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Roller Derby in Seattle on July 18th (anyone?) [Jul. 7th, 2009|12:12 pm]
We're heading to the seattle area the weekend of July 18th - on sat night we plan to go to the local roller derby competition.

Any of our seattle friends want to experience the fun of women's flat track derby with us?


ping me if you want to hook up with us for this - it's a lot of fun.

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Tattoo Portraits [Jun. 23rd, 2009|10:35 am]
We're progressing with permissions to publish the tattoo portrait pictures we took for the Rose City Rollers. Here are mine...

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More rants on Roller Derby [Jun. 21st, 2009|08:40 am]
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I have to admit for the first time in a while I didn't know how to start one of these journal things. Nothing inciteful, nothing witty, nothing that did not sound like me trying to con people or sell something came to mind. Wishing never to be lumped into the same emotional partition as people who disrupt dinner at my front door with offers of saving my soul from corruption or my rugs from not being deep down clean, I wrote this opener repeatedly both on screen and mentally trying to find the way to begin. In the end, I decided.. just do it.

For those who have not seen me write about it, I've grown quite fond of merging a new found hobby (photography) with a growing addiction (roller derby). (My flickr account has several sets dedicated to the Portland team). Now I know some people disagree with this sport on principle and I won't try to defend it or convince them otherwise. Live and Let live.

For the rest, or those who might oppose it but be open to influence, I direct you to a really good article in the Oregonian:


Now this article was timely for me. Yesterday (Sat) I drove for 2 hours to photograph a scrimmage between our team & seattle + centralia. It was small - I think there were maybe 6 non-players from Portland present including myself. Unlike past events where a few hundred show up and things are moving like a machine, I had the chance to really *talk* to more than a few of the Portland rollergirls. They came up to me to get to know me since I am a familiar face with a camera. More than once I heard, "Oh you're Sharkey! I love your pictures we always look for them after the bouts." - That kind of affirmation is pretty darn amazing to me and makes a 2 hour drive worth it.

Then last night my better half pointed me at the above article, and the financial challenges that the Rose City Rollers are facing. It would suck if they lose their standing in the WFTDA because they cannot afford to send the travel team. So while I explore options to help them (I am wondering about if people can donate airline miles to them since they are a 501c3) here's my pitch.

If you live in Portland and have never gone, you should go. This Saturday. June 27th. Me and my better half are going - come with us; we can grab some dinner beforehand, etc.

If you have gone in the past and had fun, go again. In fact find someone(s) who you think might like it who has never gone and convince THEM to go too. Help spread the addiction. :)

Hopefully you are not reading this closing line thinking... wow I really do need this product to make my whites their whitest and bonus, it's a dessert topping too!
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Photography Experiment [Jun. 10th, 2009|06:51 pm]
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This last weekend I had a terrific opportunity. My photography saga continues along solving some problems, throwing money at others (bought a flash). But this last Sunday I had one of a good day.

For a while now I have been following a flickr group, "Marking Portland". This is an effort to capture pictures of people in PDX with tattoos. I looked through the shots with some fascination as I always have been interested in tats.

But then I was hit with an idea, another of my recent passions, roller derby, has NUMEROUS participants with a wide array of ink. I've been taking pictures for them since January, why not, instead of action shots, stretch my reach a bit and do portraits? (I am sure any experienced photogs are laughing at me right now).

So I bounced this idea of the president of the league and she LOVED it. So this past Sunday we made 2 general callouts.. one to the photographers related to derby, the other to the roller girls. We ended up with 3 distinct "studios": 1 was soft light boxes and a black back drop, the next was a hardcode strobist approach with flashes, focused flashes, etc. The last was an outside studio capitalizing on the natural sunlight. Add 5 photographers and it was an awesome learning experience.

So this week we are going to assemble the shots, put them in a restricted access area for the roller girls to all view, select the best and submit. Even though I am doubtful any of mine compare to the others, the experience and what I learned was well worth being the newb on the block for the event.

Once the pictures are cleared for public.. I'll post a link.
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Hacking the system for charity (unthinkkfc) [May. 6th, 2009|01:36 pm]
So today more than few people have sent a link to me about free chicken from KFC.


While looking over the add, you pay sales tax, and can only print 4. But it had me thinking.. what if people who don't eat KFC, or don't need a free meal, printed their 4 coupons and
delivered them to those who do?

Anyone see someone panhandling for cash on their way home?
Know of a place where homeless folks go for food?
Other locations where those who could use, but can't afford it, a hot meal?
Teen runaway shelters?

Yeah it might not be the most nutritionally sound meal on earth but some alternatives are far less appealing.

Food for thought...
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Hyperdrive vs netbook... [May. 4th, 2009|09:46 am]
So given that my addiction has taken off in full bloom, i've started to consider ways to really embrace this painfully expensive road to ruin.

I've been tracking some groups that cover roller derby photography and over the last few weeks switched from JPG to RAW format. The real challenge with RAW is the noticeable increase in size of pictures.

Some of the other folks who pursue this hobby recommended the Hyperdrive, a storage device made for fast transfer of pictures from SD cards to the drive.

As I started to look at the price for a hyperdrive I had to ask myself.. could a netbook meet the same need and then exceed the potential usage models? I can get one with an SD reader, and the same amount of storage, for around the same price.

The clincher for me was I started to find netbook tablets... this is leading me down a tempting road even further.

I don't buy anything this costly impulsively but it's now on my radar...
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Oh god he bought a camera [Apr. 10th, 2009|04:01 pm]
I guess that meatloaf post should have included the fact that it points to a flickr account I set up.

Around December I went ahead and purchased a new SLR camera. It was something I had considered for a while and decided I had been really good all year at not spending a lot of luxuries. After a talk with my mortgage guy, my financial advisor, and the gal who deals with my retirement funds I had made good progress on all of the above so I deserved this.

Camera in hand I decided immediately on 2 topics..
dog shows so I would have something to do with Kati when I was there
derby because I found myself really entertained by the action photography from the bouts

To take pictures @ derby, you must agree to post them publically.
Thus.. pdxsharkey exists now at flickr.

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Bacon Weaved BBQ Lacquered Meatloaf [Apr. 10th, 2009|03:45 pm]
[Current Location |97124]
[mood |sillysilly]
[music |Armin]

So when Kati gave me her meatloaf recipe to make some comfort food I happily obliged. When I made more than expected or needed I had to find a use for he surplus. What can one do to meatloaf when you have bacon and BBQ sauce in the house and 2 encouraging assistants to help?


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Why I hate MSFT [Jan. 29th, 2009|11:57 am]
[mood |angryangry]

"Outlook did not start correctly last time. Do you want to start Detect & Repair"
"Please wait while windows configures Microsfot Office SharePoint Designer 2007"
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Pictures: Rosecity Rollers January 2009 [Jan. 27th, 2009|01:26 pm]
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[mood |nerdy]

My first experiment in derby + camera skillz:


Friends think I should move toward Flickr
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