New Year's Sunrise

January 01, 2013

I woke up early this morning for no good reason, but decided to use the time productively. Since it's New Year's day, I figured a nice way to start things off would be to head to the beach for sunrise. So, I did just that and took some photos.

Personal comfort must often be sacrificed in the service of getting a shot. That proved to be the case today. In order to get the nice reflection off the wet sand, I had to position myself below the tide line. It wasn't too cold this morning, but it certainly wasn't what I would normally consider "beach weather".

I was shooting off a tripod which itself presented another photo opportunity. Here's the meta photo of a camera taking a photo.

The water only ever got up to my shins. I could have gone deeper without much problem. My tripod wouldn't have faired so well. Much farther and I'd have had to disassemble the thing to clean it. I wasn't quite up for that today. Incidentally, if you want to buy me a present, the Gitzo Ocean Traveler would be nice. It's designed for working on beaches and can be submerged. Of course, at two grand, it cost more than most peoples' cameras.


Trading Fours With Jaime

Posted: August 29, 2012 - Updated: December 31, 2012

I've known Dr. Jaime Wright since we were in the third grade. We both love music, but have different titles in our respective collections. We've decided to send each other four tracks each month that we think the other should have. This page will track the history of our exchanges. (You'll need Spotify if you want to listen in.)

Alan -> Jaime Jaime -> Alan
December 2012
The History

Jaime also picked "Sugarking" by Bob Schneider but it's not currently available in Spotify.


Gridlock - Photo for October 31, 2012

October 31, 2012

Work on Southbound 95 around Jacksonville will last beyond the heat death of the universe.


Why Did The Snowy Egret Cross The Road - Photo for October 30, 2012

October 30, 2012

Following in the footsteps of his cousin, Chicken.


Rusted A/C - Photo for October 29, 2012

October 29, 2012

I've always heard that after ten years, you can start expecting things to go wrong with a house. My house is now ten years old and sure enough, my A/C started leaking freon. The radiator (shown here) had rusted to the point where a few pin hole leaks developed. Patching was theoretically possible, but wouldn't stop more holes from forming. It was at this point that I discovered the regulations on freon have changed and, because of that, they no longer make replacement coils for my A/C. The net result: I've now got an entirely new A/C. Thankfully, I was ready for this particular expense.

I've been doing my own version of Dave Ramsey's Financial Baby Steps since college. Every month, my bank automatically transfers a little money into an "Emergency Fund" account. I don't touch this account unless I run into an unexpected expense that I can't otherwise cover. (Like, say, needing a new A/C.) I had enough to cover the cost of the new unit. If you don't already have an emergency fund, I highly recommend setting one up with an automatic transfer. Like contributing to your retirement, very soon after you setup the automatic transfer, you'll adjust and won't miss it at all. It doesn't have to be much either. $50/month will net you $1,200 after two years. Just a little longer and you'll be able to replace an A/C without having to go into (or further into) debt.


156 Pounds - Photo for October 28, 2012

October 28, 2012

I weight 156 lbs. At least, according to this scale. Ever since reading The Hacker's Diet, I've been tracking my weight. One way I do this is by taking a photo of the scale every morning. I then go back at my leisure and actually log my weight into a real system. Normally, I wouldn't post these, but somehow I managed to go the entire day without taking another photo. So, this will have to do for today's shot.

Incidentally, if you want to lose weight, I can recommend "The Hacker's Diet." Especially if you have a geek/hacker's mind. Thanks to my sedentary life and poor diet, I had hit 180 lbs. and was still trending upward. The book gave me the simple info necessary to reverse the trend. Of course, simple does not mean easy. To lose weight, you're going to be hungry. That's not fun, but when you understand what's going on and have a goal, it'a easier to bare.


Apparently, they still teach cursive - Photo for October 27, 2012

October 27, 2012

We can't be that far away from the day when only artists use cursive, right?


Sunset - Photo for October 26, 2012

October 26, 2012

Nice October Sky.


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