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Keunwoo Lee
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Happy New Year. I suspect nobody actually uses these except me, but I guess I'll continue posting them, in the spirit of encouraging everyone to think about their lives on longer scales than the next day, week, or month.

Previously: https://plus.google.com/collection/0OUvHE
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Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrgghh

Somebody reinvented borgcfg for Kubernetes.
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Return leg from a recent trip for work. Direct flights from London to San Francisco take you over the Arctic, and you can get some spectacular views. I particularly liked the sun reflecting off the water in the cracks between ice floes (around the middle of this album).
2017-04-28 LHR-SFO
2017-04-28 LHR-SFO
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More wildlife from Danum Valley. These specimens are wild, and they're foraging from trees here as their ancestors have for generations, but they're much less shy than orangutans: the tree here was right next to the lodge.
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Took a drive out to Walden Pond, the Old North Bridge at Concord, and environs last fall, while we were still living in Cambridge. A more optimistic time; the election happened a few days later.

Massachusetts views itself as the birthplace of the American Revolution. It's hard not to wonder what that generation would make of the times we live in. Well, at least the leaves are still pretty.
2016-11 New England drive
2016-11 New England drive
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A reminder that not all orange-haired primates are contemptible.

From a recent trip to Danum Valley in Sabah; saw a mother and a juvenile (the guide estimated 5-6 years old, so almost weaned) in the wild. Bring a bright telephoto lens, good binoculars, and a lot of patience.

I was a bit fed up with toting around all my lenses and brought only an f4 18-105mm zoom this trip. To be honest, 105mm was too short a focal length for wildlife, although shooting RAW and cropping aggressively yields decent results for online sharing. Sony is making incredible sensors and lenses these days; Sony vs. Fuji is the new Canon vs. Nikon.

p.s. Photography tip: manual focusing through the electronic viewfinder with zoom assist was essential for these. With so many occluding or nearby objects (leaves, branches), autofocus nearly always selects the wrong focus point. You'll get perfect foliage and a blurry animal 9 times out of 10 if you don't take control.
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Also from this past summer. Hearst's castle is sui generis, and, whatever your feelings about the rest of his legacy, it is now a public park and worth visiting if you're in California for any extended amount of time.

It is hard to escape the conclusion that Hearst's wealth led him to lose touch with certain aspects of reality. The early 21st century seems on track to be thoroughly dominated by plutocrats, so draw your own conclusions for our future.
2016-06-04 San Simeon
2016-06-04 San Simeon
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From a weekend trip this past summer; elephant seals near San Simeon, and Moonstone Beach.

The G+ presentation of albums shared from the Photos product has changed, I see. I think I prefer the inline viewing of albums to the popup in a new window...
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Another year, another single page calendar. A bit early this year, but here's to 2017. May it be better than 2016.

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https://plus.google.com/u/0/+KeunwooLee/posts/euDkVD93Jbt
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I complain a lot about my ex-employer in this space so I just thought I'd note that, sometime while I wasn't watching, 3D Google Maps quality on the web got really remarkable. If you turn on Earth view and click the "3D" button, you can zoom into Manhattan or San Francisco and get SimCity-quality rendering of the whole city. Blobby, imprecise geometry, data gaps, and bad textures have become a minor enough problem as to be negligible. And the pull-in/push-out from Street View into 3D Maps is way slicker than it used to be. Really impressive work. Can't wait for every city in the free world to get coverage like this.
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