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I thought I received a request to take photos for a big job, but I later realized it was a 419 scam. This one was pretty convincing for a bit too, so I give them credit for it.

Here are the interactions between me and the 419er in question )

In a way, I'm glad that this was a scam, only because the costs for some of the equipment I needed meant I had to take an early investment and I'd have to live with debts to pay again since I'm really not equipped to do a full-scale video setup yet. Still, I'm impressed that they tried to play me out like this. Offering a job on Black Friday may have been an attempt to see if I was really desperate and thus that much more willing to go along with it. Still, this is just another thing to watch out for when you do business on the internet.

A Cat

Nov. 4th, 2011 12:18 am
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A Cat
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Ugh, the assignment I had today was rough. Late client and then I had to hump as fast as possible into Davis to get a bank account set up. Didn't help that the morning was spent talking to a teacher as well.

I haven't been utilizing Flickr as much as I used to, so I should start trying to get my money's worth again.

This shot was one of the client's cats. I miss petting soft furry animals. I still get to see chipmunks around here, at least. Awesome, racing-stripe-ed chippy munks. Who don't let me pet them. -_-

I'll also add to thank [livejournal.com profile] jocosa for inspiring this spurt of LJ posting on me. I don't know how it works, I just feel... inspired, I guess? I swear, at this rate, I might as well have joined in NaNoWriMo.

Actually, speaking of that, I was given a few ideas for novels that came to me as I was talking with one of my buds that I know would make for interesting stories but need some preliminary research on my part to get away with first. All in due time, I suppose. I seriously need to get off my butt and start abusing the six pounder again, too.


Also, music has been a major theme these days (maybe that's why my synergy is rushing up so much), have some technopop by two young swedes with ambiguous sexuality.

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Lot of news out there about the Nikon 1, and I'm not too impressed.

Well, okay, it's not just the camera that bores me, but the articles. Reading through another archive of articles from SonyAlphaRumors, and it seems that people's defense against Nikon is by comparing it to the NEX-7, which is a camera that I'm waiting for but is also nowhere NEAR what a Nikon 1 is in terms of what it was built for.

The NEX-7 is basically a step-up from the NEX-3/5 series, which were introduced and marketed as a camera for people who wanted to step up from the point-and-shoot style of cameras. Once they realized that people who bought their cameras also bought them because they doubled as decent rangefinder-style cameras, they took it a step up and made the NEX-7 to appeal to rangefinder enthusiasts.

Comparatively, the Nikon-1 is of a different nature. Its trump card over Samsung's NX series, Sony's NEX series, Olympus' m4/3, and Pentax's Q series is that it fires as fast as 30FPS. This is not so much for action shots as it is to dumb-down the shooting process for newbies, as it offers to take as many photos as possible and the camera chooses the best out of the group. This is not what rangefinder shooters would find that useful to begin with.

So far from what I've noticed, it seems to be an interesting trend in how they're going about with this and niches are getting established as a result.

Pentax Q - Size. Perhaps in time it'll also include the 110 legacy.
m4/3 - First, and thus, most established (the "Canon" of the ILC world in a way)
Sony NEX - Largest, with potential to go full-frame in the future
Nikon - Speed

Competition is always a good thing though, since it keeps prices down, and Sony's boon for me has been that they've kept prices of their bodies relatively cheap with respect to features, so all the better to appreciate!
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VERSUS


An escaped convict, a group of mobsters, a forest that leads to the gate of hell, and zombies. Plenty of zombies.

Bringing the grindhouse out of Japan, the film still manages to capture some great visuals that come from shooting in the woods. There is a missing level of creativity that I thought could be found in the film, but it has some great fight scenes and tries to hit as many bad cliches as possible. This isn't to say it's bad: if you're a grindhouse fan, this is actually a great movie to add to your collection. Personally, I was kind of nonplussed towards the film, but I can understand why this is a cult film to begin with.


TROUBLESHOOTER


An ex-cop gone freelance suddenly finds himself part of a huge frameup operation where he is used as the primer for a bigger operation. Who can he trust? What can he do?

The film has its entertaining moments for sheer sake of stunts, and the plot has a layering to it that does seem complicated (perhaps even too complicated for this kind of film), but it seems to be laced with too little dimension for my liking and too much camp. The protagonist is somewhere between daring and goofy, while some of the people portrayed in the film run themselves as too stupid, while villainous characters seem to become too obvious coupled with an ending that feels less like a climatic fight and more like a schoolroom brawl.

