Shared Items for the week of March 28, 2010*

* Q: Wha? A: Every week I go through about 1000 posts on my RSS feed. These are ones that I thought worth sharing. You can find previous Shared Items here.

Countdown Timer Update is in the Works

It’s been over a year since I’ve had the chance to update Countdown Timer. However, a couple of weeks ago the stars aligned just so and I started working on a slew of updates. Nothing huge, mostly just updating code in the back end to do things properly and rewriting some sections of code to take advantage of new methods WordPress has implemented in the last few releases.

So far I have almost 100 diffs involving a shit ton of source code1

It’s not quite ready yet, but I am working on it; as is hopefully evident by this freakishly late night/early morning post.

Please consider yourselves informed that a new version is on its way.

  1. yes, that’s a technical unit of measurement, similar to the Hella- prefix [See: The Official Petition to Establish ‘Hella-‘ as the SI Prefix for 10^27] 

For the week of 2010-03-27 in Tweets

  • i've communicated with two great friends on two different continents via the miracle of the Internet = still awesome. #fb #
  • RT @robbushway:our country will reap the curses of what just happened tonight for decades and decades.what a legacy we are passing to our… #
  • @kel_m @waitwait had a funny bit this weekend: in reply to kel_m #
  • @SeattleAcademy oh sad. Let me know if you need cat food/litter in the interim. in reply to SeattleAcademy #
  • Uh yea…that's awesome! Just got promoted! #fb #
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New Glasses?

I’ve been thinking about getting a pair to replace my current ones for a couple of months. The last time I got new glasses was about 4 years ago, just before I went to Europe with my family. The prescription is out of date, part of the anti-glare coating is starting to come off, and they’re a tiny bit banged up from general use.

I’m almost 1/2 and 1/2 with my contacts and glasses wearing time, mostly because I hate dinking around with putting my contacts in (read as: lazy).

I was at Costco the other day and tried on a couple of frames:

Frame 1: Converse
Frame 2: Richard Taylor
Frame 3: Converse
Frame 4: Kenneth Cole Reaction

Additional thoughts?

Spring 2010 Portfolio, Art Show, and the UW Garage

It’s been a while since I’ve inducted photos into my portfolio, which is a shame because I’ve had some amazing experience and photographic opportunities over the last year or so. Typically, I did portfolio inductions in coordination with the Spring/Fall photo exhibit at school. Since I’m graduated, I have really had a chance to display my work (although I have made two photo books).

Seattle Academy, my alma avia1, is hosting an Alumni Art Show in the spring, and it’s been so long since I’ve done an art show that I decided to submit two pieces.

I’m planning on submitting them as 30″ x 20″ pieces, which is the largest format I have submitted to date. There are a couple of technical issues to overcome as well. First, is can I even get a decent print at that size for a decent cost? The answer is yes; Costco is on the low end at $8.99, while Kodak Gallery is on the higher end (of this little experiment) at $27.99 for Profession Matte prints. SnapFish and ShutterFly are in the middle in terms of cost. Kodak obviously uses their KODAK Professional Color paper, and Shutter fly uses Fujicolor Crystal Archive photographic paper2, but I can’t figure out what everyone else uses.

Framing is currently going to be done with an Ikea RIBBA frame, which will fit a 19.75″ x 27.5″ photo, which is only a titch smaller than the print. It also comes with a mat, although I’m not sure of its quality since it’s paper.

The other issue is can I really get away with printing at that size? Here’s the math:
My Nikon D70 takes 6.1 megapixel photos at a ratio of 3008 x 2000 effective pixels: \frac{3008 \mathrm{\ pixels}}{30 \mathrm{\ inches}} \approx  100 \mathrm{\ DPI}

Costco recommends a minimum 115 DPI, SnapFish says 90 DPI, and ShutterFly says 66.6 DPI. Ideally, I would be printing closer to 200 DPI.

