Thursday, October 27, 2011

Oh, you meant get with my rowing "pair"....not pears?......AWKWARD!!

As Brian pointed out last night, seeing things in a "different light" is the bottom line to what we do around here....and I'm intrigued to see what type of "light" we will be seeing things in later this week, but whilst we're on the subject of light, we're getting to the part in the semester where my photography class will be discussing light.....or more specifically lighting.....which has much to do with photography.  Light is one of those things we kind of take for granted, like parking lots.  I mean seriously, parking lots are totally underrated until you get to someplace like New York City.....and then they're invaluable, kind of like lights.  I take for granted that the sun will rise and when I flip a switch, light bulbs will work and if either of those fail, I can always download "flashlight app" or "Zippo app" (seriously, there is one) for my iPhone or better yet, I could just ask Siri to do that for me.....but what Siri isn't particularly good at is setting up lighting for Still-Life Photography, which is the type of lighting I've been working.  Below are the results of my lighting experiments.....and a mess of my crewing cohorts that I have been spending many a morning with on the river. 






.....and these are the cats I've been spending all those early mornings with.

A Different Light

A big part of enjoying the mundane is seeing what things could be rather than what they are. In keeping with that theme I've got a new project in the works. The first examples of said project should be ready by Friday. I say should in recognition of my tendancy to underestimate the amount of time these things will require, or the time I'm going to spend regardless of requirement, but I'm hopeful this timeline will pan out. The most time consuming portion is completed and assuming the components I need to buy are in stock the final assembly should go quickly. Other than the new project nothing particularly blog worthy today. Unless you have some interest in hearing about my spending the day filling out job applications and submitting resumes... Yeah I didn't think so. So given today's lack of interesting content, for which I am truly sorry, I may throw some pictures up tomorrow if the first build is finished by then. Now I'm off to bed. It's been a long day and tomorrow is looking to be just as long. Unless of course someone decides tomorrow won't have the same 24 hours we had today.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

"Practice Kindness" - Words of Wisdom from Sidewalk Socrates

I have been both amused and bemused by the words of wisdom that crop up intermittently on sidewalks around the campus of my university.  ....which is to say, it has both pleasantly held my attention and bewildered me.  Although the finger has been pointed to me, I can assure you I am not the chalk ninja.....but it has crossed my mind to find a piece and personally thank this person.
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Now for a little news on the Monk(e) front.  Whilst photos of the previously sent Monk(e)s are still rolling in, I am pleased to announce the release of another 41 "Flying Monk(e)s."  They flew as of yesterday and should be making their way to their destinations today and throughout this week.

.....and whilst this is "exciting" news, I've been a bit bewildered by the scarcity of orange tissue paper, and particularly the slightly yellowy-orange color that I have become accustomed to using.  I have instead settled for "safety orange" tissue paper and this fuzzy pair of purple socks.

....and now I must sign off as I need sleep before I head back out to the "merry little stream" at )$%# o'clock.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Local Cooling

While most people are concerning themselves with the global warming crisis I'm much more interested in the cooling trend we're currently experiencing. I know this happens every year and it's hardly a crisis but as the people ostensibly most concerned with global warming are still riding around in their chauffeured cars and private jets I find it hard to get too worked up over the issue so I'm choosing to focus on weather phenomenon closer to home. And phenomenon which I find much more pleasant. The current forecast says I shouldn't see temperatures above 80 degrees farenhiet for the next week. I'm hoping that'll hold true for the rest of the year. I'm already dusting off the winter jackets and preparing for one of my favorite days of the year. No not Christmas, though I have been known to enjoy that too, but the first day without Mosquitos; yes I know Mosquitos doesn't need to be capitalized but spell check disagrees and sometimes it's easier to just play along. It's also easier to play outside when all the blood sucking parasites have called it quits for the season. I also think it worth noting that cigars, coffee, hot chocolate and hot tea are greatly improved by temperatures below 50 degrees. So we'll start prepping those supplies as well. Now if you'll excuse me I need to go ready the snowshoes and draw up some blueprints for an igloo.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Therefore....

I once wanted to be someone important. 
 I became that person.....but wasn't satisfied.

I once wanted to do something important. 
I did something.....but wasn't satisfied.

Today I want to be right where I am with feet firmly planted on the ground, believing that only through finding what makes each moment fulfilling is what makes life as a whole fulfilling.


My greatest joys have never come through joyous things in life, but by coming through difficult things victoriously.

In a world where hatred, betrayal, victimization, lying, and cowardice are "Normal", I want to wear polka dotted shoes with argyle socks. 

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Feel The Power... Or Not.

My compatriot's recent experience with the dark is something I've been able to relate with quite well for the past two nights. Now I know what you're thinking; and yes toast is delicious but that really isn't relevant. I am of course aware that night has a particular and persistent relationship with the dark. But this is the 21st century and light is something that bends to our will; a force we command as if we were a medieval wizard. Unless the power goes out. Then our attempts to command the elements make us look more the court jester than a wizard. The past two nights we've experienced a series of power outages which left us completely in the dark despite our normal command of the photon. Ordinarily this would be only a minor inconvenience as I am in possession of several flashlights; however it is suprisingly difficult to locate said lights at 3am in a pitch black room. If only I'd had a light.

