Tuesday, September 30, 2008

An American Stateswoman


RedTailLight, originally uploaded by carolsLittleWorld.

In more Doctor Who news, the good folks at BBC have announced that part of the upcoming season will be shot in the 'States. Not only that but, as part of shooting 'Stateside, the good Doctor will have a new "American" assistant. Current speculation is that Catherine Zeta-Jones is up for the role as the leading lady in the full length feature film and, as you can imagine, this doesn't sit well with me. It's not that I don't like her (she seems nice enough) it's just that, well, she just doesn't seem like the Doctor Who type.

So, who would I get to play the good Doctor's assistant? This is an interesting question. I have a few choices actually, some of which might seem a bit odd to you.

For starters, I think Drew Barrymore would be a good fit. She can be perky and blond at times but she's got some serious acting chops and she definitely has that quirky off-beat side to her. Actually, I think that she would make a great assistant and she would be my first pick (if, you know, these things were up to me, which, Ha! they never will be.)

After her stint in Get Smart, I think that Anne Hathaway might also make a good assistant for the Doctor. She has a serious side and she's very down to earth but she's not afraid to be funny and, well, I just like her, so I add her to the list.

Another suggestion might be Zooey Deschanel. She can sing like Billy Piper and she's got a solid record of off-beat atypical roles to her name. I like that. She would also get my support as an assistant to the good Doctor.

Finally, since, you know we're all about British these days, why not take a cue from another British star who landed on American soil? Doctor Who could, in fact, scour the rejects from House MD for his new assistant. This could really open up a whole host of possibilities. Imagine, say "Number 13" as his new assistant? She would be a good fit, though she's still busy with that pesky TV series and, in fact, is tied up with another good British Doctor (well, ok, maybe the jury is still out on the "good" part of that. What the way he treats his patients and all, not to mention that pesky Vicodin habit.) How about "manipulative bitch" then? Hey, why not, right? I mean, she's free now that they've killed her off, and we never will know if she really liked Wilson all that much. (Or, if she was just in it for the great connive, you know, claw her way to the top at the zoo and all.) Why not stuff her in a space ship and send her off to mars? They must need manipulative bitches up on that planet, right? (Nevermind, don't answer that.)

Well, you know, you can't fault me for trying.

Until next "is that a sonic screwdriver in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?" assistant to the good Doctor...


Sunday, September 28, 2008

Guess What I Did Today?


LucasWithFlag, originally uploaded by carolsLittleWorld.

In news that would make even the most surly Top Gear presenter happy, today I went to the British car rally in Round Rock, Texas.

Oh, what a show it was! There were probably something like 400 cars-British cars of all types, including Rolls Royce, Triumph, Lotus, Minis, MG's, Austin Healey, and Morgans. It was like a little slice of London, right here in central Texas (well, except for the near freaking 100 degree heat. That was, unfortunately, all Texas.)

I must admit I had a bit of a hard time with the cars. It's always been a sore spot with me-for some reason, I don't take very good photos of cars. They always come out a bit sort of, how do I put it? Ordinary. Like they don't look like my usual stuff. Today I had some fun and really enjoyed checking out all of the classic cars. I don't really care if nothing came out or, you know, if nothing came out looking, "like me," though I think I did get some "looks like me at a car show" shots. Meh, you'll have to see over the coming days and decide for yourself. All that matters to me now is that I had some fun, took some pictures, got out of the house a little bit, and enjoyed the day.

Maybe Top Gear is, in fact, corrupting me, because I actually really did enjoy looking at all of the cars. For some reason, modern cars (like the crap-bucket I drive) look all the same to me. BORING! I would rather watch paint dry then go to a "car show' filled with, ahem, "luxurious Crapanese hatchbacks" (really, I would.) But, these British beauties, well, they were different. They had cool lines and shapes and colors and just looked like they each had a sort of personality. It made it interesting for me. It felt like I was photographing some kind of rolling sculpture garden or something. I don't know, I really just enjoyed it and it all just sort of "clicked."

But, hey, I do have anti-lock brakes. And cup holders. Where would my sorry ass be without cup holders?

Until next Union Jack on wheels...

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Now Who's Going to Make the Salsa?


DriveByMoonandSky, originally uploaded by carolsLittleWorld.

Found out today that one of the greats, Paul Newman, has passed. He will be missed (and, no, not just for his salsa and iced tea, though those were quite fabulous.)

