Author Archives: Wizzer

Project Nerd Prints

I have attended a lot of conventions.  One of the things I love to check out is the Artist Alley.  This is where the various comic/fantasy/painter artists hang out and have tables and do sketches.  You can walk by and visit with them, browse their artwork and even have them do a sketch for you.

From an photography artist, this made me a little jealous.  I love the idea of sitting in a booth or table and doing on the spot artwork for people, or having elaborate mat-boards for people to browse through.  But as we all have learned, I am still in the early stages of drawing, and I don’t really have some printed artwork that I can display…….

or do I?

Castle in a Panic (P365-173)I went through some of my older photos and noticed a theme.  I have a lot of nerdy prints that I have taken over the years.  Some of these would look cool hung up in a study or in your geeky nerd cave.  So I have decided to compile them all into one place, and then offer them up “Project Nerd Prints”.

If I am at a convention I will try and have some of these printed out and available, as well as having the ability to do on the spot portraits.  This is coupled with my working on sketching.

If you think of something that would be a good Nerd Print, please pass the suggestion on and I will see what I can do.  Please feel free to browse the full gallery over at Flickr and some of the selected works below.

And I am old.

Well, it happened.  I never thought I would get this far but I have suddenly become that 40 year old guy that dresses like a bat.

IMG_20140517_191949This last week was my birthday.  I have decided to take a friends advice and just celebrate the whole week instead of just the day, since the day was a Wednesday and it was pretty boring.  The week on the other hand was pretty fun!  We had a party at Bungalow Billiards (one of my old haunts)  (ugh, saying haunt when I am old now seems a tad grim).  One of our super awesome friends made the cake pictured and it was AMAZING!  A lot of my my close friends came to hang out and we had a very cool time.  As always some folks couldn’t make it for one reason or another and it’s always sad to miss them but they should know that they were there in spirit.

I guess when I get old I get more sentimental

Anyways.  If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook you have probably seen that I am working on some new photography stuff.  Project “Take whatever I want whenever I want” has slowly migrated into Project Nerd Prints.  But I think I will do another post on that.  (so I can cross post it to the Comic Page)

So thanks for all the birthday wishes!  You guys are all awesome!

JCCC4 Day 6: All the feels.

_DSC3131This is going to (probably) be my last posting about JoCoCruiseCrazy 4 as these are the last of the photos to be processed.

Day 6 was a hugely emotional day as it was the last of the cruise and probably the last we would see many of the new and old friends we have seen on the ship.  I wanted to make sure I took as many “Monkey Shots” as I could so that I would have photos of everyone!  Hugs were given, tears were has and some of you have impacted this monkeys life more than you know.

Can’t wait to see you all again next year.

ON TO THE PHOTOS!!!!

So, here are all the links you will ever need:

Want to give me money? Here’s How!
If you like the photos, and you want to provide me with any sort of compensation, please do! I can accept payments through Square or Google wallet very easily.  Both of these options provide you the ability to send money via E-mail address (spetrucelli@gmail.com).  Please feel free to send along whatever amount you feel comfortable with (even if it’s 0.00) Now with added Square Market!!  http://mkt.com/steve-petrucelli

All of my photos are Creative Commons license:
Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use.
NonCommercial — You may not use the material for commercial purposes.
NoDerivatives — If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you may not distribute the modified material.

FACEBOOK QUESTIONS
A lot of folks have asked about my “Facebook Ban” Just know, it’s not so much a BAN as an advisement.  Facebook has some really wimpy rules when it comes to Photographers rights.  Also, Facebook compresses the hell out of photos and makes them look like crap.  THAT BEING SAID. If you Really really really want to set a photo as a profile picture or share it with someone via facebook, I won’t stop you or sue you or anything. (But I reserve the right to say “Tsk Tsk” to you in person.)

JCCC4 Day 4 and 5! Sooo Many fezzs!!

_DSC2351Day 4 wasn’t a huge process seing as how most of the photos were about Artemis, and I already did those.  (Did I post about them? Now I forget.)

ANYWAYS, Day 5 was the all important FEZ Night! (It has a much longer name, but I am tired and have been staring at fezzes all day.)

As per usual, here at the LINKS:

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE Do not download the photos and then upload them somewhere else (like Facebook).  FB kills the photos with compression and you lose the attribution.  Instead, feel free to LINK to the photos on my gallery or on Flickr.

