Titan Missile Museum
By Dwip December 14, 2016 at 3:28 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

Precisely a year ago, in honor of my 35th birthday, Dad and I took a trip over to the Titan Missile Museum in Sahuarita, AZ about 5 minutes from where my parents live. Therein you get a guided tour of a silo housing an LGM-25C Titan II intercontinental ballistic missile, part of the US nuclear deterrent from 1963 to 1987. As you can see, there’s not much aboveground – that tan thing in the foreground there is the enclosure that seals off the top of the silo. Everything else is museum.


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Sabino Canyon
By Dwip November 16, 2016 at 5:20 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

In December 2015, four days after I got out of the Army and flew down to my parents’ place in Arizona, they took me out to Sabino Canyon, just outside of Tucson. Despite it being December, it was fairly temperate in the 70s because of the arid climate. I got told to watch for rattlesnakes sunning themselves. In December. Four days earlier, I was freezing my ass off waiting for a bus in Missouri. Yeah.


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Adventures in 3D Printing
By Dwip January 1, 2016 at 8:46 pm Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

So, one of the things Dad got for Christmas was a 3D printer. And in the process of figuring out what to do with it, it occurred to us that Blender could make the files that this printer needs to print stuff. If only there were somebody around with a copy of Blender and a stash of files to use. Oh wait. So first we said “Hey, can it do a sword from Oblivion?” Well, sure it can. It’s right up there. That’s sort of neat, but we should think bigger. So we did.


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Fly the Evergreen Skies
By Dwip August 19, 2015 at 1:50 am Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

As it turns out, and really who knew, Oregon has a pretty world class air and space museum, the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, all of an hour north of Corvallis. Ever since I got back to Oregon in 2011, I’d really wanted to check the place out, because planes are super cool. Which is why I finally got around to it a month before leaving for the Army. I’d say I was procrastinating, but it’s not like I wasn’t going elsewhere. Anyway, I finally got around to going, and I’m going to show you a small part. Yes, small. I took over 350 pictures. There’s a lot there. Also, warning. There’s like 70 images in this post. I said […]


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(Don’t Go) Chasing Waterfalls
By Dwip July 14, 2015 at 4:53 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

For people from the future, this was actually written in March 2016 and backdated, because at the time I was way, way too busy to actually post these things. So, as part of the whole “Erik’s joining the Army!” festivities, we decided to have a last group gaming session out at Cole’s place in Redmond. And since my friends know and support my photography habit, it was further decided that we should go up to Tumalo Falls because waterfalls. This…sort of worked.


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Chasing Waterfalls
By Dwip June 20, 2015 at 7:24 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

As anybody who has followed these photoblogging posts over the last couple of years knows, I’ve made it a mission to hit as many of Oregon’s various natural areas as I can. This is, as you might imagine, a fairly herculean task considering how much wilderness there is in this state. Nevertheless, a slight dent has been made. Since the beginning, I’ve always wanted to make it to Silver Falls State Park, which is supposed to be one of, if not the, standout of the whole system, featuring no less than ten waterfalls, lush forest, and some pretty serious cliffs. Devin and I got to talking, I mentioned wanting to go, and we decided to make a day of it. […]


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Spring Has Sprung
By Dwip May 3, 2015 at 1:20 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

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By Demand
By Dwip March 4, 2015 at 4:00 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

The things I do to satisfy my constituents.


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Cerulean
By Dwip February 25, 2015 at 2:39 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

The other day I had occasion to go out to Junction City for some things, and since I was out there I decided to see if they had any interesting parks, like you do. What I found was Browns Landing State Park, which in the best traditions of Oregon parks is this random little turnaround at the end of this random road that happens to be next to the Willamette. So, you know me, I took pictures. And since I’m trying to make my camera do more things, I decided to play some with shooting at lower exposure. These pictures have also all been played with a bit in Photoshop CS2 using Auto Levels, another thing I am trying to […]


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Glare on the Water
By Dwip February 19, 2015 at 4:33 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

An approximate conversation from earlier: “Well, time to go to Albany and do some errands.” “Hey self, didn’t you want to check out this Hyak Park place and take some pictures of the Willamette?” “Right you are, self. Where’s my camera?” So I did that thing.


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Wetlands Practicing
By Dwip February 18, 2015 at 11:58 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

Yeah, it’s pretty much gonna be all photoblogging all the time around here for a while, I think. I’ve got lots to say, but it’s mostly waiting for this month’s mammoth medialogging post, which involved no actual mammoths. Anyway, went for a walk this evening, and I brought my camera, because hey practice. And if I share the results I make people happy, so here we are.


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In Which All Constituencies Are Satisfied
By Dwip February 17, 2015 at 8:12 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

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Elephantine
By Dwip February 17, 2015 at 11:19 am Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

I had occasion to make the trek to Junction City yesterday, and it was a fabulous day, 60+ degrees and the sun was shining, and we all know what that means. Pictures! Today’s pictures are brought to you by the continued need for me to experiment with my various white balance and color functions, and by Great Teacher Lorelai’s post-dentistry picture cravings and want to see the elephant table thing. More on that in a moment.


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On Learning to Photographer
By Dwip February 16, 2015 at 4:36 am Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

In which, taking a departure from our usual location-based ramblings, I’m going to talk a bit about trying to hone my craft, such as it is.  All the photographs are from Fort Hoskins up in the Coast range foothills.  I went there two years ago.  You can see some more varied pictures there. In particular, I was interested in two things this trip: A) trying to make clouds work; B) messing around with the white balance settings on my Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS some more. All I changed was white balance – I left it on ISO 100 (previously established as something of a sweet spot with regards to noise in the light I shoot in) and didn’t mess with […]


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An Evening Drive
By Dwip February 11, 2015 at 7:13 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

Right around 4:30 today, I said to myself “Self, you need to get out of the house. How’s the weather right now? Not raining? Perfect.” For a while now, I’ve been meaning to go back out in the hills and try and get some sunset type shots. Since I didn’t have time to go where I originally wanted to go, I decided to go back to our old friends Llewellyn Road and Finley Wildlife Refuge and see what I could see. Things were seen.


