Thursday, March 22, 2012

So I Wrote This Blog Post Without a Title At First

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The former Samba Room

Long day. One of the RHEL workstations lost its mind, or more specifically, its disk cluster in the middle of a critical application install that's part of a project I'm working on. As a consequence Linux insisted on dropping to a disk repair prompt due to a corrupted superblock. Crap. After a brief poking about I decided what the hell, I'll do a clean re-install. All the critical files and data were on separate physical volumes. Before I re-installed RHEL I physically detached the drives. Then I spent the rest of the afternoon between meetings and re-installing RHEL 6.2. By the time I left it was back up and running with the accounts in place. I'll finish re-attaching and mounting the data volumes in the morning.

It was 6pm by the time I left the office. Rather than go home and cook supper I punted. I stopped by Whole Foods to pick up some fresh fruit, then Chipotle for a couple of burrito bowls and than I headed home. Along that circuitous route I passed the former Samba Room on Sandlake and took a look at what's happened to it since it went belly up last summer.

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Interior reworking in the rounded section (above upper left)

Somebody's finally going in and refurbishing the place. The original building design is certainly distinctive and it's in a prime location in the Publix shopping center there on Sand Lake. I suspect it'll become another club, since there's already about a half dozen clubs and bars all up and down Sand lake between Apopka and International Drive. It'll be interesting to see what it reopens as.

Everything taken with the Olympus E-P2 and the Panasonic 14mm wide open at f/2.5 right before sundown, where there was plenty of warm sunlight. In post I dialed the highlights back -100 to pull as much detail as possible out of the highlights. On the upper photos I actually dialed down the color back a bit by setting vibrance to -50. On the bottom photo I got cute with a Lightroom preset, Yesteryear 2. Blacks were dialed back -75 to deepen the shadows in the back of the room.

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