

July 30th, sometimes the things closest to us are the hardest to see.
laheringer PRO 11 years ago
Outside 1 Infinite Loop

July 31st, I find it charming that every day I come out the front door and someone is lined up to have their picture taken at "the sign". Some days there are entire tour buses of Japanese tourists and I think to myself, "I really should have worn a nicer shirt", as 30 cameras swivel to take a picture of me, framed against the Apple front door.

Plus you know I had to give up a photo taken with my iPhone sooner or later.
eelend PRO 11 years ago
yes, we can't wait to see that photo!



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ReeBeckiSupergirl PRO 11 years ago
Lovely stream!
laheringer PRO 11 years ago
American chopsticks

August 1st, American chopsticks. They're so clumsy and awkward, how do young children learn to eat with them without poking their eye out?
laheringer PRO 11 years ago
saffron in a small jar we brought back from Spain

August 2nd, saffron in a small jar we brought back from Spain.
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Dave's Exit Interview

August 3rd, just to prove that I can take crappy snapshots with the best of them. This is Dave, he's been my go-to-guy for QA on Windows. But he's leaving after 4 years because his boss, Aidan, is driving him crazy, his wife loathes all of us, he has a dreadful dangerous commute over the hill every day because he insists on living at the beach, and he has a 2 year old that he isn't spending enough time with (he says, but he's taken 2 months of leave since the beginning of the year, I don't know how much time off would be enough for his stay-at-home wife, it's not like the kid is sick or anything).

People come and go, but I'll miss him.
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Ladybadtiming PRO 11 years ago
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Sounds like Dave made a rational decision (or his wife did), and I'm sure you'll miss him. Lovely saffron pic, and also the tiled oblisk is a pleasing picture, although I'm not sure that a cherry orchard is a good trade-off for a Starbucks and Borders. Surely there are enough of those already, and not enough orchards?
laheringer PRO 11 years ago
I'll love you to the end of the world

August 4th, I love night carnivals. I look forward to the county fair in August and the winter festival in December all year. As children in a small farming community, it was the only time we were allowed to run loose at night.

I have a whole set and choosing a favorite was impossible. The ones with the deliberate in-camera blur I think said the most about who I am at the county fair. :)
laheringer PRO 11 years ago
guarding things that no longer need to be guarded

August 5th, and then the next day after you've photographed your favorite thing on the planet, you still have to get your ass out of bed and photograph something.
laheringer PRO 11 years ago
50 foot woman

August 6th, Silicon Valley's very own 50 foot woman. That is, a 50 foot stainless steel Madonna. (Well, she's really 32 feet on a 12 foot pedestal on an hill swamping with people bringing flowers and food offerings, but you know what I mean.) And stainless steel... It's so modern, so clean and polished, so practical, such a mediocre thermal conductor. Almost like a Faraday cage on a hill that people bow down to...

Ah, Silicon Valley.
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Faraday cages, carnivals and saffron...good stuff here
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eelend PRO 11 years ago
that madonna is very beautiful


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RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
32 foot stainless steel madonna? That is quite a creation. She looks suitably serene.
laheringer PRO 11 years ago
It's easy to be serene here. :) 70 degrees, slight breeze from the west and completely cloudless. I'm think I need to go back when she's got her head in the storm clouds and see what difference it makes.
laheringer PRO 11 years ago
real world math

August 7th, a couple small wasp nests I knocked down from the eaves. Poor wasps, they never have much of a chance here. The biblical quanity of ants we have here climb up and eat the larve out of the nest and the wasps have no defense mechanism for that. It's an ant eat wasp world out here. But those wasps keep trying.
Dragonhide 11 years ago
learn something new everyday. ant eating wasp? we have so much wasps here in Missouri... Could use some of that ant action over here! :)

wonderful catching up in your journal... geeky life done right. Kudos.
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
A nice close wasp-nest macro. And that is interesting about the ants.
eelend PRO 11 years ago
fantastic macro!!!!
i didn't know that about the ants :/


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laheringer PRO 11 years ago
simple sunset daisy

August 8th, I spent the day beat up Microsoft, so this is what you get. A simple small daisy at sunset in the yard. My husband's comment is that me doing this project is like having a kid who's forgotten that tomorrow is the big science fair, every single night.
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Well put...kid who's forgotten the science fair ! I have that feeling sometimes ...
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
*laughing at that description. I sometimes feel like that.