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Before the Storm
By Dwip February 8, 2015 at 7:34 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

So we’re having thunderstorms right now. And I have a camera. And a bit of knowledge of GIMP sorcery.


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America By Dashboard
By Dwip February 6, 2015 at 12:07 am Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

So, as most of you know, back in March 2011 I took a little trip across the country when I moved back to Oregon from Connecticut. As most of you are also aware, this was not a happy event, which is part of why I’ve sat on it for almost four years. The other part, of course, is that before the last redesign this blog wasn’t capable of displaying the pictures like I wanted, but that got fixed like two years ago so what am I waiting for. Somewhat more to the point, however, I took a bunch of pictures on my way back, most of them one handed with no aiming from the dashboard of my car, which I […]


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Glow
By Dwip November 21, 2014 at 1:56 am Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

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Late Afternoon
By Dwip November 12, 2014 at 9:10 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

In my quest to avoid being murdered over pictures.


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Clouds
By Dwip October 23, 2014 at 9:13 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

Because if I don’t post pretty pictures I will be mauled to death by lions.


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I Have Orders to Post These
By Dwip October 17, 2014 at 10:15 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

Apparently, if I don’t give the ladies who read the blog for the pretty pictures more pictures, they get angry. I’m not really into the whole anger thing, so here we are. Took another trip to Finley, because Hana wanted texture pics. Most of them look like that one up there, and there’s only so many of those I feel like showing you.


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On the Highways and Byways
By Dwip October 15, 2014 at 5:04 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

“Oregon has excellent LOD“, Hana tells me, and since she’s half the reason I’m out doing all this photoblogging for you all, let’s show off a bit more of it. These are something of a grab bag of sources – my Canon, the loaner Samsung, in cars, out of cars, multiple days, what have you. Any graphical disparities you may see are actually the subliminal messages taking hold. Soon, rabbits shall rule the world!


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I Saw an Owl On Woodpecker Loop
By Dwip October 14, 2014 at 10:54 am Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

…but he flew away before I could get a picture off. Sorry. Today we’re going to Finley Wildlife Refuge, which is directly between Corvallis and Monroe, and a place I have been many, many times given that it’s just about in my back yard. I’ve been there for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, school, just because Dad wanted to go, and a couple times just because I wanted to go. And now you can go too.


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I Got Stung Here Once
By Dwip October 11, 2014 at 8:57 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

This is the latest in a now fairly long line of things I want to show you in Oregon, brought about by the arrival of a loaned camera of a rather newer vintage than my 5 year old Canon. I’ll talk more about that in another post. Alsea Falls is, if not literally down the road from where I grew up, not all that far away. Consequently, I was here many, many times in the 80s and early 90s, but it’s probably been 15 or 20 years since I’ve been back. Dumb, considering how close I lived to it, but there you go.


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ISO 80, Daylight, Vivid
By Dwip October 10, 2014 at 7:05 am Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

So, there’s a bit of a thing with my camera (a Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS) where the Auto settings don’t quite generate the picture quality you might hope for – lots of noise. So I decided to play with camera settings a bit. Setting ISO to 80 gets rid of most of the noise outdoors, and so that problem solved I decided to play with some more things – what does setting the white balance to Daylight do? How about color balance to Vivid? So I spent most of the day wandering around taking random test shots. Here are some of them. ISO 80 is staying, but Daylight and Vivid get you intro trouble with clouds.


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Wetlands in the Mist
By Dwip October 9, 2014 at 8:13 am Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

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It’s Been So Long Since I’ve Seen the Ocean, Part 2
By Dwip October 6, 2014 at 4:17 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

Part 2 of my excursion to Newport. This is the tunnel leading from a parking area under the roadway to Agate Beach, which is one of the closest to Newport and one I went to many times as a kid. I’ve got fond memories of that tunnel.


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It’s Been So Long Since I’ve Seen the Ocean, Part 1
By Dwip October 5, 2014 at 4:04 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

Guess I should. So, in a fit of insanity brought on by my crazy sleep schedule lately, I decided to take a 50 mile trip over the mountains to Newport and the Oregon coast. This has been a while coming – despite our many, many trips to the coast when I was a kid, I think it’s probably been ten years since I’ve been back, and about five since I’ve seen the ocean in any capacity. I just needed the right day to fix that. That was today. Oh man was that today.


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Europe Photoblogging, Part 22: Ostia
By Dwip September 29, 2014 at 9:59 am Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

This is a street within the Necropolis of Ostia, the ancient port of Rome at the mouth of the Tiber. In absence of the ability to make the trip to Pompeii, I visited the ruins of Ostia on 6/27/04 as my final side trip from Rome. I talk about it here.


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Europe Photoblogging, Part 21: The Vatican
By Dwip September 28, 2014 at 5:01 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

As noted by famous authorities the Stone Temple Pilots, there really is a Vatican gift shop on the roof of St. Peter’s Basilica. This is it. I took a side trip to the most important site in Catholicism towards the end of my Rome trip on 6/26/04, as chronicled here. I say side trip, but the home of the Pope is actually just across the Tiber from everywhere I had just been, so it wasn’t all THAT much off to the side.


