Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Since I can't shut up about it

This is the camera I want. Yeah, different model name, but you get what you get. Also, I changed the picture at the top there. Granted, the jellyfish came from my MX, but I want to reiterate just how good I am with a camera... I took that with ISO 400 film inside of an aquarium's dark jellyfish area. That means shutter speed of (probably) less than 1/30th of a second, although I don't really remember. I'm only telling you this because I AM FANTASTIC AT WHAT I DO.

Additionally, or something, I'll be taking it easy at work the next couple weeks. This means, to you, that I'll probably clean a real scanner and actually take the time to assemble a web photo gallery. I doubt you need me to tell you this, but I am quite proud of what I do and I'd really like to have a good way to share it with the world at large. Since I can't bring myself to php the tar out of my site, I'm going to do the next best thing: provide you with actual content. This means, more than likely, that I will no longer be hosting audio files here. I just don't have enough space.

Sigh... I just realized some of my best landscape negatives are scratched. They came out of the machine like that. Someone once asked me what I would be most upset over someone taking or ruining, and the reply I came up with eventually was my negatives. The prints don't mean anything, right? Well, they do if the store scratches your backup. ::crying::

ha, you read all that. I just blithered all over the internet, I'm being what I can't stand. Good for you.

Wednesday, June 22, 2005


Sorry, I've been busy as of late with life. So much so I can't write about it.

I've actually been out doing things, sort of... mostly work, as I've been trying to get about 35 hours a week in at the office. I'm already a good portion of the way done with my database. The checkout system is done (I hope -- I tried to rearrange one of the databases into the main checkout file and it crapped all over itself; my hope is that I fixed all of it today), so all I need to do is figure out how to generate meaningful usage reports. hah... Hours of fun will come of that, I'm sure.

Photography... is on hold for the moment. Due to my moronic spending habits over the last three months, I don't really have the liquidity to take part in my hobbies. I have a bunch of very good pictures on the rolls I have exposed, though, and I am eager to share them with you as soon as I get them developed. My current wish list for my birthday is (along with a new video card) a Pentax ZX-L camera body. It has a working KAF mount (made of metal, no less), which the current ZX-60 camera does not. Basically, if I buy a new pentax camera that isn't the ZX-M, my three K-series lenses (think 1970s) would become useless for action work. With the ZX-L, I get to use all of my lenses, and a neat trick I didn't previously know about is the snap focus, which involves attaching a manual focus lens and having the camera take the picture when an object comes into focus (birds in flight, anyone?). Very neat. I'd go with the ZX-M... it works with my K lenses and my FA compatible Tamron lenses, plus it has Tv and Av program modes, which is the real reason I want a camera body in the first place... but the lens mount is polycarbonate. This means that, as ADD as I am, those 200 dollars I'd spend on the camera would need to happen again in a couple years anyway. Although, that said, it's not like I plan on dumping the MX. I love this camera, and it is absolutely fantastic for still life and scenery, but my habit of taking pictures of all kinds of wildlife would benefit greatly from a 1/2000 second shutter speed and ProgramAE modes. 1/4000 is icing on the cake, as are the different things like bracketing and multi-exposure. Autofocus for my tele/zoom lens would be nice, too.

Uhh... music. Put me in your band.

School. I made the dean's list last term. Bask in my glory.

I guess that's about it.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

So I can't do work

I came in to do database stuff and ACS rebooted about the time I sat down to work. Still not up, as I learned by trying to log in. Amusingly enough, however, the window that informed me of this was one of the funniest I've seen in a while. Large and unspecified. Heh, you silly Windows.