Sunday, January 29, 2006

Sleeping Giants


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Originally uploaded by digital2noise.
I put up some new photographs today ... they finished the construction across the street and I was at work on Sunday ... so no one else was around.

I just drove my truck up onto the concrete slab, jumped out and shot these. I put them in my Industrial Tag on Flickr.

I also put up a set for these at Sleeping Giants just like this blog post's title.

Friday, January 27, 2006

My Workstation, Redux


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Originally uploaded by digital2noise.
I added some shots of the inside of my machine and tried out the "Notes" feature to denote some of it's features.

I really like this machine, my hat is off to HP for the sweet case and motherboard.

My only complaint is the lack of good hardware sensors, which although arguably is a server-oriented feature, I expect it on all my machines, especially a high-temperature multi-processor machine like this dual HT Xeon beast.

Coming and Going


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Originally uploaded by digital2noise.
I shot this series of photographs of an oncoming bus from the sidewalk by the side entrace to Standard Register's Dayton OH office.

Shown in a few other "Dayton" set photos on my blog, you can see some train tracks that run on the other side of campus (from this bus.)

I've been wanting this series of photographs ... the approach and retreat of a train on these tracks but as of yet, I have not been able to capture it due to its irregular schedule.

The bus will have to do for now, until I can get a better subject.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Flicker of light in a sea of darkness

Deep within the Corporate Hive the single Engineer sits, hunched over the keyboards ... illuminated only by the glow of his monitors he toils, alone and in darkness.

He is locked in a titanic struggle against a seemingly insurmountable army of defects, deadlines, deliverables and deployments. The army of darkness is at the gates and tonight only He stands guard -- tonight it is only Him whom stands in the way of chaos.

His enemies may be no more than echos from the harp of malcontent played in the mind of some wayward and forgotten user ... but they are no less insidious, no less powerful and no less hungry because of their ethereal origins.

Somewhere in the maze of tack-board cubicles, glass-walled conference rooms and florescent lights the Engineer toils to bring the Something from the Nothing and turn the Something into The Thing ... for that is Our quest, that is what drives Us.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Nikon D50 Prices

Of course, now everyone lowers prices on the Nikon D50.

Sad.  Oh well I've got mine and I love it.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Trick Images with CRT Monitor


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Originally uploaded by digital2noise.
This series was taken of my two 21" IBM CRT monitors. I did not upload the entire series, just the 15 or so with the look I wanted after much adjustment of contract, brighness and refresh rate on both monitors.

I uploaded a couple of reference images without any of the 'motion' I created by zooming the 18-55mm lens while the shutter was open.

I especially like 20,21,22 and 15 in this series ... something about these photos ... I like. I thought about how I was going to make them all day at work and I actually like the results this time.

Too often, I think I have a great idea but when I go to execute it ... I don't have the camera skills, equipment or I just plain screw-up (like the ISO setting on some of my recent construction site shots.)

Monday, January 23, 2006

Neglect


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Originally uploaded by digital2noise.
I haven't been at the controls for my blog in a few days.

It's been on auto-pilot as I dealt with a really nasty software deployment at work and the personal annoyances related to loosing my wallet.

However, rest assured, the Major is back on the dial and you can expect regular posts!

Destruction


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Originally uploaded by digital2noise.
They continue to work to destroy and remove the building across the street from my office.

This crew seems to work so little that I have not yet been able to capture them doing anything on film.

Beagles


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Originally uploaded by digital2noise.
Everyone loves Beagles.

I get so many comments from people who say "I love your dog ... she reminds me of ..." everyone who has had a Beagle seems to love them.

I can understand. I did not expect her to be so loving and loyal as she is ... her presence is a joy to me ... even when she is being willful and stubborn.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

A New Workstation


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Originally uploaded by digital2noise.
I moved at work this week.

I have more spaces and less traffic.

I miss the people I used to sit by.

I lost my wallet.

Damn it.

Fight the Good Fight, Google!

The government wants to know what you have been searching for ... read about it here.

I think the most telling, and most pro-Google statement here is this:

The government indicated that other, unspecified search engines have agreed to release the information, but not Google.

Fuck yeah, Google.  You are the greatest of all search engines and we love you for protecting our data -- or at least trying.


Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Leena Girl!


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Originally uploaded by digital2noise.
Leena got the last of her shots today ... she is all grown up now.

What a pretty puppy! She gets better each and every day she seems to get smarter, move loving and better behaved.

Now, don't get me wrong, she has her moments of evil-doing but for the most part she is really a joy.

Looking back I am shocked we survived her puppy-hood!

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Deconstruction


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Originally uploaded by digital2noise.
They are destroying a building across the street from my office today.

I wanted to take a lot more pictures, maybe get a few action shots of some of the heavy equipment in action ... however, it was raining heavily today in Ohio and I was afraid to take my camera out into the downpour.