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Europe Photoblogging, Part 20: Rome, Part 2
By Dwip September 27, 2014 at 11:52 am Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

This is my second post on the wonders and oddities of Rome and my time there. As previously, there are two blog entries that describe things in more detail here and here The guy on the horse is Marcus Aurelius, a replica of an original Roman statue from the 170s AD. The pedastal and the plaza around it are all designed by Michaelangelo. It’s just about the only thing Roman still left in site up here – most of the buildings are Renaissance or Enlightenment-era work.


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Europe Photoblogging, Part 19: Rome, Part 1
By Dwip September 26, 2014 at 12:15 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

SPQR stands for Senatus Populusque Romanus – The Senate and People of Rome. Once upon a time it was a symbol of the power and authority of Rome. These days, manhole covers. This is it, folks. Rome, the Eternal City. This was my last major stop, and as we’ll discuss shortly, one of my major reasons for coming on this trip in the first place. I was there from 6/24 to 6/29/04, longer than anywhere else except London, and I still only scratched the surface. There are two posts for this part of the trip, The Power and the Glory and Sleep Now in the Fire. Biblical references, Rage Against the Machine references, it’s all the same thing, right?


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Europe Photoblogging, Part 18: Ravenna
By Dwip September 25, 2014 at 10:18 am Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

As these things go the city of Ravenna, whose Piazza del Popolo we are looking at, is not the most major city in the world. Its central city is fairly small, and it lacks the reknown of the more major Renaissance cities. But looks can be decieving. Ravenna was once the capital of the Roman Empire for its last 75 years, and then it was one of the main cities of Byzantine Italy for 200 years until the Lombards took it over in 751. Remember how I’m big into the Romans and the Byzantines? I think you see where this is headed. After originally planning to only spend a day, I filled up 6/23 and 6/24/04 with sightseeing after my […]


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Europe Photoblogging, Part 17: Venice
By Dwip September 24, 2014 at 1:34 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

This is the Grand Canal in Venice as seen from the Ponte di Rialto, one of the four bridges that cross it. This is Venice. Everything has a name. I was in Venice for all of 6/21/04 and for portions of the day on either side of it. I had scheduled myself for two days there and one in Ravenna, but as I describe in some detail in the blog post, Venice and I did not get along particularly well. That said, I think I did the best I could with the time I had.


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Europe Photoblogging, Part 16: Stockholm
By Dwip September 23, 2014 at 2:32 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

This is the Nordiska Museet or Nordic Museum, a building that looks cool but which I did not go into when I was in Stockholm 6/17 to 6/20/04. I was there to visit a friend from my then-current Tonto days, who went by Toast/toasty here on the blog and whose family lived in Stockholm. I chronicle the experience here. I didn’t really need a lot of excuses to check the place out, you know?


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Europe Photoblogging, Part 15: Paris
By Dwip September 22, 2014 at 1:21 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

On 6/16/04, as part of the Erik and Stephanie Conquer Europe Tour, we took a train trip down to Paris to spend the day, as discussed in this blog post. I would like to impress upon you at the outset what a monumentally Sisyphean task this was, the idea that we were going to see much of Paris despite death marching our way through it. Nevertheless we gave it our best go, and managed a fair chunk of things in exchange for our leg muscles and supplication before the merciless gods of the unwavering ticket gate. That, for the record, is why you get a picture of me in front of the Louvre but none of anything inside – we […]


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Europe Photoblogging, Part 14: Brussels
By Dwip September 21, 2014 at 12:36 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

This is part of the Grand Sablon square and Sablon neighborhood in Brussels, as viewed from my hotel room. Just out of frame to the north is a very nice 15th century church. I was there from 6/13 to 6/17/04 to visit Stephanie, who you may recall from the London posts. I chronicle the adventures here.


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Europe Photoblogging, Part 13: The London Eye
By Dwip September 20, 2014 at 2:45 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

This is the London Eye, a giant Ferris wheel with observation cars that give you a great view of the London skyline. This was my very last group excursion with AHA, on 6/9/04, as part of our celebration at having finished our finals.


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Europe Photoblogging, Part 12: Brighton
By Dwip September 19, 2014 at 4:23 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

That beach rock at Brighton beach is actually somewhat more comfortable than you might imagine. I was there on 6/4/04 as part of my very last AHA excursion outside of London proper, discussed here. Our time in the British isles is rapidly coming to an end.


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Europe Photoblogging, Part 11: Fishbourne Palace and Chichester
By Dwip September 18, 2014 at 2:15 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

These are the restored gardens at Fishbourne Roman Palace, once the largest Roman villa north of the Alps and an absolutely massive sort of affair. I was there as part of a weekly AHA trip on 5/14/04 where we bussed down to Fishbourne and then explored nearby Chichester for the day. I discuss it all in this post.


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Europe Photoblogging, Part 10: Carlisle and Hadrian’s Wall
By Dwip September 17, 2014 at 12:09 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

This is Carlisle Castle, one of the major features from my trip to Carlisle and along Hadrian’s Wall, 5/6 to 5/8/04. This was the last and longest leg of my Spring Break trip through England, as chronicled here. This is one place I recommend the attached blog post be read – there were Adventures had here.


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Europe Photoblogging, Part 9: York
By Dwip September 16, 2014 at 12:49 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

In which I discuss my trip to York, where no dogs are allowed on the city walls. This was the middle part of my Spring Break trip around England, and marks both my first multi-day (5/4-5/5/04) journey outside of London as well as the first leg of a longer journey through York, Carlisle, and Hadrian’s Wall that I discuss here.


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Europe Photoblogging, Part 8: Winchester, Norwich, and Canterbury
By Dwip September 15, 2014 at 3:03 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

Right on about the middle of our time in England was Spring Break, where we got a week off and were heavily encouraged to travel wherever we wanted in Europe. Some people went to Prague, a group went to Pompeii, and various other trips were taken. Personally, I knew I was going to spend a month traveling Europe, so it was time to get a little bit more England in while I was here. I describe the entire trip here and here. I ended up taking day trips to Winchester, Norwich, and Canterbury, with longer ones to York and Carlisle, each of which will get their own posts.


