Archive for May, 2009


Camera hook

Since I got my DSLR in 2007 I’ve been trying to work out a good scheme for storing it.  Basically, it resides either on my desk or in my camera bag.  Both of these locations are somewhat problematic.  If it’s on the desk, it gets in the way of things since it doesn’t really have a permanent place assigned to it.  If it’s in the camera bag, I have to dig it out whenever I want to use it, which is usually when one of the kids is doing something cute.  Unfortunately, I often miss shots because of the time it takes me to dig the camera out of the camera bag.

The whole situation was complicated this winter when I got a flash and a flash bracket.  I also got a Gary Fong LightSphere II on Alex‘s recommendation.  This setup produces great quality images but it’s pretty unwieldy.  In addition, the whole thing is very top-heavy and is prone to falling over if it’s set upright.  However, if I lay it down, it takes up a huge amount of desk real estate. Since I want to be ready to take pictures at a moment’s notice, I want to leave the whole thing put together but I couldn’t find a good way to store it all put together.

I’ve considered hanging it on some kind of hook before but I never got around to pursuing that idea until this week.  In designing it I made sure it would be able to handle the considerable weight of the camera, flash, and flash bracket.  I also spent a lot of time making sure that the camera would hang upright.  Finally, I designed in a little locking mechanism so the camera couldn’t be inadvertantly bumped off the hook.  In the photos below, you can see the results of my efforts.



Overall, I’m really pleased with the way it turned out.  As they say, however, “the proof of the pudding is in the eating”, so it remains to be seen whether it actually accomplishes the goals I had for it.  For now, though, I’m content to sit and admire my handiwork.


MythTV upgrade

In February of last year, I finally succeeded in installing MythTV on a computer that a friend gave me.  I used Mythbuntu, which (in my admittedly limited experience) is the best way to install MythTV.  It’s been working pretty well since last February but recently a number of issues cropped up that made me decide to do an upgrade of both the software and the hardware.  What follows is the reasons behind the upgrade, a description of the upgrade, and a few pitfalls and solutions that I experienced along the way. Continue reading ‘MythTV upgrade’


Planning my future audio/visual/computer setup (Part 1)

I recall a number of months ago, the pastor at our church talked about how the things you daydream about tell a lot about your priorities. I don’t remember much about the rest of the sermon because I was daydreaming about computer case designs… Time has moved on and now I’m on to new daydreams, though still involving computers. These daydreams are really expanding on a previous post, this time extending the vision to multiple computers and a whole home network. In a subsequent post I’ll talk about how TVs, DVRs, and video players might fit into the equation.

Continue reading ‘Planning my future audio/visual/computer setup (Part 1)’


May 2009

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