Monthly Archives: February 2008

Website

Okay, my photography site is finished. Did you hear that? Finished…except for one, tiny, itsy-bitsy thing.

No, I’m not sharing the link yet. I’m not telling you the URL. I’m not going to give you a sneak peek (primarily because it’s nothing special at all. And the reason I’m not letting you go there yet is one that seems kind of silly: I don’t have a picture of myself that I can put on the “About Us” page.

I’m usually behind the lens, not in front of it. This is the way I like it. I’m not uncomfortable with having my picture taken, but I am a bit of a control freak and I like to be in charge of how the shot is set up, composed, and executed. Therefore no one even wants to take a picture of me, and I can’t blame them.

So because I never have my picture taken and my anal-retentiveness prohibits people from trying, I’m not ready to make my site public. Tomorrow morning I’m going to get in my “comfortable yet not embarrassing” clothes, make sure the hair isn’t ridiculous, brush my teeth an extra 30 strokes, and try to get someone at the office to take a picture. I would get Shari to do it since she’s gotten so much better at handling the camera, but she’ll be at school all day.

Regardless, I’ll try to get that last piece of the puzzle in place so I can show you guys my site tomorrow.

Keep in mind that my site is going to be temporary until that day when spending money on a website template from somewhere like BluDomain over spending money on new equipment is a wise option. Hopefully in a year or so I’ll upgrade the site.

Interpretation: the website is a simple, yet (hopefully) effective way of aiding me on the marketing side of things. I plan on getting most of my business through word of mouth and satisfied customers recommending my work to friends and/or family.

I’ll be needing some constructive criticism from you guys. I can use all the help I can get.

Ads? Who Needs Them?

…besides the people who run the web-sites and rely upon funding from their advertisers, obviously (little downside).

But do you really want to see those ads? I don’t. And I used to avoid them by using AdBlock, a Firefox extension that blocked all ads from appearing. But that was in the days of my using Firefox; I’ve been using Safari lately (Safari is Apple’s browser). Some people still prefer to use Firefox with their Mac, but I found Safari to be faster and just a bit prettier, honestly.

But I missed AdBlock! I hate ads. Ads slow down your web experience, clutter pages, and are generally a pain in the “bo-hunk” (that’s a word my mom uses…I wanted to include it). So how do you get the AdBlock experience in Safari?

Simple: SafariBlock.

SafariBlock blows ads up. Take a look at the BBC Football page, with SafariBlock deactivated, then activated.

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And with it activated…

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Notice anything missing? Ahhhhh, yes…a beautiful thing, this SafariBlock is. It comes in really handy when you don’t want to see all of those ads that are…”seductive,” shall we say?

So, yeah. Download it. Now.

Star Wars According to a 3-Year-Old

This was so ridiculously heart-warmingly cute that I had to share.

And I don’t care if using the phrase “heart-warmingly cute” makes me sound like a girly man in your eyes. It IS heart-warmingly cute.

When Wax Attacks

You know, my computer was already messed up enough. It’s been getting progressively slower. The meager 80GB hard drive is insufficient for pictures and music (hence the 320GB Western Digital external drive). The battery lasts for much less than an hour if unplugged. And you can see for yourself what the screen has been doing to me:

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I have to wiggle the screen back and forth about 20 times before it finally “clicks” into place and starts working properly. Then if I bump it even slightly, it clicks back out of place, doing the same thing. I know it’s actually fixable without replacing the whole computer, but if I add up a bigger hard drive, new battery, new ribbon for the screen, and additional RAM, it will add up to roughly $800. I should’ve bought AppleCare.

Oh, and you already know about the mischievous J key.

So Friday, about 30 seconds after blowing out a candle, I made the unfortunate mistake of grabbing said candle and somehow shaking it in some manner. The hot wax poured out onto my much-abused PowerBook. I panicked and ran to the coffee/fridge/sink area of the office and returned with paper towels, but to my chagrin the wax had already dried.

The photographer in me took over, so I proceeded to take out my camera in an effort do document the mishap. I decided to include the offending candle in the shot, so I grabbed it again. Thinking that the two minutes since the spill would have dried the wax, I grabbed it too quickly. This time the still-(very) hot wax spilled onto my arm and shirt. I yelped, jumped around, and said some “pentecostal swear words.”

For those of you not “in the know,” pentecostal swear words include such timeless phrases as “ACHHH-KAK-KAK-KAK!” and “YEEEEEOW HA-CHA-CHA-CHA!” I learned them from my parents.

So here are the pictures of the day’s events. Note that I’d already scraped the wax off the computer (most of it).

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After it spilled on my hand…

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By the way, the wax did totally come off after much scraping. Luckily, the wax only spilled on the hand rest of my PowerBook. Only a few drops got on the keyboard and screen.

Very Interesting…

I knew this would happen…

I felt bad about some things I wrote, so I’m (for the fourth time) deleting a post about the WPF. Every time I post, I remember something that I wish I’d either excluded or worded differently. Therefore it is gone.

I am sighing at this very moment. Try to imagine the sound.

The “J” Key

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Okay, so I already feel conspicuous being the only individual in my poli-sci class who uses a computer to take notes. Everyone else is making a “scratchity-scratchity” sound with their pencils while I make a “tappity-tappity” noise with my keyboard.

Suddenly, my “tappity-tappity” turns into a “tappity-clink-whoosh-ping-ping-ping…”

Are you wondering what happened?

My PowerBook has gotten more use during the 2 1/2 years I’ve owned it than a typical computer gets in about 4 or 5 years. Therefore it is falling apart. Literally. That “clink-whoosh-ping-ping-ping” sound I just described earlier was my “J” key becoming dislodged in mid-type, shooting into the air, and pinging across my tesk. I managed to grab it in mid-air before it hit the ground, but the damage was done. People saw. And they smirked.