I hope Microsoft are suitably bruised and battered.
eelend PRO 11 years ago
hahaha i could say the same about me :P
but that's not a simple daisy, darling
it's very beautiful


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Dragonhide 11 years ago
seriously lovely daisy!
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Agreed - I forgot to mention I liked the daisy shot.
laheringer PRO 11 years ago
Ha! Well, RobW, we are not done with the Microsoft smack down. We have had the lone samuri battles in teahouses with lots of easily broken bamboo furniture to further the character development, but we are rapidly moving toward the point where the band of heros descend by rope into the enemy compound and the final climactic butt kicking begins. Tuesday at 10am, set your Tivo.

jmarcreichow, "in camera blur" is just my short hand tag for "I blurred it on purpose at the time", that I didn't go back and blur it with Photoshop. It just helps me when I search my archives for something because it tells me that there isn't a completely different original hanging around some place.
laheringer PRO 11 years ago
just another inflated ego at work

August 9th, Dave left (see August 3rd) and then a couple days later the boys in the lab that used to work for him decided that his chair looked empty, so they moved in this inflatable monkey. And when I go in to ask them to do something, they say, "tell it to the monkey".
laheringer PRO 11 years ago
Ah, Vegas, where you can order drinks in units of feet

August 10th, just back from a quick weekend in Las Vegas. (It's only an hour flight.) The first night we were headed to dinner and a show, so I didn't stop to take too many pictures. But I'm always amazed at Vegas' ability to take the mildly enjoyable (in this case a well churned frozen margarita) and make it too big for comfortable consumption. They sell frozen margaritas by the foot in Vegas. You know, 2 foot, 3 foot... But by the time you get to 5 feet, it looks more like a alien dancing partner than a refreshing drink.
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
A 5-foot Margarita? How Vegas! Right behind you with the Microsoft ass-kicking tomorrow. Why don't you borrow Bunaen's snake boots?
ItinerArts 11 years ago
Does it come with a neon stomach pump?

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eelend PRO 11 years ago
hahaha, i love that monkey!!!

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laheringer PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by laheringer (member) 11 years ago
Sassy Sally's

August 11th, I'm still processing the pictures from the Neon Museum Boneyard and choosing a favorite was impossible for me, so I'll just choose one at random.

The entire set (in progress) is here.
laheringer PRO 11 years ago
Owens Valley

August 12th, the plane ride home. You know, I used to live out here (briefly) on the badwater side of the Sierras. But they told me I didn't belong, I was too soft to stay.
laheringer PRO 11 years ago
just another set of Las Vegas drunks

August 13th, I realize this is completely cheating because (1) I didn't take this picture, (2) Monday was the day I scanned it, not the date it was taken, (3) and who know what day it would really count for because it was after midnight and a bottle of champagne.

But I don't have a lot of pictures of the two of us.
laheringer PRO 11 years ago
still wearing my lucky charm bracklet

August 14th, still wearing my lucky charm bracket with my little one eyed bandit lucky charm. :) Which would make more sense if we actually gambled in Vegas, but that's a sucker's game.
laheringer PRO 11 years ago
what my feet did on Wednesday

August 15th, what my feet did on Wednesday.
laheringer PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by laheringer (member) 11 years ago
what my feet did on Thursday

August 16th, and on Thursday my feet did yoga.

Really, the feet live very complex lives.
laheringer PRO 11 years ago
Friday my feet were forced to choose between sharp and blunt

August 17th, there was ass-kicking to be done, so the feet had to choose between sharp and blunt. Each of which had its advantages.
laheringer PRO 11 years ago
the yoyo

August 18th, another county fair picture.
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Feet - Behave, Champagne and photos (good combination (in all respects )), fuzzy county fairs....good stuff here.

