Dr. Kim Bridges
Professor of Botany, retired
University of Hawai`i at Manoa
600 Queen St #3904
Honolulu, HI 96813
Email: kim@hawaii.edu 
Skype: kimbridges
Google+: google.com/+KimBridges

Photography Information

I am actively experimenting with photography, in both subject matter and technique. This site is where I keep my notes, advice and general information about what I've found and venues that I hope to explore.
Photo Gallery

I use SmugMug to organize and display my photos. This is where you find my image collections.
Schedule & Travel

I travel. Follow the link to see what I'm planning for this year.
Note the tabs at the top of the page for shortcuts to the schedules.
Smart Car(s)

One Smart car (photo at left) is kept on the mainland where it is used for long-distance trips. I'm pretty compulsive about keeping information about this car and its trips. This is the car that is trying to get to all 50 states. We've recently added a Smart car for driving in Hawai`i.
Research & Teaching

My academic profession continues into my retirement. This is the place to find links to projects and a bunch of other stuff, like workshops and publications.

What's Happening

Two Smart?
TwoRed is kept on the mainland. Eventually it will come to Hawai`i. On March 23, 2014,  we decided that we needed more transportation capability in Hawai`i now. Our solution? We leased a 2014 Smart. We're now a two-Smart family.  This time we kept it simple: a minimally-configured Pure in silver and black.  This seems ideal for running around O`ahu. We call this car 2For2 (you can just say "Toofa" if you are in a hurry). (More information)

2013: The Arctic Circle Challenge
Trip was successful! 5,470 miles (highway) plus 8 days on the Alaska Marine Highway (=ferry). August 4 to September 6. According to many observers along the Dalton Highway, TwoRed was the first Smart car to make it this far north along this road. (Click here for the story.)

2014: The 49 State & 10 Province Challenge
The Arctic Circle trip added three more states. The total for TwoRed travel is now 45 states. We also got one Canadian Province (British Columbia) and one Territory (Yukon) this time out.

The missing states are Florida, Delaware, Rhode Island and Vermont. We also need to add Washington, DC and, eventually, Hawai`i. If you look at the 2014 General Planning page (see the tab at the top of this page) you'll see that we are expecting to get all of the remaining states, except Hawai`i, during 2014. And, if we can, the remaining nine Canadian Provinces.

The general planning for this 2014 expedition indicates that it will be approximately 10,000 miles long and last from April 30 to June 11.

Temporary Project Links

Virtually all of my print materials have been digitized and run through OCR. This is a private library and items are not available to the public. However, you can see the contents of the library on the above link. Note that this library consists primarily of books and research papers. Other documents have been scanned but are not included in this library. The original paper copies consisted of more than a full wall of my office (floor to ceiling) of shelf space. That's about 1,500 items. The size of the scanned version of the library is less than 38GB. The files are located in the cloud and can be word-level searched in Google.

DNA Music
John Dunn and I collaborated on a project that allowed us to play DNA sequences.
Please be patient while these audio files are being reloaded. One file is there now as a demo. More very soon!

Flipboard Magazines
The Flipboard website allows the creation of "magazines." Each magazine focuses on a topic and contains links to original materials (often from a blog or social website) along with links to web page, youtube videos and audio recordings. The result is an attractive display of information that is particularly suited to viewing on mobile devices, such as tablets and smart phones.

Exposure Stories HOT
I've been looking for a place that I can tell stories that combine photos and text. It has been possible to do this in a blog, but that alternative isn't very good, especially from a design perspective. The newly developed Exposure site offers photographers a way to make attractive documents that are based on a good combination of text and photos. The design helps you make sections that group the text and relevant photos, along with a descriptive title. This is all done in a simple editing system. The product looks nice on a full range of devices, from desktop monitors to smart phones. And you can then link these stories into Flipboard. This provides much needed integration. I've just started creating stories and the Flipboard integration is still a few days away.

This is a collection of tools that I use. They range from apps for my smartphone and tablets to things I find useful for travel. This is an emerging project so expect to see frequent changes.

There are a number of accumulations of data that are interesting. Fortunately, many are available to the public and they have tools that encourage their examination. In a few cases, there are great visualization tools and you need to provide your own data. The existence of the visualization capability may then stimulate new kinds of explorations.

An 'o'o is a stick, often used by ancient Hawaiians for digging. This project transforms a useful artifact into a modern tool. This implementation is in very early development stages.

Other Links
Note: If you can't find a link here, it might be on my old start page.  Try this link:    https://sites.google.com/site/kimbridges/