Archive for May, 2007

enjoying the ride

From an evening stroll to Sonic. Daddy tripped the poor guy because Daddy was paying more attention to the camera than to his kid.

Sorry buddy.

Good thing he’s got his mommy there to pick him up when he’s down.


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in absentia

Okay, nothing dramatic, but since the semester just ended, I won’t be heading in to work much for the next few weeks. And because we don’t have the internet at home, updates here will be few and quite far between until the end of the month. Feel free to wail and sob loudly for a few minutes, if it helps, and then check out the archives (bottom right, by month) if you really need to get your fix, or try out a topic search using the pull-down menu entitled Related Blather (also bottom right). You can always try searching for something to read too, using the search bar over up on the right.

Try it out. You’ll feel real good about it, I promise.

And if you’re just here for the random picture of the day (rpotd), you can always head on over to my flickr stream to see the set that generates the picture every day. It’ll keep on changing for your random picture enjoyment.

Above all, don’t worry: vacation is a temporary affliction. I’ll be fine, eventually, and so will you.

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Carpool Buddy: If they tell me, “I didn’t do it,” I’m fine, red X, we’re done. No big deal.

Me: No kidding.

CB: Just don’t give me none of this “My latina friend Jeff is channeling my dead uncle.”

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fun in the sun

Back when I had first learned the terms depth of field and aperture, I also discovered that I had no way of controlling those things in our little point-and-shoot Nikon 3100. Every time it took a picture, the aperture was automatically set for you so that virtually everything was in focus. It was a design feature aimed at the general photographic public, those that casually shot their pictures and wanted them to always be in focus. How do you make that happen? Just make the lens and settings such that virtually everything will be in focus. That way, the user has no control over the settings but also gets pictures they generally want.

So basically, there’s no way to get creative focus or a narrow depth of field on that camera. Period.

But then I discovered that there was a way: the macro setting.

In this setting, the camera opens the aperture up all the way in order to allow the close focal distance. Doing so narrows the depth of field.

Upon learning this, I had to try it. We were in Hemet, CA, visiting family and we all went to the park. My daughter kicked off her shoes and ran off to play. I decided to try out the macro setting, focusing close in on the shoes to see what kind of blurring I would get in the background.

It was lovely.

I really like this shot, primarily because of what’s going on (or not) in the background. They look so dead, so bored, so out of it. The only thing detracting from this shot, in my mind, is the foreground subject: the shoes. At the time, I liked them there. They implied some freedom, some summertime release. And that’s why I shot this and gave it the title I did. I’m not sure it completely works, but I still love it because of the kids and because I was able to make a very uncooperative piece of photographic equipment do something that I wanted to do for a change.

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Carpool Buddy: But grammar class, that was something else. I went into altered states in that class.

Me: Uh…what?

CB: No seriously, I entered a state of telepathic rapport with Noam Chomsky! I’M SERIOUS! It was amazing!

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From the road trip/move to Kansas. We stopped along the way in St. George, Utah, to visit the temple there. This was another site that we had driven by without stopping at so many times as we traveled between California and BYU. Given that we wouldn’t be passing by this way again for a long time, we pulled off the highway and spent 30 minutes or so on the grounds and in the visitor’s center.

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welcome to our home 3

When we found out that we had closed on our home, we went out and bought 3 of the most amazing welcome mats I’ve ever seen. Yes, it was an impulse buy. No, we don’t regret them. You can see the other two here.

And because the label on the back of the mats influenced our purchases just as much as the front of the mats did, I’ll include it below:

this perfectly fine, if not certainly adequate doormat is made from 100% olefin indoor/outdoor carpet and printed with color-fast inks. wash with hose and brush. dry flat. do not machine wash.

important things you should know about your new doormat

warning: do not use mat as a projectile. sudden acceleration to dangerous speeds may cause injury. when using mat, follow directions: put your right foot in, put your right foot out, put your right foot in and shake it all about. this mat is not designed to sustain gross weight exceeding 12,000 lbs. if mat begins to smoke, immediately seek shelter and cover head. caution: if coffee spills on mat, assume that it is very hot. this mat is not intended to be used as a placemat. small food particles trapped in fibers may attract rodents and other vermin. do not glue mat to porous surfaces, such as pregnant women, pets and heavy machinery. when not in use, mat should be kept out of reach of children diagnosed with CFED (compulsive fiber eating disorder). do not taunt mat. failure to comply relieves the makers of this doormat, simply precious home decor, and its parent company, high cotton, inc., of any and all liability.

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