Updated the logo, site colors, background and header image. See ya next year! lol
Joking aside, my interests are building a new AMD Ryzen 3 gaming system and getting a DJI Mavic Pro 2 drone.
August 7, 2019
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January 12, 2016
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It’s 2016 and the markets are not off to a good start. Stocks are down, gas prices are down (not complaining about that, I love cheap gas), interest rates are going up and they say the economy is improving. Is it? Doesn’t seem like it to me. For some reason, 2016 feels like it’s going to be a bad year for a lot of people. I read a short article on CNN Money stating that the RBS (Royal Bank of Scotland) is telling you to sell everything — or at the very least, limit your liabilities in the very volatile markets. Having a stock portfolio that has fallen back to the level it was when I initially invested years ago is definitely not a good feeling.
The current state of the world financial system, job stability, future prospects and a general fatigue of our current situation — I’ve come to a conclusion: it’s time to become financially independent. Easier said than done but I’m motivating myself through various books. The one that’s motivated me the most to get off my ass and make something happen? The Millionaire Fastlane: Crack the Code to Wealth and Live Rich for a Lifetime. It’s a really good read and if you don’t finish it and feel compelled to do something, then check your pulse. It inspires.
There’s a phrase from the book that’s really profound to me. “Impact Millions”. If you create a product or service that impacts millions, you will be successful. That’s a simple enough concept… impact millions. That’s what I plan on doing. Do I know how at this point? No. Do I toss and turn at night thinking of a way to impact millions? Hell yes. Not only do I want to impact millions but I want to create a passive income stream that works for ME, not me working for it.
What is my 2016 New Year’s resolution? Pretty simple. Attain financial independence. It’s January 12th so I have 353 days to meet my goal. Game on!
October 1, 2015
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Looks like the next 4-5 days is going to suck. With the potential for a hurricane to hit us, this isn’t good. It seems like the weather is getting worse every year… not sure if it’s due to humanity, the melting polar caps, or what, but it definitely stinks.
Aside from the obvious reasons to not want a hurricane, it’s really hard to partake in the amateur astronomy hobby with constant clouds and rain. Someone must have bought a REALLY big scope.
I’m hoping it all clears out for the East Coast Star Party coming up in October, looking forward to that.
Well, that’s all for now. Cya again in another 5 months or so… lol
May 9, 2015
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I saw my last post was in June last year… not good. Being busy really limits how one maintains their blog unless of course their business IS a blog which mine is not. We’re venturing down the entrepreneurial road the last few years and have started yet another venture. My hopes are one is going to stick here soon, working a day job and doing start-up stuff in the off hours takes up all free time.
I’ve been plugging away with my normal routine although I have really slipped in the photography side. I rarely carry my Canon gear as my iPhone 6+ takes pretty good photos and I always have that on me. The downside is the zoom and they’re still not the quality as if it were taken with quality Canon gear. I’m planning on going to my secret spot in North Carolina to get some summer Milky Way shots. The spot overlooks a large body of water that’s typically smooth. My winter Milky Way shots show the glow reflecting in the water. I’ve yet to try capturing the summer Milky Way there but I think it’s going to be pretty awesome. We’ve been going out on the boat the last couple of weekends since the weather was nice but this weekend is calling for rain, so that kills both boating and capturing the sky.
Some time in next couple of months we’re planning on hitting all the local vineyards/wineries for some tours and tasting. That’s all for now!
June 21, 2014
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The time is finally here (we think) that the iPhone will finally get a larger screen than the 3.5″ and 4″ we’ve been forced to use for many years. Rumors at this point speculate that the phone will be released in 2 sizes: 4.7″ and 5.5″. There’s also rumors that the 5.5″ will demand a $100 price premium over the smaller version and will have some features above and beyond the 4.7″. I don’t even need to hold both phones to know which one I want. I briefly owned an LG Optimus Pro G for about a week and absolutely loved the 5.5″ screen on it. The only problem was it was Android and I’m not a fan.
I hate to say I have dream specs for something like a phone, however I would like to see the following on the iPhone 6:
That’s pretty much it. Make the iPhone 6 have those and I’ll love it. There’s been a lot of mockup images floating around and most of them show the phone being very thin with rounded bezels made out of aluminum. I like it!
The only other request I have is for Magpul (www.magpul.com) to produce their awesome cases for the 6.
If you’d like to stay up to date on iPhone 6 updates (or anything Apple for that matter), visit MacRumors.
December 14, 2013
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Another year has come and gone and yet again I’ve missed the Geminid meteor shower. I was all set to go out and watch them; I checked the weather and the wind was immediately taken out of my sails… clouds. Since I’ve received my Canon 6D, the sky has pretty much been cloudy. I’ve yet to try it out and I didn’t see meteor one. I take that back, I’ve seen one meteor this year and that was random while out looking one night.
Here’s hoping that the next meteor shower will be graced with better weather.
