|Wednesday April 20, 2011 at 1:46pm||state of the penguin, munchkin, work, friends, gaming, photography, writing||Comments (2) »|
Edit: New Photo. The iPhone is nice, but it doesn't quite hold up to what I'm used to...
First off, we're getting close to Sheri's due-date - only about a month to go before the Bunguin's arrival. We've been trying to get things ready as much as we can, but we don't exactly know what we're doing. We *have* inherited a wide array of baby-related "stuff" from several friends and acquaintances - for which we are very thankful. We also went to some child birth & infant care classes at the hospital, which were somewhat helpful and informative.
Second, I finally found a new job with a local company here in JC (I'm actually posting this on my lunch break). Still doing web-work, though in a rather different context than before. The position is temporary through June, after which time they'll decide whether to hire me on permanently. It's good to have something again though. Less stressful, especially with the munchkin coming.
Since RuchtCon, gaming has returned to its "normal" schedule. My Sandstorm game has continued to progress nicely, and I'd say the PCs are on their way toward the resolution. No word yet on how much longer it will go. I'm developing thoughts on what to propose next. Still working on several gaming projects.
I've taken a few more photos since I last mentioned it, but nothing amazing. Still haven't posted a 2011 portfolio, but it'll come.
The weather here's been warming up as we head into spring, and my yard is already ridiculous. I've mowed it something like 1.5 times - which is to say the front yard has been mowed at least twice, and I have waged a war with the forest in the backyard which is beginning to look favorable for my side. I did grill out for the first time this year last sunday afternoon though.
Sheri & I watched something like 30 hours of LotR extras (all the bonus features on the 3 4-disc sets) over the course of the last few weeks. Some pretty cool stuff in there - I recommend it to any fans.
Finally bought the Red vs. Blue: Recollection and looking forward to watching that with Llama and also listening to the commentaries sometime. I also heard that Dead Gentlemen is going to be re-releasing The Gamers: Dorkness Rising - this time with commentaries (I actually asked them why the first dvd didn't have them and they told me that they ran out of space on the disc). That would be cool.
I also picked up a new CD, but I think I'm going to make a more specific music related post soon, so I'll save my comments on that.
Ginger and William are in town even as I'm typing, and we've had a good time with them this week. Also, Liam is fun - and he likes me. :)
I've continued to kick around some ideas for some writing projects. I'll defer to voltaire (by way of Dan from Fear the Boot) for how this is progressing: the perfect is the enemy of the good.
Also, I've been having a pipe dream about opening a gaming store in JC - we need one, and that would be a lot of fun... ...alas...
|Saturday September 12, 2009 at 10:46am||photography, shows, friends, munchkins, camera, birthdays||Comments (3) »|
Well, my photography show "opened" at WAPC yesterday evening. Some of my friends were there to show some support and hang out: Robb, Edie and Llama came and so did Larry and Kris Rosolina...and of course Sheri was there :). There were also a fair number of people from Watauga as well - some of who I had met, and some whom I hadn't. Lots of people said they really liked my pictures, which was cool. Larry and Kris suggested I look into putting some of my work into next year's regional fair or possibly some other kind of photography show. I'll have to think about that - it sounds interesting.
I think I'll put up an online version of the gallery at some point - with the photos I chose and their names (which I had a lot of fun with and got several compliments on specifically). The gallery has a lot of still-lifes, a few landscapes, some pets, some small children and one or two other random shots.
Anyway, while we were hanging out there, our friends Ginger and William Galaini became parents of little Liam Ross. We've seen some pictures already (this expediency is one of the many reasons I'm such a fan of the internet and digital cameras! :)) and he shows signs of extreme cuteness and being one with the Force. As far as we know, Ginger and the munchkin are doing ok, but that's mostly because we haven't heard otherwise...I hope that gets confirmed soon.
Not much else of note has transpired. I did get some new stuff for my camera on friday : an extra battery (needed), a cable release (yay for tripod stuff), a lens hood (say no to flare) and, most importantly, a shiny new lens. At $400 it was the least expensive of the ones on my list. It's a 50mm prime with a 1.4 maximum aperture. It's intended uses are for low-light/indoor, fine depth-of-field and portraits. I'm still getting used to exactly how narrow the depth of field is at 1.4 on a 50mm lens only a few feet from the subject - like different-parts-of-peoples-faces-being-in-and-out-of-focus kind of narrow. Still learning on it and continuing to enjoy playing with it though.
Tonight we're going to a friend's birthday party. That should be fun times. :)
Nothing else to report here. Carry on.