I have a thing for volcanos. I've never been near one and they sorta fascinate me. Make me tremble with awe and all that stuff. I would love to see one. If anyone is interested, my birthday is this summer. That's still enough time to get me a volcano. I'll worry about where to put it. Bayonne maybe? Nobody's using that space ;-)
I think guys are hot, gorgeous, beautiful. All kinds of men but I certainly have preferences just as I do with women. I'm not bisexual or even lean in that direction. I'm pretty straight in my sexual preferences. I still think Khal Drogo is one steaming hot bottle of man sauce.
I can still enjoy it when a man flirts with me or asks me out as I can when women do the same. It's flattering. I feel good and let people know I appreciate it. Yes, I'm married. Yes, I will tell my wife. Yes, we're fine with it. Yes, we're monogamous. …and, yes, all those things apply equally with her. No, it shouldn't matter. These are healthy, good things that are some of the best of what makes us human.
When ComiXology finally released a statement saying that it was they and not Apple who decided to keep Saga's 12th issue out of their store, it still wasn't clear why they did so. What they did want to make clear was that it was in no way related to the fact that there are two small depictions of male, gay sex on the first pages. Color me skeptical being a reader of the series who has been seeing material just as explicit (if not more) up until last week.
I don't know what makes gay, male sex more offensive to some people. Is it just seeing two men together? Is it two men showing affection in an intimate way? Is it seeing men enjoying sex with one another?
In this specific case, I think it may be that last one. With attractive females kissing on main stream TV being deemed acceptable and attractive, I think we still have big gaps of willful ignorance when in regards to male sexuality. I think we have issues with men being vulnerable in that way. Many are still uncomfortable with men exposing their genuine urges honestly without pretense or machismo with other women but DEFINITELY with another man. (Though I think a show like True Blood has helped challenge that thinking even if it's limited to premium cable.)
You shouldn't read Saga because of the nudity and sex it contains. While I think it does it in a very healthy and honest way with a good dose of humor, that's not what makes the series so damn good. It's taking one of the oldest stories (Romeo & Juliet), flipping it on it's head and saying: "What if these two lovers from rival races decided to live and fight to stay together." Read Saga because of the imaginative worlds and races. Read Saga because of the art and fantastic characters. Just go pick issue one and keep going. But whatever you do, even if you don't like comics, go read Saga.
The Armory Show 2013 Today is the last day of the 100th anniversary Armory Show. We spent yesterday afternoon in both piers. The enormous art exhibition is divided between Modern and Contemporary. The roughly 120 photos in this album reflect the fact we spent more time looking at the contemporary works but there is a good number of art from the other pier.
Aside from being able to view so much art in such tightly packed spaces (even for New York City), it is interesting to overhear all the buying and selling of multi-million dollar pieces. The Armory Show is a unique experience.
US High Speed Rail System Proposal Map Design by Alfred Twu
There is currently a petition for the White House to implement a national high speed rail system connecting all of the major metropolitan areas, as well as surrounding localities with additional, albeit slower, lines.
Some of the highlights include: - New York to Boston in 60 minutes - New York to Los Angeles within a day - Various connections to Canada and Mexico
RESHARE: More great features from Blogger which I'm in the process of using to replace all my websites, blogs and enhance my Google+ pages. This time they're giving you the ability to mention G+ users and pages. :)
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+Mention a Google+ user or page directly from your blog post. Please give it a try and let us know what you think!
