Quick picture at the park
Wednesday April 23rd 2008, 5:40 pm
Filed under: Isabel,Tech

Isabel and I went to go buy some milk at the store, on the way back we went by the park for 15 minutes or so. In this picture, I exposed for the sky and used a flash (to the right of the camera) to light Isabel. It’s not the cutest picture of Isabel but I think it’s technically pretty good.

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Further flash experimentation
Wednesday April 16th 2008, 3:57 pm
Filed under: Isabel,Tech

This is from my most recent experiment two days ago. This time I fired the flash through a white umbrella to make the light source softer/larger. This is also one of my first test shots with my new Vivitar 285hv flash. I haven’t had much time to play around with it, but so far I really like its intuitive interface and simple usage.

This shot is finally approaching what I’m trying to do with off-camera flash. I want the light from the flash to make the image look more three-dimensional, like it might jump off the screen. I can’t wait for another chance to experiment.

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Change the Windows interface to look like a Mac
Thursday June 14th 2007, 8:33 am
Filed under: Tech

I was a bit bored during lunch yesterday so I changed my PC’s desktop to look more like a Mac. It’s an aesthetic improvement, but pretty pointless overall.

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Today is important for many reasons.
Wednesday October 18th 2006, 12:35 pm
Filed under: Tech

Here’s a couple reasons why we should celebrate:

    1. Today marked the U.S. acquisition of Alaska in 1867 (for $210 bucks I think).
    2. The Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962.

Perhaps most importantly, today marks the U.S. release of the Nintendo Entertainment System to the public (1985). This was a milestone many children’s formative years (as well as my own). Was it for the better or for the worse? I vote for better.

To commemorate this momentous occasion I’m posting a list of my favorite NES games. Here you go:

    1. Track & Field (read about this game) : This game was one of the first games that I owned for the NES and it taught be the value of twitch muscle control. My friend Robin mentored me on how to induce small seizures in my hand so I could effectively beat most of my friends at this game
    2. Milon’s Secret Castle (read about this game) : I loved this game not because it was particularly good, mostly because I only had around four games so all of them were played until they were loved.
    3. Super Mario Bros. 3 (read about this game) : This game consumed more of my time than I’d like to admit. Man.. Tanooki suit.. statue… so sweet.
    4. Double Dragon 2 read about this game) : Man, I played this game so much. I could do this move that would totally pwn enemies, it was so rad. It was like a knee’ing move where you had to time pressing the A+B buttons together while pressing Diagonal-Forward. Amazing.
    5. Balloon Fight (read about this game) : I was pretty good at this game too. It was a total Joust ripoff but it was cool in it’s own regard.
    6. Castelania II: Simon’s Quest (read about this game) : This game was one of the first games to really impress me on the NES. It had great music and great graphics for it’s time. It’s also one of the first games that I passed entirely on my own. For a long time after playing this game I wanted to own a whip (that feeling has long since subsided perverts).
    7. Duck TalesLife Force

To summarize, please do not throw your old Nintendo’s away, instead give them to me. I will make sure they find a good home and they will be in good care for their remaining years.

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My iBook can finally rest!
Tuesday October 17th 2006, 9:12 pm
Filed under: Tech

About 5-6 months ago my iBook started to exhibit insomnia of sorts. Specifically, no matter how long it stayed on, it would not go into Power-Saver mode (very irritating). I happened upon the culprit tonight while looking at the active processes that were running in the background. One specific application named “CNQL1210″ seemed pointless to me so I killed the application and busied myself somewhere else in the house. Upon returning (~10minutes later), I found my iBook sleeping! Note to you who may be reading: I understand that you don’t care about this, but I am still very excited about it. Anywho, you can all sleep at night now because my iBook is no longer ailing.

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