Nov 18, 2008  •  In Art/Design, Photography

Bottle Cap Tripod

My hands are a mystery.

Slap a paintbrush, pen, pencil, or charcoal stick in my hand and it moves with the precision of a surgeon.

Place a camera there and it shakes like a crack addict’s.

It is precisely for this reason that I love and hail the invention of optical image stabilization (digital is usually “fake” or “forced” stabilization because it only raises the ISO) in digital cameras.

But for those times when even technology fails me, I yearn for a tripod.

The Bottle Cap Tripod is exactly how Better Living Through Design describes it: “This is exactly the kind of thing you don’t think you’ll need until you do.”

Although I wonder how it handles larger/heavier cameras, you have to admit that it’s an ingenious design.

The best part? It’s only $10 at Charles & Marie.


Nov 18, 2008  •  In Movies

A Dark Alice by Tim Burton

I was stoked when I first read of the live-action remake of Alice in Wonderland…directed by Tim Burton.

Anne Hathaway as The White Queen.

Helena Bonham Carter as The Red Queen.

Alan Rickman as The Caterpillar.

…and Johnny Depp as The Mad Hatter.

Can you say “Holy dark pathological classic, Batman!”?

Yesterday, my thoughts were only reaffirmed as this picture of Johnny Depp, in full costume as The Mad Hatter, surfaced on the web:

I get tingly feelings up and down my spine just looking at this picture.

Keep an eye out for the movie in 2010!

Via Best Week Ever.

Nov 18, 2008  •  In Blogging, Personal

Please Don’t Stone Me

A neutron walks into a bar and asks the bartender, “How much for a beer?”

The bartender replies, “For you, no charge.”


I thought I would start with a joke so you’ll forgive me for backing out of another promise. The fact of the matter is, I’ve had a pretty crazy couple of weeks.

Quit a job (and get handed a slew of last-minute projects during my last two weeks there).

Help a friend with a web project.

Host a crazy, “legendary” potluck.

Be more involved in church.

Start a new job.

I had a good first day at work today, but I am saddened to say that I will have a lot less time for blogging. Either that, or I will have to sacrifice a lot of shut-eye time. And sleep seems to become so much more precious as I get older.

I’ll do my best to keep writing, but I predict that they will be in sporadic bursts. As a result, I will probably end up busting out a bunch of posts in one sitting and space them out so that they’re published in more regular intervals.

Thanks for reading and please forgive me if I sound incoherent.