Way Better than Wonder Bread Also known as Best White Bread Ever
The following recipe is word for word, the first one I ever used when I started learning to bake bread. While this is not what you would do to make fancy baguettes or boules, it really does make the best sandwich bread and morning toast. It was passed on to me by another bread baking enthusiast who got it from another friend. Unfortunately I don't know the original author of the recipe, but here it is:
I've been making two loaves of this stuff a week since I got the recipe a few months ago, and we eat both loaves in a week. That's how good it is. They also actually last a week without going all dry and stale, which is pretty good longevity. You need: • 2.25 tsp yeast (one packet) in 1/2 cup warm water • 1 cup warm water (in addition to the water above) • 3 Tbsp sugar • 3 Tbsp Crisco or vegetable shortening (not butter, oil, or anything else. Vegetable shortening is far better. Believe me) • 1 Tbsp salt (a whole tablespoon, this is also important) • 1 cup milk warmed to the temp of the water • 5 - 5.5 cups flour You do: After the yeast blooms a little bit in the 1/2 cup of water, mix it with the rest of the water, sugar, and milk. If you have a mixer with a bread hook, this is a good time to use it. Otherwise just use a bowl and a sturdy spoon. Add 3 cups of flour and the shortening and salt, and mix well. You should have a thick paste. Give it a good beating, you want to get some little air bubbles started in there for the yeast to blow its gasses into.
Add two more cups of flour and mix. At this point you should have something doughy, but probably sticky. Turn it out onto your floured surface and start kneading, adding flour just until the dough doesn't stick as long as you're working it fairly energetically. When it's just right, you won't need any flour on your kneading board, but the dough won't slide around while you're trying to work it.
Knead for at least 15 minutes. I try to get a good rhythm going and alternate hands, pushing it one way, then pulling back and pushing it the other way with the other hand. There's no "right" way to knead. Figure out what works for you. When it's thoroughly kneaded, the dough will start to feel kind of silky. It's hard to describe, but the consistency changes. If you pay attention, you should be able to feel the difference. Roll your dough up in a ball, and kind of orbit it around on the counter between your semi-open hands, to tighten the bottom of the ball and give it a good skin. This will help it rise.
Put the dough in a lightly oiled bowl and cover it with something (I usually use a little plastic wrap, loosely tucked over the dough ball). It needs a pretty warm place to rise, like 80 degrees works best. I often turn the gas on its lowest setting in the oven and leave the oven door halfway open and put the dough in there to rise. If you do this, you should also put a pan of boiling water in the bottom of the oven to give it some humidity.
Let it rise till it doubles in size, about an hour. Take the dough ball out and gently knead it for a minute. Make a new ball, and put it back in the bowl and rise again, for about half an hour.
Repeat your brief kneading one more time, and cut the dough in half. Form loaves and put each half in a buttered loaf pan. Now's when you want to start heating your oven -- set it to 400 degrees. Let the dough rise again in the loaf pans until it's sort of poofing up over the top of the pan. Then, brush the top with melted butter just before you put it in the oven. This will give it a softer and better-colored crust.
Bake for about half an hour at 400 degrees, and you can brush the crust again with melted butter right when it comes out of the oven, if you want.
I've tried a lot of white bread recipes, and this one is my personal favorite by a wide margin.
RESHARE: Web Designers + Developers +Max Rubenacker has a good discussion going regarding adjusting to the rapid changes in web application design. Some of the frustrations that go along with focusing so much on the ever changing technology that flourishing as visual designers gets pushed to the side.
Politely tagging +Bobbi Jo Woods since she may know a few people who will get something out of the discussion.
Reshared text: this may be the day i stop calling myself a web designer.
there's a list of recommended talents on this post. it's horrific, and i agree with every one. in the web development biz you need to stay on top of trends, trends moving faster and faster every day.
no, i'm done. i'm gonna hang up my coat and hat. i'm not gonna learn 5 different languages only to have them condemned to irrelevance and obscurity next year. i don't consider that exercise to be improving my craft, and improvement is exactly what is most important to me.
i've had this push-pull relationship with tech my whole life. i think ultimately the tech biz has become nothing but this mushrooming self serving ecosystem of fads and foolishness. maybe we do things better now than we did in the 90s, but the same core principles move throughout. i'm talking about functionality, usability, solid user experience, good design, relevant content.
as an artist i see these things as ideas to work on at the foundation. in that place i don't have a need for programming languages or specific software or hardware dependencies. in that place i'm just a man sitting around a campfire telling stories, an artist in a cave splattering paint on the walls. beyond all the bullshit and endless revisionism i find some peace.
