I just sent out the email about the site re-release and I'm wondering how many people will actually follow the link and look at my blog (I sent the email to about 60 people).
If you are here and reading this, please leave a comment to say so.
You don't have to sign up for anything to leave comments and they can be completely anonymous if you like. But I'd love to see who all stops by to take a peak.
I am reading a book right now called Imperial Woman by Pearl S. Buck. The book is about one of China's Empresses in the late 1800s. I am really enjoying the book and there are a few things that have made me laugh. It is intriguing to read about other cultures, especially when the other culture is over a century old.
Anyhow, the thing that caught my attention and that I wanted to share was one of the terms of endearment that the Emperor uses with his Empress. He has called her, "My heart and liver" a few times. This is hilarious to me. I know that different cultures place different values on different body organs and such, by why the liver? What is so lovely about a liver that is needs to be used to articulate how much you love someone? Maybe they know something we don't? I think I'm going to do an experiment and start saying things like, "I love you with all my liver!". Somehow I don't think it will be recieved too well, but if it can work for the Emperor of China, it oughta work for me, too.
So to all my readers, I love you guys with all my liver!
As you can see if you have ever visited my blog before, I have a new look. I have been wanting to redo the style for a couple of months and just haven't had the time. It all started with the hosting of this blog switching from one place to another. The hosting change caused my other custom skin to be lost somewhere, which was fine because I was bored with it anyhow and wanted to change some things. So I had to use one of the generic skins that comes with the b2Evolution software. Then when I had time to do some stuff, I found out that I didn't have access to change anything because I lost a password from the server that I needed. So after getting the password and changing one little thing, I have been sitting here on the couch for about four hours installing, customizing, graphic editing, and such getting this baby to look sweeter than I was hoping. There are still a few issues that I will be working on as I get time, namely the lack of a header graphic. Such things take time, but I love the direction that it has taken, and the current look is very much improved. Hope you like it.
Evening Sky at Jtree
I spent this past weekend camping in Joshua Tree National Park. I took three rolls of film and came out with about 10 photos that I like. I will try to get the good ones up for your enjoyment as soon as possible, however I will be very busy for the next week or so. 'Til then, here's a teaser...
This is a tree I found in JTNP (not a Joshua tree, though).
Here are four different views of the same tree.
(1) Edited: Removed color to create grayscale. Added signature and border.
(2) Edited: Performed Line Extraction. Added signature and border.
(3) Edited: None, All orginal photo w/color. Just added border and signature.
(4) Edited: Removed color, converted photo to alpha transparency, added bg color.
Which one do you like most? Lemme know.
Here is a link to an article I found where scientists in Taiwan have bred pigs that are green and glow vibrantly in the dark...
"The scientists...say that although the pigs glow, they are otherwise no different from any others."
So they glow? No biggie, there just pigs, whatever! HA
Here is a mudslide that I came across while trying to get to a waterfall hike. Didn't make it to the waterfall, but took some good pictures of the mudfall!
I have told numerous Californians about this little creature here, and I'm usually met in disbelief. So here it is, the Oregon Spotted Banana Slug. He's about five inches long and busy working his way up a glass door.
This is a view of the bars on an old town jail from Port Orford, Oregon, a small coastal fishing town along highway 101.
If you who know me really well, you know that I love squirrels! I am fascinated by their graceful movements, their complex social interactions, and their personalities, among other things. Here is a news article that my girlfriend forwarded to me just a few minutes ago. Fascinating, I have NEVER heard of this happening, and I would be lying if I said this didn't make me love the little creatures even more!
I have Poison Oak, again.
Six weeks after the last time I had it, I have it again. I have not cleaned the camping gear out of my trunk since my backpacking trip because I am scared some of it might have Poison Oak on it. I read that Poison Oak can stay dormant on objects for up to two years. My fears were realized yesterday when I found some Poison Oak on my arm. The only way I can think of how I got it was from rummaging through my trunk to find some climbing gear that I used last weekend.
I'm telling you, this stuff is persistent!