dglenn: Lego-ish figure in blue dress, with beard and breasts, holding sword and electric guitar (lego-blue)

Made it to pharmacy. Made it to nail salon after very annoying wait for wrong bus due to misinformation. Stopped at Appalachian Bluegrass for a nut blank because the slot for the bottom string on the mandolin I was practicing on while waiting for buses crumbled. (Blank is way bigger than I need; gonna have to cut it lengthwise. Anybody local have a band saw and not mind the smell of bone dust too badly?) Stopped at grocery on the way back. Am very tired.

Especially annoying numbers of rude, immature people out and about today. Funny thing, when I hear people laughing and turn around and see a cameraphone pointed at me (with such an exaggerated gesture that it seems my seeing them is half the point), and I bring an SLR to my eye pointed back at them, people freak out. Dayum, either it's acceptable behaviour or it's not, idjits; make up your minds! But suddenly I go from curiosity to something-to-flee once the lens is aimed at them.

Have lined up rides for tomorrow. Tried to avoid pushing myself so hard today that I'll be too beat to cope tomorrow, but with the amount of walking required because of where the bus lines do and don't go, and just being Out And Active fort so long, I'm pretty darned beat. Hope I didn't push toooo hard. Gotta manage to be functional Sunday as well!

Want ABC 2.0 <-> MusicXML converter. Found an ABC 1.6-> MusicXML tool, but a) it dropped three measures when I tested it, b) it barfs on V: tags, and c) the source seems to have been lost and the author is unreachable. Half a mind to start banging one out in C (and wondering whether I could to the MusicXML->ABC direction as a 'sed' script), but already have Too Many Projects in the queue so should try a little longer to find existing tool maintained by Somebody Not Me. Also want shareware or o-s OMR (aka 'music OCR'); closest I've found is 30-day free evaluation of $190 program. Will try that, but will try to time the start of the eval period to maximize usefulness. (Probably worth $190, if I had the spare dough for that sort of thing.

Have found annoying amounds of ABC FUD on chat boards while Googling for tools, as well as an awful lot of "since I don't need that, I can't imagine it's of use to anyone else on the planet either; they should just all use the same proprietary notation tool that I do" attitudes. Feh.

Doh! Should remember to ask about XML conversion on ABC mailing list!

Tentative lead on Volvo wagon. More news ifwhen more news exists.

Difference between now and the long-tiny-nested-paren paragraph before, is today I realize I'm this tired.

Perrine is much more tolerant than I thought she'd be, of the "cat-on-keyboard bad, so if you choose to occupy keyboard zone, it's keyboard-on-cat" rule I've instituted. Though her acceptance or disgusted departure depends somewhat on my typing speed.

I do wish she'd tell me where she hid the mouse I can smell rotting. *sigh*

dglenn: Lego-ish figure in blue dress, with beard and breasts, holding sword and electric guitar (lego-blue)

Made it to pharmacy. Made it to nail salon after very annoying wait for wrong bus due to misinformation. Stopped at Appalachian Bluegrass for a nut blank because the slot for the bottom string on the mandolin I was practicing on while waiting for buses crumbled. (Blank is way bigger than I need; gonna have to cut it lengthwise. Anybody local have a band saw and not mind the smell of bone dust too badly?) Stopped at grocery on the way back. Am very tired.

Especially annoying numbers of rude, immature people out and about today. Funny thing, when I hear people laughing and turn around and see a cameraphone pointed at me (with such an exaggerated gesture that it seems my seeing them is half the point), and I bring an SLR to my eye pointed back at them, people freak out. Dayum, either it's acceptable behaviour or it's not, idjits; make up your minds! But suddenly I go from curiosity to something-to-flee once the lens is aimed at them.

Have lined up rides for tomorrow. Tried to avoid pushing myself so hard today that I'll be too beat to cope tomorrow, but with the amount of walking required because of where the bus lines do and don't go, and just being Out And Active fort so long, I'm pretty darned beat. Hope I didn't push toooo hard. Gotta manage to be functional Sunday as well!

