A Rice Paper Scroll
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Date:2009-02-06 15:19
Subject:Job Search
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Things go up and down... wheee
I am putting photography off until I get a regular day job. I have been interviewing for WebSphere admin positions but as my day to day WebSphere work is almost two years in the rear view it is a challenge. The Apache stuff I have done more recently seems like it is so narrow compared to what the employers are wanting. Seems like they want a developer/admin/network solution and in the big company those all get broken out. I want to go back to the smaller company because I truly feel I do better in the generalist position. SO hopefully... it won't take 18 months to find a employer willing to leverage my skill set.

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Date:2008-12-23 14:05
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Mood: contemplative

HRRM... So I want to be a professional photographer....

I got hit with a layoff so I am looking for work, but my thoughts keep fluttering back to trying a photography business. Perhaps real estate or commercial work. I just need to figure out how to break into these markets. So 2 pronged approach.. Get a UNIX Admin position pronto, and put in overtime on the photography front. Anything can happen right?

-Tada

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Date:2008-03-11 23:51
Subject:Photo a Day
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Mood: contemplative



This is my latest photo. I am trying to take a deliberate photo a day for the year. So far, I have missed about 5 days.
One of the things that this project has brought to mind is my 'good enough' attitude. I really need to think through why I fail to put in the additional effort I know is required but I just don't execute on. With luck this project will have me take more time to contemplate an image and work the lighting and angles to move beyond the quick 'good enough' photo and onto inspiring and excellent images.

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Date:2007-11-21 09:02
Subject:PMI
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Project Management Institute training is now over. I now think I am 'armed and dangerous' in regaurds to PMI project management best practices. It was a great 5 days of theory, and now the task is to make it real, and complete the application to take the certification test early next year.

And... Happy Turkey Day!

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Date:2007-11-09 07:26
Subject:Simple things
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As I walked through Whole Foods last night, I found these potted mini roses and well, they came home with me. I am amazed how even with this small subject, I was seeing all the things I was supposed to be looking for in the larger settings of my portrait studio space. With a florescent over head light and a florescent desk lamp, I started having fun lighting and capturing my roses. A few dabs of water and the interest factor grew. With it being a plant, perhaps I can even get the 4 buds to bloom before my brown thumb wins out =).

-Tada

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Date:2007-11-05 12:03
Subject:Eastern Fall Crown
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Images From East Kingdom Fall Crown Tourney can be found at:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/tadatsune/sets/72157602931516096/with/1873003163/

I apologize for the excessive use of motion blur. Sometimes it doesn't pay to be creative.

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Date:2007-10-09 08:14
Subject:Fall in New England
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Spent the weekend driving around Maine soaking up all the yellows and oranges amongst the evergreens. I got to spend time just hanging out with my brother, The kid was able to visit with the cousins. My sister let us crash at her place up in Skowhegan so the trip to the Candaian border was a mere 2 hours or so.
There were a lot of hunters out for the long weekend so I ended up staying close to the car and stopping at the roadside overlooks. I did get to use the 4 wheel drive when I took old route 201 and it climbed a mountain and was in total disrepair. Good for a logging road but not so good for the comfy travel. Only twice did the roads abruptly stop and I had to turn around in search of new roads. I had fun and an adventure.
One of the side trips was to the Dead river with hopes of photographing the kayakers playing in the eddys. After an hour of walking up and down hills on the ridge just above the river I gave up on finding the right trail to get me to the falls (without water or raincoat or food ..Silly me). I canned the idea of returning on sunday because my Brother joined me to try and catch the early morning light and we headed southwest instead of north.

A few of the shots are on my flickr site. http://www.flickr.com/photos/tadatsune

My knight is fighting in Crown tourney on the 2nd so, now I need to spiff up all the SCA stuff and make sure he looks good =) I think it would be great if he could win. There is a field of about 50.

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Date:2007-09-10 10:45
Subject:Raptors
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Wow, I knew I liked seeing birds but this weekend at the RI Audobon society Raptor weekend I had the opportunity to sit in the front row for 4 different presentations and got education and a great view of Owls, Hawks and Falcons. I only wish I had visted Saturday as well as Sunday which would have enabled some in flight images. Some documentary type shots are up on my flickr site. http://www.flickr.com/photos/tadatsune

I am not sure I like all this paperwork associated with project plans and ISO 20000.

Off to the house of the Mouse (Disney) on Saturday so I hope to have some wonderful images of fireworks and such when we return.

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Date:2007-08-29 12:33
Subject:Summer in Maine
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Last week found the family pleasantly removed from the internet. Our rental cottage on Beech Hill Pond outside of Ellsworth Maine was cozy and made a great place to spend quiet time.
I managed to get out to Acadia NP and shoot some sunrise and sunset images.
We did a scuba tour in Frenchman Bay (thanks so much John and Marlene at Atlantic Divers in Sullivan ME)
We kayaked on the mirror like lake (Beech Hill Pond is 4 mi long)
We got out the snorkel and fins and searched the lake bottom for fish and found fresh water mussels, bottles, cans and a perfectly flat SUV magazine ad.
On the overcast cool day we wathced Harry Potter DVDs in a marathon.
We stumbled upon Jaspers restraunt in Ellsworth that had delicious shrimp, clams, haddock, scallops, chicken parmesean, and steak. An absolute 4 star reccommendation on this classic seafood restraunt (celebrating 50 years this year)

We had a wonderful week and look forward to future trips to the area.

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Date:2007-08-29 12:13
Subject:What Do You Have To Say? - Photography: The Best Advice
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What's the best advice you've given or gotten for taking good photos?