Sitting in the Dark and Other Bright Ideas.....

…..although not entirely my first choice, I have indeed spent most of the day sitting in the dark.
…..literally……not figuratively.
My day started as usual at 0430…..aka: )$#)…..but I hit snooze and pushed it out to )$#*…..which isn’t *much* better, but did make me feel a *little* better.  Yet unlike usual, I was coxswaining instead of rowing.  I like rowing…..it doesn’t require talking (something I frown upon in the morning)…..coxswaining on the other hand…..well, you get the picture.  I’ve never coxswained before, so they gave me the “crash” course (figuratively) and we launched off into the darkness. 
The larger majority of the rest of the day I spent developing photographs in the dark room for my critique tomorrow…..which is why this post is soooooo late.

ß This is a photo of the dark room.  .....okay, maybe not....but you get the point.....right?

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Things That Are NOT Funny

While there are many things in life that I find funny, for instance most everything, but there are some things which I do not find funny.

Examples include:
Cats which like me even though I don't like them
People who drive 2 miles an hour under the speed limit
Napoleon Dynamite; though I find quoting it hilarious. Not sure how that works but there it is.

But chief among these things this week is the phrase "that's funny". Specifically when uttered by a banker as a response to having examined my account and been unable to determine why my paycheck wasn't posting properly and why I was unable to pay bills using my account. I'm fairly certain my banker doesn't really understand how humor works. I wonder if this failure to grasp humor is common to bankers. Maybe the whole financial crisis in Washington is actually an attempt at humor by government accountants and bankers. Fortunately the issue seems to have been resolved and banking balance has been restored it the universe. Well to my account any way. America is still basically a scrawny nerd with a fat kid on the other end of the see-saw.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Comfort Food

Today has been something of an off day. You know the type I mean. Not a bad day just a day where life seems a little out of whack. As if things were not quite the way they ought to be but close. Some might tell you there is no remedy for such a day. That the only course is to ride it out and wait for tomorrow. But I find that the best course is to grab some comfort food and relax with a book or a good movie. For me comfort food means grilled cheese and ramen noodle soup.




Growing up this combo was Mom's prescription for kids who didn't feeling well but weren't really sick and for warming up after a day playing out in the cold. Or at least that's how I remember it and that works for me. and hopefully tomorrow will work for me too. I just hope it doesn't ask for a raise.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

If it's FREE, then it's for ME!

Well.....at least usually.  Poison Ivy is generally free too, but I'll give it a miss.  Thankfully today it just meant an ice cream cone if from of the library!  Yummy!....and yes, please!

....found this quote over the weekend....these things are also free.....may we all give them freely as well as take them.....

"Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around."

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 Anyone else find this ironic?
......kind of "southern" humor.....but all too funny to me.
*Sorry for the late post....internet access is temporarily intermittent.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Falling Flat

As promised today we, and by we I mean I, will unveil the first in what will be at least a two part synopsis of our investigation into all things flat and otherwise. Originally my intent was to provide a single synopsis of the results and offer my conclusions on whether the tested items were best in their natural state or flattened/unflattened. But there are so many objects to test and several of the items I wanted to unflatten were not readily available and a busy work week coupled with a trip out of town has prevented me from heading out to locate said items. So today we offer a selection of flattened items with the rest of the results soon to come.

First up a hat. And not just any hat. A hat most would consider a fedora but which is in actuality a trilby.




Now I'm not one to underestimate what kind of stupid things people will wear in the name of fashion, for instance all of Lady Gaga's outfits, but I can honestly say that I don't think this look really has any traction. At very least I won't be pioneering the look. As far as I'm concerned this hat simply loses something when flat.

Next up a can of soda. While soda cans, or cans of pop depending on which part of the country you hail from, are often flattened after being emptied, to save room in the trash or prove that your forehead is good for more than just protecting the frontal lobe, for the purpose of our experiment it was important not to have an empty can. The results were predictably messy.




The most serious complaint I have with the flattened can is a grievous lack of volume. While the slimmer profile might make for easier storage I can't imagine any reason to have such a diminutive source of caffeine.

And finally, for today at least an orange. Once again I think God knew exactly what he was doing when he shaped the orange. The flattened orange...




Was significantly easier to peel as a result of the ruptured peel. There was nothing wrong with the taste and the consistency was still pretty close to original. But eating the pulpy mess was somehow less satisfying than downing the delightful slices I'm to which I'm accustomed.

Based on the first batch of tests it would appear that flattening an object which is naturally otherwise is not always and maybe never for the best. But there is still more experiment to come and perhaps more to be flattened. So stay tuned as we go to war with the status quo to determine the truth. And the truth will set you free. Unless the truth is that you did run over that hobo with your suv. Then the truth will probably get you 25 to life.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

I spy with my little eye.....

