OPEN AIR from knox on Vimeo.

In 2006, a documentary was created for the School of Public Art at the University of Southern California (USC). This documentary explored the studios and methods of six of the top street artists in America: Faile, Skewville, Mike De Feo, Dan Witz, Espo and Tiki Jay One.

Official selection of the Coney Island Film Festival and the Freewaves International Film Festival.


Riff on the Ikea 19" Rast Rack

22112007027, originally uploaded by weight_d.

This is weight_d's version of my Ikea 19" Rast Rack. Mr D did a bit of a mod shifting the bottom shelf down to gain an extra U of rack space for a total of 7U. A Nice job and it's used to house a switch, 500Gb NAS, router, 2 computers, oscilloscope, signal generator and three power supplies.

original project

ikea rast 19" rack


damon soule dunny

damon soule dunny, originally uploaded by cjw333.

dunny - series 3
3" (2006)
damon soule

more info at damonsoule.com


San Francisco Bay Area Music Resources

General Resources

Upcoming.org - A decent site for events around the bay although most are in SF. You might still find some stuff in SJ and Palo Alto, etc…

Yelp – A good resource for restaurant reviews in the Bay Area

Music Resources

Jazz Links For the Bay Area

CD/Record Shops

Amoeba - Upper Haight - One of the biggest and the best in the Bay Area with several locations. This one has taken over an old bowling alley. If you can't find it here it probably doesn't exist.

Aquarius Records - Mission - Great indie shop with lots of psych, experimental, indie world and metal among others.


Lark In The Morning - located in The Cannery at Del Monte Square (map) 2801 Leavenworth and Beach at Fisherman's Wharf - a great place for all kinds of strange and unique ethnic instruments.

Haight Ashbury Music Center - Upper Haight - Specializing in guitars and percussions with some electronics.

Guitar Center - Van Ness near Market - Massive chain store for all your needs.


Audium - Space music in an interesting space

Bottom of the Hill - Portrero - excellent, small club with tons of great indie acts of all kinds.

The Fillmore - Fillmore - an SF institution and a great place to see a show

Great American Music Hall - Tenderloin - my favorite medium sized club in the city. It's like a mini Fillmore of sorts.

Slim's - SoMA - another good medium-small venue featuring all kinds of indie acts.

Stanford University Events

Yoshi's – Jazz club in Oakland


Fillmore Street Jazz Festival
June, 30 – July 1 2007

Radio Stations

KCSM – Jazz radio station and might have some good jazz resources on the site

KFJC (89.7 FM) - The wave of the west, broadcasting from Foothill College in Los Altos Hills. Everything you've always wanted from a college radio station and more

KZSU (90.1) - Stanford college station with a good mix of just about everything


Vietnamese Coffee

photo by Evil Jungle Prince

Vietnamese Coffe or Cà phê sữa đá as it's known in Vietnamese is a coffee drink that really packs a punch. Sweetened with condensed milk I prefer it poured over ice to mellow the taste and cut some of the sweetness. The folks at Gadling do a good job of explaining the details. And if that's not enough, check out the Wikipedia entry.


ninniku miso-zuke

ninniku miso-zuke, originally uploaded by cjw333.

the garlic
6 heads of garlic peeled
bring water to a boil and
parboil the garlic for about 3 min
drain, dry and cool

the paste
a cup and a bit of miso paste
4 TBSPS of mirin

the rest
add a layer of miso to the bottom of a jar
add some garlic
then more miso
more garlic (you get the picture)
give it a good stir to ensure all garlic is covered
close the jar and store in a cool place
wait one week (or more) and enjoy


rice to riches - soho, nyc

rice to riches - soho, nyc, originally uploaded by cjw333.

I came across Rice To Riches on a recent trip to NYC. Who knew rice pudding could be so good?

Rice To Riches
37 Spring Street
between Mott and Mulberry St,
New York City - 212.274.0008

Open: Sun-Thu 11am-11pm;
Fri & Sat 11am to 1am



I came across Uniqlo during a trip to Tokyo last year. They specialize in simple, reasonably priced (for Japan at least) clothing for men and women. Unfortunately my less than Japanese physique was unable to comfortably fit into any of the clothes although I did almost purchase a scarf. Fortunately I somehow came across their site and the Uniqlock which is shown above. For the full experience make sure to turn on the sound at the bottom of the widget. For the full screen experience click here.


Better Flickr Photostream View Info

So you're addicted to Flickr and obsessed with knowing how many people have been viewing your pictures. Well, addicted and obsessed may be a bit extreme but it's still nice information to know. If you're running Firefox and you have Greasemonkey installed you're in luck.

Greasemonkey is a Firefox extension allowing for the customization of certain web pages to enhance their look and function. Tons of pre-canned scripts are available and easily installed into Greasemonkey to quickly transform sites with little or no user configuration. One such script called Photostream Graphr adds a little graph to the top of your Flickr home page to show you cumulative daily, up to the minute photo stream views. Over the course of a month you will see the daily trend develop in a graphed form. Mine can be seen as a squiggly pink line with a blue dot and the number 91 in the top right of the photo below...

Since I've just installed the Photostream Graphr on a new machine it's just starting to collect data but over time I should see trends on more of a monthly level. For an example of a Photostream Graphr with more data check out the post on Flickr here. I think the graph image has been updated in the most recent version but you should get the idea.

