Photo firsts (Steven, Kayleigh, Dan, Marina, William), photo stats

It’s the end of April, so life’s photojournal and stats pages have been updated.

I’ve added five new people to stats this time around, from a lot of different places in my life. Yay variety?

First photo of William:

February 18, 2006 at the SCS Talent Show.

First photo of Kayleigh:

August 8, 2011 at our apartment.

First photo of Dan:

April 16, 2011 in the UC eating free donuts from buggy.

First photo of Marina:

April 17, 2010 in the UC (in very edge of the photo).

First photo of Steven:

June 27, 2008 at the 154 Release Party in Golden Gate Park.

I also haven’t updated camera stats in a while, and I’ve gotten a new camera (my iPod Touch) since then. Photoshop Album reports 425,113 photos, so we’ve also hit our 425,000 photo milestone. This is an unusual confluence of my every-4-month people stat days and every-25,000-photo camera stat days, but so it goes.

Here’s the 425,000th photo, taken on April 29, 2017:

This is David, Jim, and Kathleen just before we did the Imaginarium’s escape room.

Speaking of the escape room, we did an escape room on Saturday. It went really well… apparently we set a new record or something?

(I think that’s the remaining time in our hour… we had a 30 minute warning at one point.)

Here’s individual camera stats, including all cameras for comparison

Intel Pocket PC camera October 6, 2000 – September 18, 2003 1077 days; 2.95 years 15,829 photos $200 14.7 photos per day 1.26¢ per photo
Olympus C3000 Zoom September 28, 2001 – December 5, 2003 798 days; 2.186 years 10,647 photos $450 13.3 photos per day 4.23¢ per photo
Kodak Easyshare DX6490 December 8, 2003 – March 17, 2006 830 days; 2.274 years 49,413 photos $500 59.5 photos per day 1.01¢ per photo
Nikon D50 March 22, 2006 – November 15, 2009 1334 days; 3.655 years 105,067 photos $570 78.8 photos per day 0.54¢ per photo
+$250 repair cost 0.78¢ per photo
106,916 shutter releases $570 80.15 shutter releases per day 0.533¢ per shutter release
+$250 repair cost 0.77¢ per shutter release
Samsung SL30 July 27, 2009 – December 1, 2016 2684 days; 7.35 years 21,616 photos $70 8.05 photos per day 0.32¢ per photo
Nikon D90
(Current)
February 26, 2010 – April 29, 2017 2619 days; 7.17 years 204,568 photos $780 78.11 photos per day 0.38¢ per photo
275,693 shutter releases 105.27 shutter releases per day 0.28¢ per shutter release
iPhone 5 June 23, 2013 – December 23, 2014 548 days; 1.5 years 130 photos $0
(Provided by work)
0.24 photos per day 0.00¢ per photo
149 shutter releases 0.27 shutter releases per day 0.00¢ per shutter release
iPhone 6 Plus
(Current)
January 8, 2015 – April 15, 2017 828 days; 2.27 years 3398 photos $0
(Provided by work)
4.10 photos per day 0.00¢ per photo
11,070 shutter releases 13.37 shutter releases per day 0.00¢ per shutter release
Nikon D7100
(Current)
December 2, 2015 – April 30, 2017 515 days; 1.41 years 12,064 photos $620 22.98 photos per day 5.14¢ per photo
27,297 shutter releases 53.00 shutter releases per day 2.27¢ per shutter release
iPod Touch 6
(Current)
December 2, 2017 – April 30, 2017 216 days; 0.59 years 2265 photos $160 10.49 photos per day 7.06¢ per photo
23,385 shutter releases 108.26 shutter releases per day 0.68¢ per shutter release

Looks like I’m getting even better at discarding photos. The fact that I’ve not had to buy a new hard drive in a while, despite the larger filesizes of my new camera, is testament to that.
I’m particularly amused by the fact that I keep less than 10% of the photos from my iPod. This is perhaps not too surprising given how many of them come out blurry, but it’s nice to see that in actual numbers.

Here are the dates on which I took each 25,000th photo as well as the number of days between each 25,000th photo.

25,000 50,000 75,000 100,000 125,000 150,000
January 12, 2004 October 20, 2004 April 10, 2006 April 20, 2007 December 4, 2007 February 7, 2009
282 days 537 days 375 days 228 days 431 days
150,000 175,000 200,000 225,000 250,000 275,000
February 7, 2009 July 4, 2009 April 14, 2010 September 4, 2010 June 23, 2011 December 23, 2011
147 days 284 days 143 days 292 days 183 days
275,000 300,000 325,000 350,000 375,000 400,000
December 23, 2011 August 24, 2012 June 2, 2013 February 17, 2014 March 21, 2015 November 13, 2015
245 days 282 days 260 days 397 days 237 days
400,000 425,000
November 13, 2015 April 29, 2017
533 days

And the usual graphs… Number of photos taken by month, log scale y-axis:

Same thing but with a linear y-axis (second graph only includes time after graduation from CMU):


I like how there’s always a spike around Carnival time. I guess that’s when everyone comes back and buggy and food and event things happen.

Total number of photos taken through time (second graph only includes time after graduation from CMU):

And amount of time between 1000 photos (second graph only includes time after graduation from CMU, so it starts at 131,000):

Travels, Carnival

I suppose I’m overdue for an update.

Life has been full of lots of events lately. I went to Phoenix and San Francisco a couple weeks ago for a business trip.
Phoenix was pretty uneventful. Saw some friends, and went on a trip to a copper mine with the parents.



