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January 6th, 2004

/me feels change coming.

If you believe in this sort of thing, or even if you don't, send vibes of strength my way.

free computer desk.

I have a huge, heavy computer desk, like the kind you would have in a cubicle or office. It's a corner desk, has some drawers, it's monstrous and really heavy. The biggest top piece will require two people to lift and move. I'm giving it away to anyone who wants to come pick it up from my house. It's got some cosmetic damage (scratches and some of the wood veneer stuff is wanting to peel off) but for the most part still looks good and it works just fine. Great for home office use. This thing is probably worth quite a bit of money, but it's just too heavy for me to move around any more and I need to replace the carpet in the room where it lives, so I'm just going to get rid of it. Let me know if you want it.

a little photography lesson

Ok, I'm retarded. Someone left me a comment on my guestbook asking what kind of camera I use and how I got my freeway shots to look the way I do. I accidentally deleted the comment before I could reply to it, so I don't know who it was.

I know... "Dumbass!!"

If it was you, let me know.

The answer to the question is this: The camera is a Pentax SFXn. The reason the lights show up so brightly in contrast to everything else is because I used a very high aperture setting, F/22. This doesn't allow much light in. That combined with a long exposure (about 20 seconds) means that the bright lights register on the film, but the lower light areas don't register nearly as well.



In comparison, the same kind of shot with a more open aperture would look like this:



Not nearly as dramatic or interesting, right? This second shot was actually my first attempt at night photography. The better one up top was after looking at the results of this and trying for something a bit more interesting. Success, I feel.
I always thought that when people said "buku" (as in "buku bucks") it was just a made up word spelled 'buku'. But the other day I saw mfree type it out as 'beau coup'.

What does that mean?
Wow, this is cool. I'll copy & paste directly from the site:
These 9 drawings were done by an artist under the influence of LSD -- part of a test conducted by the US government during it's dalliance with psychotomimetic drugs in the late 1950's. The artist was given a dose of LSD 25 and free access to an activity box full of crayons and pencils. His subject is the medico that jabbed him.
This site shows these 9 drawings done over the course of about 8 hours as this guy trips, kind of showing the progression of his trip (#6 is WICKED). Way cool stuff.

Stolen from democritus, who stole it from agillious.
So, I just went to this place I've been hearing about called the Vagabond. It's a tiny little coffee shop, only they have booze as well. For Wichita, this is pretty cool. It's all dim and moody and totally reminds me of the Bean. I love it.

Backstory: The Bean (The Bohemian Bean Company) is a coffee shop I used to frequent all the time about five or six years ago. It was right across the street from the best club that Wichita has ever seen, SubCulture. Unfortunately both places kind of went to shit at the same time, installing TVs and crap like that. TVs. Who the fuck installs TVs at a club called SubCulture? It was a goth/industrial club with black painted walls and loud fuckin music. TVs. WTF.

Anyway, they both kind of died and closed at about the same time, and I've been missing them both ever since. My electronic music itch really hasn't been satisfied yet (although there is at least one decent option now), but this place totally nails my coffee shop needs. I had a Cafe Au Lait with a shot of Bailey's and honey drizzled on top. They play XM radio which I completely dig. XM is all new technology hip, which I am all about. The station is called The Loft, which I also love, because it's NOT FUCKING INFINITY or ENTERCOM or some shit. It's not the same goddamn radio on every FM dial in every city, no loud flashy slogans, no jive-ass DJs, and NO CALL LETTERS. They can name the station whatever they want. Cool stuff, and the Loft is totally mellow. I would have stayed longer if I'd had the foresight to bring a book or something.

So yeah, I found a new haunt. I'm a regular there, they just don't know it yet.

That plus a fabulous couple hours with Tandra after work makes Josh a happy boy. :-)


P.S. For those of you who read both my journal and Tandra's and are going WTF?!?, yes, there is lots of shit going on that I'm not talking about, but at this point I'm pretty sure it's all good shit. I'm not prepared to talk about it because for the past six months or more I've been blathering about my big plans and what I'm gonna do, and then I never do any of it, so I'm not going to talk about any of that crap unless and until it actually happens. That way I can salvage what little credibility I have left with you, patient reader.