Thursday, August 1, 2019

My friend Heather Brown and I debate the emphasis of syllables of Petsmart. Is it PETS-mart or pet-SMART? I’m confident it is the former.

I went there to get Edith her favored kibble as she is not liking the hippy grain-free version purchased to curb her intermittent vomiting. (I should mention, I have removed any deep pile carpet in my apartment to make life easier for us both.)

Anyway, PETS-mart had this male Chinchilla for $149.99 which I did not purchase.

Some bulletpoints from his placard:

  • Lifespan: Average 10 years
  • Activity: Mostly active at night, adaptable to daytime activity
  • Compatibility: Social, do best in same sex pairs. Easily Tamed.
  • Traits: Very intelligent. Overheat easily. Should be kept in a cool environment.
  • Habitat: Multi-level

Sounds vaguely familiar… Though what animal wouldn’t prefer a ranch style house?

Invest in the glass

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

I’ve been researching cameras again. This happens with some regularity but more pressing because my pocketable camera is starting to fail. Each year new digital cameras arrive on the scene boasting the latest upgrades. Lately it’s been things like:

– Moar megapixels
– Vertical video format for vloggers
– Microphone input
– Better Wifi
– Even more articulating screens

And then I wondered, wait a minute. Why am I not regarding cameras like I do a car? Where I prefer old fashioned dials and manual transmissions?

So I started to research film cameras. Particularly, the Canon EOS model line.

I have a fairly long-in-the-tooth digital 5D Mark II which I love dearly. Full frame sensor. Lots of dials. Accepts EOS lenses that work with film cameras. Maybe I should look into a really nice lens. Because they say, invest in glass, camera “backs” will always evolve—lenses don’t. A high quality lens is going to take a better photo no matter if you’re shooting digital or on film.

So I found this monster on eBay for a fraction of the cost of a new lens. It’s a Canon EF 85mm f/1.2. All those numbers mean it takes really shallow depth of field images. It’s a bit pokey to focus, but I’m just figuring out how to use it. But it’s fun, and it should last a lifetime. Now to find a good film back for it…

The Muppet Movie 40th Anniversary

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Is THIS where my love of color began? 

Returning to a theater to see one of the first movies I’d ever seen, 40. Years. Later.

Just the sheer number of years should make me feel old, but hearing those first plucks of banjo and floating through the clouds down to the swamp? There’s some goosebumps there. And I was still delighted and had no idea how they made Kermit ride that bike.

I think I’ve kept some wonder intact.  I’ll try my best to keep a firm grip on it.

The movie? It holds up quite well, with enough winks to the camera to keep things moving right along. (doog-a-doon doog-a-doon)

Extra bonus? Catching folks from Night of the Living Podcast afterward. Extra style points for them.

Sadly, no rainbows outside, but the sunset was a’ight.


Monday, July 29, 2019

Things found in boxes.

Did I buy these for a project? Are they from mom? I know she gave me the box. It’s a Hugh Hefner Playboy cigar box.

She had the biggest grin revealing this detail when delivering it.

But these buttons I can’t place.

There are blurry moments and I want to keep them sharp.

Queen in concert

Sunday, July 28, 2019

The show last night was pretty dang awesome (and an extra tip of the hat for this young fan letting me take his photo).

Adam Lambert still feels right at home with the members of the band and they played all the things you’d want to hear and then some.

Detroit Michigan

Saturday, July 27, 2019

First stop in Detroit? Food! Recommended: Lumen—in the very least for the building and cocktails.

Afterward? A tour of the city by the People Mover. (Also recommended.)

That’s Canada!


Wait, they don’t need an exclamation point.

Sugar sugar

Friday, July 26, 2019

An update to Kroger’s packaging and branding for sugar. (The new one is on the right, which isn’t a great sign it was a successful redesign.)

I get what they’re trying to do here. I just don’t think the dart quite got to the board. Perhaps I’m missing the color photograph of the family expressing their joy of sugar.


Thursday, July 25, 2019

Not the most exciting picture of the day. (I’ve found that after a big trip, things need to be a little boring for a while.)

This bathroom door shot was taken at a restaurant in Walnut Hills while I was waiting to cash out. It was not a western themed joint. (Unrelated, there are still Roy Rogers restaurants in existence!)

The big news of the day? My awesome doctor thinks I might be suffering from allergies. This explains a lot of things! And though I don’t like taking daily medication, I like it much better than some of the ailments I searched online.