Saturday, December 26, 2009

¿Dondé está los baños?

The remainder here; sorry I have been so delinquent with the internet lately... at least this is a big update!

We went to Puerto Vallarta for our winter break. It was my brother, dad, stepmom, and I. We spent a week down there and managed to visit downtown during the Virgin of Guadalupe procession; later, we took a tequila tour that actually took us to a city in real Mexico. An interesting cultural experience to be sure; one day, I'll have to go back and soak it in a little more. Maybe with more Spanish under my hat, though - it wasn't much fun feeling like I couldn't possibly communicate with anyone outside the resort.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

A couple of outings





Here are the rest with apologies for the fisheye. I think it turned out tastefully in a couple places.

The two landscape shots you see above were photomerged in Photoshop CS3, a much easier process than it was in CS2. I like the results more than just tossing the 10-17 onto my camera and hoping I communicated the context of the landscape, but I don't know... it's different, that's for sure, but I think it did an OK job.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

From this year

A collection of some of the other shots I've taken over the course of the last 6 months goes here:





Here are the other 26, too.

I've been doing stuff, but I guess the pressures of opening a new building and all sorts of other stuff were too much or something.

Well, obviously...

... if I continue to wait until I've done captions for all of my images, I'll never post any. Whatever, here are three out of the gallery from two weekends ago:


plant thing


Here's the gallery... I apologize for being such a sloth on this.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Angelic teaser

moon halo

I saw one of these Sunday night and was quite impressed.

I have tagged and deleted the results of this weekend - having started at 424 pictures on import, I am now at 123 remaining images. I plan on doing some selections and tweaks and then exporting a gallery as early as tomorrow... let's see how that goes.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Now done at the beach

I don't have the energy to parse 425 pictures tonight, but I am back from four days around Ocean City, points both north and south thereof. Not much luck on the birds, but I do have plenty of neat caterpillars to share.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

I seem to have died again, sorry

So I uh... well, it's been a while, and I might put together a meaningful story and some photo albums tonight or tomorrow, but instead of that for now, you can have this:


Never order deep-fried Oreos at the Maryland State Fair. You WILL feel terrible after eating them.

Monday, July 27, 2009

An exercise in avoiding packing slips:

'71 VW Super Beetle (baja)
'72 VW Super Beetle (autostick)
'75 VW Thing
'91 Mazda 626
'92 Geo Storm GSi
'93-95 Subaru Impreza 2-door
'94-96 Dodge Caravan
'95-97 Chevy Astro
'96 Nissan 200SX
'96 Mazda MX-6
'97 Chrysler Town & Country
'97-99 Mazda Miata
'98 BMW 328i
'99 Toyota Tacoma
'00 Toyota Camry
'00 Nissan Sentra GXE
'01 Lexus RX300
'03 Toyota Prius
'04 Kia Sedona
'05 Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec V

For convenience, I have chosen to ignore the various U-Haul trucks I've driven. Bolded means it was my car; Italicized means family car.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

nurrwick gets bored

When I get bored, I go places. Today, I went to places I have already been, apparently in the hopes that I would see something new and exciting while there. I guess maybe I did? I don't know, I also made sure to use several of my lenses - 10-17 fisheye, 14, 16-45, 43, 50/4 macro, and 77. That's a lot!

I've been told this one is probably too dark, but I like the contrast... hopefully it looks better on other monitors than I fear it might.

crazy flower
Craziest flower I've ever seen.

purple shamrock
The sun was PERFECT on these flowers. Purple shamrock is also quite cool.

And here's the rest of the gallery. I probably got greedy with the contrast on most of them. It's been a long weekend and I'm not sure my eyes are working correctly, but whatever.

Friday, July 3, 2009

out for a walk

I ended up with a tiny, tiny tick on my ankle, but I think at least a couple of the results were worth it:

indian pipes 1


indian pipes 2

That last one is the last shot I'll take with my AF 360FGZ flash. Mostly because when I tried to put it back in the pouch i'd been using for it, I missed and more or less threw it at a root. It doesn't "work" anymore; it turns on, but the display is cracked, the front housing is dinged, and the ready light just blinks. Awesome!

bad title


Thursday, June 25, 2009



From this morning, near the South Campus Dining Hall. The flower itself seemed larger than normal, but also was really yellow-orange.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Car porn

I botched processing on this one, but I'm not resaving it another time:

The spec V label is what adds horsepower!
(difficulty: the car actually does have 10HP and 10lb-ft torque more than the SE-R trim)

Steering wheel shot, for some reason.

my god

Look how long it's been since I've updated, isn't that amazing?

I can tell you the following things about the last two or three weeks:

1) I have been trying to take some pictures here and there. I may even get the chance to post them tonight!

2) That said, I lost the directory structure on my boot drive last week and had to order a terabyte hard drive to start doing time machine backups because I got tired of how difficult it is to back up a broken hard drive. The "good news" is that it left my directory structures for my /Users/ folder intact, so I was able to get preferences, bookmarks, email, and whatever else saved. The bad news is that I lost /System, /Library, /Developer, and /Applications, which meant I had to find and reinstall all of the software I run. Truly awesome, and now hopefully a thing of the past.

