24 October 2007

United we stand...maybe

I was catching up on my reading of the (Notes on) Politics, Theory & Photography blog where there was a link to this Harper's Magazine article. In this article it discusses the merits of a general strike in this country on Election Day, November 6th. The idea being that a general strike would then force the Bush government out. But the article is interesting to read because it is bold in it's description of our society's complete lack of interest in politics and how our country is being run and the decisions that are being made in our name. So read this article...good food for thought.

23 October 2007

Summer in the Fall

So even though it's almost the end of October the weather has been pretty warm in a lot of the country...the east has been seeing temps in 70's (even though this is the time when they usually have their first frost if not first snow)...and now Seattle is having some of that warm weather. Today it's in the lower 70's and feels like summer even though the leaves are all changing. It's wonderful to be able to see bright orange and red leaves with the backdrop of a perfectly blue sky...not something we're used to here in Seattle. Of course the downside of all this warm weather here in the west can be seen if you check the news at all with images from the inferno that has enveloped southern California.

19 October 2007

walk abouts

Because of the photography scavenger hunts that I've been on I'm carrying my camera around with me a lot more as I walk around town...and taking some random pictures...here are two that I took the other day on my way home after work.


The next installment of the photography scavenger hunt is up online at the aimless wanderings blog. So check it out for lots of orange fun!

16 October 2007

JJ the camera-head

What a big eye you have...

03 October 2007

True Blue

Wanting to do some sort of activity with friends who live in different parts of the country is difficult...however, JJ, Beks and I are attempting just that with a photography scavenger hunt! Our first assignment was to photography blue things. We've taken our pictures and today's the day for the Blue Reveal! Ahem, except the other two won't have time to post their pictures on their blogs until this evening, so I'm a bit early. oh well, enjoy!

So here's some blue trivia along with some blue pictures: Ever wonder why a bride needs "something blue"...well, apparently to the early Israelites, blue was a symbol for love fidelity and purity (which is why most old paintings of the Madonna show her wearing blue).

A bit of science, blue light has the shortest wavelength range.

Here's a brave model who agreed to let me photograph her for this mad scheme...thanks Jonah, you're gorgeous all in blue!

The blue color, Azure, is the national color of Italy (the color of the former royal family).

In the Hindu tradition, those who are divine are blue. As a example would be the god Krishna.

And one last blue tidbit..in Japanese blue is "aoi" means innocence and inexperience.

25 September 2007

Mountain Day

It's that time again....when I am actually feel jealous for all those little kiddies who are students at Mount Holyoke College...the one day I wish I still went to school there...cause today is Mountain Day. The bell tolls, and the students at MHC are currently enjoying a beautiful surprise day off classes...meanwhile the rest of us still have to be at work out here in the real world. Man I miss that bubble sometimes...could use some milk and cookies too!

24 September 2007

Oktoberfest 2007

Fremont held it's Oktoberfest this past weekend, and of course I had to go and check out the Texas Chainsaw Pumpkin Carving Contest. Unfortunately I wasn't feeling well on Saturday, so I only went on Sunday...but it was still excellent and a ton of fun. And of course I took some pictures of flying pumpkin guts to share with you all. Please enjoy:

Here was the first contestant...his pumpkin was pretty good, my second favorite of the group.

Then there was the flying viking. Got a pretty good shot of spraying pumpkin guts on this one.

This guy wasn't too bad, although I enjoyed his lumberjack outfit better than the carving. It would have been better if he had broken out in song, "I'm a lumberjack and I'm ok..."

My favorite pumpkin of the lot...and the overall winner.

Then there was the politician, Joe Szwaja, who carved one but didn't stick around for the voting at the end...but that could have been cause he also needed more practice at carving with a chainsaw.

At the end the MC butchered a pumpkin just for the fun of it and to try to get the kids in the front row just a little bit more pumpkin covered. And speaking of the MC...in all my pictures I got some really funny expressions...and couldn't help myself:

19 September 2007

Talk Like A Pirate Day

Ahoy! It's National Talk Like A Pirate Day me maties! Arrrr! So don't be a lubber, grab some grog and watch out for the bilge rats of the world!

03 July 2007


I was just reading some articles on Truthout while eating lunch and I just had to post a link to one of them concerning a small town in Louisiana and the flagrant racism there:

Injustice in Jena as Nooses Hang from the "White Tree"

While this article is highly depressing, I think it's really important that people know that this sort of thing is going on all the time around this country. On the one hand you have young African American star football players going to prison for 22 years because they punched a white kid and got into a fight...meanwhile, Scooter Libby...who lied under oath to cover up serious crimes gets a reprieve from Bush so that he doesn't have to do jail time...and Bush still might pardon him 100%. It makes me sick.

In any case, read the article or at least skim through it.

25 June 2007

It's summer!

Forget the summer solstice, the real way you know it's summer in Fremont is when the outdoor movies start up...which was this past weekend (although I didn't realize this until just today). Here's the line-up for this summer...I really can't wait for some of these, like the twisted flicks (where Jet City Improve takes over the dialogue and sound effects to B movies...they're great!)

So if you're in Seattle, or coming to visit (*cough* JJ or Leah *cough*) check out the schedule and let me know if y'all want to see any movies with me!

Good Old Fashioned Summer Fun in Fremont
2007 Seattle Summer Schedule
Saturday, June 23 - Movie: Fiend without a Face - TWISTED FLICK - Disguise Yourself Night
Saturday, June 30 - Movie: Airplane! - Disaster Night
Saturday, July 7 - Movie: The Neverending Story - Fantasy Night
Saturday, July 14 - Movie: Santa Claus - TWISTED FLICK - Christmas in July!
Saturday, July 21 - Movie: An Inconvenient Truth - Save the World Night
Saturday, July 28 - Movie: This is Spinal Tap - Rock and Roll Night
Saturday, August 4 - Movie: Moulin Rouge - Green Fairy Night
Saturday, August 11 - Movie: Cat-Women on the Moon - TWISTED FLICK - Space Alien Night
Saturday, August 18 - Movie: Casino Royale (2006) - Bond Night
Saturday, August 25 - Movie: The Princess Bride - Storybook Night
Saturday, September 1 - Movie: Dreamgirls - Showtunes Night
Saturday, September 8 - Movie: She Demons - TWISTED FLICK - B-Movie Night
Saturday, September 15 - Movie: The Sound of Music - Pre-Oktoberfest Night