Archive for May, 2009

New new toy this time

Posted in Uncategorized on May 29, 2009 by sosideways

So among all the “new” old toys that I had gotten lately, I also got some new stuff.

Czech it.

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Taken with the FT2, 1/8 or 1/15 shutter speed at F2, with a +3 filter on a 50mm F2 Nikon lens.  BW400CN film.

That was a print scan, not the actual negative scan.

Will try to find the right AC adapter for the scanner so I can start scanning negatives.

New old gear Pt 2

Posted in Uncategorized on May 28, 2009 by sosideways

So my “new” lenses finally got here yesterday, and man, they’re b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l!!

The 50mm F1.4 is pretty much immaculate and brand new looking.

The 24mm F2.8 is pretty damn clean too, but has a small ding on the filter ring.  Nothing a phone book, a wooden rod and a BFH can’t fix!

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New old gear

Posted in Uncategorized on May 18, 2009 by sosideways

So my buddy Eric bought a lot of camera gear.  A lot, as in, a box of stuff, but I guess it had a lot of stuff in there, so…  yeah  hahahaha

Anyway, in it, was a Nikon Nikkormat FT2, with a 50mm f2 lens on it.

He knew I was in the market for some old gear, because if you had read about my rant here, then you would know that I’m not particularly fond of the auto stuff for cameras, which drove me back to the good ol’ 35mm old school stuffs.

So I got the camera from Eric, and here it is.

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It didn’t come with a strap, I bought that strap off of ebay last week.

It was old school and matched the era that the camera was from, so I had to have it.

Just bought a 50mm f1.4 and a 24mm f2.8 lens from ebay.  Can’t wait for those to get here.

Just an eye cup and a case away from having some sweet gear =)

Oh, and whenever my dad gets a digital camera, I’m gonna get his Nikon FM2 as well.

FUCK YEAH!!

Birthday dinner (not mine)

Posted in Food on May 18, 2009 by sosideways

So last Thursday we went out for a surprise dinner for one of my friends.

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Pics of some friends across the table and next to us.

And here’s one of the birthday boy next to Krystal:

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Happy birthday dude!

Here’s my food:

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Tepenyaki shrimp.  So good.

Then we went over to Krystal’s mom’s afterwards and had some crepes.

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More dogs

Posted in Food on May 14, 2009 by sosideways

Yesterday we were in the area of the hotdog stand again, so we went in there and got some different dogs to go.

Krystal got what I had the last time, which was the chili cheese dog w/ the fries on it.

I got what they called the “Yankee Dog”, which has New York onions, Swiss cheese, brown mustard, and a sprinkle of garlic powder on it.

Shit was off the hook.

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Sucks that the buns got all soggy and nasty by the time we got those dogs home.

Next time we’ll eat the hotdogs there while it’s fresh.

Hot(damn)dogs

Posted in Food on May 14, 2009 by sosideways

So like, last week, Krystal and I stopped by our favorite hotdog stand in town and got some hotdogs.

Here’s how mine came:

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Fries on a chili cheese dog.

Raw chopped onion, chili, fries, and cheese melted on it.

So fucking good.

Here it is w/ the fries off of it.

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Looks bad, but tastes oh so good.

We upgraded our hotdogs to the 1/4 lb dogs.

Here’s what Krystal got:

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Her’s was just cheese and mushrooms and garlic.

Sounded weird, and I didn’t feel like trying her’s out because mine was so good.

Bubbly Piggy

Posted in Food on May 8, 2009 by sosideways

After the Blue Springs trip, we decided to head into Orlando to have some dinner before heading home for the day.

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Lollicup taro milk tea w/ boba for Krystal and I.  She was chowing down her Chinese BBQ pork rice in the bg there.

Speaking of, here’s a pic of my “char-siu-fan”, aka the BBQ pork rice.

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Fucking good.

I also ordered some clams in black bean sauce because we haven’t eaten from that restaurant in like 2 yrs, and we used to both get a plate of the BBQ pork rice with a plate of the clams.

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The clams had crouching tigers and hidden fees within that pile of shells.

Used to be like $8 for the plate without rice.  Now it’s $13 and comes with an extra bowl of rice.

Highway robbery.

Oh well, it’s not like we eat there once or twice a week like we used to, more like once every 2 yrs it seems,  hahahahaha, so it’s all good.

