Archive for the ‘Personal’ Category

Wildflower hunting

April 10, 2008

The Saturday plan is for Brad and I to excurse into the countryside in search of wildflowers and curious sights. Should be a great time—the flowers are out in force right now and they are literally carpeting the edges of the highways in pink, blue, orange, etc. It’s something I haven’t seen in other parts of the country.


Murder in the church

March 18, 2008

Is what I almost committed yesterday. I was photographing the stained glass windows with my new tripod setup—essentially, doing it right for the very first time. Tourists and miscellaneous faithful drop in throughout the day to gawk / pray / etc. One large group was walking toward the altar, down the center aisle. I was in the center aisle. The whole group saw me and took pains to keep distance from the tripod, except the last. She had her head in the clouds, and as she walked by, KICKED the tripod leg. Note that my camera was sitting on top of this tripod. My heart stopped and I grabbed the tripod–no harm done except the shortening of my life by a few seconds.

Nothing was sacred to these people—they marched right up to the tabernacle, went behind the bishop’s chair, and all manner of other things. Having been set against them by the kicking incident, I paused in my photography to keep an eye on their altar shenanigans . . . if they started climbing or opening anything, I was going to tell them to beat it.

Amateur Wikipedia vandalism

March 3, 2008

Fulton Sheen would probably have laughed. This almost prompted me to sign up and do my first Wikipedia edit, but I resisted. I have faith that the “online community” will take care of itself, without my butting in.

fulton sheen

New most viewed flickr photo

February 29, 2008

On my “real” flickr account, I have a photo that has shot through the stratosphere in Views over the past 2 days. It had something like 20 views, since its upload last summer. Now it has 3,500+, and growing by the minute. Supposedly it got 2,819 views yesterday alone. It’s in ONE group, which I added it to about 2 days ago. And if it’s not a flickr database glitch, all I can say is that this was a sleeper pic that was finally seen by the right person (i.e., someone with thousands of friends, to whom he forwarded the link).


February 27, 2008

I go through consumable goods like nobody’s business. Tuesday I reached the bottom of a box of 125 Ziploc sandwich bags. I only got the box in August of 2000 . . . I should be a little more aware of just how many bags I use.

But I still have about 10% of a gallon-jug of dishwashing soap that I got at that same time. Never have stopped washing my dishes—just use a small amount to do the job. My goal is to get an advanced degree in less time than it takes me to use up that detergent.

Leopard still screwy, and now Photoshop

February 22, 2008

I installed the 180MB Mac OS Leopard update a week ago or so. Preview still doesn’t search the way I’d like, plus I am getting some new “features.”

Tonight while working in Photoshop, my screen faded to black. Yet I could still hear the “plunk” of incoming messages on the Yahoo IM . . . then the “Front Row” application appeared. I have never run Front Row before, and wasn’t even touching the computer when it decided to launch itself.

Also, Photoshop is crashing every time I try to perform “Copy Merged” on the header graphic of the website I’m working on. I can Copy Merged in other parts of the same graphic, but not the header. Makes one want to switch to PC! At least there you expect crashes to occur every time you sit in front of the computer.

Evil clown duck guitar player sells for big bux!

February 15, 2008

One of the ugliest pieces Brad has sold on ebay in quite a while is this horrific critter that just sold for $224.72. That is not a typo.


Here’s the description:

In the family for about 4 decades, this unusual glass figurine has a sticker (partly torn away) on the bottom, but “Genuine” and “Made in Italy” are visible (a city may come before Italy…there seems to be enough room where the tear-away is). It’s unknown from where this item was obtained by my family member.

He’s playing guitar (see scan below), and he is wearing a hat and snappy, lavender bow tie! While he has a bill of sorts, he may not be a duck….while he has webbed feet, he may not be a penguin! He’s a generous 11″ tall!

If you have a place on your desk, in your cubicle, and “thinking-out-of-the-box” is your middle name, maybe this musical little guy is for you!

He’s in mint condition, having either been lovingly displayed or gently stored. Winning bidder to add $10.50 priority shipping with Delivery Confirmation. Insurance available. International shipping is available.

The Bible as graphic novel

February 11, 2008

A quote:

Abraham rides a horse out of an explosion to save Lot. Og, king of Bashan, looms like an early Darth Vader. The Sermon on the Mount did not make the book, though, because there was not enough action to it.

People will misuse any edition of the Bible, but I wonder if this book has an introduction explaining that it’s “just the action scenes”? [Update: Just saw that the Manga Bible comes in a full-text edition as well as an “action highlights” version.] I am not a big fan of the idea of the Bible as a graphic novel, but I do think that it argues for the continued power of the Bible as a living book to inspire people.

When I went to the and clicked on “Downloads” I was surprised to see that the section at the top of the “page spreads” section was the Gospel reading for yesterday, the first Sunday in Lent (Jesus is tempted by Satan in the wilderness). Coincidence, or does the webmaster update the sample based on the liturgical calendar?

Phenomenal poetry, very!

January 28, 2008

It’s a blessing and a curse to be paid to read comments like this:

I definitely thought his poetry was complicated yet very phenomenal.

I can say with 100% certainty that “phenomenal” here means “neat” and has nothing to do with philosophy. I’m also sure that “neat” is code for “I didn’t understand it.”

This isn’t the blog you’re looking for

January 9, 2008

. . . if you want to read about the 2008 presidential campaign. I am uninterested in following the race, and am going to be a bad citizen for the next several months while I try to be a better student, so I can finally stop being a student. See ya when I have time, which may be a while.