Thursday, December 8, 2016

My Photos on 500px

You can see some of my work on 500px and have some fun looking at what other photographers have done. Be sure to favorite some of my work!!

https://500px.com/christopher_42


Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Quote: The Difference!!

The difference between genius and insanity is success. -unknown.

Friday, December 2, 2016

My Book

If you want to purchase a copy of my collection of short stories, you can buy a copy from Lulu. Although this is a collection of short stories, they are all written in about the same style and have a familiar theme to them. I hope that someday I will write this book that tells a whole story and how it is all interconnected and how the events unfold in real life and the simulation.



Thanks

Web Site

I have launched my web site and it's up and running. If you want to see what I have been up to and what is going on, please feel free to visit. Here is the link: http://www.42bitpi.com

Hope you have a good day!!

Christopher

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Photography Basics

Good photography is simply the correct measurement of light. There are three ways light is measured by, the ISO, the f-stop, and the shutter speed. Each of these three pieces must be correctly understood to get the best results.

The first thing to understand is the ISO, this is how we measure the sensitivity to light. Whether it's film or digital the sensitivity to light is measured by a number, these numbers span from 25 to more than 8000. The lower the number the less sensitive to light, the higher numbers are more sensitive to light.

What does this mean? Simply put an ISO of 100 is about normal for daylight photography, while giving good quality images. The higher the ISO the more noise or film grain will be visible. If your working in low light you may need a higher ISO to get the shot. Most digital cameras do not go lower than 100 ISO, but some will go much higher.

Here are the most common film ISO speeds: 25, 50, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800. These are in one stop increments, notice that the numbers double every stop? That's normal one stop increments. There are also half stop and one third stop increments too, you may see these settings with some digital cameras. Just remember that the higher the number the more sensitive to light and the noise increases too.

The second thing to understand is the f-stop. This controls how much light will be exposed to the film or sensor. Note this only controls how much light will be visible, the shutter speed controls how long the light is seen. The f-stop works in the lens, you can sometimes see it when you look into the lens and press the shutter release button, it opens and closes depending upon what setting you use. Wide open the f-stop may be somewhere as big as f2.8 or as small as f32, it depends upon what your lens can do; you may want to see what settings are available on your camera.

Some common f-stops are as follows going from more light to less light: f2.8, f4.0, f5.6, f8.0, f11, f16, f22, f32. These are full stop increments and there are half stops between each of these numbers. Sometimes half or one third stops are useful to get a more accurate exposure. Remember correct exposure is how accurately we measure the light, more accurate we measure the light the better the quality. The f-stop also controls the depth of field which I will talk about in another post.

The third part of understanding exposure is how long the film or sensor is exposed to light. This is called the shutter speed. Shutter speeds are set by the camera most of the time, values range from a second or more to fractions of a second. Going from slow shutter speeds to fast shutter speeds, common shutter speeds look like this: 2, 4, 8, 15, 30, 60, 125, 250, 500, 1000, 2000, 4000. Remember there are half stops and one third stops between these numbers to help more accurately measure the light.

Fast shutter speeds stop motion, while slow shutter speeds will cause motion to blur or camera shake that will both cause blurry photographs. If your photographing a fast moving subject you want a shutter speed fast enough to capture the action. For still life you may want a slow shutter speed while the camera is on a tripod, with a small f-stop to get the best depth of field possible.

Measure your light carefully and your results will be best. Understand how your camera measures light and you will be a master in no time.

Zen

Do you think if you were enlightened you would be happy? I have an answer for this question that requires a longer explanation than normal. Without getting too technical this is a brief introduction to zen enlightenment.

Which part of the sentence do you focus on? Do you focus on the word enlightened or do you focus on the word happy? There is a big difference and depending upon your goal you can certainly be happy without being enlightened. The real question is can you be miserable and enlightened? The answer is yes you can. Nirvana is happiness, enlightenment is different.

Enlightenment does not come from anything but experience, it's like being wise about your heart and mind.

