Archive for January, 2013

Fiddling while New York freezes

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Fiddling while New York freezes
Computer Battery

Image by Ed Yourdon
I photographed this young man back in November, 2008; you can see it on Flickr here and here.

HIs name is David Adamczyk, and he describes himself as a violinist, composer, and instructor. If you’d like to contact him, his email address is dgadamczyk@gmail.com .

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This is the continuation of a photo-project that I began in the summer of 2008: a random collection of "interesting" people in a broad stretch of the Upper West Side of Manhattan — between 72nd Street and 104th Street, especially along Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue.

As I indicated when I started this project in 2008, I don’t like to intrude on people’s privacy, so I normally use a telephoto lens in order to photograph them while they’re still 50-100 feet away from me; but that means I have to continue focusing my attention on the people and activities half a block away, rather than on what’s right in front of me.

I’ve also learned that, in many cases, the opportunities for an interesting picture are very fleeting — literally a matter of a couple of seconds, before the person(s) in question move on, turn away, or stop doing whatever was interesting. So I’ve learned to keep the camera switched on (which contradicts my traditional urge to conserve battery power), and not worry so much about zooming in for a perfectly-framed picture … after all, once the digital image is uploaded to my computer, it’s pretty trivial to crop out the parts unrelated to the main subject.

Thus far, I’ve generally avoided photographing bums, drunks, crazies, and homeless people. There are a few of them around, and they would certainly create some dramatic pictures; but they generally don’t want to be photographed, and I don’t want to feel like I’m taking advantage of them. I’m still looking for opportunities to take some "sympathetic" pictures of such people, which might inspire others to reach out and help them. We’ll see how it goes …

The only other thing I’ve noticed, thus far, is that while there are lots of interesting people to photograph, there are far, far, far more people who are not so interesting. They’re probably fine people, and they might even be more interesting than the ones I’ve photographed … but there was just nothing memorable about them.

Watch out, or my dog will gobble you up!
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Image by Ed Yourdon
This woman sat on the stone bench for quite a while, reading a magazine, and then staring off into space. Her dog was very patient, and also spent a lot of time staring off into space…

Note: this photo was published as an illustration in an Aug 2009 Squidoo blog titled "Awkward Moments: Caught Staring!"

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This is the continuation of a photo-project that I began in the summer of 2008: a random collection of "interesting" people in a broad stretch of the Upper West Side of Manhattan — between 72nd Street and 104th Street, especially along Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue.

As I indicated when I started this project in 2008, I don’t like to intrude on people’s privacy, so I normally use a telephoto lens in order to photograph them while they’re still 50-100 feet away from me; but that means I have to continue focusing my attention on the people and activities half a block away, rather than on what’s right in front of me.

I’ve also learned that, in many cases, the opportunities for an interesting picture are very fleeting — literally a matter of a couple of seconds, before the person(s) in question move on, turn away, or stop doing whatever was interesting. So I’ve learned to keep the camera switched on (which contradicts my traditional urge to conserve battery power), and not worry so much about zooming in for a perfectly-framed picture … after all, once the digital image is uploaded to my computer, it’s pretty trivial to crop out the parts unrelated to the main subject.

Thus far, I’ve generally avoided photographing bums, drunks, crazies, and homeless people. There are a few of them around, and they would certainly create some dramatic pictures; but they generally don’t want to be photographed, and I don’t want to feel like I’m taking advantage of them. I’m still looking for opportunities to take some "sympathetic" pictures of such people, which might inspire others to reach out and help them. We’ll see how it goes …

The only other thing I’ve noticed, thus far, is that while there are lots of interesting people to photograph, there are far, far, far more people who are not so interesting. They’re probably fine people, and they might even be more interesting than the ones I’ve photographed … but there was just nothing memorable about them.

Street artist
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Image by Ed Yourdon
This is something you don’t often see in NYC: an artist sketching whatever he thinks is memorable about a particular locaiton. In this case, the artist was sketching his view of the subway station that’s part of Verdi Square…

I don’t know if this was considered an initial sketch, a near-final rendering of the scene, or possibly just a private/personal drawing for his own amusement…

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This is part of an evolving photo-project, which will probably continue throughout the summer of 2008, and perhaps beyond: a random collection of "interesting" people in a broad stretch of the Upper West Side of Manhattan — between 72nd Street and 104th Street, especially along Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue.

I don’t like to intrude on people’s privacy, so I normally use a telephoto lens in order to photograph them while they’re still 50-100 feet away from me; but that means I have to continue focusing my attention on the people and activities half a block away, rather than on what’s right in front of me.

I’ve also learned that, in many cases, the opportunities for an interesting picture are very fleeting — literally a matter of a couple of seconds, before the person(s) in question move on, turn away, or stop doing whatever was interesting. So I’ve learned to keep the camera switched on (which contradicts my traditional urge to conserve battery power), and not worry so much about zooming in for a perfectly-framed picture … after all, once the digital image is uploaded to my computer, it’s pretty trivial to crop out the parts unrelated to the main subject.

