San Francisco, Life, Photo First (David R.)

It’s the end of another four-month period, so life’s stats and journal have been updated.

I’ve added David R. to the stats page, so here’s my first photo of him:

January 12, 2011 in Gates, at Greg’s practice thesis proposal talk.

I was in SF last week for Matt’s wedding.

Being there over a weekend meant I got a chance to do other things, like some bouldering.

I was also there for some work-related training, so it was a week of mostly sitting in a classroom, and some nice meals and syncing with people.

As usual, photos of everything are at photos.

I was also expecting to break 450,000 photos, given the several weddings in a row, but Photoshop Organizer reports I’m only at 447,866 tagged photos. I’ll give stats an update when that threshhold is hit, which should probably be by the end of the year.

Life, Photo Firsts (Grant)

It’s a new year! life’s photo journal and stats pages have been updated. Not many surprises or changes this time around, which I suppose makes sense. I did add Grant to stats though, now that we see him around for board games. So…

First photo of Grant:

September 6, 2004 in front of Doherty, with Howard and Many.

It’s otherwise been both an incredibly productive, and rather relaxing break. I’m really not looking forward to returning to work later this week.

Other than finishing some housework, and dealing with my backlog of photos, I also made a lot of progress on the video game I’m working on. It’s kind of exciting to see things coming together.
I also finished a playthrough of Persona 5, which I think now stands as my favorite RPG of all time (surpassing even Skies of Arcadia), and possibly also my favorite video game… and all this despite not really caring for the ending of the game.

It’s amusing to me that the Christmas present I was perhaps most excited about this year was a Swiffer Vac, so I can now swiffer the downstairs without having to pull out the vacuum to pick up the remnants afterward. So yay for that!

We had some people over yesterday for New Year’s, and it was a nice evening of games and food and friends. There was a Sharon in town, which was also nice.

Hope everyone had a nice break, and here’s hoping 2018 ends up being a better year than the last one, in terms of the world…

Photo firsts (Isaac, Chris), life

It’s the end of another 4-month period, so life’s photo journal and stats pages have gotten updates. New to stats this time around are Isaac and Chris.

Here’s my first photo of Isaac:

April 11, 2010 working on the Allies booth at Carnival.

And my first photo of Chris:

September 10, 2004 in 15-200 lecture.

The craziness of August is now over. In addition to all of the crazy traveling that we did, three separate groups of awesome people left forever: Kevin and Jenny moved to San Francisco, Ryan and Jenny moved to Switzerland, and Ryan and Emily moved to New York. I guess it’s a good thing I don’t know any other couples here with an “Emily”, or they’d clearly be next.

This makes me sad, because I wish awesome people would stay in Pittsburgh forever. It’s making me kind of worry about what will happen in a couple of years when Yubin and Austin graduate… at that point, there will be very few people to play board games with left in Pittsburgh, despite my efforts to expand the gaming group. We shall see, I guess.

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):

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.