However, the other thing that needs to be taken into consideration is the arc length. It would seem to me that if you maintain the same arc angle, as if you had printed it at 200 DPI, since the radius would have to increase, the DPAA (Dots per Arc Angle) would remain constant. In short, if you stand back farther, which you should do since it’s a bigger photo, it should look just fine.

This is all really perfect timing as I just got back to shooting some fun stuff, which I haven’t gotten to do in a while.

I like to wait a couple months before I add new photos to my portfolio, so these won’t make it this time. But enjoy them all the same.

A couple weekends ago I walked around the UW Quad and shoot the cherry blossoms.

48.0 mm || 1/500 || f/4.5 || ISO400 || NIKON D70
Seattle, Washington, United States

50.0 mm || 1/400 || f/1.8 || ISO400 || NIKON D70
Seattle, Washington, United States

This past weekend, I participated in the Seattle Flickr Meetup where I got to play around with some off-camera lighting, including a ring flash, for the UW Garage 11 event. I spent most of the time mentoring another fellow on off-camera lighting, so I decided to get some more practice with my 50mm and be a bit more creative in the Lightroom3.

50.0 mm || 1/125 || f/4.5 || ISO200 || NIKON D70
Seattle, Washington, United States

50.0 mm || 1/125 || f/4.5 || ISO200 || NIKON D70
Seattle, Washington, United States

50.0 mm || 1/125 || f/4.5 || ISO200 || NIKON D70
Seattle, Washington, United States

50.0 mm || 1/125 || f/5.0 || ISO400 || NIKON D70
Seattle, Washington, United States

Special thanks to the models: Vivian Luu (top) and Aisha Rose (bottom).

Anyway, I’m going to be working on selected the next portfolio inductions. Feel free to shout out any favorite photos you have from the last year or so.

  1. alma mater is Latin for “nourishing mother”, “alma avia” is Latin for “nourishing grandmother”, which seems like the appropriate relation for my high school 

  2. Have I become that pretentious? 

  3. A darkroom is the place where film is usually developed. Lightroom is a digital darkroom program made by Adobe for editing photos 

Working with My Former Self

I’m doing some verification of specifications at work that involves going through documents and making sure that stuff is up to par. A couple of times, I’ll come across a document and think to myself, this is a pretty good document (i.e. it looks well formatted, has at least most of the information I need, etc) and I’m generally impressed with this persons work.

One of the other things I have to do is go through and update the document properties, and this is when I see that this persons who’s work I’m so impressed with is me! As an intern! Some three years ago!

Kind of crazy.

I think this is an excellent example of how long projects can last, especially at a big company. It’s also amazing to think back four years ago and how much I knew then about this project and how much I know now. It’s a pretty complex project and understanding how everything fits together, from a technical and from a business standpoint, takes lots of time.

Shared Items for the week of March 21, 2010*

* Q: Wha? A: Every week I go through about 1000 posts on my RSS feed. These are ones that I thought worth sharing. You can find previous Shared Items here.

For the week of 2010-03-20 in Tweets

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Apply for My Old Job

My group at work, Mission Computing Hardware, just had a requisition posted for a new intern! The last intern was hired in 2006 and would later go on to get hired to full time. The last intern also happened to be me.

Now, I obviously can’t make any guarantees about you getting hired (or even getting the internship). However, I would recommend that you apply if you are at all interested. And if you do get the job, you get to work with me! But don’t delay; the position closes by June 10, and I think it can close earlier if they find someone earlier.


Position Description: Engineering College intern to support 40/45 AWACS Program Mission Computing Hardware. This individual will work with guidance from other members of the IPT framework, supporting the development of Qualification Procedures, Analysis, Test Reports, Data Packages, Safety of Flight Memos, COTS equipment evaluation and selection prior to technical refresh cycles, Ethernet architecture development and implementation, Storage Area Network and Network Access Storage architecture and implementation, encryption/firewalls, and servers.

Collaboration, Communication, Continuous Learning, Customer Focus, Managing Work

Other Job related information:
Prefer candidates seeking electrical engineering degrees.

Image: Air Force file