Links to the above mentioned software:
Photostream Graphr

my Flickr pictures



continental_weeds, originally uploaded by thebandcontinental.

Continental is a post-rock band from the San Francisco Bay Area. I saw them once open for Do Make Say Think at the Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco. If you're into that instrumental, indie sound you owe it to yourself to check them out. More details at their site here.


[murmur] San Jose

sj murmur

i saw one of these the other day in san jose, ca
and here's more from the site...

Explore [murmur]:

1. Go for a walk: bring your mobile phone, and head for the red dots on the map.
2. Find the green ear, and call the number on it.
3. Enter the code on the sign to hear people's stories about the place where you're standing.

[murmur] is a documentary oral history project that records stories and memories told about specific geographic locations. We collect and make accessible people's personal histories and anecdotes about the places in their neighborhoods that are important to them. In each of these locations we install a [murmur] sign with a telephone number on it that anyone can call with a mobile phone to listen to that story while standing in that exact spot, and engaging in the physical experience of being right where the story takes place. Some stories suggest that the listener walk around, following a certain path through a place, while others allow a person to wander with both their feet and their gaze.

602553: Jackson & 5th St
San Jose, CA


additional coverage on Galding - A Travelers Weblog


muji journals

muji journals, originally uploaded by cjw333.

moleskin-like journals
from muji
tokyo, japan


Dusty Image Sensor

dusty beam
[dust seen at the top right]

I recently noticed that I somehow got dust on the image sensor of my Canon XTI so I had to figure out a way to take care of the situation. Being relatively new to the DSLR world I knew that I had some research to do so I could figure out how to remedy the situation. This meant a search around the net and a trip to a few local stores.

The first trip was to Keeble & Shuchat 290 Store in Palo Alto where a clean would take a few days. Unfortunately I don't remember the price but they were very helpful giving me tips on how I might try to take care of the problem myself. A quick tutorial on wet and dry methods along with the possibility of blowing the dust off of the sensor sent me over to the 261 store across the street. I was able to get some additional tips, saw some of the tool options and walked out with a blower for about $12.

The blower didn't help so next I was off to Kamera Korner in San Jose to see what they had. The first suggestion was for a cleaning service which would take a few days and put me out $65. I ended up with a bottle of Eclipse Optic Cleaning System for about $10 and two swabs for $8 each. After a bit more research I'm going to give this a shot.

Dust Cleaning Resources

- Sensor Cleaning Test a Flickr Set
- Google search for dslr image sensor dust
- Dust Removal Review from Pixinfo
- Cleaning Your Sensor by Thom Hogan (focused on Nikon cameras)
- Demystifying D-SLR Sensor Cleaning from cleaningdigitalcameras.com
- Sensor Cleaning Google Search


My Mobile Photography Setup

I recently purchased a Lowepro SlingShot 200 AW for my Canon XTI and I've found that it's a great bag to store my stuff. There are lots of pockets and the main compartment is customizable to accommodate many different camera/lens configurations. The sling style is comfortable and convenient but for some reason I haven't fully embraced this bag and I don't seem to use it when I'm out and about. Instead I have started using the following setup which is kind of a hack but it works well for me and is relatively versatile.

Case Logic SLR Camera Holster (SKU-SLRC-1) is the main compartment for my camera and works well with the XTI kit lens or my 50mm 1.8. This bag slips into my main bag...

REI Transit Day Bag
which holds the case logic, an extra lens, some accessories and various other things with room to spare. All of my gear is easily accessible and the bag itself seems to be pretty comfortable even when loaded. I also like the fact that it doesn't look like a camera bag. I'll have to see if this setup will remain my primary as my lens collection grows along with my gear but for now, this seems to be my best option.


Metros That I Have Been On

I came across this site in a Flickr thread here which lets you select the metros from around the world that you have been on. The icons above represent my list. You can make your own at b3co.com!



I took this during a work trip to Sydney, Australia and I didn't think much of it at the time. The shot was just to fulfill one of my many photographic collections, in this case, that of manholes.

Months later I received an e-mail from someone claiming to be from Lonely Planet, the travel book people. They were interested in using my photo for an upcoming book on Sydney. At first read I thought the e-mail was a scam but decided to reply just in case. As it turns out, it was legit. This shot can now be found on page 69
of the Lonely Planet book Sydney Citiescape


step 8

step 8, originally uploaded by cjw333.

step 8: tack color, remove shorts, rejuvenate once
that just seems a bit wrong


A Walk From Shinagawa Station

This is a short video that I shot in Tokyo, Japan while walking from Shinagawa station to the McDonnalds in front of the Shinagawa Prince Hotel. The music is by Bulljun and from a CD that I bought while in Tokyo.

More info on Bulljunhere


The Onion | I Have An iPod--In My Mind

I Have An iPod–<i>In My Mind</i>

The Onion

I Have An iPod–In My Mind

I'm sure you've seen a lot of tech-savvy people smugly showing off that new hunk of entertainment hardware, the iPod personal stereo. Well, I might not have the scratch to get one, but frankly, I don't want the white-corded wonder. I have my very own iPod-in my mind.

I can think of worse things but then again at only 30G I might be looking for some alternatives soon.



earbuds, originally uploaded by cjw333.

iPod earbuds
taken with my new
Canon 100mm macro lens

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