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    7/19/2007

    Evil Dead 2 Prop - a web exclusive*!

    Here it is — a first-time look at a prop used on Evil Dead II. The “prop”, as it were, is simply a piece of foam painted, gouged, and weathered to make it look like Egyptian stonework. While in real life it looks like a piece of foam, in the movie I’m sure it has an Egyptian aura about it. Why do I have a picture of this fine piece of cinemagraphic history? It all starts back in 1999…

    Evil Dead II Set Prop
    Konica Minolta DiMAGE A200. Only in some of the best preserved Egyptian temples and pyramids do you see such stunning craftsmanship as this.

    …when I started to work where I am working today. Thought that really has nothing to do with this prop. It just happens that I work with someone who worked on the movie as a special effects assistant, and he brought this prop in as a cubicle decoration.

    I’m told it was used in the library scene — though I need to re-watch the movie to find out where. In the lower left you see a cow (not a dog), milk bottle, and three ‘xxx’s, which probably symbolized poison milk. To the left you see what looks like “bEG” -> this is supposed to be DEG, for De Laurentiis Entertainment Group (DEG). He couldn’t explain all the other symbols, either because they have no meaning, or (most likely) because he cannot recall them. Next week I will see if we can document the symbol meanings, and I’ll post the definitive guide to the stone carvings.

    *Well, “exclusive” is probably pushing it a bit. I gave this image to my other coworker so he could post it online too.

    — site admin @ 5:08 am Comments (2)


    12/1/2006

    Another photo for another contest I won’t win

    Yeah, this is the photo I submitted to an Engadget contest:

    Retro-futuristic
    Nikon 995, bit of Photoshop work.

    I like it, but I doubt it is comparable to what others submitted.

    — site admin @ 11:54 pm Comments (0)


    8/16/2006

    T-Shirts for sale!

    I opened a cafepress store (along with the rest of the webiverse):

    My Store

    However, the important thing is that one shirt features a photo of mine. Check it out.

    — site admin @ 9:04 pm Comments (0)


    12/10/2005

    Added New Images to the Gallery

    I’ve added new images, buy them all!

    Go to the Gallery!

    Buy buy buy…

    — site admin @ 2:19 pm Comments (1)


    6/21/2005

    Photo Gallery Up, Updated PDF

    Well, the stock photo gallery is up and running! I’ll be adding two new photos a week, to keep the content fresh and current. You’ll most likely see more macro shots - I plan on taking some photos of an intricate fossil, some more plant photos, and more plant photos! I took a few rose branch clippings, and want to see how the thorns look under the lens.

    In addition, I updated the PDF for Sapphire XVIII Hacking, a most important document detailing my conversion of a pushbutton radio to accept an auxiliary input (ie, to take in the audio signal from an iPod). Frankly, I was not able to do the conversion without some help - read the PDF to find out who aided me! The photos are kinda junky, as I was using an older digital camera.

    — site admin @ 11:13 pm Comments (0)


    6/7/2005

    The Gallery is Up

    The gallery is in beta form right now. I’m going to move it over to asp soon, with a database instead of manually typing stuff in. Should be fun! Only one popup is working, although eventually all the images will have their own popup window with extended descriptions.

    Well, it seems the gallery is up and running! Look around, and maybe even buy some images…

    I might even create a search function, depending on how busy it gets. For now it will display all my photos.

    Have fun browsing!!

    Oh, you wanted a link to it, eh?

    — site admin @ 10:53 pm Comments (0)


    6/5/2005

    Gallery on it’s Way…

    The gallery is nearing completion - just finishing up the template and beta testing! Photos from my D.C. trip will be up, along with more Stock Photos (in one location!). Until then… signing off.

    — site admin @ 6:56 pm Comments (0)


    5/3/2005

    Gearing Up For Sales

    Ignore the rest of the post - I now have a dedicated Stock Photo Gallery for you to browse: gallery. Enjoy!

    Gold. Well, Brass - but it looks like gold. Except the gears would be too soft were they gold. Hmmm.

