August 7, 2012 Leave a comment
random tidbits from a digital black belt with [some] photographic skill
December 13, 2011 1 Comment
It was an epic day … I think I might have missed one or two on my Posterous but the end result was I lost. I didn’t give up, but I did indeed lose to the epic vending machine.
25 items (out of the 40). A little north of 5600 calories. 9-bottles of water. $350 end result. A 6-hour headache. And completely no desire to ever eat any of those items ever again.
The beginning of the day started with a lot of carbs – stacked back to back to back to back. Everything was dry. My tongue felt like it was made of sandpaper. My mouth and throat could not handle swallowing. And my stomach just expanded and became … confused.
What did I learn? All of those products in the vending machine are disgusting. I knew they we chocked full of artificial ingredients, 6-syllable chemicals, sugar, sodium and partially hydrogenated oils. What I didn’t realize was how quickly all of those things consumed in such a short period of time and in large volume became detrimental to my body. I started getting a headache around noon, and as I write this around 7:24PM, it still lingers. My body temperature rose trying to process all these calories. I drank 9-bottles of water (and 1-can of ginger ale) … but didn’t use the rest room often enough. Everything was packed so full of sodium, I seemed to magically dehydrate myself just sitting at my desk working – and eating.
There will be awesome video and commentary from this. I shall post it later this week.
Thanks for staying tuned and following today!
Here’s the machine that kicked my ass … (notice the shirt is tight now)
My last word on this is, I am sure all of these items in the vending machine are fine, in small doses or moderation individually. I do not recommend anyone else attempting this challenge and consuming the amalgamation of all of these items in a single day, it’s not healthy.
December 13, 2011 1 Comment
It’s a random brisk Tuesday morning. It’s prime time for the holiday season, full of merriment, joy, and of course glutinous consumption. How better to ring in the holidays and also raise some charitable contributions than a food challenge? Before I write anymore, I blame Ian Cohen. That bastige.
This might be one of the worst decisions I’ve ever made, but as most know me, I don’t typically back down from a challenge. The challenge today? The Vending Machine challenge.
The task is simple: eat one one of each of the items in a vending machine over a 9-hour work day period. This particular vending machine happens to contain 40-items, ranging from savory to sweet, candy to chips, and even a few packs of gum to mix things up.
The curve-ball to this challenge is, I don’t actually get to pick the order that I eat the items. My co-workers do. They pick the item, they pick the time. Random draw – or should I say, no-so-random as they’ve strategically picked items and stacked it against my odds of completing the task at hand. I complete the challenge? The contributions go to our charitable organization. I lose the challenge? I match the contributions and then donate also.
My current mental and hunger state? Mentally, I’m neither-here nor there. I’m ready to take this head on with utmost hesitations. Physically, I’m hungry.
On the plan thus far are: chicken flavor ramen noodles (9:00am), reese peanut butter cups (9:15am), special-k double chocolate protein bar (9:30am), TGIFridays bacon flavor potato skins (9:45am), lifesavers wintergreen mints (10:00am), twix candy bars (10:05am) … and so many other items …
Last point before I begin this epic-ness? Calorie count guess for the day? 8000 calories. No I don’t plan on eating much else in terms of a meal today. Follow me on Twitter (@patrickchaupham) today, as well as my Posterous for the play-by-play. There will be a re-cap video.
Here’s my happy mug at 8:00am in the morning, before I consume a single item:
September 28, 2011 Leave a comment
So last week, Nikon, first of the big two, announced the introduction of the J1/V1 mirrorless bodies that will (eventually) support Nikkor interchangeable lenses. At first I thought to myself … “THIS IS AWESOME” … and then I realized why I hadn’t bought one of the many that are currently available (Sony, Samsung, Olympus) … they’re sort of pointless.
The latter models I just mentioned have available Nikkor mount adapters, that means I can literally take any of my Nikkor lenses and attach them to a 4/3 format small-body camera. At first I thought this was brilliant – and then I realized, it’s not practical at all.
