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I Feel Ashamed

May 5, 2010

This morning while getting ready for work it became alarmingly apparent to me that I needed to get my hair cut. I had no other after work plans so I figured “sure, why not?” As six o clock drew near I had a revelation… KFC is within walking distance of Astor Place where I get my hair cut. I declared right then and there (in my head) that I would try the Double Down tonight.

Fast forward… work is done, hair is cut, it’s go time. This isn’t really a review of the Double Down per se so much as it is a retelling of my KFC experience.

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IM Convo

January 6, 2010

[1:12 AM] Not Me: steal someones wifi for it lol

[1:12 AM] Me: still not full speed man

[1:12 AM] Me: I got an N setup, can only get like 1.3mb down

[1:13 AM] Me: plugged in with a 50′ cable I get 2.2mb

[1:13 AM] Not Me: what provider?

[1:13 AM] Me: not to mention when you keep wifi pinged the card overheats and disconnects

[1:13 AM] Me: lol what does it matter? it’s still the same provider when I’m on wifi or plugged in

[1:13 AM] Me: cuz it’s my router

[1:13 AM] Not Me: yeah but thats slow as shit, switch it to G and you’ll do better

[1:13 AM] Me: um dude

[1:14 AM] Me: N is faster than G

[1:14 AM] Not Me: yeah i know, but wtf

[1:17 AM] Me: lol sorry man, but that shit is just crackin me up

[1:17 AM] Not Me: i would try G to see though

[1:17 AM] Not Me: cause i try even the most unlikely things to work

[1:17 AM] Me: lol dude, G is like 5 years old

[1:17 AM Not Me: i know

[1:17 AM] Not Me: i use it and get max speeds

[1:17 AM] Me: they aren’t gonna spend years making N only to have it come out slower


Thoughts of a High Octane Past…

September 25, 2009

Abandoned Car_DSC0136 - 2007-10-17

Growing up in the burbs of Detroit, cars are in my blood.  Living in NYC is almost like living on another planet at times since I don’t drive everywhere, even after almost 5 years here.  I was walking home from the train today and saw a couple women talking and one was complaining about her car.  Saying how it sucks and she wants a better car and she hoped it would just die.  This ricocheted around in my head for a little bit as most things do and I got to thinking… she may hate her car, but at some point in it’s life, someone loved it immensely.  When you think about it, every car was loved at some point, even if it’s current owner doesn’t.  Look up at that rusting heap at the top of this post.

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H2O(MG This is Gonna Suck!)

May 31, 2009


So it’s no secret that I don’t exactly eat all that healthy… my diet consists mainly of fast food, microwavable already prepared meals, and home made lunch meat sandwiches.  I was watching Super Size Me the other day for like the 10th time while eating White Castle and it started to dawn on me that maybe I should start trying to be a bit more healthy.  I mean this wasn’t the first time I’ve done this, every time I watch that movie I get that notion and never really follow through.  For one… I love fast food.  It’s fast, it’s tasty, I don’t ever really put on any weight, and my doctor said my body is naturally proficient at expelling cholesterol.  At my last physical, he had no clue how bad I eat by looking at my blood work and such.  Anyway… I’m off on a tangent here.

So one of the recurring themes in Super Size Me… fast food is bad for you aside… is that the drinks that come with them seem to be a major part of the impact on your body.  Awhile back I decided I was going to cut all the caffeine out of my diet and I did good for a few months, I felt better, had a bit more energy, and it really wasn’t all that bad.  I replaced Mt. Dew and Coke with Root Beer and Fruit Punch, but yeah, while I wasn’t getting the caffeine, I was still bringing in all that sugar.

Here is my plan… starting tomorrow (Monday, June 1st), I’m going to go 1 week only drinking water.  No juice, no Vitamin Water, certainly no soda’s, nothing but good ol’ H2O.  It’s a simple enough thing to do that I don’t think will impact me too much.  Any of the stores I go to I’d have to make a trip to the back of the store to really be tempted by them, and I have no other reason to go back there otherwise.  If after  a week I can see a noticeable improvement in my day to day well being, I’ll see if I can keep this going.  My biggest enemy is going to be Power-C Vitamin Water and Mt. Dew High Voltage.  I usually chug down 2 Vitamin Waters first thing in the morning to get my day going, and that blue Mt. Dew is just so damn tasty!  Blue Mt. Dew was my downfall with the no caffeine experiment, and I’m off the wagon big time… til tomorrow.

I’m in no way planning on drastically changing my diet or the foods that I eat by doing this.  I still love you Wendy, KFC you will always lure me in with that delicious mashed potato bowl, Burger King… you, me, and the triple stacker are still an item, and bacon… you are my one true love.  So let’s see what happens.  Perhaps this will be a precursor to me quitting smoking again.  That’s already been weighing heavily on my mind.

Bottoms up!


Songs of Farewell and Departure…

April 19, 2009


So today my Nikon D60 died…  Everyone wants to know the story, so here it is:

A long running project for work was finally coming to and end and I had to work today (Saturday) as part of the final deliverable for it.   The client’s office is down near Ground Zero on the 19th floor and has some pretty amazing views.  My original thought process with bring my camera gear was to set up at the end of one of the wings and do a time lapse of my coworkers and I working.  Upon arrival, the Account Manager for the client said that one of the first things that they said to them was not to post any pictures of their office on the internet.  It’s a reasonable request… much of their work is visual and I’m sure that it needs to be kept under wraps.  So no biggie, I decided to modify my plan and do a time lapse session aiming South from the office.  From here, I had a great shot of the Battery Tunnel and the water just beyond.  Traffic, water, and sky… it was an amazing shot.

