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.



Progress Report

The 49 state and 10 province expedition

May 10, 2014: Progress Report 

The trip across the US from San Diego is complete.  The weather was excellent, except perhaps for a bit too much wind at times. A weather front was threatening soon after I left Las Vegas, so each day's drive was extended. On one day, I drove more than 520 miles. This allowed me to stay ahead of the weather and I got to North Carolina about a day and a half ahead of schedule. This was in time to hang out while the storms passed.  On the way, I did get Florida by crossing over from Alabama into the panhandle.  Not too far in as I had many more miles to drive that day.

Another highlight was driving the "Tail of the Dragon." This is a very (very!) windy section of highway as you enter North Carolina from Tennessee.  This is another of the "gotta do" things for Smart car owners.

May 18, 2014: 49 States Challenge is Complete 

The meetings in Cherokee, NC finished and I was hen off to get Washington, DC, Delaware, Rhode Island and (finally) Vermont.The weather coming out of North Carolina was bad (heavy rain), so the progress north was delayed by a day. I reached Vermont on Sunday, May 18, just about noon.  That completed all 49 states (plus DC).

There was a short break in the schedule in Vermont. Then I headed to Boston to pick up Nancy and to start north to Canada for the 10 provinces part of the expedition.

May 23, 2014: US, East-West North America Extremes 

We got to West Quoddy Head (Maine) today. That's the eastern-most highway point in the US. We were at Anchor Point (Alaska) last year. That's the western-most highway point for the US North American road network. That means we've gotten to the two US, North American E-W extremes in our Smart (TwoRed). (That's got to be a first for a Smart car.)

We are now in Canada working on the provinces.

June 8, 2014: The Canadian Province Run is Complete 

The Canadian part of the trip started at the Maine border. We headed north to get New Brunswick and PEI then east to get Nova Scotia and (after a ferry ride) Newfoundland. We took a bit of time out to explore Newfoundland and then took the ferry back to Sydney and began the westward drive. There were some pretty long driving days and the two night stop in Montreal was most welcome. Then it was back on the road and we headed west through mountains, over rivers and around lakes. We finally hit the Canadian Plains and the roads got flatter, straighter and slightly less bumpy. Nancy jumped out in Winnipeg for a flight home and Kim pushed on. Alberta was the tenth province and this completed the set (BC was done on the Alaska trip). But doing them all in one run seemed worth the extra effort, so on June 7th, TwoRed rolled into the Rockies in British Columbia. All 10 provinces done in one run. Whew.

Then it was time to head south, crossing the US border in Montana.

With both parts of the challenge complete, along with a few special "extremes," the rest of the trip (south to San Diego) will be a bit less formal (read: wander the side roads). 

June 12, 2014: San Diego (at last) HOT

It was a great trip down the western states. Much of the route followed Hwy 395, a mostly 2 lane highway that goes through rural Washington, Oregon and California. There is a small section that goes through Nevada (including Reno and Carson City). 

A quick stop was made at Smart Madness before ending up at TwoRed's destination near San Diego. Total distance: 10,907 miles.




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 "Toofer" 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.

See the progress report on the left.

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 where 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.

ISSUU Stories HOT
The Exposure stories are one way to tell stories.  I've been trying ISSUU as an alternative that provides more flexibility in doing photo layouts. The key to this has been the use of Fundy Software's Album Builder software. Album Builder lets me do the photo layout in creative ways. I do need to work with Photoshop for pages with text (something that is expected to be added to Album Builder). The PDF is then uploaded to ISSUU for viewing. There is just one test story, on Plumeria.  Expect more stories soon.

Tools
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/