Visiting Werribee Zoo

Posted by on Mar 27, 2016 in LoweStudio Photos, Personal, Photography | 0 comments

Visiting Werribee Zoo

We just got back from Melbourne, Australia. Expect to see more photos in the coming days. I think I took 32GB worth of photos…I don’t think I ever took that much before. This time I figured if I’d lug 20+lbs of camera along, I might as well shoot freely. Here’s a series of shots I took one day visiting the Werribee Zoo. It’s a bit like a mashup between a traditional zoo and a safari experience. So many of the non-dangerous animals are somewhat free to roam about and you can take these bus excursions through the...

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Rose-Ringed Parakeets

Posted by on Mar 14, 2016 in Art, LoweStudio Photos, Personal, Photography | 0 comments

Rose-Ringed Parakeets

The bushes and trees around my campus office is turning out to be quite a bird magnet. Not only have the Mana-O-Ku returned to nest another little fluffy bundle these past couple months…I found it there’s a small flock of Rose-Ringed Parakeets have made a daily visit to the small palm trees right next to my window. People have been so busy taking pictures of the little Tern baby, they haven’t bothered to just turn around and spot these other really colorful and gorgeous birds right behind their shoulder. I’ve been...

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Random thoughts

Posted by on Mar 4, 2016 in Personal, Rants, Toys | 0 comments

Random thoughts

I spend so much time thinking I need the perfect subject to post about I never get around the posting anymore. Yes, I’m still around. So…today, I say “fuck it”. I’ll just post about any damn thing I want to today. Perhaps someone out there in web-land will find something entertaining to think about this fine Friday. Work I find myself nostalgic about my past work both in my own Lowe Studio business and my time at LavaNet. There will always be a part of me that will long for the entrepreneurial lifestyle. I...

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Amazing Korean artists

Posted by on Feb 1, 2016 in Inspiration | 0 comments

Amazing Korean artists

In on of my early bands we recruited a young singer off of a music ad. He was super young…I think at the time he wasn’t even old enough to play in some of the clubs we had booked because he was under-age to be anywhere near the bars. So we sometimes had to arrange with the venue to get-in and get-out without hanging around so nobody got in trouble. Anyway, this kid had another amazing talent…I remember sitting over his shoulder sometimes watching him sketch in his notepad and amazing artwork would spring out of nowhere....

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Paper Engine

Posted by on Dec 7, 2015 in Art, Design Finds, Inspiration | 0 comments

Paper Engine

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything just randomly inspirational on my site. Not that I haven’t seen anything lately….my online behavior has changed in recent years where I just don’t use my blog as much. It’s a shame…I really had fun with this at one point. I’d like to get it going again. Baby step: here’s a fantastic video I ran into today that demonstrates a working V8 engine built entirely out of paper. I can’t IMAGINE the steady handwork and patience that would go into...

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Expressions

Posted by on Oct 27, 2015 in Personal | 0 comments

Expressions

This kid is growing fast. I celebrate the fact he’s finally old enough to take care of things by himself for the most part. He’ll brush his own teeth (if you call a quick 2-second light touching of teeth “brushing”), he’ll dress himself (despite occasionally having his shirt on backwards), and he can go the distance all night long now without peeing in bed (yay! No diapers…if I don’t see another one again in the house I’m a happy camper) I mourn the fact he’s not a little fat baby anymore....

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My 1st mobile app

Posted by on Aug 14, 2015 in My Business Adventures | 0 comments

My 1st mobile app

We submitted our first mobile app to the Apple Store last week. Polishing up the Android version shortly. It’s a college based web-app intended to let students in on details that aren’t as easily accessed on the website. As such, it’s serves a complementary role to the campus’s other online tools. My excitement has been growing on it. I admit I didn’t really care about this project at all for a good long time. It came by way of the fact the campus was ready to adopt a project that was ill conceived elsewhere....

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Japan observations nobody tells you about

Posted by on Jun 23, 2015 in LoweStudio Photos, Personal, Photography | 0 comments

Japan observations nobody tells you about

It’s been about 1 full week since returning from our Japan trip. I think we’ve only just felt like we’ve fully recovered from the experience — I think I’m adjusted, but still feel somewhat sleepy all the time. My wife somehow picked up some kind of cough after the trip (We were told it was common for people returning from areas like Japan to catch some kind of bug) Japan was a great experience. We knew it would be. It was by no means relaxing. Tons of walking and struggling to find our way through the rail...

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Trip research time!

Posted by on Apr 21, 2015 in Personal | 0 comments

Trip research time!

We’re a few weeks away from our “big trip” of the year. Destination?  Japan. It’s a mixed bag for me, I had my heart set on visiting my brother this year in Australia, but Japan has always been on my bucket list. As fate would have it, a strong dollar and an agreeable wife who says we can afford this trip basically decided our fate. It’s been a while since a trip feels completely off-the-cuff. In every destination we’ve visited in the past decade we’ve either known someone there or had some pretty...

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My year

Posted by on Dec 23, 2014 in My Business Adventures, Personal | 0 comments

My year

It’s that time of the year again when Facebook does this tiny viral app thingy again that displays “Raphael’s Year”.  Like I needed a reminder another year is up? It was rather innocuous…it didn’t show anything particularly harmful or crazy this year. Which got me thinking I wasted the entire year doing nothing interesting at all. What got me particularly concerned about this particular incident was that it got me thinking…why does time seem to go so fast?  This year really felt like a blur. It got me...

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