March 30, 2008
Matilija Creek Panorama
|Camera||Canon PowerShot G9|
|Lens||Canon 7.4-44.4mm f/2.8-4.8 IS|
Last month my job sent me to San Diego, CA. I stayed the weekend and drove up to Los Angeles in order to see my dad, his wife and family. Even though I was able to cheat winter and escape Minnesota for the full duration this year it was nice to be able to get out into the warm sunshine after four weeks of not having sun light feel warm on the skin.
Along the way I took a series of photographs with the intention to stitch them together into a panorama. This is about nine photographs stitched together. It is a crop of a panorama about three times this size.
It was the late afternoon and we were just finishing our hike that took the majority of the day. The sun was low on the horizon and there was a lot of dust in the air. The light was very soft but dramatic.
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Muxtape is a service for creating mixtapes. Users may not upload multiple songs from the same album or artist, or songs they do not have permission to let Muxtape use. Individual users may not create multiple muxtapes. Accounts not meeting these restrictions are subject to termination without notice. Muxtape will never reveal your email address to a third party. Muxtape is alive.
The site is by talented web designer and photoblogger Justin Ouellette of http://chromogenic.net/. Justin's photoblogs was one of the first photoblogs I started monitoring regularly. He was definitely an inspiration in getting this site up and running.
I could really see this concept taking off. Sure, there are sites like such as last.fm which allow for the creation of personalized playlists or streaming radio stations or features such as iTunes iMixes but muxtape really neatly encapsulates the bare essence of sharing a pile of music in a format that might actually fit the soul of High Fidelity.
Some enhancements I could see to muxtape:
- The ability to comment on somebody's muxtape
- A feature which would allow you to see related muxtapes.
- An archive feature which allows you to "tag" a previous muxtape so previous track lists are not lost when changes are made; perhaps a tagged entity is the only thing that could be commented upon.
- The ability to download the muxtape in another standard playlist format (this could probably already be done by a third-party from the RSS with an appropriate XSLT!)
March 24, 2008
|You Are An ENTP|
You are charming, outgoing, friendly. You make a good first impression.
You possess good negotiating skills and can convince anyone of anything.
Happy to be the center of attention, you love to tell stories and show off.
You're very clever, but not disciplined enough to do well in structured environments.
In love, you see everything as a grand adventure. You enjoy taking risks for love.
And if things don't work out, you're usually not too much worse for the wear!
You would make a great entrepreneur, marketing executive, or actor.
At work, you need a lot of freedom to pursue your own path and vision.
How you see yourself: Analytical, creative, and peaceful
When other people don't get you, they see you as: Detached, wishy-washy, and superficial
Get Yourself Educated
For the past two weeks I had noticed a number of calls on my mobile phone's missed calls list from the +95 country code. The caller never left a message. On few occasions I was lucky enough to catch the phone in time to pickup but the caller would always hang up immediately. I searched the Internet and discovered that +95 belonged to the country of Myanmar.
My mind began to race. Who could it be? Who do I know in Myanmar? Was one of my friends being held hostage? Was Aung San Suu Kyi trying to reach out to me?
Last Tuesday morning I was lucky enough to catch the phone on the first ring and talk to a live person, "hello Mr. Hewsney, I am just calling to check..." It was the unmistakable opening of a telemarketing call.
I cut off the drawling southern voice of the woman on the other end of the phone, "excuse me, but where are you calling from?"
"What?"I repeated myself, "where are you calling from, my phone is telling me that you are calling from the +95 country code which is the country of Myanmar. Are you in a call center on the other side of the world?" If so, I was going to commend her on her incredible American accent!
"What? No, I am calling from the Yew-nite-ted states of America..."
I cut her off again, "well I've been getting calls from mysterious numbers starting with International code +95 all week long and I thought somebody was trying to reach me from Asia, Myanmar specifically. You know, perhaps your firm's telephone dialer is misconfigured..."
She cut me off this time, "what? where?" Now the surprise—she raised her voice from calm tones to a full scaled yell, "I AM IN DEERFIELD BEACH FLOOR-I-DAH, GET YOURSELF EDUCATED!"
And then she hung up.