Sunday, November 25, 2012

The First Portrait Photograph Ever Made

On a sunny day in October, Robert Cornelius set up his camera in the back of his father’s gas lamp-importing business on Chestnut Street in Center City, Philadelphia. After removing the lens cap, he sprinted into the frame, where he sat for more than a minute before covering up the lens. The picture he produced that day was the first photographic self-portrait. It is also widely considered the first successful photographic portrait of a human being. [...] the words written on the back of the self-portrait, in Cornelius’ own hand, said it all: “The first light Picture ever taken. 1839.” The photo is now a part of the Library of Congress’ Daguerreotype collection.

Friday, November 23, 2012


Ew. Carol season has officially begun. Time to avoid public places and hunker down until Christmas.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Bad news

Wow, it's been a day for bad news. I'm most likely getting surpassed at work, and my aunt's dying and my sister has to move her to hospice and make funeral arrangements. Oy. :(

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Personal update

I've been busy, but mostly good. My mom is in the hospital for bipolar disorder, so that has kept my sister and I busy lately taking care of things, but this week things are calming down and I plan to go camping at Lothlorien this weekend, which should be fun. :)

Friday, September 07, 2012


All these calls today to release orders, and never a call to release the Kraken! + sigh +

Thursday, August 09, 2012

Gun Control? Dream On. | The Nation

Gun Control? Dream On. | The Nation

"Of course, your average gun enthusiast is hardly tomorrow’s Holmes or Loughner or Page—you have to be mentally ill to commit mass murder—but without a gun, it’s difficult to kill and injure a whole crowd of people, no matter how much you’d like to. Gun advocates have devoted a great deal of ingenuity to trying to discredit this elementary point. And to the extent that gun-control supporters have become depressed and discouraged, they have succeeded."

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

2012.05.09 Mood Journal

Today I'm doing OK. I’m a bit down from breaking up with Nivagi, and my back has painfully seized up twice lately, worse than it’s been in a long, long while. However, I did just have a fantastic time in Chicago visiting my friend Behu for her birthday, and this week should be pretty quiet until I go with Anfo, Jero, and Mars to see Avengers on Thursday. woot!

I have a feeling I’m going to be depressed about the Nivagi breakup for a while. I think it was the best thing to do, and I’m sure she does, too, but it’s difficult for me. We dated for almost four years, and it’s a difficult for me for me to let go. I really should have broken up with her when she started dating Tojo, but since we still had a lot of good times since then, I’m still glad I didn’t.

I’m considering going back to school. I’ve been saying for years that I should go back and “brush up” my programming skills – it’s been ten years since I worked as a software engineer – but it was never a good time to do it “right now.” However, Mars is fed up with things at work and is planning to go back, and studying CS with Mars would be frankly awesome.

Now’s also the perfect time because with the breakups with Nivagi and Trmo, I have six more free days a month – almost a week. If I’m going to start something time-consuming like school, I should do it now before my schedule calcifies into something new and I “don’t have time” again. I really should contact Ivy Tech myself soon and see what they’d recommend. With luck work will pay for it.

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