Want to give me money? Here’s How!
If you like the photos, and you want to provide me with any sort of compensation, please do! I can accept payments through Square or Google wallet very easily.  Both of these options provide you the ability to send money via E-mail address (spetrucelli@gmail.com).  Please feel free to send along whatever amount you feel comfortable with (even if it’s 0.00) Now with added Square Market!!  http://mkt.com/steve-petrucelli

All of my photos are Creative Commons license:
Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use.
NonCommercial — You may not use the material for commercial purposes.
NoDerivatives — If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you may not distribute the modified material.

 

JCCC4 Day 3: Monkey portraits, Turtles, and Concerts! Ooohhh Myyyy…

_DSC1484On the third day of JCCC4 my JoCo gave to me… A Day in the Grand Cayman Islands!

On this day Sarah and I ventured off to see the Cayman Islands turtle farm and encountered many monkeys on the way.

 

 

 

 

 

As per usual, you can find the photos here:
My Gallery:  http://www.wizzersworld.com/gallery/index.php/Road-Trips/JCCC4-Day-3
Flickr:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/wizzer/sets/72157642057688624/

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE Do not download the photos and then upload them somewhere else (like Facebook).  FB kills the photos with compression and you lose the attribution.  Instead, feel free to LINK to the photos on my gallery or on Flickr.

Want to give me money? Here’s How!
If you like the photos, and you want to provide me with any sort of compensation, please do! I can accept payments through Square or Google wallet very easily.  Both of these options provide you the ability to send money via E-mail address (spetrucelli@gmail.com).  Please feel free to send along whatever amount you feel comfortable with (even if it’s 0.00) Now with added Square Market!!  http://mkt.com/steve-petrucelli

All of my photos are Creative Commons license:
Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use.
NonCommercial — You may not use the material for commercial purposes.
NoDerivatives — If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you may not distribute the modified material.

 

JCCC4 Day 2 Pictures: Scrimshaw, Pomplamoose and more!

_DSC0770_DSC1150

Well, another day done!  You can find the photos in a few places:

And broken into specific events:

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE Do not download the photos and then upload them somewhere else (like Facebook).  FB kills the photos with compression and you loose the attribution.  Instead, feel free to LINK to the photos on my gallery or on Flickr.

Want to give me money? Here’s How!
If you like the photos, and you want to provide me with any sort of compensation, please do! I can accept payments through Square or Google wallet very easily.  Both of these options provide you the ability to send money via E-mail address (spetrucelli@gmail.com).  Please feel free to send along whatever amount you feel comfortable with (even if it’s 0.00) Now with added Square Market!!  http://mkt.com/steve-petrucelli

All of my photos are Creative Commons license:
Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use.
NonCommercial — You may not use the material for commercial purposes.
NoDerivatives — If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you may not distribute the modified material.

 

JCCC4 Day 0 and 1 pictures are done!

_DSC0376Still working on all the rest but I finished up day 0 (the pre-cruise) and day 1 (boarding and first concert).

 

 

 

 

 

You can find all of my photos on Flickr here:

Day 0: http://www.flickr.com/photos/wizzer/sets/72157641872741745/
Day 1: http://www.flickr.com/photos/wizzer/sets/72157641876517234/

Or in my gallery:

Day 0: http://www.wizzersworld.com/gallery/index.php/Road-Trips/JCCC4-Day-0
Day 1:  http://www.wizzersworld.com/gallery/index.php/Road-Trips/JCCC4-Day-1

All of my photos are Creative Commons license:

Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use.
NonCommercial — You may not use the material for commercial purposes.
NoDerivatives — If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you may not distribute the modified material.

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE Do not download the photos and then upload them somewhere else (like Facebook).  FB kills the photos with compression and you loose the attribution.  Instead, feel free to LINK to the photos on my gallery or on Flickr.

Now, the fun stuff.
If you like the photos, and you want to provide me with any sort of compensation, please do! I can accept payments through Square or Google wallet very easily.  Both of these options provide you the ability to send money via E-mail address (spetrucelli@gmail.com).  Please feel free to send along whatever amount you feel comfortable with (even if it’s 0.00) Now with added Square Market!!  http://mkt.com/steve-petrucelli

Also, here is a fun video preview I did of all the photos: (Watch it in HD for best results)

JoCoCruiseCrazy4 – Yeah, that happened!

