Wednesday, August 20, 2014

 

I bought a new camera and lens this summer.  The lens is a Tamron Di II 18-270 F/3.5-6 made to fit the Canon EOS mount.  I used it for several weeks in Korea with my old Rebel XT.  The new camera body is a Canon T3i.  I started using it when I got back and I love both the lens and the camera.  I like the extended ISO with the T3i.  It goes to 6400 while the old XT went only to 1600.  The 18-270 range on the Tamron means I don't need to switch lenses like I did when I was using the 18-50 and 50-200 Canon kit lenses.  This is a big plus when I am out in a sandy environment like the San Rafael Swell.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Taiwan 2014, Part 1


Temple at Chiufen
I presented a paper a the Asian Meetings of the Econometric Society in Taiwan this June.  I was able to bring both my wife, and my youngest daughter along for the trip.



We arrived in Taipei on the evening of June 18th.  We had rented an apartment via Airbnb in downtown Taipei in the Ximending district and enjoyed staying there.  The conference ran June 20 through 22.  Yeongmi and Joan took afternoon tours on the 20th and 21st via a local tour agency.  I went with them on the 19th to the northeast coast and the village of Chiufen.  We spent the 24th through the 26th in Taroko Gorge.  We flew to Korea on the 28th.

December in India, Part 4

Shopping in Karol Bagh on December 22nd.


December 21 - Southern New Delhi

On Saturday the 21st, we hired a car for the day and visited several sites in the southern park of Delhi.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

December in India, Part 3

December 19 - Conference and Injury

On Thursday morning we hired a car and drove from our hotel down to south Delhi to the campus of the Indian Statistical Institute for the conference I was attending.  This was the 9th Annual Conference on Economic Growth and Development, sponsored by the Indian Statistical Institute
Planning and Policy Research Unit.

Campus of the Indian Statistical Institute in New Delhi
The conference was excellent and thoroughly enjoyable.  Many of the papers were not in my exact field of computational macroeconomics and public policy, but were still very interesting.  The comments on my paper with Chase Coleman, "Business Cycle Persistence in a Model with Endogenous Growth and Fluctuations", were insightful and very helpful.


Friday, May 2, 2014

December in India, Part 2

December 18 - Riding the Ho-ho Bus in Delhi

Humayun's Tomb

On Wednesday Morning we took a Tuk-tuk from our hotel to Gurudwara Bangla Sahib Marg, which is a radial road that runs southwest from Connaught Place / Rajiv Chowk.  We caught the Hop-On Hop-Off Bus there.  Given the traffic in Delhi, this turned out not to be such a good deal.  For the same price as two Ho-Ho Bus tickets we could've rented a car and driver for the day.  We rode the bus from there to the Red Fort.  But because we'd been inside the day before, we visited the Jain temple across the street.  Then we walked along Chandni Chowk westward and toured the Sikh temple, Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib.


Monday, April 21, 2014

December in India, Part 1

Last December, Yeongmi and I visited India.  This was our first trip there and we spent our ten or so days in the "Golden Triangle" area of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur.  Here is a rather belated report on the trip.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Needles District, Canyonlands National Park

I took off for the first camping trip in over a year this past week.  Alpine School District spring break was last week, but I had classes on Monday and Wednesday, so I took off with Joan and her friend, Sophie on Thursday morning.  Evan and Alan joined us on Friday.

We left town around 8:00 a.m. and drove to Price where we stopped at the Walmart to buy a couple of campfire sandwich cookers as we had left ours behind in the shed.

The next stop was Sego Canyon where we saw some really cool rock art.  I've always wanted to go see these panels and the leisurely pace of the trip down made this an ideal stop.  There are four panels here with both Barrier Canyon Style figures and Fremont figure.  The fourth panel is Ute rock art.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Post from My Rock Art Blog

Most Barrier Canyon Style (BCS) rock art examples are pictographs that have been painted on the rock using a red/orange/pink or white pigment.  The Great Gallery in Horseshoe Canyon, the Buckhorn Draw and Head of Sinbad pictographs are classic examples.

However, I did run into a small example of a BCS petroglyph in Short Canyon.  Petroglyphs were chipped or pecking into the stone using a harder stone as a chisel.  The example below was very faint and only eight or ten inches small.  But is certainly looks BCS to me.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

The Government Should Provide Food Too


I wrote this back in 2004. 

Given the great success in providing public education to our children in the US, we should move to adopt this winning strategy in other critical areas.  I move we reform our food provision system along the lines of public education.

Tales of the Clay

Here is an interesting science fiction / fantasy / speculative fiction blog by Phil Church called Tales of the Clay.

