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I'm currently in Las Vegas because of RailsConf, a software development convention. The convention ended this afternoon, but I'm staying on until tomorrow evening.

This evening, I went out and took some photos of Nevada's Valley of Fire. It was pretty cool. But, tomorrow I have until about 5:00 to have fun.

Some ideas that I've had:

  • Go back out to the Valley of Fire tomorrow at dawn, since I didn't get all that much time out there this evening.

  • Head down to Hoover Dam

  • Visit Lake Mead

  • Kick back and relax at the pool

  • Do some shopping

  • Visit the spa in the hotel



What do you think? What other options would you suggest?

This should be a poll, but I haven't paid for my account in a while, so if ya'll want to have a say, you'll have to leave comments.

PS: The raw photos from today will be here once my computer gets around to finishing resizing them and starts uploading them instead.

Worms!

Apr. 21st, 2009 09:56 am
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I got to showcase my Y chromosome this morning.

It's been raining around the Boston area today, so the worms have found their way out of the ground. This morning as I was dropping off my son at his day care program, and I told him that he should be careful not to step on (and kill) any of the worms on the pavement.

He saw the worms and started to freak out, so I got my inner boy on - I picked up a worm (it took a couple of tries; they're slippery!), and got him to touch it. Mission accomplished! He knows that worms aren't frightening.

And I got to play with a slick, slimy worm. Sometimes my inner boy shows.

Then again, his mother's inner boy shows when she picks up frogs for him to pet.
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Yesterday I got approval to head to RailsConf, a conference for programmers who use the Ruby on Rails programming framework, to be held in Las Vegas, on the strip, on May 4-7. It will be fun, but I have a more general question for Ask Dr. LJ:

What should I do around Vegas while I'm there? I'm probably going to take a couple of days on one side or another to enjoy the change of scenery, and I want to figure out what to do. I'd like at least some of my time to be spent on photography - I hear that there are some beautiful national parks in the area. I could take in a show or two, so what would you recommend? Do people know good places to eat?

Thus far I've only looked at WikiTravel, so I've only just begun looking. But, I'd love to hear ideas from the gallery.
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Thanks to the lovely [livejournal.com profile] kyrian03 who will be providing last-minute babysitting, I'll be treating [livejournal.com profile] tigira to tonight's Chieftains concert at Symphony Hall. (I just read about it, and there are some seats available!) I hope she enjoys it!
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Inspired by Mr. Gazongas himself, I felt an urge to post an exchange from this weekend:

Me: Walks out of the bathroom, dejected.
[livejournal.com profile] tigira: Did you only fart?
Me: Giggling: Yeah.
[livejournal.com profile] tigira and I collapse into each other's laughter.

I do love how [livejournal.com profile] tigira and I laugh with each other.
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My son and his mother, [livejournal.com profile] tigira, are currently reading a book about bats. Given that bats hang from their feet, son and mother are fighting over which way is properly "up" in the book.

It's very cute.
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This photo was taken while my family and I were out apple picking in the fall of 2005, shortly after I bought my digital camera. I encountered a pile of old, weather worn apple crates that probably never saw another day of use. However, they did strike me as essentially monochromatic within the scene of the lusciously fertile colors of the orchard. I tried to capture that here by placing one of my picked apples on top of the crate and framing the shot to be otherwise gray. It makes me think of something young and vital juxtaposed with something decrepit.

This was lit solely with natural light, on an overcast day. The 60mm focal length eliminated any distortion of the lines of the box - anything you see now is solely the warping of the wood.

View the photo at Photo Sight.

Ganessa

Jan. 30th, 2009 12:00 pm
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A photo of the nobleman’s Ganesha at Hampi, Karnataka, India. This Ganesha was in a single-room structure that sheltered the statue from the elements, and provided more protection over time than some of the other statues in the area. Off the top of my head I can no longer remember exactly how large the statue is, but it was pretty big.- it looks like my head comes up to about the mid-belly of this statue. I was somewhat awed at the moment that I first saw the statue - which is pretty appropriate, I think. It’s obvious that people still respect it today, even though (as I recall) this is one of the many buildings around Hampi that were profaned by invaders around 1565.

This was photographed with ambient light, because my flash wasn’t working for some reason. Actually, I think it turned out better without the flash - I would not have gotten the effect of the statue being lit but the background fading to black without it. The EXIF tells me that it was made at 1/20 and f/3.5; I think I had cranked the ISO on my D70s up all the way I could, to 1600. The dark areas near the bottom are probably the shadows of other people in the area.

