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Wed, Nov. 1, 2006 - A Terabyte
A few new pieces of hardware have been added to the desk. First, I finally broke down and bought a tablet. I got a Wacom Graphire 4 that also includes a cordless mouse. Still getting used to using the pen. It's very different from using a mouse, mostly because the tablet is mapped directly to the screen, rather than using relative motion as the mouse does. I also added a Dymo Labelwriter 400 to print price labels and print info labels. The studio looks much more professional now. Then since I ran out of USB ports I added a D-Link 7 port USB hub. Finally, I upgraded my hard drives once again, this time to two Maxtor 500 Gig drives. Combined with the 250 Gig drive in the iMac, that gives me 1.25 Terabytes of storage. I remember just a few years ago hearing the term terabyte for the first time, and it was in relation to a supercomputer. In 1984, my first computer had a 360k floppy drive. So how much storage space do I have today on my desk? It works out to 2.7 million 360k floppy disks. Funny, it doesn't seem that much, and it's going to have to be added to again shortly. Amazing what a 14 megapixel camera will do to your storage situation.
Sun, Nov. 5, 2006 - Lazy Sunday
Just another picture of the cats doing what they do best. While they were being lazy, I spent more time with the chain saw cutting the willow tree into smaller and smaller pieces.
Mon, Nov. 6, 2006 - $200K up in flames
My pager went off this morning at 5:30am, and the first report of fire sounded like it was going to be the typical river bar fire that always seems to disturb my weekend sleeping. Since it had been raining I was kind of surprised, but then the address was given and it wasn't anywhere near the riverbar. Got down to the hall and got in one of the tenders and started out to Waddington. On the way it was reported that it was a hay stack on fire. Only when I got there did I find that this was the mother of all hay stacks. Reports had the value of the organic alfalfa being between $100k and $200k. Only a small portion of it was saved. The fire started with spontaneous combustion and the whole core was smoldering. So as we started pealing it away it became evident that most of the hay had already reached critical tempature and as soon as it hit oxygen it would start burning. A stack loader quickly arrived and was able to separate a few stacks from the end that was ok. Then an excavator was called in to start pulling apart the rest of the stack and then it was spread out in the adjacent field so we could put it out. By rough calculations we put well over 30,000 gallons of water on the pile. We finished our operations about noon, and unless we get a few good days of rain in a row, it'll probably still be burning out there for awhile. Anyone need a few truckloads of soon to be very moldy hay? The really sad thing is the organic alfalfa can't be replaced this late in the season, and there are 1000 head of cattle that were counting on that stack of hay for their winter food.
Tue, Nov. 7, 2006 - Kristina
I had a photoshoot yesterday afternoon with a new model and had planned to spend the morning getting everything ready for it. The fire took up most of that time so then I thought we would just shoot outdoors, since the day was turning out rather nice. But when Kristina arrived at 3pm for the shoot I looked out and it was very cloudy. So we quickly put together a set in the studio and photographed some of Lori's vintage clothing. Here Kristina is wearing a 1940s bias gown. I didn't notice it but during the shoot Lori noticed a loud noise she thought was thunder. When I went to the chamber meeting later that night everyone was talking about a huge jet that was circling Ferndale. My pager rarely goes off when I'm in the studio so I never got the notification, but it would have been interesting to see.
Wed, Nov. 8, 2006 - Smokin'
We had a little bit of time between when we finished with the vintage clothing and when I needed to leave for the chamber meeting, so Lori suggested shooting the vest she recently purchased. I figured this would be a good opportunity to use a new posing stool I got. A little more interesting than the normal posing stool I use.
Mon, Nov. 13, 2006 - Toe Jam
Three years ago we bought a bunch of molding to trim the ceilings in the parlor and in my room. We installed the molding in the parlor right away, but the rest of it has been sitting in a pile in our hallway ever since. Lori and I have tripped over it many times in the last three years, but today I managed to trip over it coming out of my room and instantly knew it was more than just a stubbed toe. Several hours later my toes were still throbbing so I started looking up broken toes on the web. Not much to do about them other than tape the broken one to a good toe and let it heal. So that's what I did.
