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More studio madness

Sunday, April 16th, 2006

Jason and I yet again did the photography and such today. This afternoons shoot was all about sexulizing Jason’s furniture and making great shots like this. I love the way the harsh light interacts with the soft light to make interesting shadows.

I’m now laying around the house trying to get up the gumption to walk to Six Arms with Brien for some dinner. I’m feeling particularly lazy now that I’ve gotten so much done this morning so this evening is going to be all about movies on the couch for me.

Happy easter

Saturday, April 15th, 2006

It’s 2:00 in the morning on Easter Sunday and here I am editing photos. I got back mere hours ago from Jason’s house where we spent the majority of the afternoon playing with his new camera and setting up a mini-studio in his kitchen.

With Tres and Jason getting into photography its making me take my camera out more and more these days. I’m actually quite glad – I did not shoot much over the winter and am looking forward to getting back into my art form over the summer again.

Aside from the baby-doll crazy times I’ve had a good day. I got some sushi with Scott, and was fairly productive, reviewing even more PM materials and learning more about Agile and Scrum.

Sweet Blood Greyhound (or: Greyhound v2)

Saturday, April 15th, 2006

I’m also v. excited to introduce version 2 of the venerable Greyhound: The Sweet Blood Greyhound.

For those of you drunkenly following along at home:

4 ice cubes
1.5oz of Vanilla Vodka (sweeter than normal vodka)
3oz White grapefruit juice
1oz Cranberry juice (for color more than anything else)

Combine these ingredients in a rocks glass, and serve to the nearest lush. The result is simply divine! If you are in an ultra-gay mood add an umbrella for the garnish, otherwise a single maraschino cherry will do quite nicely.

The sweetness of the vanilla vodka is balanced with the tartness of the cranberry and grapefruit juice leaving you with a pink-orange concoction that barely tastes of booze, yet gives you the warm fuzzy feelings that we all so crave!

All that is sick and wrong: cockroach broach

Saturday, April 15th, 2006

Roachie

I thought I had seen everything strange and wrong in the world, then this morning Luxist turned me on to the Giant Madagascar Cockroach Broach by Jared Gold. It’s a crystal-studded live cockroach that the rich and famous are supposed to chain to themselves as a sort of living jewelry. I’m not even going to start on how cruel this is, nor am I going to finish on how disgusting this is.

Le Greyhound

Saturday, April 15th, 2006

God those things are tasty! Last night degenerated into quite a number of greyhounds at Charlies (and of course some Blackened Chicken goodness) followed by going home and passing the heck out. Good thing too – after 14 hours of sleep I feel great!

It’s good that I’ve finally caught back up on sleep after my week. Today I get to catch up on other things around the house (which thanks to Dom’s continued strange devotion has not fallen apart in the last month) and hang out with Scott to celebrate the new job.

Jason just got his new camera and I’m v. excited to go play with him and do some creepy babydoll photography. Not sure exactly when thats going to happen, but I’m sure it will be soon.

Almost there

Friday, April 14th, 2006

The week actually finished up nearly perfect for me. I got my new job, only have a week left to endure recruiting, and got to pick up my precious car back from the dealership today from the repair work from being rear-ended.

With the exception of a color mis-match on the body work the dealership did a great job on fixing my car. They are being pretty cool about it and are going to repaint the bumper for me in a couple of weeks.

As excited as I am about starting my new career in a week I’m a little worried about how to motivate myself at my job next week. There is an incredible temptation to just coast and not really do any actual work, but I have to find ways to resist that. After all they are being kind enough to invite me to stay for two weeks notice so I should be kind enough not to take advantage of it.

On a slightly un-related topic I’ve discovered Greyhounds. Ken introduced me to them last night and I must say that I’m becoming quite enamored with them. The grapefruit juice does a fantastic job of blending with the vodka and making something entirely drinkable. I’ve had 5 of them now (in less than 24 hours) and am getting rather sassy as a result. Here’s to sobering up tomorrow ;)

Star Wares

Thursday, April 13th, 2006

Wow – this is so cool. There is a dirty little geek in me that really wants to buy this. Perhaps some kind soul will get them for me for my birthday or something. Without further ado:

Starwarsbarset
Pewter Star Wars Bar Set
via Gizmodo.

Also: I would really loathe to see the headline “Man killed in C-3P0 bar accessory accident” with that wicked blade ;)

And now for the good news!

Wednesday, April 12th, 2006

I’m very happy as I just sealed the deal on a new job. As many of my readers may know I’ve been quite unhappy with recruiting for quite some time. It’s a great career in some ways and really does have some plusses, but when it comes right down to it I’m just not the sales type and my passions lie more in the direction of hands on technology work.

I’m actually going to miss my old company quite a bit. As much as I didn’t like my job function I really did like the working environment, and have a lot of respect for the company. My new employer is quite a different beast – a much larger company, with very different goals in the marketplace.

Thankfully I’ll be back on the technical side of the house and be doing project management work for a web solutions team. It sounds like a fantastic opportunity to learn more about project management as well as a way that I can get some hands on experience leading and managing small software projects.

I’m quite excited about this opportunity and suddenly can’t wait until the 24th when I get to start my new job.

No need to reinvent the wheel

Sunday, April 9th, 2006

I just saw a nifty article online about a guy who (on a bet) decided to develop a computer game in a week. Mind you – it’s no Halo 2 or anything, but nonetheless it looks to be a fun little game.

The big point here is that we really have gotten to the point in technology where the general public can take advantage of the work and knowledge base of those that came before them. The developer (Jay Barnson) had development budget, and used only open source tools. In a mere 40 man hours (two weeks of part time work) he was able to make a game that 10 years ago would have passed for commercial grade.

I’m glad to see open source getting wider and wider approval and acceptance. As technology moves forward hopefully more and more types of applications will be developed by passionate “new comers to the technical age”

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