I suppose this is true for any pursuit, but there eventually comes a point when an activity suddenly “clicks” and becomes a full-on obsession. The latest for me has been cycling: since getting a new bike, I’ve been hooked on seeking and covering more pavement and elevation than I ever did during the combined 4+ years I was riding in the Bay Area.
Lately I’ve been helping out on a friend’s small film, which has effectively become an opportunity to develop my photo skills as I take behind-the-scenes images to document the shoot (so to speak).
Almost ten years ago I vowed that the next big camera I would get myself would be a full-frame DSLR. After a lot of research (and vigorous protesting by my my wallet!) I finally made the jump, committing to the 5D MkIII as my weapon of choice. The plan is to go prime1, based on my (wonderful) experience shooting with micro 4/3 and fast manual glass these past couple years.
I figured the time to transition from beginner photographer to nascent artist is long overdue; might as well do it while I still have all this free time!
One of the best perks of having a well-maintained version control system at work is that system’s integration to the main email server as updates are made to the source tree. Sure this can be borderline-spam especially on projects you’re not particularly involved in, but it beats making unnecessary phone calls to ask fellow developers what files they modified, let alone memorizing the special incantations to look up and sift through those change logs. Better yet, logs mirrored to the mailserver are readily searchable at little to no cost (to both the hadware and user); feed those logs to your gmail account and you’ll be able to can search, tag, star, and organize those commit emails like a rock star.
Let’s try to be one of those rock stars…!
I’ve been unusually up-to-date with movies this season, perhaps due to this year’s particularly compelling summer lineup. Here’s a quick summary of the highlights so far (in no particular order):