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Bascom Hall


Lost is screwing with my sleep cycle. Up until midnight again because we didn't realize the season finale was extra long. Oy. Coffee coffee coffee. But, oh man, am I loving this show. So much so that, when the last disc for season 1 wasn't in the mail, i bought season 1 and 2 at Preplayed. I suspect I'll be watching these shows again... and again trying to piece together the story. So good.

Otherwise, I have little to report. We're off to a Mallards game tonight. Our apartment complex bought the tickets and we're tailgating beforehand. Kinda net but it means no first date with my Xbox tonight which is currently somewhere between here and Hodgkins, Il. What ever. I'll just skip work or something.

No, that's a life.
But I don't want it to be.

No Verona today. I'm having good lunch withdrawal.

Photo: Bascom Hall.

The light was interesting because of the cloud cover. HDR really emphasizes tonal gradients so you get super highlights where there's very little perceptible difference. For example, Lincoln's head was almost all shadow after tone-mapping. I had to dodge it to make it visible; also the light on the arches wasn't so strong that I noticed. I like the focus it creates on the people though. Nifty.
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My officemate just brought in a new photo. Of his nephew. With vomit on his face.
Fucking hell.
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People are "smarter" these days.


"Blog" of "Unnecessary" Quotation Marks.

Current Mood: sleepy coofffeeeee

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antarcticlust From: antarcticlust Date: July 29th, 2008 01:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's sort of how I'm feeling about Alias right now-- I just finished season 2. I always freak out a little as I near the end of a show, as though there won't be anything left for me when it's over...luckily, I keep discovering new ones. One thing about watching on DVD is that I tend to have a long time between seasons to discover other shows. I mention Alias because it's another JJ Abrams show.

Xbox! Woo! I'm not sure how you feel about this (some people are very particular about their stuff) but we're happy to lend our games to you.
abmann From: abmann Date: July 29th, 2008 01:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm down with the game borrowin'; especially games I'm vaguely curious if I'll like. I suspect I'll be good for a while with Soul Calibur 4 and Assassin's Creed, though.

I just love this show so much I wanted to own them rather than rip the DVDs; I want them high quality and around forever! I even want the extras which, upon vague reading about them, suggest little plot bunnies in them - including the manner in which they are presented.

I don't think I'm going to see any sun this weekend...
antarcticlust From: antarcticlust Date: July 29th, 2008 01:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Mass Effect is DEFINITELY worth borrowing, if you can ever get it out of Ethan's and my cold, dead hands. We just reserved Fallout 3 (woo!), Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, and Fable 2.

We're happy to lend you the Half-Life 2 Orange box any time (it's got Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2 Episodes 1 and 2-- really the beginnings of Half-Life 3-- Team Fortress, and the wonderful Portal).
abmann From: abmann Date: July 29th, 2008 01:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm so buying my own copy of fallout 3, The Force Unleashed and Fable 2. I'm really interested in all of them.

I'm not sure if I want to buy Mass Effect or not. Is it re-playable?

antarcticlust From: antarcticlust Date: July 29th, 2008 01:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
YES. There is a multitude of endings, based not only on whether you follow a good/evil character track, but whether and how you interact with the various characters in your party. There are romantic options (two each for the male and female character, depending on which you choose), and at key points in the game the trajectory will change depending on your small interactions in ways that will change the future (including major characters dying or not dying, for example). If you like RPG's, of course.
abmann From: abmann Date: July 29th, 2008 01:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
I loves me some RPG.

I remember all the controversy over the sex scene... all six seconds of it.
antarcticlust From: antarcticlust Date: July 29th, 2008 03:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
I haven't gotten that far - I got to a turning point in the game and decided I wanted to go back to an earlier save point and do more side quests and interact with my crew more (which is necessary to prevent certain bad things from happening).
kingfox From: kingfox Date: July 29th, 2008 07:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, srsly, Mass Effect is worth grabbing for multiple play-throughs.
demi_deity From: demi_deity Date: July 29th, 2008 01:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm hoping the nephew in the photo is a wee bairn and not, say, in his early 20s in this photo.
abmann From: abmann Date: July 29th, 2008 01:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, looks to be less than 9 months old.

I had him move it from my line of site. Bleh.
demi_deity From: demi_deity Date: July 29th, 2008 02:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Now I am fascinated. Is this a photo that HE took? And if not. . . who in theeeee hell gives out spit-up-y photos of their children?
abmann From: abmann Date: July 29th, 2008 02:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
The mother took it. Bad photo timing I bet. She was happy to give it to him.
From: nightlikeariver Date: July 29th, 2008 02:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
i loooooove this picture!

also, your coworker is strange.
abmann From: abmann Date: July 29th, 2008 02:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
That he is.... He was amused that apparently babies with vomit - he says it is applesauce - is my line of indecency.
kiwikat From: kiwikat Date: July 29th, 2008 02:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
The idea of displaying a photo of a kid with vomit on his face is so revolting, I would really have a problem with that. Ugh.

I stayed up too late watching West Wing. Ugh.

Are you gonna get MarioKart for XBox? Or is that GameCube? I Can never keep those square-ish systems straight.
abmann From: abmann Date: July 29th, 2008 02:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
I agree. Now I really want my own office. :/

MarioKart is a Nintendo game. I also don't like MarioKart enough to ever want to buy the games.
kiwikat From: kiwikat Date: July 29th, 2008 05:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I could see that. How can he EAT with that around. Ugh.

Pshaw. Mario Kart is the bestest.
ralinad From: ralinad Date: July 29th, 2008 02:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm digging your HDR shots, but most are leaving glowing edges in the transition areas. Thats where the "light on the arches" is coming from, I think, but its more perceptable around the transition from building to sky. It may be worth a mask and touch-up.
abmann From: abmann Date: July 29th, 2008 02:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think I'm too enamored by the strength of the effect currently to notice things like that. I've been learning to tone down the processing such that photos are less obviously tone-mapped. This seems to be my progression. Super obvious effects transition to more subtle use.

Overtime, as I adjust to an effect, II think I'm too enamored by the strength of the effect currently to notice things like that.

I'll eventually see those sorts of details as defects rather than nifty markers of the effect.

I'm also lazy. :)



coeur_de_lion From: coeur_de_lion Date: July 29th, 2008 03:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
so with your HDRs are you creating "true" HDRs or using that photoshop technique you posted about before?
abmann From: abmann Date: July 29th, 2008 04:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Which technique?

Since I bought the Photomatix software, I've been using that. In tis case, I used a single image and created 3 different exposures in Aperture before tone-mapping them. So, this is a "cheater" HDR in my view. Reason being is that I was too shaky with the three photos I intended to tone-map.

Most of the time, the HDR images I post are 3 exposures mapped.
coeur_de_lion From: coeur_de_lion Date: July 29th, 2008 04:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
oh ok, it wasn't photoshop then, it was that photomatix that you're talking about. just wondering how you were getting there.

great photo!
cassandraterra From: cassandraterra Date: July 29th, 2008 07:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Man, now I want to re-watch all of lost too.
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