Photography Update

08/02/09 | by Comp615 [mail] | Categories: Photography

So I'm looking for input on what photography type things I should get with my earnings this summer. It's tough trying to figure out what I want/need. Options are below:
Wide-Angle lens
Filters
Second Flash/Better Wireless Triggers
Umbreallas/Light Stands + Mounts
Other?

Anyways, while looking at wide angle lenses, I came across this gem of a video (Time-lapse photography) which is just too awesome not to share:
http://www.vimeo.com/5252275

Enjoy!

Random Observations

07/26/09 | by Comp615 [mail] | Categories: The World

I noticed it's been awhile since I posted last. Here are some random thoughts:

Lawsuits:
I've always had the belief that people shouldn't be allowed to sue for stupid things. Spilling coffee on yourself, falling into a manhole, injuring yourself while attempting to rob someone, etc. However, recently the courts hit an all new low.

In a story straight out of the deepest recesses of the WTF files, Wells Fargo Bank has filed a lawsuit against itself.

Wells Fargo Bank filed a civil complaint against itself in a mortgage foreclosure case in Hillsborough County, Florida due to what the bank claims is a requirement under local law. “Due to state foreclosure laws, lenders are obligated to name and notify subordinate lien holders,” a Wells Fargo spokesman told Fox Business.

Wells Fargo holds the first and second mortgages on the condominium, as holder of the first, Wells Fargo is suing all other lien holders, including the holder of the second, which is itself. Court documents label “Wells Fargo Bank NA” as the plaintiff and “Wells Fargo Bank NA” as a defendant.

The bank has even hired defense lawyers and has filed a defense answer to their own complaint.

Read more: http://www.inquisitr.com/29039/wells-fargo-bank-sues-itself/#ixzz0MOBgDQNx

...yeah. Although I can see the semi-logic behind this...why? Aren't there better things for everyone involved to be doing?

Speaking of having better things to be doing, I was hard at work recently when I took off my headphones for a second. All of the sudden I heard "Single Ladies" blaring from the cube next to me. I find it humerous when extremely nerdy male programmers have Single Ladies as their ringtone. Lesson learned, keep it on vibrate.

I was in a McDonald's recently with an foreign visitor grabbing lunch. As we approached the counter, an Amish family came in behind us. Shortly thereafter, a man approached us and proceeded to tell us all about his Uncles auto repair business in Houghton which had recieved best in the state honors. We were encouraged to go there if we had any questions (Keeping in mind the McDonalds was around Clare). As we left the place, my friend jokingly commented...This is what I think of when I think of America. Oh how true.

I proudly still drive a mini-van around, which thankfully doesn't need any auto repairs from the aforementioned uncle above. However I do find some of my mini-van experiences slightly ironic. It's not in the best shape, but it gets by. One day I had just parked to watch my brothers baseball game, when a country guy, driving a newish Cadillac CTS approached me and asked if I had any jumper cables. Obviously, yes, I did. We proceeded to jump his car which is ten years newer than mine.

In a similar incident, I was driving home from work when I realized that I had ~0 miles to empty. I made it to the nearest Speedway and filled up. Just as I was getting to leave a car pulls up behind me, promptly sputters, and dies. The woman gets out and asks me if I have a gas can (I don't). Instead we simply pushed her car (Also better than mine), up to the pump to be filled. Remember, it's not your car...it's how you use it :)

There's never a shortage of interesting stories around my life, hopefully you all have been having good summers as well. More topical stories to come soon!

Revenge of the Geeks

06/20/09 | by Comp615 [mail] | Categories: Music, The World

For years, sociologists and other learned scholars have tried to deduce through quantitative reasoning the difference between the geek and the nerd. Unfortunately, I cannot present any groundbreaking evidence in this field as both sides have their own unique traits and personalities. However, the thing which I believe separates a geek from a nerd is passion and excitement. Whereas nerds are driven solely by a desire to know everything about a given area, geeks are driven by a deeper passion…perhaps love...for their interests. And it is the latter group, the geekimus maximus that we examine in-depth today. We will gain a first-hand understanding of their culture, and their contributions to human society...

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Death to Scammers!

06/16/09 | by Comp615 [mail] | Categories: Current Events

Scamming is an illegitimate and pathetic career choice. I mean, at least be a gangster or something with some respect. But anyways, Slashdot reports:

ectotherm writes: "The nice people behind the recorded phone messages stating 'By now you should have received your written note regarding your vehicle warranty expiring...' — the ones who instantly hang up when you ask for the name of the company — have been busted. Fox News did a little background digging on the four people charged." Don't know about you, but I received three or four postcards in the mail from these scammers, as well as uncountable robocalls. The FTC says they cleared $10M since 2007.

The full story can be found on Fox News. I guess they aren't so bad after all (Fox that is, scammers still suck).

Adding my story to this. I think I got at least 3 calls on every line I own from them. Our dorm room phone which isn't published anywhere even got calls from them. Finally I pushed a button in hopes of talking (Read: cursing out) with someone one day and they didn't even pick up for me. Just goes to show you that scammers have no manners. Well anyways, glad that the auto warranty phase of my life is over now!

Tags: scams

The Down Town of Detroit

06/11/09 | by Comp615 [mail] | Categories: The World

Whenever I talk about unemployment and crime rates with other people, Detroit and Flint always seem to come up. Detroit was recently rated America's Most Dangerous City for 2009 by Forbes.com, so congratulations to them! Coincidentally, I happened to take a stroll out towards the Motor City for a Tigers game last weekend. I haven't been to Detroit for maybe 3-4 years, but it's not at all how I remember it.

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Tags: detroit

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