I received my birthday card from my brother yesterday. That’s right, my birthday was July 22nd. My brother and I have an agreement that our birthday cards to one another do not have to arrive on time. The same cannot be said for our mother however; she requires that her card arrive on time, no excuses allowed.
Trying Different Things Last Night
I met up with the Flickr/RPS gang last night at Five Guys Burgers And Fries and promptly ordered french fries and a Coke for my dinner. That’s right, no burger.
Last night’s Roswell Photographic Society meeting was a presentation by former group President Tom Vadnais. Vadnais gave an excellent primer to taking great (field) photography, and I attempted something new by recording the presentation’s audio using my iPhone as a digital recorder. Over the next day or two I’ll give the recording a listen to see how well this worked out.
As Vadnais showed his (much superior) shots of White Sands National Park I started reflecting on my trip to Colorado two years ago and came to the following conclusion — I did some really stupid things on that trip, most of which I’ll be repeating at the end of this month. Two years ago I drove to the middle of nowhere, alone, at daybreak to take photos with complete disregard to the potential dangers which could have harmed me. I drove on dirt roads and walked through unfamiliar lands possibly filled with dangerous animals, all with no provision for emergencies.
ITP Flickr Pic
I challenge myself to take photos other than “the norm” for a given situation.
In this photo we see five people who, moments ago were in a raft with a sixth person, on the shore watching their sixth get rescued from the river.
I Wonder What The Grashopper Thinks
While whacking back my
lawn weeds the other day I saw many grasshoppers attempt to hop away to safety. I started wondering how they perceived the lawn mower, wondering if they experience it the same way that we experience tornadoes.
- Comes out of nowhere with little warning
- Makes a loud sound, not unlike an approaching train
- Causes mass destruction and death
- Passes in a matter of minutes
I know, it’s a strange analogy but I can’ t help but put it out there.
Shuttling (I Hope)
With a schedule in flux and a conflicting weather forecast, I decided to shuttle the Red Rocket in to work with hopes that I’ll be able to ride home tonight and back in to work tomorrow morning. Of course if my dinner plans materialize the way they are supposed to, or if the “20% chance” of rain materializes, I’ll have to find another way to get my exercise today.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – okay, not great, but okay
Current Music – listening to last weekend’s “Sound Opinions” podcast
Website Of The Day – Only TWO days remain to fund the Good Food Truck’s Kickstarter Project. They are about $400 from their goal of $4200. If you want to see street food in Atlanta, this is a good project to fund before it’s too late.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – didn’t check
Pages Of 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die Read – 77
Foot Mileage – 0 miles, Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Pushups – 0, Situps – 0
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 3 (3)
Vegetarian Days – 0, Carnivorous Days – 2
Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 0
– Not to get sick for the entire month (I did it once, I can do it again!)
– Not get fired from my job
– Ride my bicycle no fewer than 200 miles
– Get the Sharpened Stone, LLC moving further
– Complete at least one iPhone application (seriously, this needs to happen)
– Completely plan out my August/September Colorado trip
– Reduce my weight to 185 pounds (starting weight was 198 pounds) [update: On July 1 I’ve sadly gained weight; I’m at 203 pounds]
– Completely read the book 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die
– Earn at least $150 through photography sales in order to cover the cost for the renewal of the Sharpened Stone.
– Save $500 for the sole purpose of donating to charitable organizations of my choice
– Attend at least one professional photography workshop
– Enter no fewer than three photographic competitions / gallery showings
Get the Black Sheep stats out of Excel and online
– Ride in no fewer than two 50 mile or 50K bike rides
– Complete my Taco Mac Passport requirement of 125 beers
– Continue backing up all data, including the off-site storage
– Become a proficient programmer in
PHP and CSS Objective-C
– Do not create a solution for something which is not a problem