The one thing I did find amusing about this film is that it was directed by someone who worked under the director of THE UNJUST. Perhaps more amusing is that one of the scenes was revealed to be filmed a few blocks away from where his mentor was filming that movie.


YAKUZA WEAPON


The yakuza of ages past has changed quite a bit for an exiled son of a yakuza syndicate. When his father is killed by a geeky businessman with an obsession for his tsundere love interest, he returns to settle the score and soon finds himself de-limbed. The government takes him and replaces his arm with a minigun and his leg with a rocket launcher. The story makes less sense along the way.

As the trailer suggests, it's based on a manga that has been followed faithfully based on the late manga creator's son. The film is so over-the-top crazy from the beginning to the end that it is hilariously funny. From the AK-47 toting bar owner who serves melon soda and ketchup spaghetti, to the aforementioned love interest that greets the main character with a pair of uzis, to the antagonist's obsession with her in a school uniform? One of the more amazing feats includes a 15 minute fight scene that is best seen to be believed. Again, another good choice for the grindhouse fan.


THE CHASER


A cynical detective gone pimp is having issues finding out where his prostitutes are going. When he catches a random person who manages to have something from one of his previous women, he inadvertently admits that he is a serial murderer of women. Between the protagonist's inability to accept him as a killer, and the police's attempt to convict the man of the crime, there is one of his last whores whom he sent the killer's way and her fate...

A film set along the longest night possible, the bleakness of the film is set to ugly tungsten lamps and underlit corridors to provide the beauty of its gritty bleakness and even when the longest night ends, the day is equally greasy and colorless. The acting from the prostitute's daughter is second-to-none, but the rest of the film is downright genius. I would add this one as one to view unless you can't handle the grisliness of this topic (I'll add that it was inspired by a serial killer who was murdering young women in Korea a few years ago).


BATTLEFIELD HEROES


War breaks out between two sides of Korean kingdoms over the insults of foppish nobles. As a result, a group of soldiers conscripted from their farms are brought to battle an impenetrable fortress. Between them, the Chinese forces allied to the attackers try to find the strongest way to get through as the Koreans who fight with them try to find ways to make them waste time and delay the assault by trying to find solutions that put the Chinese in the way of hurting themselves. Between this, one of the farmers-turned soldiers turns from soldier to hero along the way.

There's a lot of strange things going on with this film. During the after film party, the director admitted it was a criticism on Imperialism and his disdain over it and reminded viewers that it was researched on an actual event in Korean history. How much of it is true is anyone's guess, but between the raunchy comedy of songs about rice, catapults filled with animals, and the generally dimwitted nature of the soldiers and the nobles that instigated this fight; the chicanery inherent in the political side is strangely concise through the feigned stupidity. There is a very real reminder of how diplomacy works in the film that seems subtly veiled through the winks and gestures that makes this a film to think over. Wasn't a fan of the ending, but I would watch it again if it was on TV.



VERDICT!!
Out of all the films I saw, I guess I would have to say that China's fare came out on top. Ocean Heaven and Buddha Mountain are just so good at touching me that I couldn't accept any other film, and Punished was just a solid production from beginning to end. That's not to disregard some of the gems I've seen along the way, such as Milocrurze's unconventional film style that made me think it was nothing short of amazing, while the Thai film BKO was entertaining in the action and conceptual scenes despite some of the worst acting I've seen in a long while.

So in a top 5, I suppose I would rank them:

1. Ocean Heaven
2. Buddha Mountain
3. Milocrurze
4. Punished
5. Haunters

The strange thing about this though is that I am rating them for entirely different things each. Also, although I know The Chaser is going to be redone for the states, I can see Ocean Heaven and Haunters also getting the same treatment, the former for an academy award, the latter just to fill out someone's wet dream of becoming the next summer blockbuster star.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled blogram.
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http://www.ferryhalim.com/orisinal/g3/bells.htm

Winter Bells is the cutest flash game I have ever tried. And it's cute in a fashionable way, not an explode-in-your-face way.
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HAUNTERS


A child is born with the ability to control people's minds and goes through the city stealing money to get by. While people have yet to realize his invisible reign over mankind, a well-meaning but hard luck worker who seems to be the only one immune to his powers. One botched robbery suddenly becomes a fight around the city between two people born with uncanny gifts.