Fri, Nov. 17, 2006 - On the Rocks
I had to go down to Fort Bragg today for a business meeting and had some time afterwards to take pictures. Under the Noyo Bridge I came across this boat that took a rather unorthodox approach to docking. Not sure if this was pilot error, or a result of the recent tsunami we had.
Sat, Nov. 18, 2006 - Westport Waves
On my way home from Fort Bragg I stopped in Westport for gas. Without knowing that I was a photographer, the clerk mentioned that there is a beautiful spot to take pictures nearby and pointed the way to it for me. So just as the sunset was starting, I wandered down to the beach and had a great time watching the huge waves splash over the rocks. Some of the sprays shot up 40-50 feet. I definitely will be returning to this beach for more photos.
Sun, Nov. 19, 2006 - Everything in its Proper Place
Well one thing breaking my toe last week did was to motivate me to install the molding in my room so it wouldn't be a hazard in the hall anymore. Now that I have a compound miter saw I could do it myself, with the help of my trusty helper. We got off to a rough start on the first cut because I knocked the saw out of adjustment when I carried it from the garage. But after that was figured out the next few cuts went much better. Coping the joints takes awhile, so we didn't finish the project, but it felt good to see progress started on another room.
Mon, Nov. 20, 2006 - Melaine the Pirate, Part II
Melaine was back in town again, and we decided to dress her up as a pirate once again since I found the eye patch I had bought earlier. I'm thinking now that this is the start of a four part series, so stay tuned for the sequels.
Thu, Nov. 23, 2006 - At the Hoopers
Thanksgiving was spent in Woodinville, at the Hoopers. My camera's batteries were charging while everyone was enjoying a scrumptious feast, and since I knew others were taking photos too I didn't worry about it. So this isn't what I'd call a professional family portrait, but then I was on vacation. Melody's hard work in the kitchen made the tough commute worth it.
Fri, Nov. 24, 2006 - Seattle Underground
Ever since hearing about it several years ago, I have wanted to go on the Seattle Underground tour. Lori went on it this summer on her vacation with her sister and came back raving about it. So much of the klan went on it and it was very interesting. The story behind the building of Seattle is a great example of what you can accomplish if you're too pig-headed to admit failure.
Sat, Nov. 25, 2006 - Uncle Dave's Cabin
Well, actually it's a double wide, but the setting is so nice you don't really notice. On our way out of Woodinville, we crossed the sound to visit Lori's uncle in Lilliwaup. How nice it must be to have you're very own waterfall. The sound of the rushing water was very relaxing. I wish our creek had the same effect. Unfortunately, when we hear our creek, it's usually not a good sign.
Sun, Nov. 26, 2006 - Lori's T-Rex
Today we continued our drive down the Oregon coast. It rained most of the day so it wasn't too conducive to taking pictures. Towards the end of the day we passed Prehistoric Gardens. Lori was surprised to see it still existed. It was one of the places that Paula and her had wanted to leave some of her dad's ashes on their trip this summer, since they both had fond memories of visiting it as kids. I guess she didn't realize it was on 101. By the time we got there they were closed for the day so we didn't get to go back in time. But this T-Rex was nice enough to accomodate Lori for a photo op.
Mon, Nov. 27, 2006 - Cape Sebastian
The rain continued, rather heavy at times, so once again photo ops were limited. We did stop at one spot for a hike down to some very scenic bluffs. In between rain squalls I was able to take a few pictures but then it started hailing so we figured we better hike back up to the truck. Driving home we realized just how close this beautiful part of Oregon is to Ferndale, and certainly within distance for easy day trips. I bought a book about the area at a coffeehouse bookstore this morning, so I think we're going to be exploring this area some more whenever we get the chance. We got Lori some good hiking boots today on our return to Eureka. Now we're going to have to look into getting some raingear appropriate for hiking.
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