CollardGreens
laheringer PRO 11 years ago
do kids really say, "mommy, mommy, I want to ride the salmon"

August 19th, the carousel in the local downtown San Jose park.
laheringer PRO 11 years ago
I can't bring you the cricket fiddles and wine

September 4, don't know if I'm coming or going or if I'm back. The last few weeks leading up tomorrow's announcement from Steve Jobs have been brutal. But this is the backyard in the starlight with the streetlights painting the tree shadows across the back of my house.
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
You've been away for a while and we miss the geekish wit...welcome home.

CollardGreens: Oops!
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Hi, welcome back, you've been working hard, obviously. Will watch for the announcement with interest, especially since I, and a couple other diarists, am contemplating making the transition to a MacBook. I've just spent two days doing maintenance on my Itunes library, and I'm sure the experience would be superior on a Mac.

Your Aug 13 is a very nice, happy picture, so you are forgiven if you transgressed any rules.
laheringer PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by laheringer (member) 11 years ago
john watches steve

September 5th, There's a terrible progression here. First, you go to the events where they demo your software and you hear the ooh's and ah's and you stand up at the end so the crowd can applaud you.

And then the second step is that you're up til 4am the night before getting the software done, so you don't have time to bath or the strength to fight the rush hour traffic into the city to attend the event, so you stumble down to the darkened cafetria and watch it there with the rest of the company and everyone high-fives you.

The third step, you're still working on the software, not finished with the software and he's up on stage announcing it. So, you break into the Boy Genius VP's office and watch it on his big screen TV. There is no tougher crowd than a frazzled crowd of engineers mocking their own failure.
laheringer PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by laheringer (member) 11 years ago
Dawn, standing on my roof

September 6th, new version of iTunes. Here I am stumbling home from work.

See in my house, if you forget your keys, you have to cat burgler your way up from the fence to the roof to the balcony. And then you can't help but notice that, wow, that's a really great sunrise.
RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 11 years ago
Exhausted, huh?

I guess Itunes is going to ask me in the next day or two if I want to do download the new version. Should I do it, or wait until the next iteration? I am busy copying a lot of music from CD, and purchasing from Itunes, to load up a new 80GB Ipod for the bar. I should probably complete that exercise on the current version and sync the new Ipod before installing a new version.
laheringer PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by laheringer (member) 11 years ago
learn to surf

September 7th, I've watched this sign all summer from crisp to missing pieces. It's back in the far corner of the parking lot behind the gym stabled to a cedar tree. Where no one goes but the gardeners and the FedEx vans looking for shade to eat their lunch in.

Well, and apparently me.
laheringer PRO 11 years ago
Yellow Kangaroo Paw

September 8th, Yellow Kangaroo Paw.
laheringer PRO 11 years ago
Sorry about that, Marc, I randomly mark things that are more autobiographic than artistic as family and friends only. Use the link at the top of the page to see anything you want in that set.
laheringer PRO 11 years ago
USA

September 15th, Segway polo. A sport every bit as exciting as competitive lawn mowing.
laheringer PRO 11 years ago
flowers fall into seed

September 16th, the bright pink crape myrtle in the garden is starting to fade.
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Segway polo? I guess it had to happen. Lovely DOF and soft colours on your myrtle. Thanks for the Itunes and Mac advice!
Simon-K 11 years ago
Segway Polo!!! Sounds quite funny, though I can imagine in reality its a bit dull
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Segway polo.. LOL

I had a ball catching up here. Awesome reading behind the scenes of a geek... on the other side.

(Linux & Windows IT company here... hehe)

Oh I want a maccc I wanna be cool, too.
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Segway polo....please - WAY too CA ! I'm never in a hurry when on my Murray.
laheringer PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by laheringer (member) 11 years ago
still from my life's movie

September 17th, random still from today's movie in progress.

What with Halloween coming, I've given some thought to where I would end up haunting if I was a ghost. I mean, there are places I've lost my heart, places I've left my shoes, an entire army of lost wallets and sunglasses, a forest of misplaced umbrellas, seascapes of shed tears. There was a foggy night in Venice in St. Mark's Square on a birthday that ended with a zero, with the city a hazy candlelit dream -- there were violins and my husband bought me an armful of roses from a gypsy, even though we had no place to put them.

