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Every time I go shopping, I come back with more than I can carry

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Every time I go shopping, I come back with more than I can carry
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Image by Ed Yourdon
This was taken on the northwest corner of Columbus Ave and 72nd Street. I don’t know where the woman was coming from, but the blue thingy on the left appears to be a dog-bed of some kind. I watched her carry it into a pet store around the corner on 72nd Street…

Note: apparently because of the dog-like connection suggested in the comment above, this photo was published as part of an illustration for a Jul 2009 Squidoo blog titled "Your Pets: Do You Breed, Neuter or Neither?"

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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.

I’m so cool that I can’t possibly be seen with my dorky mother and younger brother
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Image by Ed Yourdon
This was taken on the southeast corner of Broadway & 82nd Street, looking toward the "Liberty Travel" shop on the far corner.

When I first moved into this area some 25 years ago, I lived about two blocks west of this spot…

Note: this photo was used to illustrate a June 2009 Squidoo blog titled "Handset Review." And Note it was published as an illustration in a Jul 2009 Squidoo blog titled "Buying Cell Phones on Ebay."

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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.

Diptych – burning car next to garage
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Image by OldOnliner
Example of how B&W brings out details otherwise lost in color hues. Usually see this in low light and extreme contrasts.

(I’d probably have helped, too, if I’d remembered to reset the camera’s white balance before shooting these.)

This is what I woke up to at 2:30 am. Well, not exactly… What I really woke up to was my wife running around yelling "Dennis’ barn is burning down!" The sound of the roof collapsing probably woke her. I have a later shot that shows a propane tank exploding, but it’s pretty blurred.

As seen from the window next to my computer in our dining room about 10 minutes after wife woke me up (and after I got off the phone with 911) when I woke up enough to realize I have 2 cameras sitting next to me on the desk!

Forgot to change settings though… it was set for WB=cloudy from earlier on Saturday’s walk. Actually, the battery and CF card were both out of camera so I had to reload everything before I could take this shot. Camera’s clock is an hour off for some reason.

It’s pretty obvious the fire started in back corner (left), near the wood burner stove/heater.

Here’s a short BDN article on the fire – http://www.beloitdailynews.com/articles/2008/02/04/news/news06.txt


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Things i carry

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Things i carry
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Image by ikelee
Things i carry with me. I actually only either carry the Mt. Rosa sling bag or the Backpack (the backpack more lately, the Mt. Rosa or the Booq Bag without my powerbook in it is what i carry if i go out i keep my camera and my axim usually in those bags) the stuff i carry for work i usually leave at work, but sometimes i’m out in the field and i’ll have to carry it with me.

Things i carry but you dont see
-Toothbrush, toothpaste, small bar of soap all in a plastic baggie, and a first aid kit
(extra’s just incase, cause if the boy scouts taught me anything, its be prepared
-All the chargers i use for all my electronic equipment (Powerbook Adapter, cell phone chargers, camera charger, Dell Axim Charger.)
-House and Car Keys (really they go in my pocket as well as my chapstick)
-Spare Ethernet cable
-Bottle of H20
-Crackers and a snickers bar
-Lots of paperwork…
-My IT Field Kit (which as XP Pro slipstreamed with SP2, screwdrivers and bits, Symantec Antivirus, Microsoft Office XP and Driver’s on a CD of computers we use at work, a 512 Gb Thumbdrive and a 10Gb USB/Firewire Combo external Drive)
-My Bible

Strap-On Video Rocket
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Image by jurvetson
Having successfully flown on a J-size motor, she was ready for the challenge of a K. You can see the video camera hanging off the side, with half an Easter Egg fiberglassed on for a nosecone (rocket details).

The long-burn K185 is a wonderful motor. From the ground video, you can hear its throaty roar with the deep Doppler Shift of a 480 MPH departure.

As she was pulling 7 g’s, the weight of the flight computer’s 9V battery ripped through its restraining straps. Luckily, it did not tumble far enough to yank the power wires out, as the rocket depends on the computer and its sensors to deploy the parachute. With that mishap barely avoided, it was a perfect flight, returning close to the far launch pad without a scratch.

Here’s the video from the rocket.

Fail, Fail, Fail
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Image by Velo Steve
Confession: I took this photo just so I could whine publicly. There, I said it.

1) My 5D Mark III’s joystick failed, with the gasket at its base protruding from the case. It probably got bumped when I wasn’t looking.
2) Go to Canon’s site to set up a repair. Seems pretty smooth. It says I need to use a shipper with tracking information.
3) Go to the UPS site. They have forgotten my account credentials. Not for the first time. Decide to "ship as Guest".
4) UPS requires a contact name, which Canon doesn’t provide. Go deeper into the web to see how this should be handled.
5) Computer suddenly shuts down, as if a tree has fallen on the power lines. It’s a nice day out, and the computer is pretty new.
6) Trying to be safe, I was using a UPS (not the shipping company, a power supply). It’s the UPS that died!
7) Play with the UPS. Not much to go on, but the "check battery" light is on.
8) Pull the battery – at least my screwdriver still works.
9) Grab my digital multimeter. It’s dead.
10) Pull the battery from the multimeter. It’s 9V, and we’re low on those.
11) Connect a 9V of questionable origin. The display now has an "H" and a square on it. More than before, but still useless.
12) Find an old analog multimeter and pick the best 9V battery.
13) Try that in the digital one. Still not working.

It’s all the failure I can take for now. Tomorrow I’ll drive the box to a local store which apparently takes UPS parcels. On the way back I’ll get batteries. Anything not working after than goes in the trash.


