Telephoto Fun

Dale Ghent | July 28, 2008

This past weekend the X crew and I went up to Adventure Sports Center International’s artificial whitewater course, near the Wisp Ski Resort in western Maryland.

We had a lot of fun and I brought along my new Canon lens, the 70-200mm 2.8L, to see what I could do with it:

Full image set

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I need to start pranking again

Dale Ghent | July 18, 2008

Posting these for posterity:

Time Magazine – When Your Name Isn’t Yours
Wired – Burners Sweat Over Package Prank

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DOA iPods suck

Dale Ghent | March 11, 2008

I accidentally left my trusty 3rd gen 40GB iPod on the plane when I arrived in San Francisco yesterday, so I headed to the Apple Store around the corner from my hotel in downtown SF to treat myself to a new 160GB iPod Classic. I happily bought a silver one, and headed back to the office to christen it and put some music on it.

Apparently I got a lemon :(
Mar 11 15:27:47 cobalt kernel[0]: disk3s2: I/O error.
Mar 11 15:27:47 cobalt kernel[0]:
Mar 11 15:28:14: --- last message repeated 1 time ---
Mar 11 15:28:14 cobalt kernel[0]: disk3s2: I/O error.
Mar 11 15:28:14 cobalt kernel[0]:
Mar 11 15:28:34: --- last message repeated 1 time ---

… and on and on… eventually after spending 2 hours syncing only 47 songs (out of 940) did iTunes figure something was wrong and proceeded to beach ball.

Time to see how easy it will be to exchange this one.

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End of an era, onward to a new one

Dale Ghent | December 8, 2007

With a bit of sadness, yesterday marked my last day of work at UMBC where I spent the past 3½ years learning lots of new things. It’s where I developed my deep interest in mass storage and furthered my Solaris knowledge even more, where I delved into kernel programming by participating in the OpenAFS project.

I learned a lot about people there, too, and how different sectors of the IT industry just have sometime inexplicably different mindsets about how to do things. Coming from the .com world to the .edu world was a bit of a whiplash event for me then having grown up around profit-based and customer service-centric organizations. I know I did leave UMBC with some lasting friendships and deeper appreciation skill sets in other people that I gave barely a thought to before.

Onward and upward, I transition to my new job and re-enter the .com world. On Monday, I start with Salesforce.com and will focus on storage (and Solaris) there. It’s an exciting opportunity for me and I’m sure I’ll be immersed in the technology and tasks I enjoy. I’ll work with a top-notch team in helping to keep SFDC at the forefront if its industry. Good times ahead!

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Happy birthday, Mr. Yuck

Dale Ghent | March 21, 2006

You’re 35 years old today.

This is nuts

Dale Ghent | December 27, 2005

So a few nights ago I tended to my long-ignored resume on monster.com. It has been inactive for at least a year so I updated it with a few things and made it active (searchable by employers) again. Since then, I’ve clocked no fewer than 3 phone calls and/or emails a day… even on Christmas day I received email inquiries regarding my availability. It does seem that the job market is still very much viable for those with more than 6 or 7 years’ experience.

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Ireland pictures from 1999 trip

Dale Ghent | September 19, 2005

As I mentioned in my previous post, I have completed scanning all the negatives I could find from mine and Jacki’s trip to Ireland in August of 1999. I know that I took way more pictures than what I could find negatives for… in fact, the negatives I found convered only one day of shooting!

Considering that I was really bad and stored these negatives haphazardly over the course of 6 years and 5 moves, I guess I learned my lesson and the missing negatives are either lost or were accidentally thrown out somehow. Maybe Jacki can find her prints and I can scan those instead. Who knows.

Anyway, I posted what I scanned to my gallery. Here they are!

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Scanner goodness

Dale Ghent | September 17, 2005

I finally went out and bought a flatbed scanner today. The model I got is a Canon LiDE 500F, a fairly recent one which includes a 35mm film scanner and was a pretty decent deal, clocking in at $129 at the local CompUSA.

The main impetus behind buying this is to start scanning and archiving the cover art of my ~900 music CDs, but since this came with a film scanner, I’m now scanning in the 35mm negatives from my trip to Ireland with Jacki back in August of 1999. See, even though I took the pictures, Jacki ended up with the prints and I got the negatives and I haven’t seen much of those prints, ever… so now I’ll get to see these pictures I took thanks to this nifty scanner from Canon.

Oh, and it likes MacOS X 10.4, too.

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UPDATED: Places I’ve been.

Dale Ghent | April 1, 2005

US States:


create your own visited states map

Countries:

create your own visited countries map

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Where Have You Been?

Dale Ghent | January 21, 2004

I’ve been to these places:

  • USA
  • Germany (West)
  • Switzerland
  • The Netherlands
  • Lichtenstein
  • Austria
  • Luxembourg
  • Denmark
  • Norway
  • France
  • Ireland

create your own visited country map

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