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Chuq Von Rospach

Writing, Photography, and Commentary

Last Build Date: Wed, 11 Apr 2018 14:30:06 +0000


2017-2018 NHL Playoff Predictions (1st round edition)

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 14:30:06 +0000

With the NHL regular season ended, it’s time for my annual tradition of embarrassing myself by picking teams for the playoffs and for winning the Stanley cup. But first, a quick look back at my regular season predictions. In the East, I picked five teams as guaranteed playoff teams. Four (Columbus, Pittsburgh, Toronto and Washington) […]

When birding goes magical

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 14:30:38 +0000

On Sunday, April 8, five of us assembled at Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve in South Santa Clara County for a Big Sit in support of the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Birdathon event, which raises funds every year for the chapter activities. This preserve is fairly new and there have been indications it would be […]

Getting back on the horse

Fri, 06 Apr 2018 14:30:26 +0000

It’s April. That means the first quarter of 2018 is finished. Does that thought freak you out? Time is flying by, it seems to me. At the end of December I started my new job, I took on responsibility for the Birdathon committee for SCVAS, and things rapidly became a bit of a blur. Somewhere […]

Come Bird with Me on April 8!

Tue, 03 Apr 2018 14:30:15 +0000

My Big Sit at Shoreline I led the first event of the birdathon, a Big Sit at Shoreline Lake. Three of us spent a Sunday morning looking for as many species of birds as we could. For those who are new to this, a big sit is just that: you choose a location, and you […]

Apple’s Education Event

Mon, 02 Apr 2018 14:30:10 +0000

I was going to write about this in more detail, slept on it, and decided just to do a quick thought on it here. You’re welcome. I loved the event. I see Apple is getting criticism for what they announced and the pricing, and in some ways that’s fully justified. But…. Apple never competes on […]

Review: Warby Parker

Wed, 28 Mar 2018 14:30:04 +0000

One thing I did early in 2018 was get new glasses. My prescription was more than overdue, and I was definitely noticing the change, both in sharpness while trying to take pictures and eye fatigue while reading. I probably shouldn’t have waited that long, but for reasons of laziness, I always seem to end up […]

William Neill, Photographer: A Retrospective

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 14:30:20 +0000

William Neill, Photographer Buy on Amazon I grew up visiting Yosemite National Park on a regular basis, and so that location is a favorite of mine, and as a landscape photographer, it’s iconic scenery is of great interest to me. I’ve done my share of photography there, but my results aren’t nearly impressive as others. […]

Come bird with me on March 25

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 14:30:30 +0000

If you’re here in the Bay Area, please mark down Sunday, March 25 on your calendar and come join me for a morning of birding. I’ll be hosting a Big Sit near Shoreline Lake from 9AM to 1PM that day. I’m doing this as part of Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society‘s annual Birdathon event. Birdathons […]

Monday miscellany…

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 14:30:44 +0000

A bunch of little topics this week, from the state of the office to blockchains to Google and a rant about how broken Facebook is. Enjoy and let me know what you think… The Office So, in the last week… the carpet should have arrived in the warehouse Friday and I’m waiting for the call […]

When your definition of good changes

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 14:30:09 +0000

Now that the work on my new office is moving to contractors for a while, it’s letting me start thinking about photography again, and I’m starting to work on the Youtube channel again. One of the things I plan on doing for the channel on a regular basis is showing how I take images out […]

Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War by Mary Roach

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 14:30:00 +0000

Grunt Buy on Amazon In Grunt, Mary Roach takes a different look at our modern military through an investigation through the kind of research being done on how to keep soldiers alive. The enemies they’re fighting aren’t the ones you’re thinking of, either: it’s heat and diarrhea and hearing loss, preventing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, surviving […]

Thoughts on the new office

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 14:30:12 +0000

I can happily say the room of death has been vanquished, the last boxes have been removed and the room is empty. Later this morning (as you read this) I have the electrician over to start work on out replacing the outlets and putting a new sconce up, and giving me the quote on getting […]

Storm Front (A Dresden Mystery) by Jim Butcher

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 15:34:33 +0000

Storm Front Buy on Amazon His name is Harry Dresden. He is a wizard. No, seriously. You can look him up in the phone book. He finds things. And people. And occasionally helps out the police on murders when certain things can’t be easily explained. No love potions, though. He’s a serious wizard. If I […]


Tue, 06 Mar 2018 15:30:30 +0000

As I mentioned yesterday, I did this thing, and now I’m happy to tell people about it and let people use it if they find it useful. I’ve built a new web site, It’s designed to be a guide to birding here in Santa Clara County and to connect birders to the sites and […]

I made a thing

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 15:40:49 +0000

So I made this thing. I started planning it about a month ago, and I started actively writing and building it about two and a half weeks ago, and the middle of last week, I realized if I put some focus on it, I could get it finished and out into the world where people […]

Digitizing the family photos

Fri, 02 Mar 2018 15:30:19 +0000

Today I’m showing off some photos from another long-running project of mine. When dad passed away, I was given the full family archive of photographs. Now, understand that my dad was a prolific photographer but more enthusiastic than, well, good, and organization wasn’t his strong point. So I ended up with literally boxes of albums […]

Come join me birding during the Birdathon

Thu, 01 Mar 2018 15:30:03 +0000

If you’re in the greater Bay Area, I want to invite you to join me at one of two outings I’ll be leading during the upcoming Birdathon with the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society. Birdathons are an annual event that Audubon Chapters use to raise funds to help push forward their activities over the year. […]

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

Wed, 28 Feb 2018 15:30:53 +0000

Every Heart a Doorway Buy on Amazon In Every Heart a Doorway, Seanan McGuire wants you to imagine. Imagine that Alice in Wonderland wasn’t a children’s story, but actually happened. Imagine that the Egyptian Halls of the Dead weren’t a myth, but an actual place. Imagine Narnia was real. Imagine you’re a young person out […]

I found the floor

Mon, 26 Feb 2018 15:30:12 +0000

A really quick update on the room of death. I’ve removed the final boxes from it and emptied the bookshelves. I found a copy of Pagemaker 5.6, Adobe Creative Suite version 1, and business cards I had made up 20ish years ago. I look at those and I’m embarrassed. Still to do: get the bookcase […]

Mom’s Christmas Cards

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 15:30:09 +0000

Over the holidays I spoke of a few secret projects, and now I get to tell you about one of them. When my mom retired, she took up painting and enjoyed it immensely. Being who she was, she decided to start hand painting the family Christmas cards every year, and to her, that means painting […]