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Day Two Seventy Two | New/Old

Saturday, October 10th, 2009

Day Two Seventy Two | New/Old

Today, I played around with a washed-out gradient overlay, as yesterday, and toned them the hell down—screened to 20% opacity—leading to an almost completely un-messed-with shot that naturally has that washed-out look. So, this shot is more or less representative of the day.

Where on Thursday I hung out with a new friend, today I hung out with an old friend, up from Miami for Halloween Horror Nights. We spent half the day thrifting, and I came up with some good stuff, including two 10-year old Polaroid cameras which I’ll have stashed away for when these guys start producing Polaroid instant film.

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How Microsoft Developed Office’s Ribbon UI

Saturday, August 1st, 2009

I started watching this presentation earlier this afternoon and couldn’t stop watching. A member of the Office 2007 design team, Jensen Harris, spends about an hour-and-a-half discussing how Microsoft build Office 2007, epecially the “Ribbon” user interface paradigm.

If you liked the recent documentary, Helvetica, if you’re into design, usability, UI, etc., you’re going to love this presentation. Which means, 99% of you will probably be better off skipping this link entirely.

Start watching here, and click on the video to keep watching (it’s divided into 10 parts).

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Day One Hundred Sixty Four | New Hardware

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

Day One Hundred Sixty Four | New Hardware

Shooting people from behind is one way to ease into street photography, and that’s what I did here. The shot looked interesting, I whipped out my camera, set a pretty short exposure, and snapped this photo. Over time, I’ll work up the nerve to get closer… like I used to.

The new computer, an HP HDX 16, arrived by Fed Ex today, and that means I can work without worrying about my laptop sputtering to death. That, and everything is something like four times faster than before, and I’ve got a larger screen to work with.

Good news for my work.

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Day One Hundred Fifty Six | Temporary Setup

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

Day One Hundred Fifty Six | Temporary Setup

My laptop’s dying and I have to wait two weeks before the new one I bought gets here, so I’m bringing my “vintage” 2005 desktop to work with for now. I rushed to set it up, so everything is the opposite of organized, or modern, or sparse, or any of the things I normally try to shoot for when setting anything up.

I couldn’t even upload the photos I shot today with the camera because my desktop is in that pristine, just-installed state and I haven’t gotten around to installing the software I need for work yet… the whole “laptop power cable frying” thing happened late enough in the evening that I decided to save this mess for tomorrow.

Thank goodness for the fact that my G1 auto-uploads my photos to Flickr, though. Made it so that I can post to Project 365 even during the most dire moments.

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Day One Hundred Fifty Five | Upgrade

Monday, June 15th, 2009

Day One Hundred Fifty Five | Upgrade

My laptop is finally on its last legs, and that means I had no choice but to get a new work computer today. Naturally, I went with the best. A MacBook Pro? Pshaw! Like I’m going to burn all that hard-earned money on a slab of metal and a gussied up Linux build. I got an HP HDX. For $900. Same CPU, same RAM, same graphics card, same LED-backlit screen as an $1800 MacBook Pro. Even a glowing logo on the lid.

It’ll be about two weeks before the rig is built and shipped, so I’ll have to find a way to keep my laptop sputtering just a little longer.

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Day One Hundred Forty One | Sharp

Monday, June 1st, 2009

Day One Hundred Forty One | Sharp 

I didn’t start off the week with a bang. In fact, I pretty much spent most of the day following the tons of Xbox news at today’s E3 press conference. What can I say? When a big tech event happens, I can’t help but drop everything and focus on it. I’m still a nerd.

I still managed to get a photo, though.

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Day One Hundred Nineteen | Intractable

Sunday, May 10th, 2009

So, I’m back in Orlando. That means it’s back to (trying) to work. I got set back in that department just before going down to Miami by screwing up some stuff on my site, and now I’m scrambling to find a good back up of my portfolio data. My mistake, but that doesn’t make it any less awful.

I’ve got an old laptop to work with, I still need to get paid for the work I’ve already done, I’m still broke, and now I’ve actually taken a step back by losing my site data and needing to get a backup. This is exactly the mess I wish I’d never have to come back to when I left to Miami.

Sometimes, I’d like to be able to walk away and leave this intractable mess behind.

119/365

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Day One Hundred Fourteen | Pre-trip

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

It’s past eleven and I just realized that I hadn’t shot anything for today; I’ve been busy tying up loose ends (and packing) before leaving town tomorrow. That, and downloading/installing the Windows 7 release candidate that was put out today (on a different computer than the one pictured, obviously).

By the time I get back home from Miami, I should be back in the work-mode again… in work-mode and with work to do. See, that last part was the issue. I’m probably about eighty percent done with the kitchen remodel, so I’ll need another “hobby” type project once that’s done. Besides work. And my portfolio.

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Day One Hundred Six | Geohashing

Monday, April 27th, 2009

Several forces led me to the location where I took this photo. I tried out a variant of geocaching dreamed up by the guy who writes the XKCD web comic wherein a hash is derived from the opening value of the Dow for a given day, and that is combined with the coordinates of a particular zone to derive a set of coordinates you’re supposed to visit on that day. It’s called Geohashing.

See, the other day, I downloaded a geohashing app for my Android phone that makes finding your location as simple as choosing today’s date. I saw today’s location was actually on my route back from school, and ended up where this photo was shot.

I love all of these geo games (geocaching, geohashing, geodashing, etc.) because they literally turn the physical world into your playground. With the GPS on my phone, and all the free time I’ve got these days, I’ll have to get hashing.

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Day Ninety Five | My Life Blood

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

I was supposed to be heading down to Miami today, but realized I was down to my last thousand dollars, and that meant I had just enough money to pay my bills through the first week of May. I don’t even have enough money for a tank of diesel right now, let alone a trip to South Florida.

I’ve got an old, low-spec laptop from which I do all my web development, graphic design, etc. work. It’s slow, it’s falling apart, and although this work is the only way I can survive, I just can’t afford newer equipment. So, I have to keep patching it up and keep it running as long as I can, and that means devoting an afternoon to a little extra maintenance from time to time.

Also, I decided to play around with lighting tonight.

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