In other "hunkerly" news, I have to tell you (actually I must admit) that there's a new HIM in my life. For those of you who don't remember this blog from long ago, I used to have a HIM of sorts (a guy for whom I held a special place in my heart.) Unfortunately, as is the case with most of my HIM's, he doesn't know yet that I exist.

Well, today, aware of me or not, there's a new HIM. Out with the old, dusty blonde, scarf wearing convertible driving 6 foot 2 hunkerly dude and in with the new dark haired (and eyed! Who would've thunk I'd fall for a guy with dark eyes?) scarf wearing (hey, it gets cold 'round our necks) Carmen Gia driving (!) 6 foot 2 inch (ok, so I like them that tall, what can I say? Lets me wear heals, though I never seem to do anyway) hunkerly dude.

Another interesting thing about "new dude" (AKA new "HIM" or, perhaps, I shall start calling him NHIM?) is that...well...he's actually British. (Yup, speaks with the whole chipper accent, "tally ho!" bits and all.)

God save the Queen! (and, um, Paul Newman while you're at it.)

Until next time...

Friday, September 26, 2008

Spontaneous


AlexFence, originally uploaded by carolsLittleWorld.

It's been ages since I've posted a photo friday entry so I thought, why not? Today is Friday. (If there's one thing you should know about Carol's Little World it's that we love Fridays...oh, how we love Fridays.) This one is a sort of "leftover" shot from a shoot I did with Alex a while back. I thought it fit the theme so now, I guess, you get to see it. Happy Spontaneous Friday!

I was going to share my plans for the weekend with you but, well, that wouldn't be very spontaneous now, would it? Ah, well, you'll just have to wait and be surprised (such a tease, I know, such a tease.)

Along the lines of "spontaneous" though, I would like to pose a question. If you were in love with someone, I mean really in love with someone, would you pack up and move for them? Would you move across the country or around the world to be with somebody? Have you done it before? Did it work? I would like to hear your thoughts on this. Drop me a line if you (or somebody you know) has done it and it worked (or, you know, didn't.)

Until spontaneity strikes again...

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Make Good TV Not Bombs


MakeArtNotBombsNo1, originally uploaded by carolsLittleWorld.

As if all of this talk of doctors weren't enough, I thought it would be a good time to spread some Doctor Who rumors around (because, you know, here at Carol's Little World, we're all about interplanetary innuendo.)

For starters, I've heard that the producers of the show are in talks of making a Doctor Who full-length feature film. (Oh, how I wish they could use a lensbaby on that. It would give new meaning to the words "time warp," wouldn't it? Makes my eyes bleed just thinking about it.)

If that weren't enough gossip for you, latest ramblings have the current Doctor, David Tennant, nixing an appearance by Harry Potter author JK Rowling. To keep David's space/time/we're not a spoof of ourselves continuum happy, show producers nixed the idea. Look for this years Christmas special to be "Victorian" (their words, not mine.)

In other "who are you now?" news, former space capsule mate of Tennant, Freema Agyeman, is reported to be starring in an upcoming English version of Law and Order, SVU. While there's no telling how a British Benson (played in the US by the oh-so-incredible Mariska Hargitay) will fare, it's safe to say that poor unsuspecting British folks everywhere will now have to battle space and time to get their TiVo's to work. (You do recall what happened when I tried to order up some Law and Order re-runs now, don't you? Or do I have to go and get all Nicolas Cage on you again?)

Here a tip for my British friends, from me to you-never, and I do mean this under penalty of death, never say you don't know who Nicolas Cage is. Oh, and, biopics about serial killers aren't really so bad, once you get past the dismembering of neighborhood cats part. But, you know, it is a TiVo unit and all, so you can sort of "fast forward" through those bits.

I'd say "Oh the Humanity!" but I'm not really sure who's left around here that isn't a wee bit alien, so I'll leave it at that.

Until next time/space capsule with bunny ears...

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

We Have Medical Schools for This?


GrassLikeLines, originally uploaded by carolsLittleWorld.

Since I've been sick lately, I thought that I would give you the highlights. No, don't worry, I'll spare you the gory details of body parts better left unshared but, instead, I shall give you the funnies. (Hey, I had to suffer, don't you think somebody ought to get a laugh out of all this?)