❝Nothing in life is guaranteed and living your life according to a predetermined formula is not a guarantee of success. You can't predict your company will succeed, your art will fly off gallery walls, or your love will be returned. You have to embrace the uncertainty of it all and remember that the more waves you go for, the more you'll catch.❞
This is a great checklist for anyone who has been thinking about taking a leap and trying something new or for those who pulled back after failing. The article is definitely worth bookmarking as well as keeping the following list up somewhere you'll see every day:
1. Get in the water. 2. Understand and accept the fear. 3. Go for it. 4. Embrace uncertainty. 5. Enjoy the bliss. 6. Reflect on the choice. 7. Do it all again.
To my fellow New Jersey residents: Have you received your sample ballot in the mail? We still are waiting for ours and I'm starting to get worried since we moved here back in June. We registered to vote and got confirmation in September but with this storm I have no idea where we'll be voting or if our records will even show up.
Anyone have information on what the voting situation will be like on Tuesday?
The entire video is edited in front of the camera and has some unbelievable recursive transitions. This is a fun piece you'll end up watching over and over, pausing to study frames, scratching your head the whole time.
The decision to take a life is so final. How it has been made over and over throughout human history will never make sense to me. To run is to celebrate humanity, all we have and can accomplish through one of the first activities we engaged in as a species. I didn't have a run scheduled for today but now I'm taking an hour at sunset to put on my shoes and celebrate the people who didn't get to finish today.
Group Show at Joshua Liner Gallery To celebrate their new location, the New York City gallery will be showing the work of various artists including some featured in Hi Fructose magazine. It's definitely worth taking a Friday off even if just to see this piece by SWOON.
October 1978 Using 8x10 Polaroid instant film that expired the same month, 34 year old actress/model Liina Brunelle was born, photographer Edouard Janssens accomplishes what can be described as a portrait dipped in hot caramel.
Jennifer thought of me reading this passage in Tolstoy's Anna Karenina:
A man could not be prevented from making himself a big wax doll, and kissing it. But if the man were to come with the doll and sit before a man in love, and begin caressing his doll as the lover caressed the woman he loved, it would be distasteful to the lover. Just such a distasteful sensation was what Mihailov felt at the sight of Vronsky's painting: he felt it both ludicrous and irritating, both pitiable and offensive.
"the galaxies projected within and without: absolute space and absolute time. I want to share with you the stars contained by the new souls of my race, humanity, in its infancy. Let me show you something electromagnetic. Let me take you to the place where Their dreamscapes and Our reality exchange glances. Let me help you remember."
Three years later and the design of a juice carton is still being talked about. For anyone who didn't pay attention, the Tropicana carton was redesigned a few years ago and the reception was... not positive. Michael Bierut's piece brings up the old question again:
What do you remember more, the great design or the bad one?
Good tips for freelancers and those working out of the same chair all day. Building connections in the local community is an important goal of mine this year both for personal fulfillment and freelance opportunities. While I'm fortunate to live in a densely populated area, connecting with new people can still be tough. There needs to be a mental (or actual) list of guiding interests to help us meet new people and begin relationships.
Other than street photography, sketching in public and my usual errands, I haven't really given much thought to other things I can do to connect. The article mentions volunteering which is something I considered when we first moved here. Giving a few days each month at a library might be a good way to connect and contribute to something I feel strongly about.
* The article also give suggestions for those sitting all day. I like having an excuse to get new floor pillows for the drawing/reading area in our condo :)
#365ToDoLists 2.1.2013 Taking down a holiday tree is almost as fun as putting it up but I'll have my new favorite place to draw and brainstorm back. Granted, only for two days before traveling but, still, I'll have it back :)
RESHARE: A fantastic start to 2013 with a great, inspiring quote from Neil Gaiman. I'm excited to be a part of the Creative 365 project and community.
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I was looking for a way to start my new year of a photo a day, and came across this quote by Neil Gaiman.
"May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you're wonderful, and don't forget to make some art -- write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself."
