Archive for April, 2012

Busby Learns To Destroy Paper

April 29, 2012 Leave a comment

Busby destroys paper 

Busby has a new hobby: Grabbing stuff and bringing it to his pen to chew on. Thankfully, he has only done this with his toys and packing paper. We’ve got a fun video of him doing this too.

Unlike Milo, Busby only tears the paper apart, not eat it.

Sleeping Busby

April 28, 2012 Leave a comment

He doesn’t care if the exercise ball rolls onto his head. Probably because he likes to sleep under things.

Daily Buzz Photo

April 26, 2012 Leave a comment

The first week with Busby

April 22, 2012 1 comment

Busby has started to come out of his shell, while growing a bit too. At least he seems bigger one week after we got him! So far, some things he does that seem to be part of his personality are:

  1. He likes to nap near us, preferably under the table if we’re working there
  2. He sits and watches the world or sometimes just sits to wait for us
  3. He is afraid of intense situations and intense people, but intense dogs don’t seem to bother him too much, unless there are a bunch of them.
  4. He doesn’t play well with other dogs yet (he’s a bully), but we are attending many puppy classes to work on that.
  5. He’s daddy’s boy: yes, he runs to me for protection Smile 

Busby’s First days in Seattle

April 18, 2012 2 comments

Name Change: Ozzie is now Busby

April 14, 2012 Leave a comment

He didn’t seem to care for the name Oz or Ozzie so we have gone with a name we’ve accidentally used a few times: Busby, or Buzz for short.

The Puppy is Fuzzy

April 14, 2012 5 comments

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We picked up our new family member today, which is a standard sized poodle. He’s the big boy of the litter, so we figure he’ll end up weighing about 60 pounds when he’s full grown. He’s only 9 weeks old now.

His demeanor is … stoned and a bit demanding. He wants to be held and played with, but is happy to just pass out on the floor and sometimes just sit down and look at you. He isn’t very hyper and doesn’t need to sit on top of us, so he’s quite a bit different than Milo.

Welcome to the family Oz!

Comparing Carl Zeiss lenses: Nokia Lumina 900 vs. Sony Cybershot

April 11, 2012 Leave a comment

I am now the proud owner of a new smartphone: The Nokia Lumina 900 running Windows Phone 7.5. The primary reason for the upgrade is the fact that it has a Carl Zeiss lens, which like my point & shoot camera does (a Sony Cybershot DCS-W350).

The Nokia has an 8 megapixel camera with a fixed 28mm Carl Zeiss lens.

The Sony is a 14.1 megapixel camera with a 26mm 4x optical zoom Carl Zeiss lens.

To compare the two cameras, today at 7:53am I took a photo outside, it was cloudy (as you can see), there was no flash and I had the cameras set to "auto" for everything. That’s roughly how I will take pictures most of the time, so for me, it’s a fair test. Here’s the results:

Nokia Lumina 900 running Windows Phone 7.5:
Dimensions: 3264 x 2448
Resolution: 72 dpi
Bit depth: 24
F-stop: f/2.2
Exposure time: 1/205 sec.
ISO Speed: ?
Focal length: ?
Max aperture: ?
Size: 1.46 MB

Space Needle - Nokia Limina 900

Sony DCS-W350 point & shoot camera:
Dimensions: 4320 x 3240
Resolution: 72 dpi
Bit depth: 24
F-stop: f/2.7
Exposure time: 1/200 sec.
ISO Speed: ISO-80
Focal length: 5mm
Max aperture: 2.875
Size: 5.05 MB

Space Needle - Sony DCS-W350

Nokia Lumina 900 after using the Windows Phone auto-fix feature:
The dimensions, resolution and everything else match the original, except the size:
Size: 995 KB

Space Needle with WinPhone auto-fix - Nokia Limina 900

Our San Francisco Escape–April 2012

April 9, 2012 Leave a comment

We’ve been living and working in San Francisco this past week as a way to take advantage of life before the puppy arrives. Yes, there is a new dog on the way, but you’ll have to read about that in about a week.

We rented a short-term apartment for the week in the North Beach neighborhood, right next to Chinatown. If we didn’t know we were next to Chinatown, we might have wondered about a neighbor that uses their clothesline to dry fish.

The commute to the Microsoft office was unique, since we were able to catch a cable car just up the street from the apartment and take it to the office, then back home again in the evening. The apartment is even close enough that we can hear the cable car bell ring when it comes to the nearby intersection. It was a bit odd to have our regular commute also be one of the top tourist attractions, which also made the ride a bit crowded at times, but well worth it to have such a unique public transportation opportunity.

However, our biggest touristy thing we did (other than walk a lot) was to take advantage of the fact that we were staying only 2 blocks from Club Fugazi. So, we decided to invite Dan and Neely to see Beach Blanket Babylon, which is a musical that’s been running there since 1974. It pokes fun at modern politics and life and is known for some large and crazy hats.   

I must be in Berkeley

April 1, 2012 Leave a comment
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