Day 18 - Cover the Earth

This is the logo and slogan of a paint company called Sherwin-Williams. Every time I see this, I am thoroughly baffled by how wrong, on how many levels this is.

Their logo is a paint bucket, dumping red, thick paint all over planet earth, and their slogan is "Cover the Earth". You don't have to be particularly environmentally inclined to recognize that covering our entire planet with harmful chemicals is perhaps not the best thing mankind could do. Now, I realize they don't mean this literally (or at least, I sincerely hope so). But it still makes me wonder if this is really all the person who invented the logo (presumably all the way back in the 19th century, when the company was founded) could come up with? "It's paint. It's like any other paint on the planet. Well except that ours thrives to cover the planet. Yup, all of it. Like a frozen banana. Except not edible."


Regarding the pic: This is a cellphone shot, little grainy on the bottom, and due to the bright sunshine (oh NorCal in January, I love thee) it was quite overexposed, so I messed with the contrast and saturation a bit until it looked acceptable.

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Day 17 - On the Beach

Today is MLK, Jr. Day. Since it's a day off, we went on a trip to the Pacific Coast, to Santa Cruz. This is a photo of Tara and Lizzy running on the "off-leash dog beach". Fun!

At ISO 400 and f/11, my camera kept up with the action very well. I like the colors from the sunset.

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Day 16 - Caffettiera

As you now know, I routinely have a cup of espresso after lunch, most days. At home, it currently looks like this: My 3-cup Bialetti Moka (or "caffettiera" as the Italians call it) simmering over a gas flame! Some of you may wonder, what happened to the full-blown espresso machine? It's hibernating: Due to the voltage difference between Europe and the US, I had to abandon my coffee grinder in Europe, and I have not yet acquired a new one. So while I have an espresso maker, I can't make properly ground coffee for it yet. But as soon as I do, rest assured you'll see a photo on in my "project 365".

Another 50mm portrait shot, plain and simple :)

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Day 15 - Open Your Heart, Open Your Mind, Open Your Source

This is one of my favorite coffee mugs: I bought it back in 2002 at the LinuxTag open source conference in Karlsruhe, Germany. The motto of that year's conference -- "Open Your Mind, Open Your Heart, Open Your Source" -- hints at what this conference was still very much about: Convincing decision makers, in particular in government organizations, to recognize the potential in open source software and treat it as an opportunity rather than a threat. Luckily, we've come a long way since then.

This is a simple, Saturday-morning sun, "portrait" photo, with no alterations whatsoever.

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Day 14 - Building America

This is one of the aforementioned (Day 12!) yellow Union Pacific Railroad engines that seem to have a nest around here. I am pretty impressed by how much weight they can move around -- and besides, the patriotic flag and slogan on the side is a great reminder of what the railroad has been doing for this country for centuries: Building America.

This photo is a tiny little bit grainy due to the high ISO value I picked because it was getting dark already. Ah well!

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Day 13 - Daily Espresso Routine

For several years now, every day after lunch, I have an espresso. When I work from home, I use my own espresso maker. Now at the office, the closest I can get is Nespresso -- which is actually not half bad. Unless we run out of pods and only decaf and lungos are left in the coffee drawer...

This is a cell phone shot, whose colors were broken beyond belief (very, very red). So instead of messing with it for too long, I decided to go for a black-and-white filter, along with a vignette.

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Day 12 - Right on Track

These are no Caltrain tracks: Instead, they are tracks for Union Pacific Railroad's commercial freight trains, who seem to transport quite a number of goods over these tracks everyday with their charming yellow engines. I didn't know very many commercially used railroad tracks still used wood as their base (as opposed to concrete), though.

I took this at 200mm focal length, which resulted in a rather short DOF. I liked the result more than the same photo taken at 50mm. It nicely frames the tracks as the subject of this picture.

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Day 10 - Sparsity in the Webdev Section

Before 9am in the webdev section means emptiness. Except for Luke and myself.

Regarding the pic: Interesting graininess of the Nexus S camera in low lighting conditions. One could also safely call it "ugly".

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Day 10 - Oregon vs Auburn

Today's picture doesn't exactly qualify as a photo, but let's not be too critical... :)

This is Oregon vs. Auburn in the BCS finals, as seen in my instance of Firefox 4.0b9pre.

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Day 9 - Sunday Shopping

Living close to a mall does have its advantages.

This is a cell phone photo with a silly polaroid-esque frame. Guess what. I am old enough that as a kid, I did once win such an instant film camera in a raffle.

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