(last updated Saturday December 29, 2012, 2:14 pm PST).
(last updated Friday May 17, 2013, 5:59 pm PDT).
Jackman roots, Dunmore, County Kilkenny, Ireland
Also see this blog post
Winter sunset as captured on iPhone (not bad)
obligatory Harbour Ferry ride, Watson's Bay etc
Tom's 1st riding lesson
Wunderlich County Park, Woodside, California (mix of digital SLR and kids using the iPhone cameras) 05.29.2011
Sydney Botanic Gardens
Glenmore Road visits the Botanic Gardens on Josephine's last day before the return to Palo Alto. Tom and I checked out the bats on the way home. 08.14.2009
Queensland holidays, July 2009
With Warwick and Lee.
Bronte to Bondi
With Tom (aged 4, almost 5). Lots of stopping to play in rockpools along the way.
Australia vs New Zealand, One Day International
Sydney Cricket Ground
Josephine's First Day at Glenmore Road School
Paddington (Sydney), Australia 01.31.2009
Bondi, Sydney, Australia
Paddington to Bondi and back, with Warwick Anderson 01.19.2009
First Two Weeks, Sydney
SFO-SYD, Paddington, the SCG, the Australian Museum, Centennial Park, Bronte, and a cloudy Bondi 01.05-19.2009
Ohlone, 1st day back, 2008
Josephine starts the 1st grade. 08.26.2008
Brisbane, Australia, July-August 2008
Scenes from the Essex campus and environs; a weekend in Oxford at Nuffield College (thanks Ray Duch); a few hours in London (time for a walk up Primrose Hill); LHR-SIN-BNE on SQ. August 2008
Foggy morning, kids out on the board with Quan. 07.06.08
St Louis Cardinals vs Kansas City Royals
Busch Stadium, St Louis, Missouri. 06.17.2008
Plus collectible souvenirs (JPG
Thanks to season ticket holder and WUSTL political scientist Andrew Martin.
Window seats. 06.15.2008 & 06.18.2008
Celebration for Laitin, Sagan and Sargent
The Department of Political Science hosted a celebration for David Laitin (elected to the National Academy of Science) and Scott Sagan (American Academy of Arts and Sciences), and to welcome back Jackie Sargent as our Administrative Services Manager. Papua New Guinea Statue Garden, Stanford campus 06.12.2008
Plane spotting, Palo Alto
T34 Navy Trainer and a DA42 Twin Star, the latter flown by one of my former students, Cameron Percy (complete coincidence). 06.01.08
The kids are still young enough to think its a fun day out to go ride the monorail and moving walkways at SFO (while Dad plane spots, plays with the camera). Not for long. 05.24.08
Bing Nursery School Fair, Spring 2008
Tom played with Ben and Jackson, Josephine got her face painted, and the Stanford Band brought the curtain down on a yet another beautiful day in Northern California. 05.18.08
Brad Efron's 70th birthday celebrations
Stanford University 05.13.08
Visiting the Hoffmans
Swordplay with Tom on a Spring afternoon, the perfect to unwind after a cross-country flight. Palo Alto, 05.11.08
Tom's 4th birthday
Dinosauria, Ben, Jack and Asarel, cake, and a sugar rush; plus a celebration at Bing the next day 05.04.08
San Francisco Zoo
Spring Break Happy Hour
Beers and cheers, end of exam week, Winter quarter 2008, in the late afternoon sun outside Encina Hall. 03.21.2008
Palo Alto Baylands
A bleak afternoon, with the kids and the planes breaking up the gray. 02.18.2008
Palo Alto Foothills Park
One of our favorite spots in the area; a nice perk of being a resident of Palo Alto. 02.17.2008
100 days at Ohlone
We were asked to mark the kids' first 100 days at Ohlone. 02.08.2008
Democratic Debate, Los Angeles
Kodak Theater, Hollywood-Highland complex 1.31.2008
Walking with Dinosaurs
San Jose 12.27.2007
Pacific Grove, Monterey, Palo Alto 12.23-26.2007
National Tally Room, Australian Federal Election 2007
Could this have been the last time the AEC does a National Tally Room? 11.23-24.2007
Eden-Monaro Polling Places
On Election Day I took a drive over the ACT border into one of Australia's perennial bell-weather seats, Eden-Monaro, for a look at the miracle of democracy up close. I visited four polling places; three in Quenbeyan, and, on the advice of some Labor guys working one of the Quenbeyan booths, I went to the largest booth in the division, in Jerrabomberra. 11.24.2007
On the Kevin Rudd media bus
Campbelltown and Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia.
