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Well, Brian was able to get online from the ship and has been uploading some photos:

http://www.cetan.co.uk/photos/AlaskanCruise

He's just dumping photos right now, so the crappy ones are going up with the good ones :)

And he had the webcam running for a bit, but it was sort of, well, webcam-like. Not a lot of detail but I did get to see what the outdoor lounge area looks like as well as a view of the ocean and of Brian.

The Geek Factor is high here indeed. :)

Current Music: QCD: [12 -5:37] Basement Jaxx / Rendez-Vu

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The city is pretty dark, all the street lights are on and yes, yes there is rain falling. The streets are wet, not just damp, and the thunder is reverberating off the buildings.

It's a shame it's going to blow through so quickly.

Current Music: QCD: [20 -9:04] David Gray / Say Hello Wave Goodbye

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http://moon.google.com/

How cool is that?

It's very cool, that's how cool it is.

ps: be sure to zoom all the way in..

Current Music: QCD: [2 -3:56] Sasha + John Digweed / Space Manouevres (Stag

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My friend Brian, who lives with his wife Jen in Las Vegas are off on an Alaskan Cruise. Supposedly the ship will have wifi all over the place so he's hoping to do some trip reporting, photo uploading, and webcam running.

http://cruise.theholmesnetwork.com/

We shall see. :)

Good time to go though, as Vegas has been over 110 deg F recently.
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http://luminous-landscape.com/reviews/cameras/phase-one-0705.shtml

PhaseOne, one of the leading producers of digital medium format backs announced their newest product:

A 39 megapixel, self-contained, digital back.

!!

Each image it produces is 224MB.

Cost? $30,000. Just for the back. No camera body, no lenses, no cards, just the digital back.

But wow, 39MP...
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Today helloheather was in Chicago for a job interview and so we met for lunch. Lunch was out near Lab One, the professional photo lab where I've been taking all my slide film and black and white film. I had not been there in a while because I'd been shooting mostly color negative film as of late. The vacation to Oregon, however, gave me a good excuse to break out the Fuji Astia and Provia (slide films) and so, er, well I did.

Anyway, we get to Lab One and the front door is locked. The door is locked and there is a sign on the building:

Garage Sale
Everything Must Go
Last Day: June 11th

My heart sank. There was not other note or notice, but it would appear that Lab One is no more. Another victim of change in the digital revolution.

And so, of course, I've been thinking about what I want to do with my photography. Lab One was close, good, and decently priced. The next closest lab downtown is a bit more of a walk and also does really good work. But they're more expensive. Enough so that I am considering giving up slide film for anything but very specific applications. This is not the direction I want to be taking actually. I want to be using more slide film, having greater control over the final output, and learning more about photography.

But that may not be in the cards and I may indeed need to start saving for a Digital SLR and a series of lenses. I've been quite resistant to the DSLR simply because of the initial costs. The Canon 20D is $1400 and in order to still achieve the field of view my 24mm lens offers me, I'll need to shell out another $800 for the Canon 10-22mm or $600 for the Tamron 11-18mm. (Plus memory cards and extra batteries) That's a pretty substantial buy-in...

So, the quandary continues. I've discussed it before and am no further towards making a decision than I was before. Feel free to ignore these ramblings as I'm sure I'll do it again... :)

Current Music: QCD: [725 -2:45] Eric b & rakim / Don't sweat the technique

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http://mypublisher.com/products.html

This looks rather slick actually. I think I'll order up a soft-bound book to see what its really like.

Current Music: QCD: [439 -3:31] The Swiftys / Dealin' with the Deal

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helloheather and I have returned. You can read the trip report over in her blog:

Day 1: http://www.livejournal.com/users/helloheather/244877.html

Day 2: http://www.livejournal.com/users/helloheather/245108.html

Day's 3-12 (a quick summary of each day): http://www.livejournal.com/users/helloheather/245376.html

90% of the photos we took were on film, so it'll take a bit for me to get them sorted and the best ones scanned.