The window was kinda dirty as you can expect with most high rises in the city, so I opened the window so I could put my camera out on the ledge.  It was a large ledge, much larger than the one I had used a couple days before in my office.  There was a gentle breeze blowing, nothing that would make me worry about the safety of my camera.  So I bent up my Gorillapod and set it out towards the edge with a nice wide stance for stability.  I do my TL shots with the D60 tethered to an EEEPC.  This is the only way to do TL with the D60 which is fine because I can control all of the settings and the pics get transferred straight to the netbook so I can open them up full size and see how they look.

I had my framing, I had my settings, so I started up the TL window, 10 second intervals, click and go.  As per usual, I check on the progress every time I get near it, simply to make sure it’s still taking pics as sometimes the software tends to freeze up on me.  A couple hours had gone by and it was doing fine, couldn’t wait for the battery to die out so I could see what I had.  Normally I can get just under 1100 shots on a full charge.

I happened to be working on a computer a few feet from the window with my back to it when it happened.  I heard a noise behind me and when I looked back, I saw one of my coworkers so didn’t think much of it.  I wasn’t sure how many more shots were left before the battery died out so I was listening for the shutter click… too much time had gone by without hearing one.  So I went to the window and my camera was no where to be seen, only the USB extension cable that I had the cable from the camera plugged into… and my heart sank.  I immediately thought that maybe my coworker had noticed that the battery had died and was pulling a prank on me by taking it in and hiding it.  I didn’t want to think of the 19 story drop.  I ran down the east wing of the office and didn’t see him.  Another coworker… who apparently isn’t afraid of heights, was laying out on the ledge looking down… the look back over his shoulder said it all.

I ran to the elevator and jammed on the down button.  It took a minute to come and I jumped in and pushed the lobby button, the whole ride down just saying “fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck…” The doors opened and I ran outside to see the horror of it all come true.  Sitting on the sidewalk was my D60… exploded into pieces.  The Gorillapod was in 4 or 5 pieces, the lens broke in half, some still on the body, the other part in the street.  Pieces of glass and plastic were everywhere.  I walked over and kneeling next to it, kinda like it was my child that had fallen lol.  It was only after I picked it up did I stop to look around and see if there was anyone laid out or anything, but thankfully no one even seemed to pay any attention to it.  I collected as many of the pieces as I could and headed back inside.

As I got back to the office, my coworker that was hanging out the window was sitting at the reception desk and just stared blankly at me… no idea what to even say.  I put the pieces at the IT station in the back and went back to work, trying not to think about it.  I waited probably a half hour before I went and put away the EEEPC.  Checking the last shots I thought I might get some idea as to what had happened… a bird maybe?  I dunno.  The last shot was normal… 805 shots.

I came home a few hours later, exhausted by the day.  I started compiling the last time lapse my poor D60 made for me… and it’s amazing.  I don’t think it’s worth the price paid but it’s definitely it’s swan song.  I’m going to have to reencode it smaller as I can’t seem to get it uploaded without it erroring out.  I’ll have it up soon though.  I’ve posted some pics over on my Flickr account of the remains that I was able to gather.

I think the reason it hasn’t totally devastated me yet is that I have a small hope that I can get it replaced under my extended protection program that I purchased with my D60.  It clearly states that it covers “accidental damage caused by drops,” and that’s exactly what this is.  So if I have time tomorrow, I’m gonna hoof it over to the store and hope for someone to have pity on me.  The thing that really sucks is now that the weather is nice, I had all these plans to go out and finally start getting shots of all the stuff I’ve been wanting to.  My plan for after work was to meet up with a friend and go get some night shots in the city.  I’ve started planning a time lapse of the sun setting from the Empire State, but that’s all on hold now.  It’s going to be well over 2 months before I can even think about being able to afford a replacement.  So with the hope that I can get it replaced, there are several other things that make this “not as bad” as it could have been…

1.  It didn’t hit anyone (that I know of)

2.  My SD card was in the laptop and not in the camera.

3.  The lens I was using was the kit lens that came with it, so my 50mm is safe.

4.  I had been using a cable extension the last time I setup my cam for a TL shot and it separated from the cable that was plugged into the D60.  I think without that, the EEEPC would’ve gone with it.  That thing holds onto USB cables tight.  I also can’t help but wonder if I had it plugged straight in that I might have been able to pull it back up… but what’s done is done, no use in wondering.

Upon viewing the video once it was compiled, you can definitely see the image shaking a little bit from the wind.  I’m sure at this point that is what caused it.

So does this end my TL photography?  Hell no.  I’m just going to be a lot more cautious with setting up my next cam whenever that may be.  I’m going to look into getting some sort of clamp setup for when I want to hang it out a window.  As well as some sort of fail safe, like tying something tight around the clamp and then tying it off to something else sturdy… redundancy.

So D60… I will miss you terribly, and I hope to have a new one of you soon.



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