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Europe Photoblogging, Part 7: Oxford
By Dwip September 14, 2014 at 2:27 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

Why indeed, Oxford gargoyle. Why indeed. We did this as an AHA group trip the week after Stonehenge and Bath. Trooped up to Oxford for the day by bus, checked out the university, wandered around, failed at punting down rivers. Enjoyment was had by most, most of the time. I talk about it in this somewhat mistitled post.


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Europe Photoblogging, Part 6: Stonehenge and Bath
By Dwip September 13, 2014 at 3:01 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

Our second Friday trip as an AHA group was to Stonehenge and the town of Bath on 4/16/04. This was our first trip outside London proper, and we spent a couple of hours taking a bus 90 odd miles to get out to Stonehenge. I discuss it all here.


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Europe Photoblogging, Part 5: The Tower of London
By Dwip September 12, 2014 at 4:10 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

The guy whose statue you see giving the “I don’t know” shrug is the Roman emperor Trajan, and behind him is some of what remains of the Roman city wall around London, which back in the day marked the boundry of the city, but today is just sort of in the middle of everything next to Tower Hill Tube station.


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Europe Photoblogging Part 4: The British Museum, Part 2
By Dwip September 11, 2014 at 12:58 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

This is that one statue of that discus thrower as seen on a staircase in the British Museum, of which this post documents the second half of my sojurns there, mostly in the Greek and Roman galleries rather than the ancient Egyptian and Assyrian ones.


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Europe Photoblogging, Part 3: The British Museum, Part 1
By Dwip September 10, 2014 at 3:31 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

This is going to be a series of two posts on the wonders of the British Museum, which I visited many, many times both for class and on my own initiative while in London between April and June 2004. While my own visits to the museum were pretty meandering, I’m going to break these next two posts up roughly by subject. So expect a lot of Egyptian and Middle Eastern stuff in this post, with more Greek, Roman, and Medieval stuff to follow.


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Europe Photoblogging, Part 2: London
By Dwip September 9, 2014 at 3:43 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

Being various photographic evidence of my time in London from 3/27/04 to 6/13/04. That’s the Royal Air Force Memorial on the Thames. My very first picture taken for this trip, and more to say about that in a moment.


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Europe Photoblogging, Part 1: London Life
By Dwip September 8, 2014 at 3:36 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

Before we kick off the great mass of awesome touristy stuff, I want to take a moment and talk about where I was and what I was doing from 3/27/04 to 6/13/04 while I was in London.


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Europe Photoblogging: Overview
By Dwip September 7, 2014 at 10:36 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

So the big news is that after the better part of a year of not having much to say, we’re going to do some posts. In fact, for the better part of September, it’s going to be photoblogging all day every day.


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I Can See My House From Here
By Dwip August 21, 2014 at 9:24 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

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In A Fashion Somewhat Reminiscent Of An Employer
By Dwip October 23, 2013 at 4:45 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

Had an interview today. Think it went well. I don’t get to wear my suit very often, so hey, why not take a picture? And a couple three things about that: 1. No, I don’t take pictures well at all, do I? 2. It’s kind of hard to take decent self shots though. And this apartment has terribad lighting. 2. I have a set of these from 2009 where I have mid-length hair and no facial hair, and ye gods do they look awful in comparison. That was not a good move by either of the people involved in that decision, let me just say.


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Through the Past, Doubly
By Dwip September 21, 2013 at 4:52 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

So, during the Great Parental Move of 2013, we held a garage sale. At the beginning of this, when I walked up to my parents, I noticed this really old wooden box and a crazy looking green thing under Dad’s chair, and being the curious sort that I am, asked what the devil this strange contraption was. The answer was that it was a set of stereoscope images and a viewer that had belonged to…well, Dad wasn’t sure entirely, but some female relative on his side of the family, he was pretty certain. And, since I was the one in the family interested in all of this random old crap sitting around, would I like it. Yes, yes I would.


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Shadows And Tall Trees
By Dwip May 28, 2013 at 2:47 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

The last couple of weeks around here has been pretty typical for springtime in Oregon: drizzly, wet, and otherwise moderately inhospitable but not outright flood your house hostile. Two weeks ago, however, it was fantastic out, 72 degrees and sunny, and I was determined to take advantage of it, as you may have noticed has been my wont lately.


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Locality
By Dwip May 12, 2013 at 7:02 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

That picture pretty much sums up the entire Willamette Valley, I think. Also it’s kind of neat. For those of you anxiously awaiting more photoblogging, you’re in luck. Over the past couple of weeks, I decided to check out some of the local state parks I’d never been to: Luckiamute Landing and Sarah Helmick. Both are about a 20 minute drive from me and from each other.