But knowing me, if I woke up dead, I would probably go to the gym anyway. This is a picture of a very happy sight for me, the workout is over and I can put on my street clothes and be done.
laheringer PRO 11 years ago
fall in my neck of the wood

September 18th, where did September go? The Mountain Ashes in the parking lot are heavy with red berries and drunken birds from eating overripe berries.
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Surely it's early to be thinking of Hallowe'en, or can't you wait? i can't wait, because that's when we close. This season is starting to drag after 4.5 months and exhaustion setting in. But we keep smiling, keep providing entertainment and service to our customers.

Drunken birds? Do they sing loudly , weave and stagger, get over-amorous?
laheringer PRO 11 years ago
Drunken birds spawl on the hood of your car like a barfly in the gutter, limbs all askew. So, when you start your car and back up, they continue to lie there, smiling up at you, "yeah, yeah, let's go for a ride". Not flying off like a normal, sane, sober bird. Because if you drive off, they're going to fall and they're going to get run over, so you have to get out of the car with a piece of newspaper or cardboard (because drunks are not in control of their bodily fluids) and force them to go.
laheringer PRO 11 years ago
apple of cain

September 19th, Apple of Cain (aka fruit from a strawberry tree).

I took a garden tour once down at the Getty in LA and they went on and on about their Irish strawberry trees they'd carefully smuggled over from Britian and how special they were. But once you start to notice, they're everywhere here. This was was in the untended, untidy median strip between someone's backyard fence and the sidewalk.
ItinerArts 11 years ago
Nice shots! I especially like the carousel trout.

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CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Drunken birds...they have them in Glasgow I've heard !

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laheringer PRO 11 years ago
a girl's gotta wash up every now and then

September 20th, even a geeky girl has to wash up every now and then. This was supposed to be some sort of pumpkin exfoliation thing. I must have ditched class when they went over those girly kind of things because it's all such a mystery to me.
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Drunken birds - yuk! Hope the pumpkin beauty treatment works - do you turn into a princess at midnight?
laheringer PRO 11 years ago
rain on the roses

September 21st, rain on the roses in my garden.
laheringer PRO 11 years ago
out walking my geese

September 22nd, out walking my geese. Non-migratory geese have become quite a problem here, people apparently feed them donuts and bagels and they get too fat to fly.
laheringer PRO 11 years ago
found along the levee

September 23rd, not sure what this one is. Found it on the levee between the salt marsh and the water treatment plant. Just had that non-native look about it.
laheringer PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by laheringer (member) 11 years ago
I forget.  Am I the cat or the canary?

September 24th, I keep forgetting — am I the cat or the canary? What a day. The boss rolled in an hour after me, paused in my door and said, shitstorm comin'. And it did, with a midwestern, tornado alley vengence. By noon, the VP (his boss) was back from being dressed down by the CEO, pacing the hallway and mumbling "not my job, not. my. job." Hours later, my cellphone is sitting next to me, still vibrating with the cross-chatter as we try to fix this before the press figures out.

To a use a term from my NASA days, man, oh, man, somebody poked the pooch and the consensus seemed to be us.
laheringer PRO 11 years ago
the trade economy

September 25th, remember when you were a kid and you would trade your peanut butter and jam for someone's else's tuna fish?

There is a lively black market trade economy here in Silicon Valley. When people ask if I'm ready for the next major disaster, I laugh because I have a garage full of homemade canned goods. But it's a little lacking in variety. Man can not live by applesauce alone. (And trust me, we have a 2 year supply of applesauce out there.) My husband put up 27 jars of carrots just this weekend and I kept telling him, baby, there's going to be carrots in the store all winter...

