What Goes Around, Comes Around.

11 February, 2010 § Leave a comment

We in the admission office have been in the first throes of financial aid packaging and honors program interviewing for the past week now so I’m sad to report a severe laggage in Project Pulitzer Discovered… I am, however, about seven-ninths of the way through The Stone Diaries, Pulitzer Prize winner of 1993, and am enjoying it at least four times as much as I did Foreign Affairs. Sorry, Lurie.

On a different note altogether, the irony of our current barometer status is almost too great to bear. Throughout most of my Lancaster growing up years, I have distinct memories of phone conversations between my dad and his older brother that usually involved a good deal of smirking on my dad’s part and muffled outbursts on my uncle’s end. The conversation, laced with smug commentary and sibling rivalry, often started out much like this: “Marko! How y’ doing up there in New York? Got any snow yet?” There would be a joyful silence on my dad’s end as my uncle responded, no doubt to let him know the degree to which Syracuse was being pounded by the most current snowstorm. Then, with an irrepressible note of glee and an enthusiastic waving of one short-sleeve clad arm, my dad would burst out, “Six and a half feet of snow, eh? Well, I’d like to offer to mail you up our one and only snow shovel… we don’t really need it, what with these balmy seventy-degree temperatures we’ve been having in February; really, a seed rake seems more appropriate.”

As of today, though, we New Yorkers can crow with glee for it would appear that south-central Pennsylvania is being buried by a veritable blizzard. And up here? Well, let’s just say we’d be stretching the truth if we called our current snow accumulation at a total of two inches.

Other trends in the life of Kate this week include the fact that:

– Sites about alternative decorations (ie, using recycled cans for wall hangings, turning place mats into floor rugs and making photo frames out of bottle lids, kite rope and clothespins), photojournalism, boho clothing and intentional community have been holding favored spots in my lunch-time Internet surfing of late… and I may or may not be nursing a slightly obsessive love of all things Etsy.

– I’ve been introduced to the (ethically dubious) joys of Groove Shark.com, courtesy of one Ailie KilSmithers; although the site merely offers streaming music, rather than the blatantly illegal downloading practices of places like Napster, I’m still not sure how I feel about listening to an entire album on demand without paying a cent. Hmm. Something to ponder. Irregardless, albums such as Midlake’s The Courage of Others, Alexi Murdoch’s Away We Go (from the film soundtrack, yes), The Cranberries’ Wake Up and Smell the Coffee and Miles Davis’ Kind Of Blue are current favorites.

– After dabbling in the book, several pages at a time, for the past four months or so (everyone needs a good bathroom read, after all),  I finally finished reading Things Fall Apart last night. It seems like a good, solid and consecutive re-read may be in order but if I could choose one initial phrase to describe the message, theme and nuances of Achebe’s writing, it would without a doubt be prescient.

– Although I’ve had my Olympus for close to eleven months now, I still have a long way to go before I’m done tinkering around with the various settings and modes in order to experiment with aperture, shutter speed, white balance, quality and the like. The following photos represent the most recent camera play (note: these are strictly the product of camera experimentation and have not been edited with photo software whatsoever) and while they’re not necessarily stellar results, it’s been fun to continue to familiarize and explore Olivia’s inner workings and what makes her tick.

Over-exposed and slow shutter speed:
drink o’ champions at 8 p.m.

Overly over-exposed and higher ISO to capture
Gerbers in fluorescent lighting at 9 p.m.

Same flowers, different lighting
and adjusted aperture at 9.15 p.m.

Litany’s front door in early morning lighting
on my way up to work around 6.50 a.m.

Poinsettia leaf in mid-morning natural light at 10.50 a.m.,
courtesy of my co-worker’s office plant.

“There is no story that is not true,” said Uchendu.
“The world has no end, and what is good among one people
is an abomination among others.”

– – from Things Fall Apart


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