Today, Michael Keaton walked through the door. He had less hair than probably occupied his scalp at one time, front teeth that are charmingly un-straight, and bright blue eyes glowing through his carrot-juice tanned face. His voice was soft and inquiring, but humorously reserved. He said he wanted to introduce me to “a little thing, the coolest thing ever,” and pausing to grin, he presented a shovel-like item, which on closer inspection was obviously a Wyoming License plate turned into a dustpan. I don’t know if that is an accurate representation of Michael Keaton’s views on Wyoming, but there it was.
He then asked me if we needed work done for any of our listings, because he does minor repairs and removal of debris. He gave me a completely fictional alias and a landline phone number. He mentioned he bought a house on Sunnyside a while back as I dutifully added him to our list of handymen and told him we’d call if we had messes.
All photographs are just facsimiles. They have the potential to misrepresent their subject matter grossly. You will almost always look better or worse than you really do in photographs - almost never lifelike, so you may as well tip the odds in your favor. Here are some tips for taking a picture that will convince all your "friends" that you're good looking. Just wait till they meet you in person! It's a ball.
1. Find a light source. This can be any light source, but the light should always be at least 70 percent lighter than its environment so that when you stick your face into its beams, your face will be at least 70 percent brighter than the background of the photo.
2. Stick your face in the beams. You need to make sure it's getting just part of your face: don't do it head on; rather find an angle that gets the parts of your face that have bone structure (if there are any), and try to find a high-contrast light-dark chiaroscuro across the planes.
3. Strike a pose and click it. You should wind up with something like the below, which used a lamp on a desk in a hotel with a 60-100 watt bulb.
4. Apply whatever crap filters you feel suit the mood. VOILA! See below for how NOT to take a photo
No matter how bright your light is, you want it to be narrow. A camera flash will almost never get you the results you want because the light is too broad. Likewise, a window will not create a dramatic effect because the amount of light is just to encompassing. The first image below was taken with a flash, and the second uses the car's overhead spotlight to direct beams onto a small area.
See the difference? Same location, same time of night, same camera, same OUTFIT, but the second one is just so much more gangsta.
Little known fact: whenever city planning committees confer to name streets and blocks, they create poems as a working draft to keep everything organized.
"Though fog or night the scene encumbers,
Why don't all buildings show their numbers
On lintel, wall or door?
Why can't a house say good and plenty,
'Hey look at me! I'm Nineteen-twenty,
The joint you're looking for!'
"Why can't our thoroughfares, our highways,
Our squares, our streets, our parks, our byways,
Have signs where all can see?
'I'm Lincoln Place.' 'I'm Pershing Corner.'
'I'm Avenue Ignatius-Horner.'
'I'm Boulevard Legree.'
The wrinkles in my forehead are ever in-creasing
That’s a pun, get it? Creases never ceasing.
I’m 26, so I should have expected it
It’s from living on earth with never a respite
Just living, sleeping, not working too hard
But going and going the same way onward
Stuck in linear time since birth
Newton’s first law taking its toll on the earth
My forehead is no exception to physics
At least soon I’ll make a die of it.
These two strangers are the very grooviest people who ever lived. They ate the grooviest fish, baked the grooviest bread, and walked with the grooviest gait in all the land. One day their grooviness was tested by some bad fish from a not-so-groovy store, but they recovered in the grooviest way possible. They groove on still.
Maureen is one of those girls who can turn on the waterworks within seconds of being happy. Her beau thinks it's attractive, but he will get sick of it within the first year of marriage. She was voted "most likely to be famous" during her senior year which was somewhat a self-fulfilling prophesy.
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Do you know yourself? That is to say; do you know everything about yourself that can be known? This question did not have to be asked the same way that it is now. Thanks to the internet, a person can exist and not know about himself so many important facts that the rest of the world will use against him, such as: what is his credit score? Socrates taught that the “unexamined life is not worth living,” but he didn’t have to keep up to date on how the google algorithms identified him. The Greek aphorism “know thyself” takes on a new meaning today. It may be applied to a person’s identity as it always has been, but now one's identity exists on an entirely new platform: the digital world. Thanks to the internet, the government can access not only your deepest secrets, but also specific credentials that you may not even know, yet that are linked permanently to your footprint on earth. Do YOU know your credit score? More than 30% of Americans have no clue about their financial metrics. Your lenders do, however. Maybe even your property managers do. The digitization of our world has affected you whether you want it to or not, it has expanded our world into a growing mirror dimension. You are now a thing that is physical and immaterial, so in addition to learning who you are as a human, you are required to learn what you are as a QID whether you signed up for that or not.
The cape where this woman sits knew many stars, including the Kennedy relatives. Given her worsening condition, the siblings decided to move her to this mid-century beach house in the belief that the health of the entire family would improve were she to convalesce away from their home and enterprises in the city. The neighbors said she never had visitors, but you could always hear her talking if you walked past in the evening.