For the most part, I’ve deliberately avoided photographing bums, drunks, drunks, and crazy people. There are a few of them around, and they would certainly create some dramatic pictures; but they generally don’t want to be photographed, and I don’t want to feel like I’m taking advantage of them. I’m still looking for opportunities to take some "sympathetic" pictures of such people, which might inspire others to reach out and help them. We’ll see how it goes …

The only other thing I’ve noticed, thus far, is that while there are lots of interesting people to photograph, there are far, far, *far* more people who are *not* so interesting. They’re probably fine people, and they might even be more interesting than the ones I’ve photographed … but there was just nothing memorable about them.


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“NEW” Most satisfying vaping experiences #2 and #1

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well here is the #1 and #2 , decided to upload this a litter sooner than i thought i would , also this was recorded about a week ago directly after my #3 and #4 video… hence the same hoodie. #2 , the Cisco Lazer Mod with an 801 atomizer from vapornine.com. While this device has a slightly weaker battery life than my beloved Screwdriver , it is still certainly longer lasting than most traditional e-cig batteries , especially the traditional Joye-510 batteries. This is my “on the couch dripping device”. I love the penstyle atomizer for the nice smooth draw and huge vapor. These penstyle attys from vapornine.com seem to rarely leak either. Teamed up with Marlboro from thehouseofvapor.com it’s an extremely satisfying vaping experience. #1 , the Puresmoker.com USB passthrough , my only “higher voltage” device is also my most satisfying. I am usually a low volt vaper when i’m out and about but at home this thing knocks my socks off. Like i said in the video i didn’t really fall in love with this until i got that 901 adapter for it , now i just drip 3 drops and fill the room with clouds of vapor. It doesn’t have a battery to worry about charging and if my computer is on then it’s good to go. The only real downside to this device is that i can’t take it with me. Regardless it will deliver a RECKLESS throat hit time after time after time after time. This device is REALLY well built , feels very sturdy and has a nice thick gauge cord that DOES RELAX over time. I have also found
Video Rating: 4 / 5


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What’s on my Bag

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What’s on my Bag
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Image by Alex McCranor – Workimage.co.uk
My daily carry in my Think Tank Retrospective 50.

we brought mike to lunch with us from london
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Image by boltron-
one big ass battery. one ev-do rev A. one skype MPEG4 video codec. one booster at his seat to get the laptop to table level. One table for 9 people. not 8. NINE


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UPS to Inverter Conversion APC Back UPS 650 Part 2 of 2

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Part 2 of 2 In this series I convert an APC Back UPS 650 into a standalone inverter / battery maintainer / UPS / power conditioner. I test the unit, do a very general overview of how it works, upgrade it’s power and runtime capabilities, and add extra cooling while explaining how and why I did each step along the way. I enjoy tinkering with old equipment and thought I’d make two projects out of one by creating this video at the same time. Enjoy. Now see the followup video here: youtu.be


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MY STUFF

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MY STUFF
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Image by Seth W.
This is everything I’m carrying with me on my bicycle journey.

I’m nomadic bike nerd without a zip code to call home. I left Brooklyn NY in July on my bike and I’m currently in Louisville, KY.

Read the blog post that goes with this photo on the Bike Nerd!

Red and Black
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Image by Boogies with Fish
www.messersmith.name/wordpress/2010/03/30/red-and-black/
Just when you think that everything is under control, a Pandora’s Box of silly irritations is opened somewhere above your head and all of Pandora’s little trinkets rain down on you like a plague of leaches. Hey, if I can’t start with a mixed metaphor, the I’m not going to write today. Hey, Pandora’s Box could  contain a plague of leaches.

Negatives: alternator on the car is stoned again, doesn’t alternate nor charge the battery; rebuilt the home office computer and installed Windows 7 (that’s good), but none of the USB ports on the brand-new mother board work (that’s bad); satellite TV is still out despite replacing the cable and the decoder, have to order another LNB (if Eunie doesn’t have TV over the long Easter weekend, my life quality is going to be considerably degraded); new wireless connection from my office to my house has been placed in an unfortunate place – now power on weekends if the town power is out (which it usually is).

However, there are Positives: the boat motor is not creamed, as I suspected – only a fuse; I don’t have cancer, as far as I know.

One thing that works for me, though it’s not very nice,  is to compare my problems to those of others. Alanis Morissette’s song Hand in My Pocket  is playing in the background as I write this. It seems strangely appropriate. Here’s this morning ‘s sunrise at Coconut Point: I made is all moody and contrasty. Like this:
I’m broke but I’m happy, I’m poor but I’m kind
I’m short but I’m healthy, yeah
I’m high but I’m grounded,
I’m sane but I’m overwhelmed
I’m lost but I’m hopeful, baby
What it all comes down to
Is that everything’s gonna be fine, fine, fine
‘Cause I’ve got one hand in my pocket
And the other one is giving a high five

I’ve never been a great interpreter of song lyrics, but I’ve always liked this one for its ambiguity. It seems to be saying to me that there are two sides to everything. One hand is in the pocket and the other one is doing something else. They don’t necessarily have anything to do with each other. Bad fortune doesn’t mean you’re in for a lucky streak soon. When things are going great, you don’t have to look over your shoulder. Life has a wonderful randomness to it. I can dig it.