Want ABC 2.0 <-> MusicXML converter. Found an ABC 1.6-> MusicXML tool, but a) it dropped three measures when I tested it, b) it barfs on V: tags, and c) the source seems to have been lost and the author is unreachable. Half a mind to start banging one out in C (and wondering whether I could to the MusicXML->ABC direction as a 'sed' script), but already have Too Many Projects in the queue so should try a little longer to find existing tool maintained by Somebody Not Me. Also want shareware or o-s OMR (aka 'music OCR'); closest I've found is 30-day free evaluation of $190 program. Will try that, but will try to time the start of the eval period to maximize usefulness. (Probably worth $190, if I had the spare dough for that sort of thing.

Have found annoying amounds of ABC FUD on chat boards while Googling for tools, as well as an awful lot of "since I don't need that, I can't imagine it's of use to anyone else on the planet either; they should just all use the same proprietary notation tool that I do" attitudes. Feh.

Doh! Should remember to ask about XML conversion on ABC mailing list!

Tentative lead on Volvo wagon. More news ifwhen more news exists.

Difference between now and the long-tiny-nested-paren paragraph before, is today I realize I'm this tired.

Perrine is much more tolerant than I thought she'd be, of the "cat-on-keyboard bad, so if you choose to occupy keyboard zone, it's keyboard-on-cat" rule I've instituted. Though her acceptance or disgusted departure depends somewhat on my typing speed.

I do wish she'd tell me where she hid the mouse I can smell rotting. *sigh*

dglenn: Photo of clouds shaped like an eye and arched eyebrow (sky-eye)

I finally got around to looking at the digital photos I took on Saturday. They're too dark again, but unlike last weekend's photos, in these the sky was still visible before equalization, giving more of a "fooled the meter because the sky was bright" look to them than the mysterious extreme darkness of the previous set. I can't think of what I did any differently this time other than using a different brand of batteries (I changed batteries in the middle of the set of photos I shot last weekend, with similar results after the change, but I used the same brand of battery the whole day). Could it be that I need to learn which brands this camera needs, or is it more likely that some other variable I hadn't noticed is the real culprit? I got better-exposed daylight pics from this canera before this month, so I know it's not a flaw intrinsic to this model of camera.

Anyhow, these photos were easier to batch-correct (or rather, auto-correcting them as a batch produced better results than it did with the last set), but I didn't get to spend as much time shooting so there are fewer of them to pick from. I haven't gotten around to hand-editing any of them yet; I just wanted a quick peek before crashing for the night.

Oh crap. I just thought of another variable. I used a different method to copy these two batches off the camera's CF card than I did with previous photos from this camera. Maybe the software that came with the camera automagically applies some sort of gamma correction during upload? I was just about to delete this batch from the camera, but I think I'll leave them there for now and try copying them with the supplied program later to see whether there's any difference.

dglenn: Photo of clouds shaped like an eye and arched eyebrow (sky-eye)
posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 10:47pm on 2007-05-14 under , ,

Didn't make it to rehearsal -- no ride, which is just as well since this headache hasn't gone away. Tincture of basil helped but not enough and not for long.

I offloaded the pics from the digital camera from yesterday, and every damned frame came out almost entirely black, whether it was shot in shade or sunlight, with or without flash, and regardless of exposure compensation dialed in. WTF? (This camera tends to underexpose night shots, but not this much, and not usually in daylight.) I started tweaking them in GIMP with the levels tool (the histograms were all piled up in the leftmost quarter of the graph in each frame), but then backed out and ran the whole directory through ImageMagick's 'convert' program and told it to equalize every file. The adjusted versions are at least bright enough for the thumbnails to be useful when picking which of the 97 frames to look at more closely; many wound up unuseably grainy after equalization, but some aren't too bad and a few of the grainy ones might be salvageable if I go back to the dark originals and try adjusting them by hand ... or not.

I do not understand what would make the camera screw up like that on every frame. But I'm glad I shot four rolls of film as well as the digital shots. (Er ... that'd be about 110 frames give or take a few, depending on which rolls I got an extra shot on: 24 B&W, 36 Kodachrome, 36 colour print, 16 medium-format slide (I gambled on shooting a roll of Velvia in the Holga).) But I've gotten used to how quickly I have a file to work with from the digicam, so I'm feeling impatient about seeing what's on the film. I don't quite have the energy to go develop the black-and-white tonight, but maybe I should grab a few other rolls and the changing bag and start loading up reels and devloping tanks in case I feel up to pulling out the chemicals tomorrow. The colour pring and slide film will probably have to wait until I have a car again and run up to Charles Village where the lab I go to is.


