Saturday, December 22, 2007


DOGGIE, originally uploaded by Itinerant.


grackle, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Switching on the LAMP

Its been 10 years now, but the best part of working for America Online was working with a whole bunch of like-minded geeks. After AOL, my significant geek moments go uncelebrated with few folk who can appreciate it.

In any case, after I left, I was urged by deep geek friends to switch to Unix. One totally switched over, running clusters in his bedroom. My geek friends felt it was in my best interest.

The deepest Ive gotten with unix is to set up a QA lab and a few web-servers, but otherwise, I didnt use it.

In retrospect, I shoulda - but I wasnt that interested.

Nowadays, LAMP competence is almost mandatory. And unlike 10 years ago, it's ready for primetime, so ....

I'm switching to Unix. For personal use, even.

For a geek, that is a Big Deal.

Yeah, Im still a geek.

Storm front sunrise

Storm front sunrise, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

Winter wildflowers

Winter wildflowers, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

Glowing tower in the golden light

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Today's horrorscope sez:

Put some more effort into your career today, and get ready to do the work you've been putting aside. It's a good idea to assess your current situation and think about whether or not it may be time to set your sights a bit higher. Formulate your plans. Start by organizing a list of your recent accomplishments. -

Hm. That's a good thought.

View Point

View Point, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

Lookout Point

Lookout Point, originally uploaded by Itinerant.


Shake, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

All of a sudden, it's tomorrow

Whenever I get asked if Im a professional photographer, I always hem and haw about it, and never say that I am.

I always wonderd why I would do that. I'd always thought it was because I didnt feel like I was yet a Pro, but now I realize the real reason. I dont WANT to be a Professional Photographer. Or more accurately, I dont want to make a living as a Pro. Never have.

Being a professional photographer is a hard way to make a living, not that far above trying to be a professional writer and that is far harder.

Today, Ive started feeling good about what Im trying do, because I am doing exactly what I want to do, inspired by Gordon Ramsey. In fact, it was watching his "Kitchen Nightmares" series that really crystallized my feelings.

His practical demonstration of his principles of passion, high standards and fundamental business principles have really inspired me.

And with that, Im happy and have started on what Ive wanted to do for the past 15 years. Actually happy, inspite of being short of money. But that's temporary. I only feel scared if Im not doing something.

sad girl on bus

sad girl on bus, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

Rainy in Frisco

Rainy in Frisco, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Brooklyn, NY

Brooklyn, NY, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Requim for a Mac

Requim for a Mac, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

About 2 -3 months after I got it, this Powerbook died.

Except for my old PowerComputing Mac, every Mac Ive personally owned has died on me - this one simply refused to boot. It is one of the reasons I dont belong to the Cult of Mac.

I can fix it, but Im not motivated to do that because A) As a tech, I consider computers disposable, B) Laptops are a BITCH to work on once you get past memory upgrades C) There are 3 possible things wrong with it and one of them costs more than the thing is worth, D) It's time to buy a new Mac. I need an Intel Mac.

I do miss it tho, because Lord, the thing is pretty. Simply gorgeous.

However, when it died and I picked up a near brand-new PC for a HUNDRED BUX off Craigslist, my productivity went through the roof. I simply struggled to process the massive amount of images I shoot with it. Not because it was slow, but because the tools available for the Mac are simply inefficient. Trust me, Im not ill-informed.

There is not one Mac based photographer I know who doesnt have a PC in the corner.

So, as nice as this machine is - it is better off dead.

Bubbles @ Medjools

Bubbles @ Medjools, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

View from Alamo Park

View from Alamo Park, originally uploaded by Itinerant.


Shake, originally uploaded by Itinerant.