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  • Listening to: The Police, The Boss, Don Henley, CCR
  • Drinking: water
...working my ass off.  Haven't had much time for anything but work, especially since I've moved and now commute to and from, about an hour each way.  Fortunately for me, work has involved some photo, unfortunately most of it is "proprietary."  However, a few of my photos have been distributed in our press package, and two have made it onto TIME's website :-D

Photos: The Plane That Drives

That photo (number 4) and number 2 (which isn't all that great) are mine.  Not much and I'm not credited, but I never imagined that a photo of mine would be published by TIME.  

Oh, and the plane flew.  I've been hoping that this means I'll have less work to do, but every time I think that, I only have more.  Maybe someday.
  • Listening to: Billy Joel, Bad Company, .38 Special, etc.
Sorry that I've been out of the dA loop for a while, but I've gotten a full time sort-of job that's absolutely (and satisfyingly) exhausting.  I'm interning for Terrafugia, on of the companies that's trying to design a production airplane/car mash-up.  They don't quite have the funding to pay me, but I'm getting good resume-building work experience, I'm developing good connections, and being in a workshop all day long is basically my dream job.  Unfortunately, it takes up so much of my time that I haven't really been able to have much in the way of independent creative output, and almost no time to browse dA.  I'm sure I'll be back eventually, but for now I'm on hiatus.  Unfortunately, I won't be able to reply to all of your comments and thank you for the favs individually, but I thank you all anyway.

Oh, go check out to see what I'm working on.  It's pretty sweet.  
  • Listening to: Def Leppard (hah)
  • Drinking: water
because I just now, having been delayed by the snow thing and the office holiday party, finished reformatting my drive and installing CS3.  might as well swap in some of the high rez images while I'm up.  so:

I am now uploading the highest rez and quality copies I have for many of my pictures.  if this appeals to you, check back often to see if I've updated a picture you want to look at closely or download or something or other.

I'm tired.
  • Listening to: Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon
I managed to fix the snow blower for the short term.  Turns out that the magnets on the flywheel that drive the magneto had come unglued and bashed up the primary.  I just glued them back on, put the flywheel back, turned it over, and got a strong spark.  I think I'll have to replace the entire ignition assembly (or at least the coils) and flywheel at some point, but at least it's running for this storm they're predicting for tomorrow.  

I also got my copy of Photoshop CS3, but it won't install because I formatted my HD case sensitive HFS instead of case insensitive.  Now I have to back everything up and re-format.  :-(

This may take a while, but I'll be able to upload bigger versions of my photos and new stuff once I'm finished.

Stupid Adobe.
  • Listening to: Nightwish (I'm on a metal streak of sorts)
  • Playing: EV Nova
  • Drinking: water
I just had to solder one of the fire wire connectors back onto the interface board of one of my external hard drives.  don't look at me like that...  it works again =p
  • Reading: The Tecumseh LH Engine Technician's Handbook
why?  why in the name of all that is holy do you have to remove the flywheel to replace the fuel line?

waiting on an 8 inch gear puller...
  • Listening to: Boston (the band. R.I.P Brad Delp)
  • Reading: The Tecumseh LH Engine Technician's Handbook
  • Drinking: water
bah.  trying to fix a snow blower with a Tecumseh engine and the thing was designed by monkeys.  I could rant on, but I'm about to pass out.  *shakes fist in direction of work bench*

  • Listening to: Anesthetize by Porcupine Tree
  • Reading: some articles about robotics
  • Drinking: Lemon Tea (again)
but I'll still be out for a while.  Had an MRI yesterday (and possibly freaked out the receptionist by talking with my padre about how people refused them until they changed the name from NMR [Nuclear Magnetic Resonance] to MRI [Magnetic Resonance Imaging] - look this stuff up on Wikipedia, I don't feel like explaining how it actually works even though I'm a closet geek), and had a radiologist look at the films today.  

The good news is that I have neither broken nor torn anything.  The bad news is that everything in my knee is so pulled/sprained and bruised that it'll take nearly as long to recover anyway.  Hooray, I don't need surgery, and I won't have to wear a heavy-ass cast for a month and a half, but I still won't be able to do anything very athletic for a month or so. This November has narrowly escaped the distinction of being the worst of my life.  

At present I'm still hobbling around on crutches and in a brace, but I'm hoping to be able to get rid of the latter as soon as possible as it's extremely irritating in ways unimaginable to anyone who has not experienced it.  The worst part is that I can't even drive because my car is stick.  I'm stuck at my parent's house until someone decides to give me a ride to Somerville or I recover enough to operate the clutch in my car.  

Climbing's on hold, skiing's on hold, time to improve my trap shooting?  Anything to look forward to once I can walk.  Maybe I can get a twenty-five this winter :-)
  • Listening to: The sound of six dogs eating
  • Reading: Roughing it by Mark Twain (it's a long book)
  • Drinking: Lemon Tea
So, Dan and I went up to the Tufts Loj last night so we could go skiing today.  (I think you can see where this is going.)  Long story short, we got up at 5:30 so we could make it to Sunday River before the lifts opened, and managed a little over an hour of skiing before I damaged myself.  
I was coming around a corner on a trail that we hadn't been down, skis pointed to my right to shed some speed so I could plan ahead.  The sun was just rising over the trees, leaving alternating parts of the trail in shadow and full light, so I didn't see the icy clump of snow until my left ski was implanted in it and going underneath my right ski.  Both popped off, I did a nice face plant, skidded a ways, and my left leg didn't feel quite right.  
My first skiing day of the season, and I'm out.  Anywell, the ski patrol sledded me down and tossed me in the condominium association recycling services van and took me over to the ski patrol clinic.  They wanted to send me to a cash and credit only clinic, but I told them I'd rather go home.  Fast forward a little bit - I may have a fractured lateral tibial plateau, possibly some ligament damage.  I guess I'm getting an MRI this week to find out.  
My weekend in a nutshell, a very appropriate receptacle (as they say).  More updates as new information becomes available.  
  • Listening to: Aerosmith - Get a Grip
  • Reading: Roughing it by Mark Twain (it's a long book)
ok, in the thirty minutes I spent putting up puppy pictures, I've gotten over sixty messages.  I'd like to reply to everyone, but I don't think I could possibly do that anytime soon.  in fact, I'm about to go to sleep.  I'll start chipping away at it tomorrow after some job searching, but I can't promise that everyone will get a reply.  

thank you all for your feedback, favorites, friends, etc.  

again, once I get photoshop up and running again, I'll see about putting up higher rez stuff and maybe putting some up for prints (still not really sure how that works).  

thank you thank you thank you for all of the feedback
  • Listening to: Nightingale
  • Reading: Roughing it by Mark Twain
sorry about the low resolution of the stuff I'm putting up.  I just transitioned to Leopard and it broke all of my photo software.  I'm putting up the low rez previews I've got on hand, but I'd be happy to fix that once I get enough money to get the latest versions of the necessary software.  (FYI, even oss is broken - GIMP is worse than useless on Leopard, at least since last week).  
  • Listening to: Tristania (I don't even like goth metal?)
  • Reading: Roughing It by Mark Twain
so, I'm new here.  I'm a recent Tufts grad, a mechanical engineer by trade (still unemployed, though), and an artist and outdoorsman by hobby.  at the moment, art-wise, I would say that I do photography (digital and film, though mostly digital now), drawing, and sculpture.  I've been a bit low on inspiration recently, and I figured that getting feedback on my work and checking out others' might help some.  

gradually putting up work that I already have.  let me know what you think.