Teaching

In the abstract

blue-and-white-wall
 
Blue and white wall, with heart

 

Today’s thought – Tibetan proverb: When becoming older and older, one might see the dead corpse of gods.

If any one knows what the hell this means, will you please email me? I’m a little dense. Or maybe this saying is just too abstract (more on this subject later in this post).

It’s another “sunny” day today, so I must depart soon for a bicycle ride. Here’s some smarmy lyrics to get me in the mood:

I think I’ll go for a walk outside now
the summer sun’s callin my name
(I hear ya now)
I just can’t stay inside all day
I gotta get out get me some of those rays
everybody’s smilin’
sunshine day
everybody’s laughin’
sunshine day
everybody seems so happy today
it’s a sunshine day

….Cant you dig the sunshine
Love and sun are the same
Cant you hear him callin your name?

http://www.lyricsdownload.com/bunch-brady-it-s-a-sunshine-day-lyrics.html


greasy-fried-egg-on-toast

 

What I ate: 1

 First, I had to fortify myself: I chose the classic egg on toast. This version has several advantages: 1) I toast the bread in the pan with canola or olive oil, which means it’s really greasy; 2) I break the egg on top of the toast, then flip it over so the egg fries on the bottom, smooshing it down a little with the turner; 3) It’s gooey, stickey, messy to eat, with that runny-egg thing going on; 4) the bread is whole wheat – that’s good for you, right? 5) Did I mention that it’s really greasy?


niu-rou-la-mian

 

What I ate: 2

After breakfast, I had to have lunch – a steaming bowl of 牛肉拉面 niú ròu lā miàn, ramen or “hand-pulled” noodles with beef in soup. This is my favorite noodle restaurant, and next time I go there I’m going to ask the noodle maker to let me take photos of him in action.

The business at hand: the theme today is abstract, as in isolated details taken out of their original context. “Abstraction uses a strategy of simplification of detail, wherein formerly concrete details are left ambiguous, vague, or undefined.” [source][/source]

This is the second photo essay based on my recent bicycle rides with my new camera.

 

ego-2

 the new EGO building, Dongda Jie, downtown Chengdu

The only bad thing about this building is that it’s almost un-photographable from ground level, thanks to the wide tree-lined street and lack of any clear view of the whole structure. The whole facade is “abstract,” in a Frank Gehry-ish way; “EGO” is spelled out in giant letters of metal panels.

 

A weekend with Photoshop

I’m a man possessed. I’m getting to know my new camera, but apart from that I’m spending hours and hours using Photoshop, regularly staying up till 3 am or until my eyes no longer focus. Maybe I’m unlocking some long-stifled creativity; more probably it’s my obsessive personality running its course. My photographic skills are getting better, but my current passion is “ageing” and “distressing” pictures in Photoshop; more on that later, unless you want to see some of the results on my Flickr site here.

 

Anomalies

a’nom’a’ly:

an odd, peculiar, or strange condition, situation, quality, etc.; an incongruity or inconsistency.

 

If you’re a fan of the British TV show Primeval, you know that an anomaly is also a time portal allowing prehistoric creatures to pass back and forth from their era to the present.  Cool.

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  Ethereal boat: one of the photos I bought at the antiques market Sunday. The composition is brilliant, the washed-out effect took many years to happen.