3) I bought a car. Last Wednesday morning, my Nissan 200SX started making a weird grumbling noise out of the right rear side of the engine. It had been sounding like I was driving a Ford Explorer, or maybe like I was driving around in reverse, for about three months by that time, and I figured that since I can't work on my car myself and am unwilling to dump six times the blue book value of the car on it in engine repairs and STILL have unresolved suspension and brake issues, it was time to move on.

I really liked that car, though. I was sad to see it go. So, to assuage my misery, I did the only logical thing - if a 200SX held up for 180k miles, why wouldn't a Sentra? I e-dated some Sentras around the DC area and found two I would be willing to go look at. One was in Rockville (I think), the other was in Silver Spring, both at dealerships. Being that MileOne is closer to work, and that the Sentra they had was equipped with a sunroof, I thought I'd go check it out first. Good thing, too - it turned out to be a 2005 SE-R Spec V. They only made 3,800 of them that year, which means this car joins the '72 Autostick Super Beetle in the "somewhat rare cars I've owned" club.

Seeing as how I bought the car because I liked driving it, because it's in pretty good condition, and especially because the B15 chassis reminds me a lot of the B14 on which the 200SX was based and I loved driving that car, I have decided the car is a retrofit upgrade of an older chassis design and have named it accordingly - it is to be called the Enterprise-A. Yeah, that means retconning the SX as the NCC-1701 despite the fact that I knowingly acknowledge never having christened it with ANY name, let alone a really nerdy one, but such is life.

This does hold some benefits for the rest of my daily activities, though - the car can carry me places without fear of it falling apart on me, it's insured way better, and it's pretty fast and handles extremely well compared to any car I've driven since my Baja Beetle. I need to do two things to it though - one, install an intake, preferably cold air; and two, install a precat-less exhaust header so I don't run the risk of disintegrating and aspirating shards of cat substrate. I don't plan on driving it hard all the time like everyone else does, but seeing as how a QR25DE engine costs about 2600 dollars by itself, I don't want to have to deal with that outside the warranty period.

Anyway, like I said, I'll have some graphics for you later this evening if all goes according to plan. Sorry for boring you. Oh, and GMT - sorry I didn't buy your go-kart... expediency and all that, but it sounds like the spirits of the two cars are at least related.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

LEGO and an update

So, I've been busy blowing a lot of money on Lego sets. I have almost all of the original run of PowerMiners crap, everything but the little guy. I also have the Crystal King, which hasn't been released yet. He's the big guy holding a chap with dynamite over the guy with some kind of vacuum claw.

brooding orange dude

crystal king

sulphirix is angry

The other few here.

Some additional information -

1) I bought a bike. I may not have told you guys that, but that's what I've been doing after work most days instead of photography. I can bike at least 5 miles easily, I can barely run a quarter mile without feeling like my knees are being shot. I have tried to take my camera with me, at least, and I've even stopped to snap a few shots, but so far, it hasn't been my primary focus. I need the exercise more than I need pictures of the same crap over and over again.

That includes this weekend - I went on a four mile ride through Daniels, from the trailhead to where I found the frogs last year. Great trail to ride on, nice and fast as far as I can tell, and I only had to talk to three horses.

2) I've been finding it difficult to find the motivation to go out lately. I don't know why, but it's been a problem. I've been trying to at least take pictures around here, though, so there's that. I would guess a big part of the problem is that my car is becoming more and more of a labor to drive. This week, my blower motor resistor pack failed, so I had to order a replacement and will be installing that ASAP so I can have AC if I need it and ventilation when it rains. Additionally, the wiper intermittent amplifier assembly seems to have failed; i can hear the relay clicking on intermittent, and the motor runs at both low and high, but while that relay is operating, the wipers won't move. Clicking through that speed onto another one will create weird jerks in motion as the wipers get shorted across two terminals and move, then locked onto one and frozen out while the intermittent relay is still open. Very weird. Oh, also, the valve cover gasket needs a replacement, and the suspension is tired. Anything else?

Monday, May 11, 2009


Josh - do you still recommend the PN-40?

I bought Garmin's TOPO 2008 because it was on half-off at REI, and everything is about 300 feet to the east of where it should be most places throughout the Washington area. Patapsco Valley was more or less ok, but most of 29 is too far off, all of College Park is wrong, and the further toward Virginia I go, the more messed up it gets. If I can't trust it for identifying where creeks that cross the BW Parkway are, what good is it for anything else?

Thursday, May 7, 2009

I'm not dead yet

apple blossom

night heron

dumb mallard face

fisheye cat

tuckered out

Apparently, I have 45 photos from the last 20 days or so that I need to do something with. I mostly forgot because of one thing, then I bought a bike and put some stuff on it, and now it's been rainy so I thought about buying the FA 31mm f1.8 Limited lens for a while. I even had it in a cart from B&H today for about 15 minutes.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Apple Blossoms and Wildflowers

After much arguing with Lightroom and the subsequent discovery that you can't export or upload modified web gallery templates, I have a JAlbum from the last couple days ready to go.





flower again

Hit the gallery for commentary, especially if you're interested in the methodology behind images 3 and 4 above.