At Last! More Nonsense from Paul!
Jul. 19th, 2014
10:31 am - Tree Bark Profile
In case my remark about the pareidolon isn't obvious (sometimes I wonder if I'm the only one who sees this silly stuff) I've used photoshop to enhance the effect, here:
10:26 am - Visiting Art Experts
A couple of deer decided to visit my back yard this morning at about 9 am. I went indoors to get my camera and discovered they were still loitering in the back yard. I wondered what seemed so interesting to them.
When I looked at the photos later, I discovered they must have been trying to decide if that pareidolon profile on the tree, looked like Buster Keaton with a butterfly on his nose, or not.
Nah. Guess not.
Jul. 17th, 2014
06:01 pm - Yagi-Uda Antenna
Big thanks to EJ Barnes, who has apparently correctly identified the object in the photo as a Yagi-Uda antenna.
Here's an Amazon link to a bunch of Yagi-Uda products...looks like that's it.
I still wonder what it's doing, bolted to that one traffic pole. Boosting somebody's cell phone signal?
Here's an aerial of some sort, attached to the top of a traffic light pole on Rt 22, just before it becomes I-684. I'm sure there's nothing uncanny about it (if you want to hide something, it shouldn't be painted yellow and bolted to the top of a traffic light pole); I just don't know what it does. I noticed it a few weeks ago and haven't been able to spot a similar one, anywhere else.
Does anyone know what the thing is supposed to do?
01:02 pm - Testing...
About to post a question; want to be sure it will appear properly...
Jul. 1st, 2014
05:26 pm - Oh Deer!
Returning to my seat at the office, what do I see out the window? This bunch of ruminant hooligans!
And they can barely remember the tune to "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?" much less sing in harmony.
Kids these days...!
Jun. 17th, 2014
07:14 pm - CLICK!
I just got this remote control doohickey from Amazon, that works with my Canon EOS Rebel T2i camera. Works just like they said it would. It'll come in handy when I want to take a picture that's not all wobbly and blurry.
Jun. 12th, 2014
08:33 am - Do I spy something red?
I noticed something red, against the green foliage across the street, so I got my camera and snapped a few pictures. A quick Google image search confirms that this a robin, perched on the telephone wire.
Not bad for a guy with diminished skill in distinguishing red from green.
Jun. 5th, 2014
01:02 am - Take a bow, Night Vale Cast!
Tonight's "Welcome to Night Vale" performance, which will be available online in about ten days as Episode 49, was splendid! A satisfying wrap-up to a number of story threads in the current continuity, and certainly not the end of the series. Excellent writing, engaging performances.
If you have never heard of WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE, it is an audio drama podcast that might be described as "Twilight Zone meets H.P. Lovecraft meets NPR"...but incorporating a sly, comedic edge. You can find the series in the iTunes store, or you can find them all here; I recommend starting with episode 1 and proceed from that point. The episodes tend to run between twenty and thirty minutes, which seems a suitable length, to me.
I was surprised to see how many speaking characters had been introduced, during the two-year run...it is presented as a monologue, more or less, being a community access radio news show read by the same narrator in every show (nearly every show) and featuring occasional guests, such as candidates in the upcoming Mayoral race, or various radio station staff. Looking at the photo shown here (Thanks, Narrative camera!), I count at least twelve voice actors on stage, along with several musicians and creator/author Joseph Fink. I would not have predicted that many performers.
Now, plainly from this feeble image, the Narrative clip camera is not the optimum device for taking high-quality pictures in a situation like this, but it was fine for my purposes:
1. It did not require much attention from me; I just held it in my hand and let it silently snap shot after shot.
2. It did not distract me from the play, the way zooming and focusing would have.
3. It did not distract other audience members, the way the display from all the other digital cameras would.
4. It had no potential to disrupt the performers, since it has no flash bulb which might accidentally discharge.
Jun. 4th, 2014
Here I am yesterday at the company picnic where I work...avoiding the volleyball net, for reasons which are obvious, if you have listened to recent episodes of WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE. Why am I wearing the stylish Night Vale shirt?
Because tonight I'll be attending the New York performance of Episode 49! Yay!
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