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Daily Carry 20120112

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Daily Carry 20120112
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Image by chrisash

What’s inside my bag?
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Image by Ganymedes Costagravas
What’s inside my bag! (a blogger challenge)

* 1. Humo: a weekly magazine, comes out every Tuesday, good reading material for bus / train, and is where I first read of SL®!

* 2. Thin black pen: I always try to carry one of these along for writing, but they’re also excellent “for a quick sketch” in case I get an idea

* 3. Deodorant spray: I think all guys should always have one of these along (I know male sweat can smell delicious, but that really depends on the situation, srsly!)

* 4. Phone: it’s almost 3 yrs old now, but still works!

* 5. USB stick: I put it in there once, never took it out again I guess

* 6. 2 perfume “samples”: I don’t know why I keep them in there, but I don’t feel like taking them out of the bag… I keep thinking they might be handy “if I ever need to go somewhere right after work” (and can’t freshen up first)

* 7. Wallet nr. 1: the main one, for every day use

* 8. Digital camera bag: has some extra batteries in the front pocket… tho they’re more dead then recharged (my bad, I know)

* 9. Headphones: I can’t use those little earplugs cuz they never stay in my ears (besides that > it looks übercool imho and it keeps my ears warm!)

* 10. 2008 journal: I don’t really use it as a journal, but more as a notebook / sketchbook / shopping list pad / etc… it also holds a lot of paper I should be filing in folders and stuff, but… you know ;)

* 11. Key strap: does it show how much I like red stuff?

* 12. Water: cuz I wanna “re-Vittel-ize” myself! :D

* 13. MP3 charger: I need to take ths along, cuz the MP3 is turning 4 y/o soon, and sorta needs to be recharged on a daily basis (if I decide to buy an Apple battery puter next month, I might try to get an iPod while I’m at it… if I have enough cash left)

* 14. MP3: life is music!

* 15. Umbeh-ella: if you’re in .be and decide to go outside without one, there’s a high risk you’ll regret that choice!

* 16. Wallet nr. 2: I needed a 2nd one for all those membership cards, contact cards, etc…

* 17. Winter flaphat: cuz it’s cold outside!

Not shown: a handkerchief (cuz I’m pretty sure you don’t want to see that!)

In my bag…
Notebook Battery

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What I Carry

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What I Carry
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Image by Earthworm
I’ve changed bags which is a big deal for an organizer. The zippers were going on my old belt pack which was a pretty homely thing anyway. I found one of these Ameribags at the thrift store so I thought I’d try it out. I don’t see what’s ergonomic about it as a shoulder bag—it’s still dragging your shoulder down, but worn across the body it works like a messenger bag. A belt pack is still the most ergonomic, but not so good on my semi-recumbent bike. I added the binder pouch and that really stepped up the functionality and made me feel more secure since it has a mesh pocket for my ,000 hearing aids (not covered by health insurance, BTW). The pouch swivels around on the keysnap which really floats my boat. You can see I’m very much an analog type. No electronic PDA or iPod or what and the pay-as-you-go phone is the one I started out with and it’s rarely turned on. Oh yes, there is my digital camera which I also carry everywhere, but not shown because I’m using it, of course. I can even cram in a book, small water bottle and lunch which my old bag could not.

Packing to Avoid United’s Baggage Check-In Fee
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Image by vicandwilliam
Everything for a skate (slalom) class, Red Hat training course (RHCSA), and a visit with some friends in Atlanta, GA. Eight day trip. The skates take up a boatload of space as does the Macbook. Neither of which I normally travel with.

Moderate Embarrassment
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Image by sneakums
The M.E. is compact and slingable, with plenty of pockets and zippered compartments such as will hold documents, clutch pencils, pens and notebook batterys. The X200 is sticking out slightly thanks to the 9-cell battery, but it’s a snug and secure fit.


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The Items I Carry

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The Items I Carry
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I used to be a packrat with the things I carried around. Never know when you might need that extra set of batteries! Or that pocket knife with the can opener! And lord knows you need at least two pencils and a pen on you (crappy ones at that)!

No, no no no. Done with that. I walk out the door and instinctually do a "phone, keys, wallet" check in one motion and know I’m good to go. Hell, I don’t even carry the pen or notebook (pocket moleskine, grid lines of course) around with me unless I know I’m going to need them (out to buy things, out with friends, traveling in unknown places). The wallet’s an old but trusted friend from many exes ago, the watch is the first I’ve been able to stand wearing over long periods of time (the many secrets of well-worn leather) from a much more recent ex (considerably better terms—o! experience).

The phone is a first gen iPhone, complete with dents, dings, drops, and even a scratch in that supposedly invincible screen. Tough love but she’s a trooper. I respect the disconnected life and while I’m certainly not living it myself I am pleased to be down to a single, pleasant device.

The keys are no frills, just the facts ma’am, because as with the rest, only the essentials please.

Oh and the type term coasters are what happens when you put a graphic designer and a developer/wannabe-designer in one house. Makes sense really.

Light: from Cell & Batteries Recharged
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Image by BKbral
recarregador de pilhas e celular.


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Items I Carry

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Items I Carry
Notebook Battery

Image by krasi
Items I carry with me every day(for this pool)

surving Internet in Shanghai
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Image by arully
Free Internet at Shanghai’s Costa Coffee. With just around 31 yuan for 1 medium coffee latte, you can get all day long free internet as long as your notebook’s battery can handle your surfing appetite :)


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