I’m Entering A Photography Competition

I’ve decided to enter my very first photography competition. I have no formal training in photography, so this is just going to be a fun “let’s just submit a few photos” kind of thing. I’ll probably have to find an area with some wildlife or something. If not that then I could just ask to be taken out onto a lake. Whatever the case, I’ve got to find a place to take some amazingly “unique” photos. I have a few weeks before I submit my entries to figure this out.

A few options are listed below:

  1. More photos from Paul B. Johnson State Park.
  2. The Biloxi Lighthouse and other historical landmarks.
  3. Ocean/Beach Photos.


With Paul B. Johnson State Park photos, if I’m going to do anything commercial with it beyond sharing it on a blog or Facebook or whatnot I am required to let the government know ahead of time. I’m not sure if this competition qualifies as there is technically a fifty dollar prize for winning so for any public space I’m going to let the local authorities know ahead of time. I’m also going to try to vary my photos. My biggest goal is to find some wildlife, but it’s not limited to anything in particular.

In any case, I’m considering this the next phase of my photography skills. If I don’t win I’m not going to sweat it, but if I win I’m probably going to consider this a major personal victory. Either way I’ll get to take some amazing photos.

Wandering Aimlessly Through Life

Well, sometimes life gives you lemons, and you can only make lemonade out of them. You can’t make Gatorade, Red Bull, or Slimfast out of that stuff. We can only do so much in with what we have.

What I’m trying to get at here is I’m cutting down on things. I can’t keep wandering around feeling aimless. I’m trying to do too much with too little time. I used to have a second blog. A “secret” blog that was really not very secret because there were at least three (I think) people who knew about it. I tried to write a book. I also did book reviews. Lo and behold, there are only 24 hours in the day and I have killed myself for so long I don’t even want to think about this. I cannot keep writing a book while keeping a day job. It’s too much for the faint of heart. I have learned my lessons on this.

I’m also cutting down on other things, like programming and so forth. It’s time I managed my time better. I need to sleep and eat too.

It just makes me kind of sad that I can’t do all the things I want to do. I feel like I missed out on so much in life. Maybe in the future I’ll have more time. I’m just mad that I can’t do it right now.

My New Linux Workstation

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This Thanksgiving break I’ve set up my desktop computer to have both a Windows and a Linux OS. I couldn’t get it to dual boot as I couldn’t get GRUB to find the the Windows OS but Windows and Linux are on separate drives and going to the boot menu it is easy to switch between the one I want to open at startup. That being said I wanted to prove the point that Linux is desktop-ready as far as I can tell. I’ve even gotten my XP-Pen drawing tablet and Epson scanner to work with it. Now three of my computers have Linux Mint on them.

Would I still need Windows for a small business or something that requires it like Photoshop? Well, yeah. But if the goal programming or doing small-time projects, Linux is the go-to system of choice for me.

Monday Night Pizza

I’ve decided to give myself one cheat meal per week on Monday nights. Typically this will probably consist of pizza. I can’t help myself. I need something to stave myself over every so often. I haven’t been following my diet as much as I should, so I’m going to also start keeping a food diary in OneNote.

Did I write this blog post after wolfing down most of a pizza? Haha yes I did.