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11/24/2014

Monday Meanders



The Bears can win all they want, but I'm still not talking about sports before pitchers and catchers report.

This was, in effect, a long weekend for me - I pulled an all-nighter at the office last Thursday night, working all the way through to 10:30am Friday, whereupon, I went home.  The only thing bad about a long weekend is that I wind up spending too much money.  Oh well.

The old phone contract expired a few days ago, so we got new phones and I now possess a Samsung Galaxy Note 4.  It's huge.  It's pretty.  It's got a battery at least twice the size of the battery in my old Galaxy S III.  It's got a 16 Megapixel camera that will zoom to 8x with finger pinch open.  I am anxious to test my lens kit with the Note 4.  8x under 12x?  That could be fun.

Thanksgiving is here already?  On the other hand, this has been such a tough year, personally, with the Divorce and my Mom's hospitalization and ultimate passing, I'm going to be glad to see the backside of 2014.  I have so many people and things I am grateful for, and I can't forget that, but 2014 has not been kind.

I hope everyone has a Happy Holiday.  Eat, drink and be merry.

Ndinombethe.  Ubuntu.


11/21/2014

Haiku Friday




Haiku Friday 

Holidays approach
One son moved away too far
Minus one, first time.

Ndinombethe. Ubuntu.


11/18/2014

Like I said, yesterday ...



So, as I promised, pictures. 

First, an establishing shot, made with my phone - no enhancements or cropping - with the phone mounted on the little tripod that came with the lenses ...






Second, a shot taken from the same position, but with the 12x telephoto applied ...


The shot is untouched by any type of editor or enhancement.  As you can see, the verticals are distorted - I'm not sure what to call the distortion ... some kind of barreling, I suppose.

Soon I'll take pictures at a greater distance - just to see if the barrel effect persists.

Ndinombethe.  Ubuntu.
11/17/2014

Monday Meanders



Even though the Bears won yesterday, I'm still not talking about sports.  After all, even though they did win, they weren't very convincing about it.

Today is my ex-wife's birthday.  Happy Birthday, Fannie Mae.

I have a little lens kit for my Android phone (a Samsung Galaxy S III) that I found online.  The kit has a wide angle lens, a fisheye lens, a 12x telephoto lens, and a small tripod.  I will publish photos tomorrow, here, on this blog, that I will take with the lens kit.  Haven't done so, yet - what you will see will be my first pictures with the kit - no matter what they look like.

Ever since Grannie passed away, I have been trying to slow things down, a bit, so I can get back into a routine.  I used to like shopping for food on Saturday, cleaning and getting work done around the house on the weekends.  Lately, I feel so scattered and rushed.  Stressed, actually.  All I want to do is slow things down.  That, and get back into a routine.

Among other things, I want to get my blogging mojo back.  I think what I may have to do is declare  2015 as NoBloPoYear.  Post everyday for one lap around the sun.  Of course, the last time I did that it lasted a little better than four years.

That would be nice.

Ndinombethe.  Ubuntu.
11/14/2014

Haiku Friday




Haiku Friday 

The cold will linger.
The Vortex makes itself felt.
Bundle, Buttercup.

Ndinombethe. Ubuntu.


11/10/2014

Monday Meanders



If you watch the Science Channel enough, your early fascination with all the theories and possibilities will gradually turn to confusion and frustration.  There are SO many theories, so very MANY possibilities, they can't ALL be right, and, in fact, they may NONE of them be right.

The thing is, YOUR theory of everything may have just as much chance of being correct as the theory of the brightest and most educated scientist.

What I want to know is:  Why am I NOT living on the timeline where I won the lottery?

Shit.

There is a school of thought that says we live inside a black hole.  This same school thinks that black holes in OUR universe give rise to other universes - thus, we have a "parent" universe where a black hole formed  causing OUR universe to burst into existence through a "white" hole.

Then there's "Brane Theory", where our universe is like a thin sheet, or membrane (thus BRANE Theory) that bumped into the Brane next door and the point of contact was the explosive birth of our "stuff".

One theory directly contradicts the other, yet very convincing arguments exist in support of either.

Then, of course, there's String Theory, and M Theory, which is like String Theory on crack.  These theories describe a Universe of many dimensions, of which we are aware of 3.  4 if you count Time.  Personally, I favor this set of theories over others - it makes more sense to me.  And it presents a reasonable explanation for the existence of Dark Matter - to me.  I think (my intuition says) that Dark Matter is matter which exists in another dimension - a fourth physical dimension to go along with our familiar three.  Which would make Time the fifth dimension. 

Of course, Time doesn't sing.

Ndinombethe.  Ubuntu.
11/07/2014

Haiku Friday




Haiku Friday 

It's cold outside, night
shivers through to morning's frost
when breath becomes cloud.

Ndinombethe. Ubuntu.