Images of Cuba now on Flickr

12 March 2009 » History, Media, Photos, Politics, Travel

I just took a few minutes to copy the photos from my time in Cuba over to Flickr.

I spent three weeks in and around Havana while studying abroad after my junior year in college during the summer of 1998.

The scans have long been available at PlayaGirón, but in the recent spirit of freer relationships between the two nations, I figured I’d follow suit and open them up to a broader audience and to tag them, making it easier for folks to find them.

I’ll probably also post the scans of the Cuban stamps that I collected sometime soon.

Refueling like it’s 1989

17 February 2009 » Photos, Politics, The truck

Well, the important thing is that I didn’t lose money by trading in my truck for a Prius, and that there are other incentives for developing alternative fuel sources.

$1.01 gas

Trip to Bengaluru

16 July 2008 » DB2, Photos, Travel

I just confirmed my trip to southern India. I’ll be in Bengaluru (Bangalore) for about 2 weeks. It’s my first trip to Asia, so I’m really looking forward to it.

The preparations for this trip have been more complex than any other overseas trip I’ve taken. The good new is that once the visa paperwork and vaccinations are complete, the barriers to travel to the region will be much lower in the future.

My trip will finish up the second week of August, which coincides with India’s Independence Day. Apparently there’s a semi-annual botanical show at Lal Bagh that day and for some reason my camera is really good at taking pictures of flowers. :), so there’s always that.

But I’d love to know what else is recommended to do that Friday the 15th, or on the weekends in general. Side trips to Ooty and Kodaikanal have been recommended. Other hints, tips?

Update: Due to the Lufthansa strike, I pushed my trip back one week, and will now be able to attend the IDUG India Forum (Friday morning and all day Saturday) which is taking place right next to my hotel. That looks to be a great opportunity to hear from Curt Cotner and several other DB2 experts. Good stuff.

Helsinki and Tallinn

19 June 2008 » Photos, Thoughts

I spent some time with the family in Helsinki, Finland and Tallinn, Estonia earlier this week. Gorgeous places, both. Especially under twenty hours of daylight in June.

We’re still in Finland, looking forward to our second wedding party on Midsummer‘s eve this coming Saturday with the family who couldn’t make it to the US last November. :)

Charlotte, North Carolina

16 March 2008 » DB2, IBM, Photos, Travel

I spent ten days on business in Charlotte, North Carolina in the middle of February. The city and its metropolitan area were much larger than I had expected.

The airport’s big, the IBM complex is massive (it used to be the home of 6,000 manufacturing jobs), and the city really does have a relative importance I hadn’t realized (forgive my Northeastern, non-finance sector prejudices). On top of that it’s growing fast.

I found out later that had I stuck around a few more days I could have stopped by the SIRDUG meeting and had a chance to hear from DB2 gurus Robert Catterall and Roger Sanders at the same facility. Damn.

I didn’t have much time to see the sights, but I did grab some not-so spectacular pictures of downtown.

One of the highlights was a Saturday afternoon trip to the outskirts for some of the best barbecue I’ve ever had, at a biker bar called Mac’s.

Perhaps the most incredible part of the trip was that not one, but two places sold Genny Cream Ale by the bottle. The importance of this can not be overstated, though I don’t have time to go into the details just yet…

A new tonneau cover for the Frontier

14 August 2007 » Photos, Potpourri, The truck

This past weekend I installed a hard tonneau cover on my Nissan Frontier pick-up truck. I had been meaning to do it for quite some time, but choosing the right cover has been a challenge.

Nissan sells both a factory hard tonneau and a soft cover tonneau but neither is cheap nor easy to install and remove. The many independent hardware vendors sell hard and soft covers which never quite fit my needs.

After several fits of research over the years, I found a company called Lazer Lite that makes a nice hard aluminum cover which opens with the help of a pair of hydraulic struts. It also removes easily and doesn’t take up much room in the bed itself.

Cat ordered one for me as a surprise for my birthday, and although it took a while for Lazer Lite to build and ship, I’m pretty damn happy with the cover and the customer service we received.

If you’re in the market for a tonneau, I highly recommend Scott and the folks at Lazer Lite.

Here’s some before and after pics of the cover on my truck.

Southern California

10 April 2007 » Photos, Travel

I’ve finally posted pictures from the trip Cat and I took to Southern California at the end of February. I’m working on a better method of paging through them, but for now, enjoy.

Update: Added a paging mechanism.

The San Diego Zoo and Disneyland

01 March 2007 » Photos, Potpourri, Travel

Cat and I spent a long weekend in Southern California. We managed to pack in the San Diego Zoo, La Jolla, Carlsbad, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and Disneyland.

We’ve still got about 500 pictures to sort out, but my favorites are the two we didn’t take:

At the zoo. At Disneyland.

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