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Work your subject, start with an overall scene then work your way down to the details. Focus on the details. Less can be more.

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Date:2007-08-14 12:12
Subject:Pennsic recap
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Pennsic was mostly a positive for me.
I enjoyed the company of those around me. I was inducted into the Concordian baronial order of the friends. I greeted a new friend into the brotherhood of squires (Congrats again Z). I was honored to assist in some small part the recognition of an illuminator. I experienced the hospitality of a squire brothers other family (3 Skulls). I celebrated the clan that welcomes me home every year. I was the recipient of kind words about my martial actions. I stood for my Knight as part of the knowne World Squires Tourney. I stood the line in the woods with spear in hand. I revelled in the rain and clouds and lightning. (even to soap and shower in the warm torrent of droplets given to me)
I longed to see the faces that could not make it. I longed for more time with those who had to leave early. But they are still in my heart and I think of them. Soon we will reunite and my heart will soar with thier kindered spirit.

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Date:2007-08-13 09:50
Subject:Pennsic
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WOW, what another great war!

I had a blast, but as you know, what happens at Pennsic stays at Pennsic =)

I hope everyone is home safe and had a good war.

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Date:2007-07-31 09:05
Subject:Pennsic!
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I believe my Pennsic prep is well in hand.
Kagemusha CHECK
Seven Samurai Check
13th Warrior Check
Kingdim of Heaven Check
Reading Legends of the Samurai story of the 47 Ronin Check!

Already missing those who won't be there, Kazu, Lake, Fianna, Date, Kintarou?, Balthasar, Luchia, Damien, Kage, Anna, Mark...

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Date:2007-07-29 18:15
Subject:Windwall
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still needs my kamon attached, but it would pass as a Barony of Concordia banner in a pinch.

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Date:2007-07-29 18:13
Subject:banner men
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I just couldn't help thinking about delta and the bannermen as I put the finishing touches to my personal Japanese banner. It was very nice to complete something, to create.

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Date:2007-07-26 09:52
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For a wind wall... It seems to look right =)

I picked up a Xantrex X1500 Power System that is a 60 aH battery and a 1500W modified sine wave inverter for my CPAP system. It is not useable with my photo strobes which require a true sine wave. The wheels, handle, and integrated box made it a simple solution and a Samlex 300W for $150 and I can probably do the photo solution. It would be very expensive to get portable photo electric(solar cells) solution for charging it. ($870 for a 55W rollable solar panelhttp://store.altenergystore.com/Solar-Electric-Panels/Foldable-Solar-Panels/Global-Solar-Cigs-Technology/Global-Solar-P3-55-55W-12V-Portable-Power-Pack-Black/p4337/) http://store.altenergystore.com/Backup-Power/Xantrex-X1500-Backup-Power-System/p2066/
This system initially charged within 2 hours and the CPAP ran for 7 hours last night without the indicator lights dropping to the next lower indicator. (4 lights total, 4 lights still lit)

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Date:2007-07-25 10:19
Subject:Pennsic Panic
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Pennsic Panic....
I tackled making my personal banner last night, and with some helpp from Kiku managed to oget the device applique completed, Now I need to add the tabs and build a pole setup. I have been making my list of items to bring, and I am a wee bit worried I have too much stuff for a 6 day adventure. I won't get there until mid day Saturday the 4th and have to leave Friday the 10th. (My Freya is in a Play in Maine on the 11th)

I am frantically looking for a battery power system so I can assure a good nights sleep on Thursday so the drive home won't be so dangerous. (I have Sleep Apnea and my compressor makes my sleep a lot more beneficial, not waking up 60+ times a night IIRC)

My new fighting pants will have to wait for another year. I doubt I will get more than the banner finished over the weekend.

Darter promises to have Calendars at Mystic Mail so that is on the list of Pennsic purchases. Perhaps updated knees and elbows too. Although I have gotten my right thumb creamed each of the last few times I fought. I was using Pole Arm and this last time wasn't even a bad block, it was just a deflected shot. So, perhaps the Mandrake Armoury steel gauntlets are in my future.

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Date:2007-07-24 15:00
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American Revolution imagery... I really need to go back on a morning or snowy day. The image just doesn't pop.

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Date:2007-07-24 13:48
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It seems so wierd to be proud of completing a simple wind wall, but I am. I now have a personal windwall I can use to hide a bit of the mundane crap I have at Pennsic (6' high by 10' long). I am not sure I will bother with the applique of my mon just yet. A 44 inch diameter circle is going to be a pain to do properly. then there is the tic tac toe board within the circle.. daunting, especially seeing as I have the background of my 3'x5' personal banner cut out and I hope to have it done by war.

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Date:2007-06-27 12:47
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Mood: amused

So they put in a new canoe access at the bottom of the hill, Sunday I put the kayak in to see what there was to see. Off on a grand adventure! the slow moving river had potential. First a short trip downstream to the car bridge and mill pond just before a small falls... As I come out from under the bridge, This HUGE bird is startled and flys down the pond. OK! what a way to start an adventure! as it turns out the heron was quite camera shy. As soon as I came around the weeds it flew away. I puttered around and then headed upstream. I was going as far as I could! Well after about a 1/2 hour of paddling seeing 20 or so Canadian geese and 2 dead ends I turn a corner and sppok the Heron again! Just past this point the river went shallow, narrow and fast. After 5 min of paddle issues and sticking on rocks I gave up and returned to the launch. All in all a wonderful adventurous time some 2000 feet from my back yard.


I spent another hour playing in another mill pond just below the falls and managed to get an image of the Heron this time!

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