So what?s the story with wires? You know, cords.
The other day I had to move my monitor off the top of my
computer to put in some more RAM (yay a gig now), & then after getting
everything to work again & back where it was supposed to be, noticed my
desktop speakers weren?t working.
The stereo hook up, all speakers, living room, dining room,
kitchen, & back porch are all working when tested, just no desktop. What
the hell is up with that?
OK, I figure a jack must have come unplugged. No problem, I?ll
just plug it back in. Well I decide to leave it to the morning, right before work, when I figure a
few seconds, a minute at most.
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAAAAAAAAAA!! NO WAY!!!!!
I shift my monitor move my box a bit, & peer behind the
machine. What greets my eyes? A tangled mass of wires that defies description!
It?s incredible! How did this happen? I mean, when I added things, when I last
?hooked things up? everything was organized! I can play music from my computer
to the home stereo, to any room (or porch) I have speakers. I can rip MP3s from
my turntable, I can play my I-pod
through it all. I can do ANYTHING audio! How did they inexplicably
tangle themselves into the most incredible knot of twisted interlaced confused
wires ever to meet the human eye?
THAT is the question!
I mean, I DID have all this stuff organized. It was supposed
to be just sitting there. I have to move the monitor a bit more to get at them
a bit better?.SHIT?that unplugs some more things! I can?t find the ends! I
search & search, I use a flashlight, I crawl under the desk, and I look
& look no ends! I try moving my headset in & out of the wires, it
catches on everything & eventually breaks off the earpiece. CRAP! I have to actually cut the headset wire to get it untangled. Scratch one headset. Oh well, I didn't use it much anyway I guess! It?s hot, the sweat is pouring off me, I
only have a few minutes before I have to leave for work, and my shirt is
soaked. (Imagine the angst here!!!!!)
Well, Fuck it, I go & change my shirt & then I have
to go off to work. One last quick look first though?well, there it is! The
errant plug; just off floor level. I plug it in & problem solved. WHEW. At
least I don?t have to brew about it until lunchtime when I can try & fix it
OK, so what happened? I had a perfectly wired system, no
problems, that turned into an unbeliebably tangled mess. How did this happen? I?m
convinced that they try & breed at night, their sweaty wire skins rubbing
against each other in their wire sex throes, twisting & winding until they
can?t move any more. Or they conspire to make the most impenetrable morass of
knotted hell that is imaginable & do it surreptitiously when you?re not
Either that or its aliens.
Filed under General, Sep 16, 2005
More flickr stuff. Theres? this really cool add on program
thingy that lets you show off your photos using Java script.. Here it is?
Cool eh? It's supposed to go through your entire photo stream, but I don't think it does. All I've seen is the last 20 or so. Still, it's a pretty nice little gizmo!
Filed under General, Sep 15, 2005
Photoshop - The Dark Side
Photoshop is a program that manipulates digital images to
the Nth degree. You can make a picture into just about anything you want. You
can turn a photograph into something that doesn?t even resemble the original.
Is this a good thing, or an evil force to be reckoned with?
Surfing on flickr, my favorite photo sharing site, I?ve
noticed many images manipulated with this program. Some to the detriment of the
shot by rank amateurs of the program; others skillfully crafted & enhanced
to make an incredible image. My question is, is this still a photograph, or now
just a computer generated image?
I guess part of the beauty of digital photography is that
you can do this. Still, on one hand you have a photo with great composition
that can be made better, on the other you have crap that is manipulated to the
point where it resembles something else. Is this still crap, or all of a sudden
You have the question of enhancement, to rid the shot of
small flaws, or gross manipulation to change the image completely. Is this
the Dark Side of photoshop? How far do you go?
Pictures, art, or just crap?
After seeing some of the beautiful enhancements, I?m tempted
to go over to the ?Dark Side? and learn this program. However, will I then I cease to
be a photographer, and become more of a computer software user or photo
Help me Obi-Wan?.you?re my only hope?
Filed under General, Sep 12, 2005
Tags. More about Flickr
What exactly are tags anyway? In this context, they are
words added to a photograph to help describe it. You know, where it was taken,
what the subject matter is, type of camera, lens, etc. etc. They help people
find pictures of a particular subject or venue
There?s a recent phenomenon that kind of bugs me, a lot, so
I thought I?d rant about it.
The current trend
is to ?tag? your shot with your screen name?thereby attracting people to your
shot because it was taken by you. How fucking pretentious! Gag me! Lets make mediocre shots taken by a popular
person even more popular. THAT alone made me write this, it crossed the line of
what I could take before I had to vent. Give me a fucking break will ya? I
mean, if people want to find a picture by that person, they?ll go to the photo
stream, what do you need to tag it with your name for? I notice it more &
more, even from talented photographers. It?s becoming sort of a sub group of
the clique phenomenon.
I figure, in the end, no matter the hits, comments or faves,
if it?s crap, it?s crap, if it?s good, it?s good.
Filed under General, Sep 11, 2005
You know what?
I?m on this really fantastic photo-sharing site. I mean it?s
awesome. But there are some things that kinda bug me about it. I can?t really
say anything in any forums, because there?s the whole censure thing &
getting kicked out of groups & offending people & upsetting others
& so on & so on. But you know what? Catharsis I think. Isn?t that what
a blog is all about?
So, I have contacts, friends, am in a bunch of groups where
I post my photos where relevant, check out others & I take a whole pile of shots with a
bunch of different cameras & lenses. Last month I took over 800. I only
post the good ones, or at least, the ones I think are worthy of posting.
Before I start my rant, let me say that there are a ton of
extremely talented photographers on the web site. There are some amazing shots, lots of them, lots too that are acknowledged by their peers. I am humbled by their greatness...BUT there are some really shit shots out there. Real crap you know? Garbage. Crapola. Stuff anyone could
take with an instamatic camera. Although there are some great shots with camera phones, fantasitic composition, but there's alot of no talent stuff. Household snaps...mediocre snaps, you know? It's a real melting pot.
That said, some mediocre stuff has become a popularity
contest. How much talent does it take to point an automatic camera at a flower
& press a button? (Yes, I?ve done it!) There are thousands of these shots
on this site. There are a TON of groups dedicated to this type of shot. It appears this type of shot is
immensely popular. Some are worthy, but many are completely banal yet get hits & comments
galore. I guess it's a soft spot for alot of folks. BUT, no matter the subject, why do many
mediocre shots in ANY category get hundreds of hits & dozens of
comments? Why do absolutely brilliant
shots (hundreds of others I?ve seen by other photographers), perfectly
executed, fantastic composition, amazing subject matter, awesome results, get few
hits or comments? Don?t get me wrong; I?ve had my share of successes. But a
virus is diluting merit.
Little knots of individuals that cater to each other?s photo streams regardless
There was a ?contest? a short while ago, where people were
?recognized? (by what critical body? I don?t know?In case you were wondering I
was nominated in two of the dozens & dozens of categories but I withdrew
from the contest because of all the bullshit) for ?excellence? in their field.
Well, it became a heyday. Some folks were actively trolling for votes, others
gratuitously voted for their friends, and in one case I know of, someone was
forcibly removed from the voting process because of their dissenting opinions.
Now THAT?S democracy!
I think that happened in Germany in the 1930s.
But the real thorn here is the clique. It kinda reminds me
of high school. If you?re not in the ?in? group?forget about being
Many talented photographers, are being ignored. Don?t get me wrong, I?m in my own little ?clique? I suppose, with folks who
enjoy my shots & regularly comment or look, & I look and comment on theirs with great regularity but that doesn?t stop me from
ranting about the phenomenon?
Filed under General, Sep 9, 2005
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