While we were staying at a B&B in White Salmon along the Columbia River Gorge, we were treated to wonderful sunsets on Mt. Hood (to our south) every night. Of course, I had the digital camera with me at all times so on the way back from dinner one of those nights...

Current Music: QCD: [234 -1:59] bedbug / Take Me to the Earth

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The sunset last night was quite nice. helloheather and I walked about 2 and a half miles on the bike trail taking it all in. We got back to the car by 9:10 and there was still a nice orange, pink, and purple glow in the sky.

Current Music: QCD: [664 -3:43] Single Frame / Comm. Jet (Creepykid Remix)

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Today is the Summer Solstice. You can't really seen the sunrise from our house because we're lower than the neighbors across the street but I tried to anyway. I dragged, er, encouraged helloheather out of bed early to be there for it. I've always wanted to see both the sunrise and sunset on the solstice and, barring any afternoon/evening thunderstorms it looks like I'll be able to do it.

15h and 17m of sun today (more if you count civil twilight) and then tomorrow starts the decline.

So, tonight helloheather and I will take walk on the bike trail for the sunset. We'll have a better view of the western sky from there.

Happy Summer everyone. :)

Current Music: QCD: [633 -3:47] Old Man River / Sunshine

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So, for lunch today I hopped on the EL (Green Line) and headed out to the Garfield Park Conservatory.

The ride was uneventful, but I wasn't able to get a window seat for some "slightly above the city" photography. Maybe next time.

The conservatory was not crowded and the interior was easily walkable for a lunch-hour visit. There is a large exterior portion of the conservatory that I didn't even get a chance to see. What they really need there is a little snack/lunch shop. That would make the experience a little more pleasant for being there at noon. The mostly-cloudy day provided the nice overcast light needed for good macro and flower photography.

Current Music: QCD: [364 -1:31] Hot Young Priest / Eyes Wide Open

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http://www.macys.com/catalog/product/index.ognc?ID=130548

Crystal Clear Shot Glass Checker Set
Make entertaining fun again with this shot glass checker set. Includes 14" glass checker board and 1 ounce shot glasses as checker pieces.



edit/update:
There's also one with tiny beer mugs :)
http://www.macys.com/catalog/product/index.ognc?ID=151455

edit/update #2:
Backordered. Earliest ship date: 33 days out. Ouch!

Current Music: QCD: [331 -2:19] The Urgencies / Night is Over

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A very dedicated Futurama fan (redundant phrase?) posted screen grabs of the opening tag lines from every episode of the show on flickr.

A slide show is available here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nachop/sets/450093/show/

The set is here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nachop/sets/450093/

Funny stuff :)

Current Music: QCD: [230 -3:33] The Deathray Davies / I regret the day I tried to steal daniels ego

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helloheather posted an overview of the weekend, so I'll not replicate it here.

This photo jumped out at me last night when running through the digital camera download (film is being processed today).


helloheather took the above photo of me Saturday evening while we were out enjoying the sunset. The light is really nice, I quite like it. The shutter speed was slow enough to show movement but not too slow as to show camera shake. But mostly, the image captures for me exactly how I was feeling getting my feet and jeans wet while enjoying what turned out to be an excellent sunset. I don't know how easily this feeling can be conveyed to others, unless you've been in a similar position, but for me it's the photo that best sums up the evening on the beach.

Under the LJ-cut is the snapshot (and it's exactly that) I took while waiting for the rain to move off.
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Current Music: QCD: [142 -1:44] Teitur / I Was Just Thinking

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cetan

June 7th, 2003. (photo courtesy of Rob E)


Two years already? Seems difficult to believe that just two years ago we were off to Seattle and the wonderful north west having just experienced two of the more intense days of our lives.

I just want to say thank you again to all our friends and family that helped make the day possible. Everyone threw themselves into helping us deal with all that was going on so we could concentrate more on each other and the event. I have many fond memories of the day

Current Music: QCD: [16 -3:14] The Zincs / Moment is Now!

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http://www.garfieldconservatory.org/directions.htm

I'm 10 minutes by way of the Green Line to the Garfield Park Conservatory!

