A really nice set of quotes. One of my favorites:

If we don’t believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don’t believe in it at all. — Noam Chomsky

On a someone related note, this article about athiesm has a great quote:

I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours. — Stephen Henry Roberts



It’s not usually my policy to put any work related stuff here but since I’m presently sort of (not exactly) unemployed, I feel that I can make an exception. You see, I just had my last day of work at QNX and I don’t start at Trigence until January 2nd so I’m technically between jobs. I had a pretty good run at QNX; almost 7 years. It was my first ‘real’ job after graduating from C.S. so I learned and grew a lot. Made a lot of good friends which I hope I’ll be able to keep in touch with too. So wish me luck because it’s kind of scary stepping back out into the real world after being safely cocooned in a familiar job for all those years. Oh and a big thanks to Serdic for the cookies. They’re just what was needed to start my week of utter laziness that only us unemployed bums can truly enjoy.


Woke up early today…

I was pretty pooped last night after a long week of interviewing and juggling job offers so I wound up going to bed around 10pm.  Since I’m physically incapable of sleeping more than 8 hours, that means I was up a 6am.  I hadn’t had the camera out in quite a while so I said, “what the heck, lets go see if there’s a decent sunrise this morning.”  So I went down to Hogs Back Falls and actually got some decent shots in the very early light.  There wasn’t a nice sunrise but the twilight was great.  Here’s some pictures.  I’ll tell you about the horrible mistake that makes them mostly useless at the end.

So what’s wrong with these?  Well, it’s the mistake that most digital photographers make at some point, if not periodically, of not checking the camera settings.  The last time I had used the camera it was for taking some web only pictures and I had the quality on the lowest setting.  No raw files suitable for printing but rather tiny little jpegs that will never be useful for anything other than putting on a web page.  Sometimes you forget something simple that you can work around in post processing such as exposure compensation or wrong ISO.  Not this time.  That data is lost forever, thrown away by the sensor after cooking up a tiny little jpeg.  Note to self: don’t forget to put it back to RAW next time.