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Flickr

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Originally uploaded by jauderho.

Not long ago, Flickr increased their upload restrictions to “unlimited”. That was the last straw for me, apparently, as it turns out I’d rather give Yahoo! $25 per year to host my photos for me than fiddle about with creating and maintaining a self-hosted gallery system. So, yes, I have joined the Flickr Revolution somewhat late in the game.

Right now I’m testing the funky little “Blog This!” button that appears above all the photos. This one is by Jauder Ho (ltns!)

Tomato

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Books are awesome and teach you super-useful things about stuff, like Photoshop. Here’s a tomato:

Tomato #2

links for 2006-12-26

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More fun with macros

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Last week I built a cheapo light tent for doing lighting for indoor macro photography. First attempt was too huge, so I took it apart and cut all the dowels down by another 6″. It’s still too big, so I’ll probably take it apart again tomorrow and cut it all down another 4-6″ per side.

In the mean time I messed around and took some shots using my awesome Nikon 60mm macro lens. The problem right now is that now I need to figure out how to embed the proper colour profile in the images for browser display. Hum. Anyhow, here’s one of the shots I took earlier:

Medieval Mayhem Sunday

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Watched two movies last night (really, this is what holidays are for). The first was Beowulf and Grendel, a somewhat plodding and gritty retelling of the first two bits of the epic tale of Beowulf (as you may have guessed). The second was The 13th Warrior a much more exciting film also more-or-less about Beowulf, this time covering the third bit of the poem (sort of, in a way, in that it mentions a dragon). Fun, lots of swords and battle and general squalor, and, as an added bonus, a bit of Antonio Banderas.

Guacamole

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Very, very simple; very, very yummy. Serve, ideally, with Tostito’s “Hint of Lime” nacho chips.

Ingredients

  • 4 ripe avocados
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 shallot, finely minced (3 tbsp or so)
  • 1 small ripe tomato, finely diced
  • Juice of one fresh lime
  • Salt + pepper to taste (more than you think)

Method

  1. Split, pit, and scoop avocados out into a medium bowl. Smush it up a bit with a potato masher, but leave it fairly chunky. Mix in garlic, shallot, tomato, lime juice, and salt + pepper.
  2. That’s it.

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Samurai Saturday

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In the spirit of the holiday (ok, not really), we watched Yojimbo last night, an Akira Kurosawa film starring none other than the ultra-dreamy Toshiro Mifune.


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