Spring on Liberty Avenue

Spring on Liberty Avenue

It’s still warming up, day by day! (crossing fingers that this morning’s frost was the last frost pf the year). Mary and I ended up going out for dinner down on Liberty Avenue, and afterward we enjoyed the weather by taking a stroll through Bloomfield. I snapped a few pictures:

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Holux M-241 GPS Logger

Holux M-241 GPS Logger

It’s not a film canister, but I see where you’re coming from. It is a photography tool though, and a mighty powerful one at that. This little wonderful device is my newest toy, the Holux M-241 GPS Logger.

I’ve dabbled with GPS technology for years, and couldn’t live without my little Garmin Nuvi in my car, but this is a bit of a different device than GPS’s you’ve seen before. The M-241 has a high accuracy 32-channel GPS receiver that simply records you’re longitude, latitude, altitude and time. The memory in this thing is impressive, it can store about 130,000 data points.

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Japan #3: Blossoms in Kyoto

Japan #3: Blossoms in Kyoto

This weekend, we had some down time from our busy work week, so along with our Japanese teacher, Teri-san, we visited the historic area of Kyoto, Japan.

Of all of the amazing things I’ve seen on this trip, probably the sexiest thing for an engineer in Japan is the Shinkansen (the Japanese bullet train). Of course, I’ve been 250 kmph before, but never on land. I can’t even begin to describe what the world looks like when it’s whipping past at twice the take-off speed of a 747.

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Bober’s Dim Sum Evening

Bober’s Dim Sum Evening

Bober decided to throw an impromptu barbecue at UPG on Monday, but without the typical BBQ fare. Bober slaved over a hot wok to make around 300 dumplings of several varieties for the UPG crowd, including shrimp and snail, hot crab, and pork, but I accidentally bit in to a larger chile than I expected, causing a few moments of incapacitation.

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Our Garrett County Getaway

Our Garrett County Getaway

Before I let Valerie go back to London for another 5 months, I had to get her out of the house for a little while, so we took a drive down to my old stomping grounds in Western Maryland. On the way, we stopped to admire the Ohiopyle falls. We got to bask in the 80 degree weather, and I got to snap some really pretty pictures of Val:

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Pittsburgh’s Nighttime Skyline

Pittsburgh’s Nighttime Skyline

Maybe it’s cliche, but one of the best subjects to photograph in the Pittsburgh area is it’s nighttime skyline. But there are 1000’s of photographs published of the beautiful Pittsburgh skyline in different variations every year, so to keep it original, I think it makes a better background than subject.

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