Thursday, July 31, 2008





The moth was on the front of my building for over a day; when I noticed it the first time, it had its wings closed above it. The skipper and those flowers are near a geocache I have absolutely no interest in going to until the leaf cover dies back some.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Geocache 1

I mentioned somewhere that I got a Birthday GPS - I had a large sum of funds available at Best Buy after the successful installation of my Pioneer HD Radio gadget, so I figured "why not?" and ordered a Garmin eTrex Venture HC.

Pretty sweet.

I went and tried to find a geocache on campus, but I wasn't willing to get out of my car for the one I programmed first. Fortunately, there's one down the street from where I live.


I like going and doing something that takes all of 15 minutes, is free (after cost of entry for associated Gadget), and that l get to leave from with a smile on my face. Now I just have to find one on campus into which I can sub my newfound frog friend.


Thursday, July 24, 2008


Find the otter sLnew... my handwriting is so bad, this "SLLC" label turned into something that looked like a fish.

Hey, why not?

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Hurf Durf

So let's see... I've been more or less completely off the radar for quite some time. Personal projects, birthday from last week, and moving stuff into my storage thing downstairs.

Some things I've accomplished:
  • I now have the Pioneer HD radio add-on doodad in my car. HD radio works remarkably well where I am, but WTOP's HD3 signal is just too weak at the moment to be of any significant use for my inbound commute. This is especially dismaying, as I get HD subchannels for almost all other stations that offer them. I think the only one I have problems with on anything resembling a regular basis is WIYY (98 rock, Baltimore) and even that is only once I get inside the beltway. All in all, I'm pretty pleased with it, though. It does make picking a route home easier, and getting into town to go to the zoo is easier with the added information.

  • I've gotten maybe 15% of my film collection done. I still haven't picked any frames to put up, but oh well. I've got the pathway to where I want to hang some of my bigger posters clear, so at least there's that.

  • For quite some time, I've been wishing someone would make a functional equivalent of Transitions lenses that weren't corrective. Turns out they do... I just ordered a set of climate control (i.e. removable gasket sealed, a feature I'm looking forward to for walking around in the winter) light adjusting shades. Bonus - polycarbonate lenses, ANSI rated to some standard or another. I'm going to give them a whirl; it seems like if they're good enough for the department of defense, they should do something resembling the trick for me.

  • iPod Touch software 2.0: 10 bucks got me the ability to use my iPod as a remote control for iTunes on my desktop computer. Oh, also, I can connect to the campus network without needing a login page now. That's about it.

  • Sweating. Why has it been so hot lately? I've actually gone to see two movies in the last 8 days... one of them actually cost me $10 to sit through.

So that's it for now. I'm starting to feel really useless with my inability to spend more than 20 seconds outside, but I imagine this will fix itself one day. I'm actually going to try to go out for a short walk tomorrow, so I will hopefully have killed a roll of the Kodachrome and have some pictures to post for once.

I seem to remember doing better than this last year and the year before... think it was the move?

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Constructing Memory Lane

So, I have a box that is literally packed to the brim with photo pouches. I need to get into it to select a total of 15 4x6 prints for these little picture frames I got to decorate my apartment. Easy task, right?

Well, since I needed to dig through all of my photos to pick the best 15, I figured I should expend some extra energy and document everything.

Enter the database:

I guess it doesn't really mean much, but if nothing else, I'll be able to track some usage statistics for my film box. Also, I can probably tell you how many borked photos I have, or how many times I took pictures of frogs.

Oh boy.

Next up, compiling a keyword database for all 10,000 images I've produced with my digital camera. Estimated time to completion: 18.3 years.