I had surgery in July. Since then I've been living off store bought meals, because everything I eat needs to be high in protein and be kind of pre-processed due to my impaired digestive tract. Today I got sick of it, and cooked for the first time since July.
It needed to be ground meat, cause I still can't tolerate whole muscle, but still, I cooked dammit. Also the first time cooking in this kitchen.
As a photographer, one of my favorite quotes of all time is by Marcel Proust, "The true voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes". This means that you don't need to travel half way across the world in order to have new experiences or see beautiful things.
However, I originally got into photography not because of my love of the art (that came later), but because of my love of travel. Of experiencing contrasting ways of life. Of seeing first hand some of the most beautiful places on this planet.
So I ask you, what is the top three places you would want to visit and why?
I will start it off (in no particular order)...
- Myranmar (Burma): In 2011 Burma finally democratically elected their new leader, after years of brutal military rule. The country is becoming increasingly westernized and I want to capture atleast a piece of their culture before this change happens.
- Mongolia: Mongolia has been one of those counties that has been at the top of my list for years. Between the Govi desert, ancient horse culture and varied mountainous terrain, there is a lot to love.
Venezuela: While Venezuela is not "untraveled", it doesn't receive that many visitors from North America. With some of the most beautiful waterfalls I have ever seen (Dragon Falls and Angle Falls), amazing caribbean beaches and dense jungles....I could spend weeks here and not touch the surface.
Yeah, I'm done with #Ingress. Someone let me know if they take measures to balance the game so noobs and people with jobs and such can play the game without the no-life full time jackass already max leveled players just coming up behind you and one-shotting everything you spend hours doing.
#Ingress is giving me the same frustrations as World of Warcraft did, which led to me quitting that. People with lives and jobs cannot participate and compete with the no life losers who have fuckall to do with their days and seemingly infinite money for gas to drive around all day breaking what I was able to carve out 2 hours of my day to do.
This guy, FuzzyPat, he just owns everything in my town, and anything you do he comes by and undoes it in minutes. 4am he's out there breaking shit.
Scenes from my commute this morning. It's rough this time of year. It makes you slow for many reasons. The chiefest of those being that those of us in northern climes have to always ride with at least one pannier full of kitty litter, for when we inevitably get stuck in a snowbank, we have to have it to put under our tires to get traction. It makes the commute much more difficult.
RESHARE: Is there anything you think you don't need and wouldn't carry?
Reshared text: A friend told me I should set out and post all of the things I carry every day on my bike commute. He seems to think I carry a ridiculous amount of things. Keep in mind, this lecturer carries every single day, a pedal wrench and full sized floor pump.
The stuff on the left, is carried in my Kona Messenger Bag. It goes everywhere with me.
The stuff in the middle is carried in my every day Ortlieb Backroller Classic Pannier.
The Stuff on the right is carried in my Towpeak wedge pack.
The Stuff on the front right is carried on self or on bike.
As a child of a Detroit family, who had literally lost uncles and cousins on the assembly lines. (Seriously, died with wrenches on their hands), I hope you all appreciate they fact that I have gone as long as 9 days this summer without ever starting my car.
JUST STOP USING THAT SILLY ADDON THAT CULLS PEOPLE WHO DON'T POST PUBLIC
Public posts should be a very very very rare thing on G+.
It pretty much goes against the entire point of circles.
If most of your posts are public, you're pretty noisy and not putting much thought into your posts if you're not considering who the audience for your content should be.
Bots have circled you. All public posts do is share your life with the bots.
(note that in the last 2 weeks I have posted publicly more than I should, because for a second there I thought there was maybe something interesting and useful and cool about "ripples". I was wrong so I've cut them back to near zero.)
Not content with abusing and destroying the lives of its assembly workers, Apple has moved on to destroying the earth as well. I know for certain this will stop trendy hipsters from purchasing Apple products.
Reshared text: I have been doing all kinds of research the past couple of days. Not really sure entirely to what end - but something will manifest eventually, I'm sure.
I sort of wonder what people might think of an image like this -- it's directly out of instructions in a 15th century manuscript of magic. _Liber Iuratus Honorii_ or the Sworne Book of Honorius. Anyone else notice the devised and obvious translation from Sprite to Spirit in the text? I think he meant Sprite. ;) Alas. I'm almost positive probably no one has read the book - I just like old ass books of magic.
A couple things I've noticed that has totally fascinated me about medieval magic books. They're absolutely swarming with religion. I think people with a ton of religion would be surprised to read about how much your forebears were totally and completely convinced, with lots of prayer, devotion, purity, ritual and concentration - you could invoke angels and demons to do work for you. In fact what you see below you is a great summoning circle. In fact the 'greatest' one as it has the name of god around the edge (72 letters) and angel's names all around that.
Gasp is that a pentagram you see in the center? It is. Not at all "evil" but in fact the most sacred symbol there was. With the other names of god all around and inside of it.
This was a way to trap and guide a greater spirit to work for you.
I think it's kind of cool that 600 years ago, people believed this would work. But I'm pretty sure I think it's cool because it was 600 years ago.
I've dug even deeper than this, following a trail of bread crumbs of early science (which of course is alchemy) and lore to find the nascent beginnings of it all. It's not a broken trail like so many fanciful authors would have us believe - it's quite an easy trail to follow. I suppose I'm a bit disappointed that the rabbit hole isn't quite so deep as fiction would lead us to believe. But oh, the fodder for stories is rich and deep indeed. Perhaps this is where it's leading me, to tell a story of my own.
