Accept the stretchy pants.

14 08 2009

This is a potential outfit for warped tour as picked out by my sister. I think it is very nice:

Sexy pants.





The beach trip recap.

14 08 2009

I just got back from Lincoln City, OR. My girlfriend had to go home a day early which was sad, but she left at the right time. My family sort of went crazy and started fighting which was embarrassing.  The trip was a lot of fun, we did the typical stuff: we ate at our favorite pizza place, we went to Mo’s on Siletz Bay, and we made our ritual trip to Newport to shop at the stores on the wharf.

I have a few pictures up on my flickr feed for you to enjoy, but just in case you are quite lazy I will show you my favorites:

Kimmi on the beach access stairs. This was a surprise snap I took with the Canon.

kimmi1

This is a hidden passageway that Girlfriend and I found on one of our walks:

private

This is my attempt to fill up the roll of film in front of Walgreens:

ashlyn

Today (August 14th), I brought my sister to Klamath Falls, OR  to practice with the OIT Hooters soccer team. We had some trouble getting to the right spot, but we arrived there right on time. When we approached the coach he told Ashlyn that they had bumped the practice up to 5 o’clock instead of 6 and that he “should have emailed her”. She was very sad, and I was very angry because it made the trip a lot harder.

Everything worked out in the end. Theresa and Ashlyn played a free game of bowling; Bobby and I had to cheap beers and played a few games of pool, and then we all went to the movies.

We saw “The Collector” which was a gorey and  pretty intense movie from the directory of Saw VI, but more importantly, THERE IS A SAW VI?! Theresa got scared at the end and left, probably because Bobby sneaked around and made her scream in the middle of the theater. It was a pretty typical horror movie.

Tomorrow Ashlyn is getting up at 5 am to practice with the team so this trip won’t have been a huge loss. I hope it goes well and she gets a scholarship!

I would also like to say that I miss my girlfriend right now, and I hope everything works out so that I can go visit her in Pullman in a couple of weeks. It is always sad when we have to go back to school, especially when she has to go back first 😦 I saw one of my professors today who reminded me that my senior project is around the corner. I don’t like being old! Goodnight!





My cat is lousy.

7 08 2009

Last night I went into my room to go to bed after watching some Charlie the Unicorn with the sis. And I noticed a funky smell so I sniffed around until I found a quite obvious stain on my bed from my lovely aging cat. He’s a jerk. He is fixed, but he likes to try and prove his manhood still.

Anyways, I would like to play back the conversation I had with my cat for you 🙂

cat

Because of that darn cat, I had to sleep on this last night:

bed

Which was surprisingly comfortable thanks to my lovely girlfriend who made that blanket for me 🙂





I got some new music, and I almost blew up (unrelated)

7 08 2009

Our new foreign exchange student from Germany (Theresa) emerged from her jet lagged nap tonight after I texted/guilted her into it. And I started to ask her about everything in an attempt to figure out what she’s into. The answer, it turns out, is soccer and parties. Sweet.

When I started asking her about what music she likes (“um… anything I guess”) she remembered that she brought me a CD from Germany. I was super excited! The CD is a punk/alternative band called Beatsteaks, and the CD is their newest studio release. They are quite good and a little bit like Tiger Army. Here is a picture of the album cover:

beatsteaks

I looked them up on Amazon to see if they were actually popular in the States and I was just oblivious. Nope! The cheapest Amazon had the CD for was 30 buckaroonies due to import costs. Anyways I am currently giving them a thorough listening to, and I suggest you use any of the various available means to procure this album! From what I understand, Theresa doesn’t much care for them haha! I am assuming she is a Black Eyed Peas fan though, because they have 2 top 10 hits in Germany right now. I looked!

Oh yeah! Here is my favorite song on the album, please enjoy before the RIAA decides to wave the Ban Hammer.

As for almost dying, I found out that my dad’s old external flash for the Canon would fit on my new Soviet Smena 8m! I hadn’t yet played with the flash, so I dug it out and cracked open the battery compartment, only to find 4 exploded AA batteries. I removed them, and applied vinegar to the contacts to loosen some of the green oxidation. I loaded 4 new batteries and thumbed through the original manual. It explained that the flash was controlled by a 330 volt solid state capacitor.

For those of you who don’t know, in the electrical world, things don’t get much riskier than a 25 year old 330v capacitor. I really wanted a flash though, so I hit the switch and waited. I listened for the high pitched charging noise… there it is SQEEAAALLLOOOOEEEPBLEEeeedodo gone. The smart thing to do would be to discharge the capacitor, but instead I plugged in the 25 year old AC adapter and attempted to get a charge that way. Nothing. Then I got paranoid, so i used the leg of the tripod to press the flash button. Nothing!

I guess I will have to pony up and buy a flash someday, for now, I will just shoot in the day light. Also, I didn’t die. Hurray!

One more thing I must say is that I really really really miss my girlfriend right now. Please wake up and talk to me! I get to see her in less than 2 days which makes me lucky 🙂





New cameras, new plans

6 08 2009

I just microwaved a Stouffer’s Panini and now I am going to tell you that I just purchased 2 new cameras for girlfriend and I. They are LOMO cameras. More importantly than that, they are vintage Soviet Union Smena 8m 35mm cameras. The Soviet Union started manufacturing the 8m cameras for hard working communist peons in the 70’s. Lee Harvey Oswald was rumored to have a smena 2 in his apartment when they raided it. Here is a picture:

Smena 8M

Also, today I found 7 rolls of 35mm film that expired in 2006, so I hope it looks awesome! Be sure to check out the most recent roll of canon shots on my flickr feed. Two days until the beach!

Oh yeah, and our new foreign exchange student Theresa just got here, I will post pictures soon, she seems nice, but I think she is terribly bored right now :s





I just bought this.

5 08 2009

I just bought this because it went on clearance. Not saying I’m ever going to wear it, but the option is there.

Charlie the unicorn fanny pack.

Charlie the unicorn fanny pack.





The upcoming beach trip and adventures with my Canon.

4 08 2009

Every year my family makes a trip to Lincoln City, OR and rents a house. Usually about 20 family members show up and its a ton of fun. This last year has been  rough, due to 2 divorces (both my older sister and older brother ended their marriages).  This doesn’t really bother me too much, but it makes the beach trip more interesting…

I just found out today that my brother (36 – 37 ish) is bringing his new girlfriend Shakira (23) to the beach. This is cool for Kimmi and I (Kimmi is also going) because it adds someone with whom we may have some common interest. I however just wanted to paint my initial impressions of this for you, the reader…

This is what first came to mind:

My family with the Shakira Upgrade

My family with the Shakira Upgrade

Next I kinda freaked out and thought that maybe girlfriend would feel a bit starstruck, so i decided that she might want to wear this:

Kimmi's potential costume

Kimmi's potential costume

This idea is still on the table, but I suppose we will play it by ear.

In other news, I did some research on my Canon FT QL:

The classic Canon FT QL

The classic Canon FT QL

I found a scan of the original manual and learned that i can do manual exposures as long as I want. This makes me smile because now I can do lightning storms and stars! Look forward to those soon! You can see some of my first tests with this camera on my Photostream.

Now I just need to purchase a cable release like girlfriend’s, and a new tripod.

I also did a bunch of reading on what lenses this beast can use and found a fisheye lense for it on ebay going for a pretty easy price. I am hoping to win the bid, so I am not saying how much :). Here is a picture of the lense:

15mm Canon FD

15mm Canon FD

It takes pictures like this:

Something in Bratislava

Something in Bratislava

Ok that is all for now! I am off to bed I think. Goodnight!