New MacBook Pro


My company-issued MacBook Pro finally came due for an upgrade. I got a shiny new 17″ MacBook Pro at work, but I decided to take the migration as an opportunity to split my work and home computing resources into their respective domains and purchased my very own 15″ MacBook Pro for home.

It’s a super-sweet, 2.4 GHz Intel Core i7 machine with 8 GB DDR3 RAM and 750 GB of 7200 RPM hard drive. I even got the upgraded, high-resolution screen (though I’m a bit miffed that Apple rumor junkies think a new MacBook Pro with Retina display will get released early next year). The impressive new machine should provide a much-needed boost in performance when working with RAW images from my Nikon D7000.

All this means is that I’ve been a little slow to post things here while I migrate [not one but two] machines, but you can expect good things in 2012, especially in the [soon to be added] photography area of this site.

New look for Rails version


Starting today, the forthcoming Rails version of this site has a new look. Like any good UI, it’s a constant work-in-progress, but I think the changes applied here look good enough to run with for now.

I haven’t bothered to verify that the new look works across all browsers, but I’m not doing anything terribly fancy, so it should just work. Anyway, check it out:

Football Season has Ended!


I always say that regular season high school football is the offseason for my company. Football is easy because there’s (usually) only one game per week, and so the schedule is predictable and tolerable.

In contrast, basketball season is all over the place, both chronologically and geographically. There are also a number of other winter sports going on simultaneously that make it difficult to get any time to yourself in the winter and spring months, and summer is no better (but that’s another story).

Well, football season has finally ended, capped by a massive surge of championship football occurring in parallel in Mississippi, Tennessee, and South Carolina. We covered over 20 games in a matter of three days in three states. The entire production process from pre-production, on-site production and now the final stages of post-production have been… exhausting.

Besides wearing me out, the surge of productions has also left me very little time to work on other projects, like Production Hub (soon to become Schedazzle!) or my Rails-driven build of this website.

Hopefully, that will change in the coming weeks with business settling down for the holidays. Christmas is always a great time to find a few weeks of productivity to work on my own projects.