Category: Work

Gmail is Giving My Life Back

I have heard from other folks how much they love Gmail, but I had been a skeptic – until this week. Now, I’m a true believer. Gmail and Google Apps are the two best things that have happened to me in a long time. They have decreased both my workload and the amount of time Read More

What was I thinking?

Note to self: If you already have a job with a 4 mile commute, excellent pay, a modern, clean environment, flexible hours, tons of vacation time, and really great coworkers, just shut the hell up and stay put! Read More

A View of the Third Floor at Affymetrix, Emeryville

I’m very impressed with the results produced by the latest version of PhotoVista. I forgot to level the camera for this panorama, and the results are still nearly perfect. There are still a few steps involved to get this kind of quality. Shoot 8 RAW images using a Nikkor 14mm lens with the camera in Read More

Two Places at Once?

thedude proves it’s possible. I should mention that I used the latest version of PhotoVista to stitch this together. The original 17,860 pixel-wide version is the best “automatic” stitch I’ve ever produced – at least in terms of stitch accuracy. The new version’s automatic lens detection is a real time-saver. This means that for most Read More

My New Windows Wallpaper

If only this fortune could come true… Maybe if I display it prominently on my desktop at work my bosses will be brainwashed into giving me a promotion and a huge raise. I’ll let you know how that goes. 🙂 Read More

Warping Space with a Digital Camera and PhotoShop and PTlens

A new acquaintance inspired me to follow through on an idea I’ve had for a long time. The idea is appealing to me because it fulfills a real need, but also because it gives me an excuse to combine some of my more obscure toys and skills to produce something unique. The idea was to Read More

Farewell, Hugh

Sorry I haven’t blogged much lately. We’ve had some problems at work and my mood has been a bit gloomy. Sadness has a way of sapping your creative urges. Yesterday my coworkers and I met at Kitty’s in Emeryville to send off another of my favorite coworkers. Hugh (aka Huge) and I have worked side-by-side Read More


For the last three years I have had the rare pleasure of working with a person for whom I have a great deal of love and respect. Ali has been an absolute joy to work with. She is brilliant, beautiful and hilarious. I have never known anyone quite like her. Knowing that I’d see her Read More

Pano Tools and PT Assembler

You know I love panoramic photography. I’m always looking for tools to help me improve my results. Some months ago I downloaded Pano Tools and Pano Tools Assembler, but never found the time to try them out – until today. After my first hour with Pano Tools, all I can say is, “W-W-W-WOW!” There are Read More

thedude’s Work at Aqua Via

Once in a while thedude takes a paying photo job. Hey, he has to pay off these expensive photography toys! This client wanted some generic Jack London Square shots to help promote their new apartments on 2nd and Jackson – a couple blocks from here. We toured the building yesterday. The units are fairly nice, Read More

Meetings Got You Bored To Tears?

I’ll never attend another meeting without my customized copy of Buzzword Bingo. Card number three should produce a wining combination in about ten minutes at my office. Are you worried about your own prose? You may want to intall Bullfighter. It’ll help keep the business school mumbo-jumbo to a minimum. Note that they have fairly Read More


My friend and coworker was taken from us this morning by an extremely aggressive cancer. We are all shocked and saddened by the suddenness of his death at the young age of 42. I sat next to and worked with Juwei for four years. He was kind, proud, reliable, and a damn good SysAdmin. He Read More

Affymetrix in the News

Check out this BBC story featuring our amazing Gene Chip! Be sure to view the video. Read More

The Mighty Affymetrix UNIX Team

  That’s Nick, Hugh, Gopinath, Karl, thedude and Juwei. Not pictured: Jason, Stefan. Read More

Bon Voyage, Nick!

My talented young coworker Nick is moving to a remote part of southeastern Arizona. That’s a bit of a bummer. But there is a silver lining – he’ll continue to work for Affymetrix – remotely! Thanks to Nick’s many skills and Linux/FreeBSD, this should be no problem at all. Best of luck to you, Nick! Read More

thedude in His Element

I told you I’d have some fun with this lens… Read More

Affymetrix UNIX Op’s Group

I thought you might like to see a couple pictures of the fabulous guys I work with. This is the most talented group of UNIX GEEKS I have ever met, and our most excellent manager Karl. We spent this Friday afternoon in Pacifica at a cool bowling alley called Sea Bowl. The occasion was to Read More

My Fabulous Coworkers

I was asked to take a group shot of everyone at work as a parting gift for one of our coworkers, who is leaving to join the Computer Science faculty at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and “pursue a career in teaching and bioinformatics research”. So, once again I borrowed Steve’s Mamiya 6 x Read More

Film Photography Ain’t Easy

As part of an informal project at work, I’m shooting high resolution photographs all of my company’s campuses. I got excellent results on the shots of our Emeryville office. Unfortunately, the shots I took this week of three buildings in Santa Clara are useless. Even though I carried a digital camera and shot numerous test Read More

Some Very Smart People

I have the good fortune to work with some incredibly bright people. Today I was asked to take photgraphs of a few of them. The images are to be printed in a scientific paper soon to be published in The Journal of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology. Meet Ann Loraine, Mike Siani-Rose and Melissa Cline. The Read More

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