Friday, July 28, 2006

Declaration of Andypendence

My new politically-oriented (or, these days, disoriented) blog is now online. (Just what the web needs--another angry white queer.)

New photos from my recent shoots will be posted here as soon as I get signed releases and permission. In the meantime, another shot of me by the very talented Jeff Christensen.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Oh, Marry!

My friend Anil has posted an interesting response to the Washington Supreme Court ruling upholding the ban on gay marriage. Andrew Sullivan, who's blog I follow daily with alternating grudging respect and morbid fascination, has interesting observations here and here.

Me, I'm not going to clutter my photography blog with too much political prattle--I'll start another blog for that and add the link from here when I do. I also want to read the full text of the decision before I "go off," though I was, like many of my fellow and sister Seattle queers, pretty pissed off yesterday. So I offer a shot of myself that my good friend Jeff Christensen shot of me a few years back.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

IML flashback #2

Another scene from The Lobby.

IML flashback #1

From the closing-night party at Excalibur, a club in Downtown Chicago.

Face the Sun

One of my favorite shots from last weekend's shoot with Anil. To see more, check out his blog.

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Portrait of the Artist as Photographer

A self portrait only a Gemini could love (and only a Libra would consent to). Thanks, Anil.

Missions Accomplished

Had a lotta fun today shooting my good friend Anil. He really knows how to relax, go with the flow, and has a great control of his body. Here's one of the loopier shots we got.

Thanks again, Anil, for a fun morning photoshoot.

Oh, and I'm back online at home now. (Scream and hoot!)

Friday, July 21, 2006

(Near) Midnight at the Oasis

Nearly midnight on an unusually hot Seattle summer night. Many people are on the streets. Lots of weekend energy. Seattle Black Pride is this weekend. Capitol Hill's alive with the sound of .... something.

But where am I? Sitting on an uncomfortably hard chair at the Online Coffee Company prattling away on an ancient laptop to satisfy my online habit.

Someone do an intervention. Soon. Please.

Out with the Old, In with the New

I've given up on the old computer, and am working to get the new one running. I have Windows and Photoshop loaded, but have yet to get my ghetto-cable-company on the phone during its miniscule tech support hours to get Internet access again. Soon, soon...

Meanwhile I am trying to slow the number of photoshoots so I can catch up--I have only one, with my good friend Anil, scheduled this weekend.

Monday, July 17, 2006

Murphy's Lawyer

My friends and I have a term--anticipointment--to refer to our predilection for expecting the worst, and almost always preparing for it. It also means to hesitate to rejoice when something finally goes right, for fear of "jinxing" things. It's a sort of doom-default when it comes to any sort of expectations, and it's a dark worldview.

This doesn't appear out of nowhere--it's a concept that one must learn or assemble within one's own psyche based upon experience, much of it negative. I've found a lot of my gay friends who grew up in the vise of Religious Fundamentalism are sometimes predisposed to anticipointment, possibly a sort of fallout from the radiation of religious-homophobic shame, maybe also due to the dark-futurism of predicted Apocalypses that don't seem to hold keys to a Kingdom that will allow queers.

That said, I feared if I said anything hopeful about getting my old computer back, I would be punished by fate. Indeed I have. It won't start again, most likely due to the drivers for the "new" video card installed by the repairman tasked with fixing the thing (the same guy who forgot to put the DVD player in the new computer, and who installed the incompatible memory in that machine).

So once again, I am down, both in spirit and in technology. I still managed to do two photoshoots this weekend, files of photos that now hover in the ether (on CDs actually) awaiting polish.

I hope to get the new computer out of the hands of this gross incompetent next weekend, and just give up on the old machine and, with the help of my bosses, harvest the drives from it and put them in the new one, trying to save the data.

I, of course, expect more problems to come. Stay tuned.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Almost There

The old computer is back from the shop. I am able to work on photos, but one of the hard drives is not working now. (It worked before.) If I can't get it working myself, I'll have to take it back when I pick up the new computer, which is still there to be fixed. (Turns out the new one didnt work because the wrong memory had been installed.)

In the meantime, here's a shot from last month's Pride Celebration at the Seattle Center.

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Wait/Loss Problem

With the old computer supposedly fixed, I just need to go out and pick it up from the store, and bring along the new computer to have it assessed.

Shot a friend last nite for his birthday and because he is in optimal shape before flying off today to the Gay Games in Chicago to compete in the physique competition. Dying to see the shots of course, and hopefully if I get my computer back today I can look at them--and the other shoots I have done lately.

Right now I am blogging from the computer at the Boylston and Pine Studio where I usually shoot? Why am I blogging instead of shooting? Because my 9 a.m. model is now a half hour late. No call, no email, doesnt answer his cell.

