here is an update.
dev is back = blog gets neglected. sleep gets neglected.
we bought our dream camera and i can’t stop looking at it and thinking about its latent capacity.
i’m even tempted to read the manual. now that’s love.
i am wearing a striped shirt today. makes me feel like a pirate.
i still work for an academic journal publishing company that i got a job with when i was doing my masters in publishing and editing in melbourne a couple of years ago. i like it because it is systematic, consistent work and there is no office. i can work from anywhere i please. my bed being a fine option.
the journal contributors are from various countries (not all english speaking) and every now and then i get an email that makes me smile because obviously a great effort is being made. and i find it endearing, because my mum does the same thing – spell phonetically, and use odd phrases.
the email i got this evening was one of these:
I just wanted to know the progress regarding the paper that i have submitted, kindly take up the pain to know about the status
waiting for an reply
so now i’m gearing up to take up the pain.
so, with our second place prize money from the carbon cap video contest, dev and i are thinking of buying a camera. more specifically, this little gem.
any recommendations or anything to add in the way of nikon vs. canon would be welcome. we would love advice on the lenses we should invest in.
sir ryan lash? your expertise is requested. i’ll pay you with a handsome backgammon board :)
yesterday i get a text from ashley that reads:
‘there is a middle aged, white man standing alone at the junction where hollywood blvd turns into sunset. it is sprinkling rain and he is waving a sign under a vacuum repair store that reads “celebrate peace & spread love”. i love him’
reason #8736 why beautiful ashley ludwin will always inhabit a huge space in my heart.
if you haven’t checked out TED you should. this is a recent TED lecture by elizabeth gilbert (author of eat, pray, love) about the challenges that you encounter when you are choosing a career as a writer, or any kind of artist actually.
in other news, i can totally relate to this dilemma.
i don’t even know how i came across this site, but i find the guy modeling these clothes disturbing. do we really need to see him put the jackets on, and take them off? i get that flash can make websites interesting, but is he supposed to be creepy? or am i no longer hip to what’s hot?
i did wonder this as i watched the jonas bros with slight disgust at the grammy’s. the whole time i wanted stevie wonder to just ask them to sit down and pay attention to what real music was about.
alas. does this mean i’m old?
i think using the word alas probably answers my question, since last time i checked people under the age of 109 do not use this term in everyday speech.
reminiscing about my recent trip to boston wouldn’t be complete unless i took a moment to mention the lovely kelly and the amazing loft she is living in. a bunch of artists took over a cannery and bakery on the outskirts of the city and made these expansive beautiful lofts. kelly lives on the top floor and an entire wall of windows flanks the loft so during the day you can actually bask in the warmth and PRETEND it’s summer while it snows outside.
it also helps that ms. snook has exceptional taste and has filled her space with all things interesting and fun to look at. and instruments galore. and not just your regular instruments. but things that look like they belong on the starship enterprize.
kelly is also one of the best mug purchasers i’ve ever met. just add that to her list of accomplishments. you know, in between rocket scientist, talented music producer and creative genius.
this is anjali and the polaroid camera she recently acquired that we named harold.
doesn’t he look like a harold? all dapper in his brown leather case?
anyway, the film harold needs is no longer made. he can take regular 600 speed polaroid film but it takes some finagling to make the picture turn out right. as opposed to just a blur set in a gradient of yellow.
still. i have high hopes for harold.
i was forwarded an email today and it ended with this:
PS- If you have no clue who I am and/or why I have your email, I probably don’t know either. I would like to be your co-collaborator, but if you do not want to receive my random updates, just shoot me an email that says “While I find you rather interesting, I don’t find you quite interesting enough to receive your future updates. I already get enough email as it is, and by not having to read yours’, it saves me 2 minutes once a month or so. Please take me off your email list.” All I ask in return is that you take those two minutes and do one of the following: a) Give someone an unexpected compliment, b) think about something “taboo,” from a different perspective or c) register to do a few hours of charity work. You rock.
um. how about no.
how about i take the two minutes i saved not reading your strange email updates and write about it on my blog.
now i just feel mean.
i'm enjoying these daily 'plinky' questions because they force me to stop and think. lately life has been a string of green lights so i relish taking a moment to be still. today's question was 'name a piece of advice you've been given that you think everyone should hear.'
i had two.
1. you do not need to be apologetic about being happy.
2. drink water. lots of water.
i love little independent coffee shops but when i need my coffee fix, there is always a starbucks close at hand. and there is something luxurious about their wasteful double cuppage that is just so great. but so evil.
crocs decide to branch into the ‘wedge’ look and take the prize for most ugly shoe in existence.
australia is facing the worst bush fires in recorded history. temperatures are over 46 degrees celsius (115 degrees farenheit).
parts of australia were dealing with a heat wave but it really is so upsetting that they are suspecting arson as the reason these devastating fires broke out.
well look what i just found.