woah, muvo!

back on march 5th, i placed an order for the muvo2 4GB mp3 at amazon. the estimated delivery date was march 15-17. then i got an email a few days later stating that their stock is out and they will ship it to me as soon as they replenish their stock. now, the reason why the muvo2 is so popular is because a lot of people are ripping out the microdrive embedded in the mp3 player and they are using it for their digital cameras. the muvo itself is only $200, the cost of 1GB compact flash these days, so you get 4 times the storage for the price. it’s a great thing, and i can’t wait until i get it so i can rip it apart and replace the microdrive with my older 1GB card.

but anyway, it just got shipped today, so i should be getting it sometime next week. man, that’s nearly two months late! it’s a shame that the performance of the drive is so slow on my camera, but oh well, i guess it’ll have to do.


call of the bed

i’m not sure why it was so hard for me to get out of bed today. i didn’t stay up too late. i didn’t forget to set my alarm. i didn’t do anything out of the ordinary, but today i was contemplating sleeping in and getting into work 3 hours later than i usually do.

“it’d be ok,” i thought to myself as i snuggled under the warmth of my blanket.

but then it guilt finally struck and i started to get up and get ready for the day. now, several hours later, i’ve gotten a fair bit of work done and i’m pretty happy with the results, so i guess it all works out for the best. i’m going to costco today to get some food for a bbq tomorrow and i think that i may consider making pot roast tonight. mmmmm. pot roast.

but definitely some kind of meat. mmmmm. meat.


with or without you

this last weekend was a bit of a liberation for me. i think that i’ve been feeling down the past few weeks, but i’m starting to notice something that’s turning things around. i think part of it had to do with dealing with some of the troubles that i’ve been avoiding for all this time. and in avoiding those issues, i started to create new ones. i started to feel burdened with all of the weight of the previous problems piling on top of me.

but this last weekend lifted those things from my shoulders. it was a little unpleasant at first and difficult to do, but i’m feeling much better these days. now, if only i wasn’t so busy at work, i might be able to take advantage of this and go do something fun.


With or Without You

See the stone set in your eyes
See the thorn twist in your side
I wait for you
Sleight of hand and twist of fate
On a bed of nails she makes me wait
And I wait without you
With or without you
With or without you

Through the storm we reach the shore
You give it all but I want more
And I’m waiting for you
With or without you
With or without you
I can’t live with or without you

And you give yourself away
And you give yourself away
And you give, and you give
And you give yourself away

My hands are tied – my body bruised
She’s got me with nothing to win
And nothing left to lose

And you give yourself away
And you give yourself away
And you give, and you give
And you give yourself away

With or without you
With or without you
I can’t live with or without you


weekend events

i’m sort of bummed about this weekend and sort of happy about it. conflicted, i guess, best describes this weekend. the westwide vegas volleyball tournament is this weekend and i was supposed to go to it with some volleyball friends. but instead, because of circumstances out of my control, i’m unable to go and play anymore. part of it is because my ankle is still not 100% and i guess that’s reason enough for me not to go.

but still, i was really looking forward to it. all year. and i won’t be able to hang out with charlowe who i haven’t seen since forever, too. major bummer.

to offset that, i’ve actually got potentially two photo shoots this weekend. pretty crazy stuff, i’m not sure what the theme will be, but i’m sure that it’ll be fun. i’m also going to go to shirley’s bbq of eclectic food. i’m still not sure what eclectic food i will bring, though i’m now leaning towards miso salmon. hrmmmmmm.

i also want to spend some time on sunday making some good food. i’m thinking pot roast. mmmm, that would really hit the spot.


flash accessories

after some thought, i’ve decided that i need to stop borrowing paul’s flash every time i need to take studio pictures. so today i decided to invest in some more flashes. i’ve been trying to figure out which flash system would best work out for me and i’ve decided to try out something that one of the COBA members suggested.