I really do not have any idea how water resistant a D50 is and am, naturally, a little nervous about getting it wet.

Nikon D50/D70 Product Manual PDFs

I had a little trouble finding these product manuals on Nikon's site so I am posting a link in case anyone else is looking for them.

For the D50 at least, it's the same manual page for page I received in the OEM outfit. Nice PDFs too, not cheap scans.

More Quotables

The world is a tragedy to those who feel, but a comedy to those who think.

- Horace Walpole

Another Day, Another Sunset


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Originally uploaded by digital2noise.
Another day draws to a close, the passing of it marked by the mournful colors of the sky.

This must have seen so many things, so many things it will never tell, for it is gone now, silenced forever.

I wonder if it will be remembered or if it, like so many others before, will simply fade away into the mists of memory.

Will we remember this day, these final moments of its time? Will even the documentation of its last second cease to have meaning?

Oprah Sucks

Oprah just named Night as her new book club pick.  Good idea, picking something that won't turn out to be total bullshit.  I cannot believe that she got conned as badly as she did by that guy.

Pretty weak judge of character if you ask me -- if she can't even recognize that type of obvious lie, who would want to listen to anything she had to say?

I mean, I had no faith in her before but now I'm just laughing along with everyone else.

Hahahaha.

Lancaster, OH Native Created FreeCycle?

Read more about it, and FreeCycle, here in the news and at the real FreeCycle .

The Freecycle network, a non-profit gifting system based on grass-roots groups describes itself as:

The Freecycle Network™ is made up of many individual groups across the globe. It's a grassroots movement of people who are giving (& getting) stuff for free in their own towns. Each local group is run by a local volunteer moderator (them's good people). Membership is free.


Monday, January 16, 2006

Apple Product LifeCycle Spoof Page

Heya, I saw this very funny site with a mocking "Apple Product Life Cycle" timeline.  It's really funny if you think Mac-heads are funny.

http://www.misterbg.org/AppleProductCycle/

Sunday, January 15, 2006

A Sunset


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Originally uploaded by digital2noise.
I noticed this image myself in the new Flickr badge I just added ... and I like it! Something about the colors ... really nice I think. I took it in JPG though, so my attempts to brighten/change the color levels in the image have been met with results I was not impressed with.

However, it is a strange picture in that I do not remember taking it.

Content Creation on Amazon.com

I decided to write some Amazon product reviews, "So you'd like to ..." guides and lists. My first entry is this " So you'd like to ... Enjoy a Nikon D50" publication, under my sweet Amazon profile - Cory J. Trese!

I also posted a List, called "Essential Nikon D50" as well.

Playing with F-Stop


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Originally uploaded by digital2noise.
I did a series of still life pictures using some bottles and a glass of Crown Royal I was about to drink.

Varied the f-stop to see the effects of depth-of-field with my 18-55mm lens.

Nikon NEF/RAW Workflow, Discussion

I've been doing my best to research and understand every option and technical process related to my Nikon D50.

From my research, it appears that some of the more sophisticated advantages of a Nikon SLR are actually functions of the camera's ability to store high-resolution images in a format known as NEF.

NEF is a proprietary Nikon file format (some parts are actually encrypted on the D50) capable of storing all the digital information the camera had at the time of the photograph.

The wealth of data stored in an NEF file makes the use of JPG files seem almost silly.  JPG images from the D50 do support EXIF content metadata, however, this is not the same time.  NEF format files allow
complete control over the image in a post-processing workflow and are the digital equivelants of negatives.

Now for the links...
Software / Workflow Links
Right now my image conversion and post-processing workflow is extreamly lame.  I'm using Nikon PictureProject to download and post-process my images, with minor adjustments post-JPG occuring in Gimp.

This, of course, means that I am using Windows XP to do my workflow right now.  Sad, I know.  I am planning on moving it to Linux and basing it around Perl, Gimp and gPhoto.

I could use a commercial solution for Linux, both Bibble and another vendor do sell professional level RAW workflow solutions for Linux.

Saturday, January 14, 2006

My Small Bookshelf


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Originally uploaded by digital2noise.
Anyone that knows me, or works with me, is aware of my minor obsession with buying, reading and collecting books.

This series of pictures shows one of the small bookshelves at my house, mostly Perl and recent development books.

My entire useful Win32/.Net collection is at work, piled up on my desk. Most of my C and C++ books are in the closet, along with many out-of-date security references and AI books that don't really use on a regular basis.

Anyway, this series represents the first in a new Flickr set called "My Trade" which should be getting filled up with pointless photos of books, computers, wires and other techno-nonsense.

Friday, January 13, 2006

Hasn't Anyone at NASA read "Andromea Strain" ?

Hasn't Anyone at NASA read "Andromeda Strain" ?

Are they trying to kill us all with this madness?  God you'd think the people at NASA would have read enough Sci-Fi to know this is a bad idea!