For all of you who are Rage Quitting +Google Plus because of them killing #Reader#GoogleReader. I can tell you, this approach totally works.
Way back when +Paul Buchheit et al put in that terribad FriendFeed update that ended attribution of service that put a particular story in your feed, I totally RageQuitted and flamed them to the point that all the FriendFeed admins blocked me. 6 months later, FriendFeed was blobbed by Facebook and it was dead.
I KILLED FRIENDFEED WITH MY RAGEQUIT
So all of you ragequitting Google+ over reader, I can tell you, it totally works
Is there an actual Safety Dance (like the Macarena or the Hustle, or the Human Centipede), or is it a conceptual thing that each of us must find within ourselves? And if it's actual thing, why don't they tell us what it is?
Pinterest is the me I wish I was, I want to be, the me I'm working toward becoming. An idealized perfection
Google+ is the me I actually am, almost pathologically unfiltered
Facebook is the meatspace me. The me that the people from my family and my long forgotten past expect me to be and I find the prospect of trying to change their view to be so tedious and terrifying I just say "fuck it" and be that.
Twitter no real place in my world any more. I don't have a lot of thoughts I want the whole world to know. Not cause I'm private, I just don't care what they think.
Quick! I sync'd my Chrome browser to my work computer!!!!! How do I stop it bringing my url prediction from my home computer to my work computer!!!!! How do I delete URL Prediction!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!
RESHARE: I so love images that make HDR-tists look like they're wasting their time.
This is single exposure.
Reshared text: Send Shivers Down My Spine
Happy #FloralFriday everyone!!! I am showing something different than my regular floral work today. I thought this would be just perfect!!
Have a great day and start to a fabulous weekend!
#FloralFriday does have a community (https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/101224450803598731206) and I will go through the posts there as well as using the search engine like I normally do. I do find that you will have more interaction by posting to your stream and circles than posting to the community. I don't think a lot of people are going through shots there yet.
Why in the name of all that's right don't public toilets have lids?
My toilet in my apartment has a lid. I religiously make sure to put it down before I flush. Now on a risk level? What ever I put in that toilet, that gets aerosolized on flush and flung into the general air I breathe and onto my toothbrushes and shaving razor has a VERY small chance of actually hurting me, because whatever that was, was already inside me 10 seconds ago and wasn't hurting me then.
So cool, the lid is there, I use the lid, but I probably don't really need the lid, but dammit, the world makes sure that lid is there.
So WHY THE HELL don't public restrooms, where it's hundreds of non-related people using these things every single day? Where you'd want to make sure these many and varied zoonotic bugs that can easily jump human to human don't get in the air and leave via the plumbing?
I have a graduate degree in pharmacology. I have spent way more time than you studying and learning why drugs do what they do. I have no clue or understanding why different types of booze, with the exact same EToH content have v completely different and predictable drunks.
On this matter, Senator Paul is dead on. While I voted for Obama both times, this time around was only because Mitt Romney was so horribly horribly evil. Had the Republicans ran pretty much any other human being on the planet, I would have voted against President Obama due to his stance on Drones, expansion of the Patroit Act and domestic spying, and negotiating secret international treaties re: digital media ownership.
As for Senator Paul he also has some truly disgusting stances, but on this solitary issue, he's absolutely right. I hope keeps going for days, so that the fucking muggles will actually pay attention to this issue.
In 30 years now of spreadsheets, why can't a cell yet have text followed by a formula? Why fuck do I need to burn a cell to put the text for what the cell next to it is telling me? Why can't I just have one cell that says "Total People = 11" and that 11 come from an =counta command?!
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But there is no nuke or block flag because it's a DM and I can't figure how to block from their profile.
Am I the only one who finds listening to whole albums tedious? I just want to listen to the songs I like. I find I never listen to a full record all the way through after the first time to figure out which ones I like. The rest of the tracks never get played again.
So. I've spent the day reading RSS on Google Currents. Aside from some polish issues (an organization layer) and some nasty fucking bugs (it takes hours for new feeds to appear), it's just a much much better tool for reading RSS than Reader ever was. I think it's going to be ok. #reader#Googlereader+Google Currents Fan Page
Do you think +Outback Steakhouse knows that the Bloomin Onion and Brown Bread Loaf are the only things that bring people in, and they only order their HORRIBLE entrees just to liberate the Onion and the Loaf from the place?
RESHARE: I have 11,000 followers. My content has fallen off hardcore since I got fired a year and a half ago, so I haven't really earned that number of late. (Life got better, sadly my feed didn't) But if any of you are still listening to this feed, my advice to you, crawl this person's feed. The most amazing and varied photography you'll ever see. +Lotus Carroll simultaneously makes me want to take my camera everywhere I go, and throw it in the river and never touch it again.
Reshared text: 32 / 52
The night is the hardest time to be alive and 4am knows all my secrets. ~Poppy Z. Brite
A couple of weeks ago, they must have introduced a new feature of the show, that I somehow missed. It must have happened in the closing part or something. I have no idea what this new feature means and what they're pointing out when they refer to it. They call it Chicken The Bucket. Does anyone know what they are highlighting when they call a scene Chicken The Bucket?
I became a Bicycle Commuter in April of '13. (h/t +Tom Ligman) Since then, I'm constantly swapping my work clothes and play clothes between work and home. Work clothes off at the end of the day, play clothes on, ride home. etc. Every single one of those days. This song plays as a I change in my head.