Old boot in grass, Del Mar Mesa Preserve, San Diego, California, February 2017.

Getting older is weird

Yesterday I saw an older guy with a Metallica t-shirt and found that funny and cool – because Metallica is a symbol of the rebellious years of my youth and adolescence for me. I guess that’s true for a lot of the attractiveness of Heavy Metal, Punk Rock, or any other type of music that young folks perceive as provocative and “different.” A phenomenon that goes back to at least the Beatles and Elvis Presley of course – but I digress. More

Ingredients for home-made Hummus.

Hummus Recipe

Here’s my recipe for a plain hummus – this is really easy to make and you can probably find hundreds of recipes online for this, but I’ve been asked repeatedly for the recipe, so I thought I might as well post it here so that I can easily send it to people (without having to remember from which one of the hundreds of cooking sites on the net it originates).More

LA Traffic

LA Traffic is…

  • when a trip that should take 2 1/4 hours takes 3 1/2 hours
  • when all 5 lanes on I-5 come to a complete standstill
  • when the “fastest available route” includes only three sections marked red in the maps app on your phone

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Charming Centaury aka Zeltnera venusta aka Canchaluaga, Piedras Pintadas Trail, Rancho Bernardo, California, April 2017.

Flower Collection (13 photos)

In an attempt to find a way to deal with the sheer amount of cellphone photos that I have right now, and to avoid cluttering my main photo website with too many random cellphone photos, and to try and revitalize this blog a little bit – here are some flowers that we’re seeing in Spring right now. More

Junk vs Normal Mail

Junk

The never-ending dump of junk mail – Mondays are the worst. One piece of legitimate mail, the rest goes directly into the bin. What a waste. Well, it keeps the USPS alive they say (and that article is from 2011 – the numbers probably haven’t improved).More

Chores

I found that I am best at doing household chores in the early morning, before I had coffee – when my brain doesn’t realize yet what I’m doing.

Curbing the script kids

On my main photography site, I’m using a Redirection plugin to track 404 errors and create redirects within WordPress. I do that because my site went through some re-structuring over the years, and in order to keep search engines happy and to find and fix my own screw-ups and typos. 🙂

Most recently, I noticed a dramatic increase in errors that obviously come from scripts that are scanning sites for leftover backup archives, installation archives, database dumps, stuff like that. Normally, I have a single page of 404 error log entries in a day. That’s 100 log entries, which is quite easily manageable, even though there’s a lot of crap in there from similar vulnerability scans. Today though, I had 35 pages or 3500 log entries – not that manageable anymore…

So it was time to do something about it, and send the most obvious offenders away via .htaccess before they reach WordPress. That way, the 404 logs I see in the WordPress plugin are “clean enough” again for me to scan them for stuff that needs fixing.More

Free Ambient album from Moby

Moby has created some beautiful long-form ambient tracks, and offers them in the shape of an oversized album as a free download: Long Ambients1: Calm. Sleep.

The tracks have vague reminiscences of Aphex Twin and Hecq here and there – minus the darker notes of Hecq, and, though repetitive (of course), also minus the more noodling aspects of Aphex Twin. This was a spontaneous first association that I had – I’ve yet to see if it’ll hold up after repeated listens. 🙂

I’ve been listening to it while processing photos and it’s well worth a listen – or many!