Farewell McNulty, Bubbles, Lester, Omar, Kima, Bunk...

March 11, 2008

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… and the rest of the crew on The Wire. I'm bad about doing the "What's your favorite Movie/Song/Album/Show" game, but the Wire would easily be in the top list of shows. If you haven't watched it go rent the DVDs starting with season 1. It's paced and told differently and has a more amorphous scope than most shows. So, if you don't like it at first, give it at least 5-6 episodes before you bail. A key element that drives my liking of the show is that there the line between good and bad can get really fuzzy. In the fifth and last season, there were several times I was worried that they were taking this a little too far. That they were getting so far out there, that they wouldn't be able to get back. I'm happy to report that, for the most part, this wasn't the case. While by no means at the top, the final episode was pretty high up there on the awesome scale. There were some thing in the story line that I didn't like in terms of where they ended up, but they all kept to the tone of the show. It was more about the characters and feeling like you wished that things turned out better for them. So, empathy for the characters inside the story and not feeling short changed by the creators of the story. That's a tough thing to pull off. I didn't notice the title of the episode till I was looking up the spelling of a name on the HBO web site. The last one was called "—30—" which is a great node to the newspaper industry (which the last season has a heavy focu on) where articles and press releases often end with that string. Here's a fun little page about ending with that. Apparently no one is sure where the origin is, but the one I heard was alway to signify the end of a story over a transmission. In that light, it's a perfect title for a damn fine ending.


P.S. one thing that I really didn't like about the last season was the episode count.

  • Season 1 - 13 Episodes
  • Season 2 - 12 Episodes
  • Season 3 - 12 Episodes
  • Season 4 - 13 Episodes
  • Season 5 - 10 Episodes

Not cool with the shorter. Might have been the writer's strike, but I don't care. I want those 2-3 episodes back.


Not Broken

March 05, 2008

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So, I shot a wedding for a couple of friends on Saturday. Overall, it went very well. At least I think it did. I'm not sure yet since I haven't pulled down the images yet. I'm in the process of cleaning up my digital photo archive and want to get that done before I throw more images in. Anyway, one not so fun part of the evening is when my I was adjusting my camera on it's tripod and didn't have the tilt locked in. The result was the camera, while staying attached to the tripod pitched forward with basically all its weight and smashed my left pointer finger between it and the tripod. Hurt pretty bad, but I was able to keep shooting without much issue. If it had been my right hand I would have had to taken a couple quick shots of whiskey to dull the pain to be able to keep shooting since it would have been my shutter pressing finger. By the end of the night, the finger had swollen a decent amount and started to turn a little blue/gray. One of the guys at the wedding was a doctor and said I should take it in a get X-rayed. He said it was unlikely that it was serious but if it did break and did it a certain way it could cause some pretty serious issues. The good news for me is that according to the doctor I saw today, it's not broken. Just need to keep some ice on it when I can. Take some ibuprofen for the swelling and keep a little finger guard on it so I don't keep knocking it into things. Interesting things in this experience:

  • My doctor at the clinic looked exactly like Teller from Penn and Teller. He wore glasses, didn't do magic and, of course, talked, so I'm pretty sure it wasn't him but I suppose that could have been the trick.
  • The little exam room had a TV with cable and a remote in it. It's a great touch. Instead of that awkward just sitting and waiting on the little bench with the roll of paper on it, I channel surfed. Made for a much more comfortable wait.
  • I asked for the X-ray which they let me have. I don't think I've seen an X-ray of myself before. The only time I can think of that I'ce had an X-ray was before I was going up in a ROTC helicopter to shoot photos for a story in my college paper. They made me have an X-ray of my teeth so they had my dental records to match in case the thing went down. It's really odd to see an X-ray of part of my body. I've seen a few other X-rays before of other people, but this is the first time I've "seen" my own bones. They are much smaller than I would have thought.

So, the main outcome of all that is that I'm finally going to get a ball head for my tripod instead of the one I have now where you have to lock down three gears or risk serious injury.


Acronyms

March 04, 2008

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The other day, I forgot the word "acronym". The closest I could come up with was "abbreviation". I use acronyms all the time, but rarely call them by their title. It was a weird experience. I tried to search for it on the google, but had no luck. Nothing I described in my search worked out. I kept getting actual acronyms, but never what they were called. It just clicked back in place for some reason. Use it or lose it, I suppose.


More Hands - Daft this time

February 27, 2008

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In the spirit of the hand clapping from the earlier post. Here's another hand related vid that's just fun. And groovy. It takes a min to get going, hangs out for a bit in the realm of intresting, then gets just a bit crazy. I'm not sure which came first, the hands or the bodies, but this one is also fun: I doubt I have either the fine or gross motor skills to pull of either one of these. Makes me wonder how many takes it took to produce these since there's no cuts. I'd like to think it was just one for each.


Wedding Excuse

February 27, 2008

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I'm shooting the wedding of a couple of friends on Sat. This works out well because there are a few photo related things that I've been wanting to pick up for a while. Since I haven't really been shooting (or even really had a chance to shoot) in the past while I couldn't really justify getting the stuff. With a wedding though, easy call. I've also been working tonight to actually get my recently built computer setup to edit/work-on photos. Pretty darn excited about that.


Dilbert

February 23, 2008

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I saw Dilert a few times when I was in College. Didn't find it funny at all. I now work in a fairly corporate environment and find it funny way more often than not. This is one from the other day that I really enjoyed. image Since I'm the tech guy and the majority of what I work on is Greek to the rest of the staff, I figured it would be a good one to print out and stick on my door. It's probably obvious, but I should point out that "Framistan" and "Gabol" are made up terms. This also reminds me of some people that I've worked with before that pretended to know a lot more about technology than they actually did. I would occasionally make up fake technology terms or abbreviations, combine them with real terms and ask things like, "You know how Rapid-Q2 XML delivery works, right?" The answer would invariably be "Of Course!" with a bit of that tone that implies insult by asking such a silly question. Neat trick since Rapid-Q2 isn't anything.


Speed and Angels

February 18, 2008

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Looking forward to seeing this one: speedandangels.com. It looks like Top Gun (which gets referenced a few times in the clips.) Except that it's a documentary. One of the clips in the previews has a recording of a pilots first launch off an aircraft carrier. Sounds exactly like what I think would be going thru my head, but I'd probably be too freaked to get the signal to my brain.


Excellence in almost anything tends to amaze

February 11, 2008

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I've said before that even if I'm not into something at all, I pretty much always like seeing examples of excellence in any category. Some folks I've met aren't like this. If something is outside of their normal orbit, they aren't interested or aren't willing to think about what it takes to excel. Thanks to the good ol' net, we can be exposed to excellence we would likely have never seen before. (Assuming it gets found in all the crap.) Take for example, hand clapping. It wouldn't have occurred to me to think about excellence in that field. Glad I followed the link to this just to see it though. Of course, I think it's easier to appreciate excellence in something that we can all understand or do. I can clap, but I sure can't do it like that guy. I don't have any desire to, but I'm still happy I saw it. I'm sure a ton of folks will make fun of the guy and the video, but mocking is easy.


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