And I'm about a 5 minute walk to the Green Line.

I could easily get there and back within my lunch hour...

*plans* *schemes*

Current Music: QCD: [3 -4:14] Sasha + John Digweed / Morning Glory (Union Jack)

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Well, today is World Photo Day. It's supposed to be a photojournalistic look at the world around you. Take a shot, upload it, participate in a world "community" effort. I'm not big on photographing strangers. I become nervous and worried they're going to take offense. I know most street shooters know this is not the case, but for me it's still a nerve-racking endeavor.

I think I'll just head out with my camera, back towards the West Loop Gate area and see what presents itself. The Holgaroid needs some exercise and I've only got a single pack of film left.

Current Music: QCD: [3 -2:48] Lemon Jelly / Ramblin' Man

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Yep, it was that kind of weekend.

Current Music: QCD: [9 -3:08] The Nature Of America / Basil Poledouris - Cincinnati Pops Orchestra / Lonesome Dove

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Three cheers for helloheather for finding us a place to stay at the end of June :)

Current Music: QCD: [5 -1:30] Venus Hum / Alice

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Well, this is really annoying. I wonder if LJ can strip off the annoying text included with a camera phone post... (see behind the cut)

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http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/philg/2005/05/02#a8373

I have not been keeping up with Philip Greenspuns blog, so I've been doing a little catching up. That entry caught my eye.

Current Music: QCD: [251 -1:56] Jetscreamer / Front Porch

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An interesting image has been discovered on the Satellite view of Google maps:

http://maps.google.com/maps?q=33409&ll=26.748651,-80.074550&spn=0.005622,0.007875&t=k&hl=en

UFO theories off the starboard bow!:
http://www.googlesightseeing.com/2005/05/12/ufo/
http://outhouserag.typepad.com/outhouserag/2005/05/did_google_maps.html

(many more here: http://www.google.com/search?client=googlet&q=google%20maps%20UFO )

But let's look at that second link again: http://www.googlesightseeing.com/ There's some really neat stuff there.

edit/update:
Interestingly enough, there are a number of Washington DC buildings that have been scrubbed off of the Google Maps satellite data:
http://maps.google.com/maps?ll=38.897288,-77.036787&spn=0.004163,0.006727&t=k&hl=en

Current Music: QCD: [614 -2:08] Strikeforce Diablo / Sharp Tongue No Teeth

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Saturday afternoon and evening were spent on indulgences. (No, not the Roman Catholic kind.)

At 4pm we attended our last Shakespeare play of the season: Romeo and Juliet at The Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier. It was well done, and well acted. It was also nice to go at a time that's different from our normal tickets. The afternoon show allows you to arrive at the pier before sunset and eat after instead of rushing through dinner before hand. The weather was nice, not too warm, slight breeze, and we walked the length of the pier afterward to grab a taxi.

Dinner was at Lawry's for their wonderful prime rib. The restaurant makes its home in the 1890's McCormick Mansion. It's a wonderful building and the food is excellent. helloheather and I both had the syrah with the meal, which is quickly becoming my favorite wine.
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I personally don't like the handling of flip phones. I can't properly jam them between my ear and shoulder for "hands free" and the ones I have tried have ended up actually hurting my ear after a few minutes of conversation.

Sadly, the trend with my cell phone provider (Verizon) is to eliminate all phone types except flip or pda-like. I already have a PDA plus I can't see spending $300 on a phone so there's just no need. (I'm ignoring their "(We-can-be-Nextel-too) Push-To-Talk" plan which features non-flip phones but is also not an option due to the fact that there's no one I can "push-to-talk" to.)

I'd stick with my current phone (I'm no longer within a contract period) but it's really on its last legs. (You have to squeeze the phone almost constantly to hear anything, there's a loose connection somewhere inside).

Anyway, this was pretty much an entry for the sake of posting. :)

Current Music: QCD: [468 -0:18] Tracker / Photograph the Ancestors

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http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4634837

You can listen to the interview online.
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