I had the opportunity to spend 6 amazing days with 850 people who understand, love, enjoy, care, and appreciate everything about geekdom and nerdom.  I can’t tell you all the feels that well up inside every time I think about all the people I met on the cruise.

I know that some people will say “It’s just a convention, but on a boat” or “It’s just hanging out with friends while you cruise” but really it’s that times 10000.  Every room you go into there is a SeaMonkey doing something they love to do.  No one judges, everyone is welcome.

_DSC2700

Each year the official talent puts on an amazing show with amazing events that scatter across the week. You go for this show, but you stay for the Shadow Cruise.  The Shadow cruise is all the events that all of the attendees build around the official events.  We have people who are artists from every field who put up shows, exhibits, classes, and art to share with everyone else.  In many cases, it’s a fan run show that has some other stuff that the official people do.  And it’s THAT that makes the cruise special.

This year I brought my own talent and tried to make it available to folks by doing what I called the “Humble Indie Photographer Bundle”.  This meant that I made myself available for folks to have their picture taken anywhere at any time.  Lots of people took me up on it and, after sorting, I have close to 1000 pictures to process to show for it.  In payment I accepted everything from a “Hey thanks!” to drinks, to a couple bucks.  All of the photos will be posted to Flickr under a Creative Commons licence for everyone to see.

If you know I took a picture of you, and you want to provide me with anything in payment, Please wait until the photos are up! (You never know, they could look like crap!) I’ll be working throughout the week on getting them up as fast as possible and then post here when they are all done.

Thanks again for making my cruise experience another for the memory banks!

The Job Hunt Saga – Revisited (AkA The Cover Letter Jokes)

A friend of mine is looking for a job now and I mentioned to her that, If she needed the help, I could help with her cover letters.

This being a throw back joke to when I was searching for a job last year.  I had been meaning to collect these and finally got around to doing it.  Both the job specific posts and the much loved Cover letter Saga.

The Job Posts:
Job1Job2Job3Job4Job5Job6Job7Job8Job9Job10Job11Job12Job13

 

The Cover Letter Saga:

CL1CL2CL3CL4CL5CL6CL7CL8 CL9CL10CL11CL12CL13CL14CL15CL16CL17CL18

 

Hope you enjoyed!

Well, January sucked…

_DSC9456-smallThe last 2 weeks have been pure madness for us here in the Wizzer household.  Pretty much all of January has sucked.  I don’t mean that in a “Well my chip broke off in the dip so FML” kind of way.  I mean it in a “Wow, a ton of crap got dumped on me and my family” kind of way.

January started off with my Sister-in-Law being rushed to the hospital with a brain aneurysm.  Yes, a brain aneurysm.  She is 26 years old, and a month after it happened they still are trying to figure out what caused it.  On the plus side, she is back to 100% normal (well normal for Rachel) and is in good spirits.

A week after that, I hear that my father had to be rushed to the hospital for congestive heart failure.  Apparently, a large amount of fluid was building up around his heart and needed to be removed.

It was during a conversation about my fathers condition that I learned that my Sister was having quite a few health issues related to stress and has had to completely change her work and home lifestyle so that she does not end up in the hospital.  Given that the issues are all stress related, I can only imagine that having to change everything in your life would only cause MORE stress, while you are trying to DECREASE the stress.

Then the 18th happened.

On Saturday January 18th, Sarah and I went into DC to visit some of the museums with her mom.  While there I broke off to the Air and Space Museum to do some photography for a friend.  After that was done I met back up with Sarah and we went back to visit with Rachel and have dinner.  While sitting down and talking with Sarah’s family, I get a notification that my Dad had replied to something on Facebook asking if I had read an e-mail about photography insurance.  I briefly thought about video chatting with him, but figured I would just call him later.  It was a good thing I didn’t as I learned later that he was Video chatting with my niece and helping her out with some poetry.

After dinner Sarah and I headed home.  It was a full day with a lot of walking.  Both of us were pretty tired so I headed upstairs to take a shower before bed.  As I exited the shower, Sarah tells me that my phone has been blowing up with my sister and Mother trying to call.  She had answered but all she got was that something had happened and that my Dad was on his way to the hospital.  I quickly called my Mom to get the full story.