When you become enlightened it's not something you can teach to another person, there is no way to explain it, you just feel it. Does it make you happy? Maybe. It causes a sense of peace, however it can be frustrating because when you interact with others who are not in the same mind set, you will find there is no way to teach them, except through example.

Being enlightened is a conscious state of being, you really feel no more happiness than sadness; the two are balanced. What you will find is that your mind will accept things more peacefully. It's like the peace after having fought a war with yourself for many years and having finally won.

To be enlightened is to know one's self very well. To have fought that internal war of the mind and heart and then having peace that never really ends; granted you can live with yourself for that long. The problem is most people are fighting with their heart and mind, the battle between consciousness and sub-consciousness. Once you master the balance, you find you can never really teach it. It's not even possible to explain clearly. You can see it in yourself by how you judge others, an enlightened soul knows not to judge.

In truth i'm not a very good zen student, I am trying.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

The Mind

They say the mind can be as deep as the ocean and as wide as the sky. What they don't tell you is that the mind is a maze filled with empty rooms, distractions, and time wasters. It's loaded with paradoxes and booby traps. It has guards at some rooms that seem like they would be fun, and the people yell and scream at you if you try taking that route. Some people fear getting lost in their mind so much that they stay out of there and never go in. Others have gotten lost in there and never come back.

Some say that to explore the mind one needs a guide for fear of getting lost and certain doom. Society today has lost it's way and only has two places in the minds of people. They want you to believe anyplace else isn't safe for your mind to function and that anyone who dares explore other areas are crazy. The real key is to know your tools and know how to use them. Your tools are logic and reason; your compass is thought itself. Your maps are the history of the human race and having watched those around you.

There are dangers like emotions which will blind you to the truth, and fear which will make you flee from discovery of going where none have gone.

What scares you is the monsters. Well there are no monsters in your mind except the ones that you create. But sometimes the monsters seem real enough to keep you from going in the direction you want to go.

Then there is doubt. Doubt will rob you on your journey, it will steal your happiness and your joy. Doubt will leave you wishing you had never taken any course and that you stayed in the living room watching television. Because they have told you that is safe for you.

Don't forget your tools. Like what you say? Like creativity. That is a tool for the mind to do it's greatest work. If you practice everyday you may find a talent you didn't know you had before.

Sure the mind has pitfalls and loops that don't go anywhere even though the scenery seems to change all the time. It's an illusion. You have been walking the same hallways in the mind over and over again, never to realize you were going in circles.

Some people have a war zone in their heads, they are at war with themselves. Some have created hostile environments for everyone because they have let fear and doubt keep them from going farther. The problem with the mind is that there is no way to take out the garbage. This makes people fear ever putting anything in the first place. But if your going to live in this world you have to make your head a home. You have to be at peace with yourself and your thoughts. You have to be calm even when what you think doesn't match what you see.

The mind can fool you into thinking things are better or worse than they really are. The paradox of the mind. Get your tools out and dust them off. Use logic to match what you see with what you think, then use reason to understand what really is.

Sometimes you have to change what you think to match what you see. Beware of emotions that blind you to the truth. See things for what they are. Match them in your mind, calm and reasonable. Your minds best friend should be patience. All those doors leading to dead ends, you have to take the time to map out the best course. It's tedious and pain staking. It's worth it in the long run.

Make your mind a home, where you store not gold and silver; only the things of value to the mind. Your thoughts, your memories, your dreams, your desire, and your hope. Clean up after yourself and don't let the mind become a place you fear to go. Use your tools and find your way home.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Poem Between Unknown Friends

Poem Between Unknown Friends


This poem is for us;


may our memories of each other never haunt us!

rather they are there to remind us of whom we love and why.

Through it all there is no one but each other

that could fill the shoes of our best friend.

I shall not fear even the worst from you,

and I welcome all the love my heart

can hold that you share along the way.

It's not that I'm invincible to your ways;

rather I know you share the love I have for you,

and you would only share with me

what's in our best interests.

may my love keep you alive as long as you wish to continue.

just remember I too need a sparkle of your love to keep living;

I'm not without hopes and dreams.

Were made of the same stuff.