Here are some actual conversations I've had with medical professionals in recent days:
Me (on telephone): Doctor, I would like to get an appointment because I'm bleeding. The blood is gushing out of me in fact.
Doctor: What's that you say, you're bleeding?
Me: Yes. Bleeding. I'm bleeding.
Doctor: I'm sorry, we don't treat that. You'll have to go see a specialist.
Me: You don't treat pain and you don't treat bleeding? What type of ailments does you office actually treat then?
Doctor: Oh, we're a general practitioner.

And another, separate conversation.
Doctor (on the telephone): Right now are you pregnant?
Me: No.
Doctor: Right now are you trying to get pregnant?
Me (thinks to self, "No, you idiot, right now I'm on the telephone trying to get a doctor's appointment because I'm sick. If I were trying to get pregnant, I wouldn't use a telephone.") No.
Doctor: Are you sure that you're not pregnant and that, right now, you're not trying to get pregnant?
Me: Oh, I think I would notice. Yes, I'm certain.

The bottom line? Don't get sick; it'll kill you.

Until next time...

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Traveling Fool


FarmShed, originally uploaded by carolsLittleWorld.

This one taken on a "drive by" shoot earlier today, taken near Avery Ranch Road and Highway 183-it's Texas farm land disappearing at a rapid pace.

In honor of, well, actually for no particular reason whatsoever, I have decided to dig up an old meme, dust it off, and post it. So there! Take that! Um, yeah, whatever. This particular meme is about traveling. Here goes:

1. What part of the world and country do you live in?
The People's Republic of Texas-Cedar Park, Texas, just outside of Austin.

2. What is the furthest from home that you have been, and where is it?
In my mind once I went to mars. No really. It's cold and there aren't many road signs there (yet.)

3. What travel destination have you enjoyed the most?
I loved visiting California when I was a teenager and my second or third trip to London (and points about England) were really fun. I also once went to Baltimore for a short stay, got really, really drunk, and had a blast.

4. What travel destination have you enjoyed the least?
I've had a few trips to Mexico and points south that were not so much fun. Was attacked by a pack of dogs in San Miguel and hated the Ciudad so much I refuse to admit I've even been there.

5. Is there somewhere you'd like to visit but have not, and where is it?
Oh Lord, would you like a list? Morocco, parts of Spain, a good chunk of Italy (though I've been there) Praha, India, China, the Antarctic, points in Peru, parts of Brazil, Bangkok, Buenos Aires, Greece, Turkey, St. Petersburg, the American Pacific Northwest, Alaska, Palau, the Island of Borneo, parts of Australia, Japan, Jo-Berg and parts of southern Africa, Chicago (though technically I've been) parts of So. Cal and, crap, it's been a while since I've been to Miami.

6. Do you prefer traveling to see historic places or to hit the beach and relax?
Historic places and architecture. I also take pictures. I never go to the beach.

7. What popular vacation destination have you never considered because you think you'd not like it?
Las Vegas-I hate anything fake and friends tell me Dubai for some of the same reasons. I would also not go (back) to the Ciudad (for love nor money.)

8. Where do you travel to most recently?
This year I've made several longer trips to New Mexico (Santa Fe and White Sands) and I've also gone on photo shoots in Houston and the Texas Hill Country (closer to home.)

9. Do you like day trip "mini-vacations?"
So long as I can take my camera, yes.

And, since I'm in a meme meme mood, here's another one:

Have you ever.....
1. Gone on a blind date? No, can't say that I have.
2. Skipped School? Yes-a bit of college and grad. school actually.
3. Watched someone die? Yes.
4. Been on a plane? Yes. Flown one for a bit and ridden on quite a few as passenger. I do believe that I have been on an odd number of planes too (figure that one out. :~)
5. Been on the opposite side of your country? Hard to answer this. When I lived in NY, I went to California. I've been to Hawaii and Maine. I live in Texas now, but I've never been to North Dakota. (So, would that be a yes or a no?)
6. Swam in the ocean? Yes. Once I even swam in the Atlantic in the morning and the Pacific in the afternoon.
7. Had your booze taken away by the cops? I don't think so.
8. Lettered in a high school sport? Yes, tennis.
9. Cried yourself to sleep? Yes. All the time.
10. Played cops and robbers? Yes, though not professionally. :~)
11. Sung karaoke? No, but I've sung as a performer before, does that count?
12. Paid for a meal with coins only? Yes. Once I even didn't have enough money to pay-the good folks at Zen in Austin once comp-ed me a meal (and it was tasty too!) I still go back there whenever I can and leave big tips to try and make up for it.
13. Done something you told yourself you wouldn't? Yes. Don't you hate it when that happens?
14. Cheated on an exam? Technically, yes, though more often it was people cheating off of me (honest, it was.)
15. Made prank phone calls? Yes. It's how I met the pizza guys in my dorm room at college.
16. Laughed until some sort of beverage came out of your nose? Almost. Do bubbles count?
17. Caught a snowflake on your tongue? Tried to, yes.
18. Written a letter to Santa Claus? Oh yes. He didn't write back. Damn fat old forgetful geezer. Probably eloped with the Easter bunny and left me hanging yet again, that bastard.
19. Watched the sunrise with someone you care about? Does my camera count?
20. Been kissed under the misteltoe? No, we didn't bother to worm our way under there.
21. Ever been arrested? Technically, yes. I got a speeding ticket in Texas and that counts (they issue a bench warrant and void it if you pay your fine before you due date-which I did, btw.)
22. Gone ice skating? Very badly, yes.
23. Been skinny dipping outdoors? No, don't think so.
24. Had a nickname? Does CJ count? Yes.
25. Been on TV? Yes, many times.

Until next time....

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Here's Looking at You


FourFaces, originally uploaded by carolsLittleWorld.

Ok, so I've been sick, starting to feel a bit better. Had a bit of a scare but hoping to get back on my feet again real soon now. As part of my recovery, since I was not very mobile today, I took it upon myself to update my real website. I added some descriptions and uploaded a few new images (so please have a look if you are so inclined.)

I also started the long process of uploading a few shots from Santa Fe. I even found a "real" shot of the High Road to Taos, I'll have to run that for you here, in a few days or so. (Check back to see that in all of it's glory.)

I hope to resume "normal" blogging (HA! Yeah right!) in a few days. Until then, these sort of "quick hits" will have to do. I did manage to fit in some writing today, even some of which I'm happy with, so, you know how it goes, you'll wind up reading that at some point in the future as well.

Until next time...

Monday, September 15, 2008

Home in Bed


There's the Rub, originally uploaded by carolsLittleWorld.

I'm home in bed-not feeling well today.

Good news is that Ike has missed us, and we are all safe in Austin. Houston had some scary moments but appears to be digging out of the rubble and cleaning up the dirt as I write this. Chicago got unexpected "Iked" and had some local flooding. Just goes to show you how big the storm was. It went pretty much to the right of us here, tracking up and around us, but not hitting us directly (thank you!)

I watched Doctor Who this weekend. Phew! All I can say is I think now TiVo was doing me a favor by deleting that stuff. This one show was so scary I had to stop it in the middle, hug the dog, and go talk to the neighbors. It was about some photographer who likes to shoot old stuff. She finds these statues that are "crying angels" but they actually transport people away (they are evil.) Imagine that, a photographer who likes old things, wondering around an old house, taking pictures of old status that look like angles crying. Ah, such fiction. (In case, you know, your sarcasm detector is broken, you'll just have to imagine the TiVo beeping from my shaking fingers right about now.)

Scriber's Web has left for her trip. Hard to tell if her automated blogger thing is working, as she does have a post up today. Too early to tell though if she did that before she left for Cabo or not.

Keeping this short as I need to crawl back into bed and suffer some more.

Until next time...

Friday, September 12, 2008

Update on Ike/Empty Buckets


5Buckets, originally uploaded by carolsLittleWorld.

Just an update on Ike for my friends and family afar.

The storm is off the Texas coast and it's huge. If you look at the satellite imagery, it's almost as large as the Gulf itself. Wow!

The current path has it trending east of where we are, having it land near Aransas, outside of Houston and then jutting east. If the most current tracks hold, Austin might not even see a bit of rain. Right now, I'm more worried about all of the displaced Houston folks who are going to pour into town, since they have evacuated parts of the city. The Houston area is quite large and highly populated, and many of them will come into Austin.

With my luck, we'll have ten million people from Houston here all weekend and I'll still somehow have to water my lawn. Oh, and we'll probably get wind damage just to, you know, add a little icing to the cake. Man, I really hate hurricanes.