Quotable

When all is said and done, more is said than done.

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Someone Tried to Run Me Off The Road

Watch out everyone, the crazy people are out in force today.

I'll post the entire sordid tale later!

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Dinner for One?

I found this list of recipes on about.com for 1 or 2 people.  Useful if you, like me, live by yourself.

List of Small-Batch Cookswork

Sunday, January 08, 2006

BattleField 2 : Annoyances

I have some issues with BF2 and some spare time to vent about them.

  • Promotions. Why does this take so long to post to the server? I've had profiles get promoted on 7 or 8 different servers and still not had the update take in BFHQ or get my weapon unlock. This is stupid, annoying and shouldn't be hard to fix!
  • Server List/Finder. Why does this portion of the application have so many issues? The filters don't work correctly (ever) until you restart the game. Why such horrible sorting options? Why does it sometimes loose all of the servers and force a restart?
  • Opening Videos. Why in the name of god doesn't this game support "disable introduction" somewhere in the user settings? I already have to restart the damn game all the time, and now I have to watch your stupid logos too?
BattleField2 Client: 2/5 stars
- EA: Please play HalfLife and review the features of Steam.

Saturday, January 07, 2006

Google Pack Rules

You must check out (if you haven't already) the new Google "Pack" site.

This site automates the installation of key software on Windows (Firefox, GoogleDesktop, Picasa, Google Toolbars, Adobe Reader, ect.) You probably have all this software installed but Google Pack gives you one place to keep it all up-to-date at ... wonderful.

5/5 stars!

- Google Pack is like Windows Update for software you actually use
- Another home-run for Google!

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Vacation Is Evil

Vacations evil?  Have I lost my mind?  No, I'm being honest.  By evil I mean that they sap your strength and weaken your resolve.

I took almost 10 days in a row off over the Christmas / New Years holiday and I am now suffering for my mistake.  I became, in those short days, very accustomed to sleeping until 10:00AM and staying up until after 2:00AM every night.  Now, getting up at 7:00AM and going to bed at 12:00AM seems a terrible injustice.

Sigh ... it seems to be taking an immense amount of effort to get back into my daily routine after that break.  I am both annoyed and assumed with myself ... on one hand I'm frustrated that I am letting my distraction get the better of me ... on the other hand, I cannot help but smile at myself ... it's not very often that I get out of my routine and even rarer that I allow myself a break long enough to disrupt it. 

Yet, late December last year I stopped going to work for more than a week and didn't worry about it at all while I was away.  I have yet to determine the root-cause of this phenomenon

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Two/Three Nikkor Lens I Want

Of course, now that I bought a Nikon D50 I want to get more lens outfits to go with it. Two I've been looking at are by Nikon (Nikkor?) and seem to be getting pretty good reviews:

I am not sure that the 18-70mm is big enough, but the price (~$250) seems very reasonable for a Nikkor mid-telephoto range lens.

I do know that Amazon has the Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6 telephoto lens for ~$140 ... this seems like a good deal but I was not too impressed with some of the reviews.

Too bad I couldn't find the 18-70mm DX AF lens on Amazon ... the site I link to above isn't very big on reviews and details =)

Battlefield 2: Special Forces

I purchased and downloaded EA Game's newish offering Battlefield 2: Special Forces because I was getting a little bored with my Battlefield2 play.

I have been having more fun since the 1.12 upgrade -- the best part for me was the reduced point requirements for weapon unlocks ... I got three new weapons when they made that change (one on an account I wasn't using because he needed so many points to get the next level before the 1.12 update.)

I've been playing sniper and special forces on the recently revived account ... sniper with the upgraded rifle is a lot of fun.  The one thing that I cannot figure out how to do, however, is stay zoomed in while reloading.  Maybe you can't do that ... I mean, if you hold down fire after shooting you stay zoomed in to watch the target but half of the time you loose them while reloading.  Maybe it's not realistic to expect someone to reload with a scope on the eye.

I am pretty close to getting my next weapon unlock -- that's really why I bought Special Forces -- so my standard BF2 avatars could unlock SF weapons -- especially that new G2000 and the new special forces gun w/ a scope.  It seems like these are the new weapons of choice for most -- especially the G2000 ... the grenade launcher seems really popular and so does that flash-bang weapon ... which is actually pretty effective ... I've stolen the G2000 kit a few times and liked what I saw ... or rather, liked what my enemy didn't see.

Overall, I give the SF update 3/5 stars, mostly because of how painful it was to get installed and working on my machine.  Maybe other people didn't have any problems at all ... who knows.

Sunday, January 01, 2006

New Years 2006 Photos


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Originally uploaded by digital2noise.
My New Years 2006 photos are up on Flickr on my kick-ass photoblog if you'd like to check them out! It's 50+ images of my journey around that night ... and not one of them contains any flashing lights or scary men in blue suits!

Happy New Year

Welcome to 2006!