Comet PANSTARRS, originally uploaded by Shiny Things. GOT IT! I GOT THE LITTLE BASTARD AHAHAHAHAHA… I mean, here is a photo of the dim Comet PANSTARRS, low in the western sky and sinking into the San Francisco fog.

DBS Bank, keyword spammers

Short and sweet: DBS, Singapore’s largest bank, is keyword-spamming on Silicon Valley’s favourite Q&A site Quora. They’ve been doing this for ages on, a Singaporean tech forum, but their activity’s recently started spreading to Quora. The spammers’ modus operandi - and I don’t know whether this is being done directly by DBS or by a misguided external marketing team - is highly unusual, and seems designed to make the answers less likely to be flagged as spam.

Storm a’coming

Storm a’coming, originally uploaded by Shiny Things. Storms are looming over Lake Mead, but the Valley of Fire is lit up by sunlight.

Mount Tam Hikers

Mount Tam Hikers, originally uploaded by Shiny Things. It’s been an improbably nice winter here in San Francisco. While the east coast’s been getting walloped with hurricanes and three-foot blizzards with improbable names, the west coast has been pretty much non-stop clear and mild for the last few months. Here’s a sample - a group of hikers out for a walk on Mount Tamalpais on a clear winter’s day.

Muir Woods - Redwood Creek

Muir Woods - Redwood Creek, originally uploaded by Shiny Things. Stuffing around with long exposures. Here’s a six-second exposure of Redwood Creek, which flows through the Muir Woods National Monument - a grove of towering Coast Redwood trees less than an hour away from downtown SF.