Creedence Clearwater Revival

Posted in Travels on May 8, 2009 by sosideways

They were an awesome band.

But the point of this post is because I couldn’t think of anything clever for the title  lol

So last weekend, Krystal and I, along with some friends, went to Blue Springs Park in FL to enjoy a day of R and R.

We met up by a Walmart by the interstate and got some supplies, and we were on our way around 9am.  Took about an hour to hour and a half to get there, so I think it was like 10-10:30 by the time we got there to the park.

It was already getting hot, like mid 80’s already.

So my buddy Anthony has told me that he’s gone scuba diving there before, and that the water is 72 degrees all year round.  Doesn’t sound so bad, actually sounds way decent.

That is, until you actually get in the water.

Going from, what is by then, low 90 degree weather, with a body temp of 98.7 degrees, and going into 72 degree water, is quite the shock.  No wonder those dudes that does the crab fishing up in Alaska die when they fall into the water from their crab boats.

Once you’ve been in the water for a few minutes though, you get used to it and it’s quite pleasant.  Until you have to make the next plunge, and get your junk wet.  Pretty sure all the dudes became chics for a few seconds during that little transitional move.

After getting used to it though, it was kinda funny watching other people get in and make the same “HOLY FUCK” exclamations and what not.

Since it was our first time there, we didn’t know what to expect, and thus, we were totally not prepared for the journey ahead of us.

The current was kinda fast and strong.  Strong enough to push you forward even if you’re just trying to stand there and get a hold of your bearings and plan your next step, because the bottom of the river was lined with jagged rocks and fallen logs.  Some of those logs weren’t laying down on their side, but instead were sticking straight up.  Stepping into those would mean serious injuries, and I almost stepped onto one of those.

Where the “entrance” into the stream is, you can either just go downstream, which we did first, and would have been a really relaxing and chill experience if only we had brought with us some tubes to just lay on/in and float down stream, or you could go up stream and end up where the water comes from: an underwater cave.

Here’s what the cave looks like from above:

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That dark slit towards the middle, that’s where the cave is.  Around there, water is about 12 feet deep from the surface to the entrance of the cave, so you can’t stand around there like pretty much everywhere else on that creek.

After some exciting water adventures, we went back to base camp to eat.

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Them burgers and brats were good.

But we weren’t the only ones eying the food.  We had company.

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You may or may not be able to see it, but that’s a huge fucking hawk just chilling on top of that branch, eying our food.

At one point, I was about halfway done with my first burger (I had already had a brat on buns), and that bitch came straight at me.  He got to about 3 feet away from me, and at the last second, called off his air strike.

I fucking made eye contacts with that thing, which had his talons/claws pointed right at me, and I thought I was gonna get my face ripped off of me.  It happened so fast I couldn’t do anything but to just clutch my burger and let out an “OH SHI….”

He went back to that branch after his first strike was a crash and burn.

So after that, I shook it off, and finished my burger.  I then got up and picked up another burger, which was 1 out of 3 burgers sitting on a plate on the table that I was at, and walked over to the other table where the buns and condiments were.

No sooner than I had gotten the burger on the bun, that hawk came down again, and took out the plate with the remaining 2 burgers on it.

He got one, but the other one flipped off of the plate when his claws hit it.

That plate got FUCKED UP.  Didn’t get pics, but just imagine like, Wolverine went ape shit on the plate.  That’s kinda what it looked like.

Overall, it was a fun trip.  Got a little sunburn, but whatever, I am fine now.

Wrong people, wrong job

Posted in Uncategorized on May 1, 2009 by sosideways

Some people have an awesome job, but they suck at it.

Not because they suck at life…  well maybe some do, but generally they just don’t know jack shit about anything related to their job.

One of these is movie critics.

If you’re going to be a movie critic, at least know what you’re talking about before you give like a half a star to a movie because of your stupidity.

Good example is right here:

http://www.cnn.com/2009/SHOWBIZ/Movies/05/01/review.xmen.wolverine/index.html

Seriously.

Going out of his way to talk about Wolverine’s hair for an entire paragraph?

Has this guy even seen or read an X-Men comic book?

Does he even know that there is an X-Men comic book out there?

If I were his editor he’d be looking for a job by now.

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