Around the world in two weeks

27 November 2008 at 23:55

With stops in London, Köln, München, and Tokyo, my two week business trip went by in a blur.

The trip was good from business standpoint and I was lucky to be able to see good friends in all three countries, but boy am I thankful to be back home. Two weeks on the road is about my limit for a work-related trip.

Color or black and white?

6 October 2008 at 21:35

After some reflection, I think I prefer the color version of this photo I took in London earlier this year.

What do you think?

On the street in London

7 February 2008 at 09:27

Even though I was in London for business, I did get a chance to indulge in some photography one night before heading off to dinner. Check out this album to see the results.

On a camera-nerd note, the Ricoh GR Digital II makes for a pretty nice range-finder-like digital camera. The high ISO grain is fairly pleasing and the range of manual control is rarity on a digital camera this small. It’s eminently pocket-able and will be a nice side arm complement to my eventual replacement digital SLR.

Thoughts from Munich and London

6 February 2008 at 09:27

Some random thoughts from my trip last week to Munich and London:

  • Flughafen München is the cleanest and quietest airport that I’ve been through in recent years. It’s a striking contrast (and a bit eerie) to sprawling complexes like LAX or or LHR.
  • Corporate rivalries play out in interesting ways. Just after the giant BMW grille in the baggage claim, there’s an Audi S5 on display right by the exit and enormous Audi banners in the outdoor square of the airport. Seems like a bold move given that Munich is BMW’s world headquarters.
  • Bread is generally very good in Germany. I would eat brötchen all the time if I could get something comparable here in California.
  • There’s nothing like the sense of déjà vu that you get when you return to a city that you were last in years earlier. In my case, strolling down Kaufingerstraße and ending up in Marienplatz brought back a flood of memories from a trip to Munich a decade ago.
  • The street cars in Munich are Prius-sneaking-up-on-pedestrians quiet. The N-Judah that runs by my flat in San Francisco sounds like a stampeding herd of buffalo by comparison.
  • London Heathrow, unlike the Internet, really is a series of tubes. Catching a connecting flight at LHR involves a series of moving walkways connecting a seemingly endless sprawl of terminals.
  • The EmPower power outlets built in to many airplane seats seems rather customer unfriendly. Is there actually a good technical reason for not providing standard AC outlets in-seat instead?