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I Spy

I Spy
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Listening to NPR this morning, I heard a story about fuel costs (again) but relating to boats. Apparently boat owners are feeling the crunch.

I must admit to not caring about boat owners not being able to "boat" cheaply. Sure, house boat owners are likely the worst hit and that sucks also the tourism industry will likely see less revenue because of it. However, I would like to mention one thing to boat owners: SAILS.

Wind is, in fact, a free and renewable source of locomotion for boats. DUH. If you own a speed boat, you LOSE and I LAUGH at you for not being as cool as Magellan.

I've been blind-sided by a project at work due at the end of the week next week. I knew it was coming but it fell off of my radar. Subsequently, I am sort of screwed next week into, likely, long hours and a very difficult testing effort. I am not upset as I simply forgot about the project and didn't monitor it to ensure it was getting done on time.

So, I need a new system for tracking all of my various projects and those of my team. The initial problem being that it needs to be computer independent but not paper. Yeah, crazy right? i think I can avoid paper since I can log into my computer remotely from any Windows machine in the company - it's just slow - so I can use some tool on my workstation. The obvious problem is I don't know what i need. I need the ability to quickly create projects in a group per person on my team. i need to capture dates. I need to capture updates to it. Oh, wait.. Legal approved my use of Gantt Project. I should try that.

I wonder if it can do project templates? Of the things I need to do, the tend to fall within a few categories, all of which have set things I need to accomplish. hmm.. curious. Or, i just need work to buy me a tablet PC that i use exclusively here. Use that to track projects with MS OneNote. That would be hot, especially with tablet technology being awesome now. I wonder if I could swing it. Mm... multiple laptops.

More from the stacks at Memorial Library. This time I was all sneaky and found a person to shoot. yay spying!

I didn't edit it much, just some minor exposure tweaks - I like really contrasty photos - and the monochrome. I think after the monochrome I shifted the white balance towards blue which lightened the blue channel monochrome I used without lightening the whole picture. Doing it that way, shifting white balance to blue, it first affects the shadows and mid tones before hitting the higlights. And since my monochrome was mostly from the blue channel (which is mostly the highlights anyway) it lightened the whole thing without drastically affecting the overall lightness and contrast.

Nifty, huh? Aperture is pretty awesome.

Addendum: Article about cut cable. More info, poorly written (even for journalistic style, this article sucks), but it's there.

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madisonmassage From: madisonmassage Date: May 22nd, 2008 01:03 pm (UTC) (Link)


Sorry to all the boat and atv owners, but I agree. I can't really drum up the sympathy for the poor folks who have to down on their water skiing time because of fuel prices...

abmann From: abmann Date: May 22nd, 2008 01:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Sorry

What really annoys me as that they're all thinking, "God, gas is so expensive!" as they're fulling up said boats and ATVs.

How much oil gas could we conserve if people stopped using these vehicles, I wonder.
madisonmassage From: madisonmassage Date: May 22nd, 2008 01:51 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Sorry

ATV, BOATs, hummers = stop bitching about fuel prices... humans love irony or hypocracy or whateve


Yeah it gets odd when people get all self righteous about conserving anything then you look around at what everyone else is doing...


if it makes you feel good to "go green" go for it, but it really has little impact. Now if you perfect a hyrdogen fuel cell thats another matter..

If it makes you feel good go for it, but don't get self righteous or preachy...

From: retardedhusky Date: May 22nd, 2008 01:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
THANK YOU. My friend and I go sailing all the time and it is far superior to engines.
abmann From: abmann Date: May 22nd, 2008 01:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sailing seems freeing moreso than engined boats. It also seems way cooler. :)
From: retardedhusky Date: May 22nd, 2008 02:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
I am just generally against engines, given my love of soaring as well. :P
lady_fox From: lady_fox Date: May 22nd, 2008 01:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ok, while I agree that I don't feel sorry for the boat owners, I DO feel very sorry for the communities that make their livings from the tourism created by the boat owners. They are going to start suffering a lot more than we average folk.
abmann From: abmann Date: May 22nd, 2008 01:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's what I said above.
lady_fox From: lady_fox Date: May 22nd, 2008 01:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was agreeing... putting it a bit more emphatically?
tandu From: tandu Date: May 22nd, 2008 01:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
trac, from edgewall, is free, open source, and useful for tracking projects. It is also computer independent (web based).


