Friday, June 27, 2014

Comparing Yourself with Others

A friend and coworker shared this video with me today. It's something that I've struggled with in various ways for quite some time. My watching of this video is also timely for me as I am traveling back home from a conference, led by thought leaders in my field which I tend to create similar fantasies about. First, have a watch. It's only about 2 minutes and well worth your time.

I've broken my two year non-writing streak on this blog as I think this is a worthy cause. Comparing yourself to someone else's highlight reel is not doing yourself any favors. Seriously, stop. No matter what it takes. Delete your Facebook account, or whatever app you use if you have to. I've gone through phases just in the past couple of years where I've needed to remove those apps from my phone so it wouldn't be easy to look at while idle.

Instead, engage in conversation face-to-face, or catch up with distant friends via old-fashioned phone calls. It's not that you have friends with terrible lives, but their lives are not as happy-go-lucky as you may be believing after being exposed to only their sharing of what they want to share in a semi-public way.

This is not to say that "my life sucks". Quite the opposite. This is to say that your struggles and problems are probably not unique. Put down the feed. You're not alone, and you don't have to lie to others in order to measure up.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

10 Days of Real Food

Danielle and I just finished up day 1 of a 10-day "real food" pledge. We're spending 10 days not eating any processed foods, and only eating "real" (things that we can buy raw and make ourselves) foods. You can see more details on how this works over at the 100 Days of Real Food page on how to define real foods.

Why are we doing this? Well, the reasons are fairly simple. We both want to be healthier and have been learning more and more as of late about the current state of affairs with the food industry. For quite some time now, we've been buying mostly organic produce, with our primary source being the farmers' market (with some supermarket organics mixed in during the week or when we want things that can't be grown locally). When we eat out, a lot of times it's anyone's guess as to where the food comes from (well, the conspiracy theorist in me always assume the worst). When Danielle ran across the website linked above a few weeks ago, we both decided we wanted to take the pledge and try cutting out processed foods for at least the 10-day period proposed.

Is it really that hard? Well, yes and no. Yes, it's difficult to begin a process like this. I've known for some time just how many preservatives and additives are in foods, but it's shocking the places it shows up. Even at places like Whole Foods and farmers markets, which is filled with food snobs and hippies, you have to be careful and read everything. Now that we are off and running (day 1 is already done!), I suspect things will be much easier. Danielle has done a great job at planning out things, so there's no "I don't know, what do you want to eat tonight?" temptations. So far, the food is excellent, so sticking to a diet like this should be easy :).

Zucchini muffins made from scratch. I like where this is going.

Changing Things Up

You may have noticed a few changes around here. If not, you've never been to the site. I've decided to change over to Blogger since I've been tiring of hosting my sites and worrying about them. Plus, Blogger integrates in a few ways with Google+, which is where I've been spending most of my time and posting most of my photos. I'm not entirely comfortable with handing over even more of my data to Google, but it seems that's where things are headed anyway.

If you notice that there are some weird things at the end of any posts, it's fairly likely that it's leftovers from the old Flickr plugin I had on the old site. That data got imported right into the body of posts. Also, as a result of the import, the photos got lost. If you want to check out any of my older posts, I have a bunch of stuff over in my account at Flickr, and now have been adding things to Picasa/Google+.

Monday, February 20, 2012

What Have I Been Up To Lately?

This blog has gone silent for about 6 months or so now. This is partially because I started running out of things to say about photos I post and started just posting links on Facebook to my Flickr albums, but mostly because I've been heads-down working on a project with a friend. Last week, we opened things up for the world and I'm finally able to talk about it here.

Our project (site) is called ShutterGuides and is a place for sharing photo guides. We got the idea when heading out on a trip to Yosemite to take photos. We couldn't really find ideas on locations to find photos anywhere, except maybe Flickr maps and Panoramio. Both of those were great at finding locations, but neither really helped us that much with knowing where to go or giving recommendations on time of day, seasons, etc.

After a lot of scouring the web for similar sites to help guide us to where to find photogenic scenes and finding nothing, we decided to create a place for it.

To catch the spirit of what we are trying to do, check out my (still incomplete) guide for one of my favorite parks in the Bay Area: Point Reyes National Seashore.

See also: our original blog post announcing the opening of ShutterGuides.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Camping in Mammoth Lakes

We spent this weekend camping near Mammoth Lakes, CA. It was a beautiful area, but a bit far. On Saturday, we visited nearby Mammoth Mountain (apparently a huge skiing attraction with southern Californians) and Devil's Postpile National Monument during the day and Mono Lake during the evening. We also drove through Yosemite on the way there and back (stopping a bit more on the way back). I spent a good deal of our visit to Devil's Postpile playing with the fisheye lens. Since the experiences were fairly different, I split them into separate sets..

Camping / Devil's Postpile:
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Mono Lake:
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Sunday, May 8, 2011

Camping at Big Basin

We went camping this last weekend in Big Basin Redwood State Park. Despite me forgetting to put the sleeping bags in the car (doh!), it was a great weekend. We got to try out our new tent, eat some food cooked over a fire, see some big trees, hang out with friends and go on a long hike. Here are the pictures (most are just from our hike)

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P.S. It's been a while since there have been any updates here.. I've got lots of pictures to share, but only so much time to write about things. I'm hoping to write about at least some of the older photo sets, but you can see the un-blogged-about sets on my Flickr page.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Henry Coe State Park

Another hike today using the GPS tracker with no SLR. This time there were no weird glitches where it said we went 12mph. When we got back to the park offices, we were greeted with a great view of a spectacular sunset. Since I didn't have the SLR, a pic from the iPhone with a washed out sky is all you get.


Henry Coe

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