hmmm....

What Would Happen?

Went to place an order at a website last night and found this interesting field on the address entry form under the drop-down for the state. I wonder what happens if you fill in a value? Wasn’t able to place my order anyway, their ‘age verification’ system said I was too young to buy smoking tobacco. Address Entry Form

Our UPS Guy Is a Douglas Adams Fan

I was standing outside smoking as the UPS guy rolled up for his thrice weekly visit (wife’s home business), unfortunately I didn’t see the topic of this post until we had finished a short chat and he went to the end of the street to turn around. On the handle next to the driver’s side door he had is trusty towel hanging so that it would be within easy reach wherever he went today.

Chief Brandon Beecher of the Ensley Volunteer Fire Department

Chief Brandon Beecher of the Ensley Volunteer Fire Department Chief Brandon Beecher of the Ensley Volunteer Fire Department

Taken in the day room with two snooted strobes to the camera’s left. Two strobes were used to prevent shadows from the helmet’s brim. One is set to a height of about the middle of the helmet, the second is set just below the brim.

I only have one snoot but two strobes were used for this shot. In true Strobist style, I ran to the kitchen and grabbed a bit of aluminum foil to fashion another makeshift snoot.

A bit more light in the shadows on the left side of the face would have been nice, a piece of white poster board or even a piece of 8.5x11” paper could have lit the shadows a bit nicely.

Warming Up

Warming Up
A member of the Pensacola Sympony Orchestra warms up outside the Saenger Theater before a rehearsal.

Seemant Is Blogged

[22:13]  <seemant> why don't you blog me? :(
[22:13]  <seemant> I could do with a good blogging

Dynex Support Sucks

Dynex is the Best Buy brand. We were recently there and I noticed a $20 webcam that said it supported OS X 10.1 and greater on the box so I decided to purchase it. I installed the included drivers and software and started up their software. I just get a black screen with “No video input.” The LED on the webcam does turn on and off appropriately. I took it back and exchanged it thinking the unit was deffective. The new one had the same problem. Unfortunately their included drivers are as ancient as the version of OS X referenced on the box. There are a few commercial and open source driver sets available for web cam support on OS X but unfortunately this camera isn’t supported by any of them. They said they had 24x7x365 support on their website so I figured, what the heck, maybe they have some nice shiny new drivers they forgot to link to on the website.

This is the call:

“So what seems to be the problem?” “Well I have a Mac and the box said the Mac is supported so I installed the drivers and software that came with it and the software that came with it says there is no video from the cam” “Oh, well since you said you have a Mac you will need to contact the manufacturer of the computer to see if…” “There is nothing wrong with the computer.” “Right but maybe there is some sort of driver that you need for the Mac to make it work.” “Exactly, and that driver comes from the manufacturer of the device, that would be Dynex, whom you represent.” Click.

Just to be clear, that click there at the end is them hanging up on me. I guess they couldn’t argue with that.