Monday, June 30, 2008

Bliss - noun. Supreme happiness; utter joy or contentment. season. Even though it's 120 degrees and you can't shower the heat away, wedding season is still a wonderful time. I know I've said I hate shooting weddings, but every once and a while you get an easy one. One where there is no stress, where the mother-in-law doesn't want a picture with everyone she's ever met, a wedding where the people actually respect the photographer. Those are good weddings. If you can have fun and at the same time capture someones 'best day of their life', it's a good day.

Greed - noun. Excessive or rapacious desire, esp. for wealth or possessions.

This is an email I was forwarded, I haven't checked the facts but it's still pretty interesting nonetheless. Price of gas around the world:

Oslo, Norway $6.82
Hong Kong $6.25
Brussels, Belgium $6.16
London, UK $5.96
Rome, Italy $5.80
Tokyo, Japan $5.25
Sao Paulo, Brazil $4.42
New Delhi, India $3.71
Sidney, Australia $3.42
Johannesburg, South Africa $3.39
Mexico City $2.22
Buenos Aires, Argentina $2.09

And the best part:

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia $0.09
Kuwait $0.08
Caracas, Venezuela $0.12

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Roam - verb. To walk, go, or travel without a fixed purpose or direction; ramble; wander; rove.

In going with the rhythm of my life it looks like we're moving, again. Well, we hope we're moving. If I'm in the same place, even house, for over a year I start to get 'the itch'. The carnie-circus-folk-vagabond-traveling-gypsy itch. I'm ready for a move. A new dawn. A fresh start. A new beginning. I took pictures of the current house for posterity purposes:
That's part of the living room. The chair was here when we moved in, all derelict and in need of love. I recovered the seat and Caleb took care of the rest. All the frames were redone using Mod-Podge and old-school Popular Science magazines, same with the little balls in the silver bowl.

A closer view of the chair mounted on the wall. All the paint shapes on the wall were from random paint colors we had left over from other walls in the house. Green from the office, dark brown/purple from the bathroom and orange from the babies room. You can see the Popular Science pieces on the chair to continue with the theme.

Not as clean as it should be, but this is the wall that is opposite of the last. The orange benches go well with Caleb's new painting that covers the opening to the fireplace. Notice the skull on the mantel. Yep.

Suitcases turned artsy bookshelves. I had a problem letting go and I collected anything old that I could, including; suitcases, drawers from dressers and cupboard doors.

The babies room, complete with 'Hot Wheel' shelves. During my nesting phase of pregnancy, that happened to come one week before birth, I felt the need to paint his room. We were going for Tim Burton meets Dr. Seuss. Since his crib is still in our bedroom it's unfortunate he never slept in his room...

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Ominous - adj. om-i-nous, Portending evil or harm; having the significance of an omen.

"Contrary to Fears, Scientists Say Atom-Smasher Will Not Spawn Earth-Swallowing Black Hole"

Phew. What a relief.

Scientists have b
uilt what they call 'the most powerful atom smasher', now I'm hoping that's not the scientific term but it's big and made of really large magnets. 17 miles big, as a matter of fact and buried really deep, about 330 feet down. The 'smasher' will be turned on in August but won't reach full power for another couple of months. I'm torn at how I feel about it, like, will nothing happen or will our skin melt from our face like in Indiana Jones in August or will it melt slowly as it powers up? So many questions. Anyway, one of the main purposes is to, maybe, discover new dimensions...weird. Check it out:

The collider could find evidence of extra dimensions, a boon for superstring theory, which holds that quarks, the particles that make up atoms, are infinitesimal vibrating strings.

The theory could resolve many of physics' unanswered questions, but requires about 10 dimensions — far more than the three spatial dimensions our senses experience.

Pretty crazy if the thing actually works. I mean, think about it, what if it actually works? What IF??? I don't think they realize what they're doing and it makes me ne
rvous but at the same time I think it is hogwash and it won't work. We shall see. I'm just amazed at what humans are doing, it made me think of this:
And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech.

And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there. And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them thoroughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter. And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.

And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men built.

And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. -Gen 11:1-6

What amazes me most about those verses is that men decided to build a tower to heaven and then God saw that they could do it, men were too powerful so God separated them.

So, maybe it wasn't a tower....maybe it was a 'atom smasher'.

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