Open thread and NYC have-a-beer-with-Tim

The last time we met up, some of you very people got me so hung over that the next morning I found myself trapped in a middle lane of Connecticut Avenue on the way to a career-making conference talk in DC with sunglasses on and the visor down, seeing double from the headache and trying not to barf into my hat because the car had one of those ‘How is my driving?’ stickers on it.

The talk went well. I have another big one in NYC on Thursday, so let’s do it again. If anyone knows a spot with good beer and decent food and the space for however many excellent people might show up, share it in the comments.

Picture of Max. I prettied it up using HDR.

Max and the lake


Interest is pretty tepid, so maybe not. The plan would have been for Wednesday.

24 replies
  1. 1
    lamh35 says:

    This whole kidnapped women story is way engrossing. I’ve never been so happy to be off from work.

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    dslak says:

    Amity Hall has a good beer and food selection, and has a fair amount of space.

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    Hungry Joe says:

    “OT” stands for “Blow your own horn,” right? Thought so.

    Anyway, today, almost exactly a year after the hardcover, Simon & Schuster is publishing the paperback edition of my middle-grade novel ANYWAY*. Kinda stoked here.

  4. 4
    catclub says:

    Spurs Win!

    Curry was amazing, and horrifying.

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    Redshirt says:

    Hey Tim – can you describe your use of HDR?

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    Yutsano says:


    If all goes well in the next couple of months I might be discussing meet-ups in Austin or Oklahoma City depending on where the new office is headquartered out of. Though I won’t be leaving Seattle for a spell most likely. Having said that, if anyone is ambiguous about a meet-up, err on the side of going. They’re massive fun!

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    Dammit, that’s the same day I’m flying out to California. Clearly you all need to coordinate your lives with my availability a little better.

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    Raven says:

    @Redshirt: I use it in Lightroom

    High-dynamic-range imaging (HDRI or HDR) is a set of methods used in imaging and photography to capture a greater dynamic range between the lightest and darkest areas of an image than current standard digital imaging methods or photographic methods. HDR images can represent more accurately the range of intensity levels found in real scenes, from direct sunlight to faint starlight, and is often captured by way of a plurality of differently exposed pictures of the same subject matter

    eta For example, it is very hard to get a decent picture of my black cocker but, with and hdr filter, the details of her face come out.

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    Well, reading your post, are you looking to get lit on Wednesday or Thursday? I might be able to do later on Wednesday (have a buddy’s goodbye drinks to hit up first).

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    Redshirt says:

    @Raven: Do you have to take multiple shots of the subject for it to work? Or just the one?

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    Amir Khalid says:

    I wondered if the FYWP gods had granted you the boon of not eating replies to this nym, so I tried to reply to your comment. Still no joy, alas.

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    Yatsuno says:

    @Amir Khalid: I KNEW I was forgetting something! Thanks for that, I fergot to reset on the home computer. My bad.

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    SIA says:

    @Hungry Joe: Congratulations!! That must feel great!

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    Paul @ PredictableFunk says:

    I met Tim in DC. He’s great company. I’m a Math Teacher and I had to face my students the next morning. Worth it.

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    Tim F. says:

    @Redshirt: HDR can mean a lot of things. In this case I took multiple pics because the foreground was a whole lot darker than the background, so there was no way one pic would preserve detail in both. I captured three pics with my GH2 in bracket-burst mode and exported them RAW from Lightroom into Photoshop CS5, where I used the automated HDR menu option. Photoshop automatically aligned the pics, merged them and gave me a huge level of creative control such as exposure/brightness/gamma/contrast and more advanced features like pixel mapping etc. I chose small-radius pixel mapping to keep a natural look and increased saturation and contrast to add a little ‘punch’. Max moved a little during the burst capture so I cleaned up his silhouette using the clone tool. You can do all of this (except the clone tool) with an excellent free program called Light Compressor, so there is no need to shell out for Photoshop just to do HDR.

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    gogol's wife says:

    I don’t think you should gauge interest by mid-day responses. People seem to check in here after work. I am not that far from NYC but too far to go there in the middle of the week. Plus my spontaneity level is very, very low.

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    I can do Wednesday but probably not earlier than 9:30 or so. I’ll be in Midtown but am happy to travel within Manhattan. If you have some geographical location in mine, let me know. Email is

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    Nicole says:

    Boo. I’m in Manhattan, but Wednesday evening is tough. I would have enjoyed it.

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    Redshirt says:

    @Tim F.: Thanks for the explanation.

    Why is Lightroom required for this procedure?

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    Tim F. says:

    @Redshirt: NP. I organize all of my RAW pics in Lightroom just because its library feature is convenient for that. Lightroom (or RawTherapee) is best for tweaking RAW pics when complex HDR or panorama stitching is not required.

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    Arclite says:

    Make it in Waikiki and I’m there.

  22. 22
    RSR says:

    Do any of you ever visit Philly, or am I just stuck hanging out with Atrios at Phillies games?

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    noodler says:

    you mean the night in adams morgan?

    Yeah, got in trouble for that one.

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    TD says:

    I just happen to work on the UWS, and I’ve been meaning to make it to one of these! Dooo it.

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