October 2004
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
          1 2
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28 29 30
31            
Sep   Nov


Previous / Next


 4/18/05
 4/18/05
 4/18/05
 4/18/05
 4/18/05
 4/18/05
 4/17/05
 4/17/05
 4/16/05
 4/15/05
 4/15/05
 4/15/05
 4/14/05
 4/14/05
 4/13/05
 4/13/05

Saturday, October 23, 2004


Etcher's Hand

"I don't trust you photographers!"  I wanted to make a portrait of the etcher's face.  "No.  I don't want you taking a picture of my face."  I knew him from my brief stint of selling on the street.  "And don't use my name either."

I like him very much.  He rails against everything. 

What if I take a picture of your hand, I ask.

My hand!  Why would anyone want a picture of my hand!  You must be an idiot or something similar to an idiot.

Your hand, I say, has a lot of character.  You do all your etching with it.  Pressing into hard metal. 

And again he says, "I don't trust you photographers.  I know you.  You say you'll take a picture of my hand, but you'll take a picture of my face."

At which point I tell him to put his hand out - and I take a picture of it and show it to him in the LCD. 

Hmm, he says.  That could be good.  And he begins to rub his fingers together as if he's feeling money coming in.

I want a percentage.  50-50. 

Oh, I say, you can have 150% of it.

You photographers, ah - you are all born liars.  But that picture - that is okay.  Maybe I can use it to do an etching... 

7:32:27 PM    

One of those idiotic problems with the Win2K Advanced Printer Port setting where the bi-directional printing would keep getting set back to ON after a re-boot.  So I'm reading my own blog where one of these google ads points me at something called: Advanced System Optimizer

And I get a trial demo.  I always thought this clean up your registry stuff was b.s. but - I run the demo (expires in the usual 30 days) and it finds all sorts of junk in the registry and cleans it up and guess what - all systems are go again.  I can now reboot without having any Printer Port settings re-setting themselves; and - I had been having a sporadic problem with the scanner since changing all the USB ports around - and that problem (which usually happened after three or four scans) went away as well.

Quite amazing - how much junk is on the p.c.  There were something like 9000 temporary files (and you know what - I do clean up those files once in a while).

And about 70 mistakes in the registry, which I just sort of closed my eyes and said - okay - clean 'em up to (though in fairness it will make backup zips of all this stuff if you want it to.  It's just that I lost patience when it was zipping 9000 files and cancelled that operation).

So - MAC people.  Do you run into this sort of stuff on the MAC or is it just in the PC world.  Do you have a registry?  Do you even know what a registry is?  Did you ever have to manually edit the registry?

 

This shot comes back again.  I take a crack at printing it with the new setup and voila - just about perfect first time.  I don't know what to call it.  Either: Girl in Red Wig (who can see the wig in a b&w picture?); or Girl and Cherry Blossoms with Red Wig.

11:59:41 AM