Storypost | 2015.04.01

Dog photoshoot

Dog weimaraner blue tie portrait portraiture

I did a photoshoot of the doggie. Some of these are a smidge heavy-handed on the backdrop burning cause I spent time on others.

thumbnail Dog weimaraner yawn thumbnail Dog weimaraner thumbnail Dog weimaraner multiple exposure
thumbnail Dog weimaraner multiple exposure
thumbnail Dog weimaraner tie lick thumbnail Dog weimaraner thumbnail Dog weimaraner lunge
thumbnail Dog weimaraner looking down thumbnail Dog weimaraner

Relatedly, I wanted to get some decent prints. I was delighted to see that Chrome had reopened. Probably quite a while ago, but I hadn't been there since 2009, shortly before they shuttered indefinitely. They used to be good, although somewhat sketch on deadlines and fairly snooty. How about this time around?

[All interactions paraphrased...]

Okay cool, upload images, write in the comments what services you want, should expect a call back soon.


I'll go ahead and call.

Chrome: "Hi yes, I see you ordered two prints, you should probably come in and look at a test print to make sure everything is cool. Come in tomorrow."

Seems reasonable.

C: "I'm here to look at my test prints."
Chrome: "Oh yeah, we normally don't do those next day."
C: "Okay, well _______ told me to come in today."
Chrome: "Alright, just wait fifteen minutes, we'll have them out."


C: "These look fine, when should I be back?"
Chrome: "Wednesday."
C: "Great, um, for future reference are your color profiles available anywhere?"
Chrome: "Oh, we don't give those out."
C: ??? "Okay, what resolution do you print at? In the future, I'd like to make sure my image is a factor of the final resolution, I'd rather avoid pixel interpolation if I can."
Chrome: "We ask our clients not to scale their images."
C: "No, I just want to crop it so the final resolution is a multiple of whatever the source image is, what resolution do you print at?"
Chrome: "We send native-resolution images to the printer, and it prints them at however many inches we tell it."
C: "Oh... kay."

Wednesday and a new face
Chrome: "Alright, here's your print."
C: "This looks good, where is the other one?"
Chrome: "I only see one item on the invoice..."

It didn't take him long to discover that I had indeed uploaded two images and ordered two items. The pre-Wednesday guy had somehow messed up the order after explicitly asking me which image would be printed to which medium.

Wednesday guy thankfully moved my order to the front of the queue, meaning I was able to come back the that evening and pick it up. He also voluntarily adjusted the image levels to make sure it worked best on the metal medium.

So they're about the same on having it together, considerably less jerky, but how do you patronize a professional printer that doesn't provide color and resolution information about their hardware?
Classy party

The annual classy party for classy people went down again this year. The only way to outclass last year's Dom Pong was with, of course, Cristal King's. Apparently, Cristal mixed with red and white wine isn't too bad.

This was followed up with the obligatory lighting of cigars with low-value foreign currency. And me having my partners troll at both games of pong.

Kings cup rules classy variation Cristal Darth Vader tie Cigar

All photos by Courtney, btw.

Cristal King's

Been a long time since I did some quotes. Here goes:

Robot enjoyer Hey I believe in the old saying, make love bots, not war bots.

A Man U fan Why is it so hard to buy a decent defender!?!

Gaming comrade C: Don't tell me we're going to have to co-op [female protagonist of a co-op game].
J: Here's hoping. Is friendly fire on???

A lazy pepperoni I am a lazy pepperoni.

Chat Groundskeeper Willy gingers


Full frame

I rented a d2x this weekend. It handles quite well, all the extra frills don't diminish usability. A d3 is probably out of the question for the next camera purchase, but I'll be interested to see how the d700 compares. The most noticeable differences...

Spoken II

My challenge has been met, well met:

Spoken III

Great success: second place in the bracket, 120 wingwangs.