Archive for July, 2009
Friday, July 31st, 2009
Something always breaks. I get my finances in a way that I’m almost not drowning, and I need to spend more money on my car. I find a way to manage, and my brand new dryer explodes. Maybe I need to invest in sheets of glass I can set out in the backyard and throw bricks through when stuff like this gets to me.
Also, there’s a UFO next to this liquor store. I couldn’t pass by without shooting a photo.
Thursday, July 30th, 2009
I don’t like anything spur of the moment and I don’t like unannounced visitors. I scared off Jehova’s Witnesses such that they’ve never gotten anywhere near my house in ages, and I usually don’t answer the door.
And yet, for some reason I did that today, and before I knew it, had a home security system installed. A security system which, after actually reading the fine print (they never make that easy to do during sales pitches) I have literally cancelled not an hour after the damned thing was installed. Probably a cancellation record.
The company in question is Platinum Protection, and the Google search results are not very keen on that company. Apparently, they’re of the fly-by-night variety. The funny thing is, their unannounced visit actually did get me thinking about home security, and after they rip out the mediocre (from the reviews I read) system they shoved into my house, I’m going to research some legit brands, and get a real security system/service set up.
So, thanks, Platinum Protection, for making me think about getting a security system with one of your reputable, big-name competitors.
Wednesday, July 29th, 2009
After just two days of work, I already got a day off. A lull in the project I’m working on means I don’t have to come in until we get going again. Fine by me.
I just worked on another project for a different client during that time off. And it’s coming along pretty nicely. I’m pretty proud of the layout I’ve got going so far.
Tuesday, July 28th, 2009
Eleven hours into this fifty hour project; I only came in to work for three hours today, because that’s all the work I had to do. They’re waiting to hear back from the client before carrying on.
That’s really about the most interesting thing that happened all day. I didn’t do much from there. I’ll get more done tomorrow.
Monday, July 27th, 2009
This was my “commute”. Eight-something in the morning headed south toward the business district on one of the main roads, and this was the traffic I drove through. I remember the days back in Miami where driving just eight miles to work at this time took at least an hour to get through. Today: a 10-mile drive in less than twenty minutes.
I’ve gotten into a bit of a slump with my photography. I think it’s all the hard-core photo people I’ve been meeting, photo students who do this 24/7, etc. I just wish I could devote not some of my day, but all of my day to photography. But, I’ve got to work, and the sort of work I get is web development.
Maybe I need to start giving myself photography homework to do. if I give myself some goals and expectations and hurdles, maybe I can take my skills to the next level. And maybe I need to quit shooting photos while driving, too.
Sunday, July 26th, 2009
It’s been a pretty shitty, rainy day. Sure, I darkened the hell out of this picture, but it was still pretty dark out this afternoon, even without cutting down the exposure.
Tomorrow I go back to proper—9 to 5—working hours, if only for a week or two. I’ve got a gig that will require me to sync back with the rest of the working world. That, and a commute. Well, I’m not sure 20 miles round-trip is a commute, but still, it’s 100 miles more than I would have driven all week.
Saturday, July 25th, 2009
My buzz cut began the same way approximately 83% of all buzz cuts: a haircut accident. The shaver’s guide fell off while I was shaving and before I knew it, I ended up with a landing strip on the back of my head. There was no going back.
Now, the temperature feels about ten degrees cooler at any given moment. That, and washing my hair is going to get pretty quick and inexpensive until it starts growing back.
Also, I got a new dryer (the old one has been broken for a solid six months now).
Friday, July 24th, 2009
While it feels like I shot this last night, it was past midnight and was therefore shot today.
I went out to downtown and met up with a friend; it was for someone’s birthday, apparently, but I went just for the sake of going. Didn’t take my camera with me, but ended up running into a fellow photo buff (who was actually the birthday girl). I did manage to get this shot at the end, when I had the camera in hand. Blurry, but, I don’t know; fits the mood.
As for today, I finally got out to UCF to get the graduation paperwork started. For a change, I don’t feel like I’ve got things to finish up as the weekend is upon me.
Thursday, July 23rd, 2009
Getting outside is great. Getting errands done is great. I’m realizing that pretty much anything that doesn’t involve me sitting on the couch in front of the computer all day is great.
I knocked out some unpaid fees that were hindering my graduation status, and found out that I can (only) submit my intent to graduate online. As soon as the fees I paid are processed, I’ll be able to do that. I still have to go in person to register for the CLEP exam (Spanish). And once I pass that test, all I have to do is wait.
I figure, given a year or two, and a move to Seattle, and I’ll be able to find a Masters degree in the degree I’m getting a Bachelors for, but in Orlando in 2009, such a degree doesn’t exist yet. Translation: I’ve got a solid excuse putting off grad school for a bit.
Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009
It’s time to get back to exercising, time to get back outside. I went out for a walk on a nearby trail, and ended up at a landmark, a 3,500 year old tree named “The Senator”.
That’s where I shot this. I’m shocked at how nice it came out; it was probably the least thought-out of all the photos I shot today.
It was a nice change of pace, getting outside for a change. I’ve spent far too many days in front of the computer, especially lately.