Thursday, January 30, 2014

Photo mio

Self Portrait #4: Black and Tan
I started a new public album on Google+ of pictures I take as I gradually teach myself all kinds of things about modern photography.

Last night I took a few self portraits and edited them in various ways. I had a good time trying to take each photo and make it interesting. It was challenging, and it is perhaps not surprising that I put much more time into the photography and editing than I did into my personal wardrobe or appearance.

In fact, I didn't even think about whether or not I'd combed my hair sufficiently until after I'd slipped into bed and turned out the light. Spoiler: I didn't, but I don't think it diminishes anything.

The link to the album is HERE and you shouldn't need an account to see them.

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Greg and the Woman Beside Him

I shop at the grocery store that is across the street from where I live. It's a nice store, as you'd expect from one in the relatively upscale neighborhood that I cling to the bottom bracket of. It's friendly and I know most of the tellers and clerks by face, if not actually by name.

Today I had a new bagger. His name is Greg.

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

2013 - Thirteen Things I Learned

Color tunnel

  1. All those photos of myself I've been taking are called "selfies." I don't like the word "selfie."
  2. Lots of people are unhappy in ways they could fix if they knew why they were unhappy.
  3. I'm disappointed that living according to the concepts and expectations that have been defined have left me sad.
  4. Snow is still among the best of things - coincidentally, we're expecting 2-4 inches today.
  5. There are some things I know and I feel that are worth keeping secret from everyone, especially myself.
  6. Nobody ever seems to mind if one brings chocolate and alcohol.
  7. Bringing food doesn't necessarily obtain a spot on the nice list.
  8. Nothing makes me feel more stupid that attempting to play tennis with someone who won't send anything back over the net except encouragement.
  9. One should always strive to love people when they need to be loved. But it is important to remember that love is often only a one-way street - remembering that will help to alleviate problems.
  10. Very few things make me feel old, but getting excited about the possibilities of love and then finding out it wasn't what I thought makes me feel old and tired.
  11. Nobody can ever really know the process involved in anyone's academic degrees. They're like extremely complicated magic spells that may or may not work.
  12. It is worth spending time - while others think you crazy - in order to determine what you know.
  13. It is always good to make a new cookie recipe.