Monthly Archives: August 2008

Delicious Recipe for Lettuce

This is a family favorite. I’ve had this recipe written down on a well-weathered card for years, and thought it was time to share.

Serves 1-4. Allow 10-45 minutes for preparation.

     1. Obtain head of lettuce. This can be from the grocery store, from a lettuce field (or wherever it is lettuce comes from, I’m really not sure), or from the neighbor’s refrigerator if they keep their front door unlocked and you can sneak in when they’re not looking.

     2. Rinse lettuce. This step is optional, but I’ve found the lettuce turns out better this way. In particular, I’ve found that lukewarm to cold water is the best liquid to use for rinsing. You can usually find water in the kitchen faucet.

     3. Serve.

Alternative:

     3b. Serve chilled.

That’s all there is to it — enjoy!

Related blog post: From the Less Mature Files: McDonald’s Launches Arch Deluxe, a satirical story I wrote in college that involved lettuce.

More Meatloaf, Please?

Wow, so there’s some closet Meatloaf fans out there.

Well, I didn’t just record one song. No sir. When I jam to the piano, I jam for at least three songs. Sometimes four. Or however long it takes for the police to arrive.

So here’s another one, which focuses on the trials and tribulations of a car’s rearview mirror, and the continuing technical challenge of objects appearing smaller than they really are, which seems like a serious safety flaw the car companies should put their heads together on to finally get fixed.

My favorite part in this one also starts around 4:30. That’s when the neighbors, so exasperated with my loud playing, use a sledgehammer to break through the drywall and then attempt (unsuccessfully at first) to saw my keyboard in half with a chainsaw. Eventually they succeeded, but not before the first chainsaw broke and they had to go to another neighbor down the road to borrow a second chainsaw. Don’t worry, I edited that part out.

Once again, see if you can play along and count how many wrong keys I hit. It’s fun! (Here’s a freebie: the very first note is wrong!)

How I Unwind

One way I fight stress is by jammin’ on my keyboard. I’m not really a composer, so I just set the iPod to shuffle and jam to whatever songs come up. Every now and then, a Berlitz “Learning French” audio book starts playing. I have no idea why. I don’t remember buying this through iTunes, and I’ve never had a desire to learn French. Nothing tosses water on a good jam session more than “Making Small Talk in French, Part III.”

I wanted to try out the Vimeo video sharing service, so decided to make my first music video.

It was quite a production, and required months of preparation and an extensive crew. Everything had to be perfect: the audio, the lighting, the editing and post production.

Um.

Actually, I just aimed a point and shoot camera in the general direction of the keyboard, and started jamming to Meatloaf.

Yes, Meatloaf.

I believe it is possible to both like and dislike Meatloaf at the same time.

I find his music a little over the top, but I also find it very musical — almost rock n’ roll orchestral. It’s kind of fun to jam along on the piano.

So, here’s my Vimeo test. I manage to hit the wrong notes quite a few times. Hey, at least I’m not singing along.

My favorite part starts around 4:30. That’s when I accidentally knock the keyboard over, and it catches on fire, sending flames shooting up the back wall. Don’t worry, I edited that part out.

Some Saturday Night Creative Photography

I decided to take a brief break from working tonight for some creative photography. This also provided the opportunity to fool around with a new macro lens I hadn’t played with yet.

I’ll be taking a photography trip to western national parks this fall, and have been trying to think of creative shot opportunities that stray beyond the traditional “postcard shots.” One idea that’s been bouncing around my head is to juxtapose modern life with rustic wilderness. For example, I have in mind a shot that shows the Grand Tetons on a laptop screen, with the laptop floating in front of the actual Grand Tetons. With the right perspective and framing, it would look like the Tetons blend directly from real life into the laptop screen.

So I did a quick experiment tonight using this concept. The result works, I think:

And now some macro shots. Who doesn’t have an endoskull sitting around?

Cool, sure, but let’s apply some creative lighting. This next shot used a long exposure with red and blue lighting effects applied.

Another macro shot.

And now some painting with light — another technique I plan to experiment with out west. This next shot also counts as a self portrait.

One last shot, painting with light. No, I have no idea what this is. It’s abstract art.