[Later edit, since if two people in a row misread this entry the same way, maybe I wasn't as clear as I thought I was in the second paragraph: the extremely dark pictures were the 97 from the digital camera. I haven't seen any of the film yet, but I said I was glad I'd shot film as well because I'm counting on that to come back with fewer surprises ... when I finally manage to get it developed. I used four different film cameras, so if one of those glitched as well, I should still have usable pics from the other three.]

dglenn: Me in kilt and poofy shirt, facing away, playing acoustic guitar behind head (cyhmn)

I'm exhausted to the point where it cannot be accurately described without the use of expletives. Here's the really short version of how my day went.

I did not get enough sleep.

Rides wound up working out, some last-minute, others nearly so.

The weather sortakinda cooperated ... -ish ... though not especially comfortably. I did switch from bass to guitar for the third set at MTT because the sky was spitting. The second day of MTT was cancelled due to the weather forecast.

The new dead batteries I put into a camera to replace the old dead batteries ... annoyed me by being dead. (In all fairness, I don't remember how long those unopened blister-packages had been in my camera bag. But it was frustrating.)

In Greenbelt we had a really good audience.

In the very first tune of the first set of the first half of the Greenbelt concert, I broke a string (one of the Elixirs, on the 12-string). At intermission I discovered I had run out of that size.

Partway through the first half of the show, the jump ring on my big pewter cross parted, sending the cross and last year's Pennsic medallion clattering to the floor. I'm counting this as technically being a wardrobe malfunction. :-P (What, me a tease?)

So now I'm back at home, planning to fall asleep shortly. I may describe the day in more detail later. Or not. Good day, but a long day, especially on so little sleep.

dglenn: Me in poufy shirt, kilt, and Darth Vader mask, playing a bouzouki (vader)
posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 03:54pm on 2007-04-12 under , ,

I did not get a call telling me to come to the courthouse at 14:00. I did get a call just before 15:30 from the prosecutor telling me that the guy who totaled my car had been found guilty and sentenced to sixty days in jail, the maximum sentence for what he was charged with.

She also said that the photos I took, which I gave her a copy of on CD last month and which she printed out and introduced as evidence this afternoon, were a major factor in convincing the judge to impose the maximum penalty. Apparently they were the difference between "okay, some cars got damaged," and "wow, those cars are crushed".

So even though my presence was not required today, I feel like I did my part.

dglenn: Medium-hair silver tabby (Perrine) yawning (smallyawn)

So here's the video I was trying to turn into an animated LJ icon:

... and the animated LJ icon I've managed to create from it so far [Embedded YouTube video, followed by a tiny animated GIF] )

The icon version is smaller than the full 100x100 pixels allowed, with fewer frames than I would have liked for a smooth animation, and I had to trim a lot of frames before and after the yawn so it loses the "oh, just a picture of a cat -- wait, it's moving" effect at the start and turns into one of those annoying constant-motion images. If I can figure out how to set different delay times for different frames, I'll try to put the long pause back in at the start that way. [Thanks, [livejournal.com profile] redaxe.]

So I guess the image embedded in this entry is subject to improvement and may no longer match this text if I'm successful. And, uh, if any of y'all with real Photoshop/ImageMagick/GIMP/etc. chops wanna show off how much better at this you are than I am, I'll happily make the original 3GP file or the separated JPEG frames available for you to play with -- all the more so if you think you can describe what you do well enough for me to learn from.

dglenn: Lego-ish figure in blue dress, with beard and breasts, holding sword and electric guitar (lego-blue)
posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 10:40am on 2007-02-25 under , , ,

Yes, I'm finally getting around to posting photos from Tuesday night's hit-and-run. Here's my car (all of these photos link to Flickr pages with larger sizes available):

2007-02-20 Hit And Run:  Accord (1) 2007-02-20 Hit And Run:  Accord (2) 2007-02-20 Hit And Run:  Accord (3)

The photo I took before my test-drive (not included here, because the daylight photos came out so much better) has the broken-off part of the wheel cover up and the remaining part down -- so it looks like the upper half of my wheel got smacked at least as hard as my fender. So the handling problems I observed are really unsurprising. I'm nearly certain that the alignment is out; I just have to hope that there's nothing more serious than that as well (folks have suggested lost wheel weights or a bent wheel -- if that means a bent rim, then I'm figuring those probably aren't any more serious than needing a front end alignment). I was told informally by the person I spoke to at my insurance company that on a seventeen year old car, if there's any suspension or steering damage, the car will be totalled. Which was what I had already guessed. It just doesn't take very much to total a car this old, no matter how nicely it ran beforehand.