But, the good news is that we here in Austin are pretty safe unless something like a Category 5 hits in Corpus. If that were to happen, well, all bets are off.

The large collider turned out to be quite a wash, let's hope the hurricane is, well, "wash" is a poor choice of words, isn't it now?

Until next time...

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Dear John Letter


WaterGoddess, originally uploaded by carolsLittleWorld.

I am writing this letter to you today because I am officially breaking up with you. I no longer feel the love we once shared. In fact, I can't even stand to see the sight of your face anymore. Just the first indication that you are about to arrive makes me want to run and hide. I don't want you coming around anymore. I flatly refuse to listen to you howl. I'm not taking anymore of your crap. You come around and stir things up. You think you can just dump all over me and just keep on going like that? You spread your crap all over the town and expect me to just take it? Time and time again, you expect me to just take you back in?

What kind of relationship is this? You treat me like dirt and I'm supposed to sit here and take it? Over and over and over again, you trash me, treat me like garbage, and expect me to just let you waltz right back in here again? And then, when you've had your way with me, when you're finished, you think you can just leave me stranded like so many who have come before you?

Well, I'm here to tell you that I've had ENOUGH. Don't be coming around my way anymore. In fact, I'll go so far as to stand up to you and say it loud and clear, right now, GET OUT. You are not welcome here. I won't let you abuse me anymore and I'm not going to tolerate you stirring things up again and again. Every time I let you back in, I ask you to give me a break, it's the same old same old. Well, not this time. I'm sick of you blowing into town, leaving your mess here, and then thinking you can just move onto greener pastures. GET OUT AND STAY OUT you piece of filth.

Signed,
The Gulf of Mexico

PS Ike, you can take what's left of Gustav's things and GET OUT!!!

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Top 10 Uses for a Large Hadron Collider


PressNo1, originally uploaded by carolsLittleWorld.

So, in case you have not heard the news, somewhere under Geneva, they are about to spin up the Large Hadron Collider. It's the device everybody is talking about. It's the device that's making people send death threats to scientists who work at CERN. It's the device that, supposedly will blow up the world. Whatever.

Why am I so nonchalant? I was trained as a scientist, you see (for those Top Gear fans out there, yes, there really is a Clarkson University, and, yes, I really did go there. Once. In between drinking beers.) As a, ahem, trained and highly skilled scientist (oh, now there's a pile of you-know-what if I've ever heard one) I can assure you that the world is not going to blow up (just yet.) How do I know this? Well, that one's easy.

You see snowflakes, the Large Hadron Collider, or LHC as I like to call it, is not going to blow up. No, like most great scientific experiments of its time, I predict the following events will occur.

  • Some scientist will flip a switch. There will be "ooohs" and "ahhhhs" for a brief period of time

  • Smoke will rise up and come out of the machine

  • Another scientist will scratch his head and mumble something like, "oh, that wasn't in my spec. I thought you were doing that..." Meanwhile, another highly trained and, stand back now, educated, skilled scientist will say something along the lines of, "funny, it didn't do that on the small hadron collider."

  • The machine will totally crap out leaving us with a great big hollow empty tunnel beneath Geneva.

  • The financial backers of the now dead tunnel will "release a statement" declaring that to be "just a demo" of sorts and proudly proclaim that the "real" collider is actually set to go off in another 15 years or, you know, whenever we can successfully split the atom. (Whichever comes first.)
So, in an attempt at helping along these hardworking scientists, I thought it might be a really good idea to present to you (and them) several things they could do with their now useless (though most expensive) tunnel (actually the tunnel formerly known as the large hadron collider to be very prince-like.)

And so, in no particular order, I present to you, the top 10 uses for a LHC:

  1. Store old Tupperware containers

  2. Hide Bigfoot, the Easter bunny, Santa Claus, and the Tooth Fairy, but, please, not that Monkey-Faced boy-he's been quite despondent since the Weekly World News went out of circulation.

  3. Make The Stig look properly dressed ("Some say he wears a crash helmet and flame retardant clothing to the opening of all super colliders. All we know is, he's called The Stig")

  4. Hold Heidi Klum's legs-after her stint on Project Runway, black holes are the new black (and, let's face it, the tunnel is long enough.)