After a very good day of researching a school paper he was finishing up, and making some calls to Andrew, my son, and my niece Sarah (Littlest Sarah), my father was helping my Mom get ready for dinner when he collapsed in the kitchen.  My mother performed CPR while calling 911.  The EMT’s arrived and did everything they could, both on scene and in route to the hospital.

On January 18th at 9:55pm (EST) my father passed away

  • 10pm – I heard the news
  • 12pm – I had a ticket to Crescent City CA. (Closest Airport)
  • 1am – I e-mailed my work to say I wasn’t coming in
  • 2am – I arrived at BWI Airport
  • 6am – My plane left BWI
  • 10am (pst) – I landed in SFO
  • 1pm (pst) – I landed in Crescent City

I spent the next week consoling my Mom and helping her with all of the various details that go into this sort of thing.  I coordinated bringing in family, arranging sleeping accommodations, working with the red cross to help Andrew try and come out (Sadly, he couldn’t make it).  Essentially working non-stop for a week straight.  Any time I felt the emotions rising, I reminded myself that Petrucelli stands for “little rock” and I suppressed in order to get the mission done.

2 weeks later and I feel I still haven’t let go yet.

For the memorial I was asked to write a eulogy.  I would like to share it here, only because it pretty much sums up the relationship I had with my Dad, and I would like it to be a part of this blog.  You don’t have to read it.  I just need it to be here.

 _________________________________________________________________

  I am not really sure how to write a Eulogy.  The last few folks in my life that passed on did so while I was either really young, or while I was so far separated from them, both physically, and socially, so I guess you can count me as lucky as I have not yet had to experience this sort of loss until now. Thanks for breaking the streak there dad!

  My father was a stubborn, sarcastic, so-and-so, and if my Wife and my Mother are to believed, it’s apparent that I am truly “My Fathers Son”.  But, You all probably know him best as the Pastor here. This is a job that he dove into roughly 8 years ago and in one respect it made talking to him somewhat difficult.  Not for any bad reason, just that he was so excited about it, he just wouldn’t shut up about it.  “Hey dad, how are things up there?” “Things are great, I’m a pastor now!” “Yeah dad, we know, you’ve told us….a lot”. Now, one of the things I have always admired about him was his ability to put others first.  This is something that I have always tried to incorporate into my life.  The ability to look at a situation and see what it is that everyone else needs, and then when all that is said and done, what it that I need.  That’s just how he looked at things.  For example, my Mother and I were looking around the house at what he left behind and remarked about how little physically he had.  What was left was a few books, lots of papers, and a little bit of himself in every person in this room.  Knowing him, I am guessing he would be ok with you all taking that bit home and keeping it.

I am also not a religious person, yet this did not stop my dad and I from having a number of conversations about mankind and beliefs.  Most of the time this was while I was driving home from work and had a few min (or hours, traffic in VA is kinda hit and miss).  These conversations would usually start with the usual how you doin, and then from there lead into various topics that really ranged from simple photography, to in depth philosophical analysis of why humans are on this earth. (There may have been some about aliens too). Most of these had us on opposite sides of the fence, but, being “My Fathers Son”, I am pretty sure I was right, especially since he is not here to contest it now.

One of the latest conversations we had was about his degree program.  He was desperately trying to get his Bachelors degree in Divinity, something he has spent many many years working on. You all may think that he wanted to get his degree to be a respected member of society and be looked upon as a scholar in his field. In truth, he and I have been in a race to be the only ones in the family to gain our Bachelors, and he was just trying to catch up.  Although, I have to admit that I wasn’t expecting that his final assignment would have been an in depth analysis of the hereafter.  Well, knowing him the way I do, I am pretty sure he passed that final exam and as far as I am concerned, he and I are tied.  Now, if we can just get mom to dissect that frog so she can catch up.

My father had a favorite joke.  He told this one to pretty much everyone so I am sure you have heard it.  Socrates was a famous atheist, But, It’s rumored that whenever he would pass a church, he would do the sign of the cross.  People would come up to him as ask him “ If you don’t believe in God, why do you make the sign of the cross when you pass a church?”  To which Socrates would reply with a shrug “Meh, I may be wrong!”

So many of our other conversations stemmed from our religious differences. And while personally, I may believe that until it happens, none of us really know what goes on after we pass, I know that my father truly believed in heaven and I know that, if he was right, he will meet me there with a warm hug and a hearty and well meaning “I told you so”.

___________________________________________________________________

He will be missed.

dom1

%d bloggers like this: