Amsterdam: Selfies, Aided by a Professional

I have friends who recently took a trip to Paris. When talking about their trip, they had some wonderful photos of an afternoon, on cobblestone streets and at monuments, taken by a professional photographer. It turns out that there’s a service called Flytographer that works as a sort of broker between people vacationing abroad who want … Continue reading Amsterdam: Selfies, Aided by a Professional

Amsterdam: The Rijksmuseum

While on our Amsterdam vacation, we dropped by The Rijksmuseum. Although there was a ton of stuff to see, and I took numerous pictures, I’m sharing only a small subset of them here. Weapons There was some great stuff in the weapons section. Below, you can see a powerful crossbow. It has a stirrup on … Continue reading Amsterdam: The Rijksmuseum

Amsterdam: Oude Kerk

One of the first historic landmarks we visited on our Amsterdam vacation was the Oude Kerk, the old church. This is an impressive 800 year old piece of amazing and gigantic architecture. Like, real big. Vaulted ceilings that make you feel like an ant. They’d taken out any artificial light sources, which had been added over the years, … Continue reading Amsterdam: Oude Kerk

Amsterdam: De Poezenboot

One of the first stops on our Amsterdam vacation was De Poezenboot — the cat boat. It’s a houseboat. It’s an animal shelter. It’s been around since 1966 and is now a tourist destination. When Kim was last in Amsterdam, about 10-15 years ago, the Poezenboot was more of a houseboat-home plus cats and a … Continue reading Amsterdam: De Poezenboot

Amsterdam Vacation: Arrival

As you might have seen in a previous blog post, the first leg of my sabbatical vacation was to Disneyland. The second leg was Amsterdam. I had just over a week there, and it wasn’t nearly enough. Between jetlag, a headcold, and the sheer amount of stuff to do, I didn’t have nearly enough time. … Continue reading Amsterdam Vacation: Arrival

A Disney sabbatical

I am over half-way through my two month sabbatical. I am extremely fortunate that I work somewhere that the founders, 10 years ago, first came up with what seemed like a ludicrous sabbatical policy (6 weeks of time off after 5 years of employment), and second, founded a tech company that’s still a great place to … Continue reading A Disney sabbatical

Like Clockwork

I took some vacation days off of work to turn this weekend into a 5-day vacation (Friday through Tuesday). The plan was to go camping at the coast. We made our reservation months ago[1]. We made some last minute acquisitions earlier in the week (we were lacking in the lantern and water jug department). I … Continue reading Like Clockwork

Belated Updates 2: California

The California trip last month was fun. I think I mentioned it before, but it was “Christmas in February.” My parents flew us down there because we had neither the time nor money in December for travel, having just bought a house and all. It was great to see everyone we did see (but would … Continue reading Belated Updates 2: California

Photo Ketchup

It has been a while since I emptied my camera, so I figured it was time for a photo catch-up post. First, I thought I would kill two birds with one stone. I wanted to photographically convey how treacherous the stairs in the new house are. They’re really shallow and really tall. I also wanted … Continue reading Photo Ketchup

ARGfest wrap-up

Please note that all blog posts before 8 April 2007 were automatically imported from LiveJournal.  To see the comments and any LiveJournal-specific extras such as polls and user icons, please find the source posting at from ARGfest! We got back last night to some very thirsty and lonely kitties. Ebenezer had kicked over all three … Continue reading ARGfest wrap-up