Damage to other cars... )

Finally, here's the car that did all this damage. Around the time I finished talking to the police, I heard that the car had been located not far away. So when I took my test drive to evaluate the damage to my car, I stopped there to take some photos. That was where I found out that the car had been taken by the (if I'm remembering the relationships and who was who correctly) owner's daughter's boyfriend. I overheard the police saying something about how it "wasn't stolen" because the ignition was intact (someone later clarified that as the distinction between "theft" and "unauthorized use" of a vehicle ... lawyer friends, have I understood that correctly?); the owner was calling it stolen, saying that the boyfriend had swiped the keys; I heard that in the driver's statement to the police he claimed to have been given permission to borrow the car (but, uh, what else would you expect him to say about that[**]?). I'm waiting to hear from the owner's insurance company whether they're going to cover the damage to my car and my neighbours' cars, or treat it as a stolen-car situation and kick it all back to be covered as uninsured-motorist claims.

As you can see, it was the driver's side doors, not the front bumper, that slammed into the Miata. So the driver must have somehow gotten it moving at an impressive speed up Lombard St. sideways. We didn't hear a skid before the thump, and the road didn't seem that wet when we were standing around waiting for the police (and the remaining ice was on the sidewalks and in the eastbound parking lane, not in the travel lanes or behind the Miata), but it was raining and the street was at least a little wet. I've no idea how fast the car had to have been moving.

2007-02-20 Hit And Run:  Malibu (1) more damage to the striking car, including bullet holes ... )

A thought expressed several times that night: it's a wonder he didn't kill anybody. It's lucky nobody was hurt.

Looking for a silver lining to all this: I got to meet more of my neighbours and got email addresses for a couple of them. And, well, I got a story to tell (not that my life has any shortage of those!).


[*] Our best guess as to how the broken glass wound up inside the Miata is this: while the crumple zones fore and aft were crumpling, the passenger compartment probably flexed and then sprung back. It probably flexed enough to make a gap between the convertible roof and the tops of the windows, through which the broken glass flying from the other car entered. After the impact, when everything that was going to rebound had rebounded, the passenger compartment was again closed up as it had been before, but with glass from the other car inside. Does ayone who know more about automobile crashes care to comment on how likely this hypothesis sounds?

[**] For that matter, what could you expect the owner to say, assuming she knows how her insurance works, other than that the car was stolen? Although I've got a pretty strong gut feeling as to whether the (unlicensed, IIRC) driver had permission to use the car, I'll play it safe and just describe this as a "he-said-she-said" situation until the police and/or the courts and/or the insurance company figure it out with more certainty.

dglenn: Me in kilt and poofy shirt, facing away, playing acoustic guitar behind head (Default)
posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:26am on 2006-12-28 under ,

"They thought the Hasselblad was some sort of trick camera because they couldn't find a display screen. They wouldn't believe it wasn't a digital camera." -- Rex Dupain (described in the article as "one of Australia's most celebrated photographers"), son of photographer Max Dupain, describing being hassled by authorities who confiscated his [film] camera and threatened him with arrest for currently-still-legal photography on a beach, quoted in an article in The Australian by D.D. McNicoll 2006-12-09.

Another, less amusing quote from Mr. Dupain, in the same article: "Lifeguards and the police are taking the law into their own hands and they regard anyone with a camera as a potential pervert. We sit at home and watch the close-up of people's lives on disturbing television reality shows but someone taking pictures at the beach is seen as a threat. Our days as a free society are completely over."

dglenn: Spaceship superimposed on a whirling vortex (departure)
posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 09:16pm on 2006-07-04 under

There's a photo I want. I can more or less see it, but to capture it I will need:

  • Much less hazy weather
  • A fisheye lens
  • An extension ladder
a year from now. Two of those things I may be able to borrow; the other is somewhat more difficult to arrange.

