Summer trip 2015 is in the books!

Behind the lens

I take pictures. I’m on the film/sensor side of the lens for the most part. It’s a role I’m comfortable with.

It’s like it’s my natural habitat.

I become invisible behind the camera…

I feel like I have control. Control over the camera. The settings. The moment.

It’s a place where it’s safe for me.

Sometimes it’s a bit lonesome.

Me and the camera.

Synchronicity – Lights

There was some issues with the power tonight in Seattle north end. It dropped out at around 5:00. So I walked down the street and confirmed that it’s a more wide-ranging outage. Sure the top end of our street had power but on the main street, Aurora Avenue N was dark for a few blocks up and down.

I figured that since it’s a bigger outage on a main road it’ll have a quicker response, but I still didn’t know how long it’ll take.

Light. I need light. More than a headlamp or a flashlight. I wanted to get more light.

So I got out the Coleman lantern from the shed in the back. But it needed a bit of work — new mantles and fuel.

Pull the camping box, install the mantles. Burn of the mantles to get them ready. Fuel up the lantern. Light it up.

As the generator started to warm up and I was getting good light.

The power came back.

I guess that’s one way of fixing the power.

Courage; Bawdy

Ennie, Lita and I went to another installment of Bawdy Storytelling tonight. The gist of it is that real people, you know the normal everyday people like you and me, get up on stage and tell a 10-minute story about some sexual escapade they’ve been on.

And it’s true.

It takes a lot of courage to go up in front of a room full of paying people, get up on stage, and open up a bit of your private life like that.

I write a lot on here and much of what I write is typically considered pretty private. But at the same time I generally don’t write about things that put my friends and loved ones in compromising positions.

I guess one of the advantages of doing something in real life like that is the ephemeral nature of the event. While things can be recorded and maybe even video posted, it’s a lot harder to correlate everything together into one searchable corpus. Sure, it might be possible… but not worth it unless you’re running for president or something. (i.e. everyone has dirt, it’s just how far down it’s buried)

One day… hopefully soon…

Caucus Conundum

Here in Washington the Democratic caucuses are coming in a month and a half — March 26th — the problem is that the locations aren’t even listed. I want to go and caucus for Bernie, but honestly there’s nothing that we can do at the moment.

Honestly, even the whole caucus system is rightly messed up. All you have to do is look at the Iowa debacle to see how bad this can be. When you have no idea how many people voted for each candidate and a bunch of delegates are chosen by a freaking coin flip.

We have the system we have right now so I have to deal with it… but I wish it could be changed to something that is more transparent. Because what we need now is less transparency, right?!

Amazon… so soon?

(Disclaimer, this is part of a poster that is in a publicly accessible part of my building, Coral [Elevator lobby of the floor I work on before you need to badge in]. I do not in any way speak for Amazon, nor would they want me to speak for them. Funny… just that.)

I get it. Yes, it’s good. It’s good to save money and save carbon, the earth, and all that stuff.

But seriously, 12 flag, Skittles, and freaking KLEENEX?! WTF Amazon?!

Too soon, man. Too soon.

Let me cry in my beer while I watch football this weekend. Hopefully having the Broncos destroyed — as any Cleveland Browns fan would agree.


So, as I’m writing this Sanders is 0.2% down from Clinton and I’m so freaking excited!

Such the rollercoaster!

While this is effectively a tie, it would be so awesome if we manage to get ahead. From the standpoint of the actual delegates it’s the same, but the moral victory would be nice.

I don’t agree with everything that Bernie is standing for, I have to say that he’s closer to what I want than any recent politician anywhere.

Camera systems – Consistency

I was thinking about buying a couple of filters for my Leica glass and I had one of those ah-ha moments.

I looked at the filter sizes for my gear and it struck me that someone in at Wetzlar was thinking when they speced out the gear. Most of it had a 46mm filter thread.

  • 15mm f/4.5 (Voigtländer, not Leica) – 58mm
  • 21mm f/3.4 – 46mm
  • 28mm f/2.0 – 46mm
  • 35mm f/1.4 – 46mm
  • 50mm f/1.4 – 46mm
  • 90mm f/2.0 – 55mm

I did the equivalent exercise for my Canon kit:

  • 16-35mm f/2.8 – 88mm
  • 24-105mm f/4.0 – 77mm
  • 35mm f/1.4 – 67mm (Sigma, not Canon which would be 72mm)
  • 50mm f/1.4 – 58mm
  • 85mm f/1.8 – 58mm
  • 100mm f/2.8 – 67mm (Macro)
  • 70-200mm f/2.8 – 77mm

There just seems to be more variation between the lenses for the Canon. Especially if you take out the third party lenses. Canon has actually regressed a bit. Their previous 17-35mm shared the filter size with the rest of the pro zooms: 77mm. Once things get too long, wide, or fast physics take over and you’re constrained a bit more than normal.

I know that Leica likes 39mm and 46mm a bunch until the physics get out of hand. Canon’s older kit seems to have liked 58mm and 77mm, but lately they’ve been all over the map.

This might be an interesting thing to do a much deeper dive to see how things vary between camera systems. Maybe with a cross-reference by release year.


Yesterday I went to the dentist to get my proper crown on. Obvious they had to take off the old one. I asked if I could have it.

They did one better.

The form and the plastic articulator is a throwaway for the procedure so they offered to clean up the temporary one and give me the whole kit and caboodle.

I grew up with my dad running his own business — Elmer’s Dental Lab — out of our basement. I would go down and see the same things sitting on the bench. Higher end stainless steel articulators ones  being that he was making full dentures not just individual teeth.

The permanent crown is was cast onto the template (which was cast into the mold from my mouth) from metal. The metal was then coated with porcelain and fit properly to the template.

The temporary was cast from the same mother mold much like the adjacent teeth are shown above. The base template, on the other hand, was just my tooth.

It’s neat to have this though. You don’t normally see your mouth from this angle.

Photos – Week 5 – B&W Landscape

Week 5 of the challenge. B&W Landscape. In my case it’s a cityscape. I’m amazed that just a few blocks from my office in downtown Seattle there’s a razor wire fence. The other side is a Jiffy Lube I think. My favorite part is the door buried in all it the graffiti.

Taken from the alley between Virginia and Lenora, 3rd and 4th. 28mm full frame. Likely around f/8 or so.

I got a comment on the FB group that it’s not really a landscape. Meh. Whatever. Landscapes, to me at least, is a picture without people mostly. Just a picture of what is, unadorned. Well, I guess the wall in adorned, but I didn’t do it.


A year or so some of my co-workers got together for a brainstorming session. We came up with some ideas. We told them to some of the IP lawyers and they filed a patent on it.

Amazon has a metric crapload of patents. We tried to enforce one and got, rightfully, a lot of pushback. Since then we’ve been getting a lot of defensive patents. Amazon, as it turns out, is a nice juicy target. To make yourself a less juicy target is a very good thing.

The patent was filed.

And I got a puzzle piece.

Amazon Inventor Puzzle Piece

When the patent is granted I get a blue puzzle piece with my name and the patent number.  :-)

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