Journal Entries

I try to do or make interesting things on a regular basis. Here are some words and photos about my exploits.

Physical Computing Fun

Several years ago I found out about Arduinos and all of the amazing things you can do, relatively easily, with them and other microcontrollers, and the whole ecosystem built up around them. It is all ...

I Finally Got a 3D Printer!

I recently used the pandemic quarantine as an excuse to get on the 3D printer bandwagon. I frequently need to make something, often something specific, but sometimes just anything at all. Being on the computer ...

My most expensive piece of photo gear

That rumbling sound you hear is probably my dad rolling in his grave. Once I got addicted to traveling in the desert – and hauling all the gear necessary to make tintypes in the field – I ...

Utah with Kari, Finally

Sothe trip started off great. Planned to leave at 7:00am, actually left about 7:15, so about 45 minutes early.  :-) Stopped at Horseshoe Bend. Because of the ‘rona, they weren’t collecting the entrance fees, and ...
Jonathan hops across the "brain rock" at White Pocket, Arizona.

Jonathan’s 50th Birthday Expedition

For his recent 50th birthday my grad school friend Jonathan wanted to meet up with some friends and explore the southwest a little bit. The idea was to gather in Las Vegas, have some fun ...

The Mojave

Winter is the time to explore the hot places. I had a few days open, so I decided to check out the Mojave. First day, headed out 93, turned right at Nothing. Heard about a ...

Utah in February

I spent much of January trying to plan a trip tosomewhere. (Ok, in reality I spent most of January working, but anyhow) The original idea was to go to the Vermilion Cliffs, which, at over ...

Great Tintype Adventure of 2018

At some point early in 2018 I decided I needed to be an adult for a while and get a regular job. That is a story for a very different post some day, but the ...

Exhibition: Light Sensitive

This is, um, a little bit late, in terms of advance notice, but there is a very cool art exhibition opening tonight at Art Intersection in Gilbert, Arizona. The exhibition showcases photography using traditional darkroom ...

The Alabama Hills and Death Valley

Last April I made a road trip to Los Angeles that theoretically included a stop in Death Valley. While the trip overall was great, the Death Valley portion didn’t go so well, and I wasn’t ...

TechShop, a eulogy

I moved to the Phoenix valley in the fall of 2015, and went to TechShop because a relative said they thought they heard I might be able to learn how to weld there. Maybe they ...

Tintype license plate

When I recently had to renew my license plate I decided to have some fun with it. This weekend I finally made a fitting photo to share. For those not in the know: tintype images ...