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Well rested

Tuesday, February 21st, 2006

So it’s done – Brien is on an airplane (or might even be in Ireland by this point), not to return for at least five weeks, and possibly as long as two months. I miss him already and wonder what life without him hanging around is going to be like.

I celebrated by getting a good nights sleep last night! I had been tired and staying up late so last night I went to bed early. In fact not merely was I in bed early, but I was actually asleep by 10:30. I think it will do me a lot of good to get more nights of sleep like that. I feel so much better this morning and am really ready to tackle my day!

Well off to work – I have 3 interviews today and lots of things to do.

Foray into video

Monday, February 20th, 2006

Gear Live has launched a video podcast (or vodcast for those cool enough to pronounce it) and the second episode had a whole lot of me. Mind you – I think it’s a complete disaster and I was nervous as heck, but who cares – it was fun! The second one which we just filmed should come out much better as both Andru and I were much more relaxed.

Without further ado: Gear Live, the Bleeding Edge (now with 100% more Sparky action)!

More of the psycho-sci-fi drama!

Sunday, February 19th, 2006

Today continued the relentless Battlestar Galactica – Season 2.0 marathon. Several people including Scott and Jason came over and we drank, watched BSG, and generally had a very good time. Brien was down for part of it but he’s been pretty busy packing this weekend for his big work-trip in Ireland.

Midway through we broke for sushi and had a fine meal at Blue-C. Every time I go there I am so happy – such good sushi and fun times. I’m hoping that the rumors I have heard that they will be opening a second location in downtown Seattle.

I’m kinda a little nervous about Brien leaving for Ireland. I’m going to miss him – 5+ weeks is a long time for a business trip. Hopefully he will have a lot of fun. I’m hooking him up with a Flickr account and hope that he uses his new camera to take lots of cool photos in the wee land O’ the Irish.

Viscera

Saturday, February 18th, 2006

Today was fun! On a lark I decided to join Jason and some of his friends to go see Underworld: Evolution. It was actually quite a bit better that what I had expected and easily surpassed the original Underworld.

There were several strong themes in Underworld: Evolution including blood, poking, grinding, and sucking. The main bad guy has wings with talons at the end and there was a lot of shots of him pulling people in for the bloody kill. Much like the first one there was not that much of a plot, but it was a very pretty movie.

Better yet I got to see the Ultraviolet trailer before the movie. I’d seen it in HD from the Apple site linked to above, but seeing it on the big screen really made Jason and I very excited to see it when it comes out.

After the movie we all went to Mexico (a so-so restaurant downtown for soccer moms) and had some fine food and drinks. One of Jason’s friends brought this guy named Christian who really made my blood boil. He was some Brit guy with a bad accent and even worse manners. In fact he was one of the more emo homos I’ve met in a while – how annoying.

Power this

Friday, February 17th, 2006

Tonight a bad thing happened – my Powerbook’s AC adapter died in a shower of sparks. Luckily it happened at about 7:00 before the Apple store closed so I was able to go down and get the problem fixed and get a new one right away.

You know it’s always a mixed blessing going to the Apple store. I was disappointed to find out that you normally need an appointment to go to get a repair done, but luckily they had an opening that night and I was able to talk to the tech right away. Aside from that their customer service was great as always – friendly, knowledgeable, and apologetic that there was a problem.

After a quick dinner with Brien topped off the evening preparing me for the weekend ahead.

Yay4Massage!

Thursday, February 16th, 2006

Our office has a massage practitioner named Candice come in every few months so that people can get massages. All I can say is boy did I need one. She’s great at giving those back-jarring, bone-popping massages that make you melt into the table and feel like jelly. It’s honestly not that often that I feel this relaxed.

If only this could happen once a week or so I would be set!

A better day

Thursday, February 16th, 2006

Today I am tired. This is better than being exhausted like I was yesterday. Have you ever had one of those days where you are dragging so much you can barely make it to work, let alone get into the working mindset.

Brien and I drove into work together today. It was nice to not to have to drive, and tonight after dinner with Wee it will be even nicer not to have to drive home. I just have to make it through today at work then another relaxing evening is in store.

I am also pleased to announce that the second taping for Bleeding Edge over at Gear Live went a lot better. I’m starting to get really excited about the Vidcast and am talking with Andru about doing more regular podcasts as well.

Inside an e-commerce giant’s shipping facility

Wednesday, February 15th, 2006

Slashdot just pointed me at a cool tour of the Newegg.com facility that was very well documented by Anandtech. The tour shows off their automated bin picking system and shows how they can blend machine automation with human intelligence and light labor to get things out the door so quickly and with such a great accuracy rate. I’ve heard Amazon has a very similar system – I would love to see a video or photo tour of their facilities to see how they differ.

Winter turbines

Sunday, February 12th, 2006

Todays BSG marathon was a stunning success! Jason, Tres, Jake, Brien, and Bryce all convened on the Casa del Krull to finish up season 1. It was all very exciting and we are looking forward to starting on season 2 next weekend.

This is a quick post of an old image that I was working on this morning. I was experimenting with some HDR techniques to bring out details in the ground. I also used a bit of a blurred overlay to give it the dreamlike quality that I love so much.

Update: before going to bed I modified the image further! I’ve been enjoying spending some time now and then going through old photos – every once in a while I find a gem in the rough that I did not know what to do with when I was just starting out.

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