Days of Class Left


I was walking to my 8am class this morning. The sun was out and the air was cool. It felt good knowing this was my last day. In an ironic sort of poetic justice way, it felt very much like my first day of class.

The M is currently showing a big 8…the countdown is on to graduation. This is it people.

Days of Class Left


For what ever reason, I feel like quoting some Three Dog Night:

One is the loneliest number that you’ll ever do
Two can be as bad as one
It’s the loneliest number since the number one

No is the saddest experience you’ll ever know
Yes, it’s the saddest experience you’ll ever know
`Cause one is the loneliest number that you’ll ever do
One is the loneliest number, worse than two

We had graduation rehearsal today. I’ll be sitting in seat W-9, right behind Adam, who sits right behind Lance. I also learned that the tassel starts on the left side and moves to the right side.

These last few days are going to be about priorities. There’s really no motivation to do much work. I’m graduating and that’s a fact. My GPA can’t shift that much. I have a job.

So, how hard do I really want to work these next few days? How much fun do I want to have? How much are other people counting on me?

Not Art

Last October, when I was in Chicago, Kim and I1 went to the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Something struck me as interesting. While there were some amazing piece of work there, there were also lots of things that were not art2. In fact, most of this “not art” I would call crap.

Some artist has an idea, trips out on drugs, and throws some paint on a wall. Voila! Modern Art!


Perhaps that’s my biggest issue with modern art: anything can be called modern art.

What got me thinking about this again was this photo in FILE magazine:

Photo ©2009 <a href="">Laura Hartley</a> (link is NSFW)
Photo ©2009 Laura Hartley (link is NSFW)

Friends, this is not art; modern or otherwise. This is a blurry picture. And like almost all blurry pictures, it belongs in the trash (literal or figurative).

Or perhaps I just “don’t get” modern art.

  1. Ben didn’t want to go 

  2. granted, this is a pretty subjective opinion 

Days of Class Left


I’m now, more or less, done with my formal learning mode. The next two days are comprised of final presentations and reviews. Today marked my last Analog and Digital Communication Systems lab and tomorrow starts the final round of classes1. Things are finally starting to fall into place, for better or worse.

There’s also rumors that the M starts counting down tonight.

  1. it takes two days to get through a round of class, half are on Mon/Wed, the other half are on Tues/Thurs 

Days of Class Left


I had an epiphany the other night while falling asleep: I’m graduating. You might think that with only a few days of class left, this fact would be a little bit more pervasive in my thoughts; but it’s not.

I also confirmed my Return to Work (RTW) day with Boeing. I’ll be joining the Real World™ on August 14th at 7am. One of the things I’ve always like about Boeing is that the “work week” (i.e. the start of the pay week) is a Friday.

I feel this week will smack of reality.

Pinhole Photography Day

April 26th was Pinhole Photography Day. In honor of said day, and because I was bored, I rigged up a makeshift pinhole camera.


  • One Nikon D70
  • One piece of cardboard
  • One pin to make hole
  • Tape

15 sec || ISO1600 || NIKON D70
Golden, Colorado, United States

15 sec || ISO1600 || NIKON D70
Golden, Colorado, United States

30 sec || ISO1600 || NIKON D70
Golden, Colorado, United States

As best as I can tell, the pinhole I used has an aperture of f/100 (focal length of 2cm / hole size of about 2mm).

I also need to get my sensor cleaned, pronto.

Done with Star Trek…For Now

33226 minutes later, I just finished the last episode of Star Trek: Enterprise. I’ve watched every single episode and movie of Star Trek ever made, in order1.

Total episodes/movies seen: 736.

All that’s left is 122 minutes of Star Trek: The Movie, which should be freaking awesome! But that hasn’t been released yet; so for the time being, I’m done.

I have a cool graph I’m working on based on the data I collected from Netflix showing my rental history, I hope to have it up soon.

In the meantime, I’m going to bask in the glory and get some homework done.

  1. order of series, not chronology release order…that just would have been too confusing 

Au Revoir to MySpace

Just killed MySpace account. I never really used it and have always hated MySpace. Normally, I’ just let it collect dust, but for whatever reason I decided to actually delete it.

Deal with it.

You can still find me on Facebook and, of course, here.

The Esoterics of Image Sharpening

I’ve been working on clearing out my huge backlog of photos. I’ve been trying to streamline my process as much as I can in order to get the pictures out the door. As it stands right now, I use no fewer than four programs to get a picture from my camera to the internet:

  • Adobe Lightroom: 99% of all editing
  • Adobe Photoshop: Image sharpening
  • Microsoft Pro Photo Tools: Geotagging
  • Flickr Uploadr: Image uploading

There’s some overlap in what Lightroom and Photoshop can do in terms of sharpening. However, I was curious to see what the actual differences are.

On the right is the regular image, as exported from Lightroom, with no sharpening.

In the middle is the image exported from Lightroom with the maximum amount of sharpening for the screen1.

On the left is the regular image, as exported from Lightroom, with the 100% of the “Smart Sharpen” filter applied with default settings.

Here’s the image at 100% normal:
Can you tell the difference?

Here’s the same image, enlarged to almost 250%:

Looking at the eyes, you can definitely tell the difference. It also make a big difference in the hair too. However, I wonder if the Photoshop Smart Sharpen is adding too much grain? Sure, the eyes don’t look as good, but the cheeks seem more natural.

Like I said, esoteric.

Another issue also cropped2 up with the differences in saving a JPEG at “12” (super best quality, there is no higher quality) versus “8” (just high quality). As it turns out, not as much difference as I had expected. The file size is also reduced by about 7 times as well.

Another thought, what happens when you save a JPEG over and over again? Hadto solves the question, or raises more questions, with his video Generation Loss, in which he “Open the last saved jpeg image. Save it as a new jpeg image with slightly more compression. Repeat 600 times”:

Generation Loss from hadto on Vimeo.

And yes, these are honestly the things that keep me awake at night.

  1. versus print 

  2. no pun intended, I swear