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Cindy & Nate

Sun Aug 16, 2009, 1:17 AM


On Saturday, August 15, 2009, my long-time friend Cindy Frisk married Nate Hoag. I was asked to be the official photographer, so I flew in from Denver, Colorado to take photos of her gorgeous fairytale-style wedding.

At age 2, Cindy became the first friend I ever had and to this day, I truly consider her one of my best friends. She's without a doubt, a sister to me. I'm so happy that she found someone to share her life with; Nate couldn't have been a better partner to grow and enjoy life with Cindy. May the both of you live a life full of happiness, joy, compassion, and above all, love. I love you both!!

Even though these photos were taken at my first-ever wedding photo shoot, I truly did my best work for everyone. Cindy and Nate, I hope you enjoy these! They're just for you!  :happycry:



Wedding photography by Jeffrey Bennett.

View the photos from Cindy & Nate's wedding.

Photography © 2009, Jeffrey Bennett. All rights reserved.
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Note to attendees
Because I took roughly 500 photos (even though many of these photos will not make the cut), I'm going to be organizing these into categories - the best of the best will be at the beginning and general snapshots will be towards the end.

  • Mood: Love

This is nice!

Journal Entry: Wed Nov 12, 2008, 11:00 AM



Update #1

ZOMWFG!! Just when I thought gas prices weren't going to get any lower, last night I bought gas for $1.96 per gallon. :faint:


I put $10.01 in my gas tank and filled it up to almost 3/4 of the way. This is really, really nice! :excited:


I just hope gas prices stay the same (or get even lower). I'd be OK with that, too. :D



$2.72

That's how much I just paid for a gallon of gas! I got my gas tank filled up to about 3/4 for $15. :omg:


It wasn't too long ago that it was $4.00+ per gallon. This is a very, very nice change. :nod:


Although, I suppose even if we had to pay $6.00 per gallon, we shouldn't complain too much. I remember when I went to Europe in the summer of 2006, we had to get some gas while in France. Well, the gas station's sign said 1.75€ per liter - there are about 3.78541178 liters in one US Gallon (according to Google), so 1.75€ x 3.78541178 = about 6.62€ per US gallon. That doesn't include the Euro to US Dollar conversion rate at the time, which was about 1:1.25 US Dollar to Euro ratio. This means that it was about $8.28 (US Dollars) per gallon of gas. It would cost me about $100 just to fill up my gas tank. :faint:


So anyways, I'm rambling. Plus, I just thought I'd share that. How much is gas in your area? :D



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  • Mood: Optimism
  • Listening to: music
  • Eating: Burger King

Sleep...

Journal Entry: Wed Nov 12, 2008, 10:46 AM



...sounds sooo good right now

This morning, I could not get out of bed to save my life!! I just kept hitting the snooze button on my alarm clock for an hour. I've had three cups of coffee today, and it still hasn't helped me wake up. You've betrayed me, Starbucks!! :cries:


I don't think my boss would appreciate it if I went to sleep on my desk. What do you think?


:yawn: :sleep:



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  • Mood: Tired

Barack Obama...

Journal Entry: Tue Nov 4, 2008, 9:19 PM



...is the new USA President!

:excited: :excited: :excited: :excited: :excited:


ZWOMFG!! I'm so frickin' psyched that Barack Obama is the new President of the United States!!!!!!!!!!! :D


Finally, we're going to have a real President, and not all this George W. Bush/John McCain/Sarah Palin shit. :XD:


Mark your calendars people, because January 20, 2009 is the last day George W. Bush will ever darken America's doorway again!! :excited:


Poll: How do you feel about Barack Obama becoming President?


:dance: :dance:


60th birthday

And in other news, 60 years ago today, my father came bursting out of my grandmother's placenta. :party:


I'm sure that's the way you expected to read this, right? :lmao:



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  • Mood: Excited
  • Reading: news about the election

Daily Deviation

Journal Entry: Fri Oct 31, 2008, 8:13 PM



YOU should do this

Everyone should browse my gallery, and find art to recommend as a daily deviation! :D


FAQ #18: Who selects Daily Deviations and how are they chosen?



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  • Mood: Joy
  • Listening to: music

Must... destroy...