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Misty Mountain Hop
By Dwip April 28, 2013 at 10:33 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

So, it was a beautiful day in the Oregon neighborhood this week. Got up to 80 degrees a couple times, bright, sunny, clear, the whole bit. Which is why I took a trip to Mary’s Peak last week, when it was still 66 and slightly cloudy. Planning, as you might note, is a skill I possess. That said, it all worked out interestingly, as you shall soon see. For those of you not from around here, Mary’s Peak is a roughly 4,000 foot tall mountain that’s the tallest thing in the vicinity, and is pretty much visible all over the valley. If you were in school, or in Scouts like I was, you will have been here quite a number […]


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This Has Never Seemed Like A Good Idea To Me
By Dwip April 24, 2013 at 12:30 am Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

Back in the days when Monroe Elementary School was actually a K-8 institution rather than a middle school, somewhere in the early 90s, somebody came up with the idea of sticking small outdoor fitness courts in schools and parks and such. This was not, I feel, an idea without some level of trouble, since they were uncovered and, get this, it kind of rains a lot in Oregon. Too, the one they gave us sat in a bed of wood chips, which strikes me as the singularly worst workout idea in the history of the world for people who are about to work out and get sweaty, and who are probably wearing low cut shoes. I mean, if I can […]


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Up And Over
By Dwip April 14, 2013 at 2:31 am Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

Yeah, there’s probably going to be a lot of these posts for a while. Out on the west edge of Corvallis, past the fairgrounds a ways going out towards Philomath, is Bald Hill. Among other things, it’s one of the most accessible views of Corvallis such as they are, and it happens to be the easiest one to get to from Oregon State so long as you’re willing to walk about 4 miles either way. Having just looked that distance up, I now realize why my vivid memories of hurting for days after that time we hiked up there one night in 1999 are as vivid as they are – that’s pretty far if you’re out of shape. It’s also […]


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Over the Hill
By Dwip April 5, 2013 at 10:10 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

As mentioned previously, we had a really nice stretch of weather here for about a week, and sometimes I like to venture out of my house and go exploring. So I went exploring up to Fort Hoskins Historical Park, which is about as far north in Benton County as you can be and still be in the county, but is nevertheless a county park. As is my habit, of course, I took pictures.


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Walking the Wetlands
By Dwip March 30, 2013 at 7:33 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

So, it’s time for a bit of photoblogging, since it’s currently 75 degrees out and I keep meaning to go outside and, you know, take a walk. So let’s do some of that after the jump.


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Somewhere Over the Rainbow
By Dwip March 27, 2013 at 6:51 pm Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

Vivid rainbow is vivid. And brought friends. And was much more incredibly bright than you can see in this photo. Spring appears to be in the process of springing.


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Home Sweet Home
By Dwip March 23, 2012 at 7:30 pm Comments (3) RSS Feed for this post

So, in the tradition of move-in posts, a move-in post, now that I’ve been in Corvallis for a month even. I’d express amazement and ask where the time goes, but hopefully we all know full well that the time went to moving the hell in, because moving is hard work. A few words about that.


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We Have Met The Enemy, And He Is Loud
By Dwip May 15, 2011 at 1:10 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

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I Think About The Past And It Seems So Long Ago
By Dwip March 31, 2011 at 3:40 am Comments (4) RSS Feed for this post

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Homecoming
By Dwip March 20, 2011 at 12:47 pm Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

So, most of you know I’m back in Oregon now. But what have I been doing with my time, you may ask. Well, apart from Adventures in House Remodeling, my first full day back went something like this: Dad: Well, I need to get the RV moved from down the hill so that Erik can park his car there. So what we’ll do is I’ll back the thing into the street to turn around, then just drive it up. No problem. Done it a bunch of times in the last ten years. They proceed.


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In Your Heart You Always Knew What Had To Happen Here
By Dwip October 22, 2010 at 6:46 am Comments (10) RSS Feed for this post

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Mr. Rabbit Goes To Washington (Monumental Edition)
By Dwip October 17, 2010 at 4:44 pm Comments (3) RSS Feed for this post

As some of you know, there was supposed to be a second part to this particular series, which got waylaid by a new job and Civ V, not necessarily in that order. So let me fix that for you. There will be pictures of monuments ahead. You have been warned.


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Mr. Rabbit Goes To Washington (Tech Edition)
By Dwip September 13, 2010 at 3:00 am Comments (6) RSS Feed for this post

So as some of you are aware, Sarah got an internship working for The Atlantic in Washington, DC. Being a dutiful boyfriend as I am, I’ve been down there to visit her twice now, once in July, and once over this past Labor Day weekend. Now, most of these expeditions aren’t particularly newsworthy, consisting as they did of sitting around and eating food and watching Highlander, but some of them are. And I have pictures. Oh, yes I have pictures. Beware the loading times after the jump. But first, a brief note. You know, getting to DC from New Haven is actually pretty easy and humane if you know what you’re doing. The following itenerary is going to sound atrocious […]


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Graduatory
By Dwip May 29, 2010 at 8:58 pm Comments (6) RSS Feed for this post

In which I’m going to talk about Sarah having a Significant Life Event for a while. A good one. There are pictures. You may see them below the fold.


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In Case You Thought I Might Not Do It
By Dwip September 1, 2009 at 3:18 am Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

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Ye Olde Historick Epick Carre Trippe
By Dwip August 12, 2009 at 3:58 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

Being Part 2 of the two-part photo record of the trip Sarah and I took through western Massachusetts back in July. As of this post, it’s been exactly a month since we went, which I guess tells you how good I am about getting these things done. Part 1 is here, and is the post right below this one. Can’t miss it. As opposed to certain places in Massachusetts, but more on that in time. When last we left off, we had arrived in Deerfield for the night, which bills itself as being Historic Deerfield, as well as the home of the Deerfield Academy, which I am told by my girlfriend who knows these things happens to be a prestigious […]


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We Need Guns. Lots of Guns.
By Dwip August 2, 2009 at 11:06 pm Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

Being Part 1 of a two-part photo record of the trip Sarah and I took July 11-12 through various parts of Western Massachusetts. This part looks at the sights of scenic downtown Springfield, MA. Why Springfield, you may wonder? Well… That’s one reason. If you know anything about guns at all, you may know that Springfield is the home of the Springfield Armory, which along with another place you may have heard of named Harper’s Ferry used to make a good chunk of the federal government’s small arms. You may know them for such iconic rifles as the M1 Garand: The M1903 Springfield: And the Springfield rifled muskets, M1855, M1861, M1863, and a few others: They tell me that at […]


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Photographic Corrections
By Dwip July 22, 2009 at 10:11 pm Comments (3) RSS Feed for this post

Since it was pointed out to me that the previous post’s Obligatory Girl In Front Of Nice Natural And Man-Made Scenery, Thus Combining All Aspects of Human And Natural Beauty In This One Awesome Photograph Shot was, in fact, missing an aspect, I have corrected this thing. Don’t say I never listen.


