Monday, April 30, 2007

Ancient Inhabitant

our Mezuzah

I find it interesting that whoever painted the house last respected (or perhaps failed to understand) the mezuzah enough to leave it be.

edit: Wikipedia said a thing. I'm willing to bet you nobody who's lived here since the scroll was affixed has cared enough to find out what it was.

Anyway, welcome to my front door.


So that's it, today I cleaned, today I turned in the keys, and today I turned the page out of a two-and-three-quarter years chapter of my life.

I'm sick of sweating; remind me not to move again for a while.

Jim Henson back there is the last picture I got out of my second set of Olympus Camedia branded lithium CR-V3s. That puts it at IMGP4537; my last battery change was at St. Marks in December; that image was... IMGP2812. 1725 images on one set of batteries this time. First change was at 1,125, second was apparently 1,687.

I replaced them with regular Energizer lithium AAs. We'll see how well that works.

Now to try to get you a new picture...

Saturday, April 28, 2007

oh, hello

I missed three-a-week for the first time this year, but I think it's for a good reason.

I get to sleep in my new place tonight.

I took a shower in my shower, I washed my hands in my sink, and I'm looking at the big spread of crap in my room.


Hopefully, you all can forgive me. I'll make up for it this week if it's sunny.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Jim on a bench

Jim on a bench

I don't know why I found this compelling all of the sudden this afternoon. I wish the light had been better today, but I don't think it's that bad (given the circumstances).

Friday, April 20, 2007


Mobile pile of otters
All six of the brothers were out cruising around their yard today.

Wattled crane chick
This is the first wattled crane successfully hatched at the zoo. He's like a little brown bowling pin with giant legs.

River otter fight
The north American river otters like to playfight or fight-play.

Prairie dogs
Prairie dogs are always pretty metal, too.

Here's the rest of the 116. I took 285 pictures today ::cry::

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

I found Merlin

Today, there was a small stuffed bear on the floor of the union. I asked, "WHAT HAVE WE FOUND???" to which the only real response was a university employee of some sort picking the bear up. I figured it was over because he moved it off toward a trash can/recycling bin.

Lucky me, he put it on top of the recycling bin instead.

Merlin looks sad

He looks so sad and underexposed. I decided to take him for a life. First stop?

Merlin lives up to his shirt

He lived in a safe all day because a contractor was installing a ceiling fan today, but once I left, I took him out to get some fresh air.

Merlin likes flowers

I'm going to take him on a grand tour.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Evidently, this idiot can't be trusted.


15 Apr 21:10:30 Firefox 2.0.0 Windows XP 1280x1024 United States ( [Label IP Address] %22post a comment%22 -%22you must be logged in%22-%22log in required%22 %22blogspot%22 %22blogger%22&ei=U
15 Apr 21:09:51 Firefox 2.0.0 Windows XP 1280x1024 United States

Four times, too.

Now I've turned on moderation.

It'll take a while before comments appear.


Calling Out the Internet

Today, I received an interesting email:
John Wrinn has left a new comment on your post "Update on stylesheet progress"


John Wrinn appears to be a Highly Successful Internet Loan Communication Agent On The Internet's Web 1.7b5. Why would John Wrinn comment on a seemingly inconsequential post from January of this year?

This is the post in question. John Wrinn found the post by this amazingly eloquent search string on yahoo: "post a comment" -"you must be logged in"-"log in required" "blogspot".

Perhaps most surprising of this whole event is the entry in the logs for this visitor -
15 Apr 14:22:24 Firefox 2.0.0 Windows XP 1280x1024 United States (

So John Wrinn used the Power of the Internet Search Box to locate my website by a search for .edu sites that allow comments but don't require login, then posted spam on the results that he liked. He paid Verizon Wireless by the byte for this privilege, meaning that John Wrinn probably never bothered to investigate the fact that spending money on advertising to someone who is smarter than to click on links on his internet blog's comments sections posted by random people who are too useless to have real internet isn't a worthwhile investment in terms of his precious phone network data transfer totals.

Good Job, John Wrinn.

Friday, April 13, 2007

Linguistic Humor

fire chicken

I still think it's awesome... Fire Chicken. What's sad is that I sort of now remember how to write the characters for that, but didn't then. That's okay, though - whoever sees that monday, maybe they'll appreciate the joke.

New Growth

new growth

Dog? Friday? You bet!


The simplified Chinese characters on the turkey are for the word turkey itself - apparently, in China, turkeys are Fire Chickens. This is the most awesome thing I've ever heard. The partial in the upside-down tattoo on its lower back (it's a wicked she-turkey, after all) is about half of the character for biang biang noodles, an office favorite. I wrote the bottom of it too small, so I gave up and turned it into a rocketship instead.

special needs dog

This is what it looks like when a terrier really wants to play ball.

Here are the rest. The plant is just a cool one outside of Key.

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Blossoms 2007

Brace yourselves: I took pictures of people today. Someone asked me to take a picture of her and her child, so I ended up doing so between pictures of flowers.

blossoms 1

First guy painting them!
painter 1

More blossoms?
blossoms 2

How about the most awesome dog ever! And it's making that guy smile!
most awesome dog ever

Second guy painting stuff!
painter 2

If you like commentary on each individual slide and a lot more pictures, this is a link that will interest you greatly. I think things went pretty well today. I took 90 pictures, though - I didn't realize I had done that. It's good that I did RAW though, because it allowed me to save the underexposure I didn't notice earlier on my reversed lens stuff.

I'll probably three-a-week a couple of these, too.

Monday, April 2, 2007

For what it's worth:

I'm going downtown tomorrow to take pictures.

My supervisor as much as ordered me to.

I'm going to be shooting RAW again, because I've discovered that Adobe Bridge + ACR is almost a delight to work with, and I seem to be getting better results locally with that setup. I need to figure out how to get the color profiling to work properly, though, before I move to that exclusively. Also, six more hard drives and a better backup system might be in order.