Journal Entry: Sun Oct 26, 2008, 6:25 AM



Microsoft Internet Explorer

Gaahhh! I swear Internet Exploder is going to be my death! :frustrated:


I can't believe people still use this wannabe imitation llama feecees!


:poo::llama:


OK, I feel better. :XD:



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  • Mood: Cat Fight

John McCain

Journal Entry: Sat Oct 25, 2008, 2:14 PM



Dr. Evil and Cotton Hill

Has anyone else seen the startling resemblance that John McCain has to Dr. Evil from the Austin Powers movies, and to Cotton Hill from King of the Hill?


Don't take my word for it. Look for yourself!




See the Dr. Evil McCain video clip from YouTube.com



 


 


Vote for Barack Obama and Joe Biden on Tuesday, November 4, 2008



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  • Mood: Lmao
  • Listening to: music

Art by Jeffrey Bennett

Journal Entry: Wed Oct 22, 2008, 1:23 AM




I've been doing a lot of work on my online art gallery lately and I'm rather excited about some of the new features! You can now rate the pieces from 1 (being "Terrible") to 5 (being "Excellent"). Just click on your rating and voila! Rating my artwork will also help me out tremendously. Let me explain: for one, it will allow me to learn from what's really good and from what's not, and whenever a visitor rates one of my works, it will automagically be moved in the previews section according to it's rating - meaning the best pieces will be at the left and the ones that need improvement will be right. Remember though, you can only vote once, so choose wisely!


Another awesome feature is my new RSS feed. You can subscribe to this and whenever I add new artwork, your RSS reader will get the new work in a flash!


A new section currently in the works is the member's only area - having an account will allow you to add your favorite pieces from my collection to your favorites, your wishlist, and purchase my work in any of several different formats directly from the comfort and privacy of your own home.


Last, but definitely not least is the upgrade of ArtByJB.com to it's own Virtual Private Server. This will allow for faster processing, more customization of ArtByJB.com, and so much more. The possibilities are literally endless!


I hope you're as excited about these changes as I am - the next generation of ArtByJB.com is here!



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  • Mood: Excited

Allergies

Journal Entry: Sat Oct 18, 2008, 4:23 PM



Blah!

Yes, that's right. Allergies. We all love them, right? They're so much fun!! :sarcasm:



My allergies have been really getting to me lately. They're just smothering me with attention and I don't want it!! Earlier today, I sneezed like eight times in a row, barely even able to catch my breath in between. :dead:



Sometimes, I wish I weren't allergic to anything... Just for like maybe a week or so, just to see what it's like! :sick:



I'm miserable... :cries:



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  • Mood: Miserable
  • Listening to: Gigi D'Agostino
  • Eating: Peanut Butter & Jelly sandwiches

PLEASE HELP!

Journal Entry: Mon Oct 13, 2008, 5:19 PM



I'm in a major pickle!

[Original post: Wednesday, October 8, 2008 @ 5:06am]


For those of you that know anything about programming and in particular, PHP 5.2.6, I must beg for your help!


I just made a major booboo! Let me explain: I finished upgrading to PHP version 5.2.6 from PHP 4.2.1, and in my code I use a lot of include() and require() functions to create the page templates. Well, as soon as I restarted my server, those functions stopped working. Even worse is I have literally thousands of pages on my site and practically all of them use these functions in one way or another; these pages are no longer rendering... Is there some sort of setting I need to change or fix in php.ini, or something else, or is there a way to fix this globally? If not, how can I downgrade back to PHP 4.2.1?


Also, I have a MySQL database and for some reason, I can't connect to the database using this code:

$con = mysql_connect('localhost', 'mysql_user', 'mysql_password');


It just flat out doesn't return anything. Am I doing something wrong here, too?


Please, please, please help me fix my catastrophe!! :stupidme:


 


 


[Update #1: Monday, October 13, 2008 @ 6:19pm]


Last night, I was editing my php.ini file and when I saved it and typed in artbyjb.com, suddenly everything worked (or at least nothing was broken)! :omg: I have to admit that I don't know what I did to fix it, and even though I would really like to know (to prevent that from happening in the future), I'm so incredibly relieved my websites are back up and running!!


