2012 Redbud Riot

It’s time for the annual redbud blooming photo – so here it is:

Redbud riot
Redbud riot

I’m also challenging myself to learn aperture, lighting, and exposure settings better even though my camera does it automatically. I’ve set to Av mode on the Canon for the rest of the month, which means manual aperture adjustments. Right now I’m going for depth of field, so I’m at f 22 with the lens set at 24 mm for this photo.

Big things have Small Beginnings: Prometheus – Official Full HD Trailer – Ridley Scott

In the distant future, two superpowers control Earth and fight each other for all the solar system’s natural resources. When one side dispatches a team to a distant planet to terraform it for human colonization, the team discovers an indigenous race of bio-mechanoid killers.

Ridley Scott, director of ‘Alien’ and ‘Blade Runner,’ returns to the genre he helped define. With PROMETHEUS, he creates a groundbreaking mythology, in which a team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a thrilling journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.

Genre: Science Fiction
Director: Ridley Scott
Cast: Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace
Release Date: June 8, 2012

… and I for one welcome our new nanalienbot overlords.

Happy Dog on a Spring Day

Nothing says Spring like blurry photos taken through a fogged lens with your camera phone. Kasey doesn’t seem to care that her photo isn’t quite going to turn out.

Under grey leaden skies

The rift between two Spring storms allowed me to get a quick walk in today, and I got a good shot of a neighbor’s tree where flowers bloom in seeming spite of the cold grey rain. I’ve also developed a new respect for cinematographers — trying to shoot a stream and pan its length is terribly hard to do — I had to trash every one of my five attempts today from aggregated shake, blur, and bad focus effects in each.

NASA Response to Crazy 2012 Claims

NASA JPL "Reality Check" on all those wacky ideas surrounding the upcoming shift in the ancient Mayan calendar. Our favorite is the planet "Nibiru" that’s said to be hurtling into the solar system on its way to Earth.

via NASA Response to Crazy 2012 Claims – YouTube.

You Know it’s Spring

You know it’s Spring when you burn new car disc CD’s, when the grass starts to green and trees bud like mad. You know it’s Spring when you leave the windows open all night and the furnace off, when you get the last of those fall leaves up, it’s that time when you put down the extra rugs and mats for the dogs to track across first. It’s Spring when the mid east goes nuts, when the budget really becomes finalized for this year, and people start booking trips to Ft. Lauderdale – new songs get released, and then wow. It’s Spring Break and time for kids to hit some beaches. Egg coloring kits pop up everywhere and the Peeps resurgence begins, flowers unfurl but get eaten by hungry rabbits almost as soon as they start to bloom. You think about washing the car, but walk the dog instead, and take off your hoody half the distance through. Spring: that happy time that will just whizz by you.

The arrogance of being thick as a brick

Uncertainty: something to be both humble and proud of & if that seems like cognitive dissonance, please watch DPRJONES’s video before you conclude that with finality.