Bugs in my head

September 23, 2006

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Odd things going on in my head today. I woke up around 5am at which time the fridge just happened to be running its cooling cycle. It's one of those noises you don't notice until it stops. It went off shortly after I woke up, but was still lying in bed. Once it was quite there was effectively no noise in the house and no cars other environmental noise from the outside. Almost immediately I heard what sounded like very very faint radio static coming from my ceiling. Puzzled, I walked into a couple different rooms but couldn't get a line on where it was coming from. After I verified that there wasn't anything on in the house that would cause it I opened a window to see if it was something from outside. As soon as I did this the ambient noise from the rustling of the trees washed out the static. The trees aren't loud at all, and you wouldn't notice them unless you were specifically listening for them or something else very quite. At this point, I got a little nervous as my mind jumped to : what if I somehow got termites (despite the termite bond) and I'm hearing them eat my house? Slightly freaked, I put my ear to the wall in several places, but the sound didn't seem to be coming from there. After walking around a little more I stopped in the living room and tried a little experiment and tightly covered both my ears with my palms. Sure enough, I could still hear the sound. In fact, it was a little louder. So, the sound is, quite literally, all in my head. With most peoples ears, if you get into a virtually silent environment, you will hear a slight ringing. From what I gather this can be either tinnitus or your ear just making up something to send to your brain since it doesn't have anything else to send. I've never had this happen with a sound more like static though. I've had a head cold, so I wonder if this has anything to do with it. It's probably that, or the fillings in my teeth are picking up radio waves….. By the way, you should try putting your ear up against a wall that has an exterior face. It's wild what you can hear. In my case, it was the highway that's probably two miles away.


New Photo Storage Philosiphy

September 23, 2006

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I really don't like deleting things off of a computer. You can never be quite sure that you won't need whatever it is that you are throwing away again. This has been causing me a little anxiety when it comes to my digital image files. Currently, I download images off my CF cards to my computer. From there I burn them to a DVD. I'm starting to make two copies and am using high grade media recommended by C.J. The problem I'm running into is that even with a 300GB drive I have to delete files from the computer itself at a rather fast rate. Even though I'm not really shooting that much at roughly 12MB per image that the 5D produces it's easy to eat through storage space in a hurry. I'm fairly confident in the DVDs, but they are a pain to get back to if I ever need to find old ones. So, the new setup that I've decided to go with is to get external drives to store the photos. I'll still make the backup DVDs, but instead of moving the images to the internal hard drive, I'll move them to the external one. Once a drive is full, I'll just unplug it and put a new one in. No more deleting images from the magnetic media. An added benefit of this will be that I'll have at least two copies in two different media (one DVD and one hard drive) of my images. Also, for those times when I need to pull an image from the archive it'll be much easier to just drop in the drive than sorting thru CDs. I haven't done the pricing yet, but I think it's going to be least expensive to by a regular internal hard drive and then an external case seperately. From a quick look, it seems that there is a real premium if you buy the external setup that's prebuilt. I'll post later with what I decide, but I'm already feeling more relaxed about file storage. Beats me why I didn't think of this sooner.


HTTrack - Website Copier

September 23, 2006

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If you ever need to make a copy of a web site to keep on your local machine, you can use HTTrack. It grabs local copies of the files require to render the site and converts them so that you can browse the site offline on your computer. Great for things like documentation sites that you want to be able to use when you are on your computer but away from an internet connection.


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…..


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