:phew: Another catastrophe diverted! Well, at least for now anyways... :paranoid:


Oh, and the whole MySQL code not working bit is now working. Well, it's returning stuff, just not exactly the way I intended it... Regardless, that's minor as compared to my entire site being down for nearly a week. :faint:



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  • Mood: Relief

Woah!

Journal Entry: Sun Oct 12, 2008, 11:10 PM



40,000 pageviews

I just noticed that I almost have 40,000 pageviews!! :omg:


As of this writing, I have two pageviews before I make the big 40k. :dance:


 


 


 


Scratch that! I refreshed my browser and hit 40,000 right on the spot. Yay!



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  • Mood: Awestruck
  • Listening to: Rihanna
  • Reading: Information on PHP
  • Watching: Mr. Bean's Holiday
  • Playing: Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (PC edition)
  • Eating: Peanut Butter & Jelly sandwiches
  • Drinking: Diet Pepsi Jazz: Black Cherry & French Vanilla

OMG, OMG, OMG!! OMG, OMG, OMG!! OMG, OMG, OMG!!!!!

Journal Entry: Fri Sep 19, 2008, 11:44 PM


OK, so at about 7:30pm on Friday, September 19, 2008, I went to Circuit City and bought myself a brand-spanking-new HP Pavilion TX2510US Tablet Laptop!!!

HP Pavilion tx2510us Tablet Laptop

:excited: x 1,000,000,000! :D

It's sooo purrty! :drool::omg:

OK, so here's the part all of you computer nerds out there (like me) have been waiting for (the specs):

- It has the latest version of Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium with Service Pack 1 (32-bit)
- It sports an AMD Turion X2 Ultra Dual-Core Mobile Processor ZM-80 (2.1GHz, 2MB Cache)
- It has a high-definition 12.1" touch screen (and stylus) from Wacom
- It has a really big 250GB (5400RPM) Hard Drive
- It has 3GB DDR2 SDRAM (2 Dimm)
- It's great for the Internet with 802.11a/b/g/n (draft 802.11n) WLAN, Bluetooth, and a built-in webcam
- It burns LightScribe CDs and DVDs with the Super Multi 8x DVD±RW burner with Dual-Layer support
- It has a really long on-the-go life with the high-capacity 6-Cell Lithium-ion Battery
- It has incredible graphics with the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3200 Graphics card with 64MB DDR2 Display Cache
- It's really secure with a built-in biometric fingerprint reader
- All of these features and more fit into this ultra-portable 4.6lb laptop

There are so many others, but my fingers are about to fall off from typing! :D

Oooh, oooh, oooh! And, it accompanies my new 12/MBps Fiber Optic Internet connection, too! :D

:excited::excited::excited::excited::excited::excited::excited::excited::excited::excited::excited::excited::excited::excited::excited::excited::excited::excited::excited::excited::excited::excited::excited::excited::excited::excited::excited::excited::excited::excited::excited::excited::excited::excited::excited::excited::excited::excited::excited::excited::excited::excited::excited::excited::excited::excited::excited::excited::excited::excited:
Just thought I'd throw in a few extra of those! :XD:

OK, so I'm done. :D


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  • Mood: Excited

OMG, OMG, OMG!!

Journal Entry: Tue Sep 16, 2008, 11:33 AM


I'm so excited right now, I can barely stand it!! :excited::excited::excited::excited::excited:
I just set up an account with Quest to get Fiber Optic Internet!!!1!!1one!!1! :excited::excited:
Our stuff should be here on Friday, and then, I'll be getting 12/MBps download speeds, which is about 220 times faster than dial-up and four times faster than our current connection through Comcast. :omg:

:excited::excited::excited::excited::excited::excited::excited::excited::excited::excited::excited::excited::excited::excited::excited::excited::excited::excited::excited::excited::excited::excited::excited::excited::excited::excited::excited::excited::excited::excited::excited::excited::excited::excited::excited::dead:

That last one was from excitement overkill. :tombstone:
Just kidding, I don't want to keel over yet. I have yet to try out my new connection! :nod:

Surprisingly, we're actually going to be paying less than what we were for Comcast, which was only 3/MBps.