Honestly, as far as K-dramas go, what's not to like in this recent show? Guns, swords, games, oldstyle warrior figures, augmented reality, coding, a tall building, the Spanish language, the English language, the Korean language, Koreans speaking Spanish, and WHAT NOW? K-zombies. Yes. Korean walking dead. This series has everything. Also, conflict. Which gun?지도자
Arguably one of America's most recognized yet MOST UNKNOWN artist is Jerry Lofaro... http://www.jerrylofarodesigns.com/
If you've ever had a cup of Celestial Seasonings, been to the tea aisle at ANY grocery store, or just lived a day on the planet you've probably seen Jerry's work coating teaboxes. I think my first gallery experience was in our pantry when I was a child. It was an exhibit featuring mainly this amazing artist. I contacted him once and he wrote back. He's a great guy.
I applaud Celestial Seasonings for choosing to put artwork on their product. Most brands were ending that artistic-label era after c. 1955, trending more and more toward graphics and text over illustration. I would say half the fun of drinking C.S. tea is looking at Jerry's stuff.
Yes, the TV series is a self-proclaimed work of graphic pornography, but the books, though written much better and with greater talent than so many romance novels is in the end simply another romance novel series.
It's nearly February, and cardioid shapes will appear on everything from food labels to flowerpots. Though the shape represents hearts, love and even the act of loving, it first and foremost is named for and represents THE human heart even though our hearts bear absolutely zero resemblance to the shape. The "heart" shape looks more like a V with rounded connectors, or two lobes getting pinched at the bottom. That shape is found more ON the human body than within it. "Cardioid" is even a class of microphone reception pattern (compare to omni).
So, why don't we give valentines with real hearts on them? Perhaps the same message would not be conveyed.
It’s the middle of January 2019. Many people have given up on their new year resolutions, and many, CSW included, never made any. How are you doing on yours? The most popular resolution is to stop unhealthy behavior. Choosing to quit something that is obviously bad for the body or soul is smart, but rarely possible. People are creatures of habit and we each form habits based on what makes us feel good. Our habits begin with satisfaction of a need, fulfillment of a desire, or basic coping mechanisms. Nobody has an easy life all the time, no matter how it looks, and everyone without exception has a habit that they would be healthier without. Sometimes those habits change. You give up smoking and take up overeating, or start smoking to fix your appetite. I will never smoke, but I have found I’m capable of similar behavioral patterns. For instance, NETFLIX. Also, sleeping, but mostly NETFLIX. NETFLIX when I wake up at 6, NETFLIX before bed at 7:30. OMG, that means CSW slept 10.5 hours last night. Where did this come from? Where is CSW going? Is this what they call SPIRALING? Just as a smoker needs nicotine increasingly, CSW findS herself this week returning to just about any Netflix distraction as soon as she’s finished a necessary activity. CSW has been so into Netflix since we started the trial at Christmas that she even downloaded the Netflix startup sound and made it into a ringtone.
CSW used to get up at 2:30 every morning. Since CSW became a realtor and started driving to work every day instead of walking, there is nothing except sleep, a tiny bit of good reading, then NETFLIX, WORK, WORK, NETFLIX, SLEEP, NETFLIX, SLEEP, NETFLIX, WORK. Life has become Netslepworkfix. The free trial ends on January 23. What then?
An excellent way to break addiction is to look at it as changing or replacing habits rather than leaving, stopping, quitting, etc. It is not as impressive to the mind, it does not make a glamorous or encouraging facebook post, but it is so much more effective to change than to STOP cold turkey. When we decide to take a bad habit and move away from it, it is easier to move INTO something else. Like stepping from one stone to another, you don’t want to fall into the water and climb back on your stone, you want to move on. That is why CSW recommends filling voids with better/healthier/saner substitutes. Addicted to nicotine gum? Think about how much money it’s costing you, and become addicted to saving money. Start and IRA or a Money Market account. Watch the savings grow or change, spend time learning about the market while you wean yourself off the chemicals that actually irritate you. Maybe even chew regular gum instead. Addicted to NETFLIX, much? Well, CSW has yet to come up with a replacement for that. Is the answer HBO? Not hardly. That’s the effect of addiction. When a person is addicted, he probably won’t see the next stepping stone quite as clearly as those around him. CSW knows that a better use of time than NETFLIX would be more reading, or even writing, but CSW does not want to see that. Compounding the problem is the fact that CSW can’t find any good books at the dinky smalltown library, and frankly, NETFLIX distractions are much higher quality than the dime-novel romance stories that fill the HS County Public Library shelves. Maybe NETFLIX simply must be stopped cold turkey. Maybe it’s another instance of when the money-spending vs money-saving viewpoint must be taken.
Maybe, however, like coffee, NETFLIX benefits outweigh the non-benefits, and though it is a light addiction, is it one that needs to be cured?