Monday, January 05, 2015

psa: what's not in project2015

Last post I wrote about what I wanted in Project2015. This post is about what won't be here. In general, technology. Posts about Linux are a good example of this, as well as reviews of hardware (camera gear, primarily, followed by computers). I have a second blog, Arcane Science Lab, that is specifically for my technology side. If you want to read what I have to say about technology they you should meander over there.

I wrote this post after looking at the statistics on this blog and noticing that folks are still finding my old Linux posts. The last time I wrote about Linux was back in November of 2013. It was about Ubuntu 13.10, among other distributions. Since then I've moved on to 14.04 LTS, and now to 14.10. Ubuntu is my primary (my only, to be honest) Linux distribution. It works well and I know how to tweak it to do exactly what I want in a mere minutes after initial installation. It runs the latest Oracle Java, as well as the latest Android tools (see above), among other applications I care about. It just works for me, and that's all I ask of any operating system, no matter who makes it. It's now 2015, and that includes not just Canonical but Apple and Microsoft, critics and naysayers not withstanding. I have better things to do with my time that write aspersions about any contemporary operating system on any hardware platform.

Sunday, January 04, 2015

what is project2015?

mcdonald's gainesville

I have started a project for 2015 called Project2015. What is Project2015, you ask? Project2015 is one of those projects with very vague goals that just came sneaking in. It's so vague that when it's finished I can declare victory, no matter what, and say that the final results, however they turn out, were what I had in mind all along. Like many government projects it will be successful in spite of itself.

It will consist of (more or less, generally speaking) a post/day, with at least one lead photograph. The lead photograph will have been taken sometime in 2015. This is not to say that this is a 365 project. I tried one of those back in 2012, and it just about drove me crazy trying to come up with something every single friggin' day. So this time I'll have a lead photo that was taken in 2015, with some words wrapped around it like this post.

The posts will actually be something you recognize, such as this old-style McDonald's up in Gainesville Florida (at the Archer exit on I-75). I like this McDonald's because it's really old-school, not like the modern boxes that are now popping up all over the landscape in place of last generation's McDonald's. Even this one is not truly old-school. Walk inside and the interior is reasonably modern in layout and construction. Only the exterior sports the old-style golden arches. As far as I know it's the only one quite like it left in Central Florida.

This should give you some idea of what Project2015 is all about. It's about life as I happen up it in 2015. It's about how people live and work and how the economy is operating (or not) all through 2015. Because I travel in my job to other parts of the country and the world, it'll include photos and commentary from those areas. The majority is expected to come from around Orlando and Central Florida, with smatterings from other locales in Florida, such as Gainesville and Tallahassee. Maybe the Keys and the Space Coast. Perhaps the odd jaunt to Tampa. Who knows.

Project 2015 and This Old Blog are my historical and sociological digital notebook for 2015. I recognize that 2015, for whatever reason, is a historical cusp for my life in particular and American society in general. Large forces are in play now, and they're going to have major effects on life as I know it. This is my personal document of the year that will be known as 2015. I hope you'll find it interesting, and I look forward to comments and criticisms, constructive or otherwise.

Saturday, January 03, 2015



anthropomorphization: noun: attributing human characteristics to something that is nonhuman (like an animal, such as a cat).

We pet owners are a funny breed (non pun intended). We ascribe all sorts of human qualities to our animals. And how can we not, when we see them doing something not just human, but so very child-like? Lulu likes to sleep on the arm of the stuffed chair, with one paw stretched out and around the bottom. Kind of like a kid with a pillow.

What makes this one particularly special is that the light came from the Christmas tree lights. Lulu has an affinity for that tree, more than the other two cats.

Friday, January 02, 2015

things that make you go "hmmm"

best stores for the zombie apocolypse

Seen while driving down Universal Blvd, stopped at the light at the intersection with Sand Lake. It's good to know you can get unlimited light bulbs with your zombie survival gear. You can always be guaranteed your lights will stay lit when the zombies come for your brains. Makes it easier to target the zombies before they get you. And always remember: Rule #2.

Thursday, January 01, 2015

new year, new post

olympus 1.8/17mm

Happy New Year. Just a very quick entry to prove to myself that the one and only post for 2014 (and the last post chronologically) wasn't a fluke. It's also the briefest of outlines for what might be in store for 2015 and beyond.

I've been collecting Olympus gear, specifically OM-D cameras and prime lenses. The one you see above is my last lens acquisition, the M.Zuiko 1.8/17mm. Since that time I've picked up two new camera bodies, a second E-M5 and an E-M10. The photo above was taken with the Panasonic GX1 and the Olympus 45mm.

With the three OM-Ds I have enough bodies to mount all my favorite lenses, and to just roam about taking photos without changing lenses. Sometimes I'll just take one of the bodies with a specific lens and just use it exclusively.

This coming year I intend to start another photo project using just the OM-D bodies (the GX1 was given away, along with the Panasonic 20mm). I want to do something along the lines of Matthew Robertson's 5Kphoto project. There's a link to it at the right, but unfortunately all the photos seem to have disappeared. But perhaps that's actually a good thing. The last thing I need is to use Matthews project as a crutch instead of inspiration, or to unconsciously plagiarise his work.

Regardless I'm going to be posting in two blogs, this one and the Arcane Science Lab. The photo project will be here, while the rest of my bloviating will go to the ASL.

Here's to an interesting 2015.