Happy Halloween!

Meet Guanine, Cytosine, Adenine and Thymine — who sometimes pose as Grace, Shauna, Lauren and Phoebe.

Our White Christmas

I was not looking forward to driving 5 hours to Shaver Lake to be held prisoner in a cabin in the snow, but that’s not how it turned out at all. The holiday I dread the most turned out to be more than tolerable this year. At times, it was actually fun. The food and…

4∞ and Fabulous!

It’s been far too long since we spent quality time with Andrew, Jeri and the kids. What a wonderful evening. Thank you so much for the great food and fun. Happy birthday sweetie!

No Fireworks Here

According to weather expert Chris, The San Francisco Bay Area was the coldest spot in the US this Fourth of July, with the possible exception of a few locations in Alaska. Along with temperatures in the 50’s came the famous fog, which obliterated any hope of seeing any fireworks. Oh well… We did get to…

Happy Birthday, Tom

As always, a great time. Fabulous food and friends! I managed to get only a few in-focus shots in the pitch darkness at Tom and Julie’s. 🙂

Fifty and Fabulous!

Happy New Year, and Happy Birthday, Kelly! Thanks very much to all who helped us celebrate the end of the decade and the Kelly’s birthday!

Oakland Zoo Lights

One of the most charming events we’ve seen this holiday season is the Oakland ZooLights. Periodically, the tens of thousands of Christmas lights are set to music in a dazzling light show. Fun for kids and bah-humbuggers alike!

Carnaval 2009

We almost didn’t go this year. We thought that the temperatures in the low-50’s with heavy overcast skies might mean fewer scantily-clad revelers. Luckily, we were wrong.

Happy Easter!

thedude and Kelly celebrated the day with a non-traditional Easter brunch at the Claremont Hotel. We raised a toast to the U.S. Navy for rescuing Captain Phillips unharmed. This was also a chance to experiment with my new Canon G10, which so far is wonderful to shoot with, and produces amazing images for a camera…

UNIX Time Milestone

Were you there? Did you feel it? Did your Geekometer spike at 11? Mine did. From Wikipedia: On Friday, February 13, 2009 at exactly 23:31:30 (UTC), Unix time will equal ‘1234567890’. Parties and other celebrations are planned around the world among various technical subcultures, to celebrate 1234567890 day. Find a party in your neighborhood. We’ll…

Burmese Santa Claus

The very last thing we thought we’d be bringing home from Burma is Christmas cards! We bought these from one of the many children who descended on us at every tourist stop. Anyway, I’m glad we bought them – they are so unusual. 🙂

But, I’m the MAN!

I thought I’d share the thoughtful birthday card I received from my ever-lovin’ wife this year. I think it’s hilarious. Kelly always finds the best cards. Her secret? The card racks at the car wash. Who knew?

Magic Camera + ImageMagick

We’ve been spending a lot of time with our neighbors Jack Tres and Olive lately. That’s a good thing. I shot this picture at Flora on Thursday night. The light was provided by a single candle on the table in front of Tres. I used my old manual-focus f1.4 Nikkor wide open, at 1/15th of…

Easter Food Fest

Oh my. I guess I should feel guilty about yesterday’s food orgy, but I don’t. I’m too busy drooling over the pictures. Here’s a taste of the menu at MoNO. After we finished photographing (and eating!) the food, we continued the feast at Chris and Ben’s with champagne and succulent leg of lamb. I can’t…

Holiday Season in Full-Swing

It’s that time of year. Seems like there are parties every night. Trust me – I’m not complaining. Although it does seem like I’m spending a lot of time taking pictures and creating photo albums like this one from our friend Lelah’s party last night. I was supposed to be photographing her and her baby…

Christmas Party – Affymetrix Style

This entry probably won’t be of interest to most of you, but I went to so much trouble getting the images posted on our blog at work that I figured I’d get a little extra mileage out of them by posting them here too. Rumor has it that the people in this photo album are…

Holiday Manipulations

Before and after. This year’s greeting card began as three images – a classic Christmas painting by Haddon Sundblom, who painted at least one other familiar icon as well as a few stunning pinup girls. The Coca-Cola image came up while Googling “classic Christmas images”. The fact that there was already a little Jimmy in…

So Much to Be Thankful For

Wonderful friends, perfect Bay Area weather, fantastic food. An awesome day. Love to all of you from thedude and Kellster!

Pre-Birthday Party Party

Today marked the beginning of what promises to be a long party season. My best man Steve kicked off a string of September birthday parties with a gathering at Tilden Park today to celebrate his 60th. Man, it’s hard to believe. It seems like Steve’s 50th was just a year or two ago. Time does…

Hot, Fun-Filled Fourth

Many thanks to our hosts Hi-Suk and San Ju for a wonderful day at their gorgeous country home in Guinda, Califirnia. (Don’t feel too bad – we never heard of Guinda, either.) July 4th was the hottest day of the year so far – at least 110 degrees. Ugh! Luckily, the couple have a gigantic…

Colorful Carnaval 2007

Despite chilly temperatures and overcast skies, this year’s parade was as beautiful as ever. A celebration of music and cultures, Carnaval is one of the most joyful annual events in the bay area. It’s also one of the most colorful. Scantily costumed women are among my favorite subjects, but with smiles as infectious as the…


It was so cold in the city last night that we thought we might not make it to the fireworks, but once they began, we completely forgot about our frozen extremities. KFOG Kaboom might be the coolest 18 minutes of the year. You really have to see this in person to appreciate the scale of…

Happy Easter!

Big Hat Day in Clovis, Easter eggs, Easter sushi – huh? Yes, this weekend’s trip to Fresno was better than most.