Saturday, August 12, 2006

Prodded by Mister B, a blogging meme.

When did you start?
My first webpage was in 1994 or 1995 (wish I had saved it) and was basically a static "who I am" page. Pennantspages was in 1996, and i only remember the date because it started out with a "notepad" background and was all text, Clint looked at it and said "Dude, where are the pictures?".
It became a daily essay driven site in 1997 for the people I knew. I didnt even bother putting up contact info, as most people who read the site knew me.

The BLOGGING began as an outgrowth of Pennantspages, because i moved from manhattan in 2000, and had to pack up my computer and couldnt use Dreamweaver anymore, so i needed something that was computer and host independent. That was when i discovered blogspot, being among the first 25,000 users.

Why did you start?
Because i would write things in email and the feedback was that my writing needed a wider audience.

What is the best part?
It has turned out to be a great cathartic endeavor.Being able to express yourself in writing is better than Arts and Crafts at the Bellevue Mental Hospital.

Actually, even better is when folk tell me that the images and words allows them to be experience where I am. That makes me feel good.

What is the worst part?
Having to censor myself, or as George put it - not bleed all over the keyboard. I have to be keenly aware of who could and do read my stuff. I considered password protecting the thing, but that - eh, that would shut out the the nice people from all over the world who do read the little I write. :)

So, Id rather be circumspect. So much so, I dont write very much anymore.

I believe in being honest about what I do say. I just dont say everything. Heh, honest but oblique. :)

With one notable exception, I dont care to read password protected blogs. I dont want to be a hypocrite.

Do your friends and family read your blog?
Yes, some do, essentially to see what Im up to, where i am and how im doing. They think I dont know. :)

What are the most memorable moments from your blogging?
When, in 1999, I started taking pictures to show what I was seeing. This actually drives my photography.

Do you ever have trouble telling people that you have a "blog"?
I never used to. I would routinely give it out as a way to explain myself. It is only recently after cumulative experience and posting my images to flickr, do I refrain from giving out the personal URL freely.

I purposely keep the blog low-key and oblique, which keeps the regular readership low, god bless 'em.

How much longer do you see yourself doing this?
It ends when it ends.

What are your favorite blogs to read?
They are ones Ive been reading for years and havent become extinct. Yambiguity, because Brian and Grace were truly nice people I wanted to know. Cyn, even tho her stuff is password protected. Aiyah, Dr Scott (rarely updated - but a good read when it is), Zannah, Maria, Marn, Uncle Bob, Sun, Fredlet, Cecily, George. The list has shrunk over the years as I rarely add to it. A recent exception is Yvonne, who writes so vividly, I had to add her.

If youre interested, keep this meme going. It was fun to do.

bus stop

bus stop, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

midnight on mission

midnight on mission, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

Fact: The average person accidentally eats 430 bugs each year of their life.

Friday, August 11, 2006


fro, originally uploaded by Itinerant.


curves, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

Thrift store stove

Thrift store stove, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

In my mailbox this morning

Aloha Airlines Security Advisory


You may have a trip planned in the near future, and we'd like to inform you about some new security measures that have been implemented effective today.

Due to the heightened security levels recently enacted at our airports, Aloha Airlines has been advised by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) that effective immediately, any liquids or gel-like substances will not be allowed as a carry-on aboard any aircraft. Screening and disposal of such items will take place at the security checkpoints and at the departure gates. Examples of prohibited items include but are not limited to: bottled water, all beverages such as juice and milk, shampoos, toothpaste, perfumes, aerosols, hair gels, oils, lotions and creams.


Items that fall within this category include:

* All beverages of any type in any size container, including bottled water.
* Shampoo
* Suntan lotion
* Creams
* Toothpaste
* Hair gel
* Contact lens solution
* Other items of similar consistency

Such items may be transported in checked baggage.

Exceptions include:

* Baby formula or breast milk, only if a baby or small child is traveling
* Prescription medicine with a name that matches the passenger's ticket
* Insulin and essential other non-prescription medications

Beverages purchased in the sterile area must be consumed before boarding because they will not be permitted onboard the aircraft.

