4.27.2005

dayton's better in weekend sized servings...

well... i have not been posting much... i don't have too much to say... i'm not very happy in dayton... living with the parents is more painful every term... this term is really bad... though at this moment everything is okay... but i also was able to enjoy the last 3.5 hours alone...

work is going fine... sometimes i'd rather stay there than come home... but i have enough reason to come home so i have not actually stayed very late yet... skip invited me out for a beer tomorrow night... i'm not sure i want to go or not...

friends.. i try to hang out with old friends... just i don't always click too well anymore... one reason, i don't drink very much, i don't look forward to being out till 3am every weekend getting drunk... also i don't just want to play video games all the time... i guess i'm lucky i get along for the most part with my housemates in flint, i do enjoy it up there most of the time... i'm never this miserable there...

dentist tuesday, filling today... now my jaw hurts... i hope it will be better in the morning...

bird house...

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4.21.2005

photorific

today i've spent a lot of time researching and fooling around with cameras... at work i get enough money to buy a dSLR, i'm leaning towards the canon eos (digital rebel), for feature and price reasons... nikon has one coming out in june i would also consider but i need it as soon as possible... nikon current offering that have the features i need are a few hundred more...

also at work i'm found programs that let me correct for barrel distorions that will probabaly be present in my pictures since i'll be using a wide zoom... and i've fooled aorund with some photoshop plug ins that correct it and have promising results... it'll be a pain characterizing my lens, but once it is done the parameters shouldn't need ot be changed... here's before and here's after correction... this was a picture from skips book on laying floor tile... we all thought it looked rather naughty... the macro caused pretty bad barrel distortion

played around with my camera a fair amount today too... figured out some more of the features, like "manual" auto focus... you can move a cursor around and choose exactly what you want ot be focused on... here i focused on the phone now i focused on the reflection on the screen also spent some time walking around the back yard taking some pictures... here's my pretty picture of the week...


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a picture of a horse saying hello

4.20.2005

work, supper time drama, and movies....

hmm... works been decent hte past few days been dedicated primarily to thesis work... it was going well then today i felt less progress was made... sometimes i'd like other assignments to work on, perhaps with other people even, to break up the monotany... today i disciver something about the optical center of cameras that are potentially gonna make things rather hairy... but i'm sure its nothing i can't figure out...

it is suppsoed to rain tonight... perhaps even thunderstorm... that will be nice... since my desktop sleeps all the time now i should beableot hear the rain...

my left wrist hurts... to the best of knowledge it is from playing with the doggies...

hmm... i pissed my sister off at supper... she was concerned about someothing only being open from 9-12 on saturday, being a dick i asked if she was upset becsaue she couldn't sleep till noon (in the past she has gotten pissed of at this very thing), she yelled at me and then not half a second later was talking normal again... so i started laughing... and this made her extermely angry... at which point i laughed even harder and i just couldn't stop... it was fun...

and my wrist is really bothering me now... grr to it...

i dunno... saw sideways yesterday... i got a few good chuckles out of it... wasn't spectacular though...but it was nice ot get back into the tuesday night movie thing... next week we might be seeing the aviator(again for me, buti did enjoy it and it has k8)...

4.18.2005

(having problems with thoughtful titles)

still having issues being very regular... weekends mess everything up... i did stuff with people friday night... being social and stuff... pool hall... well when doug and i got there the people we were meeting up with were about ready to leave... saw a friend for the first time in about 2 years i think... he was in korea with the army.... then ice cream... then to doug's house... we watched tv... most notably vintage '67 episode of the fanfastic four, complete with atomizers and other transistorized gizmo's... i hadn't laughed that hard in a long time... came home... awkward situation with my father sitting on the toilet with the door open and the enitre house stinking... eveyrone else was asleep.... it's was a terrible stench... i'm not sure the proper reaction to sucha situation...

saturday i planted some bushes for my dad, who left for a fishing trip at about 5am... then i was supposed to attend the sugar maple festival with my mom and grandparents... my sister saved me from this putting her cell phones through the washer and throwing a fit until my mom agreed ot take her ot get a new one... i bought tasty salsa... the store i went to was busier than i thought it would be... later i watched finding neverland... i enjoyed it.. it kept my interest... kind of sad ending...

sunday... frisch's for lunch... i'm tired of eatting sunday lunch with my family because it's either bob evans or frisch's... rarely do we visit mexico, china, or india any more... too rough on my grandparents my mom says... but if you ask my grandparents they say ti's fine... well except mexico... but china and india are okay... but i don't like frisch's and bob evans that much... too.. well, traditional...

