[found tattoo]: yay area

I thought it was a terribly unique tattoo, so I asked if I may photograph it, and we spent a moment getting it right. Although I only had my iPhone on me at the time, I’d say it turned out fairly well after it went through Aperture. Still, I only do things that one could really do in the darkroom. :]

[Geoff Rickley]: Warped Tour 2002

Geoff Rickley, lead singer of the band Thursday, croons.

This image was shot by me back in 2002, with my Canon EOS 3 film camera. I have the PB-E2 power booster attachment on the camera as well, which makes it truthfully unstoppable. Truly a rugged camera, and *almost* as good as the 1V. Not nearly as waterproof, or as sturdy though, but well.. have you ever held an EOS 3 with the booster ? It easily weighs 8 pounds. ;] If I recall correctly, this was shot on Fuji Acros 100. Make that NeoPan Acros 100. Enjoy the photograph.

[targeted info]: a fresh beginning, some words on film.

I prefer to shoot film, however the past few years of photography for me have been spent mastering the digital work-flow. I’ve been shooting digitally since 2002, however mixing film shooting in as well. I prefer black and white above all as a working medium, doesn’t matter if it’s film or digital. I enjoy working in the tonalities of grey vs color, it’s simply easier for me to highlight the things I want to share with the viewer. I do also shoot a smaller volume of color work, and quite enjoy doing so.

After shooting around 100,000 images in the year 2005, and a substantial break, I’ve recently – for all intents and purposes, began fresh. Due to massive catastrophic data loss, the aforementioned volume of photographic work has been “lost to the digital ether.”

Noticing how frustrating this was, I’ve decided that developing mostly film would be indeed prudent. Digital photography has many uses for me though, and don’t get me wrong – you’ll see many digital photographs here. I typically use digital to “capture ideas, and thoughts,” a way to bookmark concepts for later, and for sharing and response metrics.  I’ve redesigned my in-house data structure thought for storage, and I should be on the way to a much better system when I get to fully implement and integrate it.

[broadstrokes]: thoughts on information / publishing / the internet

article that sparked this thought: http://is.gd/l4H :

I feel that traditional publishing has about 10-15 years left as a successful business model. Quite noticeably, the web-enabled publishing model has broken paradigm and taken us into the future.   It’s brought a new age, where information flows more freely than ever before. We are arguably arriving in our third epoch of the web, very soon – if not currently.

I feel there is a large scale perceptual shift slowly occurring across the general Internet user-base – as we become increasingly networked together, and aware of the growing number of web services we’re expected to use and be current with. As the dissension towards being overly connected grows, the backlash will breed a more intelligent network, a new series of patterning and information models will emerge from this thought process.

New sciences ensure that we are further than ever before. As we further realize it, systems biology will play a more important role in the way we pattern the data accessed via the web.  Relevant, relatable, and appropriate use of informatics and related sciences will ensure our success in this endeavor.

Our world is changing.  If you’re here and reading this, welcome – for you are currently affecting global change.  Realize it or not. From the invention of the wheel, the Arabic number system, to 1,200 baud, we’ve come a long way. Welcome to the future.


[francesca]: my cat likes to help me garden.

francesca asleep by plants

This is my kitty, Francesca – being cute. She fell asleep next to the herb garden, after some rigorous kibitzing on my gardening techniques. ;] I was trying to grow some Hopi Amaranth, and some Holy Basil. The cat ate both. I’ll perhaps try again soon, and document the progress if it goes well, or if it doesn’t. It’ll be interesting for us to track what happens.. The first time through, the seeds for the Tulsi (Holy Basil), sprouted and were an inch tall in 6 days. Amazing. Also, the seeds are from seeds of change, and are certified organic by the Oregon Tilth.

I was attempting to grow the plants with 150 watt light bulb from Verilux, and using photo light stands that I have already to hold them up. It was fun, but didn’t ultimately work out due to the cat eating the plants as they got bigger.

[valley floor #1]: from atop Durnst Peak

This quickly became very cold up here, and was wonderfully refreshing. The wind was howling! It was however, quite gorgeous, and drive down was indeed rewarded with dinner at the bottom. I thoroughly enjoyed this part of our recent trip to Southern California for mothers day weekend; turned vacation. April and I drove up here as a special treat for my birthday, which went relatively un-celebrated back in January due to a lack of strategic planning. [I’m actually born January 21st.]

The drive is fun, and goes through the countryside – away from Santa Clarita, towards Lancaster and Palmdale – ultimately ending up connecting to Pyramid Lake/Castaic area, and passing through the small towns of Lake Hughes, CA / Green Valley. If you’re unfamiliar, and in the area, travel down Boquet Canyon Road, in the direction of Palmdale – you’ll find all sorts of cool nature areas to explore!

first posting @ omfglol.org

Hey looky.  Here I am.  Short blogging introduction:  I’ve been a live journal user since January 15th, 2002.  Been around since well before then, however I was not blogging, or doing anything like that.  Here is the latest iterative evolution of such…  


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