Rob Crow sings for Stimy

Rob Crow - Sub Society

Rob Crow - Sub Society

We all know there is no replacing Stimy. This photo to me shows the emotion of the night that celebrated the life of Michael Steinman. Rob Crow did a great job honoring the fallen musician I called my friend.

I have a ton of photos from the night. I had posted them in their own gallery, raw and unedited, to get them up as soon as possible. I have had a chance to go back and edit the photos. I will be uploading some of my favorites one by one.

I will never forget the very special person Stimy was. His music inspired me and his friendship was personal and cherished.

Posted in Music, People

All rivers lead to the sea

La Jolla Beach
Nemo had to find this out the hard way. Except his river was made of metal, and spit. But surely I digress. San Diego has some of the most spectacular beaches in the world. This one happens to be in the gem of San Diego… La Jolla.

Posted in Places, San Diego

Find your opening

Sometimes it may seem there is nothing but darkness all around you. Look for the small opening and take your chances. Find Your Opening

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Soup; Step by Step in Photos


Fall is upon us, and one of my favorite fall-time recipies is a Wild Mushroom Soup. This one is awesome. I started with about a pound of chanterelle mushrooms, added carrots, onions and a bunch of other stuff and topped it with liquid sex. Um, I meant Black Truffle Oil. Holy Smokes!

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What goes better together?


What goes better together than bacon and chocolate? My life is one step closer to zen, for I have found a dark chocolate and bacon candy bar at Cost Plus. Eating now, can’t type.

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Sleep With One Eye Open

© 2010 Copyright Marc Balanky

I guess this duck was pretty tired.

He let me get close enough to take several photos.  I think this one turned out the best.

Posted in Animals, San Diego

Falling or Floating

Falling or Floating

Falling or Floating

I decided I needed a new self-portrait.

You see, self-portraits are what you get when a photographer can’t get anybody to pose for them.

I decided on a different approach for this photo.  I wanted to get an image that would look like I was floating, or falling, depending on how you look at it. And YES, I am really in this photo.

How did I do it?  I’m not telling.

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Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em

Smoke 'em if you got 'em

Smoke 'em if you got 'em

You ever wonder what droids do when you are not looking? Wonder no more. Even R2D2 gets into the act.
Dirty Droids, That is a filthy habit. I should wash your mouth out with oil.

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Star Wars on Blu-ray

Star Wars by Marc Balanky

Star Wars by Marc Balanky

Ok, if you know anything about me, you know I am a huge Star Wars geek.  I saw all 6 of the original releases in theaters. I have a Darth Tater Potato Head on my desk. I have even played with the idea of dressing up as a Jedi or Storm Trooper on Halloween and at Comic-Con.

The one thing that fans have been asking since the inception of high definition TVs is the re-release of Star Wars in the shiny new format.

Well Star Geeks, your time is here…  almost.

The new Blu-ray movies (all 6) will come out fall of 2011.

Star Wars detail shot

Star Wars detail shot

The disks will include tons of bonus content, including the original cut intro of Return of the Jedi. Sweet.

So, in celebration of the new disks I created this image with the help of my sons toys.

No, I swear they are his.

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Ballast Point Sculpin IPA

Ballast Point Sculpin IPA

Ballast Point Sculpin IPA

If you are a beer fan (I mean a REAL beer fan) and love Pliny the Elder or Younger, you need to try Ballast Point Sculpin IPA. This beer is my favorite local beer. It might be my favorite beer of all time. Maybe. It is brewed

right here in sunny San Diego, the Beer Capitol of the WORLD. This beer was always offered as a limited release, meaning you could only get it at certain times of the year.

It has nice hop bitterness, immediately followed by some fresh pine with mango and orange hints. Hints, I said. Not overly fruity. Do NOT fruit this beer. No orange slices or limes needed.

More good news boys and girls…

Here is the new label and it does not say “Limited Release”! That is right. This glass of pure hoppy gold is now available any time you want it. Beer Advocate gives it an A. You have to give it a try.

Posted in Beer, San Diego