macbook hard drive, upgradeable by humans
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I heard it was true but wasn’t certain. My 80GB drive was basically full and since I’m upgrading to Leopard next week I figured I needed some space. I bought a 160GB drive from Other World Computing for 0 [insert obligatory "omg my first hard drive cost four times that and held 4000 times less and was ten times as large" story] and an empty HD enclosure for .

The basic deal is to backup your current drive to the new drive that you’ve put into the enclosure. I did this using some easy as pie copy tool. I’d tell you what it is, but it’s the one thing on my old drive that didn’t get copied to the new drive and it’s not in my history or chat logs. [update: Carbon Copy Cloner, woo!] Formatting and moving the files over a USB 2 connection took hours, but it was the worst part.

To get the HD out of a Macbook, you just flip it over, take out the battery and the battery shield and unfold this little plastic tongue thing and pull the drive out of where it is. Of course the plastic part is attached to the old HD so once you put the new HD in you’re not getting it out without pliers. The whole thing, after transferring the files, took ten minutes. I turned on the Macbook with the new drive with my old files and it was all right there. There are a weird missing few hours between the backup and when I installed the drive — no chat logs, news I read isn’t marked as read — but it’s small potatoes.

I took my old drive out and put it in the now empty enclosure [this involves removing some torx screws which I didn't have the right tool for so I got them out with pliers] which attaches to my computer with the same cable as the one that comes with my camera.

So, for 5 and a bit of time I got triple the space and a hard drive big enough for even more mac nonsense, little movies and dumb photos like this. Combined with the RAM upgrade I did a few days ago [1 GB to 2 GB also absurdly easy] it’s like I have a whole new machine. Woo!

Sorry Macbook Pro owners, this only works on the Macbook. Enjoy your faster processor.

Guarding against a pigeon attack
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Image by Ed Yourdon
It’s very common to see people walking through Verdi Square with a dog in tow; maybe you’ll see two dogs on a leash every once in a while. But this woman was patiently sitting on a bench, reading her email, while her dogs sat alertly by her side.

Meanwhile, there was a guy standing about 10 feet away from her, handing out flyers to everyone entering and exiting the 72nd Street subway station in Verdi Square. He didn’t look very interesting, so I didn’t bother photographing him. But about ten minutes later, he shrugged, put away his flyers, and walked over to this woman; they embraced and then walked off together, dogs in tow.

I was so startled by the unexpected turn of events that I didn’t even think to raise my camera up and try to get picture of it all…

Note: this photo was published in a Mar 4, 2010 blog titled "Life Laid Bare," in which we learn that the dogs are named Skippy and Beulah, and the pigeon is named Muffin (of course!). And the woman is named Carla Simon, not to be confused with Carly Simon.

I also took advantage of this publication occurrence to edit the photo so that the shadows in the woman’s dark blouse would be decreased in order to show some of the details.

Moving into 2011, the photo was published in an undated (mid-Apr 2011) Dog-Walker-dot-com blog titled "Monthly Newsletters Can Increase Business," as well as an undated (mid-Apr 2011) Dog-Groomers-dot-com blog titled "Write a Monthly Newsletter to Increase Your Business."


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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Image by Zachary Wolf
Winter photos after a frost in Wapello Idaho

I woke up and saw that the fog from the night before had frozen and made everything white. It was a great day for pictures in south Eastern Idaho, so I snagged my camera, a Tripod and took an extra battery.

That said, (and this is why I’ll never take wedding photos,) – after all was said and done, I didn’t take the time to check it, and my camera was taking low res shots the whole morning! Oh well, it’s great for computers, but terrible for printing.

Enjoy, I had fun taking them, it was a beautiful day.

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