May our hopes and dreams no matter how wild or far out there

be the things we would both agree upon.

And together we will do more than anyone ever dreamed possible.

I'm wishing you the best and sky's of blue ;

I just hope I've been the sort of friend you have been to me.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Dear Future...

I hope the future finds you kinder, more loving, and creative.

-Christopher

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Poem: Defeat

Defeat
by
Edgar A. Guest

No one is beat till he quits,
No one is through till he stops,
No matter how hard Failure hits,
No matter how often he drops,
A fellow's not down till he lies
In the dust and refuses to rise.

Fate can slam him and bang him around,
And batter his frame till he's sore,
But she never can say that he's downed
While he bobs up serenely for more.
A fellow's not dead till he dies,
Not beat till no longer he tries.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

How to journal....

Keeping a journal is a good idea, it can get you through many tough times, it can remind you of the good times too. The key is to be consistent in writing everyday and to cover all the important parts of your life and day. It can help you learn, grow, to become better day by day. If you want to stretch you mind, if you want to learn to think better; keep a journal.

Here are a few things I have learned about keeping a journal:

1. Do write the date, time, place at the top of every entry.
If you want to get really creative write the moon phase and temperature too.
2. Write everyday.
3. Don't be afraid of your feelings, until you put them down you never know what you really think.
4. Review every few months.

If you carry your journal with you, then that five minutes of down time can be used to write, even if it's good or bad times, you can make a note of it. Keep writing until you feel grounded in your life, comfortable, confident, and happy.

After years of keeping journals and reviewing the progress you have made you can feel pretty good about your efforts, and remember where you were and what you were doing. Maybe they won't make a movie about you, that's not the point; keeping a journal is good for your mind. Keeps you on your toes and thinking, growing, learning. Try to write something different everyday without repeating yourself. Watch your creativity grow.

here is a link that is more in-depth than I am covering here with some good ideas.

http://lifehacker.com/why-you-should-keep-a-journal-and-how-to-start-yours-1547057185



Monday, February 2, 2015

Essay 02

I have heard it said that five percent of the people think, ten percent think they think, and the other eighty five percent would rather die than think. This essay is for the ten percent that think they think. I want to feed your mind, you don't have to think like me, you just have to think.

I have said that to know the truth you have to know what some of the lies are. That is because if you believe the lies you won't see clearly the real truth they want to hide from you. I am not going to tell you what the lies are, you have to think and ponder those things yourself.

What i can do is ask some questions to guide you into asking yourself the tough questions that you need to understand. No one can do this for you, you have to be willing to go there in mind and spirit regardless of how it makes you feel. There is the main point, most people are afraid of thinking because they don't want anything that makes them feel bad. Most people want sunshine and rainbows all the time, they don't want to think because they are afraid of their own thoughts.

You can overcome these fears and still be happy. You can ask yourself the questions and think about the answers for a long time. The truth is once you begin to enjoy thinking, you might find it difficult to ever stop. In zen they talk about enlightenment, I don't care what you want to call it; thinking is good for you. Most people reach a point that they stop growing, they stop learning and become comfortable with they way things are. I believe this is unhealthy. To truly rise above the status quo you have to learn, grow, and push your comfort zone everyday.

Thinking requires breaking your comfort habit and exploring things that make you uncomfortable. Thinking for long periods with no direction will spin your wheels and not take you very far. The goal is to reach a destination in mind and spirit. To be content with life, to be happy and at peace with all beings.

If you find your always angry or you get upset easily, if your bitter in spirit; you have a long ways to go. Not everything is about you, not everything is about your fragile insecure ego. When you learn to think your ego learns to relax, you don't have to always be right. This is where virtue comes in, a person of virtue can be patient enough to learn something new, no matter how long it takes to understand.

The answers won't come in a second, an hour, a week, or even a year. The thought process takes a long time to become clear. To begin start asking questions about what you already know, challenge the answers. Make arguments for and against them until your completely confused. Then look to see what the lies are until you have truths you understand. Only when we lose ourselves can we find our true self.

