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Happy

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Happy
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Image by Ed Yourdon
This was taken at 73rd Street & Amsterdam Avenue, as I was walking north.

I’m not sure whether the mother noticed me or not, though the woman in the background did seem to notice me in a disapproving way. Of course, I had no interest in either of the two mothers; I was far more interested in the little girl with the "happy" t-shirt and the rose, which she carried so carefully as she navigated up the curb to the next street…

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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, homeless people, 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.

Lost in thought
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Image by Ed Yourdon
Note: this photo was published in a Jun 23, 2010 blog titled "Is Google Age-ist?"

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This was taken at the southern end of Verdi Square, right next to 72nd Street. This guy looked like an old, retired seafaring captain of a clipper-ship … but I suspect his story was something entirely different. I was tempted to ask him about his background, but decided not to …

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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.

I’m just lookin’ at your dog, lady. Honest!
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Image by Ed Yourdon
This was taken on the west side of Broadway, between 85th and 86th Street. And I really was just looking at her dog, though I have to admit that the woman is stunning.

Note: this photo was published in a May 19, 2012 Dog Pictures|Funny Dog Pictures blog, with the same caption and detailed notes that I had written on this Flickr page.

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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.


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Got my netbook. Got my coffee. This is my office. I’m happy

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Got my netbook. Got my coffee. This is my office. I’m happy
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Image by Ed Yourdon
Note: this photo was published in a Jun 16, 2009 Lifehacker blog article titled "Master the Art of Web Commuting." It was also published in the Japanese edition of the same Lifehacker blog, with a title of "????????????." And it was published in an Aug 28, 2009 blog titled "Free WiFi All Over Arlington." More recently, it was published in a Sep 28, 2009 Swedish blog titled "Mobilt bredband kan bli dyrt i paket." And it was published in a Dec 8, 2009 blog titled " It Ain’t Your Grandfathers Marketing Strategy."

More recently, the photo was published in a Feb 7, 2011 blog titled "Vill du vara med?" I have no idea what that means, but I’m sure it’s good stuff. And it was published in an Oct 2011 Romanian blog titled "Cele mai utile site-uri de truism."

Moving into 2012, the photo was published in an undated (mid-Sep 2012) blog titled "Will Free Shipping Day Rival Cyber Monday Sales?"

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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.


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My Happy Place

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My Happy Place
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Image by wblo
I just now realized that my laptop could be untethered from my desk and used ANYWHERE thanks to its internal wireless card and battery! Yeah, well when you use it at a desk for three years you kind of just somehow associate it with the desk.

The important thing is that I can sit on my bed, back against the wall, which puts me directly in the sweet spot between my two oversized loudspeakers. They’re designed to project sound outwards 5-10 feet, from a wall to someone’s couch. When I sit at my desk I’m less than a foot in front of them.

The difference here isn’t readily apparent until you change where you sit. The music sounds normal when sitting at my desk. When I moved to the bed, I could feel much more bass, and the high end was much higher; cymbals rang and crashed instead of just sort of fading out, for example.

So, basically what I’m trying to say is that I’ve found my happy place, I suppose. There is so much shit that is completely fucked in my life, but this thing right here, this is right.

Yeah, I guess I’m going to spin some wax for awhile…I don’t know, it’s kind of like an in-flight refueling for my soul or something.

Core 2 Duo rocks
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Image by craig1black
So I just got a new IBM Thinkpad T60 today at work. Core 2 Duo T7200. I cannot believe how fast this laptop is!

But here is the best thing, using the great "RightMark CPU Clock Utility" I got the on-battery power consumption down to 10.7 watts at idle! This is while running at 1ghz and screen at minimum brightness. And since it’s Core 2 Duo this power consumption is with both cores running at that speed. Also, my T60 has the 1440×1050 screen and ATI Radeon X1300 graphics, which probably use more power.

This equates to about 5 hours of run time off the standard battery!

