Tag: Design

Teaching Myself New Tricks

Don’t know if it’s my bipolar disorder that has my mind wandering or not, but I decided to get myself better acquainted with HTML/XHTML/CSS. Sigh….

Well I’m burning through HTML & CSS – Design And Build Website since I do know a bit of HTML, not a lot and not very proficient at HTML, but enough to go through the book fairly quickly. The problem with self taught books and online classes is that I never really apply what I learn to real life projects. This time around I’ll try and make a website from scratch, just hope that the site doesn’t end up looking like a Geocities website from the 90’s.

Come back by the end of the year and see whether I made a new site or lost interest in HTML.

P.S. In case you decide not to come back to my blog, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

San Francisco Fall Antique Show 2012

It is fall and here in San Francisco that means Giants, World Series, #OrangeOctober, and the annual San Francisco Fall Antique Show. The SFFAS started Thursday October 25th and runs through  Sunday the 28th. Tickets for general admission is $15 if purchased ahead of time, if not $20 at the door. There are seminars and lectures that does vary in price. The sales of the tickets do benefit Enterprise for High School Students.

For more info about tickets, click here.

Here are some of the fine antiques from the SFFAS. If you have a chance to attend it, I highly recommend it.

A Palace for the World’s Fair

I took advantage of being off this past Thursday by going out shooting with my brother James and my friend Jorman. We spent that afternoon going to several places taking shots of iconic structures of San Francisco, one of them being the Palace of Fine Arts.

Built in 1915, nine years after the devastation 1906 earthquake, San Francisco was back on its feet and wanted to show the world how it well the city was doing by holding the The Panama-Pacific International Exposition (PPIE), World’s Fair, for the opening of the Panama Canal. There were plenty of magnificent structures that were built for the event such as the Palace of Horticulture and the Tower of Jewels. Sadly, like all World’s Fair, these great structures were only temporary. From all the grandeur of the PPIE, the only structure that remains is the Palace of Fine Arts.

Below is a panorama of the Palace of Fine Arts where you can see people enjoying the day and appreciating the spectacle before their eyes.

The Palace of Fine Art, San Francisco CA

The Palace of Fine Arts received a long overdue restoration that was completed in 2011. Some of the things that came with the face lift was the removal of the inset faces from under the dome of the rotunda. Pun intended, even though the pun was corny.

Below The Dome

To help give you an idea to how massive the rotunda is, I took a photo of a couple folks within the rotunda as they were going about shooting photos. The way I was able to take this photo was ever so gently scaling the steps up till I was a good 15′ – 20′ above the ground.

Scale Figure

The steps that I scaled are actually planters and at the time of taking the photo, there were no plants within the planters.

Empty Planter Steps

James took a picture of me while I started my decent back down, then posted the image on Instagram. As you can see the urns are approximately 10′ tall, making me appear diminutive.

Scaling The Steps

The landscaping is done so wonderful throughout the area for the Palace of Fine Arts. I am not a horticulturalist so I can’t name all the plants that surrounds the area, but the flowers, shrubs, and trees sure do compliment the areas and make the Palace of Fine Arts complete.

The Redwood Trees that grow on the grounds of the Palace of Fine Arts grow along side of the columns so naturally that they appear to be a part of the structure. The branches and leaves of the Redwood works well with the Corinthians capitals of the columns.

Redwood and Corinthians

Finally, a great feature of the Palace of Fine Arts is that the lagoon creates a tranquility to the space around it that brings in wildlife. The various wildlife that makes the Palace of Fine Arts their home ranges from ducks, swans, turtles, frogs, and many more. I had a great opportunity to shoot a few of the swans while we all were walking around taking photos.

Swan Lake

I can’t wait till I come back to the Palace of Fine Arts to snap some photos of this place. Next time I’ll do some HDR and/or Time Lapse. And once the weather cools down and the fog stops being a constant, I’ll have a chance to shoot the Palace of Fine arts at night for the first time.

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Hi World!

Here I am with another blog…
Well this technically is not a new blog, but a revitalized blog. What I plan to do with johnydecali is promote my perspective on how I see this world.

Yes that description is vague to what I believe that this blog can be but there is a reason. I have made several blogs in the past and they all have failed. This one may too as fail as well. The difference with this blog from the other blogs that I have made in the past is that those blogs inhibited me, limited me, and gave me tunnel vision.

I have interest in many things from photography to wakeboarding. And I plan to use this blog to document all my thoughts in all the hobbies and random things that perk my interest.. Even though I would like this blog to be about everything and nothing, I will do my best to keep it organized.

Right off the top of my head these are the main categories that I plan on writting about:

  • Photography
  • Football/Sports
  • Comics/Literature
  • Design
  • Gaming

What else can I say?

It is what it is.