View the photo at Photo Sight.
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I spied a set of decorated lampposts in nearby Malden, Massachusetts, on January 15 (the Martin Luther King day holiday), and had to photograph them. This particular one balanced nicely with the background sky. I especially liked how the sky plays off the warm glow of the lamp.

View the photo at Photo Sight.
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This image was taken in my house, using a mirror and a single flash.  The result was far too bright and well-balanced for the effect that I wanted, so I brought it into PSP (Paint Shop Pro Photo XI) and darkened it with a couple of multiplication layers.

Strobist lighting information: Lit with a single Vivitar 285HV, set camera right but to the left of the subject (me).

View the photo at Photo Sight.
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I was just heading home from watching the children of my friends [livejournal.com profile] sweetmmeblue and [livejournal.com profile] drwex, and since it's 01:00 I didn't feel a need to speed down the roads. Well, there was someone riding my tail a bit, so I braked enough to let the driver know that I would appreciate a little more room.

The driver sped up to pass me, which I half expected, but then tried to shove me off the road, which I didn't. I probably should have called the cops on the driver, but it didn't occur to me.

I hope that I'll be able to fall asleep within half an hour or so.
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I called a serviceman in to look at our house's boiler (used for hot water and home heating, for those who aren't familiar with them). The end conclusion is that it was out of heating oil to use for fuel.

The only thing I can really say in my defense here is that the gauge on the oil tank states quite clearly that there are twenty-five gallons of oil left. It just reports all values less than or equal to twenty-five gallons as twenty-five gallons.

It's somewhat reasonable to assume that the gauge is accurate, but I still feel dumb over it.
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Featuring Jack Black looking like a stoned out Jesus, and a special guest spot by Neal Patrick Harris.

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I have a couple of coworkers who have just spent the last half an hour trying to set up an internet-based shared wipeboard conference so that they can both edit a document together, in realtime. They sit in adjacent cubes.

When I quizzed them as to why they didn't just meet in one of their cubes and use the physical-based wipeboard there, they said that they wanted to avoid transcription errors.

I finally decided to write this when I heard one of them say, "So, you have permission to talk, and I have permissions to upload ZIP files." Because, of course, that's exactly what they were wanting to do with their conference.
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Last night [livejournal.com profile] tigira and I hosted the estimable [livejournal.com profile] vervain13 and [livejournal.com profile] ravenstorm27 for dinner. As always, we loved hosting them.

The dinner started with a romaine salad, and for the entree I prepared a Pomegranate-Marinated Lamb with Spices and Couscous, accompanied by Wild Rice with Butternut Squash, Leeks, and Corn. [livejournal.com profile] tigira bought some foccacia bread to accompany all of it. [livejournal.com profile] ravenstorm27 brought some Bordeaux wine, and [livejournal.com profile] vervain13 put some creme brule in the oven for dessert. It was a lovely meal.

Better yet was the company. We chatted for a few hours over the wine and the meal, talking about topics from Craft to computer-generated male butts waggling for your pleasure. We had gone too long without talking to the two of them in any depth; we were happy for the chance to see them.
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This morning I was getting ready to walk out to the car when the ever lovely [livejournal.com profile] tigira noticed that one of the pumpkins we had bought for Samhain had been rotting, but had a face in it. I'll need to touch up some of the photos, but for now the first one I see is below the cut. )
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No, seriously. Yesterday, while returning from running some errands, [livejournal.com profile] tigira and I spotted a mid-eighties white Caddilac with the Massachusetts license plate "OSIRIS", presumably heading for the public golf course near our house.

I guess it was His day off.
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Anyone who listens to NPR's Wait Wait Don't Tell Me! will have run across this already, but, well...

You've been left behind.. Create email messages to be sent out after the occurrence of the rapture.

Words fail.
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I've been following a website about the creative use of light in photography, and I've finally started to practice some of it. One of my first sessions was on Tuesday night - a simple setup to be able to capture incense smoke in a photo. My favorites from the set are behind the cut. )

The main thing that I'm taking away from that particular photo shoot is that I want to learn control over all of the elements captured in the photo. There are plenty of shots in the photostream that contain a red background; unfortunately, it was shot against a door, which provides some lines and textures that distract from the overall effect of the photo. I think that I could have done some more prep work and not had to deal with that at all.