New-Tech-Smell

Am I the only one who loves the smell of new tech? Let me explain. Since I can remember I have always had a thing for smells, of any kind, but particularly for new tech or hardware. For example, every time I got a new video game, I would open the box and smell it. I would smell de disk and the manual (weird right?). Same every time I’d get a new computer, a new console or a camera. Most recently when I got my 2017 MacBook Pro and my iPhone X, I smelled the crap out of those devices! Also kind of like the smell of new shoes and new cars, I think, but not as much as the “new-tech-smell”. I’m sure I’m not alone on this one but who knows. Or maybe I’m just a weirdo?

164 days

It has been 164 days since I had been forced to leave “my village”. I had lived in this village for 5-plus years, give or take, and I loved it there. It was a nice lovely place, I didn’t mind the early hours, the chores or the occasional troll attacks — I was content. But things changed, things got a little difficult for everybody in the village. Although we were promised many things by the village’s elders, they always seem to have a hidden agenda of sorts. So most of the villagers were unhappy and stressed, I included. Others were indifferent to the situation and didn’t mind much “there’s nothing to worry about” — some said — “we will all be fine, you will see little one” — little did I know.

And thus I was forced to leave the village. Despite my anger and frustration, I do take a lot of good things with me. It was a fantastic growing experience, I have made many many good friends — some even family now — that had always been there for me. I had really good mentors and awesome co-villagers. Had those that would say “it’s dangerous to go outside alone, take this sword with you” or “here’s some healing potions ” as well as the ones that were just not very helpful and difficult. The schemers, the liars and the “nobodies”.

It has been one hundred and sixty-four days and I am still sad (and a bit angry) of what happened. To this day I don’t know what happened or the reasons I was forced to leave. I am still wondering the wild-lands looking for a new village where I can bring my skills and grow within. I do wish all the best to the people that still live there and hoping things get better for them.

I kind of like taking pictures.

I have always been a photography enthusiast, starting in college when I got my first “point and shoot” digital camera. If memory serves, it was a Sony (can’t remember the exact model). I remember using it for the longest time, going out on field trips to the rainforest, river mouths, beaches, and canyons. Taking pictures of random rocks and beautiful sunsets in Puerto Rico. This is where my enthusiasm for photography stems from. Years later I moved to the States (to Idaho of all places) and my passion for photography fizzled a little. Mainly due to the fact that I moved to a different environment, to a different scenery. No more beaches, river mouths or rain forests to take pictures of. However, a few years ago, I started to get back into photography again. I just had to adjust and open my eyes to a different point of view — look for different things.

So, what do I use? I’ve never really liked DSLRs because I think they are too bulky and, honestly, a little intimidating. This is probably why I started looking into micro four thirds. Micro four-thirds systems tend to be smaller, that middle point between a “point and shot” and a DSLR (at least that’s the way I saw it). Now I own an Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III, usually shooting with a 17mm prime lens. I have other lenses (a 45mm and a 25mm) but some reason I feel much comfortable shooting at 17mm, probably because it works well for most situations.

I do most of my editing either on my iPhone using VSCOcam or Darkroom. Been trying to experiment with other software like Lightroom. I very much enjoy the entire process of exploring, capturing, editing my pictures and sharing my work and the way I see the world but mainly for my own enjoyment. So hopefully I will be sharing some of those pictures here more often. Otherwise, I have some over on my Instagram and feel free to take a look.

Here are some of my favorite shots:

 

Two Beers and a Marley

For a long time, I have wanted my own blog, a place where I can express myself, talk about things that interest me, and at the same time, have a “site” that I can call my own. I write often but most of my writing I keep for myself in a journal. So a few months ago I thought “maybe I should start a blog!”

So here I am, after a lot of thinking and lots of back and forth (mainly with myself), my blog is set up and ready. There isn’t any specific theme or topic for this blog — just a place to share some of my thoughts.

I want to thank cl1ck4207 on the Twitters for helping me. I cannot say enough how much I appreciate his help.