  5. Finally put an end to those annoying WWJD bumper stickers.

  6. Disprove the incredible theory of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

  7. Make small Hadrons everywhere really happy they never grew up.

  8. Particles so small Posh Spice now needs liposuction (because, well, they'll make her legs look big.)

  9. Free up some of the world's greatest nuclear scientists so that they can now do something productive, like, say, come up with better jokes for my blog.


  10. and the number 1 thing that will happen as a result of all of this?

  11. Finally Marvin the Martian will get the Kaboom! he's been looking for.
Some runners up:
  • Hide all of the celebrity adopted children, you know, the ones like Suri and Siloh and Apple and all. They can now be free of the horrible roving photographers and play in their very own giant jungle gym.

  • Give Doctor Who a much needed house of ill repute (on this planet)

  • Give the aliens from Area 51 a new ski resort in Switzerland. (Gives new meaning to the words "bunny lift" doesn't it?)

Breaking News - This Just In


Auger, originally uploaded by carolsLittleWorld.

Since today is Tuesday and I feel I must, I am going to double post today.

Grab your hats, grab your duct tape, secure up the windows and doors, stockpile that bottled water, and....wait. Yes, it's true my snowflakes, tomorrow's the day!

Tomorrow's the day they turn on the Large Hadron Collider to blow up continental Europe and, perhaps, the rest of the world along with it. Everybody ready for their "big bang?" Good. Tell the good nuclear folks to flip the switch. Pardon me while I duck under my desk....

Hey, I have some great excuses here. There's a Cat 3 hurricane (Ike!) barrel assing down the Gulf headed straight for my door and then there's some eggheaded scientists in Geneva with pocket protectors (because you know, they don't want to get ink stains on their shirts) about to blow up the entire known universe in the flick of a switch. If I don't blog for a few days now, well, just a hunch, it might be one of *those*

(Then again, you know, I could just be lazy.)

Until next (probably longer) time this time...

Please pass the Ketchup


Grapevine, originally uploaded by carolsLittleWorld.

So, I was watching Top Gear last night, on BBC America, which is now showing older re-runs of the program, when I saw the boys take on ScooterMan. For those of you who don't know, ScooterMan is a taxi service in London that's trying to reduce drunk driving by sending a foldable scooter driver to drive you and your car home after a night out on the town. The boys "volunteered" as ScooterMen as a rouse to test drive cars.

The problem with this little plan, as Richard Hammond discovered, is that, well, it's hard to test drive people's cars with people in them. So Hammond, in an attempt at being cute and clever (he never seems to have to "attempt" that, actually, he usually just comes across that way. He should not, however, attempt to drive any rocket powered spacecraft disguised as a land crossing vehicle again-that's neither cute nor clever and he'll wind up breaking his head open-again) whereby he would say anything negative about a car by using the name of a condiment. So, for example, if your suspension were too soft, instead of saying, "well the suspension in this car is too soft" he'd say, "the suspension in this car is salty." That sort of a thing.

While it was clever for a bit on Top Gear, it also got me thinking. Imagine if I did a whole blog "condiment style." Imagine if, instead of getting up tomorrow morning and typing at my computer, "blah blah blah I hate TiVo blah blah blah WalMart sucks blah blah blah These people are idiots" I instead used "condiment theory" to blog.

Well, we'd probably wind up with something like this:

I'm really glad I got to see Tabasco Top Gear last night, since my salty TiVo once again recorded another fine episode of soy sauce Snapped. Oh I bet that Horseradish Nicolas Cage is just up to his ears in barbeque sauce over this one. Pass the ketchup anyone?

It might be quite funny, actually, though, come to think of it, it'd still leave me in a pickle.

Until next Salsa....

Saturday, September 06, 2008

One More Screw Up and I'm Going to SNAP at You


RoadThruGrapes, originally uploaded by carolsLittleWorld.

So, the latest in TiVo action has me missing Doctor Who re-runs. I don't know why, I've favorite-ed, I've thumbs-uped (is that even a word?) I've even tried pointing a magic screwdriver at my television set, all with no luck. Actually, I have plenty of luck, just no Doctor Who.

In the, "well, at least it's recording something" department, TiVo has seen fit to record episode after episode of a program called "Snapped." This, ahem, "fine" show deals with women who "snap" and murder people, usually their husbands. Ordinary, mild mannered women who one day just stab, shoot, otherwise kill without regard, shrug, and then say things like, "He didn't like my meatloaf" or "I couldn't stand the way he drove."