planted two tree sundays... then tooka a nap... talked to Liz till supper... got myself a burrito... while was out bough razors and shampoo... dad fishing, mom and sister wentot visit college so i was alone... cat would not come in last night.. so i left him out... he has his kitty door to come in if he needed to... when i got up he came in and said hi to me first thing... dogs spent day together in pool yard since no one would be here to let them out to do their business... they were very happy ot get out of there... and they're patience with each other seemed very low afterwards...

work was fine... couple fun things from work can be found here and here... the first one is a power point show of a backhoe accident... no real pictures but still kind of made me cringe... the second one is funny, a dea agent giving a talk about gun safety, as he holsters his gun he shoots himself in the foot... and keeps talking...

what else.. mom and sister return shortly... i dunno... it's a post atleast...

4.14.2005

grr...

i've been ina crappy mood most of the day... can't find registration for sunfire so i can't update my basepass so i had ot drive minivan ot work again... but my mom had ot take my siter to school and she decided ot take the van keys with her... now i know she didn't do it on purpose but it still was aggrevating...

nothing really bad at work happened... i was jus tina crappy mood though...

home more crappiness feelings... a couple coversations with my parents really got to me... such as asking me if i left the wondow on the truck cracked on purpose so it would get wet inside... now why would i do that on purpose... i swear...

then i got to talk to a certain person and it made me feel better... now i'm just tired... and my wrist hurts...and i don't really wanna go ot work tomorrow... but atleast i can wear jeans...a ndi'm gonna wear my mocassins again because people gave me a little crap about it last time.. and thye're comfy... i guess i could wear flipflops... but i think my feets will get too cold... the temperature are not well controlled and i am often very cold at work...

4.13.2005

7 home...

7 is home... not under its own power... $32 to have it towed 18 miles... not too bad... thanks AAA... i dunno... i think its severely flooded na di kind of sound reasoning behind it... i think...

left work at 2 or so to guide the tow truck man home ... there was no point in me returning when i got done withth etow truck stuff at three...

used this extra time ot do taxes... i hate taxes... as soon as i can no longer do the EZ form i'm gonna be having them done for me... i jsut can't do these stupid forms... my brains doens't like them at all...

i'm going to now treat myself to a grapefruit...

4.12.2005

dead 7...

7 is stranded at work... saw conditions as in the fall... it was colder today... i think she stopped liking not warm weather... with any luck it'll be warm tomrorw and she'll start no problem... otherwise i get o find out how to get a tow truck on base... got a ride to my dad's office and ride home form my dad...

nothing too exciting at work... reasonably enjoyable for work...

signed up for netflix sunday, shipped monday, arrived today... netflix service puts blockbuster to shame... well i guess i should wait and see what the return time looks like... but so far it seems very superior... the extra $2 a month is well worth it...

not as beefy of a post as yesterday... atleast there is one...

4.11.2005

i don't wanna be like Phil anymore...

some one at work hurt his knee a while back playing soccer... he got a brace from the doctor on friday... he also scheduled surgery for it in late august... he didn't want to ruin his summer... he can walk fine, jsut sports and such are a no go... so after getting his brace today he decided ot go play soccer... since the brace was gonna protect it... wheni found this out i had a good chuckle thinking about how funny it would be if he hurt his knee again... and he did... i couldn't help but laugh... and i even told him how i thought that it would be amusing if he hurt his knee again his first day back playing soccer... he said he was glad his pain brought me pleasure... or something along those lines... though he is stupid for playing with a bad knee...

looking into the lasershow projector things is fun... i spent a bit of time doing that today... only found two programs that will be of use to us... we need ot be able to control the laser through c, or vb, or java... jsut we need driver level access to it... but the projectors themselves are very interesting... its impressive that all the motion is controlled by two mirror twisting back and forth... well tow mirrors per colour... the colours are achieved by mixing differnt colours of light... just like any thing... some projectors only have one laser that will produce two different wavelengths of light... other will use white laser which any colour can be extracted from... other will have tow seperate laser together capbl of producing red green and blue... which can be mixed to make any colours... i dunno... it's jsut fun to me... and i'd really like ot see how fast these mirrors move...

i didn't get pissed off at slow drivers today... i was actually at peace for most of the drive... a stark contrast to my drive home friday... i was ready for blood then...

i signed up for netflix... first two movies shipped today... this will be the first time i'm in control of a dvd by mail service... i dont' alwyas agree with selections made by other who have been in control... and now i can see all my k8 movies...

i'm done taking movie advice from my sister... she has terrible tastes... things she says are funy are not... or because of one line she thinks the entire thing is funny... i'll laugh at the line too but the rest of the experience is painful... other situations too... but i'm just done...