i just ordered a couple of vivitar 283 flashes and wein hs slave triggers and a ton of batteries. man, these flashes are greedy when it comes to battery consumption. greedy, greedy, greedy. or maybe i’m a little too liberal with the flashing. heh…flashing.

but anyway, all the gear has been ordered and it looks like i’m going to have to go and look at making some more gel filters for my flashes when they come in.

i didn’t think that i would really take to studio photography or all of this elaborate lighting, but it’s actually pretty cool. i want to spend a lot more time experimenting with the lights to see what kind of effects i can pull off. overall, though, i think it’ll be pretty neat stuff to come. i just need to coax a few more models to help me learn how to use all this gear.

i think i am rapidly outgrowning my studio space, though, and i’ll need to find somewhere to set up all of this gear.


chocolate chip bagels?

when did noah’s start making full sized chocolate chip bagels? i know they made the mini chocolate chip bagels and i was actually outraged that they didn’t make the full sized version of them. i used to complain to anita back in college about that during one of our CE lectures.

ahh, those were the good old days. but anyway, it appears that they now make the full sized chocolate chip bagels. mmmmm.

today’s already shaping up to be a pretty good day.


regular expression fun

when i first learned about regular expressions, i thought they were pretty neat. it was back in college in one of my computer science classes where the language used in the class was perl. this is the class that started my love affair with perl and regular expressions.

i immediately saw the beauty of regular expressions and i started to use perl extensively to leverage the power of regexes.

i think the cool thing about regexes is that they are like little puzzles that you are trying to figure out. but right now, there’s this one regex i’m working on that it totally kicking my ass. it isn’t pretty. every time i think that i’m getting close, it just comes back and takes me out for another round of (head|heart)ache.

but, worry not, i will get you. die, regex, die!


match.com attraction test

according to a match.com physical attraction test i took, these are the various qualities that i find physically attractive in women:

i like:

  • very beautiful women
  • sharp, narrow chins
  • round-shaped faces
  • thick lips
  • red hair
  • wavy hair
  • straight hair
  • long hair

    uncommon traits i like:

  • faces that are round and full
  • thin, angular faces with a classic or refined look
  • cute, button or small noses
  • glasses and the sophisticated and smart look that goes with them
  • you appreciate how sexy someone very lean or slender can be

    women not my type:

  • women over 35
  • women under 25
  • very low “mainstream” appeal

    in a population of 10,000 men, 10% are very attracted to my type while 24%
    are attracted to my type. 36% are not at all attracted to women my type.

    am i picky?
    Very Picky: It’s official: You’re “picky.” The fact is you are drawn to the most beautiful of the beautiful. You know what you like in women and are more selective than most men your age. Your tastes seem instinctual.

    how i compare:
    Very Selective: You are very selective, compared to most men, in the types of women you find appealing. You’re wowed by “movie star” good looks, and in general, appreciate women with “traditional” or “mainstream” appeal.

    A woman’s height is extremely important to some men. According to choices you made in the test, you prefer to date women who are at least 4 inches shorter than you are. Lots of men feel the same way; it’s that protective instinct showing itself!

    There’s something intriguing to you about a woman with only a slight smile or even a serious expression. You picked more women who were not smiling than we’d expect. Perhaps you like the mystery and depth that these women chose to convey.

    the type of woman who i am very attracted to looks similar to:

    the type of woman who has unusual characteristics that i’m attracted to looks similar to:


    pretty interesting. i don’t think that i’m really that picky and i think that based on the types of women that i’ve dated in the recent past, i don’t have a particular set type. but it’s interesting to see what the test results say.

  • basketball fever

    MAN, what a weekend. i was able to catch the lakers game and the kings game this weekend, and i have to say that i was pretty surprised at the laker’s game. who would have thought that it would be so close? that was definitely a shocker to me, but i think that the lakers really deserve to lose…they just aren’t playing up to their potential.

    it was nice to see the kings win. i really want them to go all the way this year, they just have that hunger for it.