Monthly Archives: June 2010

…And the eyes have it? Photos and Vegas

I wrote a blog post about Flickr and I highlighted my friend’s Photography. That also got me to thinking about the photos I take. I really don’t concentrate on the composition, or the lighting, I really just try to capture them as my eyes see it. I think I sometimes “luck” into pretty awesome shots. In fact, my chosen piece of photography equipment is more often my camera phone. Which is the only thing I used while I was in Las Vegas. All 500 + pictures.

Why? Because I always have it with me and within seconds I can post it to the web. I used to be quite concerned with getting the shot “just right”. I said I didn’t ‘have the eye’ for photography. The more photos I snapped, they better they seem to get.

That’s what really is important when you’re talking about photos its really just sharing what you see in your world, from day to day. Sometimes, its the great shot of a building you see everyday, or a cloud as your speeding through your world. You just have to be present, pick up your camera of choice and snap your community. It only takes a second. It’s your vision you’re sharing.

Here are a couple of the pictures I took in Vegas.

If you want to see the entire trip in photos: Check out my Vegas Stream on Flickr. Just click this photo!


Ooh. That’s going to leave a mark.

So recently I joined a gym.

The spending of money on a regular basis it a great motivator.

So I actually went to the gym today. I worked out. Much like High School the gym is a rather interesting place. I guess what I first noticed was the lack of judgment.  It wasn’t that people weren’t looking around, but everyone has their own agenda, they’re there for their own reasons. (You’ve got to be impressed I used each of those correctly) The only real mishap was that I didn’t know how the machine (The elliptical) worked. So I asked. The guy didn’t out and out laugh at me, but I’m sure he told someone else, cause I would have.

All in all, the first day wasn’t too bad. I know what I have to work on, and I really surprised myself in my ability. Two miles in 30 minutes. Lots and lots of sweat, which was pretty gross. But it’s a good beginning. I just have to make myself go on a regular basis.

Like I said, spending money is a great motivator. We’ll see how I feel tomorrow.

Spring 2010 – In the books

Today was my last final in my Spring Term, you have all heard me bellyache about this term and it has been difficult to manage, but I wanted to share with you the highs and the lows of this term.


Lets start with the biggest roller coaster. This class has been most taxing for me. It hasn’t been easy for me and right now, before the final grades are posted, I have 93% and I’m waiting on the final exam. If I get a 168/200 or better on the final, another math A is in my future. (I’m really holding my breath) I really appreciate the teacher though, his enthusiasm for math is astounding. Even when I was stressed out, I really found that the way he presented the information was something I could understand. If you’re going to Mt. Hood Community College or Portland Community College – Scott Eakman is worth a looksee.

Intro To Business:

This class was difficult for a couple of reasons. It was a requirement for my degree but well under my skill level.. I really didn’t know how to approach this class, I (and another individual) were the oldest two in the class. Most of the students were under 22. That was pretty interesting. The class started with 15 students, only 7 remained at the final. The teacher almost had to cancel the class. When I went to take the final, I realized I could have not taken the final and gotten a B in the class. So, I expect an A. Obviously.

Technical Writing.

Oy. This class was a serious one for me. It was my first online only class. It really made me batty as I couldn’t really assess what the teacher was looking for. I realize that I’m going to have many online only classes in my college career, but this one really made me assess what I was going to do with this information. When you don’t see what a teacher is looking for, you have a hard time assessing the situation a giving them quality work. The numbers have been published, and how they look right now, it looks like I missed an A by 2 points. Sad.

They have a week to post the grades and I’ll be in Vegas. So, They’ll be there when I get back, right?