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Patriotic Dinosaur is Patriotic
By Dwip July 21, 2009 at 1:18 pm Comments (4) RSS Feed for this post

Or maybe it just wants to stomp you flat: So you may remember a few entries back when I was talking about accomplishing things over the Fourth. I shall now proceed to tell you about them. There are bears. Really. Originally, our plan for the weekend was pretty grueling: Sleeping Giant State Park on Friday, followed by museums on Saturday and the waterfront parks on Sunday. In thinking about this, we realized our legs had no such stamina, and decided to do Sleeping Giant a week early, which turned out to be wise, as it seems that Large Hills + Legs + No Exercise = Owowow. College, folks. It makes your SMRT. Anyway, I know what you really want is […]


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Traipsing
By Dwip July 14, 2009 at 1:02 pm Comments Off on Traipsing RSS Feed for this post

On the larger blog note, you can expect bloggage for the next while to consist of pretty pictures, since I’ve had…one? weekend in the last month where I haven’t been out and about in New England, enjoying the lack of ridiculous humidity and heat. I assure you that this idea seems much more strange to me than it must to you, given previous utterances on the subject. In any case, back in June Sarah and I drove up to Sleeping Giant State Park, which is one of 3-4 in the immediate New Haven area. Hiked up to the top and generally enjoyed the day. I think the trees more or less speak for themselves, so I’ll just shut up and […]


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Under A Blue Sky
By Dwip October 17, 2008 at 4:03 pm Comments Off on Under A Blue Sky RSS Feed for this post

An approximate conversation from today: Sarah: OMG, fall! Pretty colors! Me: Yes. Sarah: We should go climb West Rock! Me: My back hurts. Sarah: But we’ve been talking about it for two years! Also, it looks amazing out! Me: There’s that, I suppose. So after a brief trip to UPS, which is a rant in itself, we paused to admire the view on the local streets, and see that picture of North up there, which is, oh, approximately 50 feet from my house, we headed up to West Rock. And then we froliced in the woods. There were squirrels. Instead of talking about it, which would be superfluous, I will show you pictures. Most of them can be clicked for […]


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Smash
By Dwip August 4, 2008 at 4:19 pm Comments (6) RSS Feed for this post

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Under An Orange Sky
By Dwip May 31, 2008 at 5:28 pm Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

Because apparently we needed to have a thunderstorm. At sunset.


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Bedriffic
By Dwip May 10, 2008 at 9:59 am Comments (6) RSS Feed for this post

Let us, for a moment, talk about home improvement, as we have so many times previously. Though usually our discussion topic is decks, let us move into the realm of interior decorating. First, the before shot: And now the after shots: My air mattress dying has brought changes, as you can see. The bed, well, that was obvious. As it turns out, I need a soft bed, or I can’t sleep well. Combined with my need for storage space, it was clearly time I broke down and bought a bed. Meanwhile: Sarah: You know, those blinds are crappy and falling apart. You should get curtains. Me: Yes dear. One of these days. When I have time and money. And maybe […]


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View From The Window
By Dwip July 22, 2007 at 5:03 pm Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

Because living here has its slight compensations from time to time.


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Summer In the City
By Dwip July 1, 2007 at 12:10 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

I did not, as was my plan, spend Saturday in the DMV taking care of business. This came as a surprise to me, as I’m sure it does to you, who in like fashion had no idea I was going to DMV, let alone anywhere else. But let us quote a late Friday night conversation between Sarah and myself: [23:33] TontoMarius: That having been said, I am frightfully bored off my rocker right now. [23:34] serenadingwords: Well I think we can fix that. [23:34] serenadingwords: You doing anything tomorrow? [23:34] TontoMarius: I might be going to DMV, but probably not. [23:34] TontoMarius: As I have no actual desire to wake up at 8am. [23:34] serenadingwords: No, I think you want […]


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When the Snow Comes
By Dwip February 22, 2007 at 10:40 am Comments (5) RSS Feed for this post

I’ve got a whole ton of work to get done today, so it is likely I shall be unresponsive. To assuage your anguish over this, I give unto you pictures, possibly to be joined later by better pictures Sarah is putting up. We shall see. From our recent snow week: The house. Later all that snow near my car turned into a 2 inch sheet of ice I couldn’t get out of. First Street looking towards Dixwell. Warren Street looking away from the house. And from the balcony across the backyard.


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Under a Dark Grey Sky
By Dwip February 17, 2007 at 2:57 pm Comments (10) RSS Feed for this post

In a bizzare mood today. Not enough sleep, thinking. Caught the view out my window, and kinda liked it, so I decided to share. This is Sarah’s fault, though she doesn’t yet know it.


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ObDeskShot
By Dwip December 16, 2006 at 9:42 am Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

Because I just put all these up, and I think various people will be amused.


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Mr. Rabbit’s Neighborhood
By Dwip November 5, 2006 at 10:02 am Comments Off on Mr. Rabbit’s Neighborhood RSS Feed for this post

So I’ve been promising various people (hi Mom, hi Dad!) a glimpse at what scenic Hamden, CT actually looks like, and what exactly I’ve gotten myself into here. Today, as it happens, is your lucky day. I have a fair bit about Neverwinter Nights 2 I want to say, but I’m going to wait on that until I finish it. So let’s start with school pictures, since I took those first, back in August. Campus was really the first thing I found, see, oddly enough since getting to SCSU from either interstate isn’t exactly trivial. But anyway, I spent about a week hanging out at school and then living in a hotel. It turns out that we have a duck […]


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The Dying Of the Light
By Dwip October 29, 2006 at 12:03 am Comments Off on The Dying Of the Light RSS Feed for this post

Sunset out of my window tonight. You can thank Sarah for the pic. It’s a good one.


