Wednesday, July 27, 2011

A Day at the Races - 24 Hours of LeMons and HURFFEST

Hi! I set up my desktop computer and finally had a few minutes to post pictures from over a month ago!

I secretly hope the 200SX/Rubber Ducky is my old car.

See more here: 24 Hours of Lemons and two pictures of HyperFest

I have finished moving and have a little more time to myself and, perhaps more importantly, I have better access to the great outdoors. Maybe I'll start taking more pictures again finally!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

I am posting a thing!

We had a little bit of fun with a passive-aggressive note at work today.

Evidently, someone changed out the machine since it was working again as of 6/16. So we wrote a response...

Complete with this helpful tip!

Aside: I am in the throes of packing and don't have my desktop computer out, so I can't share my 24 Hours of LeMons: Capitol Offense event pics, but it's on the list.

Saturday, April 23, 2011


There's a game... the internet gives you a four letter word, you change a letter and feed it back. If it's a real word and not a proper noun, the internet changes a letter and feeds it back.

Go to if you want to suffer as much as I just did:

Friday, March 25, 2011

Spring break

Today marks the last day of the spring break week. It was the only day I had to go to work, despite campus being closed all week to students. I took advantage of the time to disassemble large swaths of my existence and throw things away. I'm down 40+ gallons of unnecessary junk and it feels good. Getting ready to move is proving to be tough work, but I'm finally at a place where I think I can start packing. I hope to be down to the level of skeleton crew as far as my personal belongings goes will make getting out of here easier.

So let's see, what else is going on... I feel pretty good about having arranged my toolbox. My wrenches are all there, I found a few more screwdrivers, and most of my pliers are back in place. I still have a few beetle parts around, at least for the moment. Waiting yet to put any of the new stuff I have for my car on it, but I do have an oil change coming up soon and I'm going to completely nerd out and send in an oil sample for analysis. I curbed myself pretty good a couple weeks ago, and I'm still monitoring that situation to see if I need to do new tires. Sidewall damage wasn't too bad, and the levels aren't sinking any more than what temperature is causing, so I think I'm okay.

One of the downsides to moving is that I won't be able to drive my car as much. One of the upsides, though, is that I'll be able to avoid driving my car so much. I found out I'm averaging 180+ dollars a month in gas. Additionally, I've been feeling a lot more stressed by how bad everyone else is at following the rules recently, and staying off the road will help with that. I think the reason for that is that someone who wasn't paying attention and didn't follow the rules is the reason I hit the curb... I was afraid he was going to drive into me and made the foolish mistake of trying to verify that he wasn't going to do that while simultaneously making sure I didn't run into cross traffic as I slowed on the right turn ramp. Something had to give, and apparently my spatial awareness was what took that fall. I imagine that, ever since then, I've been more attentive in advance of the horrible decisions people around me are making and they're consuming me. It feels good to talk about it, but it'll feel good to live near a bus to work and within walking distance of everything else. Hooray downtown Silver Spring!

Friday, March 4, 2011

From a phone, update

It's late, but I have the blogger app for Android now and felt like I should provide my customary "I'm not dead" post for the month.

I've been pretty inactive on the photo front, but I might be selling off a couple lenses soon and buying the little 35mm f2.4.

I've put my car through its repair paces... I can dig as far as my instrument panel in 10 minutes or less. Trip computer's mileage is still a little inaccurate, but the light bulb works again, and my hvac dial lights are back.

I still work on campus.

Yep! I'll see if I can put together a photo update tomorrow night.

Monday, January 31, 2011

The First of 2011

My cats are different.

Underexposed shock

Regal Tuftage

I will watch you do dishes

Wide lens for wide cat

I know it's pet heavy, but it's been a busy month. At least it's something, I suppose.

For the nerd update - I got tired of my Hero either running acceptably for four hours or running poorly for 9, so I went ahead and got a new phone - the EVO Shift 4G. I'm not sold on 4G yet, but this phone is how android should have run from the beginning. Shame the hardware just wasn't ready yet two years ago. The camera on it is also incredible for what it is, and it actually shoots a wide aspect ratio picture. I understand it's one of the new-fangled rear-illumination sensors, which probably explains why it's so nice. Of course I'd be most excited by that, right?

The Last of 2010

Patapsco under ice

Look I found (very) green

Pupal stage


Taco and Mr. Whiskey

Sure is frozen...

I find a certain amount of calm to come from shivering my ass off in the name of simply being outside. A prolonged stretch of 20-something degree days will give you an entire state park to yourself, and if you're careful, you'll find things worth looking at. Also, I really do seem to be good with finding color - look at that wonderful deep green that comes from the algae out of the creek!