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Nov. 11th, 2008

FF Sparks (Casual)

[General] Armistice/Remembrance/Veterans Day

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep,
though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

--Lt. Col. John McCrae, Canadian Expeditionary Forces, May 3, 1915 (World War I)

Whether or not you agree with the war (I'm sure everyone knows I do not), remember today to honor the men and women who serve their countries far from home, and too often come home to little thanks.

If you see a homeless veteran -- and there are far too many around -- on the streets near your supermark, buy them a nice warm meal at the deli inside or something similar. $5-6 for a bag of warm chicken strips or a bowl of hot noodles is such a small price to repay a part of their service.

Oct. 29th, 2008

FF Sparks (Casual)

[Geek] Boxee

Quick post, nothing else to it. Any of my friends want an invite for Boxee? I use it to watch Hulu on my Mac (hey, you can install it on an Apple TV, if you want!), but there's a lot more the thing can do. Works as a full-screen Flickr browser, Picasa, YouTube, etc. etc.

I actually rather like the interface, having had some time to acclimate. Anyway, I have a few invites still, so if any of my geeky friends wish to get one...

Oct. 2nd, 2008

FF Sparks (Casual)

[Music] Great Big Sea!

Saw GBS at the Moore. Sat in the front row. I am now half-deaf (sat right in front of Alan, right by the speakers), I've lost my voice from singing along, and I'm exhausted because I danced through the whole show without sitting down. I actually clapped so much that I bruised the palm of my hand!

(In other words, I did it right. You're not allowed to behave otherwise in the first two rows!)

Saw annathepiper (I would've been surprised not to), technoshaman (actually was surprised to see Glenn there!), and many other familiar faces there. Much rockage was had.

Went to Kells afterwards, where the band had gone and invited others, but it was a little too crowded initially, and I was too tired, so I just sort of looked at the crowd and then departed.

Too tired to make more coherent post. Had fun. May drive up to Vancouver to see the GBS show there in December, if I have my hearing back by then. ;)
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Sep. 25th, 2008

FF Sparks (Casual)

[Seattle] GBS next week

I seem to have ended up with an extra ticket to the Great Big Sea concert at the Moore theater on October 1st. And all my local GBS-loving friends I could think of already have tickets!

Any other of the Seattle crew interested? There's only the one spare ticket, though, I fear.

Sep. 22nd, 2008

FF Sparks (Casual)

[Life] Home Again

Just to let everyone know, I arrived home safely yesterday. I'm tired, and I still have a little more unpacking to do, and I am grieving the untimely demise of my Canon EOS 40D (a tragic victim of an Italian security checkpoint). But I am back.

To those who asked for my travelogues in e-mail, I hope you enjoyed them. I took about 6700 pictures, which will take me a very long time to sort through, but uploaded 2-5 every day of the trip from Internet cafés. Those can be found on my Flickr photostream.

Aug. 24th, 2008

FF Sparks (Casual)

[Life] European Journeys

So, as some of you know, on August 31st (next Sunday) I leave for Europe for three weeks with my parents. The first two weeks will be spent in Greece, and the remaining week in Italy.

We fly to Athens and spend four days there, then travel to Delphi and spend a day there. Then we head by ferry to Iraklio, and spend some time at Knossos and the Iraklio Museum. Then off to Santorini for two days, and back to Athens by ferry. From there we fly to Rome, spend four days there, three days in Naples, then back to Rome where we fly back home.

I'm still feeling a little overwhelmed by this. But I will take many pictures.
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Aug. 9th, 2008

Photography, Camera

[Photography] Chase Jarvis Meetup

Originally uploaded by RainPacket.
So, tonight Shay and I went to the Seattle Flickrites Meetup hosted by local photographer Chase Jarvis. He had rented Hangar 30 at the old Sand Point Naval Base, and there was an insane amount of high-end studio lighting equipment there to work with (courtesy of Glazers). About 90-some photographers were there, and a dozen or so models (along with hair/makeup artists). There were also break-dancers, BMX stunt bikers, and all kinds of other stuff to shoot.

In the end, I had a lot of fun and was very glad I went. A few of my favorite shots I took can be found in this photoset on my Flickr photostream.

Aug. 4th, 2008

Photography, Camera

[Photography] Lights...

By the Sodium Light...
Originally uploaded by RainPacket.
So, this Friday I'm not riding (my lesson was rescheduled), and as a result I will be going with Shay to a photography lighting workshop. Will be interesting to see how this works out.

I have been trying to just get out and SHOOT more things, lately, so that I stay in practice. Been going to the Sunday Market with the camera again more often (witness this sea salt picture). I've been trying to push the way I shoot more, lately, shooting higher aperture or higher ISO than I usually like to (witness the handheld available-light shots of Rick that I took on Sunday).

I'm pondering starting a Wordpress blog just for coding stuff, which I am always afraid to post here for fear of chasing everyone away, and turning my LJ into mostly art (photography/writing) and horse stuff. Then again, some of you are probably sick of photography posts and horse posts, too. ;)

Aug. 2nd, 2008


[Riding] Summarizing Update

A brief update on my riding... Evergreen did, indeed, close at the end of June. So beginning in July, I began riding full time at Whistle Jacket (the dressage school). For the moment, Whistle Jacket is still on the Evergreen property, but that's probably not going to last past October at the latest. So the instructor is looking at a couple of other facilities to move Whistle Jacket to, and as long as wherever she moves is still within sensible driving distance, I'll remain with her.

Her horse Fabio was retired from service, which means I moved to Jilly for a school horse. But I'm only riding school horses when a certain other horse is having a training day, lately. Because... otherwise, I am on a certain much-loved five-year-old warmblood mare. The one I've posted about here periodically before, who I hope to someday buy.

I don't care that my friend mocks Debutanté's conformation or the fact that she's an American warmblood (which is admittedly a pretty lax breed standards-wise). I just love that horse. She's cheerful, affectionate, she's got a wonderful trot and canter, a lot of energy, and she's just a joy to ride. She's still learning, and so there's a lot of things that are new to her. (Leg yields, for instance, are pretty new.) But she's so curious and eager to please, and there's just this sense that she's /listening/ and wants to really work with you. And when she and I are in sync...

In short, riding the horse has only increased my affection for her.

And it seems to have increased her affection for me, too. Or at least her possessiveness! Friday was a training day for Debbie, so I was written on the board as being on Jilly. But Debbie still had a lot of energy, so I ended up riding her... except the board hadn't been changed. So I brought Jilly out into the aisle, and Debbie got VERY upset. Kept trying to steal the grooming brush out of my hand, or pull my helmet off my head. (Though I'm not wholly convinced this wasn't 'Hey. *I* want the carrot I know you have. Stop paying attention to that other horse!') She seemed a bit smug when I put Jilly away and brought her out instead.

I am becoming more and more convinced that this is the horse I should buy, once she's out of training.
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Jun. 21st, 2008

Photography, Camera

[Photography] Solstice Parade

So, I had a press pass for the Solstice Festival this year, and used that to shoot the parade from close in. I took about 600 pictures, and narrowed my favorites down to 140 of them that show the crowds, the other press photographers, the general attitude of the whole thing, and -- of course -- the parade itself. I have not uploaded these to Flickr yet, because I may want to do a little more tweaking (and because I was curious about .Mac Galleries, which /are/ quite nice).

The shots can be found in my .Mac Gallery here for either desktop (or the iPhone optimized version!), but I should warn you that -- as this is the Fremont Solstice Festival -- the pictures DO include a lot of bicyclists wearing nothing but body paint (and occasionally helmets). So... just be aware. :)

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