Feeling a strong sense of blog ennui. Work is part of it. After five months of largely fruitless effort, my trees are showing signs of budding and maybe eventually bearing fruit. After a holiday slow down, things are heating up, so my attention is focused there.
And as I’ve mentioned before, this new position has a lot of communicating—it’s really a combination of architecture and project management—and it tends to dry up my usual urges to communicate. Sculpting a blog post too closely resembles the careful sculpting of work communications.
So this post has a bunch of pictures instead of words.
The sun’s been shy lately, but today it came out for a while (before the snowfall began). I was able to finally get a picture of its progress. It’s reached the point of shining past the overhead into the kitchen.
I can now stand inside my house and be in direct sunshine!
As you can see from the pics, the sun now peeks below the overhead and bounces off the fridge!
And while the sun may not make much of an appearance during the winter, it is low enough to shine beneath my eaves and hit the crystal I have hanging in the window. The tradeoff is rainbows during the winter and sunshine during the summer. Once the sun is high enough in the sky, I lose the rainbows (the crystal is already hanging only four feet above the floor).
The rainbows drifting along on the walls are nice enough. It’s those occasional glints of pure, bright color that blast into my eye that are especially cool. I managed to position my camera in just the right place to catch a couple.
The lead picture has a nice yellow flash, but I really love this cyan flash I caught later. It takes some timing and luck, because there is a hot air vent below the crystal, and it tends to stir up the air. That makes the crystal move, which makes the rainbows move (which I love!), but it makes it hard to capture the flash. But sitting at my table working, it happens a lot!
Speaking of managing to capture something colorful with my cheapo (but surprisingly good) digital camera, I managed to get a fairly good shot of the red, green and blue pixels on my LCD TV screen.
I mentioned them back in the posts about color (I’ve two more coming to wrap that up once I get over my ennui).
The image is from the weather channel display. You’re seeing the current temperature (which is, gulp, -4). You can see the right end of the minus sign and part of the “4.”
It turns out to be really hard to get the camera to hold its focus (even in macro photo mode), but I finally got lucky. (Man… Geeks sure have a different definition of “getting lucky” don’t we.)
On the other hand, it was surprisingly easy to capture this reverse angle of the sun streaming in through my skylight. When I’ve tried this before, I got massive overloading from the sun and ended up with basically just a picture of white.
Somehow, this time it came out exactly right! I really do love how the sun shines directly into my place. That skylight was actually one of the things that sold me on it.
There’s an interesting tradeoff here, too. In the summer, the sun is high in the sky, but the moon is low (see if you understand why). In the winter, that is reversed.
So in the summer I get the sun through my skylight, and in the winter I get the moon. On nights with a full moon, at midnight, you can read in the light.
And that’s about all I have in me today. I’ll leave you with this photo kiped from a relative’s Facebore wall. A certain someone is on a mission to find my “cuteness spot,” and so far she’s been way off the beam. When I saw this on my cousin’s wall, I thought, “Ah, ha! Now that’s cute!”