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2008 July

28

Jul

The Alphabet

So I just posted an old Sesame Street number animation and thought I’d balance it out with an alphabet animation. This sorta works from the darkness and light aspect as well. I think I might show this to my really terrible students… hahaha… Do you think they would remember the alphabet? Or just have nightmares about it? hahaha.

28

Jul

Blast from the Past

I remember loving this song and animation when I was little watching Sesame Street. I’m not sure why this crossed my mind today, but I did a little searching, and BLAM! Here it is for your viewing enjoyment.

17

Jul

Sojeongbang Waterfall

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Sojeongbang Waterfall.
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Overlook near Sojeongbang Waterfall.
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Overlook near Sojeongbang Waterfall with Seopseom Island in the background.

Today we woke up a little late but decided to go snorkeling at Jeongbang waterfall. Well, when we got there the surf was pretty rough and one of the locals quickly informed us that we weren’t allowed to go swimming in the ocean or around the waterfall. The locals are pretty fond of not letting anyone do anything it seems. Especially if it’s interacting with nature in some way. I still find this very strange. If I were to dump a bag of garbage out onto the shore as I spoke with this gentleman, I don’t think he would have found it strange… but going swimming in the ocean? Absolutely preposterous!

So we talked to the shop keeper on our way out and he suggested we try Sojeongbang waterfall as we would be permitted to actually touch the waterfall all we wanted. So we jumped on the bikes and headed over. It was a very short ride. The only entrance to the waterfall is walking through a restaurant… Are they trying to tell me something?

The fall was small but VERY powerful. The water hitting your back felt very good, but the water was almost like ice. It was a shock but felt so good after this sweltering summer heat and humidity. After playing in the water for a while we dried off and headed up to an overlook where I snapped a few more pictures.

16

Jul

Snorkeling at Oedolgae Rock

Nancy and I went snorkeling at Oedolgae rock early this morning. The weather has been VERY HOT and VERY HUMID, so a dive into the ocean felt extremely refreshing. We got in around 7:30am before the sun rises too high and becomes corrosive on my sensitive white boy skin. The video above doesn’t do the place justice. There were thousands of tiny fry fish swimming around us the whole time which was really cool. I tried using some weight for the first time today and it made getting down sooo much easier. I’m able to hold my breath for two minutes on land without too much trouble, but underwater I’ve been at about 30 seconds. I haven’t been able to calm myself down enough yet. I’m hoping to get to around one minute and thirty seconds soon in the water. I don’t think it will be too much trouble. The sensation of diving under the water without all the scuba gear is very freeing and liberating. I’m looking forward to a summer and fall of extended bottom times on a single breath.

09

Jul

Arachnophobia!

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The monster that was in my bed.

I’ve been sitting around my apartment and finding these spiders crawling about. They are only about the size of my thumbnail, and look rather harmless. But when you take a micro lens to them they start to look like giant monsters! Nancy found the one in this photograph crawling down the headboard of the bed the other day.

I really want to get a bellows system for my lenses so I can go in even closer on these subjects. I want to start fringing on the microscopic. It would be interesting to start studying just an eye full frame, or maybe the hair on one of the legs. Anyway, I hope to capture some more macro shots over the coming days. I’ve been looking for butterflies and moths, but the birds are getting them fast. Yesterday I was about to start shooting a butterfly and a bird swooped down in front of me and picked it right off the tree! Doh!

You can see more images of the spider and other critters in the gallery.

09

Jul

The End of Suburbia

I just saw this great video about the energy crisis facing the world today and what some possible outcomes for the United States might be in the future. I found this video in a newsletter I get from the Organic Consumers Association. You should check out the site and also sign up for the newsletter. The newsletter is really well done and always has clear, direct information that you can digest quickly. I’ve embedded the video below, watch and enjoy!