With all the makings of a Hollywood blockbuster film, Haunters stood out as something I would have seen paired up right against a Michael Bay film. The action is fantastic and frantic and while the acting isn't believable, it never dips into awful (although quite a bit of comic relief is thrown in between the seriousness of the film). Expect Hollywood to remake this film and, if not, then get it on DVD.

THE UNJUST


What I found most fascinating about this film was how it was done by the same guy who created the underrated Dachimawa Lee. Hard and edgy, it centers on a captain of the police squad who never had the connections or privileges to gain the promotions he deserves. His purity to the job is contrasted to his coworkers who have taken drug money and his brother-in-law who takes money from places where he shouldn't. When he is offered the chance to cover up the death of a headlined serial murderer in place of a promotion, he tentatively takes up the action, and begins the crazy spiral upward against a corrupt DA who he unintentionally stirred up.

I didn't expect such a serious film to come out from this director to be honest, but the somber acting, gritty visuals, and the overall plot made this a great tale of morality worth the money I paid in theater. This is not a film that pulls any punches, and the further you go into the film, the more you get this tightened "Tell-Tale Heart" feel to the story the further you go in. Definitely recommend seeing it.

OCEAN HEAVEN


A single father of an autistic adult finds out he has cancer and tries to commit suicide with the boy he loves. Unable to do so, the father tries to find a way to make sure his son will live on without him as he slowly reaches death.

If I was to describe this film in one sentence, I would say it was film about love. This was not only one of Jet Li's few films where he does no martial arts, but it's where he plays a character that seems so unlike what you'd expect. As the father, you can see the frustration he works away from as he tries to get his son to learn and the unending love he gives him along the way. His neighbor, a woman approaching middle age and a shopkeeper, admires his love for his son and tries to find a way into his life to replace the wife he lost. His boss is a hard-nosed man who understands his condition and wants him to retire and scolds him when his son does bad things, but always with a slight tone of regret. It may be too rosy a picture to feel like something you know, but it feels like a community that knows and cares for this man.

Jet Li only took a dollar to do this role and it's easy to understand why. Aside from working in-line with one of his foundations, this film is to Jet Li what "Bridges of Madison County" was to Clint Eastwood. It's so different from what you expect and he's so convincing at it that I loved the film and all the actors in it. This is a definite DVD buy for me.

REIGN OF ASSASSINS


A famous assassin steals part of a body that contains the secret to a greater martial art. Wanting to escape her past, she changes her face and lives on as a humble clothing merchant. Along the way, she marries a well-intentioned goof as her old guild hunts for her and the macguffin while bearing their own doubts over their own continued existence with the guild.

Reign of Assassins strikes me as something a bit more story-oriented than most martial arts films I've seen. It has a bit of that Jackie Chan goofiness to it and a fair amount of backstory behind the villains that humanizes us to them. I can't help but think that the intended audience were family, and I was surprised at the ending's unconventional finish, but I genuinely enjoyed it beginning to end.

One more set of films and then a wrap up!
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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] deathpixie at Signal Boost: Return of the DDoS
For those wanting to know more about the recent DDoS attacks, yes, it looks like it was the Russian government trying to shut down the dissidents again.

As I said last time, while it's frustrating not to have access, LJ is a lot more than a social network platform. From the article:

"LiveJournal isn’t just a social network. It’s also a platform for organizing civic action. Dozens of network projects and groups mobilize people to solve specific problems — from defending the rights of political prisoners to saving endangered historic architecture in Moscow."

So while I know many are considering the move over to Dreamwidth and other such sites, supporting LJ is a way we can help support those who use it for more than a writing/roleplaying/social venue.


Also, as a FYI, LJ is giving paid users effected by the outage two weeks of paid time as compensation.


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SHAOLIN


It was interesting to note that this film is actually getting a release in the states. It was a sold out show, although I think it was out of the sake of exclusiveness more than the actual content of the film.