Memo to Tony the Tiger--flakes ain't Grrrrreat!

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Things Are Looking Up

Got a message from the shop checking out the old computer; they claim it's just the video card and should cost only $50-$100 to fix. Fingers crossed, though I won't believe it until I am back home and blogging on it. In the mean time I have to take back the new computer and have them figure out why it won't load Windows--or ask for a complete refund.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Fail, Fail Again

My kind boss loaned me a CD drive to try in the New Machine. I tried loading Windows with that. Still no go, same errors. I continue to flail computerless at home.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Try, Try Again


Attempted to install Windows from a different disc; new machine still won't load it. I am displeased.

So here's another shot from the archives, part of my ongoing photobooth series. This photo was taken in 1992 when I was still living in Idaho.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Fifty-One Percent Does Not Always Win

I did the two shoots yesterday, both went very well, though I have yet to go over the proofs. I got home last nite and started to install Windows on the brand new machine now that it has a drive installed for doing so. After hours of slow partitioning of the new hard drive and copying of system files, the installation hanged at 51%, telling me it could not install a file and asked if I wanted to skip it, though doing so might mean "Windows won't work properly." (Does it ever?) I retried the copying of the file, no go. So I skipped it. Next file--wouldn't copy, same question about skipping it. I skipped it. Next file--same situation. After skipping ten files in a row, I aborted the installation. I removed the CD to see if there was dirt or scratches on the disk. It looked sparkling clean.

I'll call the store when it opens this morning, ask if they want to give me another Windows CD or how else to proceed. This would mean, of course, finding another ride out to Renton, a pain in the ass.

Today, from work, I post the photo above from the archives.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Do Agnostics Rest on the Sabbath?

The model for the first of today's two back-to-back photoshoots kindly ferried me and the incomplete computer back to the computer store to have the DVD burner installed so I could actually run the damned thing. Now I am setting up the photo studio while he puts on make-up. He is a Sister of Perpetual Indulgence, novice class, and wants photos before he advances on to a full Sister. Perfect shoot for a Sunday afternoon.

After Sister Charity Case, I have another photoshoot, this one with Raven, a model I have worked with many times in the past. I saw him and his boyfriend at Pride, and mentioned he was about to shave his mohawk. I insisted we do a shoot with he is shorn.

Then I will drag myself home in this horrible sunny heat (there's a reason I live in Seattle) and try to get the new Frankenputer working and blog some new stuff instead of raiding my self-shots porfolio at Usefilm.com. At least I can see the light ahead.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Caveat Emptor

Finally fed up with my computerlessness, I rent a FlexCar and drive twenty-some miles to Redmond to take my old computer in to be assessed for possible repair--and to break down and buy a new computer. I go for a pretty super-duper model, customized for My Needs (Lotsa RAM, Big Hard Drive, Cool Video Card), and drive home giddy as a kid on Xmas morning.

I get home, prepare to start the install of the Windows XP OS, when.... I realize they builders neglected to install a CD or DVD-rom in the god-damned machine. As the store is closing in mere minutes, I'll have to wait until tomorrow and either rent another FlexCar ($$$) or bum a ride from a friend to get the new box back out there to finish the build.

Until then, I have a big thousand-dollar paperweight sitting in my living room for the cat to rub up against.

Enjoy, Miss Lydia.

Friday, July 07, 2006

WithDrawl Watch, Day 8

Thursday, July 06, 2006

WithDrawl Watch, Day 7

Tried a new power supply in the old computer. No go. I do, indeed, feel powerless. Next step: drag the carcass to a computer fix-it shop.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

The Fifth of July

Still no working computer in AndyLand--still blogging from work.
So here's another photo from the archive.

Monday, July 03, 2006

Coming Detractions

Tonight, on Reel Friends with Anil and Andy, my good buddy Anil and I are weigh in on the two big Hollow-Wood releases last weekend. Tune in tonight at 8pm Pacific Time or check us out later in the week on reruns.

Old Glory

Day Three of the Computer Blackout continues in Andyland,
so I must rely upon my archives at usefilm.com.

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Bombs Bursting In Err

In case I am unable to get myself to a terminal (I hate that word) before "Independence Day," here's wishing my best to all as we celebrate the birth of "this burning house of ours" (to quote James Baldwin's description of America).

Technical Difficulties

So I get home from my friend Anil's "Anti-Fourth of July" party, do a little emailing and checking the sites, when--poof--the screen goes all gray. Many attempts since then have failed to reawaken the machine. So I am forced to blog from area internet cafes and friend's machines. Hope to have the old machine running or a new machine soon. Ulp.

Now where did I put that "only for emergencies" credit card?

The Next Level

After enjoying the orchestra for a while, Kevin and I ascended the steps again to the next level, which offered another beautiful surprise.