Working, working, working....

September 21, 2006

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Haven't posted in a while becuase things got a little wild at work. We have recently announced that we are going to be chaning partners for the PGA TOUR site. Starting Jan. 1, 2007, we will be with Turner. Ideally I would have had 6-8 months to do the migration. Insead I get a little over three. So, that pretty much shots any other plans I had for the rest of the year. Makes it really unlikely that I'll make it to a Bama game this year. Also, there will be very few days of vacation for the holidays. Oh well…. All of that is also to say that the frequency with which I post has been off for a while and will likely continue to be so for a bit. Same thing for the photography and the I.R. work. Please note, I'm not really complaining about this, as I'm really looking forward to the process. The timeline is just so short that a lot of other things are gonna have to be put on the back burner for a while.


IR Proofs

September 03, 2006

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Here is the first real batch of Infra Red shots that I took a few weeks ago. It's a raggae band named "De Lions of Jah" playing out a bar called Spare Time. I had one strobe on the camera with an infrared filter over it and was shooting with it on manual. I would change either the flash output or the aperature depending on how far away from the subject I was. Even after a fair amount of drinking it was pretty easy to get a good guess on the distance/power quickly. Of course, what really helped things was the ability to get a quick review on the LCD screen.

Here's the proofs.

One interesting thing about the IR shooting is that things tend to change "color". Or, at least grayscale value. For instance, this guy was wearing a black shirt.


The Illusionist

September 03, 2006

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Saw "The Illusionist" this weekend. Very enjoyable film. There was surprisingly little music in it, but that didn't detract from it. The movie really was all about the story and didn't try to use special effects, or try to be overly dramatic. It's one of those films that you don't have to see in the movie theater to get the "full experience", but it's probably worth it anyway. At a minimum, it's worth seeing when it hits DVD.


A few proof sets

August 31, 2006

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I've finally gotten around to building my new "gallery" web page tool. Of course, since I'm a web geek this actually involved transfering my site to a new server, building my own personal PHP framework, setting up a staging server, building a deployer from the stage to the production site, constructing a script on the production server to unwrap the content sent over by the deployer, and, of course, the gallery templates them selves. Could I have simply downloaded a peice of software to do this for me, or use photoshop to auto generate them, or just used flickr? Sure, but none of those are really my style. Why do something that easy when you can create a ton of work for yourself? Yes. I'm that much of a geek. All of that is also to say that the galleries themselves are pretty bare at the moment. Someday I'll jazz them up a little, but probalby not too much. I'm a big fan of the simple approach to display. Anyways, here's a few from shoots that I've done out at Freebird. If you've looked at my stuff before, you've probably seen these before: Victor Wooten Galactic Mofro Johnny A. Now that all that is done, one of the next steps is to get my IR stuff posted. I hope to do that over the long weekend.


Killing the IE Clicking Sound

August 31, 2006

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I use Mozilla FireFox most of the time, but have to check stuff I'm working on in IE (since it has the vast majority of the market place). One thing that has alwasy bugged me is the "click" sound you get every time you go to a new page, or a page refreshes. Someone just told me the way to kill the sound. This works in Windows XP at least, but it may be the same for other Windows machines. - Under your "Start" menu, select "Settings" then "Control Panels". -  Choose the "Sounds and Audio Devices" control panel and open it up. -  Select the "Sounds" tab inside the control panel. - In the "Program Events" scorlling window, Find the "Start Navigation" element under "Windows Explorer" and change it sound to "None". You know, because, that was easy to find…..


Non-Verbal Communication

August 30, 2006

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At the grocery store today I saw two guys talking in the aisle. The trick is that one of them was deaf and the other was using the text feature on his cell to type messages. I've seen that done on TV before, but it was the first time I've seen it in public. I don't know sign language which would have made it much more difficult for me to communication with a deaf person before. It's apropos that the cell phone was being used as the communication link, but I doubt that was what the folks who thought up text messaging were really thinking of. Nice example of people making tech their own.


Blog has moved

August 29, 2006

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If you notice anything odd going on with the blog, I just moved servers for my site…. Hopefully nothing will break….


Visual Basic.NET and FTP

August 29, 2006

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I'm messing around with a little Visual Basic.NET. It seems that there is no native FTP functionality in it. That just sucks as it's what I need to do. There is a set of example code that microsoft has on their site here, that i'm starting to experiment with. There is one error in the code, but I've at least gotten it to connect….. Good thing the internet is here.


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