Not Feeling The href Love Today

This post is almost completely devoid of hyperlinks. Why? Because I am lazy.

Trivia Interruptus
Well, the plan was to have Meet The Hashers meet up and play trivia at the newly-relocated Johnny’s Pizza in the Old Fourth Ward last night. That plan lasted all of one and one-half question, at least for me. The trivia hostess had a mirade of microphone issues and I couldn’t be bothered to stay all night and watch her attempt to troubleshoot her problems, so I left.

The new Johnny’s location, formerly occupied by Jake’s Ice Cream, is a maze of small, connected rooms which, at least until the weather is suitable for patio sitting, is not very conducive to larger groups; Meet The Hashers usually averages eight players.

How Would You Shoot This Differently?
The answers “Why bother.” or “Throw it out.” are not the sort of criticism I seek here. I think this could be a rather interesting shot, but I don’t think that I’ve executed it perfectly. I can easily get back to this location for a re-shoot, I’m seeking some advice as to what I should do differently next time.

A Gas Pipe Organ

I was trying to capture the series of gas pipes in the image as if they part of a grand pipe organ found in cathedrals.

The Wasting Is The Hardest Part
Admittedly my weight-loss program is not a smashing success. I love to eat (and drink beer, but that’s a different posting). One of the things that was drilled into my head by depression-era parents is that food is sacred and should not be wasted. I was trained to “clean my plate” and to “take what you can eat, and eat what you take.” On the surface this seems like sound advice.

This morning I stopped at Joe’s coffee (yes, Ellen was working), and picked up a blueberry muffin in addition to my morning coffee. The muffin was your typical repackaged Mondo Muffin from Sam’s Club or Costco. After eating about two-thirds of the muffin I smooshed the rest into the cling wrap and tossed it into the trash. I felt the wrath of my mother’s voice asking me why I was wasting food as I did so.

Mental conditioning, it’s not just for breakfast any longer.

It’s A New Music Tuesday
What happens when Jack White and Brendon Benson form a side-project group? I select their release as my “CD Pick of the Week”, that’s what. The newly-formed project known as “The Raconteurs” have a cd in stores today called “Broken Boy Soldiers”.

Tessa over at Drive A Faster Car posted some 411 and a link to one of the songs on this cd in this here post. Check it out. Go ahead, I know that you want to…

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal…
Current Mood – fair (which if you’ve been paying attention is a 30-day high)
Current Music – Sirius Satellite Radio Channel 26, playing Mates Of State — “Fraud In The ’80s”
Website Of The Day – At Johnny’s trivia we can earn an extra five points if we can identify a movie scene in which the actors’ images have been removed. Think you want to give it a shot? Swing by FilmWise and give it a shot.

If you ever want a quick glance of the sites I’ve picked for my Websites Of The Day, you can check them out on, my user name is InsideThePerimeter (go figure), and they are all tagged as “blogged.”

Exercise (b)Log – nuttin’

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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7 Responses to Not Feeling The href Love Today

  1. Gentri says:

    bring the rule of threes into play with your gas pipe picture… maybe less pipe/meters, more space on one side. chop it up some, i.e. a few meters, not the whole group, or chop off the top of the yellow pipes to make the picture “squat” or make it end quickly, instead of naturally. What about a really low angle (lying on your back??) with a gray meter, yellow pipes and blue sky?

  2. Anonymous says:

    Find a nice homeless person and give him the 1/2 muffin if you feel guilty! Maybe you could start taking your food giveaways as a tax write-off! Hey — that’s a diet plan!

    I’m thrilled that there is a cheap bar around the corner from my house (Johnnys) but I find the decor a little disturbing with all that red and black.


  3. Paulie says:

    @Gentri: Thanks. It’s a tough shot to crop. I wanted to fill the frame with pipes and include the meters to “explain” that these were gas pipes. I think I should probably try at a different time of day to see what changes.

    btw- I’m looking into another place for a photo-stroll. We should discuss getting together some weekend when the weather is agreeable.

    @Beth: Homeless near Perimeter Mall? HA! Seriously, I never see too many homeless on my drive into work — I think that I get up before they do (why would I get up early if I was homeless?).

    I’m with you on the decor, while it’s cleaner than the old place the color scheme is a bit unnerving.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Them’s some nice pipes ya’ got! I think it would be nice if no ground/grass/bushes were visible. Also, you could stand/angle the shot more to the right so the damn telephone pole isn’t in the reflection. Also, you could take the same shot on an overcast day when the sky is white-er and see how that would look. You could schooch up closer to get rid of green at the bottom and have a more severe upward angle—might be neat. Or-disregard all of this!

  5. Paulie says:

    @Anon: Disregard? Hell no, getting suggestions / recommendations was the whole purpose of including this today.

  6. Susan says:

    I think that a straight on shot, instead of at an angle would be interesting… different times of day is a good idea too, more light on the –whatever those thingies are– could pull them out a bit. Not sure what you think of photoshop editing them (I remember an earlier comment you made about that) – that could help with the phone pole, but I honestly didn’t notice that. I think you’re onto something with this shot though – don’t give it up.

    You might like this site – he posts a photo a day – usually urban images:

  7. Paulie says:

    Thanks for the suggestions and encouragement.

    I’m not completely opposed to Photoshop, my comment regarded its use in a fairly entry-level photography class. I understand that the eye can be fooled by the camera with or without post-photo editing tricks.

    I’m a daily visitor to Daily Dose of Imagery (topleftpixel). His shots can be amazing and it has altered my view on things.

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