It seems that 8 will be moving to the bay area at some point in the near future. This makes me sadder than it should. Meh.
As for meme topics, we have ITG. Which I’m actually not quite sure what to say about.
The first time I played DDR was in a Gameworks in Arizona Mills, probably in middle school or so. I didn’t know what I was doing and stepped on the arrows pretty much as they came on screen. Then I added another player after the first song (which that machine apparently let you do), wasting some money because player 2 only got two songs instead of three.
I think I started being interested in it in high school, when we went to a Fry’s Electronics and they had the PS version of DDR set up with pads. This was intriguing, and my parents bought me a PSOne, DDR, and two mats with the promise that I would play it for exercise fairly often. (Of course, this didn’t really happen. I was such a horrible kid. :P)
My first real experience with the arcade machine (and hard pads) then was in college when I came to CMU and discovered the DDR machine in Scotland Yard my freshman year. From photos, it seems the ITG machine appeared around December 2005. I remember the brief period of time when the machines existed side-by-side, and I remember being annoyed at the “elite” ITG players who wouldn’t alternate with DDR players (like myself) since you couldn’t play both machines at once (the music got mixed up and way too confusing and threw everyone off).
I think I really got into ITG the summer I had the PLSC internship in Pittsburgh (2006). I played with 8 at least once a week every week that summer, and managed to progress up to 10s. (I think the desire to avoid my room and my horrible roommate at the time had a lot to do with this.) I’ve pretty much been playing since then, although my general interest in it seems to have lowered somewhat.
At this point, I’ve stopped trying to improve on song difficulty, and have mostly resigned myself to playing casually in the 9-11 range. I also really, really like marathons and mods, so I’ll do that a lot. But the ITG machine at CMU has been having issues lately, and the stupid company in charge of it keeps screwing it up, so I don’t know if it’s really something I’ll continue doing regularly.
Also, wow… I’m making a lot of posts this month. This is weird.
I now have 296,595 tagged photos in Photoshop organizer. I think we’ll break 300k by the end of August. Or maybe not, because I’ve been taking fewer photos lately. We shall see.
I went through and tried to find the first and last photos taken by each camera. Photoshop organizer doesn’t let you sort by filename, and I have way too many files to do EXIF data searches, so some of this may be off by a few. (In particular, finding the “last” photo my Intel camera took is a pain because it still works, and I was using it for its portability even though high school even when I had gotten the Kodak camera. And it didn’t even record any EXIF data, and you can’t do a “negative” search in organizer. So blah.)
And it turns out the photos aren’t all that interesting anyway. So here’s just the dates of each camera’s first and last photo.
|Intel Pocket PC camera||October 6, 2000||September 18, 2003||1077 days; 2.95 years|
|Olympus C3000 Zoom||September 28, 2001||December 5, 2003||798 days; 2.186 years|
|Kodak Easyshare DX6490||December 8, 2003||March 17, 2006||830 days; 2.274 years|
|Nikon D50||March 22, 2006||November 15, 2009||1334 days; 3.655 years|
|Samsung SL30||July 27, 2009||Current (last July 20, 2012)||1089 days; 2.98 years so far|
|Nikon D90||February 26, 2010||Current (last July 25, 2012)||880 days; 2.411 years so far|
Getting numbers for how many photos each camera shot would also be interesting, but not easy to do.
Edit: Searching by filename and using the power of maths should give reasonable estimates of total photos. Therefore:
|Intel Pocket PC camera||15,829 photos||$200||14.7 photos per day||1.26¢ per photo|
|Olympus C3000 Zoom||10,647 photos||$450||13.3 photos per day||4.23¢ per photo|
|Kodak Easyshare DX6490||49,413 photos||$500||59.5 photos per day||1.01¢ per photo|
|Nikon D50||105,067 photos||$570 (+$250 repair cost)||78.8 photos per day||0.54¢ per photo (0.78¢ per photo including repair cost)|
|Samsung SL30||18,571 photos||$70||17 photos per day||0.38¢ per photo (so far)|
|Nikon D90||97,068 photos||$780||110.3 photos per day||0.80¢ per photo (so far)|
Cost estimates don’t include charges for accessories (extra batteries and lenses in the Nikon case), electricity, or memory cards.