Hasselblad, Aperture, Photos and backups

I got a new camera last week. Well, new to me, I haven't checked, but, my guess is its an early 1980's model. Anyway, it was precipitated by the underexposure of several photos that would have been incredibly important to me. I have several digital cameras, and several film cameras to be honest, but, I have recently become infatuated with medium format photography. I love the much larger imaging area, and it is probably subjective, but, I feel that film captures a more interesting image.

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Selfishness is relative

My grandfather passed away this morning, maybe last night, I am not really sure, and the specific time is irrelevant. What matters is that he is gone. I know he is no longer in pain, and that is really what I think he wanted. I have known it was coming for a while, but its still something that you have to accept. Even knowing it is coming really isn't enough to truly prepare for the reality of it. Yesterday I got the phone call saying that the doctors were going to give him morphine to make him comfortable, and let him expire.

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I need a bike

I found myself on Craigslist today, looking at bikes. I can't get one yet, but, I really want to get one again. I find myself lusting every time I see one. In the downtime today between the errands, such as haircuts and laundry, I have been browsing the webs, looking at bikes. I expect that my next bike will be something in the Honda Shadow line, around 750cc, and somewhere between 2005 and present. This does not keep me from looking at what else is out there. Like the Suzuki Boulevard 50CT.

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5 albums for a deserted island

I don't remember where, but recently I came across the question, "Which 5 albums would you want to have with you if you were stranded on a deserted island?" I have been thinking about this a lot since then. I accept that the question assumes that you can get beyond limited battery life, and its really asking, what are your 5 favorite albums. Which is the funny thing about my realizations.

Let me start with my list:

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Grey Ghost: Phase 2

Got both of the tires and tubes replaced so far. I also removed the kickstand and attempted to change the brake-pads. Unfortunately the brake-pads I got are too large, and will keep the brakes activated permanently.  I know there are a few things I need to do to get it road-worthy yet, but, I did take it for a test ride today. I still need to replace the brake-pads. I also need to change the tension cables for the derailleurs and brakes.
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Project Grey Ghost: Phase 1 - in progress

Due to the unnecessary theft of my bike, I have embarked on a new project. I was at my parent's house over the weekend, and picked up my dad's old bike. I am in the repair/restore phase of getting it back roadworthy. It's not a great bike, but, its an awesome bike. My personal favorite part of the bike is that it still has the registration sticker from when my dad was ridding it to work, which expired in March or April of 1976. Its a K-Mart All Pro, and it seems to shift smoothly.

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To the bastard who stole my bike

First: Fuck You.
Second: I hope you don't live near me, because if I see you riding my bike you will be lucky to see me use the same amount of effort to get it back as you used to steal it. I know you made a trip back to get it after you saw it, because you had to bring the bolt cutters to cut the lock. 
Shame on me for using a cheap lock, thanks for pointing that out. Next time I will put a better lock on my bike.
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