Category Archives: Personal

Food, Food, Food

It can’t be denied that I love food. I love selecting the ingredients, working through a recipe, smelling the aroma, and EATING! It makes sense that I would combine my love of food with my love of photography. In between shoots with my Rebel I like to pull out my phone and take shots of food I’ve cooked or eaten while out. Since, I’ve been gone for a while I thought I should post some of these photos.

Chocolate Stout Cupcake with Whiskey Ganache and Bailey's Frosting

Chocolate Stout Cupcake with Whiskey Ganache and Bailey’s Frosting

Lobster Risotto

Lobster Risotto

Sauteed Shrimp and Carrots over Quinoa

Sauteed Shrimp and Carrots over Quinoa

Pan-Roasted Chicken with Oranges and Rosemary

Pan-Roasted Chicken with Oranges and Rosemary

Sauteed Shrimp with Snow Peas and Tomatoes

Sauteed Shrimp with Snow Peas and Tomatoes

Happy Ada Lovelace Day

Ada Lovelace Day aims to raise the profile of women in science, technology, engineering and maths by encouraging people around the world to talk about the women whose work they admire. This international day of celebration helps people learn about the achievements of women in STEM, inspiring others and creating new role models for young and old alike.

Source: http://findingada.com/about-finding-ada/

Happy Ada Lovelace Day. A day where we celebrate women in STEM. I’m a techie, that much is obvious, but I didn’t start off in the computer world. I was actually a science and math geek who majored in Chemistry in college. The “hard sciences” have always been my thing and for a while I actually wanted a PhD in Chemistry. So, in doing my part for ALD, I want to profile Dr. Marie Maynard Daly.

In 1947, Dr. Marie Maynard Daly was the first Black woman to receive a Ph.D. in Chemistry. Her initial studies involved research into the heart and the effects of cholesterol and hypertension. She received her Bachelors degree as a Magna Cum Laude graduate from Queens College in Flushing, NY. Dr. Daly achieved her Masters degree after 1 year of study and ultimately her Ph.D. after 3. Her later studies were in proteins and she went on to teach at Howard University, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine where she retired in 1986.

Along with her research work she was a proponent of increasing minority enrollment in medical school and graduate science programs. She established a scholarship fund at Queens College in her father’s name in 1988. Dr. Daly passed away in 2003.

Source: http://www.chemheritage.org/discover/chemistry-in-history/themes/biomolecules/proteins-and-sugars/daly.aspx

All Moved In

A few years ago I bought my name as a domain and I wasn’t sure what to do with it. I had my hosting company park it over my business’s website so that both would point to the same place. Now, has come the time to finally separate the two. I bought another hosting plan and now this place will focus on my blog posts. My thoughts about the industry, works in progress, and anything related to the web and photography.

Hacked?

About two months ago I started receiving some weird emails in an account tied to this website. I thought it was just a fluke because I get spam all the time. As the days went on my inbox was flooded. Basically someone either hacked into my account or they spoofed my email address and started sending out spam so I had tons of auto responses in my inbox. The account was only used in connection to the form on my contact page. I’m starting to think that it had to do with the security breach a few months ago. I thought I had avoided any drama but it looks like it took a little while to get to me. I shut down the account immediately and set up another one for the contact form. So far so good but I’ll keeping an eye on this account.

I got my camera

I picked up a Rebel T1i 3 weeks ago and I am IN LOVE! I didn’t want the kit but the camera shop had an open box and with the discount it cost about the same as a body only. The images are so clear and crisp and I just kept taking picture after picture. I filled a 4GB memory card on the first day. LOL Canon has their own program so you can work with RAW files but now I have to hash out whether I want Lightroom or Aperture or to just stay with Digital Photo Professional. I am planning on getting an additional lens. Either I buy the 50 mm 1.8 when I get paid, or I save up and get the 50mm 1.4 in a month.

Expanding the house

I forgot to mention that starting yesterday my site will encompass more than just web and graphic design. I’m adding photography, artwork, and any other creative interest that I have. I want this site to reflect more of me and eventually I’ll be going away from the current domain name and only using ravenmccandies.com. Stay tuned.

WordPress 2.8.4

Finally upgraded WP to the latest version. After reading about older versions being hacked I knew I couldn’t wait any longer. The basic upgrade didn’t take long. I just had to fix a few plug-in issues. I do like this new admin interface and it’ll be easier to find the tools I need to update post and pages.