Every time I see [Leyan Lo](http://leyanlo.com) do this, I'm in awe.
Me, Michael Schroepfer, John Lilly, Adam Nash
I'd love to post more pictures here, but it was a baby birthday party, and about 75 of my 78 picture selects have pictures of people's kids. Look on Facebook for more party photos. ;)
Geoff and Livia at Chez Panisse
Incredible dessert at Chez Panisse: Cognac and bittersweet chocolate ice cream meringue tartlet
Jack's happy brush is sad!
Thank you for the wonderful card!
Jack Nuttall plays at the wheel
I processed one of the [Fuji FinePix Real 3D W3](/journal/2010/09/08/fuji-finepix-real-3d-w3-mpo-and-3d-avi-files-on-mac-os-x/) images today using [StereoPhoto Maker](http://stereo.jpn.org/eng/stphmkr/) (running in Parallels).
*3D image of Peter with flames at his ground-breaking celebration (anaglyph red/cyan glasses required). You can also check out the [universal L-R-L version](/journal/images/misc/echeng101002_0265935_lrl.jpg), which looks much better (if you know how to view them)*
The Fuji gives a good 3D effect that looks great on its rear lenticular 3D LCD, but when viewed at a normal size, image quality is horrible. This image above was taken at ISO 200, and is still really crunchy (and has low dynamic range). All I can guess is that it was too expensive to put two high quality cameras lenses, sensors, and processors into one camera body.
Still, it's fun.
It can be hard to shop for Zandra (Antoni's thoughtful birthday gift)
> *From: Eric Roberts, Mehran Sahami Date: August 13, 2010 2:11:46 AM PDT To: cs198-alums Subject: CS198 reunion, September 23, 5:00-7:00pm*
> *Hello CS 198-ers!*
> *For the last 40 years, the CS106 classes have introduced many generations of Stanford students to the wonders of computer science. For more than two decades, the CS198 program has been a critical part of that introduction, as undergraduate section leaders guide each new generation through both the challenges and joys of programming. By being part of that program, you have helped thousands of students master those mysteries and, in a very real way, enable Silicon Valley to create all of what modern technology has made possible.*
> *On Thursday, September 23 from 5:00-7:00pm, we will host a reunion of CS198 section leaders, TAs, and program coordinators throughout the history of the program. This event will give everyone an opportunity to catch up on what we've all been doing and, in particular, for you to see what's up with Stanford's Computer Science program these days. We've got an exciting new curriculum that is generating a lot of excitement, both at Stanford and elsewhere. And the CS106 students continue to amaze us with their enthusiasm, creativity, and talent. The contest entries and special projects just get better and better.*
> *Please join us for a reception on the lawn of the Gates Building on the Stanford campus. If you can come -- and we hope you can -- please RSVP by September 16 to Nikkie Salgado*
> *so that we can know how many of you are coming. And please spread the word so we will have a good showing of people who don't often get back to campus!*
> *-- Eric Roberts, Professor Mehran Sahami, Associate Chair Department of Computer Science*
> *P.S. For those of you who haven't been on campus in recent years, the Engineering side of campus has changed a lot. A map of the Gates building is available [[here](http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?hl=en&ie=UTF8&msa=0&msid=110111558892489736137.00048d7e44f71c2d185f7&ll=37.431251,-122.173505&spn=0.005333,0.009506&z=17)]*
Much of my Stanford computer science experience was shaped by being a section leader for the CS106 classes, and virtually every friend who graduated CS at Stanford was a part of the program. I absolutely had to go (luckily, I was scheduled to be in the country).
The reunion turned out to be a pretty big deal. Section leaders flew in from various parts of the country (I hadn't seen Munira Rahemtulla, Bryan Rollins or Andy Maag in many years), and the resulting group was a [Who's Who of technology leaders](https://cs198.stanford.edu/cs106/Alumni.aspx) in Silicon Valley and beyond. Even Schrep managed to make it, despite having to deal with [an outage at Facebook](http://twitter.com/schrep/status/25357442797).
As I looked around -- amazed, really -- I wondered how many people in the group had transitioned away from software-related jobs (aside from me, that is). It looked like no one (else) had, and I sort of felt out of place.
Can anyone spot the outlier in the above photo?
(above) Apple 1997 reunion: Mike Hanson (Principal Labs Engineer, Mozilla), Mike Schroepfer (VP Engineering, Facebook), Adam Nash (VP Search, Platform & Mobile Product @ LinkedIn), Scott Kleper (Co-Founder @ Context Optional), John Lilly (CEO, Mozilla; Venture Partner, Greylock Partners), Jeremy Henrickson (VP Product Development, Guidewire Software), Eric Cheng (photographer, publisher).