And people wonder why James May is still single. (I know gas prices are high these days but still, better to be safe than sorry.)

Until next time...

Friday, September 05, 2008

Happy Friday


PathDownGrapesNo3, originally uploaded by carolsLittleWorld.

Happy Friday everybody!

Just wanted to pop in and say it, since, well, since it is Friday after all. I hope that everybody is in the process of having a great day and is almost ready for the weekend. For me, it was a short week and I'm starting to really enjoy the fact that Friday is here yet again (in case, you know, you couldn't exactly tell.)

This is one of the shots uploaded from the winery shoot I went on a few weeks ago. See those things off to the right? The things that look sort of like giant pitchforks? They are used to hold the grapes, so that the vines can grow. I thought they were such an interesting shape, and noticed the repeated shapes along the horizon, that I gave them a special name. I called them "Devil's Pitchforks" since they seemed to grow up out of the barren earth itself, just to hold all of those grapes. If you can't quite make them out now, don't worry, I'll upload some additional photos (at some point) where you can get a better look at them.

I have no big plans for this weekend, as usual, I'm going to try to clean my house up a bit and get some photographic-related work done. I have to print some stuff for a show.

Speaking of shows, I guess I forgot to tell you all the news. Remember a few weeks back when I posted how I never get into the shows at my local art fairs? About how it was always just a waste of time to send stuff off to them? Well, good news! I found out this week that I have made it into the Georgetown Art Hop in the fall. I will be showing one of my pieces on the square in Georgetown. I'm so excited, I could drink! (Actually, I can drink-you see, I get to go to the opening reception. They'll probably have booze there. Oh joy!)

As is typically the case though, before I can drink, I must print, matte, and frame the image. I'll probably try and do that this weekend. (They picked out an image of sagebrush from my trip to Santa Fe earlier this year.)

Well, enough talk of work. Carry on! It's Friday!

Until next time...

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

From the Water to the Light


She Baths In Lily Pads, originally uploaded by carolsLittleWorld.

The Gulf Coast residents will start to return home (if they haven't already) tomorrow, and, with the hurricane threat over (for now) I thought it would be a good idea to go back and explore my "what is fine art photography?" series, so this will be part of that installment.

To look at "fine art photography" we should really start by looking at "photography" in general. What is photography?

When you hear the word "photography" you can immediately think of the words "light sensitive." Photography is working with a light sensitive medium. That's nice but, some folks don't really understand the concept of "medium" so lets go on to define that (since we're being technical here today.)

When you paint with oil paints, you can make your own oil paints by mixing pigment (color) with medium (carrier-in this case, some type of oil) to get an oil paint. When you paint with acrylics, you can make your own paints by mixing pigment (color) with medium (carrier-in this case acrylic medium) to get acrylic paint. In the first case, the medium is oil, in the second, it's acrylic medium. It's important to note that, in both cases, the medium is different but the pigment is the same.

So, how does this relate to photography? In the case of photography, the medium is light-sensitive. It might be paper that's been specially coated with a chemical residue to make it light sensitive, it might be film (which is light sensitive-we know that because we have to develop our film in a "dark room") or it might be any kind of object that's sensitive to light. (In digital photography, it's usually a camera sensor.) The way photography typically works is that you expose the light sensitive media to light for a certain amount of time and then develop (or process) that result into something we call a photograph.

Note that, just as in the case of oil, acrylic, or any other medium, the pigment is not part of the process. You can have colored light sensitive medium or you can have black and white light sensitive medium.

Also, did you notice how I never used the word "camera" to define photography? Cameras, while they provide convenient "resting places" for our light sensitive media, are not actually part of what defines photography. Usually the photographer uses a camera to store the light sensitive media and result, but that's not a requirement. The photogram, for example, is just one example of "photography without a camera" out there. (Cameras are a convenience, the medium is the message, and it would best serve even the most experienced of photographers to always remember that.)

The key here is that, when you think of photography, think of "sensitivity to light" and you are really there.

As an experienced photographer, something you might take away from all of this is that, well, photography is about light. It's all about light and it's about nothing more than light itself. If your work starts to stray, if you suddenly feel the need to document social causes in rural Mexico or picture the stars at night, or take portraits of rock singers, whatever you do-where ever your course of photography leads you-never forget that, if you are practicing photographer, it's all about the light. You know that old saying about real estate? Real estate is about three things, location, location, and location? Photography too is about three things-light, light, and light. To put it another way, expression, gesture, composition, all wonderful things, and they can be important to making great images but, if the light isn't there, you've missed the boat as a photographer.