It resonated, so I wrote it out for myself. And this is the result. :)
Reshared text: #365ToDoLists Project 2013 Starts Tomorrow Regardless if you want to call them resolutions, goals or projects they don't happen without a to do list.
You can post photos of your to do lists in your stream with the hashtag and/or share it to the new 365 To Do Lists section in the Ready Set Monday!!! Community. I've also launched a Flickr group http://www.flickr.com/groups/365todolists/ for those who use the service and like to share photos from there as I do.
While I'll be running around and cooking today, please post any questions here or on the Ready Set Monday!!! Discussion section in the community.
Best wishes for all of you in the 2013. Luis
* I forgot to add the unpleasant task of hunting for street parking so my wife's family will have a place to put all their cars. :/
RESHARE: Jump over to the +Ready Set Monday!!! community if you would like to take the jump into the #365ToDoLists project. — I'm getting warmed up by starting mine today :)
Reshared text: #365ToDoLists Project? 2013 is almost here. I've quickly become obsessed with these #365Day projects and thought it would be fun to start a #365ToDoLists project posting one each day.
It can be in the morning to help give that extra push of accountability or in the evening to show the items that have been crossed off. I think it would be best to have as few restrictions on the project as possible to make posting each day that much easier. I think it would be a fun way for everyone to share how they make lists and provide support for completing items each day. The posts can either go to each person's stream or in the #ReadySetMonday community.
I realize while this may not be as fun as a 365 photos or drawings project, (both of which I'm going to be participating in) but I think those of us who decide to jump in will find it useful and possibly entertaining.
* For those who use a desktop program or phone app, a cropped screen grab would work fine.
"I'm nervous of being confronted on the street. How do I get over it?" For anyone who has been shooting street photography for more than a month and checking out different forums, this question comes up. There is a fear of having a confrontation. It's not a completely irrational fear. I had a bad encounter in my first few months of pursuing street photography seriously. I wrote about it on deviantART: http://fav.me/d59yprj
While it did shake me a bit, I kept shooting. It doesn't mean I'll be completely comfortable and confident the next time I'm confronted but I also know not to go out expecting those situations to happen. If I did then I may as well go photograph something else and avoid shooting street. There's no reason to do that though. It takes time to build up confidence and feel comfortable walking out and shooting anywhere in the world.
There are plenty of guides like this floating around the internet which is why I've kept this pretty basic. For a more thorough read on street photography, Chris Weeks PDF Street Photography for the Purist is worth a long look. For now, here are my three points of advice to anyone afraid of photographing people in public.
1. Talk to people and connect with the area you're photographing. If you are not an outgoing person and are unwilling to say hello to strangers on the street, how much tougher will it be to gather the courage to shoot them in candid situations. Stop looking down at the ground or out in the distance when you walk down a street. Look at everyone. Nod, wave and say hello to the people you pass by.
2. Find a favorite corner, take out your camera and be obvious about taking photographs. Get up on a mail box, planter or bench. Let everyone see you. Keep your camera up to your face even if there is no shot. You'll notice that after a while people will ignore you. Try this for about a month, going out several days a week. You'll blend in like a lamp post and build confidence about having your camera out, shooting people in public.
3. When you are confronted, relax, be friendly and ready with answers. Why did you take the photograph? Why are you photographing there? Who are you? Show people your work on a phone or carry some prints to give away. Joke with them. Tell them you need a lot of practice. BE HUMAN! — flawed and willing to expose those flaws to a total stranger. When you show them how much you care about this pursuit, it will go far in disarming an uncomfortable situation. While you don't owe anyone an answer, you also don't want to create ill will among people in a community you may want to continue photographing. Return to 1. Talk and connect with the area you're photographing.
“And what happened, then? Well, in Whoville they say - that the Grinch’s small heart grew three sizes that day. And then - the true meaning of Christmas came through, and the Grinch found the strength of TEN Grinches, plus two!”
