Monthly Archives: December 2008

worse meal ever ever

Ok, fine, I’m sure many people less fortunate have had much worse meals, but for arguments sake, lets take them out of the equation. Chrissie had to fly to Omaha for training, so I was left to my own devices for a few days. Yesterday I went to my parents house for food, so I was good. Today on the other hand. ooh boy. I have no food at home, and just got back from work so was too lazy to cook anything. I went to the pantry, and realized woo canned corn. I took that, a hot dog, heated it up and combined some frozen dinosaurs (really they were akin to chicken nuggets but dino shaped), and some spicy frozen chicken thingies. I put it all in a bowl and vuela. I concocted the worse meal ever in my entire life. Ok…second worse. When I was a kid and my parents were both at work, I thought it was a good idea to take rice and put sugar on top. Though, come to think of it, I think that tasted much better than what I made today. *sigh*…..I’ll be glad when Chrissie comes home.

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bloody difficult

ahhh the fine art of studio work. I first dismissed it as just some schmuck snapping boring pictures against a plain backdrop. Then I saw pictures and thought to myself, psssh I can do that. How hard could it be?! hahaha…boy was I wrong…and I have a new found respect for those people who do high fashion photos. It’s a lot harder than it looks. When all you have is a white plane white backdrop behind the subject, there’s nothing between you and the subject except for your skills and ideas to bring out a good photo, and the subject’s skill to bring out poses and to help out the photographer. There’s the awkward moment, of ‘what do I do now?’ and then you scramble for ideas or look really stupid. Fun fun fun. Truth be told, I did have fun. I got to try out new poses, and tried a bunch of lenses to determine what works for what situations, so my next shoot can be better. I need to start working on male models, I think those are infinitely harder. But I’ll need to practice on easier subjects first.

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The CD is dead! Long Live the CD!

Remember the day when you used to ride your bike to a WhereHouse music store, or the now defunct Virgin Megastores? This was before shopping at Target was cool, and Best Buy’s didn’t really exist. When a new tape/single was released, or even those newfangled Compact Discs of your favorite band was released, you’d rush out after school to browse the music selection. Take a peek at the cool art emblazoned on those albums, and then if you had the cash, you picked it up, took it home on your bike (if you were lucky enough to have one) and just couldn’t wait to unwrap it and look at the inside sleeve, just hoping that they weren’t lame and included the lyrics so you could sing along. (yes, this even pre-dated the internet). Well, back then they had BBS’s powered by your trusty quick 24bps modem or if you were posh like I was and sported a speedy 14.4 baud US robotics modem (the Ferrari of modems back in the day).

Well today I picked up 2 albums (something I haven’t done in awhile), because MP3’s practically replaced the compact disc. During college, when Mp3’s started hitting the web, they were actually free to download before the mainstream populace caught on. Then companies caught on, legistlation was passed, and the sites started shutting down due to the account that they started to become illegal. But I remember going to the college labs at USC, and bringing my trusty Iomega Zip drive (remember those?) and downloaded tons of music (this of course pre-dated Napster).
I was even the first to buy a newfangled 32megabyte MP3 player from one of the first few companies that started producing them. The Diamond Rio. (yes there are players that that pre-dated that but they debuted in Asia. The Rio really hit the U.S. market and was somewhat more mainstream)

If I recall, I remember buying the Rio for practically free because this was the era of the .COM Ahhh yes, when non brick and mortar sites started popping up, they were giving away things left and right to attract customers. Super coupon deals at buy.com. Buy one DVD get a free DVD at….gee..I can’t even remember the site now, it’s been that long. (and of course, this was when DVD’s first hit the market) Man I feel super old now.

At any rate, yes, I picked up 2 albums.
4:13 Dream by the Cure
and
Chinese Democracy by Guns and Roses.

Of course, the same nostalgic euphoria hit me as I couldn’t wait to leave Target (haha it’s now apparently cool to shop there these days) and check out the inside sleeves to see if they had lyrics.
It’s good to know, no matter how old you get. Or how technology and times changed many things, some things just don’t change at all.