Meta.lopolis

Well, hello again. Wow, I sure haven’t touched this blog in a long time. Maybe I will again. Maybe not.

In the meantime, I’ve started playing with Tumblr as a low-barrier way to post links and photos. I’m keeping it primarily photo/multimedia/art focused. You can follow here, if you’re interested in some more regular posting (at least in the near term): Meta.lopolis.com.

What else have I been up to? A good mix of work and play. I’m still regularly taking photos, which I post on Flickr here. I recently exceeded 4,000 total photos posted to Flickr. I can’t believe it’s been 7 years now since the first.

Sunset in Jordan

Blog Wars 2010

Romanesco Cauliflower Once again, after years away, I decided to wage war against WordPress and my blog setup with a template update. I also made a feeble attempt at connecting my main pages of lopolis.com to the design and to use WordPress as a CMS. I’ll spare the gory details, but due to my choice of subdomains for the blog, and lack of technical acumen to bend web technology to my will, I’m still only part way to what I’d really like.

But, what I have accomplished thus far is a nice update to the blog template itself. Due to aforementioned lack of technical know-how, I deferred to the experts and purchased a slick, nicely packaged template, Basic Maths, from Khoi Vinh. It fit my desired aesthetic, without all the cobbled-together hackery that my site had become.

With that, I kick off a new decade on the web. It’s hard to believe that 10 years ago, I was relying on campus web-hosting and my first broadband connection to put a few text pages and animated gifs on the www. And now? I’m publishing photos to a misspelled site, Flickr; writing in snarky 140 character snippets; and “YouFace-ing” or whatever. Almost all from a device in my pocket! Progress!

2009 Billboard Top 25 Hits Mashup

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Hamster on a Piano

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A Week around the Olympic Peninsula

Finally, here’s the re-cap of the Olympic Peninsula trip I took with my parents in the first week of September. Words don’t do the sights a lot of justice, so I’ll keep this brief and point you back to all the photos I’ve been posting in the past few weeks (which I’m sure most of you have seen). I’ve also finally gotten through sorting all my pocket camera shots, and added them to this Olympic Peninsula photo set.

The first day, we set out from Seattle and caught the Bainbridge Island ferry across the water, and then drove North to Port Angeles in the morning. From there, we spent the afternoon up Hurricane Ridge taking in the spectacular mountain views.

A night in Port Angeles, then the next morning off to the shore near La Push, where we enjoyed our first taste of the Pacific beaches.

Black and White Sea Stacks

We knew we were heading to more beaches, so we headed inland to the Hoh Rainforest for the afternoon. The bright sun and beautiful weather surprised everyone including the Park Rangers. After our necks got sore from all the looking up at the trees, we headed back out to the shore and a little ways South to Kalaloch.

We spent two nights and days enjoying endless beach walking and photo ops at Kalaloch. It made for a nice break after a couple days of driving.

The final two-night stop on the trip was inland again to Lake Quinalt, and it’s accompanying rainforests, and old lodge (FDR visited there and was so impressed with the surroundings, he helped found the Olympic National Park).

I did my best to plot my photos using Flickr’s map here. You should be able to scroll through the photos by recency to see where everything was taken. If you want to see the full driving route we followed, here’s the route on Google Maps.

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