Arguably the most human of holiday stories. A confounded curmudgeon stares down at a community singing hand in hand after having every trimming and morsel stolen from them. It is the only part of this season I still hold true.
So I extend my hand to each of you, my community, with love and appreciation for the song you bring out in me.
Tomorrow being the winter solstice, I thought this video was a perfect way to celebrate. While sometimes I feel like "Seen one time lapse, seen 'em all". This one has unique moments throughout.
Shot in -25ºC as a proof of this Canon's freeze proofness, there are some spectacular moments throughout this video including the sky erupting with lights from the station. There's a point where it is actually a little painful on the eyes.
Click through on the first link listed above to see the condition of the frozen camera that shot this time lapse.
Ready Set Monday!!! Posts On Hiatus With the launch of communities a few days ago and having put more thought into it this weekend, I've decided to hold off on posting on Mondays until all the dust settles. Discussions can continue in the community but right now I'm unclear where I would like to keep posting Ready Set Monday!!! and with all of us feeling a little overwhelmed with notifications, I simply don't want to add to that list.
Ready Set Monday!!! has always been about being productive as well as creative. I don't think I can argue that adding to each of your double (triple?) digit notifications and having something I spend a few hours each week putting together get easily lost, is a productive use of creative energy. Again, this is until we all figure out how to negotiate between our main profiles, G+ pages, circles and communities.
Went chocolate shopping this afternoon and hauled in a bag of Nunu chocolate buttons in the Union Square outdoor market. Nunu is a company from Brooklyn and while they didn't have an 85% dark chocolate, the 70% will go nicely with a cup of coffee.
On my way back from the Strand, I stopped in Max Brenner, Chocolate By The Bald Man and picked up this bar as well as a tin of dark chocolate thins with West African Cocoa bits.
I spent more money on chocolate than books (why I was in Union Square).
#Ingress Tip When locating portals at public facilities such as a fire house, library or post office, use headphones. Otherwise Sexy Computer Voice Lady will shout out: "TARGET IN RANGE"
Unless you would like to end your day being interrogated by Homeland Security or other government law enforcement agency and see just how far this game goes. Let the rest of us know how that works out for you. (-:
Touching Me, Touching You My 25 most relevant, funny, creative, smart, compassionate people... and me. Otherwise known as who Google says I talk, stalk and balk at the most. If today is your first day on Google+, these people would be a great eclectic bunch to start interacting with and plussing. If today is not your first day on Google+, you likely have all these people circled. In that case, as you were.
* Note: I have a handful of people who I know like to stay private but should be in this circle.
El Calor Sus pensamientos en este día, presentándose a los piez de Concepción y entrando en el abrazo fatal del Anillo de Fuego, por fin realizado despues de tres años. El volcán lo reconoció. No por ser alguien especial, pero porque la tierra y el calor profundo que le da vida no se olvide sus hijos.
Sunday after Sandy on the Hudson You wouldn't know a major storm came through here just days earlier looking at the sky and calmness of the river, but the Hudson is never this calm. It's never this empty.
I took my bike and camera for an extended tour today and it seems like the area is taking a collective breath. There were some runners and families with strollers relaxing by the water with fewer cars, lines at the gas stations or people out on the streets. It was refreshing after the sustained panic of the previous four to five days. Tomorrow is a new week. The next chapter for many of us here as we make decisions on what to rebuild, leave behind or begin something completely new.
❝Too much planning implies you've got it all under control. That's boring, unrealistic, and dangerous. It lulls you into a complacency that removes one of the artist's most valuable conditions: being pissed. Art is competitive with yourself, with the past, with the future. It is a special war zone where first you make the rules, and then you test the consequences.
Creativity is an act of defiance. You're challenging the status quo. You're questioning accepted truths and principles. You're asking three universal questions that mock conventional wisdom:
"Why do I have to obey the rules?" "Why can't I be different?" "Why can't I do it my way?"
These are the impulses that guide all creative people whether they admit it or not. Every act of creation is also an act of destruction or abandonment. Something has to be cast aside to make way for the new.❞