Wednesday, February 12, 2003

Let it Snow?

It's official. We had two inches of snow in Cedar Park on Saturday. It was a great day. I went out and did a lot of photography. I shot two rolls of film before 9:30 in the morning. It was fun getting out in the cold and snow. It's been so long since I've seen snow that I'd forgotten what it feels like. I forgot that it's wet and I got some on my camera. No big deal, I actually enjoyed the little droplets of water forming on my filter, watching them land and melt away in the glass. I forgot how quiet everything seems when it snows. Sure, it's cold, but it makes you appreciated your nice, warm, heated home all that much more. My parents HATED the snow with a passion. My mother was like, "I moved to get away from this." My father slept entirely through the snow storm and was happy when we hit a balmy 80 degrees on Sunday. He kept saying, "Only in Austin can it be snowing one day and 80 the next." I heard the NH has had an especially hard winter this year, and they have all the snow to prove it. They keep getting hit with more and more of it, and the weather is just not warming up for them. Poor folks, but I guess they like it.

I sent my film away to the Fuji lab in Phoenix so I'm not sure when it will come back. I was hoping soon, but I think it's already been 10 days. I'm not in a really big hurry but it just feels like the first rolls of film I shot have been in the mail for more than two weeks, and I'd like to start looking at them. I cleared out some old slides and got a new box to house the new stuff, once it gets here. I'm actually trying to get organized, it's just the mass laws of entropy that are working against me at this point. Maybe someday I'll have all my slides organized and labeled, but I doubt it. It's too easy to go out and shoot instead.

Until next time, this is Carol, the Carol in "Carol's Little World" signing off.

Friday, February 07, 2003

Mural for the Internet

There's been a lot of hoopla recently about the Pope naming the Patron Saint of the Internet. There's also been a lot of talk about the Internet being spelled with a capital "I" (as in Internet vs. internet.) I vaguely remember the days of old when the 'net was a big deal, and we pronounced the Internet would always have a big "I" to distingish it from LANs and other networks. We also used to abbreviate the 'net as "the 'net" rather than "the net" as it is now. All of this talk made me wonder. What would a mural for the internet look like? Would it be some kind of mural for the masses and try to encompass all who embrace technology? Or would it be something simple? My best guess is that it would be something small that could interconnect easily. Much like a triptych. Some form of art that would be insufficient to stand alone but would work better when, excuse the pun, interlocked or "netted" together. Interesting concept. I wonder which artist has already done this. (Whenever you come up with an interesting concept, it's always safe to assume that somebody's already done it somewhere, in some form anyway, already.)

So, it's supposed to snow today in River City. Not much, maybe just like an inch. I haven't seen snow for like 10 years or more, actually. Maybe a little the first few years I moved here. I think my family is going to freak out though. My Dad has seriously started to enjoy the snowstorms back east, because he does not have to drive through them. My Mother has, like me, acclimated to the Texas heat, and feels that, once it dips below 40, she no longer exists. The other day she was complaining about it being 65 degrees outside. "It's freezing," she said, "are you crazy? You want to sit outside?!?" Hey, it was below 70, I had long pants on, I'm allowed, OK? My sister has taken to eating bon-bons and staying at home. The "big" event for the day is getting the mail. I wonder if she'll even notice the flakes falling from the sky, or if she'll just bolt for the unemployment check, that comes her way faithfully ever week. Whatever the case, I hope, for her sake anyway, she's wearing long pants, because, baby, it's cold outside.

Maybe I'll put a snowflake on the mural.

Until next time, this is Carol, the Carol in "Carol's Little World" signing off.