Archive for May, 2009


Friday, May 29th, 2009

I’ve moved here officially and imported my handful of blogger posts. Still some tweaking to do but up and and running for the most part. New content soon.

das Schlachthaus

Monday, May 25th, 2009

This is what half a cow looks like, beef-ized by a nearby Amish slaughterhouse.

lunch at Radio Maria

Saturday, May 23rd, 2009

From lunch today at Radio Maria, our favorite restaurant (after a failed but admittedly half-hearted yard sale-ing attempt).

maiden voyage of the Lumix LX3

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

I finally decided to accept the fact that I didn’t use my DSLR (Nikon D40) enough and it was time to reconfigure my camera situation. My lack of usage was almost entirely because the D40 was too big/bulky to have with me most of the time. I opted to sell it, along with my Canon G3, and buy a high-end compact. I chose the Panasonic Lumix LX3, which I’ve come to discover has something of a cult following due to its awesomeness. It also has all-metal construction and retro styling which I am all about.
See more/read about it here.

So, for posterity, I’m going to post the first picture I took with it. This is not a great picture by any means, but I was impressed with the performance of the camera because this was taken in a very dim room at night and still looks good. No post-processing.

More, better pictures to come.

Feel free to ask me anything you like about this camera if you’re considering buying one. I think it was absolutely the right move for me at this stage in my photographic life and I hope to get a lot of use out of it. It inspired me to start this blog up, I mean, come on. It’s magic.

simon, my first best cat

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

Simon was born 4/25/03 to a stray under a bush in Champaign, IL. His entire litter was male. I chose him out of the group after his foster caregiver said “that’s the cuddly one.” He’d been adopted once already by a little British girl that named him “Johnson,” but had to be given back as she was very allergic. I bonded with him and played with him all the time; I played with his paws constantly so he got used to letting me touch and trim his nails. He was a champ about this, and never scratched up anything he wasn’t supposed to, so I never declawed him and I was always proud of that.

Simon/Simmy/Sim/Squirmy-worm followed me everywhere and slept with me every night. He was incredibly smart and curious, and got into trouble sometimes as a result. He burned his foot on my stove once, jumping up to be near me. He would always steal food. He took a bite out of a sour cream and onion pringle in my hand once. He was always a little bit chubby.

Simon died on 5/19/09. As of now I am still in a bit of denial about it. It was so sudden and very unexpected. A genetic heart condition caused him to crash that morning; his lungs filled with fluid as his heart was too weak to keep them clear. I rushed him to the vet where he was anesthetized and stabilized, but opted to euthanize him as his prognosis was weak even with extensive recovery and treatment. I had no idea how hard I would take this, and it turns out quite hard. I loved that cat so much. I hope he knew it.

starting off

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

I just bought a new camera and I’m using it as impetus to start blogging again.

I live in central Illinois and work for an increasingly well-known mathematics/software development company called Wolfram Research. I program linguistics and parsing structures into the recently launched Wolfram|Alpha. When I’m not doing that, I’m usually at home in my mid-century ranch house full of mid-century furniture (an ever-growing collection). I have a cat and two fish. I make art, primarily photographs and ink drawings, and I’m slowly getting into cooking. I collect a lot of stuff, actually; a habit I get from my father. Some collections I have currently include Orla Kiely bags, shiva lingam stones, Playmobil sets, ammonite fossils, antique marbles, and sea shells.

That concludes my introductory post.