More stormy weather pics….
Quick snapshot of the clouds and sunset from the Wallmart parking lot.
Slightly tweaked in Photoshop so you can see the trees.
Pardon the dust and any misshaps…
I just upgraded WordPress again.
I’ve also had some problems with comment spam (I guess I became popular enough for it after getting linked from D’Arcy’s blog). 2400 Spam later I hope I’ve solved it.
So I was just out on my balcony trying to get another lightning shot (with no success ) when I hear sizzle-snap-BANG!!!!
Lets just say that I don’t think my hearing tomorrow will be as good as it was yesterday.
(I think the building across the way got hit by lightning, but I was looking at the camera, not up…)
Spring kinda surprised me this year. (I was also in my post firing slump, locked away in my way too expensive apartment… so it’s not much of a surprise). I feel I’m kinda justified in my surprise as well… in one week it went from -20 to +20 degrees C.
It just so happened that it also happened at a time that I was asked back to Brandon for a job interview. Being the sucker I am, and always wanting to photograph a few spots on the Trans-Canada highway between Brandon and Winnipeg (a commute I’ve done way to many times in my life) I lugged my camera out to the interview hoping that maybe I’d have time to stop at a few of these points I’ve always wanted to try landscape photography at and take some pics. This is the result.
I’d forgotten about the white balance so the first half of my memory card were filled with very blue-ish pictures, but after about 20 shots I remembered (but I’d forgotten my tripod). A little photoshopery later (to balance out the sky/ground and contrast/colour- it really did look this good in real life).
I may not be a great photographer, but occasionally I luck out (and having an insanely expensive camera -by my standards- helps).
Unfortunately the other spots I wanted to try to photograph were more difficult to access/park (especially on the busiest highway in the province) and the weather was fairly miserable. I’ll have to do some more planning to get those shots.
I also want to take more photos from this exact spot to highlight how different it looks in the different seasons.
I showed this picture to a few friends, and they knew exactly where it was, and one of them mentioned that he’d always wanted to photograph it as well… It’s one of those spots that lances though you when you’re speeding along in your car at 120 kph. I hope when I get around to photographing those other points that they turn out just as good as this one
(Full view to see any detail… and it’s a raw photo… no photoshop magic to make it look good)
Come spring and I’m taking pictures again… I took this last night during the first thunderstorm of the season. It’s my first picture of lightning.
Yes it’s blurry, (I took it off my balcony, cushioned by a towel) I’d left my tripod in the car.
I bought a ~$1000 camera because I loved night photography and this is one of the first pictures that justify it. (Other things on my photography todo list: star treks (~3 hour exposures where you can see the stars rotating around the Polaris), and Fireworks. Then I can justify spending another grand on that 400mm IS canon lens I’ve been lusting over.
By prairie standards this wasn’t that impressive of a thunderstorm (wait till august… if we’re not in a drought) but for an impromptu thing I think it turned out pretty well. I also missed most of the light show, figuring out exposure/mirror lockup/focusing issues. Hopefully I’ll get some good ones later in the season.
So on Monday I started work at my new employer. All I can say is that it’s interesting. I’ll wait a week for to see how my first impressions work out, but I think I’ll end up happier here than at my last job. That being said it’s very different from my last job, and could see how someone could be scarred off by the complete change in corporate style/business layout.
I also realize that for the last 3 years I’ve been working at a company that’s behind the curve on many new technologies, and that I’m going to have to play some catch-up on a tonne of new stuff.
I’ve been working in team systems, and it’s cool…. miles better than the old sourcesafe, but I’ve yet to fully push it to it’s limits.
Then there’s the new technologies that I’ve always read about…, but now I’ve been thrown into the deep end of the pool, and find myself discovering that reading about treading water, and actually doing it are two completely different things. (Unit tests, CSLA, code smith, etc)
Anyways it’s off to bed (late night posting yet again), but I have to get up early… the commute to downtown is killing me…. not so much there, but back again, and parking is an expensive bitch. I’ll see what the bus schedule is like tomorrow morning.
