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Well, In a burst of optimism, I once again sent some pictures in to a stock photo company. This is a different place than the one who rejected me twice and they actually supplied some guidelines for the type of pictures they were looking for, as well as what they absolutely didn’t want. Unfortunately for me, flower and woodland pictures were at the top of that list. As I’ve said before, I really need to expand my repertoire.

**addendum**  Well, that was quick. Less than five hours to be rejected by this company. That’s a new record. Gotta face facts, ’tain’t no one willing to pay me for my photo work.


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Uhmmmm… What to blog?….. What to blog?

I just uploaded my 200th picture onto my Deviant Art account. I’ve been a member a month now, uploaded 200 pictures, and had over 800 views of my work. So, that’s pretty good. I still think I need more variety in my subject matter, but I’m a little low on resources to make that happen at the moment.

It’s really windy out today, windows rattling and the whole shebang. Windy days always remind me how much it sucked all those years I had to ride a mountain bike everywhere ’cause my license was suspended. Wind was the worst. It seemed like it was always in your face and you had to work twice as hard just to get anywhere. Rain wasn’t so bad. I just brought a change of clothes and a towel (all wrapped in plastic to stay dry) and changed when I got to wherever I was going. I actually enjoyed riding in thunderstorms, especially at night. The lightning flashing and the driving rain really got my adrenaline pumping. Snow was a pain mainly because it limited where I could ride, so I had to deal with traffic more….. And that was just the weather. Try doing your grocery shopping, then stuffing it all into a backpack and riding a bike three miles home or doing the same thing both ways to do your laundry. Yep, it sure gives me an appreciation of being able to climb in my little car and drive now. It sure puts the whole ‘car and insurance payment’ thing in perspective.

As far as the job search goes, not much to report. I tried to start the week with a positive attitude. You know, “This will be the week I find a new job” and all that positive affirmation crap, but that’s been slowly chipped away by reality. I’ll keep slogging along though. Something has to give eventually.

Thanks to all for the complimentary comments. I don’t have much to say at the moment, so I hope you’ll indulge me a few more pictures:


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Well, yesterday I got an intense hankerin’ to go out and take some new pictures. I hadn’t taken any since we had that ice storm almost two months ago. I went to one of the local parks and spent a very pleasant time taking pictures of ice formations in the stream. Then, in an effort to expand my horizons, I asked myself what I wouldn’t normally take pictures of. There was a playground in the park, so I tried to take some interesting pictures of that. Since it was winter, the place was pretty deserted, which was good for me. After all, they have names for guys who hang around playgrounds by themselves taking pictures, don’t they? Anyway, you can see all the pictures I took on my smugmug page, but I’ll post some of my favorites here:


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I took this one at the stream and then altered it a bit in Photoshop. Which one do you like better?


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This one is a macro of the ice. I really liked it, but I think tweaking it in Photoshop really made it pop:


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The stream under the ice was really beautiful too:


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And finally, here are some of the playground pictures:


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Free association is described as a “psychoanalytic procedure in which a person is encouraged to give free rein to his or her thoughts and feelings, verbalizing whatever comes into the mind without monitoring its content.” Over time, this technique is supposed to help bring forth repressed thoughts and feelings that the person can then work through to gain a better sense of self.

I say … and you think … ?

  1. Booze ::Binge
  2. Counter ::Strike
  3. Action ::Hero
  4. Trial ::By Fire
  5. Wheelchair ::Ironside
  6. 1-800 ::555-1212
  7. Chop ::Hong Kong Phooey
  8. Relatives ::Genes
  9. Bed sheets ::Rumpled
  10. Funnel ::Cake
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Last night I was feeling pretty damned bored. I was in one of those moods where my usual entertainments felt very ‘been there/done that’. Since I can’t afford (and/or have sworn off of) any unusual entertainments at the moment, I turned in desperation to the television (Gaspers!). Of course, the few programs on that I liked were all repeats I’d seen at least a half dozen times, but then, as I delved far from my usual click pattern, I saw a show listed on the Logo channel featuring “the best in gay, lesbian, and trans gendered music videos”. I wasn’t even aware that this was a music category, so of course, I clicked in. I only caught a half hour of the show, but I enjoyed it far more than any other music television I’ve happened upon in recent memory. My favorite was an artist by the name of Josh Zuckerman and his music video for “Be Real” :

