Exercise – November 14, 2008

Took a long walk today, 5+ miles. No issues with the “cold” weather clothing today as it was in the 70’s. Noticed towards the end that the side of my left heel was hurting. It was a forming blister but I couldn’t figure out what was causing it. The right foot was fine and the shoes didn’t appear to be the cause. I think it was something about the seam in the sock and pressure, or rubbing, from the shoe. /shrug

The socks are special running socks designed to eliminate that sort of thing. Never had a problem before, but these are my new shoes. Guess we’ll just see how things go.

November 14, 2008

November 14, 2008


Exercise – November 12, 2008

Got my new shoes and took them out for a spin. They felt good. These are a bit more stable and rigid than my previous pair. It’s starting to cool off around here so I’m having trouble figuring out exactly what to wear. The sweatpants are fine but the sweatshirt is too much and the t-shirt is too little. Might need to get a light jacket or maybe just some long sleeved t-shirt thing.

I really like the synthetic stuff I’ve picked up at the running store though. I’m a firm believer in the base-layer clothing. At $20-$40 a pop though … yeesh.

November 12, 2008

November 12, 2008

More pitchers

I got my rolls of black and white film back yesterday so I’ve added a few more shots to my photo album over at Smugmug. It’s interesting to see the amount of grain that is visible in these pictures. It’s 400 iso film. I’m pretty pleased with these shots. They have that ‘neat’ factor.

Instead of dropping them into the album in some order based on when and where they were taken, I grouped the black and whites at the end.


Desk Accessories

What’s on your desk?

I might need a larger desk.

I might need a larger desk.

The Election

I don’t care for politics. It bores or annoys me depending on my mood. I haven’t voted in many years since I believe an uninformed vote is just as bad if not worse than not voting at all.

This year was a bit different. I got my little California voters packet explaining all the propositions on the ballot and decided to make some informed choices at the polls. But I didn’t get a chance. Apparently, when you fill out all that paperwork at the DMV for your new car registration, or new license, or ‘change of address’ and you check the box that says, “Would you like to register to vote with this information?”, it doesn’t actually register you to vote. Who knew?

I wasn’t too worried or broken up about it. California is such a heavy blue state I figured I was safe anyway. I didn’t even bother watching the returns on TV or on the web as the polls started to close. But I did have my own indicator of who won.

At about 8:30 last night the whole town around me started screaming. People poured into the streets, cars were honking, bands started playing. That went on for about an hour and had a little encore around 3am when the bars let out. I assumed that Obama won but got up to check the ‘net just in case.

Exercise – November 3, 2008

Ok, back to this exercise nonsense. I figure after a week of walking all over London and Paris that I should keep up the momentum back home. I’m going to order some new shoes this week. Gonna try the Brooks Beast.

November 3, 2008

November 3, 2008


Ok, I have the main set of pictures uploaded from my trip to London and Paris. I’m waiting on 2 rolls of black and white to come back later this week. These photos were taken with either my Nikon N2000 SLR or the camera in my Blackberry 8320.

Taking the film camera was a great experience but I think I’m fully ready to commit to a nice DSLR now. It’s good to learn on a film camera since you’re really forced to think about the shot before taking it, but there are just so many more advantages to digital. I’ve also been waiting for the DSLRs to get a bit more sophisticated. Time to save those pennies.

I lost a roll of color film. I think it had some shots from our last day in Paris. I remember taking some pictures from Montmartre and then I took some long exposures on Halloween when I got home. I think the roll never caught on the sprocket. When I took 24 exposures, I rewound the film but it didn’t do anything. When I opened the case it was fully rewound. Oh well. Just another reason to go all digital.

I was surprised that as many shots came out as well as they did. All of the low-light shots I had written off as a loss, especially the ones from the Catacombs and the sewers. Most of those were film shots and either handheld for a short 1 second exposure or on a tripod for 4-5 seconds. I’m a little impressed with myself.

You can find the link to my photos over at the right as MrBitter’s Photos or go directly to the gallery here.