Summer cold again…
resulting in… wait for it… a technical job interview while high on sudafed… talk about fun… and great first impressions! (D’Arcy had a post about it/stream of consiousness during the interview… but it didn’t look that good… so he pulled it- hey we’re all allowed to do that.. I’ve made the same mistake myself.)
But the cold’s almost gone. Thing is it’s messed up my sleep cycle… (I’m about to crash at 4PM feels like I’ve been up for 24 hours or so…)
But since I’m nearly asleep, I’ve decided to post to my blog… it’s tradition after all.
So 4 interviews in a week and a psych eval via a website that seems suspiciously like an online IQ test I did while at Uni. (final score 190, but there were 6 of us working on the same test :), uni labs are great for time wasters like that ) – I didn’t actually get a score this time, but from what I’m told, the results say that I’m employable.
Anyways in one of the interviews, the interviewer asked me what I read. (I didn’t mention that I read allot, I think it was a question to see if I did.) My answer, Pulp SciFi and Fantasy… basically you can find me in the back of the book stores in those isles where they have the cheap $8 scifi novels… they’re always next to the fantasy isles… Actually lately I’ve noticed they’re sections on the walls, not even isles anymore.
I spend an obscene amount at my local chapters – and I haven’t bought any $100 technical books in a while.
It’s gotten allot worse since I’ve stopped watching TV (no cable).
And since I haven’t been working, I’ve had ALLOT more time to read lately ;). I’ve basically re-read almost everything I have… and that’s an amazing amount of books. I have boxes of paperbacks and a few hard-covers I’ve saved like grain from chaff over the years. The floor next to my bed (where I usually read – bed not the floor) looks as if it’s been tiled in paperbacks.
Then I ran out of books….
So I dived into the inter-web looking to feed my new addiction…
It started out innocently enough… torrents of ebooks, audio books in mp3 form….. (downloaded the Dresden files tv series, liked it, so I checked out the original books- same premise but a completely different story, but the books are infinitely better)
Dangerous place that inter-web…
It soon cycled out of control… http://fanfiction.net (generally safe, and there’s a filter at the top of each category), http://livejournal.com (can be risqué, but usually marked), and others… feeding my voracious reading habit.
But I warn you if you go down that dark path of fan fiction… on the internet there are no editors… and on the internet there is no taste… (really everyone should know that second one by now). Slashfic is a term I warn you to stay away from – avoid it like the plague, or syphilis -and not the haha syphilis. You’ll wish brain bleach was an actual product… trawling though the rough of fan fiction in search of diamonds (and there are diamonds) can leave a lot of crap ingrained in your skull. Slashfic will haunt your nightmares, crush your soul, and give you the ‘thousand yard stare’.
There’s a special place in hell (or should be) for people who write Harry Potter Slashfics. And judging from what I’ve stumbled across, it’s going to be crowded… or they somehow are the most prolific writers I’ve ever heard of. The fact that there’s a special term for that type of Slashfic (as referenced from the disturbingly long wikipeida article above) – chanslash – disturbs me more than it should.
Now I have nothing against same sex relationships… and the occasional Slahfic can be hilarious and tastefully done- and if it’s cannon fine, but … ugh… and people who’ve met me know that I’m not easily offended. I’ve worked for an adult web company for Christ’s sake (Funny thing about that… I saw worse things in the Uni lab than the Porn company – colledgehumor.com was way worse than anything I ever saw professionally. And then there was that weird foreign kid who kept on imeshing videos with sheep in them).
But reading has never made me want to gouge my eyes out… until recently.
So if reading is your passion, or addiction, fan fiction can be fun, but it’s a challenge to sort the good stuff from the bad stuff, and there’s some really good stuff, and some really bad stuff.
But avoid anything marked Slash, like the Plague.