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Some Suburban Fire
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I park like an idiot.

I have "Rhinestone Cowboy" stuck in my head. It's my own fault for making the icon, I suppose.

This weekend was OK. Saturday Fox and I had a "picnic" "out"side where we "ate" nice cheese, fruit and good wine all day while watching "Deadwood" like "lazy" people. It was glorious. We didn't get very far for... distractions that tied us up. Ah well. I guess we'll just have to finish season three later.

Sunday. I failed to do any thing useful beyond getting a haircut. No reading at Barrique's because some guy was eating so damn loudly that I could here him everywhere. For note, one of the few things I cannot tolerate is like smacking and open-mouth chewing. Seeing or hearing that makes me want to grab people's faces and yell, "DIDN'T YOUR MOTHER TEACH YOU BETTER???" and then knee them in the teeth until they have to eat through a straw. I recognize this is ultimately a grossly exorbitant punishment for the fault; I just don't care. Hate food sounds. They make me nauseated.

We did go for a nice quick walk around the neighborhood. One thing i hate about apartment living is that the "neighborhood" is ultimately devoid of "neighbors" because people stay in their houses all the time. I don't get it. Do people not sit outside ever anymore? I don't care how hot it is, porches get breeze and shade. Go read a book in natural light, yo.

I should talk though. I failed to read on the patio for want of furniture. I even cleaned everything and pulled out the wireless speakers before I realized I had nothing to sit on. Lame. Need to get porch furniture. And maybe a giant umbrella because a south-facing porch is a tad warm.

Still thinking I may skip the late work night tomorrow and go buy a lomo camera on State. And now I'm more interested in the Super sampler and maybe their fisheye -though I am liking the action sequences of the former. The Oktomat and Pop9 have too many frames such that you can't really see the stuff in there. They're supposed to be "mini movies" but You don't actually capture action as well. The sampler at least fakes the progress and seems to have a shutter delay for each lens that you do, indeed, get some different pictures per lens.

Who knows? They all look fun. Actually, do any of you Madisonians know where I can get my film cross-processed? You know, do it for realsies with the wrong chemicals?


And on a sad note, AT&T finally changed over my Treo display. Now it says "AT&T" rather than Cingular. Sigh....
Photo:
Sunset of the new construction. Cross processed in Photoshop. The vignetting and glare is a "natural" lomo effect coming from exposure compensation.
To cross-process - create a curves adjustment layer. Choose the Red channel and make a slight S curve. Choose the blue channel and move the bottom left point to about the middle of the first box. This makes the shadows blue. Accept. Now create a color adjustment layer. Choose your favorite piss or bile yellow color. Set the opacity to 6% or so and the layer style (on the layer palette) to "Color."

Current Mood: blah blah
Current Music: This American Life - #338: The Spokesman

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suibhne_geilt From: suibhne_geilt Date: August 13th, 2007 02:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
I feel your pain, man. HING #1, whose desk is behind & to the right of me, almost close enough for me to touch her, has a bad habit of chewing with her mouth open. On days when I've got some tunes to listen to, it's not really a problem, but if I forget my iPod...
abmann From: abmann Date: August 13th, 2007 02:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hate. So. Much. It's one of those things I associate with the dumbest and most inconsiderate of people. I'm not sure why, exactly.
nathan_lounge From: nathan_lounge Date: August 13th, 2007 03:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't understand. You have like thirty couches now. Why didn't you haul one of your couches out onto your lawn and sit on that in the sun? Alternatively, you should wreck your car and then have it towed to your front lawn. You can strip most of it down and sell parts to buy a new truck, but keep the main body and seats and you'll somewhere to hang out.

Also get some dogs. Lots of them. To live under your porch.

Just sayin'.
abmann From: abmann Date: August 13th, 2007 03:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't have a front lawn. I suppose I could put a couch in my parking s[ace. Then I could sit and bask in wonderful, wonderful exhaust fumes.

And dogs are for suckers.
nathan_lounge From: nathan_lounge Date: August 13th, 2007 03:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
You should do that. With dogs.
abmann From: abmann Date: August 13th, 2007 04:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Dogs are for suckers.
nathan_lounge From: nathan_lounge Date: August 14th, 2007 04:07 am (UTC) (Link)
You're for suckers!

That link is hi-larious.
phoenix_snake From: phoenix_snake Date: August 14th, 2007 05:55 am (UTC) (Link)
I <3 Outdoor reading. There is this AWESOME Italian restaurant that has outdoor seating, and its trafficy and loud and there are noisy ppl everywhere and I love it.

I read, and drink wine and eat bruschetta, and it is the best. Better then a porch. The experience, the ambiance. PErfect.

I bet that's where all your neighbors are! Drinking and reading at trendy Italian restaurants!
abmann From: abmann Date: August 14th, 2007 03:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think you are right!
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