3’s Going Rogue


Is anyone else sick and tired of these undisciplined 3’s floating randomly over our wheat fields? Enough is enough I say, it’s high time Congress acted to regulate this trouble maker back into the number line where it belongs! 1 + 2 , you should be ashamed of yourselves for not properly parenting your sum.



What next, Elmer Fudd as an Astronaut?


Sometimes when we look to see the man behind the curtain in life we find a very different version of reality than we expected. Take my recent trip through Nevada where I passed very near the southwest edge of area 51. My entire science paradigm crumbled as I learned this simple Bugs Bunny technology (pictured) was being used to launch our advanced space craft rather than captured alien technology. I am truly devastated.

Dinner with Klimt


I attended a painting class / dinner buffet last evening where after three hours some 20 students produced most of a completed piece inspired by 20th century artist Gustav Klimt. I always find such experiences a great use of time because they not only instill appreciation for the original artist but expand and enrich the skills and possibilities of each participant. The only thing that I find a bit confusing is why I am usually the only guy who attends theses kind of events. Van Gogh, Michelangelo, Monet, Pollack, Klimt, all dudes. Have men just become detached from self-expression in the 21st century, or are they too filled with false bravado to risk their precious macho image on canvas? Drop the swag guys and pick up a brush! Life is waiting.

The Year of 50


Magazine I published on joomag site a couple years ago.





As money tightens, do it yourself!


As part of my quest to learn as much about Adobe Suite CC as is humanly possible over the next year, I’ve been taking time shooting video shorts to familiarize myself with Premiere. As I learn more and more about this editing program I’ve come across a few tricks that make shooting more interesting and professional. One of them involves using a “Steadicam” instead of free handing the camera which tends to produce a shaky picture. I watched some footage shot by a steadicam and couldn’t believe the difference in quality. However, when I went on Amazon to make a purchase, I found the standard issue steadicam retailed around $400. Ouch. So I decided to search DIY (do-it-yourself) video tutorials online instead and was shocked how easily I could make my own highly functional version for about $20. I still have to screw on the wood platform for the camera, but it once again it proved how overpriced specialty items have become these days. More on this later.


OmParkSo I’m on my favorite river walk the other day when I spot this peach in a rotting log. A small smooth stone with the Hindu symbol for “OM” painted on the surface. Now, this did generate a quick smile from me, but I have to confess, the second thing to enter my mind was, “I wonder what self-help book they’re reading.”


Close but no cigar?


I don’t know about you, but when selecting a wine for human consumption a sense of humor isn’t the primary box I check on my checklist. I was in the supermarket yesterday when I spotted this unusual bottle of red (pictured) aptly named, “Horseshoes and Hand Grenades.” While this might have resulted in a curiosity buy if priced under $10, I’m not so sure I’d take a risk at $12.99. What did get my attention though was speculating over the intent of the graphic artist. I mean, if I remember correctly, the horseshoe, hand grenade reference is to “close only counts” in life with said items. Close, hmm. I wonder if they are telling us that they were “close” in producing a product that didn’t taste like elk piss.

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