Nuffield College, Oxford
Conference and High Table 11.09-11.2007
Mum and Dad saved this for me. 10.27.2007
KZSU Lunch Time Set
My one-hour lunch DJ set on KZSU. 10.15.2007
(AIFF, 633 MB)
Sydney Ferry ride on
(First Fleet Class)
SYD-BNE-SYD Flight Nerd Shots
Is it weird when a 40 year old man takes lots of photos out the window etc?
Josephine 5th birthday
Australia 2007, Week One
MacBook Pro Unboxing
17" MacBook Pro arrived in about 5 working days since we got the order in: 2.4GHz, 2x2GB RAM, 160GB HDD. Grinning.
2007 Commencement, Department of Political Science, Stanford University
Bing Nursery School Breakup, Spring 2007
Tom's last day for the year, and Josephine's last day at Bing forever. The
kids didn't quite realize what was going on (the teachers are such professionals
that the kids are pretty oblivious to the occasion), but all the adults crowding
into the room with cameras triggered a little consternation, plus it was the
hottest day of the year so far. Janet and I were barely keeping it together...wishing
that somehow the Bing experience could continue indefinitely for Josephine...but,
in no small measure because of the nurturing environment at Bing, she's more
than ready for the next thing.
Mal Enright and Barbara Heath Visit, June 2007
Tom's 3rd birthday
Menlo Park Firefighters' Easter Egg Hunt
for the aftermath.
Josephine drawing for Daddy
Flying around the Bay Area with one of my undergraduates, Cameron Percy, who happens to be quite an experienced pilot.
Palo Alto Parade, May 2006
Palo Alto, California 05.06.2006
Palo Alto, California 05.04.2006
Palo Alto, California 05.02.2006
San Jose, California 04.18.2006
Jane's Birthday Party
Palo Alto, California 03.26.2006
We got some snow up on Skyline Blvd in late February. It was a Friday afternoon
so I took the kids up for a peek. Tom
found the mud
more interesting than the snow. No surprise there...
The history: back in November 2003 we flew home from Australia on a United 747-400
(YSSY-KSFO) under the command of a veteran United captain, Walter Bates. It was
Capt Bates retirement flight (FAA rules!) and mid-flight he announced that fact
over the PA, and then sent the flight attendants around collecting e-mail addresses
for anyone who wanted some digital video shot from the flight deck (our take-off
at Sydney, and the final approach and landing at SFO). I've had this video sitting
here for ages; I thought I'd finally push it up here.
Sydney takeoff mpg
(10MB). According to Capt Bates:
the start of the takeoff roll on Sydney's runway 16R we weighed the aircraft
limit of 875,000# (the max for the C5 Galaxy is 769,000#). This included nearly
400,000# of fuel (there are 6.7# per gal.). It took over 60 seconds and 2,000#
of fuel to accelerate to a speed of 187 knots - about 215 mph - where the 16
main wheels left the runway. We used 11,500' of the 13,000' runway.... The
takeoff video is of the first 1:54 minutes of the flight. Have the volume up
as full audio is included. At the start of the video you hear Sydney tower's
takeoff clearance to us over the cockpit speaker referring to runway 16R. My "93%" and "1.43
EPR" comments refer to the power setting for takeoff - nearly full power.
