Sad News

After five years of being a member of the core developers of the Gallery open source software — and reaping many personal, academic, and professional rewards from the same, I quietly left the team on Thursday. A large contingent of the core developers had met at the extended Googleplex here in Mountain View to sit down and hammer out as much of the next version of Gallery as possible. Halfway through day two I realized that my heart simply wasn’t in it. Yes, I still love software development, and still need software to manage my images, but somewhere during my sabbatical for school I drifted away and just never came back. Splitting from your high school girlfriend when you go to college is a bit cliché, but that’s pretty much what happened. I continued to offer logistical support to the team for the rest of the week, but Thursday afternoon I went back to my day job and tried to stay out of the way of Gallery’s progress.

Leaving was an incredibly difficult decision. I am still a bit flattened by it.

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Let’s see some pictures! Yay!

I spent a week or so unpacking and decluttering in anticipation of a couple of guys spending a few days sleeping on my couch. In other news, I bought a couch one day. Don and I packed it into our two cars along with shelves, cushions, and other assorted IKEA detritus. I assembled it, and now finally I can twist Don’s arm until he comes to hang out at my place. I’ve even wound up and twist tied those cables in the box in the foreground. I can finally find that SCSI cable from 1996!
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Happy Halloween

Today there were guns and other funs in the suns. Tonight, we made this for your pleasure:
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Bidet, sir. I SAID BIDET!

I am at the Googleplex for three days with the Gallery group to hack out a completely new version of Gallery. After drinking a huge cup of coffee and a small cup of tea, I found myself suddenly in need of a restroom visit. I don’t know if you know this, but the Google bathrooms have heated seats, and sprays of warm water for your bottom. I thought that this would be the height of luxury, but, uh, no. That was actually kind of… icky.

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Now With More Fishtank!

I finally replaced the aquarium that I left behind in Minnesota with a new one. Observe:
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About Pitbulls

When you refer to “lipstick” in the context of a canine, doesn’t it usually refer to the dog’s penis as it extends from the prepuce? I’m just saying that “Pitbull with lipstick” seems to me to mean “a dog with an erect wang.”

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An observation

Sarah Palin puts the “L” in “pain”. Listening to her “debate” makes my skin crawl.

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Taking a survey

Is there a name that we did not provide but you feel would better describe an all-inclusive product that would allow you do everything you need with photos, videos, DVD burning and DVD playback?

Corel Photo and Video Suite
Corel Photo and Video Albums
Corel Whoosits and Whatsits
Corel Digital Media Manager
Corel Family Albums : “Your photos and videos all in one place!”
Corel Big Brother : “Watching you”
Corel Media Gallery
Corel Media Bucket
Corel Stuff Bucket
Corel Chum Bucket
Corel Sharks! Sharks! Oh God! WHY ARE WE BEING EATEN?
Corel LOLCatsmaker
Corel Digital Media Business
Corel Digital Media Life
Corel Digital Media Death
Corel Digital Mediator “OM NOM NOM GIMME”
Corel Digital Mediaplex
Corel Digital Drive-in
Corel Stag Films in the Basement
Corel Pics and Vids Suite
Corel iLife
Corel DigiLife
Corel Medio!
Corel Free Brainstorming
Corel I should probably do some work. Work work work. Worky worky work. Workity workity bing bang boo, I’m gonna work a bit for you. First I work, then I poo, workity work, workity work, work on you!

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The Big Show

I went back to Minnesota last weekend for the opening of my joint show with Paul Armstrong: un/dead. It was pretty awesome. Sarah busted her ass to do all the things that I should have done were I there. Paul busted ass to get more than his half of the show done. Really, I just showed up, hung some of my stuff, and drank a couple of beers. No big deal.

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Road Trip Day Three (and four): Yellowstone! (and Nevada)

I awoke in Cody, Wyoming and asked some locals if my intended route to the north end of Yellowstone would be scenic and fun to drive. The hotel clerk responded in the affirmative, noting that he would sometimes drive the route just for a fun drive. I set out on 120, skipped onto 296, which climbed and fell to ludicrous extent before meeting 212, which would carry me through Cooke City (where I had a hot dog, met a fellow Minnesota expatriate, and mailed several post cards.

Here’s the view from Dead Indian Pass, which is a ways into 296.
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