Monday, June 18, 2007

wildlife

There is a chipmunk hiding behind my desk. He either needs to run back outside through the open door or at least move into a better position so I can take his picture.

There is a nest of yellow jackets in one of my flower pots. As I was watering all my plants yesterday I noticed this rather large hole in the dirt of one of them. "Hmmmm," I thought, "I wonder what made that? Here, I'll fill it with water and see what happens. Oh. Angry wasps fly out." I escaped without injury but Daisy proceeded to stick her nose in to see what the fuss was about. Silly dog. Luckily she can run fast, and knows to come inside when wasps are chasing her.

There is a small wren nest in a hanging basket of flowers. Hopefully they will vacate soon otherwise the plants will die of thirst. (I know not to water them, don't want to waterlog baby birds.)

Friday, June 15, 2007

silly

My Canon DSLR 30D is 8.5 megapixels.

My new Canon Powershot A640 point&shoot thingy has 10 megapixels.

The 30D - while no contest the better camera - knocked me back about $1,500 with body and lens, and my LowePro camera back-pack weighs in at 13.5 pounds with all my gear.

The Powershot came in just under $300 and fits in my purse.

I can't believe they squeezed a 10 megapixel processor into this little thing.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Big Deer in My Front Yard

still not scared of me  

I was sitting at my desk trying to get some research taken care of and Daisy was just going ballistic outside. I finally went out after her to get her to stop barking but she was so focused I got down to her level to see what had her attention. Deer in the neighbor's yard. Eating their hostas.We usually only see deer at dusk - unless it is a rainy or cloudy day like it is today. Shove the dog back inside, grab the camera and scamper off to see how close I can get. How close? Pretty damn. I don't own a telephoto, these were taken with my macro lens. (who has time to change lenses?) I eventually got close enough that it decided to move on. It casually walked through the yard and decimated the plant life along the way. Those things can eat. The neighbors are going to come home and wonder what happened to all their lilies.



im in ur yard, eatin ur flowerz

Monday, June 11, 2007

Milestone


1st Tooth

Sopranos Final Episode

David Chase = Cock Tease

After throwing a barrel of red herrings at us in this episode he runs off laughing with our money while we're still standing there with our pants down wondering what the hell just happened.

Disappointing. Feh.

Six Feet Under still reigns supreme for Best Ending Evar.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Woke Up Dis Mo'nan

The ziti is ready to hit the oven.

(The one with the meatballs? Carmela's recipe?
Oh hell yes, the one with meatballs of course. Who do you think I am, Janice? please.)

Bread, fresh basil, really good olive oil and balsamic vinegar, big red tomatoes, a nice hunk of Romano, even some Capicolli (gabagool) and - what Italian dinner would be complete without some cannoli rounding it off?

Top it all off with a couple bottles of Italian red and we're all set for The Sopranos. Eight years ends tonight.




Tuesday, June 5, 2007

photos

A Boy and His Dog



Duncan was hanging out with me this weekend while I was working at my desk, I turned around to check on what he was doing and found him quite comfortably writing in his notebook, with Daisy's tail going a mile a minute.

Friday, June 1, 2007

various

The summer schedule for the Fort Reno concert series is out. Now I can plan my calendar.

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Ginger is in her new home and the reports are that she's doing quite well. Which I'm glad about. It is a little odd that they are changing her name... (?) and she doesn't have a yard (boo, condo living) but - she's getting lots of attention and will be well taken care of. So I can't complain. She's not my dog anymore anyway.

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Reading Neal Stephensen's Cryptonomicon and really enjoying it. The largeness of his work always scared me off (this one weighs in with 1,168 pages) and it is dense reading (slow going, no skimming here) but it's quite good and very interesting. Even with all the math :) So that's saying something right there. And - happy to report- he seems to have a very Vonnegut-eshness about him. And not in the way that the book jackets of Christopher Moore compare him to Vonnegut (which I assume is in reference to his goofy, off-the-cuff style of writing - and I disagree whole heartedly that he's ANYTHING like Vonnegut, oh he wishes) but in a Vonnegut way of describing things and that deep, dark, cynical edge. Anyway. It's really good. I picked up Snow Crash too, what the hell.

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Doing some research on contemporary photographers/artists that use photography in their work... and while I agree with some of it I think that at least half of the artists I am coming across are just dead dull boring. Even reading about what their concept is doesn't make me think in any way shape or form that what they are producing is "Art" let alone worthy of being held up as one of the major representatives of The Art Scene of Today. Luckily the other 50% are interesting both in their work and their ideas.

But here is a line of bullshit - in reference to an artist making huge wall size prints and his method of displaying them in the gallery:
"...often pinning them onto the wall. By not framing his work in a conventional manner or surrounding it with the traditional trappings of display, he questions the hierarchies and modes of analysis within which we understand and appreciate art."
Um. Okay. Maybe something like that came out of it, but I'm pretty sure it started with "Wow, I want to print these as HUGE as possible, can you make them cover the entire wall??" ... which then followed with the "oh holy fuck, that is going to cost thousands of dollars to frame. Shit. Um Where are the pushpins? We'll be all rebellious against the Gallery Man and just stick our art on the wall like we're in our Art Appreciation class. Yeah!"

Or else somebody actually DID think of that first explanation first and, if that is the case, I'm just going to stay over here in my corner and not even bother with galleries and Contemporary Art. I'll just do my thing and be happy with what I can get. Cause I certainly don't think like that.

Concentrating on artists that use themselves in their work. Very interesting to see the variations and to read *why* they say they use themselves. I think Cindy Sherman's explanation comes closest to mine.

"The levels I try to get to are not about the having-fun part. I also realized that I myself don't know exactly what I want from a picture, so it's hard to articulate that to somebody else - anybody else. When I'm doing it myself, I'm really just using the mirror to summon something I don't even know until I see it." ...

"So I guess I was thinking, maybe I am still just dressing up, because I don't theorize when I work. I would read theoretical stuff about my work and think, 'What? Where did they get that?' The work was so intuitive for me, I didn't know where it was coming from. So I thought I had better not say anything or I'd blow it."

I think next week I'm going to start creating. Been thinking about it long enough, time to start producing.