Raving With Lasers

August 05, 2012

I don't frequent clubs but ended up at one last night called TSI1. There's some nice lighting in there.

I shot these with my Canon S1002. I was just messing around last night, but now I want to go back and shoot for real. Time to go buy some glow sticks.

Links and Notes

  1. Club TSI - According to their website: North Florida's Premiere Dance Club. I don't have anywhere near enough knowledge on the subject to know if that's true. I can say the light show is well done.

  2. Canon S100 - My current everyday carry camera. If you're looking for a point and shoot, I can vouch for this one. It's great.

Never Be An Asshole

August 04, 2012

My iteration on the "Always Be Batman" meme.

Infringement In Sound Clouds Terms

August 03, 2012

Some derivative of the word "infringe" occurs 29 times in the Sound Cloud Terms of Use.

I'd be interested to hear stats on the amount of stuff they find that infringes. And I'd be more interested to hear about the number of cases where a third party permits the infringing material to stay up.

In Which I Pretend To Be A Time Lord

August 03, 2012

Two days ago, Techno-Geek Nerd Princess1 make a late afternoon post saying the TARDIS2 had been spotted at Jacksonville's Downtown ArtWalk. Her actual words were: "SOMEONE NEEDS TO GO TO ARTWALK WITH ME AND TAKE A PICTURE!!!!"

Alan to the rescue3.

We met up, found the TARDIS and chatted a bit with the 17 year old student of Douglas Anderson School of the Arts7 student named Abby 6. She built the TARDIS last year when she was in the 11th grade4. She was, of course, cool with people taking pictures. I surprised her with my dedication to getting a good TARDIS shot when I broke out my gear. Tripod, light stand, wireless strobe, umbrella. The works5. We spent the next hour shooting on and off while letting other folks get their shots as well.

I couldn't be happier with the results.

Self portrait as a Time Lord.

Techno-Geek Nerd Princess checking to see where the TARDIS landed this time.

Techno-Geek Nerd Princess with a Sonic Screwdriver. Me with a Not Sonic Screwdriver

Sonic or not, I'm sure it'll work.

In case you're wondering where I fall on the geek spectrum, not only did I go through the hassle of setting up a full lighting setup for the shot. You are seeing the first time in 2012 that I've worn a tie. I put it on for the sole purpose of taking these shots.

If you're interested in finding out how to get the TARDIS to show up at your place, check out the Facebook page for details.

Links and Notes

  1. Techno-Geek Nerd Princess - The ramblings of a self-professed internetophile chick. To whom I owe a drink for letting me know the TARDIS was in town.

  2. If you've ever been a fan of Doctor Who you're already familiar with the TARDIS. For the uninitiated, she's a fantastic time machine who's bigger on the inside. Evidence of the prominence in geek society is the extended length of the TARDIS Wikipedia page.

  3. Like I wouldn't have gone anyway once I knew the TARDIS was there.

  4. I was no where near ambitious enough to build a TARDIS in high school. Good on her for kicking ass so early in life.

  5. I should have shot the lighting setup. I was so excited about the TARDIS I completely forgot. There was nothing special about it. Just an umbrella on a stand with occasional fill light from an on camera strobe. The reason I should have shot it was for the entertainment value of seeing it in the middle of the ArtWalk.

  6. I updated the post with additional info about Abby provided via a commenter below.

  7. Douglas Anderson School of the Arts - A Jacksonville Public School for students grades 9 through 12 with a desire for intensive study in the arts. That place sounds awesome. My high school wasn't that cool overall, but our band program kicked ass. I'd be a much less intersting person if I hadn't been in it.

I Need To Eat Better And Get More Exercise

August 03, 2012

Just took an "Online Health Assessment" for work. Here's an overview of the results.

Coming as a surprise to no one, the tech guy needs to eat better and do some more exercise. I'm a little better off on the exercise line though. One of the factors was this set of questions:

They aren't taking into account that I have a Geek Desk that converts between sitting/standing and I stand for about half the day. That's gotta be worth something.

Printer Error

August 02, 2012

For anyone who's ever wondered what a printer error looks like, here you go:

I didn't pay attention to the memo, but I'm pretty sure this isn't what the new TPS reports cover is supposed to look like.

Of course, no internet post about printer errors would be complete with out the Office Space scenes.

I never figured out how to get the printer that created the gobbledigook working. Luckily, there is one other in the office that works for me. If that one dies, I'm going paperless whether I like it or not.

Fifteen Years Later

August 01, 2012

Fifteen years ago today, my father passed away after a mercifully brief bout with cancer. He was only diagnosed the month before. That gave him enough time to set his affairs in order without having to endure protracted suffering. I thought then – and still believe now – that having a month's warning is about the best one can hope for when your time inevitably comes.

I was fortunate to be with my dad – holding his hand – when he shuffled off this mortal coil. At his request, his body was donated to science. Two years later, when his remains were returned, we laid him to rest in the columbarium at Arlington National Cemetery. This June I made my first visit since his memorial. Today seems like a great day to post this photo I took on that trip.

Life is short. Sometimes much shorter than you would have guessed. Remember this and get off your tail. Go make or do something your kin will be proud of after you're gone.

Twitter Is Making Me A Better Writer

July 31, 2012

Much of the writing advice I've heard centers around using fewer words. Twitter's 140 character limit exercises the editing-to-reduce-size muscles nicely. For example, here is the scratchpad I just used to write a tweet.

Whittling down a tweet.

Seeing it like this, I realized that editing is to writing what taking multiple shots of a scene is to photography. It gives you lots of versions from which to choose the best one.

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