A really lazy day today — the joys of having time off. As I said to June, we can either do stuff or not do stuff — it’s totally our choice.
I picked up an app a week or so ago for free and haven’t used it yet, so I thought I’d make it my goal to create today’s picture using that app. It’s called KaleidaCam, and as the name suggests, it creates a kaleidoscope-type photo. I figured the colorful Christmas trees in the house might make good subjects and they sure did. Even slightest movements of the camera give completely different effects, which is both a blessing and curse. It’s fun to see the different results but you have to keep the phone really still to capture the one that you really like. The regular Christmas produced some good effects, but then I headed up to the small tree decorated with M&Ms and feather boas just off the kitchen. I was able to product some neat effects, but the shot you see below is one of my favorites. I don’t suspect that this is an app that will get extensive use, but it is definitely a good one to have in the collection.
Those who know my photographic preferences know that I have a strong affinity for rust. “Look, there’s something rusty for you” June will often call out on our travels. Well, evidently my eye for rust was well tuned this morning. We were in Hobby Lobby doing some Christmas shopping when I saw something in one of the aisles that made me stop for a second look. I think it was the coloration of the sign that caught my eye initially and then the actual words — “Rust me, I’m a mechanic.” The message seemed both a bit off and vaguely appropriate at the same time, so I looked closer and it was only then that I noticed that the “T” of the first word was covered by another sign. Just shows though that any hint of rust rarely escapes my attention!
There has been a portable toilet in the parking lot at work for…well, months really. Tonight as I left to go home though I noticed in the dull yellow light of a sodium lamp that there is now caution tape and witches hats around it. What dangers lurk in the porta-potty in the gloom of the evening? Actually, it’s probably best not to know the answer to that!
Tonight we had the camera club Christmas party, which was held at an Asian buffet place on Bardstown Road, A little untraditional to be sure, but what really tickled me was when I sat down, On the table were tablecloths depicting classically dressed chefs and the words “Bon Appetit.” A Christmas party at an Asian restaurant with a French motif — magnifique, no? Well, it appealed to my sense of humor anyway.
I had to smile when I got to work this morning and saw this tray of items in the hallway. In particular all the “little red books.” Were we witnessing the start of a new cultural revolution at work? Did the books contain quotations from Chairman Immelt? As it turns out, the reality was much more mundane. They’re actually books of Post-it notes given to us by Oracle.
‘Tis the season, as they say.
June was in a decorating mood today. so I retrieved the Christmas tree from the basement and set it up in the family room for her. The tree itself went together pretty easily, and since it is a pre-lit tree, all I had to do is whack it together, plug it in and throw the switch. Cool — we have lights! And feeling good about this, I stepped back to shoot my photo-of-the-day to mark the accomplishment. But then I looked closer. Hmmm…this branch is actually out. Oh, and so is this one. And these others too. Dang! But not to worry. This happened last year too, and I isolated it to a wonky bulb that, after a bit of fiddling, produced the full light show. And not only that, but I wrapped the offending bulb with blue tape so that I could easily find it again. Oh yes — up here for thinking, right? I found the light with the blue tape and confidently wiggled it. And wiggled it. And wiggled it some more. Okay, clearly t’s not going to be that easy this year. Time to break out the heavy machinery. And by that I mean the device we bought at Walgreens a few years ago that will shunt Christmas lights to get them working again. It’s worked previously on other strings of lights, but alas no joy this time. No matter. The device also has the ability to detect current going to the lights — I just need to pass it over the lights to work out where the outage is, change the bulbs and we’ll be in business. Fast forward a few hours. I’ve swapped out about 20 bulbs, replaced 4 plug fuses, been immersed in the web trying to find a solution, and still the @#$%^& lights won’t come on. (Where’s my electrician brother when you need him?) So on to Plan B. I spun the tree around to where the darkest parts of the tree are towards the back, and June strung some extra lights on the tree to cover the rest. Necessity is the mother of invention, right?
I took this photo with the intention of the telling story of how I was having to put the heat on in the car about halfway, and wondering how long it would be before the heat had to go up full bore. As I looked at the photo on the phone afterwards though, the first thing that struck me was that the half-circle temperature indicator looked a bit like a smile and the dial itself could pass as a nose — so I flipped the image upside down. And then I discovered that one of my photo apps has a stamp option, and that one of the stamp sets included various pairs of eyes. It was all too easy in the end, and for a bit of frivolity, the photo turned out okay. Different from my plan when I shot it of course, but throughout this project I’ve been perfectly happy to go with the flow and find other ways to use an image. Why stop now? Ha!