I’d never heard of this guy, but he’s really good and it turns out he’s a Jersey boy. If I had a spare $8.99, I’d download his CD from Amazon.com.

Another show Logo had on that caught my attention was ‘Alien Boot Camp‘ which is an eclectic collection of short films, animation, etc. It’s very bizarre and highly entertaining, if a bit heavy on the propaganda side. I also got a lot of entertainment from some of the commercials. There was one for a “Male Enhancement” product which had me rolling on the floor. One of the spokesmen comes on with the line, “My girlfriend gave me some (of the product) as a gift and now I’m a BIG fan”. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!! The mental image I get of a guy opening that particular gift (from his girlfriend, no less!) is just priceless. If he wasn’t suffering from erectile dysfunction and/or performance anxiety before that, he sure would be afterwards. Hehehe, I can see the set up for it too. The girlfriend comes up to the guy, “Hey honey, you know how Miss Manners says that instead of telling someone they have bad breath, you should just offer them some gum? Well, in that spirit, I have something for you…..”

Oh yeah, most fun I’ve had watching television in a looong time


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Taken through my kitchen window late last night. I took a bunch of shots, but this is the best I came out with because:

  1. My camera sucks at night pictures
  2. My hand isn’t nearly steady enough to take low light pictures without a tripod
  3. Deer do not cooperate with the whole “Just hold that pose while I get a picture” thing
  4. Deer also tend to wander away from the window that you’re trying to take pictures through.

Deer also apparently like birdseed….. And my father thought he had enough problems with squirrels.

Chopping Block is back and badder than ever.
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A Greek and an Italian were sitting in a Starbuck’s one day
discussing who had the superior culture.

Over triple lattes the Greek guy said, “Well, we have the
Parthenon.”

Arching his eyebrows, the Italian replied, “We have the Coliseum.”

The Greek retorted, “We Greeks gave birth to advanced mathematics.”

The Italian, nodded agreement, and said, “But we built the Roman
Empire.”

And so on and so on, until the Greek came up with what he thought
would end the discussion. With a flourish of finality he said,
“We Greeks invented sex!”

The Italian replied, “That is true, but it was the Italians who
introduced it to women.”

I’ve been teetering on the edge of depression all week. Part of me just wants to let go, leap even, and plunge so deep I never see light again. Most of me, however, damned well isn’t going to give the powers that be that satisfaction. it’s just that I’m so tired of fighting against the corroding mist that fills my life. It seems like no matter what I try, how much I struggle and claw to pull myself up or gain a handhold, everything just breaks apart and I slide even deeper into the hole. I had to borrow money from my dad yet again just to cover my bills, which puts him even farther into debt….. I don’t know. It feels like I’m right back where I was five years ago. That all going back to school accomplished was to give me student loans to pay off and all I got out of Cartridge World was a whopping car payment. I find myself brooding on the endless ‘what if’ cycle. What if I’d never even heard of Cartridge World? What if I’d gotten a real design job when I left school? What if those skills hadn’t been atrophying for the past three years? What if… If… Friggin’ IF!

Real productive thoughts, I know. As long as we’re wishing, I want a pony too. I made my decisions and I accept the consequences thereof. The reality is, I need some sort of income and I need it now. The time for being fussy about what my job is, is long past. I damned well don’t want to drag my dad into the pit along with me.

Meh, I’m not feeling very articulate today, so here’s some “streaming” pictures (Haha):


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