Any item that is liquid or gel-like in form, will only be allowed in the passenger's checked baggage.

Aloha Airlines would also like to advise our customers on steps you can take to ease your travel experience during this period:

* Pack lightly, without clutter to facilitate easier screening.
* Please arrive three hours prior to scheduled departure time for Trans-Pacific flights and two hours prior for Inter-island flights within Hawaii.
* Cooperate with TSA personnel at all checkpoints and gates. TSA Security Officers will also be checking carry-on baggage at the gate.
* Be attentive and vigilant to any suspicious activity.
* Do not leave luggage or personal items unattended.
* Due to these heightened security measures, we ask for your patience and understanding as we work closely with the TSA and our airport authorities to assure your flight's safety.
* Further information is available on our website at
Fact: The ozone layer is about as thick as two pennies stacked on top of each other.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

On the news of the recent plans to blow up transatlantic planes, and the salient fact that once Al-Qaeda planners have a major objective in mind, they never let go - it reminds me of a picture I took back in january.

What is she doing?

Something out of place made me examine it, and the woman was busy sketching and writing above lombard street by the cable cars..

So, I took the picture.

10 seconds after noticing me, she disappeared.

I think being in NY in 2001 has made me hyperaware.
Fact: One Thousand contains the letter A, but none of the words from one to nine hundred ninety-nine has an A.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

chica in coupe

chica in coupe, originally uploaded by Itinerant.


banner, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

Presidio flowers

Presidio flowers, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Fact: Infant beavers are called kittens.

Speed Round... Answer fast... Go...

What is your favorite:

Sharp Cheddar

Aloha Festival SF 2006Books?
Boss by Mike Royko
Disappearing Acts by Terry McMillan
The Sandman books by Neil Gaiman
The Sten series by Cole & Bunch

My Cousin Vinny

I turn my camera on - Spoon



Television show?

Side Order?
Garlic Fries
Bagna Calda (garlic cloves in olive oil and butter) on fresh baked focaccia rolls from The Stinking Rose Restaurant

Super hero?

Cookie Monster

Oscar the GrouchAloha Festival SF 2006

St Stan's Red Sky Ale
Heinekin Dark

Farm Animal Sound?

bok bok bok baaaawk

Saying on a t-shirt?
In case of emergency, break dance


James Bond?
Sean Connery

Star Trek Captain?

Freshly baked bread



Aloha Festival SF 2006Cyn, Clint, MisterB


I shot the San Francisco Aloha Festival for a few hours this weekend.

Man, I love shooting people at events. :) This brings me joy. This is what i need to be doing.

And i like the 808 folks, not so uptight these folks. Love that. Fellow islanders. Love that theyre adopting the Jamaican/rasta culture and incorporating it into the mixed plate of hawaii. Love that.

But mostly, i was so impressed with my camera. I was impressed before, but it just came into it's own. It just did its job and did it well. This is a Nikon. A photographers camera. When you gotta get the shot. I aimed, focused and shot and I didnt get a bad picture. Shot with purpose, got the shot, didnt have to fiddle with the camera.


Gonna have to get another one.

Aloha Festival SF 2006

Aloha Festival SF 2006, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

On my wishlist

On my wishlist, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

On my wishlist

Nikon D200 with a Nikkor 18-200 VR lens.

Although Ii want the camera, that lens is on my "must get" list even at $750 a pop.

Heh, when I told George about it and how much it costs, he went "That's more than a camera!". Yup.

But, I gotta have it.

Monday, August 07, 2006

Fact: If you cool oxygen to minus 361 F, it becomes a bright red solid.

Aloha Festival SF 2006

Aloha Festival SF 2006, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

Aloha Festival SF 2006

Aloha Festival SF 2006, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

Aloha Festival SF 2006

Aloha Festival SF 2006, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

Aloha Festival SF 2006

Aloha Festival SF 2006, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Watching the music

Watching the music, originally uploaded by Itinerant.


Magpie, originally uploaded by Itinerant.


@ the Randall Children's Museum

First time id ever seen a magpie. Only known em from the nursery rhymes.