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My roommate Tyler is a PHD student at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography in La Jolla and every few weeks on Friday night, the students have a sunset keg social down by the pier. This month they were celebrating the opening of a newly constructed student center. It was beautiful and the view is amazing. The Scripps Institute (now affiliated with UCSD) was opened in the early 1900’s and still has claim over some of the most expensive coastal property in southern California.

Here are a few pics I took with my iPhone as the sun said goodbye to Friday the 13th. These were taken from the outside deck of the new buildings. Nothing like a California sunset.

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Here are the photos from our week at Casa Valerie in Puerto Vallarta. Even though we were just in PV in August, this trip was our annual get-a-way to celebrate my friend Nick’s birthday along with the rest of the boys. Last year was our Cancun & Mexico City trip but we returned to Puerto Vallarta this year… it’s relaxing, familiar and lot of fun.

Nick rented a villa called Casa Valerie for the week. It was an amazing place with incredible views as you can see from the photos below. The trip was even better this year because Andre got to come along 🙂

We had a great staff, our own chef and bartender and so we could just sit by the pool and eat chips and guacamole and drink all day. The weather this time of year is perfect and the humidity that we felt in August is gone now. It wasn’t as crowded as I expected but I guess the economy around the world is keeping everyone at home.

It was a great trip and I’m really thankful to Nick for taking us along. Both me and Andre had a blast.

Click the photo collage below for the slideshow.

Casa Valerie, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

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James Nachtwey, one of the world’s greatest photojournalists and winner of the 2007 TEDPrize, received “one wish to change the world”:

“I’m working on a story that the world needs to know about.
I wish for you to help me break it, in a way that provides spectacular proof
of the power of news photography in the digital age.”

You can watch the video below of his presentation of his photography from covering some of the world’s biggest tragedies. Caution… the photos are graphic.

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On Sunday, Andre and I  took a little day trip over to La Jolla to have lunch and check out the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCASD). It was a great day and really relaxing… one of those days where you ask yourself, why don’t I do this more often?

Bloody Mary at George's at the Cove It started with a couple drinks (a Bloody Mary for me of course) at George’s at the cove. They have such a great view and it was a perfect sunny day. From there we walked down to the museum. Andre wanted to check out one of the current exhibits called Matrix II. Matrix II is an entire room filled with little green LED lights, setup in a matrix evenly spaced across the room. It’s really incredible. I took a few pictures but they hardly give it justice. I didn’t stay in there very long, as it started to mess with my equilibrium… I get motion sick very easily lol  🙂

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From there we walked back and of course had to stop along the way for ice cream at Stone Cold. If you’ve never had Stone Cold, you are missing out. I had my favorite, vanilla ice cream with crushed Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

Anyway, I posted a few pictures up to my Flickr account. All of these were taken with just my iPhone. I’m impressed with the quality that the phone takes. Not as nice as a full size digital camera, but it does fine when that’s all you have.

Click here or the photo below for the full gallery slideshow.

The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego

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The official video of the 2008 Rufskin Fashion show is now up on YouTube. My roommate Dylan (www.dylanglockler.com) shot and edited the video.

2008 Rufskin Fashion Show, Rich’s San Diego.

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