Andy Lau stars as a warlord who falls out of favor and tries to redeem himself as a monk to the same temple that he harassed in the past. His growth as a character is charming and the film even includes Jackie Chan as a wisecracking but cowardly cook who is afraid of fighting and going outside of the temple grounds. That said, the film starts to drag itself once it goes into the brunt of the story about the second-in-command he raised into ruthlessness and his attempt to pacify him. At this point, I start losing interest and the film begins to drag despite some amusing scenes with Jackie and some of the other masters of the temple.


NINJA KIDS!!!


If Harry Potter was a ninja... well I guess it wouldn't be like this film. Still, set as a platform film to introduce the world to a whole set of actors, Ninja Kids!!! has the distinction of being directed by Takashi Miike. That said, the film had its set of cute moments, and moments where it made no damn sense.

Okay, yes, it's a kid's movie so it should make no sense, but what got to me was the continuous addition of new characters out of nowhere for the sake of being there. You would have something happen and suddenly a new cast member would pop out. This happened every five minutes, without lending any real attempt to desire interest in them as a result. Still, that said, the production values were pretty decent, although the cinematography struck me as lazy and there really was nothing there to ground me into the film between the toilet humor gags and overall tired comic delivery.


BUDDHA MOUNTAIN


Like kids of a Kerouac generation, three young adults with no ambition eventually find themselves renting a home from an angry middle aged woman. Their curiosity finds that she has been living in the shadow of her dead son and they begin to understand each other as a result.

I read a review that said this was pretty much Different Strokes in China, but I have no clue. I will say that Sylvia Chang as the distraught middle aged woman is excellent (although if you check her resume, you'll understand why she is so good) but even so, the acting throughout still stands out--not to spoil, but the young woman in the role shows off great range when she spooks a bunch of bullies.

Cinematography seems to come from a low budget camera that can not hide the intense beauty of the mountainous regions of China as they hop trains and the gritty neon glint of the city that is jagged. Definitely would watch again and even buy the DVD.


ABRAXAS
*No video because it's too indie* :(

Fun fact: this film was shot at Fukushita prefercture. That's right, the one that had reactor failures thanks to the tsunami.

The film centers on a monk whose past as a punk rocker has left him. Not to say that his wild side is there anymore, but the film centers on his eccentricity as he copes with a mental illness that scratches into his ears every so often and tries to find a different path to peace in resolving himself and his condition. The work is slow, but the pace is thoughtful in each step. While I normally hate character study films, this one was actually watchable, in my opinion.


The Recipe


A serial killer was captured and as he was executed, his final plea was to eat dengjang, a particular dengjang. With that lead, a reporter tries to find the story behind the dengjang and its importance and the magical properties that led to its creation and the mystery behind its creator.

It starts good, it gets entertaining and mysterious by the halfway mark, and then when the third arc hits, it PLODS in a third story explaining everything, and I mean EVERYTHING. If it wasn't a story about love, I would say the movie would have been great just for being so mysterious and unique. As it is, it is a muddled mess I couldn't recommend to anyone.


Osamu Tezuka's Buddha


You would think that an animated tale inspired by a manga about the life of Buddha would be pretty tame, but it's not. Questioning the ideas of class identity and morality, Osamu Tezuka's Buddha is fairly violent as it centers around the people directly and indirectly influenced by his actions as he is born and into his teenage years. It seems that much more misleading considering the almost Disney-like personality the film shows.

I'm not big on preachy films and this one seems to be one soapbox too high for my liking, especially when it is done to melodramatic performances that may as well have been given the Matrix-effect for slowing down like that. As a result, not a fan. Manga fans of the adaptation may feel differently about this and probably think it's the greatest thing since sliced bread, though.


At this point, I was halfway through the festival, but I don't think I saw that much more. Part 3 will continue!
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So yeah, I'm a big fan of the NYAFF simply because it exposes me to new stuff that includes the schlocky and visceral betwixt the dramatic and poignant. I love it to say the least and while I had some I liked more than others, I figure I might as well expose my verdict on the films I saw. Be warned, I saw over two-thirds of their fare for this year.

SELL OUT


Something of a joke to individuality, mingling a musical with a social commentary on our modern Idiocracy. Sell Out centers between a struggling reporter who is trying to succeed in her career and a free-spirited inventor who does not want to cannibalize the purity of his creation for the sake of success. There is a romance between the two as one-sided as the rest and a few songs in-between that gave me a snicker, from the female reporter's dislike of the inventor's romantic advances (the NO song seen in the preview), to the song between the two old executives about whether it is okay to have their ass kissed or not.

