Saturday, August 29, 2009

Sunset at the beach

One evening we headed towards Clearwater Beach. We parked the Mustang ("Mustang? What Mustang?" - you might ask. Well, I'll probably talk about that later), and went to the shore.

The water was pretty warm, Andi enjoyed it very much:


At the sea

The sunset was beautiful, we saw rays coming through the clouds. When I took shots of the Sun, I got these kind of sepia-like photos. This style reflects the humid and hot weather:


Here the sun almost went down entirely. I would have been happy to have a 70-200 with me, this is all the quality I had with a 24-105: I had to crop, this is 1/4 of the original photo:

Last minutes

Later, the Sun disappeared behind the horizon, but its rays were still visible. This painted the sky to more bluish (at least this is how the camera set the white balance), as you can see it in the following photos.

In this shot on the left, you can see Pier 60:

After sunset

Photo from the pier:

Red sky

This place is busy even at and after sunset. There are street musicians, street performers, craftsmen every day. This event is called "Sunsets at Pier 60", it is actually a "daily festival", which happens around the time of sunset (whether permitting) and they even have a webpage:

As I progress with the photos from Florida, I'll post some more.


Sunday, August 23, 2009

Sunset at the top of Fort Harrison

We've arrived back to Zürich after a couple weeks of Florida, and I started to look at the photos we made.

In the first days, we went up to the top of the hotel, to see the view and see the sunset.

The following photos are made there:

Sunset behind Clearwater Beach

This photo was taken after sunset. The sun already set behind Clearwater Beach, but it painted a beautiful sky.


I made this long-exposure shot with a tripod, I liked the pattern that the light draws, and the color of the sky. (The signature is on the wrong side, I'll replace this photo once I get back my Pro account :) Update: Done. :) ).


The shadows were really nice here, plus the color of the sky was still beautiful. The idea of the photo is coming from Andi, but the execution was mine. Another interesting fact about this shot is that I did not adjust the saturation at all.

More photos coming as I have some time to process them!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Programmer jokes

I've found many jokes about programmers here, I've copied my favourites to my blog, I hope you'll enjoy them:

A Cobol programmer made so much money doing Y2K remediation that he was able to have himself cryogenically frozen when he died. One day in the future, he was unexpectedly resurrected.

When he asked why he was unfrozen, he was told:

"It's the year 9999 - and you know Cobol"

There are 10 types of people in the world. Those who understand binary and those who have regular sex.

“Knock, knock.”

“Who’s there?”

very long pause….


An SQL query goes into a bar, walks up to two tables and asks, "Can I join you?"

Q: how many programmers does it take to change a light bulb?

A: none, that's a hardware problem


Q: How many prolog programmers does it take to change a lightbulb?

A: Yes.

Programming is like sex:

One mistake and you have to support it for the rest of your life.

from xkcd.

If you put a million monkeys at a million keyboards, one of them will eventually write a Java program.

The rest of them will write Perl programs.

These two strings walk into a bar and sit down. The bartender says, "So what'll it be?"

The first string says, "I think I'll have a beer quag fulk boorg jdk^CjfdLk jk3s d#f67howe%^U r89nvy owmc63^Dz x.xvcu"

"Please excuse my friend," the second string says, "He isn't null-terminated."

Unix is user friendly. It's just very particular about who its friends are.

A Geologist and an engineer are sitting next to each other on a long flight from LA to NY. The Geologist leans over to the Engineer and asks if he would like to play a fun game. The Engineer just wants to take a nap, so he politely declines and rolls over to the window to catch a few winks. The Geologist persists and explains that the game is real easy and a lotta fun. He explains, "I ask you a question, and if you don't know the answer, you pay me $5. Then you ask me a question, and if I don't know the answer, I'll pay you $5." Again, the Engineer politely declines and tries to get to sleep. The Geologist now somewhat agitated, says, "OK, if you don't know the answer you pay me $5, and if I don't know the answer, I'll pay you $50!"

This catches the Engineer's attention, and he sees no end to this torment unless he plays, so he agrees to the game. The Geologist asks the first question. "What's the distance from the Earth to the moon?"

The Engineer doesn't say a word, but reaches into his wallet, pulls out a five dollar bill and hands it to the Geologist.

Now, it's the Engineer's turn. He asks the Geologist, "What goes up a hill with three legs, and comes down on four?" The Geologist looks up at him with a puzzled look. He takes out his laptop computer and searches all of his references. He taps into the Airphone with his modem and searches the net and the Library of Congress. Frustrated, he sends e-mail to his co-workers -- all to no avail.

After about an hour, he wakes the Engineer and hands him $50. The Engineer politely takes the $50 and turns away to try to get back to sleep.

The Geologist is more than a little miffed, shakes the Engineer and asks, "Well, so what's the answer?"

Without a word, the Engineer reaches into his wallet, hands the Geologist $5, and turns away to get back to sleep.

See the rest of them on the page there are some more very good ones!

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Google Chrome for Mac displays flash

The latest Google Chrome for Mac now support displaying Flash. The interaction with the flash media is still not working yet, but at least you can now view your favorite YouTube videos in it without the need to switch to another browser!

Good progress, guys!

If you want to follow the development, you can go to the known bugs list page.

Update: It seems that there are some work done in the Gears support also, Offline Gmail seems to detect the Gears, though it is not seem to be fully functional yet.