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Saturday, November 15, 2008
Day 15

Wow, am I really halfway through the month already?

Early post for me today. In about an hour, I’m carpooling up to the bay area for a friend’s housewarming. He left my company earlier this year to go work at Google. I expect I won’t have much time later to just sit around at a computer to post, so I figured I’d get it out of the way now. Aside from driving, today will likely be spent playing a bunch of board games and probably some Rock Band. He has RB2, so I’ll finally get to see and try out the new drum kit.

Last night, I beat Gears of War 2, playing co-op with my brother. I was playing on the Hardcore difficulty level. Afterwards, I tried playing on Insane for a little while. It’s really hard, but I expect I will eventually work my way through the game playing it. Already looking forward to GoW3.

That’s all I’ve got for you today. I should finish getting ready to go, and eat some breakfast.

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Friday, November 14, 2008
Tea Fire

Deciding what to write about today became very easy last night. There’s a big fire burning in the mountains over Santa Barbara. When I drove home from work yesterday, everything was pretty much normal. A little less than 2 hours later, I left home for my softball game and something seemed a bit off. I couldn’t figure out what it was until I got on the highway towards the game, and then saw the fire in the mountains in front of me.

My reaction summed up on twitter: Holy crap big fire about 20 hours ago from TwitterBerry

I wasn’t the only one twittering about it. Twist is a website that will graph word usage on twitter, and track trends:

Tea Fire Twist

Got to the softball field, and unsurprisingly, the game was being postponed. Drove like a maniac home to get my camera, and then back towards downtown Santa Barbara to do some shooting. Taking pictures of a fire at night is hard. Even harder when you’re not really terribly close to it, though I suppose it’s a lot safer that way. Getting the exposures right is tricky. I got a few good shots.

About 10 minutes after I took this one, a police car drove by and announced that the area I was in was being evacuated. I wasn’t all that close to the fire, and didn’t feel like I was in any danger. I moved only about three blocks away, and stayed there for the next several hours.

The white line in there is a helicopter coming in for more water. This one was taken from the top of a parking garage. There were at least 5 other people up there with tripods and cameras doing the same thing.

You can see the rest in the flickr set: Tea Fire. I may go shoot more tonight.

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Thursday, November 13, 2008
Home Opener

I just bought tickets for the Mets home opener next year, and a plane ticket to NY for it. I spent a little more than I needed to so I could be in the front row of the upper deck. Hopefully, I’ll get a picture similar to the ones I have of PETCO and Dodger Stadium. I’ll be down the first base line instead of the third base line, but that should give a better view of the water. The sunset timing should work out so the game will be on at the right time to get the shot.

Also, Citi Field home opener!
(Hopefully, StubHub seller confirms the order, unlike the first time I tried to buy World Series tickets this year. On the other hand, that got me a $54 coupon that I applied to this order.)

Ordered a bunch of other random electronics to get me going on my intervalometer project. I think the first step needs to be cleaning my office so I can actually work in it. This will give me an excuse to actually get that done. I’m looking forward to getting all the parts, so I can get started on it. The more I look at what I need to do, the more fun it seems like it will be.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Arduino Project

The tubes are broken. I can’t get to Google, Yahoo, Flickr… http://internetpulse.net/ shows some connections slow or critical. Looks like some internet backbone is having problems. I can still get to my website, though, so no excuse for no post today.

I figured out what my first Arduino project is going to be: an intervalometer for my camera. Similar to this, but the 40D has a different connector than the Rebel line, so it’ll have to be slightly different. Shouldn’t be too hard, though. I ordered a few generic cable releases on eBay… four for $21 here. That should give me enough room to screw up one or two of them. I’m really not sure what I’ll do with it, but it’ll be a fun project that will at least have some chance of getting used.

Tubes seem to be unclogged, now.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Thank You

DSC00052

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Monday, November 10, 2008
Day 10

I got my Arduino starter kit, and a few other random pieces with it, today. I had it hooked up and downloaded one of the sample programs within a few minutes. Seems fairly easy to use. Now I just have to come up with something to use it for…

I’ve really got nothing else today, again. Posting every day is difficult.

Does anyone else think this is hilarious?

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Sunday, November 9, 2008
Look ma, no face!

I should probably be going to sleep, but I’m not at all tired. I stayed up late last night playing Gears of War 2, and then woke up late today. A lot of today was spent doing the same, playing Gears 2. It’s a good game, but I feel like I’m going to get to the end too quickly, and then be disappointed that it’s done. The achievements and online co-op (as well as the Insane difficulty level) will add some replay value. Now that I really think about it, I’m sure I’ll play it a whole lot more. There are also some other online cooperative modes that I don’t know too much about yet.

Last night before going to bed, I hung up my framed puzzle. Gluing it together was a little strange, but worked very well.

Puzzle amp_40D_081109_5672

I don’t really have much else right now. Posting every day is a bit difficult when I have nothing at all to say.

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Saturday, November 8, 2008
Day 9

Spent most of the day today playing Gears of War 2. Yesterday after work was pretty much the same. I also glued my puzzle together and framed it yesterday. It’s getting hung up when I can pull myself away from GoW2 tonight… or maybe now, since my power just went out to cut of my online co-op game. Once it’s up, I’ll take a real picture of the framed puzzle.

My plan for tomorrow is more of the same. Fun game.

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Friday, November 7, 2008
Emergence Day

My first experience with Amazon’s Release-Date Delivery appears to have been a success. According to UPS, Gears of War 2 has been delivered. It should be waiting for me at home when I get there. My weekend will probably be a lot of GoW2, and not much else. It’s been a while since I spent a whole weekend just gaming.

I guess I’ll need to take a little time out from that to make sure I keep posting here every day.

Not really much else to say today. I’ll try to do better tomorrow.

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Thursday, November 6, 2008
Day 6

What was I thinking making two posts yesterday? If I’m going to succeed in posting every day this month, I probably need to save them up. Today, I’m not really coming up with much to write about. The election is over, there’s no baseball… what am I going to do?

Gears of War 2 comes out tomorrow. I’m looking forward to that. My copy is coming from Amazon, with release-date delivery. I’m also getting the Lancer because… well, just because. It will arrive sometime next week.

lancer

I ordered a bunch of Arduino stuff from the Maker Shed. I don’t really know what I’m going to do with it yet, but I want to be prepared for those times I want to make some random electronic thing. Like a Rickroll pumpkin, for example. I got the idea to order this stuff from my brother.

Congratulations to Darren and Lindsay on the birth of Zachary Rhys!

And now, here it is, your moment of zen:


(My favorite comment, via BBG: “What? There was a video game in there?”)

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