Showing Love

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Steve is incorrigibly sweet, despite my best efforts to break him of it. For valentines day he sent me a Bad Taste Bear (nsfw). Some people aren’t terribly fond of them, and I admit that some of them are just gross and not funny, but the ones he’s given me are adorable. The one on the left is the one he sent me this year. Last year he gave me the one on the right.

I shudder at what I may have to do to match this. I may actually have to show some affection.

Just kidding Love! You know I love you all the way.

Sosua, in a nutshell

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For a week in the middle of December, Steven and I were on vacation in the Dominican Republic in a town called Sosua. We stayed at the Tropix Hotel and dove with Northern Coast Diving. We didn’t really have internet access, so posting regular updates really wasn’t an option. I wrote at the end of the day as if I would be posting that day. Then I got home, visited a lot of people, slept, and eventually forgot that I had written this. Each day is on it’s own page, so read on. You should also take a peek at the pictures.

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Old and Unchanged

It seems that everything is so “Web 2.0″ these days, with all their AJAX thingamabobs that update your information five seconds before you enter it, and custom switching stylesheets based on the weather in Brisbane. I didn’t even have any shiny or glassy starburst graphics… until now!

Unfortunately, my content just isn’t very Web 2.0, nor is the site in general. That’s why I was forced to create my very own starbursts that didn’t have any new-fangled technological references.

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They were created using PS CS2, and a couple of Web 2.0 button Photoshop tutorials.

As an aside, I do believe this is the most categories any one post has ever belonged to.

scribbles

One of the advantages of buying hosting is that you can host as many websites as you like. I had this idea, I want to start posting the little doodles and things I do in class on a blog. To that end, I introduce Scribbles. These are not high art by any definition of the word. They are simply scribbles in between my notes.

I used a Palm for a while. It was portable, and it made keeping track of ideas a lot easier. Unfortunately, I never quite mastered the input, and eventually it died. After that I started carrying little thread-bound composition notebooks in my pocket. It was amazing! Call me a Luddite, but there is just something so natural about putting pen to paper. Things go exactly where I want them to, I don’t have to do any strange jiggery-pokery to get somewhere to write, and I can draw diagrams and pictures right smack-dab in the middle of writing.

I have purchased a moleskine, but I haven’t brought myself to write in it yet. It’s just too pretty. I may have to soon, though. The notebook I’m working on now is showing its age, and I’m running out of pages to boot.

SPF: Random.

I’m not quite sure what’s going on in Kristine’s life right now, but she gave us a pretty easy SPF this week, involving some random stuff.

I’d just like to point out that these are thumbnails. Apparently there has been some confusion. If you click on the pictures, they are links to larger versions of the images. If you don’t click on them they are still links, but they don’t really do any good for you.

The Kitchen Sink

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This is the sink in my kitchen. The dishes aren’t mine, I swear. My roommate and I take care of each other’s dishes, but only when we’re not being lazy. Needless to say, I was being lazy

Something that needs fixing

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These are computers in my closet. The one on the right runs Smoothwall, the middle one is a webserver, and the one on the left isn’t running. I need to fix it.

Garbage

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The description of this part of the assignment was “Something you’re going to throw away right after you take the picture of it,” but if I put that in the title of the image, I’d have nothing to write here. It’s an empty Mountain Dew can.

SPF: Fall

I was worried for a bit that I wouldn’t get to participate in this week’s Stuff Portrait Friday. Kristine was a little late getting the challenge up, and with my hit-or-miss performance since I started, the odds looked stacked against me. Fortunately this week’s SPF is about my favorite time of year: Fall.

The change of seasons

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I know this might seem like a huge cop-out, but I actually wasn’t trying to capture the color change of the leaves. I was trying to find a decent way to photographically portray the wind. When the wind gusts it blows leaves off, but it’s sort of hard to predict. For me, the wind has always been a big part of fall. Fall is a season of change, and wind is the weather of change. Nobody talks about “the flurries of change” or “the patchy fog clearing in the late morning of change.”

The beauty of home

I’ll get it up eventually.

Once more I dig into the Photo Folder of Doom™ to bring you pictures of a waterfall! This is a short hike from my home. I love all the little waterways that run around my area. I sort of miss it. It’s been a while since I’ve had a chance to get out and enjoy the nature back home.

My favorite part of the weather change

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My favorite part about the weather cooling down is that I get to wear my sweaters. I really do like my sweaters, and I don’t get nearly enough opportunity to wear them. I just prefer warm winter clothes in general. They make me feel all soft and snuggly and comfy.

So that’s my fall in a nutshell. Walnut, if you want to get specific about it. I don’t think they get ripe enough for human consumption though. The squirrels usually get them first.

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SPF: Muses

As another week draws to a close, I turn once again to Kristine for interesting ideas for things to photograph. This week’s Stuff Portrait Friday is about muses.

Something that that inspires you to do what you do

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I dunno if it’s cheating that I took this picture in 2005, but is honestly one of my favorite pictures I’ve ever taken, and it really gets to the heart of the matter. I am a college student at Virginia Tech. While this is a fantastic experience all by itself, there are days that I question why I’m here. I could be working less and for the same grades in another degree, or at another school. The thing is, I love animals. I want them to be happy. I may not think highly of every individual at every moment, but in general I want to improve their situation.

Something you don’t like to read about in blogs

I’ll get it up here eventually.

I hate reading politics in blogs. This doesn’t just mean governmental politics. I don’t like reading about company or institutional politics, and I certainly don’t like interpersonal politics. Eric Meyer recently wrote a very well thought out and articulated series on reforms he would like to see in the W3C. I think his discussion was very reasonable, and to my (admittedly limited) understanding the ideas he suggests would be helpful. Still, it’s not the type of thing I choose to read most of the time.

Something that inspires you to write on your blog

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I like to blog about everyday things that I find amusing. This blog is about my everyday life. I am pretty easily amused (I mean, come on, I blogged about my iron) so almost anything is fair game. This picture is a mailbox I saw in Brooklyn. I try to keep my camera on me and take photos so I can remember amusing things to blog. I saw a girl eating corn-on-the-cob on the bus yesterday, but I completely forgot to mention it because it would’ve been rude to take a picture of her. Yeah, pretty strange, but I was amused.

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SPF: Hurdles

SPF this week was about challenges. At least that’s how I perceived it.

Something I Have Outgrown

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My license is expired. It also says I’m under 21. I really have to work on getting a new one. I have to get a eye test to do that.

Something I Have Overcome

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I used to consume amounts of Mt. Dew that even I would admit are unhealthy. I now consume considerably less, though some would consume that it is still a bit excessive

I need help with…

I’ll get it up eventually

…the cutest pup in the world. He is oversubmissive towards me, and it makes me sad. I just want him to be my friendpup.