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Festival of Colours in India… thinking that timing a trip to this region while Holi is going on makes a great “things to do before I die” list addition.

From The Big Picture, of course.

Luxurious Lighting

You really must click over to Greg Yale Illumination to see how Knowawall, Inc. has presented some incredible work–one of the raddest sites and content I’ve seen lately (thanks to



The brain, it is fried. Like pickles from Billy’s on Burnet. Kinda sorta getting back into work mode with some new web design clients–one site goes live Wednesday, another less than a week later. Might be going out of town for a few days in there, too, before a slew of other sites get brought to the front burners. Plenty to accomplish ’round these parts, that’s for sure. I’ve also started up running on an almost daily basis, that’s been a fun first for me. Coffee doesn’t make me bounce off the walls, but endorphins definitely do.

Adventure for the weekend was a cousin-filled Saturday afternoon. Ice skating plans were squelched (who decided that remodeling an outdoor rink in winter, prime ice skating time, was a good idea?!), but chattering, swinging, and gelato from a delightful treat shop made up for it. My cousin has some freakin’ adorable kiddos:

Swinging Away

Cushy Flight

(Still Stuck On) Her Morning Elegance

The Oren Lavie video below becomes even more remarkable after reading about how it came together. Fun Facts from Everything you wanted to know about HER MORNING ELEGANCE video:

* The video was shot all stills – roughly 3225 still photos for the entire video, using one camera, hanging from the ceiling for the main body of the movie.
* It took 4 weeks before shooting to create an animated computer generated storyboard for the video, with 3d dummies for the characters.
* It took only 2 days of shooting for the live actors on set to re-create the 3.5 minutes computer sequence, frame by frame.
* Some of the bed sheets used in the video were taken from Oren’s own bedroom and are now considered collectors items, worth at the moment not very much and therefore used as bed sheets.
* Each of the wonderfully talented people above have worked on the video for a fraction of their normal rates (except Oren who worked for his normal rate of zero).

Lavie’s voice sounds so much like it was plucked from the same section of the spectrum where Alexi Murdoch’s vocal cords sit.

Sensory Overload

At the beach for sunset again tonight, and ended up staying til it was so dark we could barely find our way back to the car. Scoping out tide pools as they start to fill up during dusky dark is an interesting feat. Tis mesmerizing watching waves shuffle back up the shore, hints of a blood red sunset still sitting at the far edge of the water. We stood next to a palm-sized crab perched and waiting for the water to come back, too.

One of the raddest experiences of my life was when we came back to the beach even later, this time with tripod in tow. Our favorite secluded area, off the highway and surrounded by tree-topped hills, made for the most spectacular star gazing ever. The infinite amount of visible stars was beyond expression (“This is……. wow…….”), crashing waves and salty sea air the ultimate accompaniment. I almost expected a tidal wave to swallow us up, the sheer perfection a crescendo of finality.

My meager attempt to capture even a glimmer of what we saw tonight:

Claw freckles!
Freckled Crab

Look straight up.
Straight Up

Boat trails.
Boat Trails

Back at the house, couldn’t stop staring.
Climb Into the Sky

Smattering of Photos

Some of my new uploads to Flickr.

Baby Ava, my pseudo-niece and one of our coast trip hostesses.

Obligatory sunset photo.

Starfish! Also saw crustaceans galore, random fishies, sea anemones, and a jellyfish.

The barnacles were noisy… whistling and popping nonstop, waiting for the tide.
Strength in Numbers

Rush and Crumble
Ocean Bound

My aunt on New Year’s Eve, trying out my cousin’s newest guitar.
New Year's Eve Request

Cousin and his wife on our snow day.
Cushy Fall

Redheaded middle sister, Olivia, beautifying the Christmas tree.

Prelude to an entry.

Ready For Christmas

Collective Effort

Mid-day Glare

Full Moon

Dish 1: Heavier Side

I’ve been collecting more links, stories, videos, and images for a multimedia potluck. Tonight it’s all getting dumped on the table, separated into two courses for easier consumption.


If you haven’t noticed, The Big Picture is one of those sites I can’t praise enough, though I sometimes dread the inevitable heartache following certain series, such as “Congo’s Crisis Worsens“. Even so, the realities of the world are not to be ignored.

The Big Picture: Congo's Crisis Worsens
In this Nov. 6, 2008 file photo, young Protegee carries her niece, Response, as she looks for her parents in the village Kiwanja, 90 kms north of Goma, eastern Congo. When photographed on Nov. 6, Protegee was in a crowd of thousands in the town of Kiwanja, having walked for three days by herself after being separated from her mother as they fled on foot from her town about 12 miles (20 kilometers) away. Protegee finally found her mother, Esperance Nirakagori, in Kiwanja at a makeshift refugee camp six days after they were separated. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay, File)


There’s an interesting article on that applies to anyone who might be due for inoculations, adults and children alike. There are so many life-altering consequences due to vaccinations (generally speaking, it’s when there are too many given at one time)–you probably know at least one person who has been adversely affected by them. This is a huge issue, especially in the autism community, that is finally being more openly and realistically discussed by those in the medical field.

Festival of Lights

After three months of complicatedly boring on-again / off-again e-mail correspondence, my years of digital SLR envy are over. Justifying $1,000+ for a fancier camera doesn’t happen when a point and shoot documents life just fine, so Craigslist came to the rescue!

Back in September, someone here in Southern Oregon listed their Canon 20D for sale with multiple memory cards and batteries, two lenses, plus a gear bag–even though the camera model is borderline old school, all of that (in pristine condition) for less than a handful of Benjamins was too good to pass up.

Meeting the Craigslister (small world, we went to high school together) at a halfway point last night, cash was traded for product, then I started figuring out my new gadget by taking pictures in Ashland. Festival of Lights is in full effect:

Where’s the dry ice?

My youngest sister delivers newspapers, and today when they dropped off the bundle, there was a little pumpkin-decorated bag of treats for her. Cute!

Didn’t have a costume this year… that’s a first. I’ve always gone trick-or-treating or to a party of some sort–especially sad to be missing my friend’s annual Halloween / birthday shindig in Huntington Beach. At least there were trick-or-treaters here!

From The Nightmare Before Christmas, This is Halloween, this is Halloween… Halloween! Halloween! Halloween! Halloween!… In this town we call home, everyone hail to the pumpkin song… has been conveniently stuck in my head all day.

The tallest building in town, overtaken by a mutant spider.

My absolute favorite trick-or-treater tonight.