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Freaking Cold Scuba Dive

It was the day before thanksgiving and the lakes were still open...

I did a solo scuba dive in Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis this morning. 

The water temp at 40 feet was 40 degrees.   The temp at the surface was 43 degrees. 

The two piece 5mm wet suit, hood and gloves kept me warm until I had to do the 2 minute safety stop at 15 feet  and could feel the start of hypothermia. 

cutting up my photo negs...

After thinking I was done with all the scanning, I was not.  When I sat down to start reviewing the scans today, I found some huge streaks in some of the images.  It was nothing on the image itself but the film touching the glass base of the scanner.  I tried to fix it but it is not happening.  So I came up with an idea.  I have a bunch of old Pakon plastice slide mounts for the E6 I used to develop by hand.  So I'm cutting the C41 negs and putting them into slide mounts to try and flatten them out to scan them clean.

Pakon Trick Worked

Ok, the Pakon trick worked perfect to fix the scanning.  It has flattened the negs out to the point where they scan perfect.  The down side, I have to rescan the stuff and that will take some time.  But at least it looks cool.

still can't sleep

Not sure why but I have not been able to sleep much. Maybe the stress of planning a move, maybe the whole going back to school thing, maybe this insane video project I have been working on for the last week to get it completed for the client in time along with wrapping up the storms of 2006 chapter for Verne but I have felt like shit for the last week and can't sleep.

Blew my Fn Ear Drums Out.

Ok I was again doing a shoot at the Mall of America. for my agent for some people I had no idea who they were. If your on a TV show and I'm shooting video of you for another TV show on CNN or Inside Edition for archive footage, please don't take it the wrong way I have no clue who you are. I work a lot, travel a lot and spend more time looking at weather charts and editing video then most people spend at a full time job or would care to know how much I work. But its my hobby and I love it.

So true, learn from the past.

Been working on a lot of stuff lately and I saw this quote today and thought I would pass it along.
"Mankind has a great aversion to intellectual labor; but even supposing knowledge to be easily attainable, more people would be content to be ignorant than would take even a little trouble to acquire it"
That sounds modern but it is from Samuel Johnson, 1709-1784. And people wonder why I'm such a history freak.

October 2006 Blogs

 10/31/2006 4:00 PM - Just working on the scans and photo reviewing stuff. Here is another lost image that I brought back from the dead or the pile of lost negatives. Just thinking back over the last year and a year ago today I was in New York City doing stuff for National Geographic. Man how time goes by. Anyway, here is the lost image.

Lightning photo with radar dome

September 2006 Blogs

09/29/2006 RUSH RUSH RUSH, always rushing for last minute stuff. Today I got a call back from a production company in Los Angeles about a production they are working on and wanted it dubbed and sent within the hour but its past the cut off for the fedex time.  Oh well...

09/28/2006 Back to working on stuff on the website.

August 2006 Blogs

08/31/2006 1:00 PM - Wow, Ernesto is looking a lot better and now I'm pissed that I'm at home in Minneapolis but I'm going to be able to produce this video tropical video project just like old times when I let the stringers do the work and I stayed home. Bill and Matt are on the case so this is going to be a long day.

July 2006 Blogs

7/31/2006 4:00 AM - Today I got in 63 Minutes of bottom time diving with Dave. I brought the Shrimp with again and all the fish went insane. We must have had a thousand around us at one point. I found that if I take the tails off and then mash the meat up a little, they really go insane because even the little ones can get in on the scraps. One thing is for sure, the fish are no longer afraid of scuba divers. After the shrimp was gone they kept following us around.