That being said, what’s the role? Consumers who don’t want the complete control of a DSLR with the ability to change lenses – will they use them properly and effectively anyhow? The menu systems won’t be as powerful or easy to access as a DSLR. Consumers who want to spend more money for show (and no more go) and don’t want to buy a solid point & shoot?
I’ve had the Nikon P7000 for about 6-months now. I’ve taken about 300 photos on it, the majority of my photos are on my iPhone. With the proliferation of apps like Instagram and instant content-sharing available right on a cell phone (iPhone or Android) – why wouldn’t consumers just naturally make the switch and slowly phase out the stand-alone camera … the next-gen iPhone-5 is rumored to have an 8MP camera built in … so quality is only getting better. I’m not entirely sold on higher-end expensive point & shoots as well as these mirror-less cameras, but maybe that’s me.
August 14, 2011 1 Comment
As most people who are close to me know, my life has been insanely busy the past seven-months and 14 days. The year started in Las Vegas at CES and has thus brought me countless RFPs and pitches, a crazy SxSW, new friends and cronies, old friends and cronies, a move, disgruntledness, and last Thursday I de-planed from my 75th flight since January 1st, 2011.
In all the time on airplanes and airports, I’ve gotten a chance to reflect on where I’ve been, where I am, and where I’m going. Everything up to this point has been unscripted and at times, absurdly unscripted. That’s just how my life has been … a bit insane, a bit ridiculous but I think that’s just the norm, versus just having a crazy year. I’ve always run thin – covered as much ground as possible, and gotten my fingers into everything and anything. I think I finally understand (and accept?) that … that I for the most part – I fly by the seat of my pants and I’m good at it.
Late last year, I got myself a tattoo for Christmas, it was my first and I knew it wasn’t going to be my last. It was on my left wrist and I knew in time I would want something on my right wrist to balance it out. I went and got that second tattoo last weekend. I was actually set for a while on what I was going to get, but at the last minute (not as in at the parlor) I realized what I really wanted. A word that was symbolic of my life … unrehearsed. Nerd … unrehearsed.
March 10, 2011 Leave a comment
SxSW is upon us this week and the digerati masses are converging upon Austin TX for the ultimate tweet-up of the year. The scurry of flights, 4sq check-ins, Facebook updates, letting the social and not-so-social cronies and the rest of world know – that we’re all converging.
There’s so much to consume, panels, networking events, screenings, announcements & launches, cocktail hours & parties – a perfect melting pot of content generation potential not only in the written form but also digital assets like video and still-imagery.
So I struggle this year, owning a number of Nikon DSLR bodies, along with pro-lenses, I am well-equipped to capture and syndicate high quality images in support of content for SxSW. Problem? I have absolutely no urge to lug around my D700 + battery grip + reporter flash bracket + SB800 flash, matted to a 24-70 or 70-200 f/2.8 lens, not for 4-days straight. I conceded and brought the 24-70 rig to CES this year, and while it captured great images, form factor was tiring and with an army of others trying to do the same – maneuverability was just not there.
So I decided to pick up this, Nikon P7000:
It’s a large form-factor point & shoot camera, with all the versatility and control without the worry and bulk of one of my full-sized DSLR’s. Controls are intuitive, similar to my other Nikon’s, there’s a hot-shoe for my SB600 (lighter than my SB800), shoots HD video, and produces some great pictures. It also records onto SDHC, easy access to images via the SD card slot on my Macbook Pro, no need for an additional CF card reader.
I opted to go this route, than a micro-4/3 Samsung NX100 or Sony NEX-5; why? Because I realized, if I went with the micro-4/3 I would get a lens adapter and put one of my Nikon lenses on there. At that point, I might as use my large form-factor camera, so it didn’t make any sense.
Hoping this will enable me to still capture great content, without the bulk and weight of a full-sized camera – we’ll see how it goes this week!