December 8, 2013
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In the amateur astronomy community, there’s a curse that affects anyone who gets a new telescope. What’s the curse? Immediate and prolonged clouds or otherwise unsuitable weather for viewing the sky. Having recently got a new camera lens to take photos of the Milky Way, I’ve been subjected to the same curse. The day the lens came, cloudy. The next day, cloudy. The day after I saw a couple of specs of light in the sky but still cloudy.
Here it is and the weekend is almost over and I still haven’t tried out my lens.
December 6, 2013
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What does one do when they either feel bored or out of subjects with terrestrial photography? Turn to the skies. Specifically, the night sky. Wide field astrophotography is gaining popularity due to the relative ease and not having a requirement of knowing anything about astronomy or prime astrophotography.
To get into the practice of taking photos of the night sky, you really only need a digital SLR (or film or even a point and shoot if it has a fast lens and manual settings), a solid tripod and a fast wide angle lens. When choosing a lens, the ideal would be f/2.8 or faster in order to capture more light without the stars trailing. Star trails can be a welcome style if that’s what you desire, but to maintain pinpoints and to gather enough light, you need a fast lens. Fast lenses are typically f/2.8, f/2.0, f/1.8, f/1.4 and f/1.2.
Great lenses on the market these days is made by a Korean company that’s marketed under the names Bower, Rokinon and Pro Optic. Rokinon is the typical brand you’ll find here in the US and they’re much cheaper than Canon or Nikon equivalents and more often than not, produce better results. The Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 allows for very long exposures before stars begin to trail. There’s a rule floating around on the internet and it’s either called the “600” or “500” rule. The premise is to determine how long your exposure can be before stars begin to trail, you take 500 divided by the focal length of the lens. For example, if you have the Rokinon 14mm lens, it would be 500 / 14 which gives you 35.71 seconds. Always round down so simply make it a maximum of a 35 second exposure. This rule isn’t exact but for the most part, will work 90% of the time.
Another thing to consider is your sky. Do you live in a light polluted area? If so, then you’d be advised to find the darkest sky around you. To do this, go to this URL (http://www.jshine.net/astronomy/dark_sky/) and find where you live and check the colors. You’ll want to find an area that’s at least green. Blue is better and dark gray to black is the best. If you’re on the east coast, you won’t find much in the way of black (if at all). If you’re in an area that’s yellow/orange/red then your skies are so light polluted, you may not pick up anything but the brightest stars.
One could go on about this subject but the best thing to do is get your gear and head out and try it. Any result is better than no results so don’t get disgusted if your first photo doesn’t turn out perfect.
You can find links to cameras and lenses on the right. The Rokinon 14mm is listed as well.
If you’d like to see some great resources on the subject, visit David Kingham’s site at http://www.davidkinghamphotography.com/
December 6, 2013
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Well, I’ve gotten back into the photography swing of things. I just bought a Canon 6D and a Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 lens to start taking wide field shots of the Milky Way. One thing I’ve noticed this holiday shopping season, prices are dropping a lot. When I got the 6D it was $1599, then it dropped to $1500, now I’ve seen it advertised for $1415.
If you’re in the market for a new camera body, now is definitely the time to get one.
July 8, 2013
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As I sit here and look at the date of my last post, I realize that I need to post more. I suppose it’s because I don’t have a lot to say however there’s definitely a lot happening. One funny thing to note is the fact I was using Adbrite for attempting to generate revenue. I logged in one day to see I didn’t have any ads so I went to my Adbrite control panel to see what was going on and the page was 404… “Ok” I thought to myself so I tried going to the homepage and also 404. Come to find out the idiots went out of business and didn’t inform anyone. Not to mention I had a tiny amount of money in the account which is also now gone. Live and learn.
On our anniversary, my wife and I went to Martin Vineyards in Knotts Island, NC to pick peaches. It’s a neat place as they have a small winery and orchards with fruit such as Concord grapes, peaches, apples, blackberries, etc. You can go to pick different things depending on the time of year. I also did a wine tasting there and bought a bottle of their Merlot and Pomegranate wine. The pomegranate was really sweet, almost syrup but it tastes good. We’re going back in a couple weeks to get some Concord grapes. You basically pay them, they give you a bag and you go to the orchard/vineyard and fill the bag.
On the photography side of the house, I haven’t done squat lately. I keep up with new hardware coming out but I haven’t taken any photos with my Canon in months. That’s going to change come fall as I’m in the mood to hit up Williamsburg again. Canon recently announced the 70D and based on the specs, I want to pick one of those up. I realized one thing when it comes to camera bodies; I don’t need the best or fastest as the type of photography I enjoy can be done with lesser DSLR bodies. Lesser not in that they’re incapable of doing what I want, they’re just cheaper and have less features (that I don’t really need). That being said, I’ve been yearning for something like a 5D Mark III but I just don’t need it. A Canon 70D will do everything I could possibly ever want to do for a lot less money.