Using the same program, I got my old Thinkpad T41 (Pentium M 1.6Ghz) down to about 9.7 watts on battery at idle. A little better but that was with the cpu running at 600mhz and of course, only a single core. This T41 has Radeon Mobility 9000 graphics and the 1440×1050 screen.

Back to the T60, I was able to under-volt the CPU from 1.20v to 1.15v — right off the bat this reduced max load CPU temp a few degrees. (Down to about 66C) I need to try lower settings as they may work and reduce computer temps even more. Sadly I cannot lower the voltage anymore than 0.950V at the 1Ghz speed as that is the default and the minimum supported by the chipset. If I could notch that down a bit I could lower consumption even more.

Since I’m using "Performance on demand" even when running on A/C, the computer runs at 1ghz until more power is needed where it seamlessly throttles up to 2ghz. This keep temps nice and low and the fan off.

As I said before, max CPU temp is about 66C. The fan on the T60 is very quiet so even running two copies of super_pi the thing isn’t loud at all. Idle temp with the fan off is about 45C. What is odd is on battery the unit is about 48C but on A/C actually cools down even though CPU speed is the same.

The wrist rest is only slightly warm to the touch and actually cooler than my T41. (And the T41 was already cool.)

The T41 hard drive idles at about 98F but the T60′s new SATA drive runs at 91F, a nice reduction.

On the underside, the T60 is about as warm as my T41. I don’t have my pyrometer with me — but I would guess about 35C/95F. Under full load my T41 used to warm up a little underneath, but not much. The cooling assembly is pretty efficient and I would imagine the T60′s is as good. There are no vents on the bottom.

Oh and a final note, I see on the "Intel Mac Temperature Database" that many Macbook Pro’s idle at 10C higher than my T60 and max out at 20C-30C higher under load! This is crazy.

If you are in the market for a new laptop, I really recommend the Thinkpad T60 series. I’ve had my T41 for a while and it’s one tough little notebook. Other than some of the soft-touch coating having rubbed off on the corners, it’s still as good as new. No squeaks or looseness — just one well put together computer. The T60 seems to have kept the same ruggedness and chunky good looks of the T4x series while upgrading its internal bits with the times.

Packing for Paris
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Image by Jeff Hester
Leaving tomorrow for Paris, but still have some packing to do. Really looking forward to the photos in the City of Lights.

#171 of Project 365.


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HP Mini 1000 / Happy Hacking Keyboard Lite 2 Comparison [20090102_13]

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HP Mini 1000 / Happy Hacking Keyboard Lite 2 Comparison [20090102_13]
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HP Mini 1000

* Genuine Windows XP Home with Service Pack 3 Ubuntu 8.10
* Intel(R) Atom(TM) Processor N270 (1.60GHz)
* 10.2" diagonal WSVGA HP LED Brightview Infinity Display (1024 x 600)
* FREE Upgrade to 1GB DDR2 System Memory (1 Dimm)!! – For
Integrated WWAN products
* Intel(R) Graphics Media Accelerator 950
* 16GB (Solid State Drive Flash Module)
* HP Mini Webcam with HP Imprint Finish (Swirl) – For 10.2" Display
* HP Color Matching Keyboard
* Wireless-G Card
* 3 Cell Lithium Polymer Battery

HP Mini 1000 / Happy Hacking Keyboard Lite 2 Comparison [20090102_08]
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Image by treehead
HP Mini 1000

* Genuine Windows XP Home with Service Pack 3 Ubuntu 8.10
* Intel(R) Atom(TM) Processor N270 (1.60GHz)
* 10.2" diagonal WSVGA HP LED Brightview Infinity Display (1024 x 600)
* FREE Upgrade to 1GB DDR2 System Memory (1 Dimm)!! – For
Integrated WWAN products
* Intel(R) Graphics Media Accelerator 950
* 16GB (Solid State Drive Flash Module)
* HP Mini Webcam with HP Imprint Finish (Swirl) – For 10.2" Display
* HP Color Matching Keyboard
* Wireless-G Card
* 3 Cell Lithium Polymer Battery


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