While it was the cynicism that made me laugh, some of the songs were nice. Not good enough to make me want the soundtrack, but it was amusing enough to make me consider seeing it again on a bored weekend. Acting struck me as overall average (from the cast list, it seems that most of them were not too experienced to begin with though), although the CEOs deserved a genuine mention for being so humorous.

MILOCRORZE: A LOVE STORY

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What if you took a group of short skits in the vein of Kentucky Fried Movie, set it to the theme of love, and made it the skits vary based on the time of day like a TV program schedule? Milocrorze is just that. Starting as a children's tale of a boy who lived in a fantasy house who falls in love and out of favor with a woman named Milocrorze, the program changes to an advice column from an aggressive dancing gigolo, to a samurai period drama that does not know whether it is modern or Meiji era.

Aside from boasting some nice production values and some genuinely humorous acting among the deadpan to the exaggerated, it also boasts what is one of the most fantastic swordfight scenes to be seen as you watch a man tear from room to room in slow-to-fast-to-slow motion between an endless army of yakuza. This alone makes the film worth seeing, but the humor is also a treat. I would definitely watch this again and would do it eagerly.

BKO: Bangkok KnockOut


Did you see Ong Bak? This is another film in its vein. A family of stunt performers get the golden ticket to work under an American film producer, not knowing that it actually signed them up for a life or death fight gambling for their life. It's corny, the plot makes no sense, the film quality and loud colors looks like it was straight out of a 90's sitcom: yeah, you're basically watching it for stunts.

The stunts in it are good though, and some of the scenes have a beauty to them that has to be seen to be really appreciated. Like Ong Bak, it's hard for me to describe some of the fight setups beyond being unreal; the best one that could give you an idea of what kind of craziness is to be expected is two guys fighting under a moving 18 wheeler.

Still, doesn't beat Merantau's visuals and the laundry pole stab which will be forever my favorite move in a film.


PUNISHED


Man... what DIDN'T I like about this film? It was a revenge film that followed the cliche you'd expect of these films, but the acting and the film work was so perfect that I love it. There's a few stray bullets in the plot that also caught me off-guard and made me think it was a better film just for catching me that way. Definitely worth a watch and out of the five I listed in this group, the strongest of them.

More films to come!
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What not to do if you're shooting a concert from the pit.
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For some reason, I can not remember my Smugmug password.

Ugh, yeah, if you missed it because I didn’t mention it: I invested in a pro SmugMug account. I don’t really know why, seeing as how I’ve had no interested parties for prints and the like, but I’ve been shopping around for a place that has a well-integrated storage service that will let me sell prints whilst getting a cut and it was the best established. I’d complain about losing money, but from my current estimates, it costs me as much as what I was paying earlier this year off my credit card. To be honest, I know why I’m doing this: it’s because I’ve received questions before about getting copies of prints and getting a proper commission for them. Before, I would simply shuck it off to Shutterfly and deduct some payment to comp for shipping fees, but nowadays it’s a bit different.

I already shipped off the damaged lens, so I’ll probably get an update by the end of next week since that’s how these things normally work. Hopefully it won’t take too long to replace a pair of rubber bands and undent a lens tube. It has been making me think of investing in a new lens as well, but I’m still unsure about what to get that would be an appropriate compensation. I’ve been eyeballing 20mm Sigmas for awhile, but always backing off because I kept missing the best price on them and for the life of me, I can’t justify paying more yet for a short lens, although that should change come November. It’s either that, or a 70-200mm, which does cover a whole set of ranges that my current lenses don’t fit into. The closest I have is the 135mm, which is long enough to offer a comfortable range for most things, but is just too specific at times when I’m in a fixed position, like when I’m covering runway models.

Now, there is an alternative to this: I have a Minolta beercan that I got on the cheap. The beercan is a 70-210 f4 that is infamous for being indestructible, sharp, and near-macro. With my current camera, it’d be perfect, but I don’t have a Sony model that can fit with it. With rumors of an A77 coming around, I might buy into one so I can use it as the alternative as I attempt to wait for that fullframe. It’s kind of silly though, since my main goal is to get a fullframe dslr and Sony’s next fullframe is my biggest goal, which should be coming around by the end of this year based on their sales trends. In short: I need a 70-200mm lens regardless. Sigh.

