I'm in Austin, ostensibly for SXSW, but in reality I've spent most of my time at my friend's house, or at Casa, plugging away at my YC demo. The deadline is this Sunday and there's a lot to be done before I'll feel confident submitting.
So that's why I haven't posted yet this week. I intended to post a video of the talk Jason and I gave, but my camera ran out of batteries early into the talk, so I have no video.
My brother, who I wrote about last year, has been in Afghanistan. He's a soldier in the army. Besides shooting with his gun, he's also been shooting with a camera he brought with him. He posts photos to Facebook on a regular basis, and some of those photos have been really fascinating to look at. With his permission, I've reposted some of them here for you to see:
Luckily for Taylor, my family, and myself, he comes home very soon (although we're not allowed to know when exactly)!
With deadlines over on Sunday, I'll get back to writing next week. Thanks for being patient.
It's supposed to rain every single day once I get back to SF! Thinking about going somewhere else to avoid the rain. But where?
Sarah has illustrated the problem perfectly; waiting for some passive exposure to an outside influence to bring her enlightenment. Dividendium's response illustrates just a fraction of the thoughtful consideration that could be invested in those photos. Take the picture of the soldier hold the child high up on the wall. Before I saw the child's smile, I just saw a soldier pinning some kid high on a wall in what looked like aggressive behavior, and I thought OH NO! Then as my eyes moved up to the perfect grin on the boys face, my entire demeanor changed and I reflected on how many soldiers must be engaged in friendships like this with the local population, and kids that we hear nothing about. How much do these kids play a surrogate family role in the soldiers lives, who are so far from their own families? Those are my deeper reflections...but I think about the trivial as well...the boy is heavily clothed indicating that it might be cold, but he has sandals on...aren't his feet cold? Bottom line is that you change your own mind, your own life, by analyzing the opportunities that others provide you, and then making the valuable bits personal.
The pictures could give you some perspective on your life, and help you see how awesome it already is, compared to how some other people are currently living.
Or they could let you know that even when things get really difficult (like stuff is literally blowing up around you), life still goes on.
So whatever little trifle life is throwing at you at the moment, it's never so bad that you should give up or even skip the fun stuff (beach day, cooking/tea, baby making :).
Guys, please remember to post if you use these codes. They all seem used and no one has commented that they used any of them. Thanks!
Jason mentioned that you killed it (in a good way of course) at, SXSW. I wasn't able to make it since I was at the convention center doing my thing,.
Avoiding the rain in SF? How many times have you used your Ortlieb Flight in the rain? How does it hold up?
Love the photos! Bits of color amongst the starkness, the smile of a child, flowers blooming, "a day at the beach", tending to animals, keeping a baby safe...life goes on.
"yc" is Y Combinator (http://ycombinator.com/). They do seed investing in very early stage startups. And try to get bigger investors (angels and venture capitalists) to make bigger investments later on.
Just curious, how does applying to YC fit into your outside the box lifestyle?
PG and co supposedly do a good job of pimping out their students to VCs and angels. Which might get you more money in the end than bootstrapping. But it seems like you'd be giving up some of your freedom since you'd now have to answer to investors.
I kind of got the impression that you weren't willing to make that trade...freedom for money.
Do you see the YC deal differently?
I spent $1800 on my first high quality camera. I was on the brink of Life Nomadic, and I justified the purchase with two ideas. The first was that I would be seeing a lot of things for the first, and possibly the only, time. Second, the particular camera I bought, an Epson R-D1s, seemed to hold its value well.
It came as a shock to a lot of people how primitive my camera was in many ways. It had no autofocus, no flash, no video recording capabilities, no self timer, and the only thing it could do automatically was light metering. It did that poorly. After each shot it was necessary to thumb a switch, which mechanically reset the spring for the shutter.
I bought a single lens for it, a Nokton 40mm/1.4. It had no zoom, and the aperture was set mechanically by rotating a ring on the lens. The lens was gorgeous. For those who don't know, a 1.4 F-Stop means that the lens is very fast: it lets in a lot of light. The average camera lens is probably around an f/3.5, which lets in only an eighth as much light as mine did. That's how I got amazing low-light pictures like this one.
This post begins a new weekly segment here on Where Pianos Roam. It should mostly happen on Fridays, but may occasionally come out on Saturdays depending on my schedule. Along with "Early On a Sunday Morning" and "The Video of the Week", this marks the third regular instalment that you can expect to find here on WPR. So now, on with the inaugural post of . . .
I spent a day in Huntsville, Alabama earlier this week for a much needed break from Nashville. I brought Oreo and Buttercup along for plenty of "contemplating along the water's edge"-type-of-stuff. Here are some photos . . . Overlooking some Alabama mountains . . . Also this week, I've been hard at work on my website-revamp. I just added the new video page . Here's a screenshot . . . I've also been reading a new book in my rare spare time. It's called "The Thirteenth Tale" by Diane Setterfield, and it's quite good so far. Here's a hazy photo from my screwy little camera . . . I also recently dusted off my Roland JD-800 Synthesizer/keyboard and been playing on it a good bit. It's going to make an appearance in some upcoming shows. Her name is Olive by the way. Finished a new song with her earlier this week as well . . . Well, that's it for now. There'll be more photos next week!!! More, infinitely so, to come . . . -gordo