Hmm. Come to think of it, considering how I'd want to display that photo if I can get it, a large-format camera may be a good idea as well.

dglenn: Photo of clouds shaped like an eye and arched eyebrow (sky-eye)
posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 03:54am on 2005-12-09 under ,

We have snow. It's not deep yet, but it's enough for a proper white blanket, covering the street, not just the sidewalks and parked cars. In the wee hours, with little moving but snowplows and salt trucks, it's peaceful and pretty. In the morning, shovelling it off the sidewalk will be a little annoying, but I won't have to drive in it (snow's not too bad by itself but other drivers, some by stupidity or inexperience and others merely by impatience and grumpiness, often make it so), and I choose to heed the tranquil beauty now and put off thinking of the morrow's work to clear it until the time to step outside and do it has arrived. With luck, the salt and sand will have been adequate and local drivers will have all gotten their remembering-that-the-does-this-every-year freakout over with on Monday night, and rush hour will proceed smoothly; but this day, that's somebody else's problem.

[Edit: Television news quoted a former plow driver who said that although this isn't a lot of snow, it's unusually slippery ("the worst he's ever seen"), so local folks please take that into account. (Simultaneously consider local television news tendency toward fearmongering, of course.) Looks like the "if" at the end of the next paragraph will be moot, unless things clear up really quickly once the snow stops falling.]

I did get out of the house today to take care of several small errands. Not my most critical ones, but a couple of time-sensitive ones and a few easy ones. I was pretty tired afterwards, feeling like my energy had been nickled-and-dimed away on a series of small stops. Everything I really wanted out of the way to feel ready to hole up if other drivers freak out or we get more snow than predicted got done. If the city stays sane and we only get the few inches forecast, then I can see whether I've got the energy to tackle one or two important things, or run off to visit family or go see [livejournal.com profile] anniemal. I'm prepared either way.

I'd planned to write a lot during the day, not just leave my quote-of-the-day entry to say it all, but my attentions and energies needed to be elsewhere. Perhaps hot cocoa and LiveJournal will make a snow-day afternoon agenda. Maybe.

In the meantime, here, admire a cicada (35K Jpeg) )

Music:: the blessed near-silence of snow on empty streets
Mood:: 'serene' serene
dglenn: Photo of clouds shaped like an eye and arched eyebrow (sky-eye)
posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 10:01pm on 2005-12-01 under , ,

Half a month ago, I wrote about the ivy covering the wall of a vacant house behind mine turning bright autumn colours. Well I finally got around to pulling photos off my phone... )

It doesn't really bear enlarging any from this size, alas, so y'all aren't getting the full effect. (But I don't think the phone was ever really meant to capture a lot of detail at a distance anyhow.)


State of d'Glenn: Unwell. Not sure whether this is the fibromyalgia, migraine, or both playing tag using my body as a playground. (A lot like a nasty flu minus the fever, all the snot-related symptoms, and four fifths of the nausea. Weak, trembly, exhausted, joints & muscles ache, dizzy. Add hyperacute hearing, and sharp noises -- regardless of volume -- being very painful. Stir, and chill. The result is how I feel.) Plans for tonight postponed. Hoping for sleep.

Mood:: 'exhausted' exhausted
dglenn: Me in kilt and poofy shirt, facing away, playing acoustic guitar behind head (Default)
posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 09:39pm on 2005-07-28 under ,
Among the rolls of film from my freezer that I've gotten processed recently (I've still got a lot of exposed film left to get developed, dating back to 2001) was the one from a couple Balticons ago that included this slide I shot of a very patient person's unusual eye:
Niftycool Eye, thumbnail

a closer view of the iris (670x672 pixels, ~74KB) )

I've got friends whose eyes have radial stripes, but I don't recall seeing a pattern like this on anyone else. I think it's pretty. Which is why I asked for permission to stick a macro lens in her face.
dglenn: Me in kilt and poofy shirt, facing away, playing acoustic guitar behind head (Default)
posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:25am on 2005-07-26 under ,

"It's been well documented that true B&W is the only valid contemporary method of photographic expression. In time automated cell phones shall take over the world and photography shall be little more than a dial tone in history. Color film is the work of the Devil." -- Shel Belinkoff, 2005-07-25 on the Pentax-Discuss Mailing List

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