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12/19/2014

Haiku Friday




Haiku Friday 

Face in the mirror
is mine, and yet it is not.
That face has grown old.

Ndinombethe. Ubuntu.

12/15/2014

Monday Meanders


The Chicago sports scene promises to get very interesting this coming Spring.  Both the Cubs AND the Sox have made enhancements to pitching, enhancements in the field, and enhancements at the plate.  Pitchers and Catchers report in about 9 weeks.  I can't wait.

As it gets closer to Christmas, it's fortunate all the presents have been purchased and paid for already.  The blown down tree in my backyard is going to cost A LOT.  Yes, the homeowner's policy will cover a chunk of it because it fell on the shed, but it's still an unexpected major expense at a time when I'm trying to save up for what I know is going to be a major tax bill in April.  Phooey.

It never gets any easier, does it?

And, to top it all off, I am really getting tired of being alone.  I don't like it and, I guess, I'm not very good at doing the things necessary to bring "being alone" to an end.  So this situation will probably last a while.  Phooey.

Meanwhile, the warm weather continued through the whole weekend, but today is probably the last of it for a while.  Actually, I need the ground to freeze in order to have the tree worked on, so you can blame the coming change in the weather on me.

Ndinombethe.  Ubuntu.





12/12/2014

Haiku Friday




Haiku Friday 

Bill Cosby, my man,
You forgot REAL MEN don't rape.
Shame, shame, shame on you.

Ndinombethe. Ubuntu.


12/01/2014

Monday Meanders



Wow.  One Holiday intervenes and I completely lose it.

I blew Haiku Friday.  Well ... I WAS a little hung over and I do believe that may have contributed to my apparent inability to function properly.  Heh.

And then I completely blew past Monday Meanders - so that at 12:01am, when this post SHOULD have appeared, I was peacefully snoozing under a significant pile of quilt, duvet, etc.

I apologize.

I have a hair shirt on order from Self-Flagellation-R-Us.  As soon as it comes I'll wear it.  Of course, it COULD get lost in the mail - especially this time of year.

Ndinombethe.  Ubuntu.
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.