Solo Adventures in San Diego (Part Four)

Here is part four of my solo adventures in San Diego.  This was my last day in San Diego and it was the most beautiful.  Before visiting any more museums, I wandered around Balboa Park taking photos of the lovely buildings.  After that, I headed to the Timken Museum of Art.

Day Five

The Timken Museum of Art is similar to the San Diego Museum of Art, except it is smaller and more importantly, free.  It houses European artwork, 19th century American art and artwork from Russian icons.  Also on display is San Diego’s only painting by Rembrandt.  This museum, also know as the “jewel box,” came about thanks to the Timken family and the Putnam sisters, who purchased many of the pieces on display there.  One of the exhibits on display when I visited was “El Lissitzky: Futurist Portfolios,” which featured geometric artwork by a Russian artist.  Unfortunately I was not allowed to take photos at this museum, so you will have to see this one in person.

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Solo Adventures in San Diego (Part Three)

Here is part three of my solo adventures in San Diego.  I started off the day by going to a museum just a few blocks from the convention center and then heading over to Balboa Park to visit more of the museums there.

Day Four

My first stop of the day was at the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum.  This museum promotes the history and culture of the original Chinese immigrants.  San Diego’s downtown used to be a Chinatown.  The building that now houses the museum was once the church and school for the local Chinese community.  In the 1990s, this building was slated for demolition but the San Diego Chinese Historical Society was able to save it.  In 1996, it became the museum it is today.  It has expanded throughout the years and now includes two other facilities and a garden behind the original museum.

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Solo Adventures in San Diego (Part Two)

Here is part two of my solo adventures in San Diego.  Instead of going to see more museums at Balboa Park, I decided to head over to San Diego Zoo.

Day Three

I hadn’t been to a zoo since I was a teenager in Japan, so I was kind of excited to see the famous San Diego Zoo.  My main goal was to see the Giant Pandas.  This zoo is huge and I walked the entirety of it probably several times but it was worth it.  The day started out with peacocks, flamingos and ducks.  I also got to take a ride on the guided bus tour, allowing me to see where everything was before I started walking around.  I also rode the Skyfari (cable cars that cut across the park) a few times to save my feet.  The view from there is amazing and totally worth the sometimes long wait.  You can see the entire zoo and beyond into Balboa Park.

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Solo Adventures in San Diego (Part One)

Back in July of 2014, I got to spend a week in San Diego.  A fellow Long Beach student got a free week long pass to attend the ESRI User Conference (UC).  ESRI UC is held every summer, typically in June or July and at the San Diego Convention Center. This is the biggest conference for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) professionals hosting numerous presentations and vendor displays, all discussing the latest and greatest in GIS.  While I was not able to attend the conference because I didn’t have a pass, I was able to explore San Diego.  I did get to see some of the conference later, thanks to the Family Night event they had.

Day One

My first day in San Diego was mostly spent in the hotel room.  I was rather tired from the journey there.  The drive was about two hours, but since I had to wake up early that day and I’m an anti-morning person, I really had no energy to go out.  The next day though I was ready to take San Diego by storm.

Day Two

On Tuesday, I grabbed my stuff and headed for Balboa Park.  This park is filled with museums!  You could probably spend an entire week just visiting all the museums located within this one place.  Before leaving for this trip, I had spent a few days researching where I wanted to go and more importantly, how to get there.

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Summer Reading for the Geographer (and Journalist!)

This is part two to my summer reading list thanks to some wonderful books I found at the library.  Not only are these great books for geographers but also for journalists since each one of these is written by a journalist!  This is how geo-journalism should be.

1. The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner

Image from Eric Weiner's website.

Image from Eric Weiner’s website.

It has “geography” in the title so of course I had to pick this one up.  I’m still reading this one but so far so good.  Weiner is a former foreign correspondent for NPR(!!!!) and former reporter for the New York Times.  For this book he traveled around the world trying to find the happiest places on earth (no, Disneyland does not count).  He also  plans to write another “geography of” book called The Geography of Genius: A Search for the World’s Most Creative Places From Ancient Athens to Silicon Valley.”  Unfortunately that one does not come out until January of next year.

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On Becoming a Photog

I say photog rather than photographer because that is what many photojournalists are called.

To paraphrase one of my journalism professors: Photogs are funny.  They just stand back and let you [the reporter] deal with the situation.  They’re just there to take pictures.

Photo by Laylita Day

Photo by Laylita Day

But of course there is a lot more to it than that, especially when dealing with the ethics of photojournalism.  During a media and ethics class, I had a group presentation on this very topic, which led to viewing some very disturbing images and discussing whether or not it was right to publish certain photos.

This decision process, which can cost the reporter their job/reputation as well as affect the newspaper, is not made with as much consideration as it used to be, thanks to the ability to instantly upload images to the web and the never-ending demand of social media.  This means, as my textbook stated, that instead of sitting down with your photo editor and discussing the ethics of showing certain photos, you must make split second decisions in the field on your own.

Ah, the life of a photog.

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Advancing while Falling (aka the Great Comeback)

It’s been five months, but I’m finally back.  But with both good and bad news.  Since I like to do things in chronological order, the good news will come first.

My last post did not end on the best of news.  I tried to put things in a positive light and managed to make it through another semester of graduate classes and teaching.

A California Sunflower not wilted from the drought.  A sign of happiness.

A California Sunflower not wilted from the drought. A sign of happiness.

The Good News

For the most part, the semester went well and in in some ways better than last semester.  My seminar class was more interesting if a bit repetitive and I got my thesis chair out of it.  I took a land use planning class (something I normally would not consider taking), and which was very much a law class, but I actually learned very useful information about the way things get built in California.  I also attended a planning commission meeting.  I will try and do a separate post on that later.

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