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Three Months

Well, I’ve been off for three months. I guess I’m back? I have gotten tired of languishing in debt and self pity as my resume finds its way into wastebaskets around America so I’m getting ready to try and start my own photo business. I’d really love to be able to do something I really enjoy as a job, I feel like I can get behind taking pretty pictures. I really don’t know what happened to the podcast. Both me and Anthony have felt kind of crappy the last few months, and it kind of went by the wayside. I have some wonderful new pictures and some fairly nice miniatures to post, and a litany of problems with the world, so all of that will be coming back up soon.

Back in the Saddle

Ok so I’ve been a bad author lately. I haven’t done any work here on the blog. I’ve just had the lovely experience of hypomania, where in I started a bunch of projects, shot off my mouth a little too often, and subsequently slipped back into the normal depression I live with. Tons of fun. However, in that time, I did actually do so easy awesome things. First, I took a motorcycle class at the Community College in Kansas City. I went originally to be supportive of my friend Anthony who wanted to learn and get a second vehicle for his one car household that needs to be a two car household. After the first night of instruction, I was a little unclear on how you ride and not die. Saturday morning when  we first got on the school’s learning bikes, I was terrified. However, once we actually started riding around, I changed my tune.

It is so. Fun.

It’s not really different, in kinesthetic knowledge, from riding a bicycle, which I’ve done my whole life. The first thing I did to get healthy again a couple of years ago was to get a bicycle to take the 3 miles into work each morning on campus. The motorcycle is just that feeling but way way faster. Which is awesome. It’s extremely liberating and terrifying at the same time. You experience the speed a day the mechanical workings of your vehicle in a much more direct fashion compared to driving your car. There is no framing, no detachment from the situation around you, as well as no safety net. By the end of the class I was really bummed about not actually having the money to get a bike of my own instead of just doing a neat enrichment activity to do over the weekend.

Second, what I did have money for was a new camera lens. I got a fixed length Nikon DX 35mm for portraits and event shooting. I love it. It goes all the way down to f1.8, which makes for awesome for lowlight shots and a very nice, razor thin depth of field. I took it out and shot some stuff downtown because it was a beautiful weekend. I’ll add those photos and some of Anthony on his new bike later this week.

Third, we will be starting a podcast! Me and Anthony will actually start work this week on putting together a 15 to 20 minute podcast where in we will talk about a subject and generally make fun of each other. We will do our absolute best to avoid politics and offer some interesting insights and advice into assorted hobby related ventures, including photo, motorcycles, gaming, painting, or whatever else we feel like talking about.

Fourth, I had the good fortune to go see this year’s Luna Fest that came to town to benefit the GaDuGi Safecenter here in Lawrence. GaDuGi is another wonderful non-profit organization that provides crisis counseling and other support for victims of sexual violence and abuse. The films were all very good, I especially enjoyed the documentary that followed a young woman with Tourette syndrome, since I always love media that promotes awareness and acceptance of mental health problems.

A quick update of what’s been happening and what’s to come. I have a decent amount of work done on my Infinity models, so in addition  to some landscape photos and the upcoming podcast, look forward to some miniature photography and our impressions of the game.

State of Women’s Media Report

State of Women’s Media Report

Also, here, lets take a moment to look at the statistics for this year, since we are on a kick about women and media giants tonight.

How To Undermine A Rape Victim 101

So I realize that I’m posting and reposting some pretty heavy stuff, but I’m a heavy kind of guy. If I hadn’t bought the wrong kind of steel wool, you’d have some light painting photos to break up this stuff about how to be a decent human being, but this is a good post, and goes over some important stuff that reflects what has been on my mind. Visit this article, visit this blog, it’s good stuff.

The Belle Jar

Trigger warning for talk of rape 

Preface the victim’s open letter about the sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of her father with a statement saying that he deserves the presumption of innocence. Always approach situations like this with the thought that the victim might be lying; remind yourself and others that the burden of proof is on her.

Insist on referring to the victim as the rapist’s “adopted daughter,” as if that mitigates what he has done. Using subtle language cues like this, imply that though it might be rape, it’s not really incest because the the rapist is not the victim’s biological father. Pretend that adoptive parents somehow feel differently about their children than biological parents do.

Like the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, insist on your ability to differentiate between an artist and their art. As a spokesperson for the organization said, “The…

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Macro Photos

So This is honestly why I wanted this camera. I really love painting miniatures. That’s like a thing I’m kind of good at and I’m extremely confident in it. I really wanted to be able to showcase the work that I do and maybe get some people interested in having me paint for them. It’s probably not as lucrative as the Neuroscience that I know, the other thing that I’m sure I’m good at, but I tend to have a lot more fun painting and making stuff. So.

What I have learned, is that I am not equipped yet to actually get good pictures of these. The focal length of the lens i have isn’t quite there, I can’t get the whole miniature in focus at one time. The moon picture is one of like 15, and they were all worse then that one. I don’t know what I’m doing wrong there. Well here is some stuff! I’ve been sick and I have been back at work so I have been shooting less, but I’ll do my best to keep updates coming!

The Time is Now

Couple of things. This weekend should theoretically be our first meeting of the Regal Gaming RPG Society, but the person who volunteered to be the first GM will be away, so it’s likely we will either take the opurtunity to play a larger board game or push our meeting time back another week.

In other news, my D3100 came in the mail! Get ready to see a bunch of shitty pictures appear in this space in the near future until I get to the point that I’m sort of an OK photographer. I’ll be taking pictures at our games and out and about in town, possible on any trips.

I sat and I thought about game design for a good while last Saturday. The level of complication that I was contemplating for our first run at a game might be a little much. Josh sent me to MegaMek to try out classic BattleTech and hoo-doggie, there is a ton, *ton* of stuff going on in there. Even with all of the complex rules, it still comes out with a slightly off experience (the whole move or die aspect I found a little off putting and strategically limiting) so more complicated is clearly not better. Garrett is insistent on making a more casual game, something in the realm of 1 hour play times, so this skirmish game idea will have to go on the back burner for a while. This sort of puts me back in a mindset of a card game/role assignment game, we will see.