It’s been a while since I’ve tended to my site but I have a feeling that I may be posting a bit more than usual. Of course, usual now being like almost a year or so, that doesn’t say much. 🙂
However, I have most of my camera gear here and the other half is being shipped along with the majority of Home Office 6.0, my books, and tons of boxes with other stuff that still needed to be shipped from Rotterdam to California. With a bit of luck everything should arrive in perfect order sometime near the end of the year.
This of course means that starting 2013 I’ll be (finally) constructing the final office 7.0, the combination of the current California office and the previous office. Also, with the cameras and lenses and flashes I’ll likely be taking more pictures, not just of the office. It’s too soon to tell when I’ll be done with all that since it does take quite a bit of planning and labor but I’m hoping to be done before February 2013.
New pictures (and possibly a new “making of” section with more shots as things come along) also take some time to set up and light and do a good job at it so, I suspect that may be sometime later in February before you get to see any. In the meantime I got myself a great 16-battery charger to deal with volume charging of Eneloop batteries for the Nikon speedlight flashes.
Now, speaking of offices and in particular multi-monitor setups. I was watching Person of Interest the other day and the script writers never cease to amaze me. Not only have they introduced a killer guard dog trained to only respond to Dutch commands which in the series are actually German (while in a later episode giving the dog a Danish to eat), it also appears that the people designing the set are weird. Yes, I said weird. Now, look at the screenshot I took and tell me what’s wrong with that picture. The monitors are all at different height for obviously no good reason.
One monitor is actually blocking another. And given how this is constructed on a round table, how on earth are you going to properly view the two side-most monitors? On top of that, on the desk sits a typical old fashioned camera control box that you would normally find in a monitoring or security room. So far the only thing they seem to have gotten right is the Herman Miller Aeron chair there! And no, I will not get into the cable management that is sorely lacking. 🙂
As for the other office, mine, I am about 99 percent complete with the planning. Just some more stuff to order and deal with and of course waiting for the rest of the stuff to arrive. But as you can see from the (albeit small) image here, I even planned the complete power distribution, which sockets and circuits will power what, which APC Backup UPS’es will hook onto what, etc. I’m starting this project loaded with new velcro and a dozen new high-intensity USB powered LED lights. Oh, you want pictures? Fine.
The following two layout images show the final office setup. One with just the top of the desk, the other with everything that will be housed underneath the desks. Let’s see how close this gets to being exactly what I’ll be doing. Usually there are some last minute changes but I think I’ve got it nailed this time. I’ll also be using a label writer to label cables along with all the velcro magic.
That’t it for now. I need to get ready to head over to the Oakley City Hall and tomorrow it’s the BACN end of year party. In case you’re not interested in hardware and cables and LED lights and prefer a more liquid approach, here’s what I’m bringing to the party. Yep, a bottle of Glenmorangie Artein 15 year old Scotch from the private reserve.