Getting everyone together for the above photo was inspired by the tattered existence of this old photo from [Apple's Advanced Technology Group (ATG)](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advanced_Technology_Group) in 1997:
We fondly remember being told that ATG was being axed at the end of the summer and spent much of it playing Starfox 64. At the reunion, we found out that Schrep, who was in the QuickDraw group, was told a similar thing. If only we had know during that summer -- we could have used another Starfox player.
In any case, it was really, really nice to get to see so many familiar faces after such a long time. Mehran and Eric should organize another reunion before another 40 years passes!
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I sometimes do this on flights
Antoni has had enough of Pam
All of us had a great time checking out the historical pieces they have on display and playing in the nose section of an old British Airways 747-100. There are signs in the 747 telling parents that cockpits are not play areas for children; luckily, there were no signs targeting adults. ;)
How fast can you get kicked off of a plane?
If you're in the Bay Area, I highly recommend a visit to Hiller Aviation Museum. It's larger inside than it looks from outside, and kept us entertained for nearly 2 hours.
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My friend, [Adam Nash](http://adamnash.com) (VP of Search and Platform Products at LinkedIn), was part of a [one-hour panel discussion](http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PyQv8nGJlGg) at Google I/O about the social web.
I haven't seen Adam in a few months, and as a result, I'm starting to get him confused with someone else I see on TV sometimes.
Come visit me, Adam! :)
Marta and me
John and Marta in SF
Marta and John have gone native!
kozyndan, me, and Martin Wong (of [Giant Robot](http://giantrobot.com))
ericndan at baggage claim in Singapore (photo: kozy)
After corresponding with Dan for a bit on Facebook, I realized that it wasn't "Dan and Kozy" I met, but rather, [kozyndan](http://www.kozyndan.com/), the well-known artists responsible for (among lots of other things) [Uprisings](http://www.kozyndan.com/art/uprisings), a print my sister bought for me some time ago (I am a fan of Hokusai and derivatives).
*Uprisings*, originally created for the cover of Giant Robot #28
Not long after I realized that they were behind a print I really like, I discovered that they were also behind the [alien Puma campaign](http://www.kozyndan.com/blog/2009/05/puma-x-kozyndan-in-puma-stores-worldwide-now). I saw the alien storefront while I was wandering around Charleston and was inspired to run across the street and snap a photo because I liked it so much.
kozyndan's [second line of Puma products](http://www.kozyndan.com/blog/2010/04/new-second-season-of-puma-x-kozyndan-now-in-stores-worldwide) just launched.
alien slugs are cool
So after my circuitous, serendipitous path of art education, I met up with kozyndan in Santa Monica today for Japanese curry and frozen yogurt -- this time, as fans of their work. As we sat down for yogurt, [Martin Wong of Giant Robot](http://www.giantrobot.com/blogs/martin) sauntered by with a few of his friends. Since kozyndan know Martin well, it was easy to get an introduction.
It's a tiny world on that little stretch of Sawtelle Blvd.
At 5pm, I headed over to [Werner Publishing](http://www.wernerpublishing.com/) for a drink with Chris Robinson, Editorial Director of *Outdoor Photography, Digital Photo Pro, HD Video Pro*, and others. I am lucky enough [to be featured](http://www.outdoorphotographer.com/locations/international/underwater-odyssey.html) in this month's issue of *Outdoor Photographer*, and [was featured last year](http://www.digitalphotopro.com/profiles/eric-cheng-the-aquatic-entrepreneur.html) in *Digital Photo Pro*, and wanted to meet the man behind the magazines.
Business is funny these days; I have never met the majority of editors I work with, which is a real shame. I had a great time chatting with Chris. He's an experienced SCUBA diver himself, and is someone I'll (hopefully!) enjoy working with for years to come.
Finally, I had dinner with [Matt Segal](http://www.carbonos.com/) at El Cholo. Matt's always complaining about the lack of Mexican food in the places we normally meet (e.g. the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia), and I now know why he is not satisfied anywhere else. Also, it was nice to have Matt buy me a meal, now that he's out of school and working a high-tech job. :)
Dr. Eugenie Clark and me at Beneath the Sea
Andy Biggs in my place after his appearance on View from the Bay
I've been on safari with Andy in Tanzania, and it was a fantastic (and photographically productive) trip -- highly recommended.
It's rare that surprise birthday parties actually work
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In fact, earlier in the day, he put down a piece of half-eaten cheese and started walking away. I yelled out after him, "Jack! What state does that piece of cheese remind you of?"
He replied instantly, without turning around. "Mississippi!"
Sure enough, the half-eaten piece of cheese looked like Mississippi.
Hello Kitty and Pikachu say goodbye
The various faces of Hitomi