    This macro photo of a gear train can be yours for the low low price of $30.00 USD. Arrangements via Pay Pal. Source image is RGB jpg, 3504 x 2336. Royalty free, but requires you notify me what publication/site it is being used at, and sample of final print if used in a printed publication*. It is your responsibility to make sure the colors print OK in CMYK.

    Gears
    Canon 20D

    A few things to note - this came from a residential water meter register, USA. You can see (in the background) the numbers the register used - it’s odometer style. I have several photos like this, but am not going to list them. Let me know if you’d like to see others.

    *Why? Because, I’m vain. No, just kidding : ) Because I’d like to have samples of my work to show to people. I’d always credit the graphic designer who designed the publication.

    — site admin @ 11:00 pm Comments (0)


    5/2/2005

    Not Truly a Stock Photo

    Ignore the rest of the post - I now have a dedicated Stock Photo Gallery for you to browse: gallery. Enjoy!

    But still purchasable. Illustration, source file Illustrator 8 eps. Lines are intact, and the light-bulb comes with white, grey, and black filled shapes behind lines. Inspired partially by Finkbuilt (a very interesting blog I came across recently). Get it for only $30.00 USD. Arrangements via Pay Pal. Royalty free, but requires you notify me what publication/site it is being used at, and sample of final print if used in a printed publication*.

    Illustration of a Lightbulb
    Adobe Illustrator 8

    *Why? Because, I’m vain. No, just kidding : ) Because I’d like to have samples of my work to show to people. I’d always credit the graphic designer that designed the publication.

    — site admin @ 11:22 pm Comments (0)


    4/28/2005

    Yet Another Stock Photo

    Ignore the rest of the post - I now have a dedicated Stock Photo Gallery for you to browse: gallery. Enjoy!

    Yea! Now a little jingle: Stock Photo, that’s it’s name. Stock photo, generic’s it’s game.

    This macro photo of a miniature** meteorite can be yours for the low low price of $30.00 USD. Arrangements via Pay Pal. Source image is RGB jpg, 3504 x 2336. Royalty free, but requires you notify me what publication/site it is being used at, and sample of final print if used in a printed publication*. It is your responsibility to make sure the colors print OK in CMYK.

    Charcoal
    Canon 20D

    *Why? Because, I’m vain. No, just kidding : ) Because I’d like to have samples of my work to show to people. I’d always credit the graphic designer who designed the publication.

    **Years ago, there was a fire in the building I work in. The floor joists above us burnt, but withstood the flames. From time to time they deposit little pieces of “coal” on our desks, computers, drinking water. This is because there are offices above our space, and people like to walk around above us. Go figure. Still, we’ve never had quite as unique a pattern as this one.

    — site admin @ 9:38 pm Comments (0)


    4/23/2005

    Happy What!!?!?

    Ignore the rest of the post - I now have a dedicated Stock Photo Gallery for you to browse: gallery. Enjoy!

    I don’t even like cheesecake. But if you do, this photo can be yours for the low low price of $30.00 USD. Arrangements via Pay Pal. Source image is RGB jpg, 3504 x 2336. Royalty free, but requires you notify me what publication/site it is being used at, and sample of final print if used in a printed publication*. It is your responsibility to make sure the colors print OK in CMYK.

    Glass
    Canon 20D

    I’m really trying to not make the watermarking obnoxious, but I need to do some content protection, ya know? Also, I’m going to be upgrading the blog to a newer version, and as such, will add an image gallery at the same time. Fun fun fun!

    *Why? Because, I’m vain. No, just kidding : ) Because I’d like to have samples of my work to show to people. I’d always credit the graphic designer who designed the publication.

    — site admin @ 10:32 am Comments (1)


    3/10/2005

    Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy Stuff

    Yes, I will be updating this post. Needed to get it in in case I forgot. Been very busy, all 3 of you who keep coming back to this site out of kindness, thank you! I’m writing the intro text now, but will actually have pictures to come. Very busy. If I finish my HW early, I’ll post ASAP. Then off to do more HW. Aggggggggggggggggggggggggggg.

