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Monday, January 16th, 2006

I feel very numb inside: shortly after getting in to work my mom called me to let me know that my grandma has passed away. She had been very sick in the hospital with pneumonia but we had all been hoping she would pull through.

It still happened to recently to really sort out my emotions but I must say this is bittersweet. My grandma has been fighting with crippling and painful arthritis for most of her life, and in recent years her health has gone significantly down hill. I must say that her passing must have been a welcome relief from her pain, although hard on the rest of us.

Rest in peace Grandma – we all love you and will miss you deeply.

FlipChoad meet your little brother MiniChoad

Sunday, January 15th, 2006

It’s been a relaxing and fun weekend. I’ve watched a lot of television, and continued my conquest of re-encoding all of my videos into h.264. I’ve put in a few more hours on touching up all the photo’s of Janet’s wedding and hope to have all the post production work within another couple of weeks.

On Saturday I decided that I needed a smaller phone and a second line of service so that I could always have an optimal device with a good trade off between form factor and functionality. I ended up settling on the Cingular 2125, which has Windows Mobile 5.0 just like my Qtek 9100, and makes email/sms decently easy (aside from it’s lack of a QWERTY keyboard). Even though both devices share most of the same specifications (processor, screen resolution, network support, RAM) the smartphone based 2125 seems much more responsive, and with it’s antenna sled it has far superior reception for both voice and data.

Today made for a Costco run with Brien. We both got lots of frozen foodstuffs, and went in on some ready to cook food for tonight. Now I’m sitting here in a food coma, blogging before I let sleep take me.

On that note…

Shiv Alley

Friday, January 13th, 2006

Last night was fun – Brien, Skype, and myself all went down to Jake and Tres’ new place in Shiv Alley (Pioneer Square) for some arts, crafts, and pizza.

After a viewing of some of the best moments of Logans Run we made worry dolls out of threat and some cat5 cable. Talk about gayness!

I have to admit – I’m a little jealous about their new place. I don’t really like the location, but the loft is amazing. It’s roomy, and has great textures to photograph. Skype of course loved having all of the extra room to romp about in.

Big day for everyone

Tuesday, January 10th, 2006

It’s a big day for me because I’m back in the office for my first full day after 2.5 weeks out relaxing. It’s nice to be back and un-burying myself from the deluge of email that arrived while I was gone. We have some big goals for my company in 2006 and I’m excited to be a part of them!

It’s a big day for the rest of the world because the Macbooks were just announced by Apple (Intel Powerbooks that are 4x faster) and Google has released Google Earth for the Mac.

Whoot! Now I just need to figure out how to get my hands on a spare $3.5k so that I can get myself a Macbook. I’m half tempted to wait for the next revision though so that I can get more than 2Gb of RAM in the thing – come on Apple, you know we need our 4Gb fix!

Wedding bells again

Saturday, January 7th, 2006

Today Janet Toews and David Cowan joined hands in marriage. It was a beautiful ceremony and I couldn’t be more happy for the two of them. Dave is a great guy and I’m sure he and Janet will enjoy a long and prosperous life together. I took a ton of pictures at the wedding – you can check out the Flickr wedding photoset if you want to see more of them. This is another shot I considered putting up on the blog, but ended up settling on the laughing one because I thought it conveyed more joy.

Now I’m laying in bed in my hotel after trimming 700 photos down to the 91 in the site. I have a lot of processing work to do, but I wanted to get the images up quickly so that Janet could send them to her friends.

I’ve got a flight to catch in the morning and have to wake up in less than 4 hours. Insomnia sucks yo!

Old Phone

Friday, January 6th, 2006

A quick post of an image I shot today. I really like this subject – it’s an antique phone in the Gale Mansion where my sister is getting married. It’s from the 30′s and still installed into a nook in the wall. Tomorrow with better light I want to shoot this a bit more and see if I can get some bgetter depth out of it.


Friday, January 6th, 2006

Today sure started off crummy, but it ended on a decent note. My phone is still FUBAR, and I suspect that QTEK is going to be involved to get it fixed, but aside from that everything was surprisingly fun. My sister and Dave had their wedding rehearsal and I got a chance to meet a lot of his family.

I’m actually kind of looking forward to the wedding – although not as much as I’m looking forward to being home in my own bed. I suffer hotel insomnia something bad, and the whole jet lag thing is just making me miserable.

Also: I miss Skype!

Well that sucks

Friday, January 6th, 2006

So not only could I not sleep last night but when I woke up this morning my phone was dead. It won’t turn on, and I just sent an email to the manufacturer to check and see what they suggest.

Of all the things to happen while I’m traveling. Now not only am I not home, but I don’t even have a phone. I feel so naked…

Shiny shoes

Thursday, January 5th, 2006

Today was fairly mundane in Minnesota. Most of it was spent running errands for my sisters wedding and preparing the final details. Jet lag has me by the balls but I managed to take a nice nap today that helped get me back on track.

I’m starting to get a little bit excited about the wedding. I don’t really like being here in MN, but I’m very happy for David and Janet. I think that as much as I’m looking forward to being home that I’ll be able to look back on this week with some fond memories down the road.

I took this shot while waiting for Janet’s soon-to-be husband to get his tux fitted. I like the sharp black lines and the minor reflections!

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