Saturday, October 31, 2009

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Here's my youngest niece getting ready to go to her sister's school Halloween parade on Friday. Yup she's a bumblebee but its hard taking photos of her cause she won't look at the camera!


Thursday, October 29, 2009

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Fall Colors 2009.


Monday, October 19, 2009


Remember when I posted on my blog about that spamware attack in September? Well MSNBC published an article today which mentions by name the same spamware in my post "spywareguard 2008". So if any one gets attacked by this virus, do not follow their link to download their software. Instead use a legitmate virus software like McAfee or Norton. Here's the link to the article.


Monday, October 12, 2009

Newsweek Article on Obama's Nobel Peace Prize

I think the post remarks from MWalimu from LA really describes the meanness of spirit and jealousy that has been going on politics (and to some extent American society). Since 2001 there has been a polarization of America and Americans. What I mean it seems you are either a conservative vs liberal. Or Democrat vs Republican. No longer can you just be an American with an opinion. So all this hatred, jealousy and anger keeps showing up. Hence instead of ALL Americans being proud that a sitting president (notice I don't mention name or party affiliation) was nominated and won a Nobel Peace Prize [1 of 3 Presidents in US History], they attack the president's basis for the it. Although I did not vote for this president, I do hope that he can somehow heal the hurts that divide our country and make it the great country that immigrants for generations have aspired to make a home.


President of Planet Earth
Why Obama's Nobel was inevitable.

By Howard Fineman | NEWSWEEK
Published Oct 10, 2009

Posted By: Mwalimu @ 10/10/2009 4:44:23 PM

That's the term that best describes all of those critics who have gone on warpath the moment Barack Obama received the Nobel Peace Prize. As a retired teacher who spent a life time teaching in an inner city high school in south Los Angeles, I am quite familiar with that term. My students used it to describe a clique of students, usually girls, who refused to accomplish anything productive, and instead spent their energies bad-mouthing students who tried to make something out of their lives.

I also saw the same mentality behind a bumper I saw one day which said "MY KID BEAT UP YOUR HONOR STUDENT." Recently an honor student in Chicago was beaten to death by a gang of thugs. That tragedy is NOT new. Killing like that have occurred in Los Angeles on a regular basis, and one of the reasons I rarely left my classroom was to provide a safe haven for students during the school day.

So all the hatred and animosity that the GOP and the right wing spews simply proves that they are no better than the thugs and know-nothings back at my former school.

NOTE what Obama himself said when he received the news:
Let me be clear: I do not view it as a recognition of my own accomplishments, but rather as an affirmation of American leadership on behalf of aspirations held by people in all nations."

I was particularly moved by another statement made by Obama: "We can't accept a world in which more people are denied opportunity and dignity that all people yearn for -- the ability to get an education and make a decent living; the security that you won't have to live in fear of disease or violence without hope for the future."

In view of the current atmosphere of violence, ignorance, fear and hatred, not the mention death threats, that exist in this country, anyone who dares to make such a visionary statement - a risk to his own life - deserves a Nobel. You won't find such quality of leadership in the GOP, Wall Street, and certainly NOT in the media.

Obama made it clear that the Nobel Peace Prize was his prize but a prize for the American people. The gang of GOP, right-wing haters who are no on the attack don't hate Obama - they hate America. Like the ignorant, indolent adolescents I described, they have not positive vision for themselves or for America, and they cannot stand to America transcend the gutter if ignorance, violence, hatred, and fear that they themselves inhabit. Just like the Taliban, they want to see America fail.

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I found this photo over the weekend. I think it sums up the sacrifice that our armed forces do for our country.


In the News

I just finished this great article about a Florida doctor who has been treating the homeless for free since he started practicing medicine in the 80's. This doctor is not just a real life hero but practically a saint in the tradition of Mother Teresa. Its a heart-warming article in a time where our nation is debating the merits of health care reform and national healthcare while 40 million Americans (in the richest country of the world!) go without any healthcare. Here's a couple quotes from the article that I thought were worth mentioning.

"As a society, we have ignored urban poverty for more than 30 years," Greer told the Sun-Sentinel newspaper in 1991. "No matter how much work you do, the problem doesn't go away."

"'I do get outraged," he says. "Is it acceptable when an insurance company refuses someone for a pre-existing condition? Where in hell is that acceptable? Hell is going to be filled with insurance people. I hope they enjoy all the money they're making.'"

Friday, October 9, 2009


I saw this article on MSNBC on a contest sponsored by Department of Energy on building solar homes. This contest is important cause it will motivate the housing industry to build with renewable materials. I love how some of these houses can actually send the excess energy back to the energy company's grid. Thus making some money for the homeowner. Also a couple cool features are how the house is heated or cooled using the new technology. In a word its about self-sufficiency. No more wasting material and energy. The future is looking bright!



My Moon shot

Caption: This image is a capture from a NASA video. Obviously they had more powerful telescope that gives bigger more detailed imagery though even NASA could not see the explosion that was estimated to be 6 miles high from the crater impact.

Caption: The second image is the one I took on my D200 earlier this morning.

