Blood Moon from my balcony

Tonight, I managed to get a crash course on the “M” setting of my camera. From the balcony, I managed to get a few shots of the “Blood Moon”. Please remember, I’m far from a professional photographer. In fact, I’m a few levels below “amateur”.

I think this is one of the best of the ones I took.

I think this is one of the best of the ones I took.

Clouds started to move in. Not sure why, but I thought made it somehow look better.

Clouds started to move in. Not sure why, but I thought they made it somehow look better.

Last one before the clouds took the view. Really struggling with the settings at this point (amateur here!), but managed to get it before it disappeared. This is the most ominous looking one of the lot too.

Last one before the clouds took the view. Really struggling with the settings at this point (amateur here!), but managed to get it before it disappeared. This is the most ominous looking one of the lot too.

Bloopers

I have a newfound respect for photographers of all skill levels everywhere.

Of course, no photo session is complete without the weird and wonderful screw ups. Well, before it started, I thought I’d dial in the settings by taking a few. Good thing too because I didn’t actually get any good ones until it was well into the eclipse. These are some of the best of the worst.

Apparently, there's a gadget called a "Tripod" which is quite handy for taking long exposure photos. I dug through years of detritus in the closet before I found mine.

Apparently, there’s a gadget called a “Tripod” which is quite handy for taking long exposure photos. I dug through years of detritus in the closet before I found mine.

Nope. It's at this point that I remembered I have a 200mm zoom lens. Back to ransacking the closet.

It’s at this point that I remembered I have a 200mm zoom lens. Back to ransacking the closet.

THE GOGGLES DO NOTHING! Back to playing with ISO and exposure settings.

THE GOGGLES DO NOTHING! Back to playing with ISO and exposure settings.

It's... something. It's at this point that finally figured out that ISO should stay at 1600 and exposure at 2-5 seconds max. The rest came out OK.

It’s… something. It’s at this point that finally figured out that ISO should stay at 1600 and exposure at 2-5 seconds max. The rest came out OK.

I know there are going to be countless photos like these all over the world, but I hope these were enjoyable as well. I don’t like the idea of taking a few digital photos and never looking at them ever again so I’m thinking of enlarging a few of these and maybe putting one up in my cabin when it’s finally finished.

Oh, hi blog! I kinda sorta forgot you existed.

Between another trip to Sri Lanka, a few months of work and some other uninteresting malarkey, I haven’t had a chance to breath or hold my head up for longer than a few consecutive hours. Not having this updated was nagging me for a bit so I did finally decide to come back.

This is just an “I’m not dead yet” update, but I hope to come back to more updates (including some progress made on the cabin front) very soon.

Before that, I’ll be dealing with this first…

Great, Jumping, Jehosaphat!

Great, Jumping, Jehosaphat!

You Had One Job! Or how to fail at displaying failures

If were bored out of your mind as I was the other day, chances are, you came across hadonejob.com.

“You Had One Job” is an expression used to call attention to perceived blunders made by individuals on the job.

It’s a delightful collection of failures in the seemingly obvious. Today, I came across a failure within the failures.

HadOneJob.com (page 3-4 or so)

HadOneJob.com (page 3-4 or so)

Notice anything? Here, let me add a few hints :

Hmm...

Hmm…

And this continues on from here no matter how far you scroll down. I’m guessing it loops to the first page request at the end instead of displaying “End of Archive” or something. Being a web developer and programmer, this sort of thing does interest me. I guess no one is immune to blunders made by individuals on the job ;)

GAME OVER

Thank you for playing the trial version of “Life”. It’s December 21st and the trial, as well as the world, has now come to an end. If you have enjoyed this game, please consider purchasing the full version at wakeupyoupseudoscientificbastards.com.

…I’m still taking a break from the blog and Twitter until after the holidays, but I couldn’t resist.

Nope

This isn’t an update but a hold-me-over until I can do a proper post. This is also to quell the people bugging me over email with “dude, when are you going to do another post?” When I’m not bloody exhausted!

Meanwhile, if you’re looking for a summary of what happened in November so far (can’t imagine why you would), here’s a small cross sample courtesy of Twitter. This is obviously excluding the “I just had a sandwich” caliber Tweets.

http://twitter.com/magsol/status/265838561281056770