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(no subject) [Jul. 3rd, 2009|03:20 am]
It felt really good to tie up loose ends at work and turn on my vacation auto-reply for my work email. That's a whole set of neural pathways that can just go dark for a while. Work: the end. (for now)

I've only got a few errands to run and items to buy before I'm set to go. In 32 hours my plane takes off. Three weeks of semi-aimless exploring is sounding basically perfect right now.
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(no subject) [Jun. 28th, 2009|01:18 am]

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(no subject) [Jun. 28th, 2009|12:36 am]
Holy crap they're finally releasing The State on DVD. I thought this day would never come. I only found that out because these photos reminded me of the sideways house sketch and then... well you know how the internet is.
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(no subject) [Jun. 26th, 2009|04:27 pm]
[Current Mood |:D]

What's on my mind:

What's on my plate:
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(no subject) [Jun. 25th, 2009|11:34 pm]
Gorillapod testing result: HUGE SUCCESS

Can't wait to go someplace worth photographing!
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(no subject) [Jun. 24th, 2009|05:29 pm]
Getting more and more items from of my pre-trip checklist taken care of, and less than 10 days to go!

Tonight I'll go bag hunting, probably at REI. Gonna find a fits-like-a-glove bag for the Canon SX1. Also want to see if any reasonably priced large (but not too large) backpacks suit my needs better than the schoolbag type ones I already have.

The excitement is building :D
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(no subject) [Jun. 22nd, 2009|02:03 am]
Initial test footage with Canon SX1. Yes, I know it's cheesy as hell to put background music in videos.

Ants: YouTube and Vimeo.

Bees: YouTube and Vimeo (not in HD due to restrictions on free Vimeo accounts).

Decisions, decisions... YouTube, which has marginal playback quality, is free with unlimited uploads... Vimeo, which has excellent playback quality, is free for one HD upload a week or you pay to get more. Hmm....

Overall, I'm pleased with the camera and the quality of the photos and videos it produces. My examples certainly aren't stellar, but I'm still getting used to driving the thing. Next weekend I'm definitely going to play around with it more, maybe head for a beach somewhere or something.

Also: I am absolutely going to make a string monopod for the trip. With a full loop of string, it could even be used as a mock duopod/tripod. Neat.
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(no subject) [Jun. 20th, 2009|09:06 pm]
bird photosCollapse )
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(no subject) [Jun. 20th, 2009|09:02 pm]
garden photosCollapse )
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(no subject) [Jun. 20th, 2009|04:35 am]
My new Canon SX1 arrived today, though I didn't really get much time to play with it. Amazing photo and video quality from the first round of test shots. Loving it. I'll spend the next two weekends taking as many photos and videos as I can to get comfortable with it before the big trip.

I also got CHDK (Canon Hackers Development Kit) installed on it with no issues. Well, except for the fact that I couldn't leave well enough alone and wrote a new installation script. If anybody with a supported Canon camera wants to try preparing a camera card for CHDK installation under OS X, give it a try.

hash bang slash bin slash bashCollapse )

The features in CHDK I really want to use are the scriptable and highly configurable time-lapse photography tricks. People are working on ones that adjust aperture and shutter speed, etc, across the day and night so you can take really long time-lapse shots and have the exposure be correct for the time of day. Yet another hacking hobby. Neat stuff!

I should get some sleep now so I can enjoy some daylight with the new camera later.
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