According to one of my coworkers, a penguin. I…think it’s a compliment. Huzzah for corny office get-to-know-you culture exercises.
I don’t really want a tattoo, but I kinda want a sense of how much it actually hurts to get one.
My right brain has been subconsciously exerting some influence on my colour choices lately, and I suddenly find my life very full of oranges and reds and greens.
We geeks are pretty much all symbolically fictionalized as dwarves in literature: reclusive, introverted, grumpy, and tinkering away in dark caves to make beautiful things other people want.
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A saturated symmetrical photo of a toy.
Ok, I admit. These photos are getting a little weird.
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But I mean, c’mon! A saturated symmetrical photo of a toy? Really? In that vein I think I got pretty darn close… though Claire was quick to point all the bits and pieces on my LEGO model that didn’t fit her strict definition of symmetry.
I was actually more interested in playing with the shadow. It was a little complex, if only because the light source I had at my disposal was a little harsh for this purpose. I needed a direct, bright light to create the shadow, but the LEGO bits are high gloss and tricky under those conditions.
Photo of the Day Theme
A high contrast blur photo of a toy.
Vulk is this little LEGO Mixels character who I’ve adopted as my adventuring toy subject. You’ll probably be seeing a lot of him for as long as this photo project –and who am I kidding, this blog– lasts.
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Tasked with snapping a blur photo –which is distinctly different than a bokeh photo, but don’t ask me to explain how– I was double confused by the who subject being a toy… until I remembered Vulk. Good ol’ Vulk. I strapped Vulk to a stick and swung him around the backyard for about ten minutes until I was both dizzy and satisfied that I’d located the proper settings for an action-blur-spinning photo in the full afternoon daylight of a summer Saturday.
Those settings, if you’re curious, are f/19 1/30 seconds at ISO100 on a 105mm lens.
A little uncanny deja vu today, sadly.
This is an experimental post. It’s also certifiable proof of my geekiness.
See, I’ve been sick. Not sick enough to miss work or be stuck in bed all day, but sick enough that I know I shouldn’t be running. There is a line that you learn not to cross, a line where you have spent the day drinking uncounted cups of hot tea and so many lozenges that you begin to sweat an aura of Fishermen’s Friends. That’s when you don’t go running, knowing that to do so would mess you up even more and you’d be off for weeks rather than just days.
Instead of running I’ve been cross-training. We bought a stationary bike last year and it has been well-used, but I actually made up a schedule for myself for the new year and I’ve been following it. Alas, like running a treadmill (dread-mill) sitting in the basement pedalling away on a bike to nowhere toes the line of insane boredom. I was looking for ways to stay entertained and motivated on these deep, dark runless cross-training episodes. I was needing a way to make the time pass.
And as they say, necessity is the mother of invention.
I don’t recall exactly where the initial inspiration struck, but I was looking at desk bikes on the internet recently and the though occurred to me: I could build that.
Now, as I understand it, exercise equipment frankesteined with office furniture is an old idea with a recent resurgence in popularity. People want to find ways to get their workout in while working, or at least get some quality fitness hours to replace their never-ending sitting. The latter is me.
Now, I get that exercise can be a sacred and meditative bit of personal time spent between person and the universe. I get that. I really do. And for me that’s those hours spent on the trails, soil and asphalt underfoot, winter or summer, the sun in the sky or moon peeking over the darkened rooftops. That is meditative and peaceful and my zen.
But inside on a bike? Give me Netflix or my Kindle, any day. Or Super Bike Desk Version 1.0.
The design is ridiculously simple: I used a bit of old laminated flooring cut to size and shape, drilled through with some strategically placed holes for a four-set of velro straps, and a couple u-brackets are acting to hold the old laptop (I’m not sure if I trust it yet to use the new one) in place.
This is an experiment, this post right now, because I’m typing it on the bike and –oh look– I just hit 6 miles and I barely noticed.
Total cost? $0 with a bit of old scrap bits from the garage. I’m going to try it out a few times and see if I can tweak it and then… Version 2.0: still in development.
Either how to play the guitar… or how to kill a man with just my thumb. But the first would probably be more useful in social situations.
I really, honestly try to do something relatively silly every day: creatively, fitness-wise, father-ish, whatever.
Whenever the opportunity presents itself.
Something spicy and something unexpected. Like, sriracha and blueberry licorice.