New Year’s Eve Hike to Iron Mountain

January 5th, 2013 by Matt
Iron Mountain Hike

View North from Iron Mountain

I took a fantastic hike to Iron Mountain on New Year’s Eve, 2012. What a fantastic, clear day! These photos really showcase the beauty that we have in San Diego. Truly memorable!!

Also note that these photos were taken with an iPhone 4S! These phones are excellent for capturing sharp, clear outdoor photos. (Indoor photos are another story, though!)

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Mammoth Snow Trip with the Family!

December 27th, 2012 by Matt

Mammoth Snow Trip!

This is the first White Christmas we’ve had in awhile, and it was awesome! We had blizzard conditions for the first two days, so there was plenty of “play in the snow fun” to be had!

I’m also displaying a test of Picasa Web Album’s “Embed Slideshow” feature. (If you’re looked at a nice blank box, you’re using an iPhone or iPad. Sorry! Here’s a link to the images.) Basically, you can easily set up Flash slideshows from the photo albums you’ve uploaded to your Google account. Pretty nice! There are multiple size options for the shows (This is the 600 x 400 pixel size) and you can even have it display the captions you’ve set up in your albums, as I’ve done here. (I do wish you could change the basic background color to something other than black, though. Having a white background would really blend into most websites better. It would also be cool to be able to adjust the font attributes, too.)

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Snow Day on the Sunrise Hwy in San Diego!!

March 26th, 2012 by Matt
Snow Day!

Happy Son and Dad

Talk about weird (and fun!) weather! These photos were taken on March 18th on the Sunrise Highway just off of Hwy 8 in San Diego!

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Photography by Stephan Zirwes

August 19th, 2011 by Matt
Loading Dock

Industrial image by Stephan Zirwes

Take a look at photographic images by Stephan Zirwes. I’ve always been interested in natural and man–made abstract photography and have done some of it myself (see images Golden Green Abstract, Study In Diagonals, and Rock and Lichen Abstract #4). Stephan’s images are beautifully done, and when elements give you a clue as to the scale of the image, it is especially striking. This photo is one of my favorites, but please view it on Stephan’s website as it needs to be seen at a larger size to get the full impact of what you are looking at. I think his industrial images are especially striking.

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Bloodhound SSC – New Land Speed Record Attempt in 2012/13

February 11th, 2011 by Matt

Wow, a land speed record attempt shooting for 1050 miles per hour, which is “faster than a speeding bullet!” The Bloodhound chassis is now under construction with runway trials to begin in early 2012. The record attempt will be run in late 2012/2013 in South Africa. See the Bloodhound SSC main site for all the latest news on this amazing car/jet/rocket! Also, take a look at Equinox Graphics, who did this video for the Bloodhound team and does other science–related graphics. Finally, see all the latest Bloodhound videos on their YouTube site. Amazing stuff!!

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24 Hours of Le Mans 2010

June 11th, 2010 by Matt
Team Oreca Matmut Peugeot 908

Team Oreca Matmut Peugeot 908

Man, what a weekend for sports enthusiasts! We have World Cup Soccer starting, the Formula 1 Grand Prix of Canada, and most of all, the granddaddy of all road races, and still the most famous endurance race in the world, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, is running this Saturday and Sunday. The Peugeot 908s of Team Peugeot Total are favored again, but for looks alone, the Team Oreca Matmut Peugeot 908 gets my vote! But will the Audi R15s give ’em a tough race…you bet! The GT2 grid is awesome with Ferraris, Corvettes, Ford GTs, BMWs, the usual fleet of Porsches, a Lamborghini, and a Jaguar going at it. Check out the BMW “art car” too. Fantastic!

BMW M3 Art Car

BMW Motorsports M3 “Art Car”

Again, the fine folks at and have come up with a great, printable, full–color car guide detailing all the cars, liveries, and drivers lineups for each. As I mentioned in a previous post about Sebring, it can be printed BIG due to its 2500 x 1618 pixel resolution. It is on my office wall now at a very nice 11 x 17 size.

Tune in the 24 Hours of Le Mans on the Speed channel beginning 5:30 am Pacific Time, Saturday, June 12.

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China GP – Another Wet–Weather Classic!

April 19th, 2010 by Matt
Jensen Button Winning 2010 Australian GP

Jensen Button Wins China GP (Image courtesy

Add a little (or a lot of) rain and Formula 1 shines. This race had many lead changes, pit strategies, crashes, and drama. It was a treat to watch. Again, Jenson Button stole the show in the wet, with his team mate Lewis Hamilton storming up to second place with some dodgy pit lane tactics and trademark super–aggressive passes. Fernando Alonso also stormed back from 17th place after a penalty from a jumped start. He’s a brilliant driver, but showed his true colors when he cut off team mate Felipe Massa while pitting. He takes the “winning at all costs” mentality to new heights!

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Frederik Pohl Blogs too!

April 5th, 2010 by Matt
Frederick Pohl Biography

The Way the Future Was
by Frederick Pohl

In memoriam: Frederik Pohl, Nov. 26, 1919–Sept. 2, 2013

If you’re interested in reading SciFi at all, take a look at SciFi great Frederick Pohl’s great blog The Way the Future Blogs. Lots of interesting stuff there such as anecdotes about his interesting life and other great writers he has known, book and story recommendations, etc. Extremely interesting and, of course, well–written!

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Australian GP–What a Race!!

March 29th, 2010 by Matt
Jensen Button Winning 2010 Australian GP

Jensen Button Wins Aussie GP (Image courtesy

Wow! What a change this weekend proved to be in Formula 1 racing! Some wet weather at the Albert Park circuit in Melbourne really opened up the race…there were passing and lead changes galore for once. Man, if they could bottle this recipe, Formula 1 would again become the most exciting racing to watch, instead of the shadow of its former greatness it has become.

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12 Hours of Sebring 2010

March 19th, 2010 by Matt
Sebring 2010 Logo

Sebring 2010

Sebring 2010 Spotter Guide

Sebring 2010 Spotters Guide

We’ve got some racin’ goin’ on this weekend… Saturday in fact. It’s the 12 Hours of Sebring, guys! This is probably the toughest race, physically, on the sports cars themselves. The Sebring circuit is notorious for its bumpiness and it is a severe test for the cars just to hold together for the entire 12 hours. And with a great grid lineup, (Aston Martin, Peugeot, Dyson, and Patron LMPs, Corvette, Ferrari, Porsche, Jaguar, and BMW GT2s) this is a must–watch race!

To help with your car spotting/viewing enjoyment, the fine folks at and have come up with this great, printable, full–color car guide detailing the cars, liveries, and even the helmet designs of the drivers of each of the cars. And it can be printed BIG due to its 2500 x 1618 pixel resolution. The detail is great when printed at 11 x 17. I printed out one for my (almost) 4 year old son Mikey, and he loved it! (One is on my office wall at work, too. 😉 )

Tune in the 12 Hours of Sebring on the Speed channel (HD of course!) beginning 7:00 am Pacific Time, Saturday, March 20.

Now that the race has been run, congrats to Risi Competizione for winning the GT2 class at Sebring for the 3rd time in the last four years! And it did so against an extremely tough field, including the very fast Rahal/Letterman BMWs.

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