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On the Subject of Photoblogging
By Dwip October 11, 2006 at 9:56 am Comments Off on On the Subject of Photoblogging RSS Feed for this post

I have two more fairly image-intensive posts for you. One of them is the long-delayed cross-country trip essay, which has some good pictures of Large Rocky Things and also Water. The other is the And This Is Where I Live post, which involves less rocks and less water but more Tiny Shower of Doom pictures. Anybody have any preferences as to which comes first?


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Wide Awake In America: The Remixes
By Dwip October 7, 2006 at 4:10 pm Comments Off on Wide Awake In America: The Remixes RSS Feed for this post

Because you should read the first entry, well, first. Sarah’s shot of Grand Central Station is far, far better that mine. Sarah’s everyone at the fountain pic, which shows that I look like a fool in my natural picture-taking state. Self Portrait #1, from Sarah’s camera. Gotta love Bryan’s “Oh no!” gasp and my expression, which is whatever it is. Sarah is, as usual, perfectly photogenic. Self Portrait #2, from my camera. Everyone else looks ok, but I look like a skinhead or something. Because how often do I look ok in pictures? Yeah, exactly. “You guys are acting like children!” Sarah exclaimed. Then wanted a picture. Off-camera, I tried to push her into the fountain. Because what’s the point […]


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Wide Awake In America
By Dwip October 7, 2006 at 2:22 pm Comments (4) RSS Feed for this post

I knew, pretty much from the start of this whole East Coast adventure, that eventually Sarah (Regina, for those who weren’t aware) was going to drag me off to New York City. So you can imagine my unsurprise and indeed some amusement when the idea was broached that we go Friday. Several permutations were tossed about, including one where I was bound to meet more or less everyone Sarah knows, but what we settled on was that I would meet up with her at the train station in New Haven, whereupon we would meet up with Bryan (TNK of Tonto and this blog fame) at Penn Station in NYC, whereupon we would tour an entirely unsuspecting New York City. The […]


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Where The Streets Have No Name
By Dwip August 30, 2006 at 10:27 pm Comments Off on Where The Streets Have No Name RSS Feed for this post

So, that whole trip thing… 8/21 – Monroe, OR to Coeur D’Alene, ID (484 miles) Map Got started at a ludicrously early hour, an hour not seen since…about a month beforehand when I was working. Oi. Our listening for the morning was the BBC Lord of the Rings radio play, which if you haven’t heard it, you need to get your hands on a copy. I’ve read the books, I’ve seen the movies, and the radio version is still my favorite. I’ll spare you the details of the drive up to Portland, because frankly the drive isn’t particularly exciting, and most of you have driven it. I will, however, say that it’s an entirely odd feeling driving through somewhere familiar, […]


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Exercises In Photoblogging
By Dwip December 17, 2005 at 2:32 pm Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

Wherein I qualify a statement I made to Regina earlier, along the lines of “Christmas decorating. Ph34r it. With great ph34r.” Witness: Well, your standard tree is pretty tame, I will admit. There’s not even a lot of presents under there this year. The rest of the living room. You can only sort of see the row of cards along the windows. Note the snowman, which will cackle evilly for about a minute and wish you a happy holiday, without mentioning how it would like to murder you, with an axe. Random porcelain angels. Random porcelain Santas. Usually we edge the window in tinsel, too, but we didn’t do tinsel this year, mostly because I didn’t really want to do […]


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Know Your Roots
By Dwip June 14, 2005 at 9:36 pm Comments Off on Know Your Roots RSS Feed for this post

On the subject of that whole “Know Your Roots” thing, and I have no idea why I’m bringing this up now, but: Yes, I’m about 3 in that picture. And, uh, wow. There’s been carpet on that floor for a long time now. Also: I’m still about 3. And that door is still my desk. And this isn’t exactly about knowing your roots, but it prompted the whole photo album trip: Obviously I was enjoying breakfast. And not that this bears any relation to anything at all, but: They tell me it was pretty good, actually. Also, there are a distressing number of pictures of me in nauseatingly awful 80s clothes. In fact, everyone else is wearing nauseatingly awful 80s […]


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Cavort to the Music (Live)
By Dwip May 17, 2005 at 6:30 pm Comments (5) RSS Feed for this post

We might even find some robot slaves, too, if we’re lucky. Because, as we all know, we’re all about robot slaves and free food and all that. However, we are not all about driving on I-5 between semis, nor are we about Continental Airlines, which is perhaps the worst airline I have had the misfortune to take in recent memory. But the tickets were cheap, and I got to sleep on the plane, so whatever. As it happens, I ran into a couple of guys from Portland while trying to make the train ticket machine spit my $3 back up, both of whom had made the same midnight flight from Portland to Houston, then to Philadelphia. Small world. To make […]


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Ice Ice Baby
By Dwip January 20, 2005 at 1:39 pm Comments (3) RSS Feed for this post

I plead forgiveness for the title. But it’s sort of appropriate. Some time back, like in December, Tali says to me hey, you should come up to Portland, hang out, see Laura and me, and see Portland. Ok, I say, give me a date and some directions, and I’ll show up for a weekend. The 15th/16th gets picked as the Days, and that’s that. So I leave about 10am on the 15th. It’s a 2 hour drive to Portland down I-5, plus a bit more time to get to I-5 from my place, so I’m cutting it a bit thin if I want to arrive at noon, but ok. As I’m getting in the car, I scrape a very very […]


