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January 17, 2011

Speed Things Up

Monday. The alarm at six, back to sleep for perhaps twenty minutes before coming back to consciousness. Heavy fog outside, more so than I've seen so far these last many months, my head less foggy than my current surroundings. So good, we're awake, we're mobile: to breakfast and the papers and back, sitting her now just after eight, nothing coming up this week but my guitar lesson on Wednesday. I was able to get in my practice yesterday, the head was clear in the evening after my little “event” and I was able to do my scales, riff's and chords. Enough to count as a day's practice. Best not to miss, otherwise what am I doing with this?

Work to do on the photographs I took yesterday, get them out to Ms L, hope they're halfway close of what was wanted. I'm afraid I need to take a lighting class. I don't think I'm willing to do the homework to learn on my own. I have the books and such, but a class would be better to get it going. Kick me off. I'm taking two Photoshop classes in the next few weeks, might as well include lights if such can be found.

Later. An hour or so on the photographs, some time on the guitar and then a walk in the local area along the lake taking along the 70 - 300mm lens for further “testing”. I put it in quotes as testing has a fairly rigorous definition and my walking about taking the occasional picture doesn't fall under any of its dictions. But we persevere. I suspect the lens is sharp enough if it's in focus. The problem is getting it in focus. Soft, darker days don't do it, the auto focus works better in brighter light. Having a stroke of good luck with the shot is better yet.

Still getting the odd double vision stuff, not too pronounced, but definitely double. The dry foul metal mouth made a brief appearance earlier, a glass of water and a tooth brushing ensued, whether that made it go away or not is debatable. Back now at noon thinking another bus downtown later, but later, not now.

More work on the pictures, I think, maybe try reloading the Roxio DVD software that seems to have screwed up the system so badly the first time I tried it. The computer, for the first time since I can remember, didn't freeze up within the first half hour and require rebooting this morning. A good sign? Might the Roxio software also load without issues? Are we getting too far out on the computer edge for even thinking of doing these things? Probably. In this new computer world.

Later. So, the Roxio software loaded, but wouldn't create a readable set of files. So it's gone. Same problem as before. We'll try an earlier version. I just need something to burn a DVD, I don't need all the additional crap they've included in this particular package. We'll persevere. We'll get it done. (Hup! Hup!)

Another one of the ocular migraine events in the late afternoon, clearing up after six. Not good. Proceeded again by a nasty dry mouth. I'll call that ocular neurologist tomorrow, speed things up.

The photograph was taken of a portion of a float at the San Francisco 2008 Cherry Blossom Festival Parade with a Nikon D2Xs mounted with a 70 - 200mm f 2.8 Nikkor VR lens.