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Happy New Year!

Saturday, December 31st, 2005

Happy new year to all you out there on the web! IT’s been a dry week for posting to my blogs, but I’ve been enjoying myself and my vacation – it’s a good thing! Christmas was nice, and I’ve spent the last week on my couch playing Dragon Quest VIII – it really is quite a fantastic game.

Brien and I are about to hop off to Jason’s for a NYE party. It should be fun – check my Flickr stream tomorrow for some pics! Next week will see a new design for Futurist Now, and my sisters wedding!

The Seattle Public Library

Thursday, December 22nd, 2005

Vacation is going well! Today Alex and I went down to the Seattle Public Library to shoot some photos. I number of them came out quite well – check out the Flickr set, or the Flickr group I just made.

I’m taking quite well to not thinking about work. My stress levels are doing much better then they have been for the last couple of months. I think another week of this will certinaly do me well.

The vacation begins

Wednesday, December 21st, 2005

My vacation is off to a roaring start. After closing that deal yesterday I got to take our new consultant to lunch today. The moment he walked into the resturant I was pleasantly surprised to discover why his name sounded familiar: we had knowen each others from years back and have met at various events – we have a number of mutual friends.

After lunch I took one of my Christmas presents – a Best Buy gift certificate – and put in a little bit of money for myself to get a Christmas present. I got a Canon SD400 so that I would have both an easily pocketed camera as well as something to act as a backup in case my 10D ever decides to go tits up again.

I’m pretty impressed with the SD400 at the moment. It’s obviously nothing compared to the 10D but still packs a pretty decent little punch. One surprising little feature is “selective color”. Using that feature lets you select a color in the scene to keep and drop everything else out. As you can see from the photo above it can lead to some striking photos. It’s easy to do after the fact in Photoshop but still a nice little quirk.

Jake and Tres joined me for dinner tonight, then Brien joined us after to watch War Games. God – I had not seen it in ages and had forgotten how cool of a movie it was.

Al-Anon cartoons

Wednesday, December 21st, 2005

Ethan has put together a nifty site containing all of the Al-Anon comic strips published in yesteryear. Great site to browse around in and funny as all hell. By reading these you can learn how to hide your booze, and drive a car as well as other essential life skills.

Flickr PRO!

Tuesday, December 20th, 2005

A while back I wrote about experimenting with Flickr again. I was curious as to if Flickr would stick in my life or be another fleeting internet meme.

It looks like the jury is in – I’m hooked enough that I just plunked down the $24/yr for a pro membership so that I can upload and organize to my hearts content. Go Flickr, GO!

I <3 my photostream!

Christmas lights

Monday, December 19th, 2005

I have a serious case of holidayitis. I really just want to get on with my vacation. Luckily I only have one more day of work to endure (and it could be a bang of a deal day too) before I am free. Tomorrow will hopefully be blessedly quick and then I can get to catching up on so many things.

Tonight Brien helped distract me by taking me with some friends of his to go see Christmas lights. We were rather underwhelmed with them, but they were kind of pretty and made for some interesting shots.

I was out much later than I planned however and Skype was quite sullen about it. I really need to work on being around for him more on weeknights. Luckily he will get two full weeks of daddy time to help make up for it!

Latte art: caffeine in action

Saturday, December 17th, 2005

Check out the latte art page that geekpress just turned me on to – lots of cool things baristas have managed to do with the foam on your cuppa jo! Makes me wish I had an espresso machine just so I could experiment with the art du coffee!

The simple life

Saturday, December 17th, 2005

This strange thing happens to me every time I go home to Walla Walla to visit my family: I yearn for the simple life. Without fail every time I set foot in my sleepy little home town I for a moment want to move back.

Now mind you – it’s usually gone within a day or two of me leaving Walla Walla, or if I stay for a week or so it’s gone by the time I leave, but still the simple life calls out to me.

Why don’t I do it? Why don’t I take advantage of an easy life with low cost of living? The answer is as simple as the yearning – Walla Walla is too boring for me. It’s simple with no pressures or stress yet at the same time offers nothing to do.

I just sat down and talked with a very long time friend of mine. I’ve known him since I was of a single digit age, and he’s done the Walla Walla to Seattle to Walla Walla living situation similar to mine, but now he’s back in Walla Walla. When I hear him talk about his life I’m jealous – it’s easy, involves no stress, and he gets by just fine without a car. He on the other hand is bored to tears and can’t wait until he gets his act together to move back to a big city again.

I guess the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. There is no ultimate solution for the likes of me. At least I know that I’ll always have Walla Walla to retire to if I end up an old boring fart.

Weirdest optical illusion I’ve seen in a while

Saturday, December 17th, 2005

Optical Squares

Look at the image. How different are the shades of gray for squares A and B? Believe it or not they are exactly the same color even though square A looks much darker than square B. I didn’t believe it when I saw it either so I dropped it into photoshop and low and behold – it’s true! I wonder what mechanism tricks our brains into thinking this way.

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