i'm hungry...

i packed lunch today... it's cheaper... and probably better for me... sincei get fresh fruit and veggies and all... but this mena si don't leave teh lab for over 8 hours... and it is very weird venturing inot the sun at the end of the day...

people like things loud... i don't... not anymore atleast... they annoy the bejesus outta... it's almost painful... usualy the sounds gets nasty.. i'll listenot my senns loud... but the sound stays pure... average tv and car speakers don't... and on top of that everyone feels the need ot yell over the devices then... something else i don't like...

my desktop has not been on since saturday... i'm aboutot hook up a real mouse to this guy now... that'll make it an even harder case to go back to desktop.... though i do like the touch pad much more than i thought i would... i still prefer a mouse... atleast if i'm sitting at a desk... bed or couch touchpad is prefered... a time and place for everything i suppose...

and now to be awesome like khautz a picture of my backyard... click on for hi res goodness, its about 400K... make sure browser doesn't resize it to a convient size i know you wanna see every last pixel of it...

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4.08.2005

so i do feel like a post...

got my new laptop wednesday... i like him alot... he's a bit bigger than my old toshiba... some pictures here... but we're getting along well... i have some pictures with my new friend with my dad big old toshiba... they are not up yet... but my use of desktop has dropped to nearly nothing...

work is going well... i am starting to feel i have a place there... which i have not had in the past... i spent over two years at PR and it was such a joke... i felt it was a bad place ot be... i got out wheni could... the lab i worked in will more than likely be closing in november... i felt correctly... i obained the nickname of Serpent there now... i'm not entirely sure... it made a lot of sense to one of the contractors so they started calling me Serpent... the two contractors came up withthe animal nicknames... they joke a bout being viewed as bottom feeders, so they named themselves carp and catfish... a gov guy back in lab they call the mole, because he can tell our boss what the contractors are doing.... and i'm no better andi i "slither" around spying on them.. and snake wasn't good enough because i guess i'm evil too so i'm the Serpent...

if i someone asks where someone else is at work and i say i cut them up they ignore me... also if i mention eatting babies i get ignored...

i'm supposed to look into possibly getting a setup that they use for laser light shows... to do tracker research...

grades came back... everything was better than i thought... but i still got my worst grade ever from nozar... grr to him...

everythings going very well in life... but i was still in a very hateful mood this evening... i think i'm just tired... i tried ot eat a piece of ham and i bit my finger...

phil's used my trusting nature againist me and made me look like a fool... he's yet to post to his blog... he must have forgot he still has to live with me for 3 months...

farking blogger...

i wrote a decent post last night then blogger ate it... i dont feel like doing another post right now though....

4.05.2005

no complaints...

everythigns going well... i can't really think of any true complaints i have... works somewhere between fine and good... outside of work life is fine... so i don't know... everythign going fines means i have nothing to say i guess...

dayton was on slashdot yesterday for beingthe first city in ohio to offer free wifi... for a square mile down town... i'm never down there...but still kind of neat i guess...

4.01.2005

new beck...

got the new beck album today... "sea change" just didn't do it for me.. it jsut made me feel too depressed listening to it.. i've tried a couple times and i jsut can't make it thru... but being a huge beck fan in junior and senior high i felt a need to keep my beck collection up to date.. listened to only a few tracks of guero, but i like it much more than sea change it sounds more liek the beck that i grew to love in junior high, reminescent of the glory days of odelay... and tha'ts okay with me... mutations is still my favourite beck album, but odelay is what made me a beck fan... the the quirkiness of his earlier albums like "satan gave me a taco" and lines like "a giant dildo smashing the sun" got me hooked on his other stuff... then mutations came out and it really grew on me... then midnite vultures, i sort of liked it at the time... but it's low on my list now... then sea chnage which did get some critical acclaim but i dont' get it at all... but so far i'm liking guero...

gto a new carbon back from rio today... i wasn't sure what they'd do sicne there was obvious physical dmage... but they jsut sent a brand new scratchless one... i backed up all my sisters old msuci andi already loaded it back on for her so she'll be ready to go once she gets back...

i want my laptop... the screen is gonna be so sexy... 12.1 inch widescreen 1200x768... other ones i looked at were the same resolution but spread out over a 14 inch widescreen... it's gonna be dense... and dense lcd displays are very very sexy... we have a 9 megapixel lcd display at work, that's really dense... it's like looking at a photograph... i was in complete awe... it's slow though it would be worthelss for watching movies, far too much ghosting... but with still pictures it's amazing...