Two firsts for me on this one: my first high-quality collection from an automotive museum – the Blackhawk Museum in Danville, CA – and the first time I’ve gone to the extra effort captioning every single photo with the year/make of each car. Since it was a museum everything was perfectly labeled, making the second job at least doable, and these cars just felt too special and unique to be captured in anonymity. Also, there are least a few custom coach-built machines here that wouldn’t have been recognizable otherwise, amidst an already timeless grouping of vintage Cadillac, Packard, Mercedes Benz, Duesenberg, Aston Martin, Ferrari, Jaguar, Maserati, Auburn, Ford, Dodge, Lancia, Alfa Romeo and even Isotta vehicles. There are some real treasures in here – enjoy!
I’m very happy that my first foray back into the show circuit with my new stereo/trunk setup snagged my Z a first place trophy! Despite torrential rains all day it was a good show, and it turns out watching drift events in the rain is quieter, less smoky and kind of nice. Also, there was a beer garden.
Strobe lights, slammed rides, spike heels and tire shine… Hot Import Nights rocked the Tacoma Dome, as close to hot Cali summer nights as it gets in Seattle.
I know it’s not personal and no one at any of these places even knows today is my birthday, but I still appreciate the annual deluge of auto-generated birthday wish emails. I think about all of the programmers building this feature into all of these web forums, CRM systems and email marketing platforms, telling themselves “this will be a cool thing, customers will appreciate this.” I know so many engineers that love to make the world better with their work… thanks, all of you!
I’m consolidating and organizing some data backups today, adding files to Amazon Glacier storage using the fantastic Arq client, and just like when I dig through the boxes in the back of my closet, I’m finding all sorts of gems.
Here’s a great one – I was researching the specs and mechanics of banner advertising in June 1999, and collected a few samples of different approaches. Boy, how far we have come:
Remember this classic approach? Make your ad look like a popup window. And then when someone clicks the close box to get rid of it… boom! CTR lift.
Microsoft was still talking about “the intranet”, because connecting all the computers in your office was still a revolutionary idea.
Here are the rest of my vintage collection, posted for posterity and/or my own amusement:
After a year of managing to not bump the camera, I have more than 30,000 images out the window of my Belltown apartment of the Space Needle, Queen Anne hill and the arches of Seattle’s Pacific Science Center. I’ll be working on a way to present them, but for now the Project Page is here.
My webcam was set to capture the night sky every 10 seconds last night; below are a few of the best shots and a timelapse of them all:
You can find the rest of the still photos here.
In addition to getting our picture taken with virtual-Flo from the Progressive ads, the custom bikes were really the highlight this year and the focus of my shots. So much attention to detail, so many clever ideas, so much work!
At our board meeting last night, the Flash Volunteer team elected me President for the upcoming year, and I’m happy to accept and step up my commitment to this great organization. I’m really excited about Flash’s plans for 2013 and excited to help oversee their success!
My second year and another incredible week in Las Vegas. I’m amazed at how creative and innovative these car builders are, and at the resources – time, money, aluminum milling machines – they have at their disposal. To save you the trouble this time, I put my favorite shots first, so the first 4 pages of the gallery are filled with those.