Anyways, just thought I'd let you know. :D :D

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  • Mood: Excited
  • Listening to: the air conditioning
  • Eating: leftover macaroni and cheese
  • Drinking: water

15,000 miles

Journal Entry: Fri Sep 12, 2008, 7:55 PM


I just got home and saw this on Gary's (my car) instrument panel:

15,000 miles

When I got Gary, he had only 42 miles racked up from test drives. This is a sad day... :cries:


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  • Listening to: music
  • Eating: Chinese food
  • Drinking: water

Art theft

Journal Entry: Mon Sep 8, 2008, 9:19 AM


Well, I just discovered a website called TinEye Image Search - an image search engine that uses images to find other similar (or identical) images. The concept (and implementation) of the site is incredible and quite revolutionary.

The first thing I thought when I found out about TinEye was "Wow, this is great! It'll let me figure out if anyone else has used my artwork on the Internet." As much as I hoped that no one had stolen my artwork, it turned out to be just the opposite. I found out that one of my popular photo-manipulations, LOVE had been transformed into a black & white avatar for a series of sites that look as if they've been written in Arabic, and someone else took the image and is using it on Photobucket.

Unfortunately, the TinEye Image Search is still in it's infancy (it's a beta), and just under one billion images have been indexed. One billion may seem like a lot of images, but I would honestly be very surprised if there weren't several trillion images on the Internet.

I do have to say though, I'm going to be using TinEye Image Search a lot more in the future - especially since this is not the first time my artwork has been stolen...


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Paris, France

Journal Entry: Fri Aug 29, 2008, 9:13 AM


I want to go back soooo badly!!! :excited:

Just thought I would let you all know. :blowkiss:


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OMG, I so totally just bought a subscription! :D

Journal Entry: Tue Aug 26, 2008, 10:11 AM


I'm like so happy right now! Thank you, deviantDollars! :D

I missed my subscription... :cuddle:

me -> :cuddle: <- subscription

I know I'm weird, but you love me!! :D

:excited:


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How to shoot yourself in the foot

Journal Entry: Fri Aug 22, 2008, 10:14 AM


Using...

Assembly
  • You try to shoot yourself in the foot, only to discover you must first invent the gun, the bullet, the trigger, and your foot.
  • Using only 7 bytes of code, you blow off your entire leg in only 2 CPU clock ticks.

FORTRAN
  • You shoot yourself in each toe, iteratively, until you run out of toes, then you read in the next foot and repeat. If you run out of bullets, you continue anyway because you have no exception-handling ability.

LISP
  • You shoot yourself in the appendage which holds the gun with which you shoot yourself in the appendage which holds the gun with which you shoot yourself in the appendage which holds the gun with which you shoot yourself in the appendage which holds...

ALGOL
  • You shoot yourself in the foot with a musket. The musket is aesthetically fascinating, and the wound baffles the adolescent medic in the emergency room.

COBOL
  • USEing a COLT 45 HANDGUN, AIM gun at LEG.FOOT, THEN place ARM.HAND.FINGER on HANDGUN.TRIGGER and SQUEEZE. THEN return HANDGUN to HOLSTER. CHECK whether shoelace needs to be retied.
  • Allocate $500,000 for the project. Define gun,bullet,foot. Run press_trigger. Go for coffee break. Return in time to put foot under bullet.
  • You try to shoot yourself in the foot, but the gun won't fire unless it's aligned in column 8.

BASIC
  • Shoot yourself in foot with water pistol. On big systems, continue until entire lower body is waterlogged.
  • Lacking a gun, you hold the bullet in your hand and throw it at your foot... and miss.

Visual Basic
  • You'll shoot yourself in the foot, but you'll have so much fun doing it that you won't care.

Smalltalk
  • You spend so much time playing with the graphics and windowing system that your boss shoots you in the foot, takes away your workstation, and makes you develop in COBOL on a character terminal.

Pascal
  • The compiler won't let you shoot yourself in the foot.

C
  • You shoot yourself in the foot.
  • You shoot yourself in the foot and then no one else can figure out what you did.

C++
  • You accidentally create a dozen instances of yourself and shoot them all in the foot. Providing emergency medical assistance is impossible since you can't tell which are bitwise copies and which are just pointing at others and saying, "That's me, over there."

