California Pt.2: Day 2 (Expa Tour)

The next day Annie and I did a little tech tour. Thanks to our friends at Expa for the sweet tour.

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Obviously, they like mid century furniture. You’ll see a bunch of Eames chairs everywhere.

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It’s a pretty sweet office. The view is also pretty stellar.

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Another view of the office layout.

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And yeh, they have a bar, with a real beer tap.

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I love how many casual meeting/work spaces they have. Open and clean.

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I also like all the plants. Very nice touch.

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California Pt.2: Day 1

So I’m back from vacation. I spent a week over in Cali, traveling from San Francisco down to San Diego with Annie. I wanted to share some photos, so here we go!

Annie and I got up early to watch the sunrise at Bernal Heights.

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At first we were bummed that there was so much fog, but it turned out to be a perfect photo opportunity.

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We met up with Patrick and his roommates to eat some local ramen.

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Here’s what I ordered.

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Here’s what Annie ordered.

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Later we went to Lands End.

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The combination of the rocky shoreline and waves made a picture perfect scene.

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It’s pretty incredible that this is located inside San Francisco.

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Totally random, but there were a bunch people trying to balance rocks.

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If you look in the background, you’ll see the Golden Gate Bridge.

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And we had to climb the hill to watch the sunset. I had to set the camera up at the very edge.

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It doesn’t look high, but the next step is definitely a doosy.

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Later that night, Shaolin Bao!

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And to wrap up the evening, Annie and I went to Twin Peaks to take some long exposures of the city.

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Again, notice all the fog. Visibility was scarce.

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Clear Night

I figured I’d go by the park to shoot some photos tonight.

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The funny thing is that a cop stopped by and realized what I was doing.

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He came by and looked at the photos and let me keep shooting. That was kinda cool.

Shenandoah + Fog

Annie and I went to Shenandoah National Park this past weekend. Unfortunately, there were very small windows between thick fog.

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Since I got a new lens, Annie wanted to take some self portraits. I had to lug around a heavy ass tripod, but the photos actually turned out pretty good (except for the overcast and fog).

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I figured since there was so much fog, I might was well make the best of it and shoot some pics of the ride too. Wish my buddy Mark was here to see it.

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And of course, the classic foggy tree. No haze filter—this is how it actually looked.

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And finally, an opening. This window lasted for about 15 minutes. As you can see, the trees haven’t peaked yet.

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And the tunnel. You could actually see the fog rolling over the side.

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When there were windows of visibility, it was a fun drive.

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But you always had to be on the look out for wild life. Yeh, those are wild turkeys.

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And Annie, with all her self portraits.

Jony Ive on “Focus”

Asked to name three lessons he learned from Steve Jobs, his former boss at Apple, Ive said Jobs taught him that focus means “not doing something that, with every bone in your body, you think is a phenomenal idea,” if it would prevent you from staying on task. -Vanity Fair

Pretty awesome quote. If you’re working on a product, ask yourself this. Distractions are all around us… learn the discipline to say “no”. Hat tip: Dave