The sensitivity to light is the one thing that separates photography from all of the other media out there. Oil paints? Nope, not sensitive to light. Acrylics? Nope, not them either. The best artists around will understand the nature and limitations of their chosen media and work with them to produce the best art. So, even if you are an experienced artist (or photographer) your challenge is to work with that sensitivity to light and make the most of it.

What can light do for you today? That's the question you should ask yourself each and every time you pick-up your camera to take a picture. It's not about capturing the world, it's not about making likenesses of people, though it does that too, it's about one thing and one thing only: LIGHT.

Up next, we'll talk more along the lines of the "fine art" and start to delve into the distinctions of "craft vs. art" as well as talk about visual arts in general (another topic I think most photographers, for some reason, could really use a refresher on.)

Until next time...

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Tag! It's Unspectacular


RedUmbrellaOnBalc, originally uploaded by carolsLittleWorld.

I've been tagged by Scriber's Web. I was tagged to post 6 unspectacular quirks about me.

First you post the rules:
1. Link the person who tagged you.
2. Mention the rules on your blog.
3. Tell about 6 unspectacular quirks you possess.
4. Tag 6 following bloggers by linking them.
5. Leave a comment on each of the tagged blogger’s blogs letting them know they’ve been tagged.

Here are my things:
1. I am not really afraid of heights; however, I am afraid of open spaces. Wide open spaces give me the willies.

2. I am oddly fascinated with stories of true crime and crime drama. Who knew there was a reason I was so upset when TiVo ate all of my Law and Order re-runs, right?

3. I hate my speaking voice and accent. I am from NY and, though I don't sound like a "hardcore" New Yorker anymore, I hate the way I speak. I think I sound very nasally and that my accent is harsh.

4. I have a big head. No, really, we're not talking "large ego" here-I physically have a big head. Really, it's just big. Have a hard time finding hats that fit and all of that.

5. I am somewhat mechanically inclined. Sometimes, I can take things apart and fix them. I can almost always put them back together the way I found them, no matter how complicated they are-odd things too, like telephones, computers, copy machines. All items previously taken apart by yours truly.

6. I tend to notice things but not say anything about them. Don't ever ask me, "Hey, did you see...." The answer is, almost always, "Yes, and not only that, but did you see..." It could be small things, like a car parked the wrong way or things like somebody got a new haircut or is wearing a new shirt. Doesn't matter, chances are I've spotted it, and I didn't say anything about it.

For six blogs that I read:
Crafty Guy's Random Thoughts

Where is Darran?

Controlled Skid

Chromasia

Durham Township

Stuck in Customs

I will not tag anybody (sorry, but I just don't do that!) but there you go-I've completed the challenge now.

Until next time...

Monday, September 01, 2008

It's a New Day at Midnight


JacksonSquareInTheRain, originally uploaded by carolsLittleWorld.

It's a new day at midnight. Everybody's waiting to see if the levee is going to hold (this time.) It might not be the storm of the century, it might not change things (like Katrina) but it's already got a body count. I think it best that nobody takes any chances. So far, anyway, this cautious, evacuate, wait-and-see attitude has paid off, at least it looks that way from where I sit.

The Utata project has gone live. You can check it out here. Mine is under the "Dreams I Might Have Had" category. You can actually see what I look like in this project-my shots are all self-portraits (of sorts.) Just go check it out for details.

In other news, it's Labor Day in the US, which means we are all home from work today. Tomorrow is "Monday" or sorts, since we all have to go back to work.

Upcoming projects are: a calendar to mark the end of the year (and the beginning of a new one) another Blurb book (this time, the theme is: travel. I'll probably do a bigger/revised New Orleans book for that) and I need to submit some work (including stories, essays, and the like) to JPEG. I haven't forgotten about the "what is fine art" postings, or the "you've been tagged" stuff either, just haven't gotten around to it yet. Got into a bit of a backlog with the computer not coming up to speed, and then the big Utata project hit, now it's the storm in the Gulf. Sooner or later though.

Until then, stay dry and try not to get into the path of the big beast of a storm. Those things are brutal, don't you know.

Until next time...