San Francisco was full of work and people and food and surprising amounts of board gaming.





Then this past week was Carnival, and we had 8 people staying with us (two of which were young children). While it was really, really nice to see everyone and have lots of fun adventures, I think 10 people staying in one house is a few too many.


Midway itself was also a little disappointing this year, although Buggy made up for it by setting new records in both the men’s and women’s races on the qualifiers, followed by breaking both records in the finals. (I didn’t go to mobot, but I hear it had exactly two competitors this year, which is pretty sad.)



There was also a March for Science on Saturday. There were some pretty awesome signs.


Lots more photos of all of the above are at photos.

Skiing

Went skiing for the first time this past Saturday. I would best describe skiing as minutes of sitting (or standing) followed by seconds of terror.

..well, maybe the last part is an exaggeration. But it is a lot of waiting on things to bring you up high. I had a lesson, which ended up being a great idea, and spent the day in the beginner’s area at Snowshoe. That area has enough variation (and both a magic carpet and a real ski lift) that I didn’t feel a need to actually attempt a green route.

Overall, I think it went well. I only fell three times during the day, and all three times were from a stop. (I was trying to turn around and got my poles tangled up with my skis.) Spent the day mostly making sure I could control my speed and direction… I think the most terrifying moment was when I went down the steepest hill in the area head on (instead of going side to side like I should have), but I didn’t die, and I didn’t fall, and I managed to slow down and stop once I got to flatter ground again, so that was good.

Still, I don’t think I’ll go skiing again. Besides the general disinterest and cost, there’s also the fact that there’s just so much else that happens around skiing. Even if you ignore the driving-to-the-place part and associated logistics, there’s just a lot of equipment to get on and stumble around in. If I want to glide and feel out of control on my feet, I’d rather go ice skating, which just involves putting skates on. :)

Also the hotel we stayed at the morning before had this awesome machine.

Also also cheese bag.

More photos are at my photos site.

Life updates

Things proceed, as they tend to do.

My old D90 hit a snag last Friday when the shutter release button stopped reliably working. It still works if I hit it at a certain angle (and with a lot of pressure), and I can theoretically still record video with it via live view, but that makes it significantly harder to use. Fortunately, IR remotes are a thing, so I bought one off Amazon that will hopefully allow the camera to keep chugging for a bit longer. And it still is technically usable anyway… I’ve been shooting with it at climbing, and it’s been fine other than taking much longer to take each shot.
(None of its truly functional parts, like the sensor or mirror, are broken, so there’s no real reason to ditch it yet. But given how much it would cost to fix the shutter button versus its value given its age, repairs are not worthwhile.)

Work has been a mess of annoyance and stress. Maybe I’m just expecting too much, but I’ve been running into cases lately where I feel like people doing work either aren’t understanding the task in the way they need to, or are otherwise requiring much more hand-holding than I can reasonably provide given my other duties.
I know I need to step back and give people room to grow, learn, and make mistakes… but at the same time, I don’t want people to put out code I know has issues or is wrong, because it will ultimately come down to me to deal with it. Blah.

Tried to make chicken marsala today, and realized before starting the mushrooms that we were actually out of marsala. Substituted a riesling instead, and I think it actually turned out pretty good.

Max and Yubin came over and we made cupcakes for valentine’s that weren’t very valentine-y, but still cute.

Here are some random photos, because yay photos.






Blargh (politics, work, life)

It’s been a horrific week, both in politics and in work, but at least I’m home.

On the politics front, it goes without saying that this administration has been absolutely insane, hypocritical, dysfunctional, and ruthless in its actions regardless of (or perhaps in spite of) facts, reason, and the law.
I’ve been donating $300 a month to the ACLU, and will likely raise it next month, as well as making sporadic donations to the EFF and maintaining an NYT subscription. If you have the financial means to help, I encourage you to make some donations as well, particularly to the ACLU, which has already played a role in part of the immigration ban being stayed.
Also consider some more locally-impacting charities that will directly help your area. Here again is my list of charities (as well as suggestions by friends).

Seen on Facebook (via Greg): John McCain, Dick Cheney, Michael Moore, and the Pope are all on the same side right now.
I guess that’s how you know your administration is batshit insane. :\

On the work front, we’ve had a rather disastrous release filled with e-releases and customer cases… and the release isn’t even half deployed yet. I feel really bad for my manager, who has to deal with all this as well as pressure from upper management… and particularly bad because a lot of the issues that came up came up in features I built and designed. To be fair, the features themselves are working exactly as expected, and we put in existing toggles for customers that have problems. But due to either oversights or underestimates on the sheer magnitude of impacted customers, we’re having to pull out or tweak the features anyway.
Le sigh.

Things are depressing so here are some photos.


The new Apple store in Chandler is really pretty. (Also the outside of the store has no indication in any way that it’s an Apple store, but I guess it’s pretty obvious from the interior.)

I guess they have to clean escalators somehow…

Ikea is doing that “kids draw things and we make them into stuffed animals” thing again.

Pretty.

I also brought back a lot of TCGs (including my entire collection of Pokemon cards and X-Files cards, and my remaining WoW cards) and have been sorting them and generally assembling decks. I now have assembled WoW “booster” packs to do a booster draft (limited card selection to 4 different classes so drafting won’t be insane) and assembled two X-Files TCG decks, and will be making Pokemon and Case Closed decks as the next thing. Yay for TCGs?

Edit: Woke up feeling unhappy this morning, and I wanted to use up my company match for their FY, so gave another $1500 to the ACLU. Take that, Trump.