I’m still standing…

some fuckers thought it a great idea to come in and mess with this site.. so it’s been down for a while! with the frequency of updates, one could argue it’s been down for a very long time! I’ll see what I can do on it.

For know, I’ll quote Elton John :

Don’t you know I’m still standing better than I ever did
Looking like a true survivor, feeling like a little kid
I’m still standing after all this time
Picking up the pieces of my life without you on my mind

It’s a good occasion to remember that scripts are nothing but software and it’s important to keep them up to date.. let it be a lesson learned!

a new passion: shutterbug-head with the Sony NEX5

It was waiting to happen…. find a new distraction to concentrate on or just something new to get hooked on! And photography got me by the balls. Through the two years I’ve been running BeijingDaze, I’ve taken close to 100,000 pictures of food and music, not to mention the tons of pictures during various trips.
I’m not implying that I’ve developed an eye for it but i’ve definitely become more interested in the topic! I’m juggling terms like exposure, aperture, shutter speed and what not in trying to get a certain look and feel.

To help me achieve that, after a year of research, I’ve settled on Sony’s NEX5 as my tool of choice! and it was love at first touch!

I had a few requirements when i set out reading about cameras:

– Lightweight
– High ISO potential ( for low light concert shots)
– Superzoom or replaceable lenses
– Solid body
– upgradable

The first criteria pretty much cancelled out most SLR type cameras as I didn’t want to lug them around shows in my backpack. I’ve seen people do that and can’t imagine being stuck in the middle of a moshpit trying to protect one of those monsters… I was gonna wait and feel it out, but it was a long shot getting anything too heavy! Still, Micro 3/4 cameras were on the radar with the EPL-2 and NEX5 leading the way. Nikon’s D3100 had a shot i felt.

ISO is beyond important considering how often i find myself in dark dark places shooting musicians in weird light situations… simple and important! most cameras i was considering would be an upgrade from my Lumix FX48.

Considering how far i could be form stage sometimes and my fascination with taking pictures of musicians’ faces, I just had to get something that would allow me to zoom in. Simple enough.

I also don’t like plastic, never did! This is how the EPL-2 lost out! it felt like cheap plastic crap

When all was said and done, I walked out with the Sony NEX5. EPL-2 felt cheap despite it being more modern and similarly priced. The Nikon felt bulky and was also plasticy…

I’ve been shooting it for over a month now and couldn’t be happier. My shots have improved and I’m getting pickier as time goes by. look for more pictures to come up on wondering mind in the future.

gee… there is not G problem after all

so, two weeks after the earth stopped turning because Google announced they would stop censoring the results on their .cn domain, we’re still around and not much has changed!
The blogoshphere is full of posts, rants and articles from everyone and their dog about why, how and what now but truth must be said, it’s all just chit chat and distraction from other issues!

The Romans used gladiators to distract the mass popula from real problem and state trouble. Other rulers used similar tactics to distract their citizen from whatever issues were at hand and disguise them. They’ve used comedy, games, wars, tragedy and music amongst others. This whole Google thing feels much like that right now.

In a few more weeks, it will be all but forgotten! the ones that want results can get them with or without google making their move! It’s not gonna give me a more table access to picasa or google docs, not that i care much to use them. It’s not gonna get the folks that lost their job at Fanfou their jobs back…
what it did/does very well was to provide us with a good opportunity to pretend we can use out analytical abilities for the first time in a while

just a sham or a scam..

Blogging on the go

It’s an iphone and wordpress world and i am lucky enough to use both so it is about time i actually combine them!
so this is my first post from brsingr and a prelude to keepin track of my upcoming journey through china. For once, i m doing a test drive before taking this puppy on the road 🙂

Geeking around

the geek is back in town!
The last two weeks have been pretty darn good to my inner geek: After years of stagnancy, I got back into the whole SEO scene juggling bounce rates and goal management. WP fun is also high on the list with a couple of new blogs launched ( yeah I know, WonderingMind has been kinda neglected) and getting ready to meet some of the biggest geeks in the world (visit geeksonaplane.com for details).
There is some cool stuff happening out there! From trying to bring china cool into the US all the way to new mashup concepts. it’s gonna be an interesting summer.

that said, it will be nice to get full access to the internet sometime soon and that this “sanitization” is extremely temporary.. It would definitely be nice to get back on youtube and flickr without the need for alternative connection means.