Archive for May, 2010

Ping Pong

Posted in Photos with tags on May 16, 2010 by trapperKeeper

Got out last week for some ping pong, beer, and Red Wings.  The Wings lost, but the beer was good and ping pong is always a great time.  Shooting ping pong was good practice for capturing live action.  An extremely steady hand, mono or tri-pod, or some object to rest a camera upon are essential for getting good action shots.  You want to capture the movement, but keep the stationary objects still.  Failure results in a blurry, shitty photograph.  Some of these are better than others.  Learning is a process.  On other fronts, things are progressing on the visual front.

Kerry Spring

Posted in Photos with tags , on May 12, 2010 by trapperKeeper

Just a few block walk from my home.

Work Clouds

Posted in Photos with tags , , , on May 12, 2010 by trapperKeeper

Some recent photos of the Seattle sky.  The brilliant skies are returning.  I’m looking forward to mellowing out and watching the sunset during the summer as I try to do.  Nowadays, I bring a cameras to set up and some thoughtful reading material.  One must take advantage of the benefits of the surrounding environment.  Seattle is blessed with great views, due to the hills and building height restrictions, and diverse clouds coming up over the mountains and over the ocean to the west.  Television is not needed when one has glorious nature to visually absorb.  As Mark Twain more eloquently put it, “as the glare of the day mellowed into twilight we looked down upon a picture which is celebrated all over the world.”

Happy Mother’s Day

Posted in Photos with tags , on May 9, 2010 by trapperKeeper

There is only so much we can do as individuals in an extremely corrupt national and international power structure.  The biggest thing we can do is spend our money/labor within our community amongst our neighbors.  As much as the elite try to suck up the wealth and power, the masses can stop them if we are able to unite against the vampires sucking us dry while simultaneously destroying the earth we need to survive.  One way to fight back and empower yourself is to form a sustainable living network.  Otherwise, we all have to resort to every man for himself thinking, which results in people viewing each other as adversaries rather than collaborators.  Ideas aren’t spawned in isolation; humankind didn’t evolve to this present state without cooperation.  We still have tribes today, but the accelerating threats to our environment demand that all come together and agree to certain standards to have any chance to figure out the complex issue of supporting 6.5 billion plus and growing earth population.

Soon there will be no choice but to confront the ugly consumption beast threatening humankind’s existence on this planet.  There is always the chance we are taken out by an asteroid, but currently we are facing an increasingly inhabitable planet as we consume more resources without considering that for every action there is a reaction.  I have a longer piece about the oil rig disaster in the Gulf that isn’t finished.  The previous words entered with urgency tonight so I felt compelled to dictate them.  At times, all the thoughts that pour in become too much.  I feel as if I’m trapped within a Russian existentialist novel.  Now that the weather is finally turning around, I am able to escape the overactive mind by getting out and enjoying the sunset.  Yesterday, I shot video, photos, and read some Taoism.  There are few ways to spend a Friday afternoon more serenely.

Anyhow, Happy Mother’s Day.  The world needs more feminine energy.  Mother’s Day was initially conceived as a movement to empower women to shape society through politics (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mother%27s_Day_Proclamation).  Please mothers, the assholes who run governments need you to speak up and say you won’t allow your sons and daughters to die for the profits of the defense industry.  The only way for humankind to survive is if there is a balance between male and female energy.  Otherwise, we have a situation like we are in today where we fight needless wars and pollute the very environment we are dependent on with the misguided belief that we control nature and can solve every problem we encounter/create.

“We will not have great questions decided by irrelevant agencies,
Our husbands will not come to us, reeking with carnage, for caresses and applause.
Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn
All that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience.
We, the women of one country, will be too tender of those of another country
To allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs.”

Cat Crap (Environmentally Friendly)

Posted in Cats, dogs, Photos with tags , on May 8, 2010 by trapperKeeper

Last night as I came home from an evening of watching the sunset, I caught Oreo dropping a load near the garbage cans.  Thanks Oreo for being environmentally friendly and defecating w/out the use of litter.  More pics to come.  Here are some animals for now.

Mossy Patch

Posted in Art, Photos on May 4, 2010 by trapperKeeper

A few photos and visual pieces taken from the mossy patch out back.  The green and orange works well together.  I’m working on a few more longer posts, but picked up some unexpected work and still made time to see some friends.  One more day of work tomorrow before some free time, some of which will be spent working on the vj set for this coming Sunday.  There are some open source programs that you can write code in and generate some impressive visual pieces, but it will take some time to learn those and there are some other programs competing for time.  Today, I realized I really need to get serious and start dedicating some hours every morning to work on mastering the programs. Tomorrow will not be that day though.