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View of my new living room / photo studio.  

View of my new living room / photo studio.  

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週末に撮影があるので、今夜は少しだけDP2Qのテスト。背景は、ステージなので使うというcommando clothという素材。光を反射しにくい背景なのである。

ライトは一灯だけで、横に自作の巨大な反射板を置く。ピントが合った場所の写りはものすごい。これで中判みたいにボケてくれたらもっと嬉しいんだけど。DP2Mに比べると動作もきびきびしている。

レンズシャッターなので、高速のシンクロもできるんだよね。屋外ストロボ撮影もできるということか。高速シャッターが使えるということは、アンビエントライトを消し去ることができるということでもある。

週末使うのが楽しみである。これこんなに性能がいいなら、DP3Qで中望遠が出来たらものすごいだろうな。

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Electricity Bill

I received a letter from ComEd and noticed my electricity per usage increased from 5KW per week to 20KW per week in new condo. 

Because I used 158KW per week, it will be around 600KW per month for a house hold with single person, that seems really high.

As a reference, Americans use 903KW per HH per month (from http://www.eia.gov/tools/faqs/faq.cfm?id=97&t=3).

Japanese HH use 300KW per month, (http://www.fepc.or.jp/enterprise/jigyou/japan/)

The research shows ComEd offers hourly pricing rate - which is running a from 2 cents per KW to 5 cents per KW.  Because fixed price for ComEd is 6 cents per KW, I should be able to save around 33% or so by switching to variable rate.

Moreover, if you allow ComEd to turn off your AC in peak time, they will give you $10 per month in the summer time, that will be 11% discount. 

Also it looks like there are Wifi Thermostat that I can connect via phone — this will allow me to change temperature or start/stop AC from outside, probably it is a good investment.

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From Ready 2 Run — Triathlon simulation, we ended up running/swimming/biking same distance + 20 miles bike ride to get to Hyde Park

From Ready 2 Run — Triathlon simulation, we ended up running/swimming/biking same distance + 20 miles bike ride to get to Hyde Park

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"I was walking the street and tried to check my phone. Someone apparently called me while I was at CVS buying orange juice, it was expensive orange juice but am moving in 2 days so am not ordering grocery by instcart. My sleek black (and slippery) Moto G phone slipped from my hand and it fell. It slid. It went over the sewer or tunnel connecting to blue line and it disappeared. I ran across and I saw my phone slowly falling into the abyss — its white LED became dimmer and dimmer, and I heard a splash."

— Masabu

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Church of the Holy Sepluchre

Church of the Holy Sepluchre

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Mediterranean world, where the Sun blesses people.

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Went to Arab restaurant called “Old man and the sea”.