2004 UPA Club Ultimate Championships


Well, I just finished watching Gold Rush 2002, kindly brought back from Ontario for me by Ultimate teammate and fellow Canadian Darren, and whoo boy am I feeling stoked to watch Furious George play this weekend. For the uninitiated, Furious is the Canadian team which has won the UPA Club Nationals — the defining championship tournament for Ultimate Frisbee clubs in the United States — for the past two years in a row. Why they keep letting them enter, I don’t know 🙂
All day tomorrow and Sunday I’ll be volunteering out on the fields, helping clear trash from the fields as well as taking stats for a couple of different games. Golf cart madness. 🙂 Should be fun, check back here tomorrow night for an update. In the meantime you can keep up-to-date on the current standings at the results page (Furious is competing in what is known as the “Open” division (men’s)).

Lunar Eclipse

Use your page-down key to watch the eclipse! Pictures were taken on a two-minute interval.
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After the total lunar eclipse, I adjusted the shutter speed and exposure time, came up with what I think are a few nifty shots. Click for a big version:
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Wow.. anyone know what makes the moon so orange? Was talking to my Dad last night, and he tells me an astronomer he spoke with says it’s pollution, which I countered with okay, how come it’s not orange all the time then? I’m thinking it’s probably mostly because there’s some bleed from the sun in the shadow (light bending around an object), but that’s really just a shot in the dark (ack… didn’t mean to pun there).
And here’s my favorite, with the oak tree off to the side; a little over-exposed, oh well 🙂 (again, click for a bigger version):
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Mote, Omelets and Shark Teeth


Jellyfish at Mote
Had a great weekend — spent Saturday wandering around town looking for a costume for a little Hallowe’en party known as Boofest 2004. It was great. Ron and company over at Boo Bros once again did a deadly job. Cam has his pictures up already, go have a look! I will have mine up soon, probably later tomorrow (Monday) evening.
Speaking of pictures, it would appear that part two of my San Diego photos have disappeared into the ether! I took them during my guided tour of San Diego too, so that’s a little disappointing. 🙁 But who knows, maybe they’ll turn up somewhere. Instead, I offer you my pictures from last weekend’s trip to Mote 🙂
Today the apartment complex made everyone a free breakfast — omelets, fruit, coffee and pastries — a tasty way to wake up!

Melissa shows off her plate of olives… there’s an omelet in there too somewhere
And I spent the rest of the day with Cam, Melissa, Darren, Patricia and Ines at Venice Beach looking for shark teeth. And boy did we find them 🙂 We pooled our findings together and by the end of the day we must have found 25 teeth! Think I might be a little sunburnt though 😀

Trying desperately not to squint

Talk Amongst Yourselves


Yes, I am around still, somewhere behind the litany of politicoposts.
Been working extra hours, and it’s chewing into my usual time reserved for blogging. 🙁 On the plus side, although I’ve been working more, it’s been a single task, which is nice from the perspective of not needing to continually refresh my memory on where I left off.
Cameron‘s holding a photo contest of sorts over on his blog. I encourage everyone to go check it out and consider participating. The due date is the end of the month, still plenty of time to go. I’m kinda curious what kinda “urban” shots he’ll get from the locals. There’s nothing in Sarasota I’d consider typically urban. (You need tall buildings for that! 🙂
Last night I got out to a pickup Ultimate game; there were 29 people! You only need 14 to play, so there were a lot of people waiting on the sideline to run onto the field after every point. Line changes in Ultimate are typically self-regulated, as are the rules. It’s a real “player’s” type of sport, because so much of the game works at an individual level. Rarely are teams judged as a whole, because the core notion of spirit of the game puts responsibility in the hands of each player. Next week the UPA Club Ultimate Championships are once again being held in Sarasota, so I’m going to be volunteering to help out with that. Should be a lot of fun.
Other than that, life’s been pretty steady out here. The election atmosphere has been heating up; on the first day of early voting (a couple of days ago), there were hour-long lines to cast your ballot; last night on the way back from Ultimate I saw my first standalone (i.e. non-bumper sticker) political sign — a 4×5 foot poster for Bush on the side of a main road in Bradenton. I expect I’ll probably be seeing a LOT more for both Kerry and Bush over the next two-three weeks. The latest hubub says there are disturbing number of voters registered to vote in multiple states, enough to swing an election. Here’s the article which broke the news, published by the New York Daily News (published in August), as well as a followup done by the Tampa Tribune earlier this month. Hope that gets sorted out… can you smell the déjà vu?
Been listening to Sasha‘s Involver since Wednesday night, and let me tell you, it’s every bit as amazing as Jim said. This is unique, fascinating, curious music. It’s is a mix CD, yes, but what makes it interesting is that every track on the album was remixed by Sasha too, blurring the line between DJ and producer. It’s an exciting new direction for electronic music, and it’s already attracted a number of the bigger names in a forward-looking electronic sub-genre (known simply as “progressive”) — such as James Holden of the UK, Max Graham from Montreal, Luke Chable from Australia and of course rising star afk from a little town called Vancouver.
🙂 Anyhow, I’m off, must drive 21 miles north to drop off $375-worth of fall-league player registrations for my Ultimate team. Have a great weekend, stay safe!