And I turned red.

I could kill the stupid “J” key! I thought about replacing all words that start with “J,” but then I realized that I could no longer spell “Jesus,” “jungle,” or “Jell-O.” I realized that I like all those things so much that I couldn’t possible go on a J-key fast. Oh well…

40D

I’m on a quest of sorts.

I’m really focusing on expanding this little photography venture that I’ve gotten myself into, but I didn’t anticipate how quickly I’d want to move up on the equipment side of things.

I don’t know exactly why, but I told my friend Baron one day that I was going to use some money I’d saved up to buy a video camera. “Great idea!” he said. I returned it about 3 days later. He was right; it was a good idea, but it just wasn’t what I was looking for. Not long afterwards, I told him I was looking into getting a camera. This time he said something surprising: “Great idea!”

This time he was right. It wasn’t just a good idea. It was a fantastic idea for me.

I’ve loved looking at photography since I was very, very young, but hadn’t actually bought a decent camera my entire life until last May. I knew absolutely NOTHING about what I was doing, but I took the plunge and bought my Canon XTi. It’s a fantastic camera, and I’ve gotten a lot of enjoyment out of it, but I’m wanting to step up to something else a bit more professional: the 40D.

I’m going to have to sell some more stuff on eBay and really scrape together the cash to get it. Let’s face it college student + young marriage + job as student pastor doesn’t exactly = Donald Trump pay. But everything I’ve spent on photographic equipment thus far has been worth it; I don’t expect this to be any different.

The problem is that the more work you build up, the more money you have to purchase equipment. The more equipment you get, the better your work looks. The better your work looks, the more money you make per shoot. The more money you make per shoot, the more money you have to upgrade your lens/bodies/accessories.

I’m beginning to wonder how far down the road I’ll get before I actually make money from doing this.

And yes, Baron…I’m aware that I’m never going to make money until I start charging people more than the scraps I currently do. Point taken.

Someone Help Me Understand

This family FREAKS ME OUT!

From Yahoo News:

Look closely at the eyes. Makes you want to run in terror, doesn’t it?

Hill Eyes

Like mother, like daughter.

Chels

The “I KEEL YOU!” look (with obligatory pointed finger)

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Heil Hilltler!

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No, seriously…take a second, third, and fourth look at that last image.

“Your pant-suit RAWKS!”

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“I will eat your soul, child!”

Creepy Hill

“I’m secretly giving you the bird (LOOK!) while I insincerely compliment your sombrero…”

Sombrero

If she somehow rebounds and gets the Democratic nomination, then (God forbid) wins the presidency, we’re going to be in for a bare minimum of 4 extremely creepy years. The woman frightens me.

Imagine for a moment being Bill Clinton…and getting into a fight with THAT. If that thought doesn’t freak you out, then you are probably just as evil and psycho as she is.

Bad Lightning!

Lightning

You would think that God’s creation would have a little R-E-S-P-E-C-T.

From DailyMail:

This amazing photograph gives whole new meaning to the phrase “May God strike me with lightning if …”

Rio de Janeiro’s world-famous statue of Christ the Redeemer was struck by lightning during a thunderstorm over the Brazilian city on Sunday.

The statue – which towers over the city as the largest statue of Christ in the world – did not appear too damaged after the strike, according to Brazilian reports.

The statue stands 39.6 metres (130ft) tall, is made of 700 tons of reinforced concrete, and is located at the peak of the 700-metre (2,296ft) Corcovado mountain overlooking the city.

It was named one of the new Seven Wonders of the World in 2007.

Why McCain is McStaken

Heh…get it? McStaken…mistaken…

Okay, never mind. Let’s move on.

McCain

John McCain probably thinks that he is getting the Republican nomination for president (barring a serious miracle for The Huck) because a majority of Republicans have decided he’s the man for the job. Not so fast, Johnny Boy. Polls have shown that Republicans are staying home during the primaries. In many states, Democratic voters are outnumbering Republican voters by roughly 2-to-1.

Conservative Republicans have shot themselves in the feet by backing three separate candidates (The Huck, Romney, and to a lesser extent, Thompson) while Ron Paul picked up the kooks. The so-called moderate (I prefer the term “borderline libs”) wing of the Republican party had one option: McCain (Giuliani had too many question marks). They have stuck with him throughout, while conservatives have flip-flopped all over the place. So McCain took the majorities while Romney and The Huck competed for the same votes.

If you think for one second that the actual majority of the Republican party is behind McCain, then you’re dead wrong. McCain is a compromising, self-serving moderate with the personality of a viper. The man is constantly on edge, and it’s just a matter of time before he explodes.

So why were many conservatives staying home? They didn’t feel that any of the candidates offered were true conservatives. Romney has flip-flopped on the abortion issue; a majority problem for conservatives, as you well know. The Huck has been soft on illegal immigration. Thompson reminded us more of the cute, almost-senile grandfather who needed to be constantly reminded of where he was. Ron Paul is certifiably insane. Giuliani was even less of a conservative than McCain.

So conservatives didn’t feel that they had a candidate. Now, I’m of the opinion that they should have all come out and voted for Huckabee, but Rush Limbaugh did a pretty good job of dissuading people from rallying behind him. Remember, that’s a 20,000,000-person audience.

Conservatives, remember this: if you stay home during the general election, you can either have a Hillary or Obama in the White House, or a John McCain, who will at least be a little bit better.

You want to throw America down the tubes? Be my guest.