Pizza

Frustration

To get some practice with lighting, I attempted to get some shots of my frozen pizza yesterday evening.  They came out horribly.  It was dumb how distressed I got about them.  The short story is that I was too tired to shoot when I started, and simply didn’t put in the brain power to fix…

2017 New Start

I quit my job last September.  I’ve been fighting, internally, for some time, about the opportunity cost of being “comfortable,” vs. a life well-lived.  It came to a head last September.  In the interim, my father died.  Difficult, yes, but, on the other hand, his death further clarified that I need to sacrifice some comforts…

The Walking Dead, Season 5, Episode 14, “Spend”

We get set up nicely for the last two episodes of this season by this episode’s themes of cowardice and courage. Nicholas and that construction guy display cowardice, exemplifying how the Alexandrians are woefully unprepared for their eventual trials.  Eugene finally found his courage, and at least the construction guy had the courage to admit he failed.…

The Walking Dead, Season 5, Episode 13 “Forget”

During Sasha’s target practice, the score had a “heartbeat” feel, and I imagined David Gilmour starting to sing “ticking away the moments that make up a dull day…”  Rather, it was just the drone of Sasha’s mental illness, reprising a disturbing tendency for Rick’s group to exhibit death-wish fantasies.  In Sasha’s case, wasting ammo on snapshots and hoping…

Kalamazoo Air Zoo Museum Visit

Last weekend I visited the Kalamazoo Air Zoo Museum.  It’s a neat place.  The only animals I observed were tigers.  Actually, I didn’t see the tigers as you have to pay extra for them and I was focused on seeing aviation items.  In fact, I’ll just get this over with, I think they should send…

A Most Wanted Man

I watched “A Most Wanted Man” largely due to it being Philip Seymour Hoffman’s last film.  He provides, as always, a solid, absorbing performance. The movie itself, as most le Carré movies do, left me cold.   Hoffman plays a German espionage agent working without “official” authorization, who has best laid plans for “making the…

On Such a Full Sea – Chang-rae Lee

On Such a Full Sea Written by Change-rae Lee Hardcover, 352 pages Published January 7th 2014 by Riverhead ISBN 1594486107 (ISBN13: 9781594486104) Edition language:  English Characters:  Fan, Reg, Liwei, Oliver, Betty, Quig, Glynnis, Trish, Joseph, Loreen, Sewey, Vik, Eli, Landon, Dale, The Nicklemans This is a strange novel expertly written.  It is a dystopian novel taking…

The Bad Girl – Mario Vargas Llosa

The Bad Girl Written by Mario Vargas Llosa, translated by Edith Grossman Paperback, 276 pages Published October 28th 2008 by Picador (first published May 30th 2006) Original title:  Travesuras de la niña mala ISBN 031242776X (ISBN13: 9780312427764) Edition language:  English Characters:  Ricardo Somocurcio, La niña mala, Paúl, Juan Barreto, Los Gravoski I wanted to give…