Weekly Update #4: A Stumble

For the most part, the first two weeks have gone pretty well. There is one small thing I forgot to check, and that is if my power inverter has the juice to power up all of my computer gear, and it won't. I have a monitor, 2006 MacMini and a Drobo FS to power up and 300 watts it's quite enough to make it through the booting process.

My company has a 200 watt limit for power inverters, but 300 is the smallest pure sine wave inverter I could find and still be able to sneak through the company shop without raising too many eyebrows. But that still leaves me with this power problem.

I think that in the short time I will get a larger inverter and plug it into the Pimpy Red Van and run an extension cord over so I can do backups on my day off. Ultimately I will get a Honda EU2000I generator for this purpose. It's a bit expensive for just some computer gear, but I doubt I'll regret having it in the future.

Speaking of computer gear, my main scratch drive started acting funny. If there is anything I've learned about a drive acting funny is that you immediately stop using it and replace it ASAP. So yesterday I got a new 1TB portable drive to replace it. Tonight I will transfer all the data off it and toss the old one.

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When was the last time you went to a laundromat? It had been years since I had gone and I'm happy to report that they are just as weird as they've always been. I had some half-bald guy wearing a bandana around his neck try to strike up a mumbling conversation, but I quickly ducked out for food and to do some grocery shopping. At least there are some nearby services that I need so I can be somewhat productive while doing such a silly task.

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For my online print ordering and fulfillment I use SmugMug and over the summer they raised all their prices, a lot. This caused quite a stir in the photography community and this week they announced that they restructuring one if their plans so that beginners, like me, can keep a few of the top tier features while keeping the original pricing, this saves me $100 a year. It's some good news to randomly get in your email!

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Yesterday I went at looked at some studio space on Lake Union. It's a pretty nifty place with two studio rooms, changing rooms, backdrops, 7 Paul C. buff lights with modifiers and radio triggers. The guy who runs it is a cool guy who also happens to be friends and neighbors with the owners of the Tug Galene, the tug I rode on, and made a timelapse video of, for the tugboat races this year. It's a small world!

Anyways, I'm signing up to use the space in two weeks. I would have signed up yesterday, but I didn't think to bring my checkbook. I'm such a child of the digital age that it never occurs to me to bring it anywhere.

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There is one more project I'm investigating so you'll have to stay tuned to see what that is...