I don't know about you, but I'm tired of the Terror

August 28, 2006

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I'm hoping that eventually the "always looking for the next thing" spirit will move us away from the constant Terror, Terror, Terror thing, but that may be wishful thinking. By and large, I agree with this article and hope that We All can stop harping on this shit so much. But, ratings are ratings and fear sells where sex won't (or is at least heavily frowned upon), so I don't know how likely it is in the near future.


QQQDirect

August 27, 2006

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I was looking for a NASDAQ index fund and came across this article about QQQDirect. It is a commission free way to do dollar-cost investing in a NASDAQ tracking "spider" stock. If you aren't already investing in your 401K at work, or ROTH IRA, start that first. But, if you are looking for a long term investing option outside of a retirement account, this is a good one. The fact that there is no commision is great, as all the money you put in will work for you. And the fee for maintaing the stock is incredibly low. If you put $50/month in this at the average return is 8% (a conservative estimate), you'll have a little over $73,000 in thirty years.


Lazy

August 27, 2006

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I've been being lazy with my blog or late. A bunch of stuff picked up at work and I've been trying to get a bunch of other things in life in order and I just haven't written anything. This is kinda the way I am though. A little bit bi-polar when it comes to things. I get focused on something and do it a lot, then move away from it for a while. Anyways, there should be some more posting soon. I still need to get my write up of the Infrared done, and get the full photo galley posted. I'm, once again, building my own web gallery template/system which is also holding up the process. Even though there are a ton of ways out there that I could pull one off the shelf and have saved a ton of time and already had everything posted they don't work EXACTLY the way I want. They are probalby 80-90%, but for what I want, the real refinement of that last 10-20% is important to me. Plus, I get a lot of enjoyment out of building the system.


Back in my day, we didn't have the internet

August 08, 2006

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It's a good thing the world wide web wasn't around when I was in high school. Especially not in the state it is today. I did enough stupid shit on my own, but with inspiration like this, there is a very high probability that I would have ended up killing myself in a manner worthy of a Darwin Award.


V

August 05, 2006

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Just watched V for Vendetta. Moving aside for a moment the fact that I find Natalie Portman mesmerizing, I think the film is wonderful. Fantasy and fiction provide us with a great way to examine ourselves and this one has that in spades. Thankfully without becoming preachy, campy, overly self-important, or sacrificing the quality of a story. This one will be added to the collection.


Awesome: The IR camera works better than expected

August 05, 2006

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I took the recently converted to Infrared 10D out to a bar last night to start putting it through its paces with a little band photography. When I have a chance I'll do a write up about everything, but one of the key points is that the flash setup worked pretty much as expected. For example: Infrared band trail run photo 1 What was surprising, was that for the most part, I didn't actually need the flash. The lights weren't that bright (and I forgot to get an actual meter reading), but apparently the stage lights put out a ton of IR and the color gels don't block it much at all. This makes sense now that I think about because stage lights naturally get really hot. My guess is the gels are specifically designed to allow Infrared to pass to help keep them from getting even hotter. Anyway, this was shot at ISO 800 - f/5.0 at 1/80 sec. Infrared band trail run photo 2 The meter in the camera was saying that it was greater than 2 stops under exposed. Hopefully, I'll remember next time to actually get an accurate visible light meter reading for comparison sake. Anyway, I'll be posting more when I've had a chance to edit them down and get a full write-up to push to the world for prosperity's sake.


Blog may go bye bye for a bit

August 02, 2006

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I'm about to move my site from one host to another. In this process, I'm probably going to break lots of stuff, including the blog. So, it may disapper for a little while. Hopefully, I'll get everything moved and put back together relatively quickly.


Richer Blacks

August 01, 2006

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This one surprised me. I have been getting some test prints from online labs to run some comparisons. One company (MPix) has amoung its offerings the ability to output onto true black and white paper. I ordered a copy of of the same black and white print that I had output on color paper from whcc on the MPix black and white paper. Turns out, the color paper has a deeper black and a little bit better 'pop' to it. My world contines to be turned upside down by this digitial thing. The print on color paper is a little bit cooler than the true black and white paper, but it's very slight and in no way objectionable. And this doesn't even get into the fact that since it's color paper, most any tone could be applied easily. So, another vote for whcc.


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