It's important to be patient with your mind. If your in a hurry you may as well stay in your small superficial world and never bother with these things. If your in a rush to get somewhere you had better hope you have already gained the ability to think for yourself. Learning to think for yourself in your own way is the most rewarding gift you can give yourself. Freedom of thought, Freedom to control your thoughts, to be free from manipulation of the media, news, and propaganda will make you happier in the long run.

Most people live their lives on auto pilot, only thinking what they already think they know. Pride is the enemy. To navigate the world of pure reason you have to always be a beginner in spirit. In the experts mind there are few possibilities, in the beginners mind there are many. At first there will be confusion about why there are so many possibilities. Find the ones you like to think about and ponder them in depth.

Take out the distraction from your life and see what is left to think about. If you take the distractions away you have more time to think about what's important. Learn some new skill or trade. See how long it takes you to master it. Then move to something else, and master that too.

Poem: Failures


Failures
By Edgar A. Guest

'Tis better to have tried in vain,
Sincerely striving for a goal,
Than to have lived upon the plain
an idle and a timid soul.

'Tis better to have fought and spent
your courage, missing all applause,
Than to have lived in smug content
And never ventured for a cause.

For he who tries and fails may be
The founder of a better day;
Though never his the victory,
From him shall others learn the way.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

And Death Shall Have No Dominion


And death shall have no dominion.
Dead men naked they shall be one
With the man in the wind and the west moon;
When their bones are picked clean and the clean bones gone,
They shall have stars at elbow and foot;
Though they go mad they shall be sane,
Though they sink through the sea they shall rise again;
Though lovers be lost love shall not;
And death shall have no dominion.

And death shall have no dominion.
Under the windings of the sea
They lying long shall not die windily;
Twisting on racks when sinews give way,
Strapped to a wheel, yet they shall not break;
Faith in their hands shall snap in two,
And the unicorn evils run them through;
Split all ends up they shan't crack;
And death shall have no dominion.

And death shall have no dominion.
No more may gulls cry at their ears
Or waves break loud on the seashores;
Where blew a flower may a flower no more
Lift its head to the blows of the rain;
Though they be mad and dead as nails,
Heads of the characters hammer through daisies;
Break in the sun till the sun breaks down,
And death shall have no dominion.

- Dylan Thomas

fifth of november

Remember, remember, remember the fifth of November and the gun powder treason plot. 

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Courage


Courage
by Edger A. Guest


This is courage: to remain
Brave and patient under pain;
Cool and Calm and firm to stay
In the presence of dismay;
Not to flinch when foes attack,
Even though you're beaten back;
Still to cling to what is right,
When the wrong possesses might.


This is courage: to be true
To the best men see in you;
To remember, tempest-tossed,
Not to whimper, "All is lost!"
But to battle to the end
While you still have strength to spend;
not to cry all hope is gone
While you have life to carry on.


This is courage: to endure
Hurt and loss you can not cure;
Patiently and undismayed,
Facing life still unafraid;
Glad to live and glad to take
Bravely for your children's sake,
Burdens they would have to bear
if you fled and ceased to care.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

in the spirit of beowulf


From across the oceans upon stormy waters arrived the men of fame. The legendary tronwolf introduced himself saying, "We are geeks, programmers from old, we have come from the grid to rid your land of a monster." the wise king replied, "How can you rid our land of these windows?"

Tronwolf replied, "We shall go through the matrix and fight them at their source." The king thought about these words a long time before saying, "Tis certain doom to enter the matrix from here, even for a hero."

Tronwolf from the fold in his armor brings forth an install disk and says, "We've brought with us the installer for Macintosh OS X, behold!"

The great and mighty king could have cried from joy that a hero has come from the grid to rid his land of the monster windows. "Oh tronwolf, should you purge our lands from this monster, you shall be remembered always as a hero."

Tronwolf replied, "Tis not fame we seek, nor your gold, if we die it shall be for glory."