However, it is technically for issue tracking, so it may not be fine grained enough for your project tracking needs.

It is, however, relatively easy to implement. After all, I did it.
abmann From: abmann Date: May 22nd, 2008 04:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm not comfortable using web-based services for this sort of thing. It's not quite as safe and there are potential issues with some of our trade secrets and patents, actually. :\ Thanks though.
tandu From: tandu Date: May 22nd, 2008 04:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, you can install and manage it locally. You don't have to expose it to the internet, it could be intranet. Or you could install and serve it from your desktop. Or, just give it wicked good security. It runs on Apache, so the security is good.

But, if you're looking for non paper, computer independent service, it's gonna be hard to get any sort of collaboration going on it without a web interface.
From: natural_path Date: May 22nd, 2008 03:53 pm (UTC) (Link)


That a fun pic, I want to do some spying!
My fisheye gets here today, Im patiently sitting next to the door, waiting for the UPS guy.

I also got a JOBY tridpod, Im totally single-white-female'ing your photo rig.
abmann From: abmann Date: May 22nd, 2008 04:07 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Fun!

Yay for gorillapod and fisheye! Woot!

So how long until we see some results of your fisheye adventures????!?!!?????!?q?!!?

I have found that my fisheye is a touch too heavy for the gorillapod I bought. I should have gotten the zoom version which is sturdier. Ah well. It mostly works. Though it does kick ass with my dinky little 50mm lens, which I use the most... well, will use the most again when I'm done with the initial fascination of the fisheye.
From: natural_path Date: May 22nd, 2008 04:11 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Fun!

ASAP, I'll probably have something by the end of the day... unless they all suck...
My camera is pretty light, so I don't think I will have that problem, but.. I think Im ready to upgrade to a real dSLR...when I can afford it.
abmann From: abmann Date: May 22nd, 2008 04:15 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Fun!

What fisheye did you get again? I don't recall.

Also, what's a little DSLR debt when you have doctorin' debt. ;)
From: natural_path Date: May 22nd, 2008 04:17 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Fun!

Oh, just some crappy no-name thang, for around $100
zesty_pinto From: zesty_pinto Date: May 22nd, 2008 05:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
You think boating fuel prices are bad, you should see what it's doing for private planes. The Tron Guy's LJ page was talking about how cheap it is to get your own plane these days because of it.
kiwikat From: kiwikat Date: May 22nd, 2008 11:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
I didn't have a chance to look at your photo website until just this moment, I love it. Especially the one with the cow and the man preaching damnation, and the guy with the red balloon.

Where would I go to see the stacks photos? I am probably a newb missing some important information.
abmann From: abmann Date: May 23rd, 2008 12:40 am (UTC) (Link)
My Flickr account. My site is woefully out of date because the methods to update is difficult to use!
kiwikat From: kiwikat Date: May 23rd, 2008 12:49 am (UTC) (Link)
Man, I have GOT to get a fisheye camera.

I used to have that problem with my website, but it was because I didn't know what I was doing (it's much less technically advanced than yours).

I envy your artists' statement, I had a very hard time with that part. But I love hearing about your method, it helps explain how you manage to make them so delightfully candid. I really like these. Do you use Photoshop much to enhance colors, or is it something you can set up like that with the camera?
abmann From: abmann Date: May 23rd, 2008 01:25 am (UTC) (Link)
It depends on the photo really. I do have my camera to super-saturate the initial exposure.

With some though I set the white balance "incorrectly" to force them green or yellow. When I cross process those in Photoshop or Aperture, the colors become incredibly vibrant.

Also, the Variations adjustment can do very subtle changes to certain hue vibrancy that makes an incredible difference.

Also, also: I just uploaded a bunch. You should check out the Before/After set I have up there. I show photos before and after edits with instructions on what I did.
kiwikat From: kiwikat Date: May 23rd, 2008 12:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
I really need to get a better camera.

That's interesting that you can make them skew one way or another. I've always been rather hopeless with a camera/photoshop, high time I learned. I appreciate the tutorial, work will probably be slow today so I'll probably study it in depth.
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