Wednesday, March 12, 2008

my XO laptop is finally here!

It took a long time (3 months), but I finally got my laptop from the Give One Get One program from the OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) today. I've been spending most of tonite playing around with it. The biggest problem is that the keyboard is VERY small for adult hands. But I'm getting a little used to it. And it's a lot easier to use now that I installed Opera (the browser that comes with it kind of sucks). Anyway, here's a picture I took of myself sitting in front of it, using the built in camera.

Monday, March 10, 2008

So ya wanna be in pictures...

I spent time on Sunday as an extra in a movie they're shooting in San Francisco about Harvey Milk, starring Sean Penn. For those of you who might not know, Harvey Milk was the first openly gay San Francisco supervisor, who was murdered in City Hall along with Mayor George Moscone. (I had never heard about any of this before moving here -- although maybe that had to do with my age at the time.)

It was kind of fun, although unusually hot and sunny and I ended up with a bit of a sunburn. The scene they spent the most time shooting was one in which Harvey Milk gets up on stage to give a speech at the 1978 Gay Freedom Day. The best part was during one take, where instead of giving his Harvey Milk lines, Sean Penn instead went on a rant against George Bush, Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, and the likes. I think he got even more cheers from the crowd for that than when he was acting. Maybe they'll put it on the DVD extras for the film.

Sunday, March 02, 2008

The world's largest dandelion

Ok, perhaps it's not exactly a dandelion, but it sure looks pretty damn close to me. Doing some weeding in the yard this Sunday getting ready for Spring planting (yes, it's not that far away in California), I couldn't resist taking some photos of the largest weed we have in our backyard.