Saturday, January 28, 2012

Signs and Bus Benches in Seal Beach

Seal Beach is a wonderful community.

The visual impact of City signs often distracts from "quaintness."


And new bus benches with advertisements are on their way. Let's hope the City's "limited authority" over this advertising protects (what's left of) our small-town atmosphere. Review of both content and layout (ratio of image size to advertising space and the size and color of typeface) seems reasonable.

Our City's Green Belt--still (mostly) signage free.

Bus bench franchise information based on C. Kelly's story appearing in the 26-January issue of the Seal Beach Sun.
First and last photos captured with an iPhone 4-what an amazing camera!
Historian Art Hansen (Emeritus Professor of History at CSUF) observation via email (1/29/12): Your resourceful visual anthropological exploration of the cultural milieu of Seal Beach clearly articulates an alternative meaning for the term "benchmark." 

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Gung Hay Fat Choy

Our House Dragons have been waiting 12 years...

Gung Hay Fat Choy (Cantonese)
Xin Nian Kuai Le (Mandarin)

Friday, January 20, 2012

Photos in ABA's Birding

The January issue of Birding includes some of my photos--I'm jazzed to be in print.

Birding is a publication of the American Birding Association.
Photos originally appeared in this Half Moon Bay Birding photo essay.
My last publication?

Saturday, January 14, 2012

First Bloom

Early January bloom from my Mom's memorial rose.

My Mom
My Maternal Grandmother
Grandmother and Mother 
Mother and Me

Pau Pau and Grandson

The rose bud bloomed on my Mom's birthday.
Pau Pau is our family's Chinese designation for grandmother.
Photo Details.
First BloomCanon 7D, 1/250, f/5.6,100 mm, ISO 100.
Mother and Me photo by Uncle Bue Kee; Kodak Anastigmat, f/6.3, 100 mm.
Pau Pau and Grandson: SX-70 Polaroid.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Homeless in Seal Beach

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Coffee Contrivances

What's Old

   Haven't used these in sometime--perhaps it time to give them away.

What's New

My trusty electric burr grinder has been joined by a Hario Skerton
Hand Mill with ceramic conical burrs. The hand mill is peaceful to
use and yields much better grind than the electric.

The AeroPress is also new and brews a very smooth cup of coffee.
I'm still working on the coffee to water ratios. Brewing a cup with 
the AeroPress takes more time (in comparison to pour-over) and 
clean-up is more involved than simply rising the ceramic dripper.  

 First Cup 2012

Happy New Year!

Current pour-over filters are from If You Care and coffee from San Francisco's Blue BottleThanks to Judy (Hario Skerton Hand Mill) and Matt (AeroPress) for great Christmas gifts.