Monthly Archives: February 2009

My Dad is in the Hospital

My dad, Cam, decided to accidentally test his flying squirrel impersonation yesterday from a high ladder on to some concrete. Needless to say, it did not go well.
In typical Hanen fashion, he decided to see if he could wait it out and didn’t call for help until this morning.
He is currently at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix, AZ, with 4 broken ribs, a bruised lung, a bleeding spleen, and a cracked head. My brother and I are driving out to Phoenix tonight tomorrow to be with our dad.
If you are the praying type, your prayers are highly appreciated. If you are not the praying type, please do a get well dance for my dad in the location of your choice.
Update: Thur. 02.19.09 9:33pm – My dad is in Emergency ICU at Good Samaritan in Phoenix. I will be driving out early in the morning and my brother will follow later after a work obligation is over.
My dad and I have talked 2x today and he texted me once this evening, but the hospital will not put me through.
If you want updates, please watch my twitter steam.

The Nokia N82 vs. The Nokia N85 : The Video Wars

On the night of the U.S. Presidential Inauguration, Tues. Jan. 20, 2009, musician and hostess extraordinaire Kerry Getz threw an Inauguration party and House Concert at her place on Balboa Island. It was a lovely party and the music was amazing. I tried to get a round of the Beatles “Here Comes the Sun” going, but we didn’t get very far, though all the musicians who played were delightful.
As Steve and Lobelia Lawson were playing their set, I video’d one of the songs with the Nokia N82 and one with the Nokia N85. I then took the movie files, unaltered, and uploaded them to Vimeo, and have now embedded both mobile videos above for you to watch and determine if the Nokia N82 or the Nokia N85 wins for best picture, sound, and all around video quality. I hand held both mobiles, there was no external microphones or lighting to aid the videos.
What you see & hear is what you get from the Nokia N82 and the Nokia N85. What do you think? Which mobile wins the video wars?

Note: Video and music is presented here on with permission from Steve Lawson.

Yesterday, Inside of Our Lady Queen of Angels Church

Yesterday, Inside of Our Lady Queen of Angels Church

Mon 02.16.09 – A candle shrine inside La Placita Church.
Yesterday, I took Steve Marshall on a curated tour of Los Angeles; by curated, I mean sites picked by me as interesting, opposed the usual Santa Monica, Venice, Hollywood and Beverly Hills tour of LA. The most delightful parts of our day were visiting the La Placita Church and Union Station.
I have loved Union Station since I was a child, but yesterday was the first time I stepped into La Placita, the oldest church in Los Angeles. The interior reminded me of a smaller version of San Thome in Chennai, as both churches were fairly plain inside* and just as delightful.
From Explore El Pueblo de Los Angeles:

Directly across Main Street from the Plaza, La Placita Church is the oldest Catholic Church in Los Angeles. It was first established in 1784 as a chapel. Nuestra SeƱora la Reina de Los Angeles (Our Lady Queen of the Angeles Church) or Old Plaza Church as it is also known was completed in 1822.

19th Century Photos of La Placita from Wikipedia:
A photo of the church from 1869
A photo by W.H. Jackson from the 1890s

My Flickr photoset from yesterday’s Photowalk.

* Given the excesses of interior Catholic church decor from the colonial/baroque era to late 19th century, yes – San Thome and La Placita are both plain for what they could have been. Ever been into the Cathedral in Granada? That is where quite a bit of Mexico’s gold and wealth ended up – Over conspicuous Spanish colonial consumption to say the least**.
** Y’all got a bit more of my opinion than you expected… ;o)

Big Weekend in the Neighborhood

Fri 02.13.09 - The Very Last Vestiges of Dusk
Photo taken by Ms. Jen on Fri. 02.13.09 with her Nokia N95 camera phone.

All my photos from today are unfit for the screen, mostly photos of the dogs in motion and blurred. The day was mostly gray, so the photo taking possibilities were limited.
This weekend has been a bit of an emotional roller coaster and energy drain. I did have a lovely lunch today at Open Sesame in Belmont Shore with my sister, Allison. And I have been working on a project that I am almost ready to unveil but not quite yet. Maybe an hour or two away, but it won’t happen tonight.
Thus, Happy Quiet Sunday. Tomorrow is President’s Day.