Friday, December 17, 2010

Tilt Shift = Awesome

It's after 2 am and I'm still up.  I have a momentary obsession with creating artificial miniature worlds using a technique called Tilt Shift.  I've been going through some of my older photos trying to apply this technique.  I've mostly been inspired recently by Katrin Ray who was recently featured on blogTO.

Here are a few of my initial tests.  I'm hoping to do more, but part of the trick is taking photos from a more birds eye view. I'll have to look out more windows.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

I totally cloned myself!

I had so much fun tonight!!  My colleague Akeil and I decided to challenge eachother to a multi layered photo starring ourselves, otherwise known as cloning.  

This is me judging myself

My theme for this was a personal assessment. While I should be studying my Chemistry text in preparation for my decision to go back to school next year, instead I end up playing video games or browse the internet.

I can't wait to see what Akeil comes up with!  I really enjoyed this challenge and hope to do more cloning in the future. 


Monday, December 6, 2010

"The Voice"

 Toronto is really going to miss you.  May you rest in peace, Mark Dailey

Mark Dailey: "the voice" of Toronto

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Stalker Posing

Nami and Mushi show me what they're made of . . .

Saturday, December 4, 2010

He's 4 months old today!

He's going to be a BIG kitty.  I think the testosterone is kicking in; his neck is getting thicker and he has a much stalkier "I'm going to kick your ass" kinda stance.  Like a Bob Hoskins.

He's also developed Cat Acne on his upper lip.  At first we thought the white was changing colour and for a couple of days we made a joke that he was developing a Hitler stache.  But after closer observation, there were tiny black bumps on the skin.  My cats had this growing up, but it usually developed under their chin.  After some research, I found the cause could be plastic food and water bowls, which is what they had.  I changed their dishes to stainless steel and the acne cleared up completely. 

Mushi sporting his acne
We're a little stumped as to the cause of Mushi's.  He drinks out of a stainless steel bowl and his food plate is ceramic.  The vet said it's most likely a reaction to something in the environment.  She suggested removing the dish soap from the counter and any plastics he may be chewing on, to keep out of reach. 

Robert removed all of his plastic based toys and our kitchen counter is spotless all the time with chemicals put away; like child proofing.

It's been a week since it first appeared and it seems to be slowly clearing up.  Hopefully we've tucked away the cause and he heals to his adorable self again.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Insignificance and Arsenic

I occasionally get moments where I feel insignificant. My moment occured this morning on my daily commute where I happened upon an article suggesting that there are more stars in the universe than previously conceived. The article states that we have an estimated 300,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 stars (that's 300 sextillion).

When I was a kid, I use to try and imagine the farthest reaches of our galaxy and as I tried to visualize, a wave of nausea and dizzyness would hit me. It was physically impossible to conceive infinity and my body couldn't take it. But, now when I try to imagine, I get an overwhelming sense that my being really means nothing in the larger scheme.


As my thoughts drift back to the present my mind wanders on to other things, but it's amazing for that single moment that life can feel trivial.

On an unrelated note, a friend forwarded a very interesting article from NASA citing the discovery of a microorganism thriving and reproducing in Mono Lake, a body of water with high levels of arsenic.

"We know that some microbes can breathe arsenic, but what we've found is a microbe doing something new -- building parts of itself out of arsenic," said Felisa Wolfe-Simon, a NASA Astrobiology Research Fellow in residence at the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park, Calif., and the research team's lead scientist. "If something here on Earth can do something so unexpected, what else can life do that we haven't seen yet?"

Incredible! I can only imagine the religious/evoluntionary debates that will appear with this article, but I think it's absolutely fantastic!