Monthly Archives: November 2010

In a dream

A super-high shutter speed on a high-speed train produced this hypnotic video. On repeated viewing, you start to pick up the small, almost imperceptible gestures that seemingly immobile people are making. The parallax caused by the moving camera gives the scene a startling 3-D effect, probably because the motion is so smooth and unblurred.

It’s basically the same principle as those 3-D fly-throughs that are created with a huge array of still cameras fired simultaneously and then stitched together to give the appearance of motion. Watching it, however, I had the vivid sense of seeing something truly new.

Tip o’ the hat:

A Year Ago: Winter Foliage

Fleecy leaves; can frost be far behind? | Click to view larger.I love that this plant already has its winter coat on…
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Introducing something beautiful: Quellebelle™ | Artisan Silk Scarves

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It’s time! Today was the launch of my new business venture: Quellebelle | Artisan Silk Scarves.

I am excited, nervous, and proud; I’ve worked long and hard to get to this moment, and I’m aware that the hard work is just beginning! But had I not started this blog over a year ago, there’s no way that I would have found my way to this new business, and I am truly grateful to my readers for encouraging me day by day.

I am thrilled to be able to offer truly beautiful products at a price that represents real value. I hope that you will all check out Quellebelle—maybe someone on your holiday list would enjoy a gorgeous, delightfully silky scarf that will both bring her pleasure and evoke complements whenever she wears it! (I’m offering free shipping at the moment, too.)

Please feel free to pass the link on to others, or to post a link on your own blog; I’d be also be grateful if you’re inclined to “Like” or share the Quellebelle home page on Facebook. My blog at Quellebelle will keep you up to date on my products, special deals, and other silky doings.

And whether you make a purchase or not, I’d love to hear what you think of the website and the scarves.

A Year Ago: Coffee

Open City latte.This is the latte you get at Open City…
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Giving Thanks

Pie is being served on Thanksgiving

Beloved friends and family, health, opportunity, love: I am blessed.

Pass the pie!

A Year Ago: Impossible Color

Bicycle frame.This is another camera FAIL…
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Box of Beginnings

Shipping box

Inside this box there are sixty yards of silk fabric. But it contains much, much more than that.

It contains my hopes and dreams for the future. It holds the promise of hard work: physical, creative, intellectual, and entrepreneurial. It bundles up my belief that self-reinvention is always possible.

This modest-sized, ratty-looking cardboard box is my treasure.

A Year Ago: Railbirds

Three birds at Harrah's Atlantic City, NJThree birds between earth and heaven…
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An Alien Strain

A Dark Dune Field in Proctor Crater on Mars

I am tempted to make a bad pun based on the name of Proctor Crater, where these dunes are found on Mars. Yes, Mars. Not your colon, despite their microscopically bacterial appearance.

Honestly, this image looks like it was produced by a CAD program. To appreciate the true insanity of it, click through to the large version and zoom in.

Tip o’ the hat: Astronomy Picture of the Day.

A Year Ago: Gin & Tonic

Gin and tonic at Jaleo, Bethesda, MDSometimes only an elaborately simple cocktail will do…
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It’s not obvious.

Please go read this little post by Derek Sievers.

We’re clearly a bad judge of our own creations. We should just put it out and let the world decide.

Derek Sievers is an awesomely cool guy. Read how he gave away 95% of a whole boatload of money because he knew he would be happier:

I get the deeper happiness of knowing the lucky streak I’ve had in my life will benefit tons of people – not just me.

I get the pride of knowing I did something irreversibly smart before I could change my mind.

I get the safety of knowing I won’t be the target of a frivolous lawsuit, since I have very little net worth.

I get the unburdened freedom of having it out of my hands so I can’t do something stupid.

But most of all, I get the constant priceless reminder that I have enough.

I’m too ridiculously crunched to offer you anything more today. Things are going to be hairy this week.

A Year Ago: Too Red For The Camera

Red leaves.My iPhone’s camera simply couldn’t cope with this redness…
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The Texture of Autumn

Grasses, Albuquerque, NM

I used to have fantastically keen vision. Now, I need glasses for everything; I cannot see clearly without them. Of the many indignities of middle age, this is the one I feel the most.

I yearn for this kind of detail: the edges of the leaves, the way the colors blend at a distance, yet are entirely distinct. There is some primal sector of my brain that is profoundly soothed by this image. It makes me see the world as full of promise.

A Year Ago: Rooted

Tree rootsStability and tenacity…
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Blue latex glove on pavement.

The light is disappearing early now, and a wintry chill has infiltrated the sunniest of days. I don’t mind winter, in moderation (after all, it’s necessary if we are to enjoy spring and fall), but I hope we can avoid last year’s excesses.

I’ve been thinking a lot, lately, about what we leave behind—both literally and metaphorically. Whatever I leave behind, I hope it’s something beautiful.

Nature’s Palette

Sunset with selected color swatches.

People kept telling me about something called color theory and a tool called a color wheel. I’m sure they’re both very useful, but despite an extensive post-graduate education neither of them actually managed to stick in my head. These days, I have reference books that I consult when necessary.

Now I am about to save you some money on tuition.

You want to know what good color design looks like? Photograph something beautiful that you see out there in our glorious wide world of wonder, and then have at it with the eyedropper tool and build yourself a bunch of swatches. They’ll go together because they already go together!

You’re welcome.

A Year Ago: Aging Gracefully

Autumn leaves.This one is more elegiac than pyrotechnical…
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The Fountain of Wild Grasses

Garden at the Textile Museum, Washington, DC

It’s an appalling cliché, I know. But there’s something about a formal garden that cries out for sepia. I’ve done it before, and I’ll surely do it again.

Here it is in color. Which do you prefer?
Garden at the Textile Museum, Washington, DC

A Year Ago: Grass Waterfall

Grass Seed PlantI have a soft spot for grasses…
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