My favorites so far are:

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Fellowship of the Ring: In One Minute or Less


The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is the first of Peter Jackson's trilogy based on J. R. R. Tolkien's novels.



A long time ago the Dark Lord Sauron made a ring.  It was bad.

Bilbo:  Hello there!  A ring!  Guess I'll put it in my pocket and keep it.

Gollum:  Noooooooooo!

Many years later…

Monday, August 12, 2013

Jurassic Park: In One Minute or Less


The 1993 Classic; an adaptation of Michael Crichton's novel by Steven Speilberg.


Smart Palentologist Dude (SPD):  Oh wow, look!  A Velociraptor skelton!

Sexy Paelobotanist Lady (SPL):  With fossilized leaves!

Rich Eccentric Millionaire (REM):  Come with me to Central America and I’ll give you lots of money.

SPD & SPL:  OK, if you insist!

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Signs: In One Minute or Less


Signs is a 2002 alien invasion scifi movie starring Mel Gibson and Joaquim Phoenix.  It was written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan.  This is my one-minute version.


Bo:  Daddy, there’s a monster in my bedroom, can I have a glass of water?

Graham:  Bo, we’ve been through this before, Merrill is not a monster, he’s just weird.

Merrill:  What was that noise?

Graham:  That was Bo asking for a glass of water.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Osaka 2013

I was last in Japan in 2004, when I visited Nara and Kyoto on my way home from a long trip to Hong Kong, China and Korea.  It was nice to visit again, though we stayed in Osaka the whole time this trip.
At Osaka Castle

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Spinning off my Rock Art Posts

I've started up a parallel blog that focuses just on my visits to rock art sites.  The new blog is at http://utahpetrographs.blogspot.com.  I've copied (with some updating) posts from this blog on the sites at: Rochester Creek, Coyote Gulch, Black Dragon Canyon, Head of Sinbad, and Short Canyon (which has several different panels).  More will be added over time.

These posts contain explanations and descriptions.  All of my photos will eventually be available on my site at Photobucket.  I've also put many of them linked together on Photosynth, as explained in this post from 2011.

Enjoy!

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Train to Denver (Again)

I am taking the train from Provo to Denver again, much like I did in January 2011 to attend the AEA Meetings.  This time I'm leaving on Wednesday morning and coming back on Saturday.  I'll be going with Chase Coleman, one of my undergraduate students here at BYU, who is presenting a paper of ours at the Western Social Science Association (WSSA) Meetings.  The ride should be fun, albeit long.  It leaves Provo around 4:00 a.m., but the return from Denver is a more reasonable 8:00 a.m.  Look for a trip report when I get back.

Deseret News Columns

I've been writing a biweekly column for the Deseret News for a little over a year now.  You can find most of them archived at this link.  I also repost them after they have appeared in print at Econosseur, which is a blog jointly run by Rick Evans, Jason DeBacker and myself.

Cliffhouse Arch

I recently put up some photos on Photosynth from my earlier hike down the Escalante River in 2008.  This is a really cool way to look a scenery, especially rock art.

Here is the link for this set of photos.  For more of these, especially rock art, try this link.  Enjoy!


Monday, October 29, 2012

Good Samaritans

Who says all strangers are selfish?

A Facebook post from an old friend quoted below.  He works for the towing service.

Maria sat crying, holding her 6month-old baby in Chisholm trail park in Plano as the last light of this chilly Sunday faded. Felecia and her two young daughters driving by, noticed the weeping mother, stopped and asked what was wrong. Maria had locked her keys inside her car and with her dead cell phone being of little use and having no money, sank into despair in the gathering gloom. Felecia called the Plano police and was patched through to Signature towing seeking help for Maria. She was quoted $85.00 for the lockout service and agreed to pay. I arrived to find them all safe and warm inside Felecia's van. A few minutes later Maria's car was open and her keys located. Felecia tried to pay me but I just couldn't accept her money. After all, how frequently do you meet a true good Samaritan?

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Shooting Photos through Welding Glass

I got a piece of welding glass in the mail recently to use as filter for long exposures.  It seems to be working pretty well, but does require a few adjustments.

The first issue was how to mount it in front of the lens.  I've seen blog posts where some people have taped the glass to a screw-on UV filter.  This means you can only use it for lenses of the same size as the filter.  Another option was to use a tulip lens hood reversed and hold the welding glass in place with rubber bands.  This will work for any size lens providing it has a tulip lens hood.  I had a flat lens hood that fits onto my EFS 18-55mm zoom via a bayonet mount, rather than the filter screw-in.  so I taped the glass to the lens hood with electrical tape.  It mounts and unmounts easily with a quick twist.