January 22: Self Portrait. That's me on the right.
January 23: S'mores on a stick.
Here's the recipe: Take one tooth pick, skewer a marshmallow, dip it in melted chocolate, roll it in graham cracker crumbs.
It's pretty hearty.
January 24: Yes, this week I took pictures of toys. My toys.
These are my Mulder and Scully action figures (they're NOT dolls! -- that would be my Ken and Barbie as Mulder and Scully...)
The X-Files was a show specifically designed for me -- the weird and the unexplained are right up my alley (whenever I go to the library, the first place I head is the 000-100 section -- that's where all the weird subjects are), and at it's peak, was one of the best shows on television. But, by the end of the run, it was pretty ridiculous -- and the last movie is unspeakably bad.
The truth is out there.
January 25: Bokeh is a Japanese term referring to the quality of the out of focus portion of a photograph. The art of the blur, for lack of a better term.
I shoot a lot of zoomed in pictures, which results in a lot of blurry backgrounds, but this was the first time I intentionally tried to incorporate the blurred background as an essential part of the picture itself.
I kind of like the effect.
January 26: In fact, I had so much fun, I tried it again the next night. Can you tell who my mystery guest is?
January 27: Chuck vs. The Goodbye
Chuck is one of my favorite shows, and tonight they aired the final episode. The show had it all -- action, a LOT of humor, and heartbreaking sincerity. I freely admit I can get pretty sappy at times (I choked up several times in the recent Muppet movie), but I make no apologies.
Every episode of the five year run of this show was good. Not many shows have that kind of record.
January 28: So, I stole this idea from the internet, but it looked like so much fun I just had to try it.
I am very pleased with the way these pictures turned out (I have several others), and it gave me some great ideas for some other pictures -- stay tuned!
It just occurred to me that this week is full of pop culture touchstones from my life -- that was completely accidental.
That usually means something has tickled my nostalgia bone.