    — site admin @ 6:22 pm Comments (0)


    3/3/2005

    Not a Parody

    This:

    Glass
    Canon 20D + Bellows

    is the photo I entered in the photo contest. It didn’t win. Do I care? Not really. The contest thumbnails were dynamically created - basically, they looked really really terrible. Had the thumbnail been nicer, would I have won? Probably not. But, since the thumbnail WAS horrible, it gave me an excuse to use it as an excuse.

    — site admin @ 7:24 pm Comments (0)


    2/28/2005

    Creepy Tower

    …at night anyways.

    Lurie Tower
    Canon 20D. A bell tower at the center of North Campus.

    Didn’t have my tripod with this one, nor did I remember my camera went up to ISO 3200. Ouch. Still, in a creepy science-fictiony way, not too bad…

    — site admin @ 8:33 pm Comments (2)


    2/19/2005

    In My Tree Time

    Heh. Bad pun, eh? If you notice, this is filed under the category “Things.” Appropriate, if for no other reason than why I created the category. Throughout my life, I was obsessed with making “things.” I don’t know why, I just like making them.

    Things are defined as:

    Noun. Anything made by me. Usually made of paper, glue, tinfoil, straws, toothpics. Often representative of something found in nature or man made. Not necessarily proportional, to scale, or realistic. Generally made when I have a big project looming, and am trying to avoid responsibility. Usage: Boy, oh boy, I just made some things. OR WOW! Look at the thing John made. What is it John, a horse?

    Pretty simple definition, I should say so myself. Often times I find myself trying to make something - like a forest (hence the bad pun) - out of scraps of paper. I just made this yesterday, for no particularly good reason. I just saw a sliver of craft paper, and thought it would make a nice pine tree.

    Miniature Forest
    Canon 20D. It’s a big wide river. Has to be, if those trees are to scale. See what I meant about scale?
    Miniature Forest
    Canon 20D. Notice the holes? Those were necessary because I cut V shaped slits in the mat board for the trees.

    As soon as I’m able to put together a setup, I’ll be taking pictures of all the things I’ve made.

    — site admin @ 1:42 pm Comments (2)


    2/14/2005

    Flowers in a Green Vase

    Not much more to say, been studying for a horrible math exam.

    Pink Flowers
    Canon 20D
    Pink Flowers
    Canon 20D

    I’ve been seriously hoping that we have a huge ice storm, the entire city of Ann Arbor loses power, and it take 3 days to get everything back in shape. Oh, don’t get me wrong. There could be bouts of biblical flooding, U-M Ann Arbor would still stay open, and U-M Flint would open “2 hours late.” It’s a problem when you are a commuter at a college that is mainly made up of non-commuters. I just think that my professors might delay the exam a few days, what with the large scale freezing. Probably too much to ask for.

    — site admin @ 10:04 pm Comments (1)


    2/10/2005

    The Watches in My Life

    Sigh. This is sort of embarrassing, sort of pathetic. At some point in the past, I decided I needed a companion watch for my pocketwatch. There were times when I was wearing a pair of pants that didn’t have the extra little pocket to hold it safely. So, I set out on a journey to find “just the right watch”. It had some embarrassing consequences. Now I must warn you, I am not rich, materialistic, or into fine goods. I do appreciate well made, Italian or USA made goods. Usually the sticking point is the price.

    It all starts off on a nice day. I’m surfing the net, and decide to pop into Urban Outfitters, a “trendy” store with questionably dressed models. And what do I see but this:

    Alessi
    Canon 20D

    It was on sale, but there was one slight problem that caused some frustration. I get the watch, color labeled brown, and inspect it, decide I really like it, and wear it around campus. I’m meeting some teammates for a project we were working on - am in the basement of this horrible library - and look at the watch. To my horror, the watch is PURPLE. Not only is it purple, but it wasn’t purple when I left home. I do a frantic search on the net, and find out Urbn seems to have mislabeled it. Thankfully it’s purpleness is subdued under most light, but it gave me a shock that day. The proper color name is “eggplant,” though it varies in intensity depending on the type of overhead lights.