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Will Work For Food
By Dwip September 21, 2004 at 11:08 am Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

Or minimum wage and awesome homecooked meals, as the case may be. For those of you wondering how my weekend went, it was sort of like this. Friday and Saturday, there was much gaming, and it was good. Sunday, I rolled out of bed, and Cole and I went to work ripping up our front deck, which you may or may not know is like 20 years old and made of untreated lumber, which as you might expect sort of rots after 20 years in wet climates, which in turn leads to fun adventures like walking across it and suddenly not having a deck beneath you anymore. So clearly it was time for it to go, and clearly we were […]


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Visual Excess
By Dwip September 17, 2004 at 7:23 pm Comments (3) RSS Feed for this post

Just for Regina: Anyway. It’s picture day. I came home tonight with Megatokyo Volume 1 and Volume 2, but I won’t give you pictures. And they’re both really cool, even if I’ve already read the comics online. But since I’m the only Megatokyo reader in the audience, you probably don’t care. Fortunately, I have squirrel aliens on my side, and you don’t. Also, I played some Mechwarrior, so we’ll start with those pictures. The new set came out a couple weeks ago, and Ryan and Luke split a case between them. That’s the background of the picture. In the foreground is a tiny fraction of Rema’s collection. Rema has a lot of stuff. And my random stuff is all in […]


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Take a Picture
By Dwip July 31, 2004 at 10:55 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

Well, they’re up. Getcher Europe trip pictures here! [EDIT 10/01/14 – Link deprecated. Use this one instead.] And since we’re writing this live from ‘Nam, or at least while we wait for it to load because we don’t all seem to have the right maps, let us just note that the pictures are large. Very large. But hopefully worth the download. For all you on dialup, sorry. All I can say. Also, gummi bears rock. And I have a 6 lb bag of ’em.


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The Natural Habitat of Rabbits
By Dwip March 15, 2004 at 9:41 am Comments (5) RSS Feed for this post

So while I was home the other day, I shot a few pictures of the property. Enjoy. This is from the front yard, looking up at the house. That’s my car in front. This is from the front deck, down into the front yard. There’s a whole field down there you can’t really see very well. On nicer days than this, you can see the mountains in the distance. This is the back yard. That’s my old fort there in the background, still choosing the proper moment to collapse finally. This is from the top of the driveway by the house, looking down on the office and shop. This is from halfway up the driveway by the shop, looking up […]


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A Kodak Rabbit
By Dwip March 3, 2004 at 3:15 am Comments (6) RSS Feed for this post

Because I had some more fun with the digital camera. Ye Olde Pet Rabbit: Ye Olde Pet Rabbit Again: And a shot of my entire room. And as to the faintly visible Megatokyo strip on the wall…


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Another Kodak Moment
By Dwip February 22, 2004 at 3:15 am Comments (3) RSS Feed for this post

Now that the camera has a battery again, and I really do need to get another one of them at this rate, I took a shot of the awesome custom repaint MadCat III I won a few weeks ago. The darkish, awesome-looking one? Yeah. That’s it. The other one is the random Bannson’s Catapult I keep around for no apparent reason. Because desk ornaments are fun. Click me! Click me!


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In My Time of Dying
By Dwip February 12, 2004 at 1:33 am Comments (12) RSS Feed for this post

Well, I’ve gone and resigned from Tonto. First time in 3.5 years that I haven’t worn the Tonto_ prefix. I won’t elaborate on it here, it’s all in the post, but it was time for me. *shrug* On another note, we played some pretty good Mechwarrior down at the shop. As I’ve always wanted to take some pictures of the thing, I have done so. They follow. Me Getting Stomped: Me getting thrashed. The mech getting shot in the back is mine, the two infantry by the tank in the middle are mine, the rest is either his, or dead units of mine. That little orange mech in the center is a killer. It’s also mine now, thanks to a […]


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A Kodak Moment
By Dwip February 7, 2004 at 4:38 am Comments (8) RSS Feed for this post

In the spirit of desk shots, I offer a view of my own, slightly messy, desk. I remind you that this is a BIG desk. Too, I have absolutely no idea who Katie is, and why she thinks she stole my towel, before I even moved into the room. I thought about posting some other random pics of my humble abode, but I think perhaps I’ll wait a few. Like until after I’ve cleaned a bit. Strange idea, I know.


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Happy Birthday To Meeeee…
By Dwip December 12, 2003 at 9:08 am Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

So, yeah. Not only are finals done, I’m 23. Uh, yay. Er, about that. So I get home last night, and I’m all talking to Mom, and she’s like “Oh, by the way. Your package from Amazon is on your bed.” “What package from Amazon?” “I dunno, whatever it is you ordered.” “But I didn’t order anything.” “Well, obviously you must have if you’ve got a package.” “No, but I’ll check it out anyway.” Sure enough, there’s this package on my bed. Huh. Go back in, open it up. Inside is…a book. A book on how to be Evil. Now, I’m for evil as much as the next guy, but… “Uh, Mom? I didn’t order this, you know.” So I […]


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Numb
By Dwip November 20, 2003 at 1:06 am Comments (3) RSS Feed for this post

Or not so numb. But there was lots of numb. Also, I passed a dead rabbit in the road on my way home. That was slightly disconcerting. Anyway. Been very busy lately. Should be working right now, but I need a break. We’re back to a book per 2 days again, or worse. Right now is worse – 2 books in a day, plus a small paper. Of those, I have the one book done, partway into the second, ignoring the paper because it’s far too easy. Also part of the plan was to complete my essays for going to England, and to get my recommendations to people. Well, no. Books first. But wait, there’s more. This is going to […]


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