Sunday, August 3, 2008

Angeles Crest

Rode up Angeles Crest, this time with a bunch of random people from thumpertalk. Pretty good ride, went up to Newcomb pass and had some pancakes. Here's a pic of a bunch of Suzukis.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008


One of my favorite German words is schadenfreude, which is enjoyment taken from the misfortune of someone else. I like it because the particular type of enjoyment was actually common enough to warrant its own word. Well now I just found my new favorite Japanese word. Karoshi. They kind of go together actually.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Beach after work

it was hot as hell so I watched people at the beach all afternoon.

Angeles crest

rode up to angeles crest to check out some trails. Some good road and some good dirt up there.

Gas brutal

I have a small car and it cost me this much to fill up. Liberating carbon and energy ain't cheap.

Thursday, June 12, 2008


apparently I had 60 thousand dollars in my cash card account.

>On 2008-06-16,10:02:33 Kathryn wrote:

>>That's too funny

New card

my new filipino flag discover card. Haha I win all restaurant credit showdowns now!

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Morro Bay

Morro Bay up the California Coast. Great place to go visit. I camped out next to the bay when I took a road trip up PCH. I think I could have spent a week there.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Phoenix Landed

My first month on the job and we had a spectacular landing on Mars. I even had to work. Although I was glad to be to be part of the event and I was shadowing Katherine so I wasn't doing anything critical.It was pretty darn cool. I worked in the Navigation Mission Support Area were the Phoenix navigators were working round the clock for a couple of the events like trajectory corrections and EDL. We watch the lander touch down through our real time doppler feed and everybody cheered when the lander relayed back the successful landing tone. Later on the pictures came in and we went into the main mission support area to check them out Its the room that you can see from NASA TV where everyone is wearing blue shirts. The back row is where all the VIPs sit, including Dr. Elachi, the lab director and some other big wigs from NASA. This is a shot taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter of the heat shield, parachute and back shell debris. Pretty awesome.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

1 month old

Brandon Banquet, hope those teeth come in soon so he can have some duck.

Monday, May 12, 2008


they definitely make sure there are no obstacles to get in the way of you doing your work around here. Not in photo: the non functioning badge reader (for me at least).

>On 2008-05-12,20:52:12 grandmasophia wrote:

>>hey stinker, i wish i had 2-3 monitors at my work station!

>On 2008-05-17,13:16:31 Blaise wrote:

>>If I had some time, I was going to cut out the actual size photos on the cinema display box and put up two more cardboard cutout monitors. But I had to go home.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

New Job

I'm two weeks into my new job with the Nav section at JPL. This weekend was Open House and me Benedict and Sophia went out to Lab to check out the exhibits. Rovers everywhere.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Circle X

Sandstone peak from Circle X station.

UC Easter

We got the day off today since its Ceasar Chavez Day (UC Easter Break) and so I drove up to Malibu to check out Mishe Mokwa Trail off of Circle X Ranch. You drive about 9 miles on Yerba Buena Road which branches off PCH at the county line to get there. Basically make a right after you pass Neptune's Net. This is the view North on the beach side of PCH. Lot of surfers out today, and dogs. The hills were all yellow too, I think they're poppy blooms. It rained so much everything is green and yellow.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Kathryn in Antartica

Check out Kathryn's trip to the Palmer Station in Antartica to install a magnetometer. Science equals adventure!

>On 2008-04-07,06:03:39 grandmasophia wrote:

>>i'm so jealous she got to go to antartica!

Thursday, March 20, 2008


I subleted my apartment for the month of February while I was in the Philippines. After I moved back into my apartment all my toilet paper was gone. Turns out I didn't need TP that much, its been 3 weeks and I finally bought some. Think of all the trees I saved. And all the newspapers I defiled. Oh checkout Tasmeen's myspace artists page. The girl I subleted my place to. She sings and acts. Free promotion is always nice, haha even if its just to my journal's three remaining subscribers.

Monday, February 11, 2008

White Water Rafting

Rafting in the Davao River. The rain just started falling so the rapids were not as crazy, but still a whole lot of fun. Thanks to my cousin Edmund for taking us, I'd love to do this again.

Samal Island

This is an islet off Samal Island in Davao at the Pearl Farm Resort. You can actually walk all the way to that little islet. There's a water slide on the other side. I think one of the Amazing Races was filmed here.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

For Jeff

Here's some durians. By the way they are banned in hotel lobbies in this town I'm in. The sign says no bombs, firearms, or durians.

>On 2008-03-04,18:30:51 Kathryn wrote:

>>They are kind of like a bomb; A STINK bomb

Wednesday, February 6, 2008


Another Pic I took yesterday on Panglao Island.


I'm in Bohol, an island in the Philippines, this little Marsupial Monkey is a native. Its about the freakiest thing I've seen.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Rode up to Chantry Flats

It was such a nice day, I went up to Chantry Flats to check out the view.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Venice Artists

MLK weekend. I think King would be proud of what he sees today.

Venice Rollerskaters

Looks like a lot of fun.


I looked up the Garfield cartoon for my date of birth. You can look up yours.

Garfield Archives

I should also check out The Far Side and Calvin and Hobbes for more comic divinations.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Happy New Year

My family and I rung in the New Year on the strip. Scott and his classmates were also there. Big thanks to Dave for hanging out with us too. Everybody was out on the road, Las Vegas Blvd. was shutdown from about 6 pm to well into the early hours of the morning. All the hotels also started restricting entry to hotel guests only. Haha I'm already looking forward to 2009. This photo is about 250 ms of the 10 minute fireworks show shot thorugh my 50mm lens.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008


Saw Spamalot at the Wynn with my family and Kathryn. Highly recommend whether you've seen Monty Python's Holy Grail or not. It basically a postmodern musical comedy of Holy Grail, which is kinda odd since Holy Grail was pretty much a postmodern satire.