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Restoring a 1928 portable turntable – Columbia Model 161 – 78 RPM

(Updated April 2022) I’ve just posted a video on YouTube so you can see the player in action! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fU_twixVhc8 This is the story of one of my latest restoration project – something I’ve wanted to acquire for a long time. While in Newport, Oregon (a recommended destination!) I was in a large antique store and […]

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Small runways at BIG airports

Updated! July 2022 – There are a few articles and a bunch of blog posts, often full of factual errors, which talk about an interesting phenomenon that happened in the late 1960s and early 1970s at major US Airports. It was an idea put forward as a way to add more takeoffs and landings without […]

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Harvard, Massachusetts History: The “Brown Building”

Not alot of dramatic things happened in Harvard when I was growing up. It was a small town so we got used to small things having relatively big importance. So when they decided to raze the grade school I attended for three years, I got out my camera and shot an *entire roll* (12 exposures) […]

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“Grand” is now a verb?!?

Saw this sign on the local BevMo. I didn’t know that grand had become a verb? Obviously it has seeing as they’re “re-granding” their store!!

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Lassen Volcanic Panorama

For the 4th of July I went to Lassen National Park and hiked the Bumpass Hill trail to the remnants of a volcano. What’s left is numerous fumeroles, hot springs and mud pots. A very cool bit of nature, and preparation for my next trip to Yellowstone! Click the picture for a full size panorama.

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April Fool = Marketing opportunity!

I combined a team brainstorm with April Fools Day to generate significant exposure for my company. By spending $12 on a domain name, and an hour on some basic photoshop work, I was able to put together a website for a make-believe product that grabbed a few headlines and raised a few eyebrows. The supporting […]

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KCSM 91.1 antenna

Here’s a shot I took recently of the KCSM FM antenna tower on the campus of the College of San Mateo. You can see the primary antennas on top (4 bays) and their backup is underneath (5 bays). I think the little guys on the back are just antenna mounts, not actual antennas. It’s a […]

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Greek Orthodox Mosaic

One weekend a year, the Greek Orthodox church in Belmont, CA opens its doors for two lucky groups of people to catch a glimpse at its amazing interior. The series of Mosaics have been in progress for decades and are yet to be completed. However the vivid colors and unique designs make it worth putting […]

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Frost (in french, givre)

This picture was taken on a windshield in Prescott, Az December 26th. It was bitter cold, but somehow there was enough moisture in the air to create some beautiful ice patterns for those early risers willing to look close enough. This was taken with a simple Canon point and shoot.

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Producing at the [once great] KGO radio

Here’s some photos of me behind master control at KGO. This was back in 2006. I was allowed to be “enbineer in charge” of KGO for two hours one evening. Such a blast. The board is 32 channels with digital routing on 8 of them. Very cool. I didn’t screw up too badly. Normally I […]

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