Archive for April, 2005

Can your camera do this?


This, my friends, is the Nikon D2X. While it may look like just another 12 Megapixel, 2.5 pound D-SLR, this one has a few tricks up its sleeve. By attaching the WT-2 wireless transmitter (seen at the bottom of the photo) you can
a) Take pictures and send them to an FTP site instantly using any wireless network
b) Choose pictures in playback mode and upload them wirelessly
c) Control the camera wirelessly from your computer
Unfortunately I can’t get c) to work yet… but it’s a cool idea. You can sit up in the luxury box with your laptop while the camera does all the work on the field. Cool!
Nikon sent me the D2X body, THREE flashes (which are also wireless), two NICE lenses, and the wireless transmitter. Retail value of all that: $8690! This is one camera that I’m not walking through the Mission with.
Update: I got the wireless camera control working! But you need Nikon Capture to take advantage of it! Why they don’t include this with a $5000 camera is beyond me!

Damn you NASA

NASA delays space shuttle launch till July
Here we go again… these two date changes have cost me like $350 in change/cancellation fees… but I’m not giving up, I’m still going to go, whenever it finally happens.

Marsh Creek Trail: Post-storm, near sunset


I went for a walk on the usual trail near sunset today. A storm was clearing so it made for some interesting pictures. Click the link to see them.
I also took a bunch of pics at Mission Dolores yesterday but instead of me posting them I’ll just refer you to Willo’s gallery since she was with me and took the same shots (and more).

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New Mac toy #1


Look what the DHL guy dropped off today! It’s my Photoshop CS2 upgrade! There are a lot of things in CS2 related to digital imaging that I’ll definitely need to check out soon. The one thing I don’t like is Adobe’s rather draconian copy protection… I hate activation!
Next toy for my Mac is Tiger (OS X 10.4) later this week!
Update: Tiger has shipped! It may be here on Thursday!

Shy but social?

Since it’s been like two weeks since I’ve talked about myself and people seem to like it, I’ll bring up something that came up in therapy about a month ago. This isn’t one of those “looking for advice” posts, it’s just a stream of consciousness.
Basically the therapist and I have spent most of our time talking about everything but the very thing that put me in her office in the first place (if you’ve been reading this blog for long enough then you know what I’m talking about). Anyhow, most of the time we talk about stuff that I haven’t really dealt with until now: things like relationships with friends and family, frustrations about where I live, difficulty meeting new people, protecting myself from being used (which I’ve discussed here before), etc etc.
Anyhow, at some point the therapist says “I think you’re a very social person”. I said something like “really? that surprises me, I think of myself as a shy person”. She says “you’re a shy, but social person. You like being around other people, at least after you’re comfortable with them.”
I’ve thought about that a lot since then. I’ve never considered myself to be “social” — rather I’d consider myself “shy”. But she implied that you can be both at the same time. I do like being among other people (in fact I just mentioned that the other day) and meeting new people. The shyness is what makes the meeting part difficult though!
Drop me in a room where I don’t know anybody and that’s definitely uncomfortable. I was so worried about going to Marc’s wedding last year since I only knew Marc and Mrs. Marc-to-be and one other person (barely). By some miracle my ex-boss Alex and his wife were there too, which made things so much easier.
Once I’m comfortable with people I’m pretty outgoing, I’d say. One-on-one, small groups, whatever, the more people I’m familiar with, the better. Getting to that point can take a while, though. I know in the past (especially in high school) people might of thought I was “stuck up”, but in reality I was just uncomfortable approaching or talking to them. That was a problem then and it still is now, though maybe to a lesser degree. There are still many occasions where I really want to say something to someone (that I don’t know well or don’t know at all), but it just doesn’t happen. This is one thing about myself that I find very hard to change. Frustrating!
But one of the things I’ve learned in recent months is to accept yourself for who you are (that goes for accepting other people, too). A lot of people wear a facade when they’re with others, pretending to be someone/something they’re not. That’s not me. I think I’m pretty good about always “being myself”, flaws and all. So others have to either accept me for who I am or send me on my way — both have happened. If people are patient enough they’ll definitely get to know the “real me”… unfortunately we live in a world of short attention spans.
Okay, internet therapy over… (there’s that music again)