Reel Moments 2011 Premier

I can’t think of a better way to break my no-site-updates streak than to feature photos of beautiful women. Even better when one of them is my wife. These photos are from the 2011 Glamour Reel Moments premier.

Jana Banin, Jan Livingston Mokhtari, Suzanne Reese

For those not familiar with this event: “Glamour Reel Moments brings Hollywood’s leading female talent to take a turn behind the camera, directing a short film inspired by real-life story submissions from Glamour readers.” Three stories were made into films and all three writers were treated to the red carpet treatment at the premier in Hollywood this past Monday night (Oct 23).

Suzanne’s story “Free Hugs” was made into a short film written and directed by Olivia Wilde, and was about the experience she shared with a few friends giving away hugs on a street corner in San Diego.

View the short film in its entirety below, and be sure to check out all three films. They are all great, as was meeting and getting to know the writers of the other two films.

More photos here
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Photos: Warrant @ Ramona Mainstage

Warrant - Ramona Mainstage - Oct 30, 2010
Ramona Mainstage – Ramona, CA – 2010.10.30

You remember Warrant, right? Cherry Pie, Down Boys, Heaven? No matter what your memories of them from the 80s and 90s, these guys are still rockin’. Check out the full slideshow of all photos from this show. A few more of my favorites and some brief photographer notes after the jump.

I am way behind on processing show photos from 2010. I am going to try to post at least some of my backlog before the end of the year.

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Recovering Videos Deleted from iPhone

My 19 month old daughter loves to watch videos on my iPhone. She knows right where to go in the Photos app — either in the Camera Roll folder to watch videos we might have recently captured, or in the “Videos” folder containing videos from the computer. Content in the Videos folder is safe from deletion, but not content in the Camera Roll. Occasionally she gets to tapping on the screen and starts the process of sending a video to someone via email (inevitably to someone in my contact list that I haven’t contacted in years), or accidentally deleting a video. More than once she has deleted a video I wished to keep.

I’ve seen “undelete” iPhone apps on the web, but no free ones. In my case, I frequently charge/sync my iPhone with my computer, but only occasionally download the Camera Roll photos and videos to an image or video editor. Figuring the video must be on my computer as part of a recent iPhone backup. I went looking for them. Continue reading Recovering Videos Deleted from iPhone

Barn Owl Family

Barn Owl Box I think of the book “Owls in the Family” often these days, which is pretty amazing considering my only exposure to it is a teacher reading it to the class when I was in elementary school. The reason is the family of barn owls residing in the owl box in our back yard. The box is visible in this photo.

There are two adult owls living in the box, and what sounds like at least a couple owlets. We have been hearing the owlets begging for a some weeks now, and can even occasionally see one in the box through binoculars. We haven’t been able to tell how many hatched, but it sure sounds like more than one. It’s quite a racket. (For a sample, look for the “chicks begging” link on the Barn Owl page from

At some point during this last night the owlets were pushed out of box. It’s hard to say why, because they are definitely not old enough to venture out on their own yet. I was quite heartbroken when I found one on the ground this morning, dying before my eyes. I couldn’t see any activity in the box. Hoping any siblings were still up there resting comfortably, I figured I would find out when night fell.

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