    In the meantime, Urbn had another watch on sale, but this one was out of stock:

    Space Yota
    Canon 20D

    It kind of bugged me, because I did NOT want to pay list for this watch. I checked eBay, did some searching, and could not locate the watch. Via Google I finally found a seller who had it on sale, and in addition to the Yota, they had this radically different “film watch,” made by Casio:

    Casio Pella Film Watch
    Canon 20D
    Casio Pella Film Watch
    Canon 20D

    Problem was, they wanted a lot of $$ for the film watch. Stupidly, I ordered both. While those were eventually going to arrive, I decided to search for the film watch. First Google - no luck - then eBay. Sure enough, one seller, in Taiwan no less, was selling EXACTLY the same watch, at half the price. I jumped on the eBay deal. This meant I could send the costly film watch BACK when it arrived. But then something happened, I decided to order a second so if something happened to my new watch, I would have a replacement. Bad move. This means I have:

    1) Space Yota and $$ Pella

    2) Pella on eBay

    3) Backup Pella on eBay

    AND

    4) wrong watch

    All in the mail headed towards me. Items 2 & 4 arrive, the correct eBay Pella and the wrong watch (I didn’t know it was the wrong one until I opened it). The next say or so item 1 arrives, and I set out to return both $$ Pella and item 4. Confused? Because the seller sent the wrong watch, I had to return not one watch, but TWO. So, I decide to send them from work, since it’s easier to pay my UPS tab. I bring one watch to our UPS person, have her fill out the forms. I laughingly tell her about getting the watch but finding one cheaper. Problem is, I had both watches to return, and when I walk into the work area, one of my coworkers is holding the mistakenly sent watch. The person who wrote the UPS order followed me into the area, and seeing the second watch was a bit confused. There was no way I could explain myself.

    The last watch, the Casio, is probably the coolest (and is certainly the cheapest) of the three. Not only are the numbers in the round, but the time display has three modes; 1) Digital time + date; 2) Digital time + pendulum (little animated animals); 3) Digital Analog Hands with seconds sweep. The address book is cooler - the names and number shoot in from the sides, and if the number is too long, the numbers and names rotate. I don’t really use world time, but it is nice to know I can tell the time in 24 time zones.

    — site admin @ 7:06 pm Comments (3)


    2/7/2005

    Post-A-Day? I’m trying…

    with a loaded school/work schedule, not having yet-implemented some sort of picture gallery (I’m still searching* for a good one!), and all of my photos in a mess, I’m trying to make at least one post a day, whether it is a picture, cheesy parody, or ill writtten satire. Sigh.

    ME 250 Angle ShotCanon 20D + Bellows

    But have no fear! I will post again. Anyways, I have a TON of cheesy pointless short “stories” that I’ve posted on the web in the past. Afterall, if I don’t have the time to invent new content, I’ll just reuse it.

    — site admin @ 7:08 pm Comments (0)


    2/1/2005

    The “rejected” Photos

    Update: The contest is over, I lost, and, well, is there much else to say? To see the original image, click here.

    Ummm, if you didn’t know already, “Please, please, please” vote for me. You only have until the end of February.

    Those of you at work reading this might ask, “What other pictures did you consider?” After all, not EVERY thing in life has green tentacles and is of alien origin. Well astute reader, I have put up a few images (at no expense to the bandwidth) of some Thistle. The consensus was, while these are nice images, they need further, uh, refinement (cropping mainly). And could use some tentacles.

    Thistles
    Nikon Coolpix 995
    Thistles
    Nikon Coolpix 995
    Thistles
    Nikon Coolpix 995
    Thistles
    Canon 20D
    Thistles
    Canon 20D
    Thistles
    Canon 20D
    Thistles
    Canon 20D
    Thistles
    Canon 20D
    — site admin @ 9:30 pm Comments (3)


    I Hate Mornings

    At least the getting up part. Ugh. Once I was on the road, I decided to try out that often difficult, and slightly risky, driving-car-while-operating-picture-box. Turned out so-so.

