been a while

Hm, it’s been a while since I’ve made a blog post. I took some weddings pics a little while ago and just finished processing some of them in Lightroom, which I still need to fully get the hang of. The internet/wireless at my house is a bit choppy though, so I haven’t been able to upload them, otherwise I’d post a few.

Let’s see… there was a midnight pillow fight thing at UT a while back I went to take pics of, but it turned out to not be as awesome as I had hoped. I didn’t really get any good shots, so I’m not even going to bother posting any.

I got sick on TH/F and developed a fever on Saturday. It was not cool. I’ve been at home just kinda bumming, sleeping, and eating, but I think I’m recovering now. This means I’m missing Vox Veniae’s first Portals (gotta love the fancy names =), which I was looking forward to, but what can ya do. =(

Hmmmm… oh yeah, I have decided to go on a missions trip to New Orleans during spring break. I hadn’t really thought about it until recently, but I have never actually gone on a missions trip before. There were a few times where I almost went, but something always came up that stopped me from going. I’m hoping this will be a good experience for everyone involved. =) When I was going to ask off that week from work, I thought the chances of me actually getting it were pretty slim, but it turned out to work itself out rather nicely, so I’m taking that as divine “thumbs up” sign. ;)

I hate writing titles

I’ve been reading The Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical for Vox and it’s been pretty good I think. I’ve had some thoughts on topics it talks about, but I’m going to let them fester for a while before blogging about them (if I ever do =).

In the mean time, I leave you with my past few days in pictures:

Another picture of Wes:


Post-grad Elements (+ Brook and Melinda’s Elements) dinner:



Darn PatSun:




Gid announced Portals last Sunday:


“Try to climb a broken ladder
Grip the missing rungs
And fall down down down down
Seems some time ago you said
This wouldn’t last
And now you sit here crying, yeah

Beside your bed
You feel left for dead
You kneel in the dark” - Jars of Clay


So Toshiba launched their ratings & reviews on today. Toshiba is my first client that I’ve worked with from pretty much start to end to have launched, so it’s pretty spiffy.

I noticed that I haven’t posted lyrics at the end of my posts for a while, so it’s about time I do so. =) I’ve been listening to some JoC again recently, and I think a lot of their songs grow on me. Oh My God didn’t really hit me the first few times I listened to it, but I was playing it in my car alone today and the end gets pretty intense. One of those songs you have to pay attention to I think.

“Oh my God, look around this place
Your fingers reach around the bone
You set the break and set the tone
Flights of grace, and future falls
In present pain
All fools say, “Oh my God”

Oh my God, Why are we so afraid?
We make it worse when we don’t bleed
There is no cure for our disease
Turn a phrase, and rise again
Or fake your death and only tell your closest friend
Oh my God.

Oh my God, can I complain?
You take away my firm belief and graft my soul upon your grief
Weddings, boats and alibis
All drift away, and a mother cries

Liars and fools; sons and failures
Thieves will always say
Lost and found; ailing wanderers
Healers always say
Whores and angels; men with problems
Leavers always say
Broken hearted; separated
Orphans always say
War creators; racial haters
Preachers always say
Distant fathers; fallen warriors
Givers always say
Pilgrim saints; lonely widows
Users always say
Fearful mothers; watchful doubters
Saviors always say

Sometimes I cannot forgive
And these days, mercy cuts so deep
If the world was how it should be,
Maybe I could get some sleep
While I lay, I dream we’re better,
Scales were gone and faces light
When we wake, we hate our brother
We still move to hurt each other
Sometimes I can close my eyes,
And all the fear that keeps me silent
Falls below my heavy breathing,
What makes me so badly bent?
We all have a chance to murder
We all feel the need for wonder
We still want to be reminded
That the pain is worth the plunder

Sometimes when I lose my grip,
I wonder what to make of heaven
All the times I thought to reach up
All the times I had to give in
Babies underneath their beds
Hospitals that cannot treat
All the wounds that money causes
All the comforts of cathedrals

All the cries of thirsty children - this is our inheritance
All the rage of watching mothers - this is our greatest offense

Oh my God
Oh my God” - Jars of Clay

So here's a question for ya...

Two 22” Dell widescreens or a 24” Dell widescreen? =)

I had been planning on eventually getting the 24” Dell for photo editing once Photoshop CS3 was out, but man, a 22” for $329.00?

Looking at user reviews on Dell’s site (which might I add are powered by Bazaarvoice ;)), it seems like the quality of the 24” is higher than the 22”…

However, it doesn’t seem like the 22” is horrid and the allure of two 22” monitors for the price of a 24” is something I cannot ignore. =)

The resolution of the 22” is 1680x1050, which would give a screen real estate area of 1,764,000 square pixels. Double that and I get 3,528,000 square pixels. The 24” is 1920x1200, or 2,304,000 square pixels. So I would get roughly 50% more pixels going the two 22” route, but with probably a bit lower quality. Of course, I’d have to put up with the space between the two 22” monitors as well.

Edit: Actually, looking at the 20” Dell monitors, the resolution is actually the same as the 22” one. The 20” are actually slightly more expensive than the 22” too (probably because the higher DPI is harder to make). The 20” also have quite good quality from what I’ve read.