My solace for this week is that I bought a vacuum and some triscuits off of Amazon. What makes it good is that triscuits on Amazon are a little cheaper and I’ve been wanting a hand vacuum for almost an entire year. The family in general could use one, in fact.
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I'm not a pure local from New Orleans, but I lived there long enough to remember this demented commercial. It is so freaking surreal, and that it ends with them selling chicken is hilarious. They're something of local celebrities, like Cowboy Mouth or the 514 Boys.

Then there was one before that that I just found out about that is even more demented.



There's a lot of meme potential to be had here with the slurring Special Man, but I guess this is meant to be one of New Orleans' little secrets.
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Yeah, I saw The Trachtenberg Family Slideshow Players at a premiere. Very small private show, lots of interesting new music, so this was a bit of a surprise on my end.

Those of my FB know that I just covered a concert where Toad the Wet Sprocket played around here. It was quite a trip, and I'll explain it as soon as I put up my token shot of the night. All I will share right now is that I am really tired right now and there are few things that are keeping me capable.



This is one of them. I don't know the full comic timing of this, only that I die laughing every time I watch this.
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I took a bunch of photos of a WFMU event post-fundraiser and put up photos of it, reveling in the naughty silliness normally expected from guys who have these "punishments" on themselves for making so much money.

Not much else to say beyond what was already said, aside from the fact that I had fun but I also might have a cold.
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Two sold out concerts in two days and lots of decent results. I get such a joy out of seeing my concert photos put up and finding complete strangers liking the sets I put up.

Saturday was Terminal 5, which had me pitted against a huge rave mob that was fairly cooperative. It was genuinely fun for me.

Sunday was a house concert for my favorite fingerstyle busker, Glenn Roth. Sad to say, his crowds are still small, but I keep hoping for him since I think he's very underrated with respect to what he does. One of my musician friends says that he's kind of like a "musician's musician," where you don't really appreciate his talent unless you play to begin with.

I also lost my phone and MP3 player that day, finally forcing me to activate the Droid I had stowed away for this purpose. I had my contacts backed up, but not my notes. And no, I haven't heard back anything about what happened to my phone or my music player. I swear, 80% of the people who ride NJ Transit are scrubs.

Anyway, Wednesday night was Bowery Ballroom to see Noah and the Whale and the warm-up act Apex Manor. Great music, and I had a lot of good shots since Bowery's a well-lit setup.

Today: Seven Second Delay live, post-WFMU marathon where I see the creator of Monk get his nipple pierced and an interview with Jon Lovitz! No, I'm not getting paid for this trip, but I don't care because this promises to be good!
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I know I sure as hell have been waiting for this series, although I also no longer have HBO. I will be willing to buy episodes online if they do offer the chance though, and it would be the only time I would make that exception.

If you're not familiar with Martin's epic book series, think of it as a well-written medieval drama with light fantasy elements and all the messed up stuff you'd expect in some of Shakespeare's most infamous works. What fantastic elements there are don't get in the way of the story, and it's more about iron men in a dark age corrupted by human nature and uncurable from deus ex machinas.
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The beat to this song keeps coming back to me.



It's almost as bad as Superchunk's "Cadmium." And by "bad," I mean "addictive."
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Between the snow and everything else, I'll also say that the next few weeks promise to be busier than ever for me. I'm actually enjoying this this time. I'm doing something I actually enjoy rather than feel like I'm actively hawking something in an awkward style of photography.

I've gotten kind of sick doing the studio-lit thing. I started photography because I have a love for spontaneous photography, but these events would usually have me asking people to pose, where people would show these ridiculously ungenuine smiles and expressions that would never happen in real life. It's the sort of thing I can tolerate in rare instances, but doing it repeatedly just stopped being amusing. Now I use the flash mostly for infrared work, like I wanted to begin with.

Still want to get some fast wide primes though.
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I stayed up until 2:30, because caffeine does that to you. Good thing I had 12 hours of sleep or else there'd be keyboard marks on my forehead.



Last night shows were awesome and worthwhile hearing, but it doesn't change the fact that I only added even more work for me to deal with once I get home. I still barely even touched the collection associated with this photo.
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