Sunday, June 30, 2013

Saturday, June 29, 2013

180: in my bag

I have been traveling a bit light, so no sense in taking a photo of an empty messenger bag. I couldn't take a picture of +PJ Vera 's new backpack because it had to be mine, and Programmer's Kitty refused to get inside of a shopping bag for artistic purposes.

So here's a zip lock with my stash of pistachios (don't be fooled by the suggested serving size: half a cup of pistachios will keep you busy for a good 10 minutes). Funny things that you figure out while trying to take macro shots: the white dots are salt deposits on the inside of the bag, the straight lines are scratches on the bag.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

176: Sharp

This is a paring knife @150x, Celestron USB microscope.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

170: currently reading

I wish we would only have this topic once a year or so, I got tired of taking pics of my Kindle.

These are the only two paper books I have left in the house, we made our switch to e-books many years ago and slowly go rid of pretty much everything but +PJ Vera 's books. As far as I can tell, Ivette has maybe two or three of her own and that's about it. I also had "Mockingbird" by Walter S. Tevis and "The Omen" by David Seltzer, both paperbacks, but I already mailed them to a friend so he can read them and keep them circulating elsewhere. The only reason I have these two books is that they are gifts, and I only bought the two paperbacks because there is simply no way to find them as e-books. 

How to tell that you have spent too long reading e-books: whenever you start tapping the pages of your paperback and expect them to turn to the next one automatically. How do I know this? It happened to me while reading Mockingbird.

Monday, June 17, 2013

168: Centered

The dip somewhere in the middle of my desk, the desk is metal frame, the surface is a recycled composite that is very strong and easy to clean, but it warps over time. Notice I had to use cardboard to prop up the phone so the spirit level app would be centered. There's a meta element too: the Sony NEX-7 has a built-in electronic level that shows the front/back and left/right alignment of the image plane, a great feature for those with crooked horizon OCD syndrome cough +Paul Williams cough.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

167: Family

The Vera family wasn't feeling very photogenic today, so here's a blast from the past (August 2010): I am slightly lighter, and +PJ Vera is over a foot shorter than in the present. +Ivette Vera is at register 13.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Monday, June 10, 2013

161: Me!

The patch is the old shoulder patch insignia to my last Army unit, US Army Space Command.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

157: Transport

A mundane ANSI/TIA-1096-A modular plug, also known as an 8P8C (8 position, 8 contact), at the end of an Ethernet Cat 6 cable. This cheap piece of clear plastic (less than 10 cents in bulk) and tiny metal strips is reponsible for the majority of wired Internet connectivity for the whole world.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

155: After Dark

I shot this after 9:00 PM, according to Sony the mode is "handheld twilight" but is basically a glorified auto-bracketed shot. The funny thing about it is that as dark as it was, the sensor picked up a lot of reds that aren't there: these trees are very green. I don't know if this is due to light reflected from the street lights, or a weird effect combining those lights with the double-paned (and filtered) windows.

Monday, June 3, 2013

154: On my table

I use a banket table as my desk, and this is what most of it looks like even if I clean it 1-2 times a day.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

153: A moment ...

Of force. Sorry, geek flareup here. Whenever I hear "moment" I first think of "torque" instead of a moment in time.