So, we trade among ourselves. Today I got 2 jars of fresh tomato sauce for 2 jars of applesauce.
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Flightless geese fed doughnuts and bagels - that's a problem. Shitstorm at work - even bigger problem. At least you've got raindrops on roses to soothe you, and enough canned goods to ride out the storm.
Simon-K 11 years ago
I love the pics from the 22nd and 24th!! Hope the work problem gets solved!
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Love your posts... and the canned goods.. great idea... *checks his supply*
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
I've checked CNET and ZDNet and I don't see anything damaging. Some stuff in the English mainstream press about the perils of hacking the Iphone. So, whatever it is, you seem to be containing it. And I sensibly have resisted every offer to download the latest version, which pop up even though I have selected "don't inform me again".
laheringer PRO 11 years ago
Well, what a surprise... A new version of iTunes today. The fourth this month. The stress level has gotten to the point where I've found myself sleep walking which I haven't done since I was 7. Fortunately, despite all my co-workers jokes about me waking up with a knife in my hand and, oh, what's all that blood and it's not mine, the true is that I have the brain power of one of those robot vacuum cleaners while sleep walking. I can't open doors or drawers, and I mostly get stuck in corners.

Our September releases traditionally suck. Never eat oysters in months that don't end in R and never download a September version of iTunes.

I'll get some pictures up in a bit.
laheringer PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by laheringer (member) 11 years ago
sunset over McCovey Cove

September 26th, we bought these tickets to the Giants last home game 6 months ago. Not knowing that it would be Barry Bonds' last game in a Giants uniform. This is sunset over the far wall, over the flags, past the ferry boats.
laheringer PRO 11 years ago
this is what happens to your brain after 4 software releases in a single month

September 27th, this is my brain, well cooked, after 4 releases this month.
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
I remember those commercials...but I don't remember what I had for breakfast ! Does that make me short term memory deprived ?

*Waiting a bit to download upgrade...apple TV doesn't like the last one...or the one before that.

Good luck with your releases - we had a few this month as well but our clients are asleep when the alarms go off - makes em testy.

CollardGreens: Oops!
laheringer PRO 11 years ago
the violence inherent in the system

September 28th, the violence inherent in the system.
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September 29th, the Cupertino Moon Festival where I could not find a single moon cake...
laheringer PRO 11 years ago
Red Belgium Endives

September 30th, ahhh, the cruelest month of September is almost over. Red Belguim endives.
laheringer PRO 11 years ago
the chips say boo

October 1st and the short march to Halloween. Why, oh why, am I attracted to holiday themed foods? The foods in abnormal shapes and colors...?
laheringer PRO 11 years ago
before the surgery

October 2nd, my husband goes in for surgery on Friday (at 5am — what cruelty is this?) because they've found some sort of growth in his left lung, possibly fungus. We're both staying away from that cancer word to keep from freaking each other out. The doctors keep asking if we've been to Nantucket and I'm not sure why.
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Four stressful releases in a month, and now this. Hoping and wishing for the best. I politely refused the offer of a new Itunes release yesterday - I guess they take a few days to percolate to remoter areas of the world.
laheringer PRO 11 years ago
the first signs of halloween

October 3rd, Halloween is a big event in our household.
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Nantucket?? How strange.

Whew. I'm gonna send you and the hubby all the good vibes I can muster. That's scary and no fun at all.

But- YAY for Halloween... Our household is fully decked out in Halloween already, too.
laheringer PRO 11 years ago
Rambutan

October 4th, mmmm, nummy, nummy rambutan.
laheringer PRO 11 years ago
I love you despite that awkward transparency

October 5th, 7 hours in surgery and all I get is a picture of a chest x-ray. If I was thinking faster, I would have gotten a snapshot of the fist-sized fungus growth that they took from his lungs, but it was so ugly that I was stunned into "oh, my, gawd, what meteorite did THAT come from?"
laheringer PRO 11 years ago
come into my arms, said my robot lover

October 6th, in which I found comfort in the arms of a robot lover...
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Fungus amongus...usually a problem for cave explorers....curious that it did not manifest earlier. anyway - good vibes from paris also. Careful with the robot lover - they can be so mechanical !

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laheringer PRO 11 years ago
Gordon and his dogs

October 7th, the Sonoma County Harvest Fair sheep dog trials.
laheringer PRO 11 years ago
the noble squash

October 8th, the noble squash
laheringer PRO 11 years ago
the second sign of halloween

October 9th, more Halloween.
laheringer PRO 11 years ago
dawn after rain

October 10th, a blue dawn after a night of pouring rain.
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