New Software Purchase: Adobe Lightroom Mobile

Adobe came out with a new creative cloud service for photographers which I went ahead and signed up for.   It included PhotoShop and a newer version of Lightroom which includes a mobile version.

The cool thing about that is that I can sync my images from my phone into my computer Lightroom, edit and then sync them back to the phone.  There is also a mobile version of LR which is fairly lite when it comes to editing but does the job.    I do like being able to easily copy, edit and save images on my computer from my phone.

Here my new images from my phone are imported into my lightroom

Here my new images from my phone are imported into my lightroom

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Day at the Redwood City Police Station

Here the officer is talking about the exercise we were doing in the afternoon

Here the officer is talking about the exercise we were doing in the afternoon

The last Redwood City Chamber leadership meeting had to be the most interesting of the ones that I’ve gone to so far.  It was held at the Redwood City Police Station.  This was the first time that this class got to have this law enforcement class within an actual police station.  The RWCPD is  fairly new and has a beautiful internal atrium where the meeting was held.

In the morning we heard from various police captains in the area about issues in the county.  In the afternoon we got to run through some simulated scenarios that showed you how quickly you need to make life or death decisions.

It is a very difficult job but I really got a sense from the RWC officers that they were very caring individuals who are there to serve and protect.   That isn’t to say that there can’t be bad cops but it is like every profession, there will be those who abuse the system.

The photo is the officer who ran the outside “situations” where we got to be the officers dealing with various types of problems like arguments or traffic stops.

 

The Color Run – Happiest 5k on the Planet – San Jose

Madge and I at the finish

Yesterday Margaret and I walked in The Color Run with some friends. It was very relaxed and a fun 3 mile walk where you got pelted with colored powered every mile or so. The Color Run was founded in March of 2011 as an event to promote healthiness and happiness by bringing the community together to participate in the “Happiest 5k on the Planet”. According to the website they are the original paint race and created a completely new genre of running events. They have tripled their growth in the last 3 years hosting more than 170 events in 30+ countries in 2013.

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Mt. Hood Trip – Part 1 of my 50th Birthday

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Mt. Hood Trip, a set on Flickr.

Just got back from the Mt. Hood area on a trip to celebrate my 50th birthday.. we had a great time, watching the Superbowl on Sunday  and just hanging out with family

Some places to check out in Government Camp:

1. Huckleberry Inn — wonderful lodge style rooms and bunk house. Includes a 24-hour restaurant with giant donuts and huge portions.

2. Charlie’s – locals and visitors mix it up here with great drinks and meals featuring yummy cooked meat – hamburgers, chicken, ribs and the like.  My family always does well with taking money from the Oregon Lottery video game machines there – I won 180 and between all the family we made over $1000.

3. Ratskeller — marvelous pizza and good drinks.  The service is good here and they have a giant tv room for sports watching.

4. Mt Hood Cultural Center and Museum — this is a cute little museum that is free and has some cool stuff from the history of the area and the development of skiing.

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Monterey Diving Day – January 11, 2014

Went diving on Saturday and the conditions weren’t that great but had a good time with friends on the Sanctuary in Monterey. We had to stay within Monterey Bay because of the swell and the weather was overcast. The first dive at Hopkins Reef had ok vis about 10-15 feet and we saw many crabs on the dive. We tried another location for the second dive but the viability was zero so we moved over to the Monterey Aquarium where it turned out to be a nice short dive. Had a nice encounter with a sea lion which I got on video. This was my second time using my GoPro. This was my first diving of the new year. Here is some video I got of that dive.

Starfish Disease

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Starfish Disease, a photo by Ed Bierman on Flickr.

I posted this photo to Flickr — it was taken on my last dive in Monterey earlier this month.

I was shocked to see first hand the horrible starfish disease that is killing off major populations along the western coastline. The starfish waste away and you see all these single legs on the rocks. It isn’t killing off all starfish but a good majority of them.

No one seems to know the cause or how to stop it. This leg is to a scarlet red blood star, Henricia leviuscula, one of my favorites. I saw no sunflower stars on my last dive and that is unusual.

Here are some stories about it.

http://www.sfgate.com/science/article/Mystery-ailment-is-wiping-out-coast-s-starfish-5046911.php

“A mysterious pathogen is wiping out starfish along the Pacific coast, a potential catastrophe that has flummoxed marine biologists who are joining forces to find the culprit.”

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=clues-sought-for-sea-star-die-off

Great Diving Day

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Had a great diving day on Sunday in the Carmel area. Was on my favorite dive boat, the Sanctuary. The vis was great at over 40 feet on the first dive and 20-30 on the second. Both dives were deep — first was at Half Dome, outside of Point Lobos, 108 feet for 26 minutes. The second dive was at Butterfly House – 82 feet for 36 minutes.

It was the first time that I used my GoPro camera which worked really well. I don’t know if it works well to both take photos and video… looks odd that I’m always using my camera on the video.

I also had some technical issues — my SmartCom went into error mode. Luckily friends on the boat had something I could use.

Louisiana State Museum – The Cabildo

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The Louisiana State Museum (LSM), founded in New Orleans in 1906 and still headquartered there, is a statewide system of National Historic Landmarks and modern structures across Louisiana, housing thousands of artifacts and works of art reflecting Louisiana’s legacy of historic events and cultural diversity. It is located next to the St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans.

The images here are of the The Cabildo – Spain’s old City Hall, or “Casa Capitular”, built in 1799. Site of the two Louisiana Territory transfers of 1803. Housed various government offices, including the Louisiana Supreme Court. The Cabildo displays 3 floors of exhibits concerning Louisiana’s history, with additional changing exhibits in the adjoining Arsenal building.