Author Archive for Ryoh A



18
Jun
08

SFO I Go

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I’ve just finished packing my bags for my Vacation. It’s Fio and Phil’s wedding in San Jose this weekend–Congratulations! I am totally excited.

Tomorrow after work, I’ll be picking up Lina and heading to the Seattle. Why am I flying out of SeaTac and not YVR? Because we can buy two roundtrip tickets through the US compared to Canada. Boo. Then Rendezvous with Gils and Sammy-poo for a 2 car convoy down I5.

I’ve loaded my Ipod with as many Podcasts and Family Guy episodes that I can; packed my carry-on with some magazines and a novel; and have my cameras ready to roll.

So many places to visit, so little time. I hope I get to bump into some internet superstars while I’m down there.

*singing to myself* “…where little cable cars ~ climb half way to the staaars.

16
Jun
08

Sun Shines Through

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Originally uploaded by Ryoh A

I took this from the ferry at Swartz Bay as we docked. I was waiting in the line up to get off the ship, when I looked over to my right and saw this magnificent beam coming through the clouds. Of course I had both my cameras on me (did you expect otherwise?) and started to snap away. I didn’t realized the line had already subsided and I was the very last stragler. I also had my Shure earphones on, so I couldn’t even hear the lady from BC ferries trying to verbally flag me down.

Anyway, it was a very good day to be taking photos.
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07
Jun
08

Doodle – Online polls

If you’ve ever wished for an easier way to organize group get-togethers www.doodle.ch is the way to go.

For example, you are trying to organize an outing, maybe a camping trip, with friends. You send emails back and forth among your group. Week one works with Fred and Jane, but doesn’t work with Alex. After about 30 “reply all” emails and a flooded inbox you finally hash out a date that works with most people.

This is how you could accomplish the same thing with doodle. First you create a new poll and enter in the parameters: you input the options people can select as well as if they can select one or multiple from the list of options. When you are done creating, you are sent 2 emails with links to the poll. One is for the poll administrator and the other is the link you send to all the participants. Everything is very easy to use with a clean and simple user interface. (example of poll)

Give it a try. I’m sure you’ll find it useful.

26
May
08

Maple Ridge Truck Chase

This morning on my commute to work, I hear about a crazy dude in a 10 ton truck being chased by the Maple Ridge Police. The chase goes on for 40 minutes as he terrorizes the neighbourhood. For whatever reason he keeps doubling back over the same stretch of Lougheed Highway. When he finally runs out of steam he runs out and is nailed by an unmarked police car. Rolling head-over-heals on to the hood and being launched onto the road, he crumples to the ground and still tries to make a bit of a run for it. But, he’s hit hard enough to and surrounded by police. Point for the Maple Ridge Police! FTW!

Videos below. See part 2 (5 minutes in) for the Take-down!!!  Video from original Global morning broadcast.

Part 1

Part 2

Edit: Didn’t think that so many people were going to stumble across this blog. Here is some more info on this story: Global follow up report (Video) and Global story.

25
May
08

New Apple Store – Vancouver

I went to the Apple Store opening in Vancouver yesterday, and to my surprise (not really), there were 2 bajillion people lined up there — there goes my free T-shirt. It was amazing.

The line went from the front of the store, out the nearest exit onto Granville, around the corner onto Georgia and down the street reaching Howe. Crazy. You could hear and feel the buzz of anticipation of the crowd. It was funny watching regular shoppers come in to the mall and ask what was happening and not understand why anyone would line up for this purpose. Obviously they don’t use Apple products.

The gates finally open and an massive cheering erupts, not from the crowd as you might suspect, but the employees of the store. The first bunch of people get to walk into the store lined with employees clapping and cheering as the are handed their T-shirt. It must have been nice to get that star treatment.

Compared to the Chicago store, which is the only one I’ve been to, it looked quite tiny. But, of course, finished in that Apple elegance. I waited to see how quickly the line would subside since I didn’t want to wait 1 or 2 hours to get in. It didn’t look like it was moving so couldn’t stick around to get in. I guess I’ll try on Monday.

Edit: Pictures added. Click to see larger pictures on flickr.
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10
May
08

XSi with 50mm f/1.8



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Originally uploaded by Ryoh A

So, I’ve had my Canon XSi for about a week now and am just loving it. When I picked the camera up, I thought I’d spend an extra $100 for this 50mm lens. It’s probably the best 100 you could spend on lenses. With such a great maximum aperture, you can get some really nice bokeh (or blur) happening.

The camera is awesome! Although I can’t really tell you if it’s better or worse than any other.

More photo’s to come. Check out my flickr account for more.

24
Apr
08

Evolution 107.9 FM

Today, as I dropped off a work van to a Ford dealer for a warranty service, I found my self radio station surfing. Normally I don’t actually end up listening to radio. Why should I? I have my iPod, a car that has an Aux input jack, and hours of podcasts and music. I shouldn’t say that I don’t listen to radio, because that would be a lie. I DO listen to radio but it ends up for info only like News 1130, or at work where we hear “your soft favourites” on 104.9 Clear FM or 103.5 QMFM.

I scanned through and got to the end of the dial and found Evolution 107.9 a station that is staffed by BCIT broadcast students. If you are tired of hearing the same old overplayed songs on the mainstream stations check them out. They are mainly focused on the indy scene. The hosts are very enthusiastic and knowledgeable.

I’ll be tuning in more frequently to these guys.

19
Apr
08

R2D2 Mailbox

In Chicago, one of the first places I visited was the Museum of Science and Industry, and my main mode of transport was the public transit system. I was pleasantly surprised to find this mailbox when I stepped off the bus. Of course, I immediately whipped out my camera and started taking pics. What’s kind of funny was a couple in their late 40’s or early 50’s looked at me as though I went completely crazy taking pictures of this thing. When they realized that it was R2 they were like cool we should take a picture of this too. I heard them say “we should have brought our camera too.” Haha.

16
Apr
08

Mahalo Daily

Mahalo is a human powered search engine. Unlike google that uses algorithms to figure out how relative a website is to one’s search terms, Mahalo uses real live people to aggregate and compile lists for search terms. Try it out some time, you will get some very interesting results.

My favourite part of Mahalo is their daily show Mahalo Daily with Veronica Belmont. They pretty much cover any subject that they can. Some are behind-the-scenes looks, others are interviews and many are on exhibits and lifestyles. Take a moment and watch some videos. There might be something of interest to you. First video below is about classic cars and the second is about the Computer History Museum in California. I wonder if I can check it out when I’m down there in June.

EDIT: Veronica has left Mahalo and has gone to Revision3 (home of Diggnation) as a co-host of Tekzilla.

13
Apr
08

Canon XSi Sighting

On Thursday, I stopped by London Drugs to see if they had gotten the XSi in yet. To my surprise, there it was sitting in it’s glorious display case begging to be bought. The photo department person and I chatted about it for a few minutes and called Lina right away with my findings.

So, today, I went to London Drugs again and had a chance to play with the camera. It seemed like a nice camera (what do I know, right?) with some nice features. I found that turning on the live view feature took a little menu navigating. But, once it was enabled it was just a matter of pressing the “set” button. The odd thing about the live view is the fact that it doesn’t seem to autofocus. I guess you are supposed to set up the shot before hand. Of course the autofocus may be in there, but as I only had about 5-10 minutes with it, I didn’t really have a chance to check.

Very excited.




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