Photo Firsts (Vicki, Amanda) and Parade!

Today was the Chinese New Year parade (yes, a week late). I went and wandered Chinatown with Ally, Blake, Dan, and Robert and ate cheap food and watched a stream of dressed-up people with flags and Dragons. It was fun. It’s actually really a good idea to have two cameras: a nice DSLR for events and a portable P&S for wandering. I would not have liked carrying around my D90 all day, especially with me running from Brannan and Embarcadero to Post and Market in under 10 minutes (since the Muni was going to be 5 minutes and I figured I could beat it and save $2 in the process, and also get some exercise… and yes, I did manage to beat it by about a minute).









Em’s brother also came to visit her. I guess this is the first posted photo from my D90 (since life hasn’t had one posted from it yet either).

Anyway, here’s my first photo of Vicki:

August 12, 2002 in the PPA office after school Sophomore year.

First photo of Amanda:

August 31, 2001 in the portables during lunch Freshman year.

Photo Firsts (Pat, David) and New Camera

My D90 arrived today.
The camera is awesome. I am extremely happy with my purchase.
The first photo it took was of Sharon, but it’s not a very flattering photo (she is eating), so I won’t post it here.

Matt had a birthday party today at Ally’s. It was a good time. Photos will be posted on photos 2 at some point tomorrow. are posted at photos 2.

I also did some statwanking and went back and redid stats to separate them into equal chunks (rather than basing chunks on the academic year). Also got stats for Patrick and David, since all my high school photos are tagged now.


My first photo of Pat from August 17, 2002 at the PPA Beginning-of-the-year party.


My first photo of David from August 20, 2002 in the hallway of Unit 5 at PPA.

Edit: Stats can be found here

All photos tagged

Finally finished today. 189,985 photos tagged in Adobe Photoshop Elements 5 (and written to the photos themselves) covering my life from the past 9 years. I have photos from every month except one. It’s a nice feeling.

Going through, I came across this image. It’s my favorite image because of what it represents… I had just found out the previous afternoon that I got into Carnegie Mellon, which by itself was one of the happiest moments in my life. There was a pizza party at school that day (for some completely unrelated event that I can’t remember now) and the principal and advisor, unexpectedly, brought in this cake. It just reminds me what an amazing experience high school was for me. I’m also wearing my “Ratt pack” badge from the campus tech support I did that year. Lots of good memories in this photo.

Life has been updated pretty consistently and is complete up to today. This weekend, I will start working backward through photos so high school photos get uploaded as well. I’ll also do more statwanking for high school people, since I have all the photos tagged now. It will be good times.

So yeah, goals are progressing pretty well so far.
❏ Learn Scala
❏ Finish the people wars base set
✔ Finish tagging photos
❏ Finish the next RPG Get! expansion
❏ Playtest RPG Get!
✔ Take more photos (calling this done even though it’s never really done… but I will continue doing the daily photo project)

Camera

Items Ordered   	 Price
1 of: Nikon D90 12.3MP Digital SLR Camera (Body Only) [Electronics]
Condition: New
Sold by: Amazon.com, LLC
	$779.95

Scary. I just spent almost $800 with one click. Still, it’s something I’ve been needing for a while (since my D50 is competely busted now) and Carnival is coming up in a little over a month and Greg and Zeke and my aunt are visiting next month. Still, I feel weird spending so much money.

Life lately has been full of tagging photos. In 4 days (Friday after work, Saturday sometimes, Sunday sometimes, today after work), I have managed to tag May, April, March, February, and January 2004 and December 2003 photos. This means I now have a total of 183748 tagged photos with only October and November 2003 remaining between me and 100% tag completion.
(I have also completed the task of writing all the tags to the photo files, so I can easily migrate to Picasa at some point if that becomes necessary.)

I have also been following my goal of taking more different pictures. Life has been updated pretty consistently with both life and daily photos. As soon as I finish 100% tag completion, I will work backward in life so that there’s photos all the way back to 2000. Fun.

That means, of the goals I set for myself this year, two are now significantly underway. That’s not bad for end of February. Unfortunately, as they were sort of in priority order, I need to catch up on Scala learning, but meh. :)

Life is good.

Adventures in Life

This past week has been… uh… quite an adventure.

First of all, I’ve had a sore throat for most of the week. This is unfortunate. If it doesn’t go away next week, I should probably go see a doctor.

Second of all, work has been rather… interesting this week. I have no comment other than that.

Third of all, I apparently ran into the free version of Adobe Photoshop Album’s upper limit on photos. After importing some 168,000 photos into Photoshop Album 3, everything seemed to be fine. Then, last night, I was importing and tagging photos from the day when it randomly crashed (with no error message or anything). I restarted and continued tagging only to have the same thing happen. Today, I went to try and debug the issue… so I reverted to the catalog from the previous day. No issues there. Then I imported yesterday’s photos again, only to have it crash after some clicking around the thumbnail view. Another revert was followed by an import of photos from high school. Same crash after some clicking around. As far as I can tell, it seems to have a limit of around 169,000 photos (and/or 500+ tags), after which point the program grows unstable.

Fortunately for me, I own a copy of Photoshop Elements 5, which comes with the newer version of Album. After a lengthy conversion process (at one point the progress bar stated it would take 1050 minutes to complete, but it managed to finish in slightly under 5 hours), I was looking at my catalog in the new album, and it appeared to be working without issue. Additionally, Elements 5’s album has the ability to write the tags to the photos’ IPTC data. It is currently working on doing that so I can migrate to Picasa or something in the future if Elements decides it can’t handle my 200,000 photos.

Fourth of all, this laptop appears to be randomly blue screening again. It also has started to freeze while playing DVDs (requiring a hard reboot). I swear, all the technology in my life is dying on me this week.

There’s probably more but I should head to bed (again) soon.