October 6th, 2012

bilbo

Pixar goodness

(I typed this last night but for some reason didn't actually post it.)

Reason #213 why I love Pixar: Carl Fredricksen.

Remember him? He was the old man in Up, who floats his house to Paradise Falls using helium balloons.

Along the way he seems to acquire a thoroughly rag-tug group of companions: the boyscout Russell, and of course Kevin. There's really no easy way to describe Kevin, he's just so... Kevinish, really.

Carl is old, with all that implies - bowties, creaky bones, grumpiness, the works. And even without that, he was always extremely ordinary, not very exciting at all. But he has a spark of adventure in him, and his wife (recently dead) inspires him to go beyond his comfort zone. A truly absurd romp, but one with a lot of heart. I think it's because he's so delightfully ordinary that he amuses me so much.

I was craving some Monsters, Inc. music earlier tonight and stumbled across some Up music as well, and it reminded me how much I love the movie, but in particular Carl and the way he shows life goes on even when it seems too hard to be allowed. But rather than just stay in his house, he keeps meeting life step for step - and not because it's easy, but rather just because it's what you do. Reminds me of a few people I really respect, actually.

I think I'll be sleeping with my stuffed Kevin doll tonight. Love those guys!
bilbo

SED #1: how the other half lives

Someone (Juno?) is posting about something that's making her happy every day, for one month. It could be a little thing or a big thing. It's a good practice, and I honestly don't know how well I'll keep it up but I wanted to at least try.

As I mentioned earlier, my bathroom is a work-in-progress right now. We have a toilet, and of course we have a kitchen sink, but the rest of it is inoperable. It's much better than it was, and once the tiles have had a chance to set it will be done. But as a weekend got in the middle of the multi-day project, that means our shower is inoperable until the workers come back and put sealant on, come Monday. (Or Tuesday? I'm not sure if they'll be here on a bank holiday.) Wednesday night I took a shower by luck, not realizing the workers would be coming. It was late Thursday night before I realized I'd have to skip a second day since for some reason I really thought it was a one-day project. But yesterday I asked the super's wife what we should do about showers, and she said she'd give us keys to a vacant apartment on the other side of the building, provided we got them from her whenever we were done, cleaned up after ourselves, etc.

Feeling freshly showered again is nice, but somehow doing it in an empty apartment is doubly nice. There's something fresh and clean about the smell of paint and all that empty space - like being in a hotel room without your normal clutter. So, pictures.

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bilbo

the camera loves you, baby

Here's hoping!

I've been into photography lately. Not real photography, picture-taking as an artform. But sharing the things I see? Definitely. And I want better photo quality than my cameraphone can manage. This is not a new problem with the iPhone 4 (my model), and actually it's marginally better than the Droid I had before. But I've been doing enough of it that I wanted better equipment. People who know my neighborhood may think I'm crazy, but our corner of the Bronx actually is kind of beautiful.

So, I bought a new toy:

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It's the latest generation of a camera Sulriel recommended over at FB. The reviews look good, both on Amazon and at techie sites. Amazon has a decent return policy so if I don't tlike it I should be able to get a refund. And it's on sale. I was planning on poking around for a few days or at least ask for more opinions, but with all that going in its favor, I decided to take the leap.