June 21st, 2004

Ceci n'est pas une personne.

(no subject)

When will I learn to pick up gloves when I'm at Home Depot? I see all the wonderful power tools and get totally distracted.

From all the gardening over the weekend, my hands are covered with splinters, scrapes, cuts, and blisters. It actually hurts to type, but not enough to stem my lj addiction.

I gave my Dad his gift. He is hard to shop for. My Mom on the other hand, bird houses, bird feeders, gardening tools, etc. Very easy. MyDad, all I could think of was that or one of those IR thermometers, where you can measure the temperature of something 15 feet away. I figure he will get a lot more use out of the laser level than a thermometer.
Ceci n'est pas une personne.

(no subject)

I wish I could photograph people. Maybe I just need practice, who I suspect it is a mind set issue. Like goldfischegirl, (when she was still shooting) synapsepi, and when she borrowed my camera perpetualfog was amazing.

I think I'm pretty good at landscapes, architecture, basicly anything non-human. They seem to be able to capture the emotion and personality of a person. That and I always feel funny photographing people. Especially people I don't feel I have a close bond with. I feel very intrusive. I have never been good at street photography for this reason.

I buy books on portraiture and the like, but they tend to be technical. I need advice, instruction, help on attainning the right mind set for photographing people. My lack of progress in this area is really starting to irritate me. Any suggestions?

Since I'm on a photo thread... Another thing that I am noticing, and this concerns Burning Man, and specifically Gigsville, is how Gigsville is very anti-cameras. I agree with the feeling that when you are taking pictures you are a spectator, not a participant, and I love the idea of Gigsville being a media free zone. But I find my memmories, which I highly value, of the events are fading. More and more I wish we had closed off Gigsville for a bit, and took pictures for an organized group year book. Something like your High School Yearbook, where people could volunteer to have them, their art, and some of the events photographed. The pictures would be put online in a private fashion like Splat does. People could ask to have images removed. And then the remaining best pictures could be compiled, and printed out for people to buy just like the gigcards, and the following year they could take the books around to have signed (or burned, or laughed at, or pissed on, orcut up to make decopages(sp?), painted over, wallpapered on the Skynyrd Shack, etc). Maybe it's a bad idea, but I really want to think of good ways to preserve the memories and good times. Making new memories are good, but you can never replace the old.
Ceci n'est pas une personne.

(no subject)

WTF? Some perl weirdness...

I wrote a script to back up the individual MySQL databases on my server.

Basicly it looks for any directories in /var/lib/mysql that are not "." or "..". It assumes the direcory names will match the DB names (which works so far).

It then does a while loop through the names (I have also tried a foreach loop). And for each directory it runs mysqldump. When I did test runs with just printing what it should do, it loops through perfectly. But if I either do and "exec" or use "open" to run mysqldump, it acts weird. Basicly it does it dumps the first db successfully and then exits the loop like if there was a "return(0)" being issued, but there isn't. The mysqldump is ending prperly, or it would trigger the die statement, but if I put a print after the dump, it never prints.

Any idea what is going wrong?

Collapse )
Ceci n'est pas une personne.

(no subject)

First off, let me just say, I LOVE WiFi!!!

That said, there is one aspect that concerns me as more and more placed get free public WiFi. Some cities are trying to offer it. Texas will now offer it at all it's rest stops. Some businesses offer it.

So, what happens when hackers, script kiddies, people engaged in child porn, etc start using the public free wifi? Once on they are anonymous, and there is no way to track them down. There is one identifying thing on the computer, which is the MAC address, which can be changed at will.

As much as I love WiFi (especially free WiFi), I really think there are some issues that need to be addressed before anyone can use it in a willy-nilly fashion.