Monthly Archives: May 2009

A Sunny Sunday Afternoon at Sandra and Justin’s

Scruffy in the shade and Pogo basking in the sun Pogo and Justin Pogo and Sandra
Photos taken by Ms. Jen with her Nokia N95.

Sun 05.31.09 – After three days of “June Gloom” or maritime inversion layer or clouds that have not evaporated by the afternoon, my sister Allison and I decided to see if we could get out of the dreary clouds near the beach and go east to the desert to find sun. We called Sandra and Justin who live in Ontario (Inland Empire) to see if there was sun at their house and there was, albeit hazy, and by the end of the afternoon the haze had shifted to clear sun.
For a spontaneous Sunday afternoon road trip, it was delightful to not only not only be saved from a May-June case of SAD but also hang out for a few hours with Sandra, Justin and Pogo in their backyard soaking up the sun and laughing.

Local Vine Flowers as Photographed by the Android HTC Magic Phone

Local Vine Flowers as Photographed by the Android HTC Magic Phone
Photo taken by Ms. Jen with her HTC Magic camera phone.

Sat 05.30.09 – Even though the Google Android HTC Magic phone only has a 3.2 megapixel camera, HTC and the Android team have put them heavy lifting image algorithms to work, as this mobile device takes the best looking photos daytime and strong light I have seen from a device that is under 5 megapixels. The phone has no flash, so night time or action photos are usually blurred.
The new Google Android phone did a great job on local flowers today even though the daylight was gray from June Gloom cloud cover. I purposely put the camera lens within 4 inches of the big vine flower. The camera auto-focused on the buds behind and to the left of the big flower, as well as distorted the color of the big flower a bit to the orange, but nonetheless, the photo turned out surprisingly nice for a 3.2 mp camera with no close-up function.
The big failing so far with the HTC Magic is that there is not a sharing application, like Shozu, to send the images to places on the web. From the photo gallery one can send the photos to email, messaging, and Picassa, but not to Flickr or to one’s blog.

Terri And Baby Callis

Terri And Baby Callis
Photo taken by Ms. Jen with her Nokia N95.

Fri 05.29.09 – Yesterday, while I was sitting in a session about Android binaries at the Google I/O 2009 conference, I texted Earl, my next door neighbor, to ask if the baby had come yet.
Earl texted me right back to say, “2 min. Ago, big!”
Thus, Baby Callis (name TBA) was the first baby born to our apartment building in a birthing pool in Tammy & Ryan’s living room at 3:43pm on Thursday, May 28, 2009! Baby was born 8 lbs, 22 inches long and she is a girl.
When I got home last night around 9:40pm, all was quiet. Around noon today, Bird invited Sharon (Earl’s lady) and I over to meet the Baby. Grandma Terri was holding the little one when we arrived and I snapped the above photo.
Congratulations to Family Callis on the safe delivery of Baby Callis!

Google I/O 2009, Day 2

Google I/O 2009, Day 2
Photo taken by Ms. Jen with her Nokia N95.

Here is my transcription of two sessions from Day 2, 05.28.09, of the Google I/O 2009. Per my usual, the following is a combination of live quotes from the speaker, notes off the slides, some paraphrase and a few of my own asides.
So far, Brett Slatkin’s Offline Processing on App Engine: A Look Ahead has been my favorite of the day. Lunch conversation with Prashant and Bastian was delightful.

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Google Wave Announced

Google Wave Announced
Photo taken by Ms. Jen with her Nokia N95.

Thur 05.28.09 – Google I/O keynote was Lars Rassmussen, Stephanie Hannon, and Jans Rassmussen giving a demonstration on the new Google Wave that is currently in development and the team is inviting the attendees of Google I/O to participate in developing the product and open source code before public release.

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Google I/O 2009, Day 1

Here is my transcription of two sessions from Day 1, 05.27.09, of the Google I/O 2009. Per my usual, the following is a combination of live quotes from the speaker, notes off the slides, some paraphrase and a few of my own asides.
Chris Nesiadek’s presentation on Android’s Interaction Design was my favorite of the day.

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Google I/O 2009 Rocks!

Google I/O 2009 Rocks!
Photo taken by Ms. Jen with her Nokia N95.

Wed 05.27.09 – Or how Ernie, Ms. Jen, and hundreds, if not a thousand plus of us were given free Android HTC Magic phones today at Google I/0.
Or how Google quite brilliantly insured that hundreds of developers would write Android apps by making sure that they would have testing devices!

Off to Google I/O

Off to Google I/O
Photo taken by Ms. Jen with her Nokia N95.

Wed 05.27.08 – Due to my plane being an hour late, I may miss the first session on how to code for Android. Even if late, I am looking forward to the Google App Engine and Android sessions today and tomorrow.