The California DMV has a compelling reason to Read The Fine Manual: IT HAS ALL THE ANSWERS!
I was going to wear my newly-acquired Honey Badger Don't Care shirt to work today, but it turns out it has a sewing error on the sleeve. Because I don't want to look like a honey badger just attacked me and ripped my shirt to shreds, I'll try and get it replaced. Honey badger might not care, but I do ;)
One basic question keeps coming up when I talk to people about my job at Mozilla (be it in a social setting or even in interviews with people applying for a job at Mozilla):
"What, Mozilla makes websites? I thought all you did was Firefox."
It's usually followed by a second question: "what, your websites are open source, too?"
The basic misconception here is that Firefox is Mozilla's mission. This is not true. Mozilla's mission is outlined, in broad strokes, in the Mozilla Manifesto, and the core of Mozilla's mission is to make the Internet better for the users (which goes beyond the Web and includes technologies like email, for example). And we believe that the best Internet for the users is one that inherently supports openness and choice.
Now don't get me wrong. Firefox is important. Because the Web is the most visible thing that people like you and I are using the Internet for nowadays, Firefox is our most important tool to make the Internet better for the users. But it is not enough. The Web is not television. On the Web, the users are also the producers.
And this is why Mozilla's mission goes beyond Firefox, beyond Thunderbird, deeply into the development and privacy space. A participatory Web based on Open standards, powerful APIs, along with the inherent freedom of choice and users' control over their own personal data are what Mozilla is all about. Apart from Firefox, don't be surprised to see Mozilla write state-of-the art, open source web applications and developer tools, be involved in the development of various open standards and play an important role in many other spaces that are relevant to the Internet today.
Time for some car maintenance today: My car's cabin air filter, conveniently hidden behind the glove box, looks like it's passed its prime. If you misplaced your smog recently, I think I found it...
Back to the topic of overexposure -- sometimes "too much" light can be just enough. Like in this picture of a basil plant in the summer sun, where I quite intentionally played with the sunlight coming straight from the front. Whacha think?
Looks like the caterer might have mildly overestimated the amount of sauce we would need with today's "Authentic Jamaican" BBQ. It's so authentic, they must have used metric units.
After last week's overexposed shot, time to try again with the shutter speed increased a little. Worked well, I think! Admittedly, it's a cloudy day, so the risk of overexposure is slim anyway.
This is a "fake HDR" (single shot, tonemapped) shot, which I liked for the nicely increased contrast on the clouds as well as the letters on the sign.
It's pretty clear why the people in my neighborhood tend to have bigger vehicles: You wouldn't want to cause too much damage to your car when you back out until you hear a sound...
People taking a brewery tour at the microbrewery "21st Amendment" in San Francisco. Thank heavens for the helpful label on the window, or I might have had trouble telling what I am looking at.
Now, the same brewing space we're looking at here featured a disco ball later, which is pretty awesome, I must admit.
At a concert in San Mateo's Central Park, a boy is throwing his teddy bear into the air to catch it again.
I think I captured a great moment, but I am terribly sad about the depth of field in this one. It is really hard to tell the subject apart from the background. But I thought I'd share the shot anyway, despite this flaw.