Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Times Up! (Title Recall) The vogue round

Can you match the pose with the title? (Note - not all the titles are represented here. I had to make the quiz a little challenging.)



The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show

Dora the Explorer


The Emperor's New Clothes

Flight of the Bumblebee

Chinatown in the evening

From Chinatown Jan 2010

Chinatown is having a facelift. Unfortunately, it was still in bandages when I went for a wander last weekend. It is supposed to be finished for the Chinese New Year celebration - Feb 14. We will miss it, however.

A few photos with the new camera.

Roma Street Parklands

Sunday, January 24, 2010

I've got this thing for bird of paradise....

Not that I want to grow them. I don't care that much for them as an entire plant - but parts are very, very nice.

And, what is this white flower?
From Singles 2010

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Reading the fine print

From Singles 2010
Be warned!

This is a guide only and is not a substitue for essential training in resuscitation.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

It is done!

From Singles 2010

And, I am very psyched. It is going to take time to digest the instruction manual and try all the fiddly bits. (Hmm, and I told Kevin that "Black Kevienna" was next on the agenda.)

Of course, not all of us are as enthused.

From Singles 2010

Friday, January 15, 2010

This is it.

Camera shopping has begun in earnest!

My choices are limited because I really, really, really want a viewfinder. I don't know how anyone with progressive lenses or bifocals can use the LCD screens to compose a photograph. (Imagine that! Someday soon I may actually be composing again rather than just pointing, shooting, and praying.) If I want something that will fit in my pocket, which I have liked about my compact devil camera, I have a choice between Canon IXUS's. In any case I definately want something lighter than my SLR. (I need to weigh it, I think.)

In preparation I looked at my photo-a-day blog from 2009 and tallied the various "kinds" of photos I take. To some extent these numbers are affected by the limitations of my camera. For example, there are only 15 photos(of roughly 300)taken in low light sitations and an additional 9 taken at night. I doubt that a flash was ever used as my flash beams straight from hell and people look like they're gazing into the warm glow of atomic bomb. Most of the photos were taken out doors: 34 landscapes, 13 buildings, 37 "other". Only 19 photos were of animals, including Zelda and only 14 were portraits or featured people. The vast majority were photos that relied upon the macro setting of my camera and/or were cropped severely to isolate details.

My deadline is Feb 12 when we will be off to New Zealand. Anyone with an opinion is invited to comment.

No doubt the makers of dental floss are puzzing

From Singles 2010

over the sudden downturn in their sales. FINALLY this week I got my tooth fixed and now a shiny new crown sits over the food trap that was (one of) my left lower molar(s). I wish I could say all is now well. But now I feel bruised and possibly more painful. Unfortunately, my dentist has a life and isn't open on Fridays (Saturdays or Sundays) and since I have a job I will be waiting until Thursday of next week to address this. Please tell me that sensitivity to hot and cold as well as constant low level aching and a tingling sensation in the bone and a feeling of fullness in the ear are nothing. Go ahead. I'm listening. At least with my right ear.

My Legendary Girlfriend

You see, sometimes I'll catch Alice looking at me while I'm watching TV and she'll have this huge inane grin on her face that really doesn't become her. I'll ask her what she's doing...

You see, Kevin. I'm not the ONLY one.

I'll give this book a C. Moments of humor...but it both drags and is relatively predictable.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

I 've been thinking it is time to be more serious

From Singles 2010

Perhaps you've noticed that I haven't been here at the blog recently. I admit that this is in part due to my working 6 days last week, but also because I was thinking that maybe I need to start writing more considered essays. Dig deeper into the questions that plague my existence. Dissect and analyze my life, my thoughts, my emotions. Stop using this as a glob of silly putty with which I collect the most superficial imprint of my existence. Put in more of my heart, my fears, my secret desires. Open up. Stop being afraid to face the big questions of my world.

So, here it goes.

Who are these damn roaches and why do they come to our house to die?

Saturday, January 09, 2010