icepixie: ([BSG] Nothing but the rain)
Noooooo. I have a cold. Right before I go on vacation. Via plane. Where said cold will instantly transmute into a sinus infection. Noooooooooooo. :(

I'm hoping it's at least partially allergies, because I was hiking around in woods and fields yesterday, but I have a feeling it's mostly cold. Nooooooo.

My pictures were mostly blah, so there are only three under the cut, but I had a good time yesterday anyway. Yay for local people who like to wander around taking pictures!

Woods, flowers )


In other news, the drawerfic I was planning to play with a bit and then forget about has somehow grown almost 13,500 words. Also a plot. Um. I think at some point it's no longer going to be drawerfic, although that point may come after I file off the serial numbers.
icepixie: ([Fringe] Olivia looking up)
Today's rainbow. )

My first day at my new job was busy, but fun and interesting. I got to design a poster! And I'll get to write things soon!

As I was walking up to the office in the morning, I ran into a girl I went to high school with. She does my exact same job in a different department. Small world, etc.

I owe people e-mails, and I'll get to them soon, I swear. Perhaps this weekend. Or once I figure out a shorter way home. (440 at 5:30? Not a good idea.)
icepixie: ([Other] Birds on a wire)
It figures: a couple months after I start using Delicious for more than three bookmarks a month, Yahoo starts shutting the site down. *sigh*

ETA: Or not?

In better internet news, the Archive of Our Own now has what is essentially a Like button! This is very exciting! If I can't think of anything to say beyond, "I enjoyed reading this," it'll be nice to be able to just click a button.

In completely different news, my Christmas present this year is a Panasonic Lumix FZ40 camera. It has a 24x zoom. If I knew how to make sparkly letters, I would do so, because it is an awesome zoom. (I will be able to take pictures of birds from MILES away!) Also, the Leica lens is very nice. And it has SO MANY FEATURES, OMG. I think there are about fifty different scenes or modes, from the regular sepia/b&w/sports/landscape/etc. to really cool stuff like "pinhole camera" and "film grain" and "starry sky." There are modes for taking a portrait or other photo inside, outside, at night in both conditions, and about a million other things. I can manually set any quality I want, too.

Oooh, and it does HD video at about the same level of quality as a budget video camera! Now I just need something to make a video of.

...hmmm. You know, since I live in Nashville, I wonder if there are any bands broke enough to want someone with only a semester of Digital/Video Art to make them a music video for the low low price of free. Probably not.

Anyway. Dearest flist/circle! Now that I have this camera, I need things to take pictures/video of. Give me suggestions? Anything you can think of.
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1. Bomb pops are, well, the bomb. Definitely the best inhabitant of popsicle land, with the possible exception of Purity's lemon pops.*

2. I found a great site full of old photos. I think this one of the Jersey Shore from 1905 is my favorite so far. The subjects of so many photos from prior to, oh, 1920 or so, are so stiff and distant due to long exposure times and the fact that photos were usually formal occasions. This one totally looks like a snapshot from today, except with weird clothes. (Stockings with bathing suits?!) The Harry Potteresque guy making the girl in the middle smile is my favorite part, but I find the girl on the left with the bonnet very intriguing as well. She kind of looks like a grown-up Wednesday Addams. The dark-haired girl about her age on the far right looks exactly like one of my former students would if she wore her hair like that. It's a little creepy, actually.

3. I watched Rizzoli & Isles, finding it a bit bland, but enjoying nerdy/quirky Isles and the fact that the show features two women as the leads. I'm going to stick with it for a bit, but don't anticipate getting really into it. Mostly I want it to become the new Xena insofar as femslash fic is concerned. (It strikes me as unlikely that it'll go beyond subtext on the show itself.)

Someone over in the thread for it at TWOP noted that it's not entirely dissimilar to a 2004 pilot that didn't get picked up, but which has been uploaded piecemeal on YouTube: Nikki & Nora. I would've been into it purely for the allusion in the title, but the pilot itself was actually a pretty entertaining mixture of So Bad It's Good** and Actually Good (And Even Funny). The premise is that the title characters are a sort of Odd Couple-y team of detectives who are hiding their personal relationship from their coworkers and, in Nora's case, family members. The two of them were adorable together. Yay canon femslash and all, but I think mostly what I appreciated was that it wasn't another iteration of Will They/Won't They; they already Did, and that was refreshing.

I was impressed that they appeared to have actually filmed on location--it's set in New Orleans--and they made the characters southern without exaggerating them into stereotypes. (Possibly this means it's all wrong for New Orleans, but hey, they used "y'all" correctly. That's more than I can say for other things.) Also, bonus Seamus Dever as a beat cop.

...Uhhh, basically I think I'm saying that I wish that pilot had been picked up way back when rather than R&I now, but anyway.

* Though after looking through their site for a link, now I'm craving a Nutty Buddy. My elementary school had them for desert at lunch, and I remember getting them there. Haven't had one in at least a decade, though.

** Case in point:
Suspect Nora just chased down: Did you get that outfit at Wal-Mart?
Nora: Yep. I got my bullets there too.

No, really, she actually said that. And yet it also tells us something about her character. Likewise, during the inevitable gratuitous bathtub scene, made all the weirder by the fact that the bathtub is apparently in their living room, the dialogue gives us character info on both of them in a way that shows rather than tells: Nora is sentimental because she bought Nikki a necklace for the anniversary of the start of their working relationship; Nikki can't remember these things, but is appreciative.


May. 30th, 2010 05:14 pm
icepixie: ([Photos] Eiffel Tower)
Dear Olympus and Nikon,

...Seriously? You're going to make high end bridge cameras, with ultra zoom features, and not put a filter screw thread on the lens? SERIOUSLY?

Astonished and disturbed,

I was leaning toward either the Olympus SP800 or the Nikon Coolpix P100, but the lack of threading threw that right out. A life without my graduated neutral density filter is not a life worth living. I think I could count on two hands the number of landscape photos I've taken without it that I actually like.

(As for why I'm looking at cameras...well, I don't need a new one; my four-year-old Olympus C-765UZ still works very nicely. However, 10+ megapixels and 30x optical zoom? YES PLEASE VERY MUCH.)

The other options in that general super zoom category all have other drawbacks (high price and a weird two-handed zoom toggle on the Fuji HS10, focusing issues on the Canon Powershot SX20 IS), so I don't think I'll be buying anything in the near future, but if cameraphiles have recommendations, lay 'em on me.
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I have been delivered of a bouncing baby revised draft! It is...32.5 pages. That's just about half the length of my thesis, researched and written in less than a quarter of the time. Ooof. I am so watching a movie tonight.


Flood stuff:

The most amazing thing about this video is not the footage of a road in Cheatham County that the flood ripped up and deposited on top of some houses. Rather, it is the fact that the neighborhood residents, rather than wait until the state can fix the road, got some bulldozers and started fixing it themselves. I am officially impressed.

Jon Stewart gave the whole situation his usual amusing color commentary. I particularly liked the Detroit reference. ;)


Some of this is flood-related as well, but check out this person's amazing HDR photos of Nashville and other places. I cannot even tell you how much I want the software he uses to make them.
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I was looking up something related to Alaska online, and I ran across this blog. Go and check out this woman's amazing photographs. Wow. WOW. Go, see them, be amazed. (And make sure you check out the archives.)

And check out this photograph of a commuter jet in midair, with line of clouds disturbed by wingtip vortices. Most photos of airplanes make them look like they've been pasted in the sky, or are hovering over something; this one makes it look like it's flying.

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