Java
  • You write a program to shoot yourself in the foot and put it on the Internet. People all over the world shoot themselves in the foot.
  • The gun fires just fine, but your foot can't figure out what the bullets are and ignores them.

Python
  • You shoot yourself in the foot and everything goes so smoothly that you go ahead to shoot yourself in the other foot then your legs, then your torso and then your head.
  • You try to shoot yourself in the foot, only to realize that there's no need, since Guido thoughtfully shot you in the foot years ago.



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Hit and run

Journal Entry: Fri Aug 15, 2008, 8:54 AM


[Original post: Friday, March 21, 2008 @ 3:34am]
Wow, I cannot believe my luck!! I just got back home from a night of fun, amazing photography (see below), and a car wreck in my brand-new 2007 Chevy Cobalt. Tonight was supposed to be (and was) a lot of fun, until this random dark-grey, 2005 Honda Accord (probably with a drunk driver) ran into the side of my car, tearing up the back side, breaking off my tire's hubcap, and making my car spin into a 180° turn. Oh, and did I mention they didn't have their lights on? Regardless, as soon as I stopped, they were on their way down the street, speeding away from the scene. That's when Dave (my passenger) yelled "follow them!" So, without thinking and still in shock, I went down the road, and caught up to get their license plate and description of the car. Dave was on my cell phone reporting the accident to the police. The person who was driving the other car took absolutely nothing into consideration because they were going down one-way streets, running red lights, stop signs, swerving to miss pedestrians, etc. It was really scary and it felt like I was on an episode of COPS, but after what seemed like forever, Dave told me to stop following them and go back to the scene of the accident. I was really shaken up, but we got back to the site where a police officer took a report on the hit and run. When we got back home, I called my car insurance company to report the claim and they told me that my agent would get back with me. Well, I only hope that I don't have to pay for the repairs to my baby, or I might have to declare bankruptcy... Wish me luck!
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[Update #1: Tuesday, March 25, 2008 @ 12:41pm]
I was just informed that my car repair is going to cost me about $4,000 (four-thousand-dollars) because I have to get a new suspension, a new left-side panel for the body of my car, a new hubcap, and the list goes on. This is just my fucking luck! Let me explain: for the first time in almost an entire year, I was finally getting out of debt (because of my digital camera purchase) and then, I get into a hit-and-run car accident. Is this karma, because I've always tried to be a really good person!? I mean, for crying out loud! Even though, I only have to pay $500 from the repairs, it's still going to put me back into the proverbial financial hole, big time. Oh, and I also have another car payment and my insurance payment that's due today, so that's yet another $500! Why me!? :cries:
Oh, and did I mention that I still have almost $16,000 (sixteen-thousand-dollars) left to pay off for my car? :dead: Fortunately, that should be paid off in the next five years or so. I think I need to start in the counterfeiting business or maybe go legit and win the lottery. :plotting:



[Update #2: Friday, August 15, 2008 @ 9:54am for mid-April]
I suppose I should update this one last time - In mid-April, I [finally] got Gary (my car) back after it taking an extra three weeks to finish the repairs. The suspension had to be replaced, which actually upped the estimated $4,000 to a little over $6,000 in repairs - about half the cost of the entire car, minus the loan interest. Fortunately, I have good insurance, so the only thing I had to pay for was $500 for the repairs and about $280 for the rental car. I've been driving Gary since I got him back and he's been doing great. It [still] feels as if this accident never even happened; the mechanics did a great job fixing up my baby!
Even though the police found (and prosecuted) the drunk driver on several accounts (driving under the influence, running a stop sign, driving without lights on at night, driving without insurance, etc), there's a very good chance that I'll never be reimbursed for my out-of-pocket expenses... Fortunately, I was able to (slowly, but surely) overcome the whole financial part, so I didn't have to declare bankruptcy. Regardless, after all that I've been through, I [really] hope that I never have to go through anything else even remotely similar to this again. At the very least though, I still have my award-winning photo of Denver (see below). I guess that just proves that even in really bad times, great things can come out of it...
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It's orange!

Journal Entry: Tue Jul 29, 2008, 9:10 PM


OMG, now it's green! What the mess!? This is too much! :faint:

...like really orange! :omg:


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