That is 224,000# of thrust that is held for the first 100 seconds and you hear
the engines come up clearly. The "80 knots" call identifies the latest
time by which takeoff power must be set. The call of "V1" (156 knots)
occurred at the precalculated last point where we could abort the takeoff and
stop on the runway. After that we're committed to go though certification and
weight limits insure that if the most critical engine (they're not equally
important) were to fail at that point we could still climb away safely. The "VR" call
(174 knots) is where we lift the nose about 20 degrees. The "V2" call
is when we lift off. You clearly see the marks identifying the approaching
opposite end of the runway going by at this point. If the speeds don't look
that fast it is because the camera, and my windshield, are 32 feet above the
ground. After liftoff you have a nice view of Botany Bay ahead.
San Francisco final approach to roll out mpg
I also include a video of our landing in SFO from about 1,000' altitude on down - that's Coyote Point Yacht Harbor off to the left at the start of the video. Just before touchdown you hear the automated voice of our radar altimeter calling off 50, 30, and 10 feet above the runway - and that's calibrated from the bottoms of the first main wheels to touch the pavement. At touchdown my eyes are still nearly 60 feet up. At this point our inertial guidance system is being updated by transmitters on the end of the runway giving us an accuracy of less than 2 feet. With this system we can land with visibility of only 600 feet. We touched down at about 170 mph being over 350,000# lighter than at takeoff and use reverse thrust from the engines and a sophisticated antiskid braking system to get it stopped. All takeoffs and over 99% of landings are done manually. Only in Hollywood do autopilots do so much flying.
Farewell Dawn, March 2006
Palo Alto and SFO, March 2006
Google Earth came out for the Mac
. For no good reason, here are my
Google Earth bookmarks
, including sites in and around Brisbane and Sydney (Australia), Palo Alto, Stanford, Princeton, Chicago, and Rochester, and some aviation navigation locations as well (trans-Pacific waypoints, etc).
I've also been writing some code for turning FlightAware
web pages into kml (Keyhole
) documents, which can be read by Google Earth; see the kmz file for examples, or contact me if you'd like to know more (its not quiet a realtime interface between Flightaware's IFR data and GoogleEarth, but close).
Palo Alto, California 02.07.2006
Australia, Holidays, 2005/06
New York City, October 2005
Political Methodology Summer Meetings
Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida 07.21-23.2005
Neal Beck's “they-are-the-same-model” lectern abuse
Tom's First Birthday Celebrations
Cathy Horyn of the New York Times
Australian Election Workshop, December 2004
Workshop at the Australian National University, Canberra, sponsored by the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia.
Australia, August-September 2004
Sandgate and Shorncliffe with Gibson-Dougal cousins 08.29.2004
Park Parade Panorama, Shorncliffe, Brisbane 08.29.2004
Shorncliffe and Bracken Ridge, Cousin Ella 09.18.2004
Thomas James' Arrival: May/June 2004
Return to Mother Earth (24 MB Quicktime) 07.04.2004
Miscellany, Spring 2004.
Visiting the Department of Political Science 05.07.2004
I bought myself a copy of Reason
and here's some product I'm not completely embarassed by (although maybe I should be):
- San Francisco (24 bit AIFF,
- Imagining Sandra Bernhardt covering David Bowie's Heroes (instrumental backing) (24 bit AIFF,
- sketches for a re-interpretaton of a Lovs e Blur song, Out
of Tune (24
bit AIFF, approx 60M).
Warwick and Lee's Visit: December 2003
Monterey Bay Aquarium etc
Lovs e Blur Get Together: Brisbane, Australia, October 2003.
Sheridan Kennedy Visit #1: September 2003
Josephine's First Birthday: Palo Alto, California, July 2003
Sydney/Brisbane/Stradbroke Island, 2003
Awaiting Josephine's Arrival