Cerebral Gibberish

What's on my mind, might just blow yours.

Vacation Time

Posted by heymoe on September 21st, 2008

Vacation Time

I’ve worked for that same company for almost 10 years and over the years I’ve accumulated a lot of vacation time that has rolled over each year. So earlier this year the company implemented a new rollover policy which will allow an employee to rollover 30 days of vacation time into 2009 and then 2 weeks each year after. Well by the end of the year I will have accumulated 72 days of vacation so that means I need to use 42 of those days before the end of the year. Yeah, I know.. Poor me.. I’m sure a lot of people would like to has this problem.

Any ways, I really hate to have to be out of the office for over half of the work days left in the year but the company is currently leaving me no other option. They are basically telling me I can use them or loose. I’m not saying I’m without fault on this either. I knew I could only carry over 30 days into next year but never got around to taking any time. Oh well. Now I need to figure out what I’m going to do with all this free time for the rest of the year. Yeah, Yeah, poor me again.. hehe

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Me in Manga

Posted by heymoe on September 15th, 2008

So if I was a Japanese Manga character, this is what I think I would look like. Click HERE if you want to make your own Manga portrait.

Me in Manga
Don’t I look cute? 🙂 hehe

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EEK! Spiders!

Posted by heymoe on September 14th, 2008

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The little lady on the left (Neoscona Crucifera aka. Hentz’s Orbweaver Spider) has been camping out on my back deck for the last few weeks. I actually ran into another one of these while doing some yard work today. She was very cooperative allowing me to setup two strobes and my camera on tripod with its lens a couple of inches from her. I ran into the little lady on the right (Argiope Aurantia (Black-and-Yellow Argiope) aka. Garden / Writing Spider) while visiting Pullen Park again last Saturday.

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My First Gallery Showing

Posted by heymoe on September 7th, 2008

My Photo for the 50 Photographers, 50 Images Show

This is my photo which is on display at Crocker’s Mark Gallery as part of the “50 Photographers, 50 Images” show which runs from September 5th – 30th. I missed opening night since I was in Lafayette LA. for work. I really wished I could have been there (sigh..).

Any ways, this is my first photo to be on display in a gallery and even though it was not picked for any awards by the judges, I’m really excited about it. Who knows, maybe I’ll get “discovered” and it will jump start a new career for me. So if you’re downtown, check it out. Heck, I still need to go see it myself so lets carpool. 🙂

The photo was taken inside the “Levity III” Luminaria by Architects of Air that was setup at the Art on the Edge event downtown Raleigh last month. I highly recommend going inside any of their Luminarias if you get a chance.

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The Lafayette Report

Posted by heymoe on September 7th, 2008

Well, my trip to Lafayette, LA. was not canceled after all so I flew down there last Thursday. Total travel time including the almost 2 hour layover in Houston, TX. was ~7 hours. Both legs of my trip down there were on the small, 50 seat (1 x 2 seat configuration) Embraer RJ145 jets which really sucks to fly on if you’re taller then around 5’3″ which included me and the NCSU Women’s Volleyball Team that was on the flight with me to Houston.

Any ways, I arrived in Lafayette around 1:30pm and while waiting for my baggage I tried to find a hotel room using the airport kiosk without success. After that I got my rental car and headed to the job site. The drive there was pretty easy and over all the damage from Gustav looked to be pretty minimal on the outside but I’m sure places were still without power and unseen water damage. I didn’t really get much work done on Thursday since the other vendor that was there was still getting the SAN storage and servers they were responsible for up and running so I started to do some research on the blade hardware the company was using and how the networking in the blade chassis worked as well as learn more about how the existing network was setup and how our setup will fit into it.

Around 6pm I decided to try and find a hotel again and this time I got lucky got a room at a local Hilton that had some last minute cancellations. Leaving the customer site around 9pm I headed to the hotel looking forward to some quite relaxation time since I’ve been on the move since 6am. Entering the room I was greeted by the sound of two carpet drying fans and a dehumidifier. When I left to grab some dinner I checked with the front desk to see if I could turn them off but they requested that they be left on so the room could dry out without damage. So being a nice guy I left them running all night which pretty much ruled out any quite time.

Friday was pretty much non-stop 17 hour work day. I didn’t even get a chance to have lunch or dinner and by time I left for the day at 2am, there were no places open to grab some food. I pretty much lived on a cold sausage biscuit that one of the guys had left over in the morning, hand fulls of Coco Puff and some peanut butter on crackers. Saturday I spent about 3 hours tying up some loose ends which left me with about 2 hours to do some site seeing before heading home. I was hopping there would be time for me to take a side trip to see the French Quarter but no such luck.

My flight back was actually more enjoyable since both legs of my trip back were on bigger planes. I arrived back in Raleigh around 11pm and this time was able to enjoy a quite (IE: without fan noise), relaxing evening.

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Travel: Lafayette LA.