    Pontiac TrailCanon 20D
    NixonCanon 20D

    I made the last one B&W. Not in camera, though that is possible. And yes, that IS fog. This is Michigan, right? No sense in January sticking to the things it does best.

    — site admin @ 8:52 pm Comments (0)


    1/31/2005

    Please please please please

    Update: The Contest is over, and I lost. I’m not too dissappointed, though I think I’ll sulk for a few days at least. The links below do not work. If you want to actually see the image, click here.

    Vote for me, pleeeeease!

    Vote for my photo in this month’s DigitalCameraInfo.com photo contest.

    This is NOT a pathetic plea to vote for me, however, if you could:

    vote for my photo

    then look at the other photos, and be satisfied you voted for me. But vote for me first, just so you don’t forget…

    Please.

    The thumbnail doesn’t do it justice. Those of you on a mac, to see the full image, need to drag the file to your desktop, and open in Preview. IE and Firefox SHOULD resize the image, Firefox on the mac WILL resize the image.

    If I had known the image would be opened in a browser window, without ANY resizing, I’d have sent them a 750 px wide image.

    — site admin @ 11:45 am Comments (0)


    1/26/2005

    More Projects?

    More or less, yeah. This time it’s traveling back in time to the wonderful ME 350. Now this was one class I thoroughly enjoyed. The semester I took it, the course was split into two “parts” - the first part designing a pump, the second modeling a linkage in Adams. The second part was OK, but not as exciting, fun, or fulfilling as the pump project (nor as filling if you’re a bucket).

    Were there problems with it? Yeah. Did it leak? Of course. What pressure did it get? 14psi (well… 13.9). If I had to do it over again, there are only a few things I’d do differently, namely: create an adjustable inlet, so we could see what varying that did; attach the tubes neatly to the pump housing and acrylic plates; try rubber instead of cork for the gasket material; and one thing I would have done had I not come down sick the week our team built the pump, multiple pulley sizes on the pump side.

    ME 250 Angle ShotNikon Coolpix 995
    ME 250 Angle ShotNikon Coolpix 995
    ME 250 Angle ShotNikon Coolpix 995
    ME 250 Angle ShotNikon Coolpix 995
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    1/23/2005

    Ye ask fer content, ye get it…

    Yeah, well, whatever. Here’s a picture of my ME 395 end of semester project. ME 395 is a glorified lab - a semester of labs that introduce the student to hours of data analysis, multiple papers, and methods of testing. Or, as the Course Description says:

    Weekly lectures and experiments designed to introduce the student to the basics of experimentation, instrumentation, data collection and analysis, error analysis, and reporting. Topics will include fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, mechancis, materials, and dynamical systems. Emphasis is placed on report writing and team-building skills.

    The final lab was an exercise in quantifying drag. In the lab, each team received a balsa wood block, and was required to shape, test, shape, test till they reached an “optimized” drag and lift force, while maximizing volume.

    ME 395 Optimized ShapeNikon Coolpix 995

    I’m not too sure how well we placed in the class, but in our lab section we won the “prize” - a bar of dark chocolate (mmmm, chocolate). I can look back on my experience in the class and say I enjoyed it, though at times I felt like I was never going to make it through the semester!

    — site admin @ 11:14 am Comments (1)


    1/7/2005

    "Me and My iPod" Submissions

    www.ipodlounge.com my "Me and My iPod" submissions:

    Tree Pod
    Nikon Coolpix 995

    They originally rejected this image! The guy over at ipodlounge thought it was photoshopped! It wasn’t posted until I emailed them. Two words: Duct Tape

    Dandy Pod
    Nikon Coolpix 995

    For some reason, this was never posted. Not too sure why, although I did upload it.

    In either case, they were NOT serious photos.

    — site admin @ 8:38 pm Comments (2)



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