equivocality — Jeff Ngan's collection of thoughts, experiences, and projects, inspired by pretty much everything
Me @ Twitter

Dear @zen­for­lunch, it was nice dri­ving by you and yelling your name like a dork today.

4 years ago
29 Jun 10

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Me @ Twitter

Why thank you for favourit­ing one of my pho­tos on Flickr, Mr. hkbuttcracklover. I assume it’s safe to say you enjoy butt cracks?

4 years ago
Me @ Twitter

Is it weird that my elbows are so double-jointed that I can stretch my biceps just by flex­ing my triceps?

4 years ago
27 Jun 10

Bobby's number two

I’ve been itch­ing to play around with some new footage lately cause I love edit­ing and it’s been a while since I had a good story to tell, so when Tiana invited me to Bobby’s sec­ond birth­day party, I couldn’t resist. I also recently pur­chased some new gear in prepa­ra­tion of a wed­ding I’ve been hired to film in the Fall (with a sec­ond one poten­tially lined up), and I’ve been look­ing for an oppor­tu­nity to field-test a new bag, shoul­der strap, and monopod.

I tend to get really shy at Tiana’s par­ties cause I feel like I’m the only one who doesn’t know any­one else there, but she does a good job of mak­ing sure I’m never left alone for too long and included in most con­ver­sa­tions. She’s also the only other per­son I know to actu­ally design cus­tom invi­ta­tions. This time, how­ever, she was sport­ing a perky new hair­cut, and no longer a veg­e­tar­ian (for now). Such is the power of St. Hubert.

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Me @ Twitter

Weird habit I just realised I have: touch­ing the pro­tec­tive seal of my juice car­tons to my tongue before throw­ing it out. #ocd

4 years ago
25 Jun 10

Space Station

The International Space Station hap­pened to be pass­ing by when I was out doing some astropho­tog­ra­phy. It’s a very high-profile object because it’s a lot brighter than any stars (it’s light com­ing from the solar pan­els reflect­ing the sun at us), and it blazes across the sky at an amaz­ing speed. This last point is made obvi­ous by the fact that all the stars appear sta­tion­ary in the photo1, while the ISS made a bril­liant streak.

Also vis­i­ble near the bot­tom of the pic­ture are two low-flying air­craft. The one in the bot­tom left cor­ner had blink­ing lights, which is why it appears as a series of dots in a line.

International Space Station

16mm focal length, f2.8 aper­ture, 13 sec­ond expo­sure, ISO1600.

I only had about two chances to take this shot at this shut­ter speed, not because the ISS dis­ap­pears behind the hori­zon, but because it even­tu­ally flies into the shadow of the Earth while it’s in the sky and is no longer illu­mi­nated by the sun.

My astropho­tograhy teacher once showed me a pic­ture he got of the ISS where the fins of the solar pan­els were vis­i­ble. To put into per­spec­tive how dif­fi­cult this was, he explained it like this:

At it’s longest dimen­sion, the ISS is only about 109m wide, which is roughly the size of the nee­dle antenna on top of the CN Tower. It’s also orbits about 400 kilo­me­tres above the earth, which is roughly the dis­tance from Ottawa to Toronto. So to cap­ture the ISS in a tele­scope at that mag­ni­fi­ca­tion is like being in Ottawa and point­ing a tele­scope at Toronto and see­ing the antenna on the CN Tower…as it’s mov­ing at 8 kilo­me­tres per sec­ond. In American terms, this would be like stand­ing with a tele­scope in Las Vegas and resolv­ing the char­ac­ters of the Hollywood sign in Los Angeles if it was mov­ing at 17000mph.

  1. They do move, but at a wide focal length of 16mm the streak­ing is min­i­mized. []
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Me @ Twitter

Made a clean, dark wall­pa­per for my iPhone cause the default iOS4 ones are too busy for me: http://bit.ly/aJgrMY. Feel free to download.

4 years ago
Me @ Twitter

That candy tasted like a cus­tard infused with methane. Made me gag at first, then turned into a mango taste. #not­sureifwant

4 years ago
Me @ Twitter

GASP. There’s durian candy in that bag of good­ies Pat and Jen gave me. #dun­dun­dun http://yfrog.com/8680rj

4 years ago
Me @ Twitter

Aww, not only did my cat not com­ing run­ning when I got home, I also found her cow­er­ing under my bed. Guess the earth­quake really spooked her

4 years ago
Me @ Twitter

Also, all my Ottawa peeps are tweet­ing about it.

4 years ago
Me @ Twitter

And I guess it’s mov­ing east cause @oren­ma­zor just tweeted about it at Westboro a minute ago.

4 years ago
Me @ Twitter

Holy shit that was the longest and biggest earth­quake I’ve ever felt.

4 years ago
23 Jun 10

Everlong

I rarely think of the one who loved me most, even though she still thinks of me. This isn’t on pur­pose; it’s a sim­ple case of me mean­ing more to her than vice versa.

I’ve avoided such an unre­quited obses­sion with my last love. I stopped all con­tact, cut myself off from any­thing that’d pre­vent me from heal­ing or mov­ing on, and I’m proud of myself for hav­ing the strength to break such self-destructive habits.

But I can’t hide from my own mem­o­ries. When touched and inspired so sig­nif­i­cantly, one can’t help but remain for­ever changed.

Between the choice of giv­ing things a chance and los­ing me for­ever, she chose the lat­ter. So I won­der if she ever thinks of me now, the one who will always have loved her most, or whether I’ve just become another one of the wounded boys who stag­gered and fell so help­lessly against her graces.

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