Posted by heymoe on September 1st, 2008

You Are Here

Humm.. My company is working on a project for another company located in Lafayette LA.. I’m scheduled to fly out there on Thursday to get the hardware out there configured and placed on network so we can remotely finish the install from Raleigh. Normally I’m all for traveling for the company. In the past it has provided me with opportunities to visit places like Guam, Adak Island, Japan, Hong Kong and Anchorage which I would most likely not visit until sometime in the future (IE: Retirement). So traveling to Lafayette would be yet another opportunity to visit a place I’ve never been before and depending on how fast I get the gear up and running, I could take a side trip to New Orleans and see the French Quarter.

Well that sounds all good and everything but there is a monkey wrench to this plan and its name is Gustav. I’ll find out tomorrow if I get the green light or not. If it is a go, hopefully I’ll be able to book a hotel, car and airline ticket still. I called around on Friday and every hotel within a 50 mile radius of Lafayette was booked. I’m really hoping the trip gets called off and pushed back at least two weeks since I got things to do next week. Here is crossing my fingers.

Note: The “X” in the image is roughly where I will be going.

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2008 Beijing Olympics

Posted by heymoe on August 10th, 2008

2008 Olympics

I’m sure that a lot of people this weekend and in the coming days are going to be glued to the TV watching the different events of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. I know my TV has been tuned to the Olympics just about all this weekend whether I’m actually watching it or as background noise.

I missed the very beginning of the Opening Ceremonies but I must say I was completely amazed by the different performances that I did see. I especially in awe of the movable boxes / character type press performance. The whole time while watching it I was thinking to myself that it must have been hell to program the computer systems and the machinery to make the boxes move up and down like that and then at the end to find out actually people were moving the boxes. I mean WOW! they must have spent months and months of practice to get all the people in sync to do that. Just amazing I tell you. Just as amazing was organizing the share number of performers and having them all be on their marks to form the different patterns on such a grand scale. My hats off to everyone evolved in the opening ceremony and the people of China / Beijing in general for all their hard work. The facilities they have built like the National Stadium (aka: Bird’s Nest) and a National Aquatics Center (aka: Water Cube) for the Olympics are works of art and functional.

Once again like the LHC pictures I posted about a few posts ago, boston.com has posted some amazing photos from the opening ceremonies. Check them out.

GO USA!

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LHC Rap

Posted by heymoe on August 2nd, 2008

As a follow-up to my last post, it’s time to get your rap on and learn about the LHC.

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CERN Rap from Will Barras on Vimeo.

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Geek Pr0n: LHC Pictures

Posted by heymoe on August 2nd, 2008

LHC = Death Star?

Bex sent me a link to an article posted on boston.com about the LHC or Large Hadron Collider which is being built by the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN).

Once operations, thousands of scientists from around the world will have access to the LHC for research. One of the most spoken about research goals for the LHC is the hopes of observing the elusive Higgs Boson which would provide evidence for the Higgs Mechanism which explains how particles gain mass in the Standard Model.

Any ways, click HERE for the pictures (Geek Pr0n). This site has some more information about the LHC as well as a countdown timer until it is activated and this site has even more information including the cool down status.

Personally, after looking at the pictures I think all this information about how the LHC is to be used for research and what not is just a clever cover story. In reality CERN is converting the Earth into the Death Star and the LHC is the big gun 🙂 hehe..

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Tick-Tock: Clockwork Ball

Posted by heymoe on July 29th, 2008

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This past Saturday attended The Clockwork Ball held at Southern Rail. The Clockwork Ball is a bi-monthly Steampunk gathering held in Carrboro/Chapel Hill, NC. area.

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I was not aware of the event until the night before so I pieced together an outfit from what I had available to try and blend in the best I could. Basically I wore black pants, my motorcycle boots, a old stylish looking white shirt with the sleeves rolled up and a oldish looking tie. I thought I had a vest but could not find it. The next gathering is going to be at HELL in Chapel Hill, NC on 9/27/2008. I should have plenty of time to get something better put together for that one.

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Any ways, the ball started at 10pm and went until 2am inside the bar at Southern Rail. It was funny to see the reactions of people who were regulars to the bar coming in and seeing all these people dressed up in victorian / old-fashion clothing. I chatted with some people I knew from Animazement as well as from Flickr and made some new friends as well.

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There were two other photographers there and I teamed up with one of them to setup a multi-strobe lighting setup by combining our gear. We setup the lights next to a rail road track switch and had several people come out and model for us in their costumes. I did learn that I really need more practice at positioning the lights and adjusting their power output and camera settings to get a good exposure. One of the big issues I had with the pictures I took were the hard shadows that the flashes produced on the wall behind the models. I think I know how to fix them but will need to try and reproduce the setup and see if it works.

The ball officially ended at 2am but a bunch of people headed over to the 24/7 Harris Teeter, which from what I was told was the only place in the area that was still open, to grab some food to snack on while chit-chatting out side. I headed home at around 3am and passed out in the bed by 4:30am. Over all a very good night.

More Photos Here (PicLens PicLens Button)

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