Monday, June 25, 2012

Theory #3


Ok, you may say black isn't a real color. Please try telling your computer zero isn't a valid number.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Theory #1

Apples are better than oranges. The reason for this is because orange is a color and you shouldn't eat that! What do you think? What are my reasons for this line of thought? Is there any way in hell you can see my point of view?

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Lifestyle for modern society


Order fancy drinks that are complex.

Order a simple meal

Read the news paper

Talk about horror films if your having bad dreams at night

The gods are exacting in one thing; be humble. don't brag. pride before a fall.

Listen to your internal voice carefully. if your screaming at yourself, your screwing up and need to pay attention.

Aches and pains? what did you last think or keep thinking?

Thoughts come and go. let them. don't try to hold on to the past or worry about the future. live in the present.

Stick to any thoughts that you keep to yourself and feel cold. It's easier to deal with the cold ones. get too hot for too long it might burn up your wiring.

Having a real bad day or need special treatment from someone? tell 'em it's your birthday.

[edited]

Christopher

Monday, June 18, 2012

Quote:

Hair Stylists rule the world. One bad hair cut and your career could be washed up. -unknown

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Stages

As every flower fades and as all youth
Departs, so life at every stage,
so every virtue, so our grasp of truth,
Blooms in it's day and may not last forever.
Since life may summon us at every age
Be ready, heart, for parting, new endeavor,
Be ready bravely and without remorse
To find new light that old ties cannot give.
In all beginnings dwells a magic force
For guarding us and helping us to live.

by

Herman Hesse
The Glass Bead Game



Quote:

Better to have a FIRE Within YOU, Than a fire UNDER YOU!! - unknown

Monday, April 23, 2012

self reliance

self reliance is needed most when there is no one to turn to and no one will help. - Christopher

Friday, April 13, 2012

To-Day

my greatest strength and weakness is that i can think!! - unkown

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Quote #??

you can eat ketchup or tomatoes, but please never both. - unknown

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Five Tips For Better Living


This might not have happened to you, but it could if you don't keep your glasses turned upside down in the kitchen cabinet. You get a glass out late at night from the cabinet and pour a glass of milk and only too late realize you have a live bug in your mouth that you don't want to swallow. Yup, he got stuck in there and was only waiting for an escape route to the next nearest dish.

Speaking of dishes, it's best to always smell your food. I simply can not explain how many times this has saved my digestive system from having to process total crap that wasn't any good. If it doesn't smell right don't eat it. With that said, I think a lot of us will avoid that food poisoning after all.

Get up to a fresh start, every day clean up the mess on your desk or work area so that it's neat and clean. When you do get up to a new day things will at least be ready for you to start. It's a small change, that takes some real effort. In the long run it's well worth it.

Something else that is worth your time is to make a todo list each night before you go to bed of what you have to get done the next day. This works!! When I was working as a network engineer, one of the best productivity tricks I discovered was making a list of what to do the next day. It makes it easier to pick up where you left off and get back into the flow of things that need done.

I don't know about you, having nightmares really sucks. Having nightmares every night is even worse. Sometimes there is no cure and there is a little known secret that will put a stop to bad dreams, try turning your bed a different direction. This has helped me survive in times bad dreams were haunting me every night. Just turn your bed to face a different direction, I prefer to sleep in the direction the sun rises from. This results in the best possible nights rest. Think it over and give it a try.


Sunday, March 11, 2012

scary?? interesting.


I think the reason no one fully completes everything that needs done in their lives is because they wouldn't know what to do with nothing left. that might be the really scary thing that no one knows what to do. somehow we always create something else for ourselves to do, tomorrow, next week, next month.

interesting.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

quote:

those that are the most talented face the most difficult challenges. -unknown

The next big input device!!!!


The next big input device is going to be a touch screen display that you can load a picture on and using your fingers or a pen to touch up anything and everything. think about it!!

load the photo in a photo editor, load photo on touch screen input device and then make adjustments. very cool!!

--- C ---

PS: no more mouse, or trackpad. this could be really fun!!

Update: guess what i'm trying to say is a tablet that doubles as a display-trackpad when your at your computer. maybe someone has already done this and i'm stupid!@