.....something that is RED!

These Monk(e) photos arrived with a note that stated:
"YEAH......he did them in his own order and survived."

ENJOY!!






*Big Thank You to Jumpin' Johnny for the photos. : )

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In other entirely unrelated and extremely mundane news, I have found myself in the very middle of mid-term test week.  Ugh!  This is of course my 2nd least favorite week of any semester and shows up without fail approximately halfway through.

.....but alas....there are quite a few things I DO like about this season.  I'm excited to enjoy a hot bowl of soup, listen to the marching band practicing down the street, break out my sweaters, and cozy up in bed with a fuzzy pair of socks.  Still on my "to-do" list are tailgate and made a pot of homemade chili.....ummm......fall is indeed here.
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Additionally (kind of like a P.S.S.) I'm becoming ever intrigued as to what B is trying to flatten or unflatten as the case way be. 

Seriously Strange

It seems entirely inappropriate to sit here and simply engage in jest and frivolity on a device, my iPad 2, built under the visionary eye of a man who changed the face of computing and technology as we know them when that man has just passed away. So RIP Steve Jobs this post is for you.

On a related but less unhappy note Apple has announced the release of the iPhone 4S later this month. While my desperate desire for a new phone, mine has been dying a slow and painful death, had me hoping to see the iPhone 5 this year I think I'm going to spring for the 4S rather than wait another year.

In more uplifting news the price of gas is down about ten cents since the last time I filled my car. I don't expect we'll ever see I the kinds of prices I remember enjoying when I first began driving but it's nice to see the price go down rather than up.

Speaking of ups and downs I've been having that exact experience while experimenting with The nature of flat. Some of the objects are proving difficult to flatten or to make less flat. But I've got a few ideas left and hopefully I'll be able to compile the results by Monday.

And because no trip to our blog would be complete without some thing completely ridiculous I have a link to share. Allow me to preface this with the following information. There is a comet known as Elenin passing through our solar system. As is often the case when there is a cosmic event of any kind the conspiracy and survival nuts are all over this one. But according to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) the comet poses no threat to earth. And while the comet is cool and then conspiracy blogs were amusing I found one page that was just too strange and amusing, if not really related to the topic I had been searching, to not share. So without further ado I give you... Whatever this is.

http://www.mrinbetween.com/pages/red_dwarf.html

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Git'n 'er Done

“Inaction” is action……and maybe the least common of all.
In a world that demands we take ACTION we rise to all occasions.  ……Get Up. Do Dishes. Drive to Work.  Buy Groceries.  Make Dinner.  Return Calls.  Check Email. Do Laundry. Mow Lawn. Watch News.  Check Stats.  Invest.  Read. Write.  Buy Creamer.  Deposit Checks.  Call Mother.  Journal.  Attend Church.  Make Lists. Clean House. Wash Car. Change Oil.  Dump Trash.  Check Mailbox.  Sweep Porch.  Make Reservations.  Send Birthday Card.  Wash Sheets. Blog.  Send Text.  Get Gas. Cancel Reservations.  Pay Bills.  Order Checks.  Replace Light Bulb.  Get Hair Cut.  Pick Up Dry Cleaning.  Renew Membership.  Buy Book.  Make Breakfast.  Pack Lunch.  Fix Leak.  Order Coffee.  Recycle.  Rake Leaves.  Water Plants.  Submit Assignment.  Make Presentation.  Proof Read…….and DON’T FORGET TO FLOSS…….then REPEAT. 
…..what about REST, REFLECTION, RELAXATION?
If being busy were an Olympic sport, I’d have a gold medal.
May the silly little MONK(e) remind us to LIVE, LAUGH, LOVE…..and take a break more often.
Today, I present “Work Monk(e)”




*Thank you* for photos to Beth, Don, Kimmy, & Sean. : )

Words, Weddings, Wool: Or Things That Make Me Smile

Alliteration as always allows an avenue arriving at amusement.

Also amusing was that the predictive text program on my iPad came up with thongs before things when I misspelled the title of this post.

We've got one wedding in the rear view mirror and another caught in the headlights. Now that my sister's wedding is over I'm looking forward to my friend Ben's wedding. I've known Ben for most of my life and nearly as long as I can remember which is about 22 years and he's more like family than a friend. Not only is this an exciting event in general, especially considering that his fiancée is a very cool gal, but this will be my first time seeing Ben since the Air Force deployed him to Afghanistan and it'll be good to catch up. The fact that the trip means three days off of work doesn't hurt either.

And lastly it's actually cool enough to wear a pair of my favorite wool socks. They're not necessary at any level; it hasn't gotten anywhere near that cold yet but I'm not one to miss a chance to wear a favorite pair of socks. We'll speak more of socks later this week I'm thinking.

And now more lastly than the last lastly the quest to determine whether certain objects should be flat or not continues and the promised conclusions, assumptions, assertions and absurdities will be forthcoming shortly.