Friday, December 27, 2013

Santa was good to me

So I've been going through a few "difficulties" with my back of late. While things are relatively manageable right now, it's been a source of concern for a while now. A chance conversation with my daughter months and months ago ended with a surprise present this Christmas. This picture is from my Z10, and while not bad it truly doesn't do the pieces justice. I'll see about possibly adding some individual shots at a higher resolution later on.  This is, however, an almost perfect representation of my current back health. Especially the relative positions of the canvases :)  What you can't really see in this grand shot is the tiny details throughout... the robots arguing over construction scaffolding in one, the spiders in the other, the hidden objects (including submarine) here and there.

I love my daughter!!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Christmas in our house

My wife is an artist; has been all her life. She also managed to pass those talents down to the kids which means that, with my passed down sarcasm, we sometimes get some interesting results. Now, normally the word 'subtle' isn't used anywhere near me, but the girls are more refined.  For instance, the "hint" for one of my gifts this year. Please pay close attention to the snowmen. :) It's interesting to note that each and every one of the snowmen on the wrapping for this present were similarly enhanced.

I love my family :)

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

It's important to appreciate the little things in life...

Like a Physiotherapist that *really* loves her job; don't let the smile fool you, she's a slave driver and giggles every time she finds a new way to make me scream like a little girl.  She's extremely competent, can man-handle me without apparent effort and has a solid sense of humour. Have to admit I kinda look forward to my sessions these days :)

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Meat Nest

Well, it's that time of year again!

Actually, with things being the way they have been, I finally had to acknowledge that I would not be able to do our Christmas tourtiere this year.

So my daughters are doing them, instead.

They're not going to be the same as our usual ones, as we weren't able to get the variety of meats we normally use, but the basic recipe is the same.  We also won't be making as many as we usually do - probably just 3 or 4 pies.  It's still enough to use the big pot, though, which won't fit in our refrigerator.

My daughters made the filling, and now the pot is on the balcony, in its own little meat nest in the snow, to cool down. 

Hey, if we're going to be colder than Mars, we may was well take advantage of the situation!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Waxing poetic about my Blackberry

Yes, I realize this is another picture of our cat, but for this one I used my Blackberry Z10's HDR feature. HDR (High Dynamic Range) is taking several shots at different exposures and mashing them together to get the best exposed sections of all in a single shot. Most HDR is done manually, though there are a few phones that have a built-in process. While the cat looks nice and ordinary, the extreme depth of field and detail rendering of this un-retouched photo are nice and impressive to me. 

Did I mention I *love* my BlackBerry Z10?



Sent from my supremely cool BlackBerry Z10 which totally doesn't look like an Iphone....