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Friday Favorites

October 10, 2014 Leave a comment

So, here I am, a little refreshed after having the week off for Fall Break (though it still feels weird to have a break now) and somewhat ready to go back to work.  For the next few days, I’ll be readjusting my mindset to “school-mode,” which honestly, isn’t all that different from “non-school mode.”  Just less swearing.

Anyway, I have continued with my 365 Photo-A-Day Challenge and yes, I feel I’m a better photographer than when I first started.  It also helps that I upgraded my equipment midway through!  Honestly, it just reinforces the idea that working hard at something will yield some positive results.

So here are a few more favorites from the past few weeks.

 

 

If you’d like, I’m also on Instagram if you’d like to follow me there.  I’m at photo #283 right now and yes, I’m pretty proud of myself for staying consistent with this idea.  If you scroll through my Instagram feed, you’ll see a progression from the beginning of the year to now, in terms of the photographs I’ve taken.  It’s been fun!

Other Favorites from the week:

1) Agents of Shield is definitely picking up well during the second season.  May have to write more on this later.

2) I’m also liking Peter Capaldi’s Doctor.  Very alien and also a very good foil to the human companion(s) on the show, especially Clara.  Also, apparently Clara is one of THE most important companions in the Who-Mythology.  Her run as the companion has seen her influence a number of critical events in the mythology of the show.  More on that later as well!  We’ll see how it goes with a possible “Clara-less” show this Saturday.

3) Great Basin Sweet Potato Waffle Fries.  Holy smokes I can’t get enough of those things.  I’ll see if I can’t get a picture of em’ the next time around.

4) NBA basketball.  Huge basketball fan (Lakers fan) and any fan should appreciate seeing Kobe Bryant back in action.  Yes, he’s older and performing off two very extensive and devastating injuries, but the guy keeps hustling.

That’s it for now.  I’ll be back Monday 🙂

 

Summer Continues :)

So this week, I had an opportunity to watch Neil Gaiman at The Warfield on Wednesday night.  This was a “bucket-list” item for me, as seeing one of my favorite authors read live is something I’ve always wanted to see.  A big thank you goes to my family who set this up for my birthday.

As far as the experience itself, it was a fascinating show, filled with music, laughter, and art, but for me, hearing Gaiman read live was a rather interesting experience.  Not to mention the classic beauty of The Warfield itself.

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For the first time, aside from watching YouTube videos which clearly doesn’t replicate the ambiance of setting (especially in the case for The Warfield), the “flow” was truly felt (I’m a big fan of “flow”).  Neil was there to read his story The Truth is in a Cave in the Black Mountains, accompanied by FourPlay, a very talented string quartet, and Eddie Campbell, a very talented artist (known for his Bacchus comic) who helped illustrate the tale.

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During the show, it was apparent that Neil had a subtle charisma, if there is such a thing, that radiated through the audience.  Many people were thoroughly engaged and at certain points in the performance, it was eerily quiet as everyone seemed perched on a precipice, waiting for each word of Neil’s as a life-line.  It was amazing to watch and to be a part of, without a doubt.  Throughout the night, it was like peering into the thought process of how an author visualizes his own work, which to me, was invaluable.  It was all parts funny, sad, dramatic, and beautiful.  With FourPlay (also a very funny source for a few bits earlier in the show – they played the Doctor Who theme!)  also enhancing the artwork by Eddie Campbell which was being shown on the big-screen behind Neil, it was an immersive experience as well.

The rest of the trip to San Francisco was just spent trying find a few good spots for pictures 🙂  Are a few of them I took as well.

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I’ll write later about the Art Club Field Trip as well 🙂

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