Hey all,

Sorry for the late follow-up but I pretty much crashed after I took the photos [of the LCROSS blast]. Unfortunately about five minutes before the rocket impacted, a small cloud layer/mist showed up in front of my view of the moon. This pretty much obscured any details I might have gotten from my 200mm part of the lens (including 1.5 focal multiplier from my D200 sized senor = total 300mm). So pretty you can see only the shape and reflective part of the moon despite the different exposure settings I used on all the shots. There wasn't enough detail to see the explosion much less the craters. I'm including my best shot (including haze) and one from NASA's website for comparison. In any case, NASA reported that the "Lunar explosion yields no naked-eye results".

I'll try to take some shots of the next meteor/comet show or a lunar eclipse.


NASA’s big crash on the moon

Getting my equipment ready to try to take some photos of the crash and visible explosion near the crater's location.

Been waiting all night for this event! Hopefully I will have at least one photo showing the event. =)


Thursday, October 8, 2009


Great article by Cyril from TechReport on Windows 7. Since I will hosting a Windows 7 Launch party, I thought the information interesting enough to post. The other reason for posting is for my friend Glen who has recently purchased a new MacPro and is contemplating installing Windows 7 on the same system.


Walt Mossberg: Windows 7 vs. Mac OS X is a toss-up
by Cyril Kowaliski — 10:57 AM on October 8, 2009

At many Apple keynotes, Steve Jobs triumphantly pulls up quotes from Wall Street Journal technology columnist Walt Mossberg, who often extols the virtues of Apple products and slams Microsoft software, most recently Vista.

Well, Jobs should probably start looking for another reviewer from which to get admiring quotations. Mossberg has written a surprisingly positive review of Windows 7, and he's gone as far as to claim Apple has largely lost its software edge. The reviewer sums up his opinion in the following two paragraphs:

In recent years, I, like many other reviewers, have argued that Apple's Mac OS X operating system is much better than Windows. That's no longer true. I still give the Mac OS a slight edge because it has a much easier and cheaper upgrade path; more built-in software programs; and far less vulnerability to viruses and other malicious software, which are overwhelmingly built to run on Windows.

Now, however, it's much more of a toss-up between the two rivals. Windows 7 beats the Mac OS in some areas, such as better previews and navigation right from the taskbar, easier organization of open windows on the desktopand [sic] touch-screen capabilities. So Apple will have to scramble now that the gift of aflawed [sic] Vista has been replaced with a reliable, elegant version of Windows.

Mossberg's review isn't all praise, of course. The columnist criticizes Microsoft for getting rid of bundled mail, photo, address book, calendar, and video editing apps, which are now part of the downloadable Windows Live Essentials suite. He also finds the number of Windows 7 editions too confusing and their prices too onerous (fair enough, considering OS X 10.6 is a single, $29 upgrade). Finally, he laments the lack of an in-place upgrade process from Windows XP, which many Windows users are still using.

Mossberg concludes his review with, "Bottom line: Windows 7 is a very good, versatile operating system that should help Microsoft bury the memory of Vista and make PC users happy." That's pretty much what we concluded in our own Windows 7 review, too.


For those photographers like me who may be interested in Udorse, check out this video tutorial. This has a very grass roots like approach but with the potential of reaching out to the entire facebook community (or any social site, blog, forum, etc).

How to Use Udorse from Trevor Austin on Vimeo.


Hit or Miss

Earlier this year I was playing around with a business idea of making money thru advertising photos on facebook. I had a rough sketch of the biz plan but all it would have taken to get it started was a big bank roll, a great programmer and lots of luck.

Well here it is October 2009 and someone else came up with the idea. A company called "Udorse". There business idea resembles my idea in principle. I hope the idea works cause it would really empower everyday people like me. Also this inspires me to keep thinking of new ideas cause one day (maybe soon) I'll be able to capitalize on it the way Udorse may well on their idea.


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My good friend, Glen, and I were talking about cars today. Which brought up my Audi TT that i've had seen 2001. I don't drive it as much but I do take it out for a spin every now and than. Glen thinks I should sell it but I'd miss my TT if I did. I'll probably sell it when I'm ready to buy a new TT. =P


Science News

How to watch NASA’s big crash on the moon.

This Friday NASA will be sending a rocket to explode on one of the moon's craters as part of an experiment to determine if there's water on the moon. The explosion is set to happen at 4:30AM PST. Yours truly, will setup his camera and stay up til 5am to try to capture the event.

You can find the link to the MSNBC article here. Or

This should be pretty exciting. As someone who has been following astronomy since grade school, this is going to be quite an astral event!


Wednesday, October 7, 2009

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I took this view from the HealthNow clinic in Sunnyvale last week. When I was looking out the front entrance of the clinic's office, I saw this great view thru the hallway that kinda went on forever.


Tuesday, October 6, 2009

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Working on some updates for the website as well as my senior photo marketing/advertising campaign this week. Busy, busy...!


Monday, October 5, 2009

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This is some of the new senior collage collages I've been working on since last week.


Saturday, October 3, 2009

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here's another sample cover magazine i designed this week.


Thursday, October 1, 2009

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I've got some new bizness ideas I've playing around with since summer. Here's a sneak preview of an idea I'm working on that is related to my senior photos work.