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April 28, 2003

Memo to Wayne

I had the exposure setting too low, so I had to Photoshop the pic a bit to correct the problem. (It looked like it was being shot through a funeral veil.) Anyway, here's the pic with the colors corrected.

There's a larger photo on my fotolog.

To everyone else: I took the camera to Green Lake today. The walking path was about 15 deep in people. Gee, you'd think it might have been a nice day in Seattle today....

Posted by dylan at 12:00 AM

April 26, 2003

Today's hike

We packed up the digital camera and took off up US 2 towards Stevens Pass. When we hit Gold Bar we decided, what the hey, let's go to Wallace Falls State Park. We hiked to the lower falls and back -- 4 miles. Nice day all around.

Hint for those of you out-of-shape hikers like us: You want the longer trail on the old Great Northern right of way, not the shorter trail that follows the creek. Trust me.

I'll see if I can get a photo gallery up.

Posted by dylan at 09:26 PM

April 23, 2003

Camera addiction worsens

I now have a Fotolog thanks to Kat. I'm also strongly considering a tripod -- I like taking longer exposure shots and I'm too nervous to hold the camera steady.

Posted by dylan at 09:45 PM

Knife Beats Finger

Slicing an onion, got the top of my finger instead. I will spare you the picture. :)

Posted by dylan at 09:35 PM


Took the camera tonight.

Mariners won on a walk-off grand slam by Cameron. Did you know that Safeco (the company) is now Safeco Insurance -- so they can distinguish themselves from Safeco Field, which they slapped their name on five years ago? I'm thinking that this corporate branding of stadia isn't giving companies the name recognition they desired.

Posted by dylan at 12:18 AM

April 21, 2003

What work is like

I created an ad for this upcoming seminar. I've never done a print ad before -- my last connection with the newspaper was in high school.

Not bad for a web developer.

Posted by dylan at 04:39 PM

April 19, 2003

Learned more about the camera

Mainly, what Macro mode is.

Posted by dylan at 04:26 PM | Comments (1)

Other Random Bits

I created my first print ad yesterday, and I did it all wrong. I'm sure the Seattle Times people will rip me a new one on Monday morning, but come on, I've spent the last four years dealing with 72dpi, you can't expect me to know 100 line height (whatever that is) and what the correct dot gain settings should be. I'll post said ad once the Times is done ripping me a new one.

Easter is tomorrow. I'm between a roast pork loin and a chicken for dinner. I'd favor the pork loin just for the "We're Christians and we can eat pig," but pork loin roasts don't do justice to the whole Resurrection of Jesus Christ and the Fulfillment of the Law thing. Bacon, on the other hand, is different. There's this passage in Acts where Peter has dream where God is showing him all the "unclean" animals and telling him, "Kill and eat." I see the dream more like God telling Peter, "This is a BLT. The B stands for bacon. All the angels eat bacon. Heck, in 2000 years there will be this guy who'll say that you should eat bacon to lose weight. He better watch his step, heh heh. Oh, back on the subject. You should eat this BLT. The lettuce is crisp, the mayo homemade, the 'maters homegrown. Now shut up about the kosher crap and eat the damn thing before Jesus sees it!"

Whither George Chang? Oh, wait, he's back and in Boston.

What I've been listening to lately: Recurring Dream by Crowded House. What is next on my record shopping list: Little Black Numbers by Kathryn Williams. I don't like buying import CDs, but the songs I've heard from this record are very small in production (without being fragile) and very beautiful and emotional (without being twee or cloying). Williams has a very living room voice, in some ways like Sally Ellyson (of the group Hem), but where Ellyson took her living room voice and empowered it with production, Williams stayed in the living room and kept quiet so as not to disturb the people in the flat next door.

Posted by dylan at 11:04 AM

Oh camera, oh camera

How lovely are your pixels...

My Canon A70 arrived yesterday. It is teeny, but what's nice is that it's an automatic camera with a ton (and I mean an long ton, not a Metric tonne) of features that you wouldn't expect on a camera like this -- manual focus, manual aperature and timing (f/2.8-8.0, 1/2000 to 15 secs), panorama setup, 5 or 6 other preset modes, movie mode (640x480 and smaller AVIs), and a few others I haven't discovered because the manual is about the size of Wolfram's A New Kind of Science.

Anyway, there's so much here that after 18 hours with it I still don't completely understand what's going on, but I know that it can take pictures like this:

Look out Kat. In twenty or thirty years I'll be in your photographic review mirror. Or forty. Maybe fifty....

Posted by dylan at 10:38 AM

April 12, 2003


Got me a digital camera.

Posted by dylan at 12:23 PM

April 08, 2003

M's opener

Mariners blank the Angels. And we were there as always.

There's this woman, mid 30s or so, who sits a few rows in front of us (we have 16 Game Plan "C" in section 328) who, every game we were at last year, held up these neon florescent posterboard signs, things like "I Like Mike" for Mike Cameron and a few others I've forgotten. Some nights, she'd bring her infant child (Susan thinks it's a girl, I think it's a boy, but he/she is at that young age where there's a mop of blonde hair so you can't tell either way) and put the kid in the act. Next thing ya know, she's on the giant scoreboard TV. Anyway, she shows with sig other in tow today, but no signs! What the? She's the SIGN LADY! Where are her SIGNS? I can't get used to the changes anymore....

Posted by dylan at 10:45 PM