What seems tragic, or at least annoying to me, by another’s standards will certainly seem trivial. I’m such a whiner. Excuse me all to pieces.

Let’s get to some fishy stuff. This magnificently gaudy critter is a Red and Black Anemonefish (Amphiprion melanopus): Somebody had a full palette when painting this one. I got these shots down deep in the big sandy bowl at The Eel Garden.  This patch of anemones and these fish were there when I started diving in the early 80′s. I’ve been photographing them for nearly that long. They know me. I’m the guy who comes around and flashes bright lights in their eyes.

The occasionally entertain me with synchronised swimming: Synchronized Swimming . . . I’ve watched it many times on the telly. I can’t decide if it’s extremely interesting or extremely boring. I just sort of sit there and stare it and think, "What the . . ."

The little one in the image above is giving me a problem. I’m not sure what species is it. It’s definitely a juvenile, which makes identification more difficult. It is also unusual to find two different species of anemonefish inhabiting the same anemone. Here’s another shot of the little one head-on: The house is a Bulb Anemone (Entacmaea quadricolor),  certainly one of the most beautiful. The fish is a little blurred, because it was out of the focal plane. In this case it doesn’t seem to hurt the image.

Here’s another reef panorama: It’s a technique that is still a work in progress. Getting the colours right is a pain.

I can’t stop taking pictures of Palm Coral. It’s some species of Clavularia: The colours from group to group vary in wonderfully subtle ways.

I never pass up the opportunity to disrupt the life of a Hermit Crab (Calcinus minutus)  by gently tipping its house over and watching it put things right: Now that I consider what I just wrote in that last sentence, the hair on the back of my neck is rising.

I’d be interested to know if you  know what I’m thinking.


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Our gear!

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Our gear!
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Image by szwerink

What’s in my bag
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Image by Cian Ginty
Not pictured are: my gloves which are in the bag if not on my hands or my coat’s pockets, tissues which I genially keep just in case even if when I don’t have a cold, and the camera which is being used to take this.

The NoonSolar Handbag
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Image by cstmweb
Artefact no.: 2011.0004
Manufacturer: NoonSolar
Chicago, IL, USA
Date: 2010
Source: Purchased

The NoonSolar handbag features built-in solar technology used to power devises such as iPods or cell phones. Designed for a person that walks to work or spends time outside, the bag is carried over a shoulder with the solar panel exposed to allow the solar cell to charge a battery.

The panel is based on organic solar cell technology developed at the National Research Council (NRC) in Ottawa. The organic cells are printed on thin films using the same printing technology as Polaroid film.

In the early 2000s, the NRC was approached by Konarka, a US company that wanted to produce solar cells based on NRC’s technology. The thin, flexible solar cells were further developed and tested for Konarka who prints the solar cells. Other manufacturers incorporate the cells in a variety of products such as laptop bags, handbags, backpacks, umbrellas, clothing including military applications.

Canada Science and Technology Museum


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toshiba p850/040 review

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I just think overall this is a really good laptop that can play games well. I give it a 9/10
Video Rating: 4 / 5


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How To Replace A BMW Key Battery and Key Troubleshooting

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Key troubleshooting for comfrot access and remote function not working. Replacing the key battery on a comfort access key.
Video Rating: 4 / 5


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40:365 You lazy, lazy bastard

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40:365 You lazy, lazy bastard
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Image by ian murchison
I’ve been on the phone non-stop since I got home dealing with Apple, parents and RBC.

Apple’s not sending me a new computer, but they are at least sending me a new battery. I guess it was worth the couple hours I spent on the phone with them, it saved me 0+tax.

And I’ve been trying to setup my direct investing account with RBC, which is taking pretty long. 8 days so far, but now I can finally trade and hopefully by Tuesday I’ll have my ‘preferred pricing’ which makes buying/selling a bit cheaper (or the same price as all the other online trading companies).

The tripod was already setup and I was already drinking the beer soooo……. this happened. Lazy I know, but this i what you get (plus I like how they both turned out)

Also massively craving chocolate covered jujubes.
Edit: I’m deciding on some real popcorn instead :)
Edit2: Popcorn failed horribly, must have been old kernels. Off to buy my first craving :)

67′s game tomorrow night! Halloween freaks will be out in full force!

Coast Guard – “Green” Energy
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Image by U.S. Coast Guard
Southwest Harbor, Maine – A Marine Grade 1KW turbine that is owned and installed by Electronics Support Detachment (ESD) Southwest Harbor; the turbine is a component of a "Hybrid Wind/Solar" system that integrates in an invertor box, and enables the renewable energy to not only charge batteries, but run 24 computers for ESD and Station Southwest Harbor on a daily basis.


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Lenovo ThinkPad T420s Review

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Here is a quick review of a new sandy bridge CPU i5 equipped ThinkPad t420s. For a T series, this is a thin laptop that boats all the horsepower you need. The Intel HD3000 display driver exactly isn’t your gaming GPU of choice but you don’t buy a ThinkPad for gaming anyway.
Video Rating: 4 / 5


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