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Well behaved monkeys rarely make history http://www.chipmonkey.net Thu, 28 Jan 2010 01:04:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.2 Destructive Ignorance http://www.chipmonkey.net/archives/123 http://www.chipmonkey.net/archives/123#respond Thu, 30 Oct 2008 00:07:31 +0000 http://www.chipmonkey.net/?p=123 We are days away from the election and I must say I am buzzing with anticipation. I think I’m going to follow in tangobaby’s lead and vote early. Hopefully without all the delays and judges and petitions and things.

I am not writing to tell you about my desire to vote early, however, I am writing to express my complete disgust with many people’s lack of desire to critically analyze the presidential candidates. I am not here promote one candidate or another, but to urge you to find out the facts about the matters that concern you most and please don’t base your decisions on the results you got by adding letters to the names of candidates.

“I can not vote for the Obama Biden team because it’s like voting for Osama Binladen. See if you change the B with an S in Obama, it becomes oSama and then insert the insert NLA after the”i” in Biden and it becomes biNLAden for OSAMA BINLADEN”

That is part of an actual email chain that I managed to get onto. It is disturbing to me that this person is less than the usual seven degrees of separation from me.

Please don’t let yourself be caught up in non-sense because it is very likely distracting you from the things that should actually be upsetting you. Imagine if you will, what we might be missing while we are caught up in conversations about anagrams and lipstick.

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Lens Decisions… Epic Fail http://www.chipmonkey.net/archives/121 http://www.chipmonkey.net/archives/121#comments Tue, 10 Jun 2008 04:08:02 +0000 http://www.chipmonkey.net/?p=121 We made our way to Seattle for the weekend to help celebrate a new marriage. I decided this was the perfect opportunity to take some tips from a recent shutter sisters post on photographing friend’s weddings, but not being your friend’s wedding photographer. I excitedly rented the Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 AF-S VR telephoto lens to help me catch moments without being in the faces of the subjects. It was an amazingly powerful lens but absolutely the worst choice for my needs. I was too close to the bride and groom and the other guests to make use of it!

I’m a lemons to lemonade type of girl though, so I turned my “capture-that-magic-wedding-moment” lens into a “pretend-I’m-a-cop-doing-surveillance-on-The-Wire” lens which was loads of fun even though it may not have produced the most captivating images. Especially since we were staying in a very quiet area of town. So I ended up with a lot of men-at work photos like these:

Things on the water photos like this:

And pictures of people and animals that were unaware they were being photographed:

I’m looking forward to meeting this lens again, just under more appropriate circumstances 🙂

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do it yourself http://www.chipmonkey.net/archives/119 http://www.chipmonkey.net/archives/119#respond Thu, 08 May 2008 13:57:04 +0000 http://www.chipmonkey.net/archives/119 Last weekend we attended the ultimate do-it-yourself extravaganza – Maker Faire. I was fortunate to have connected up with an awesome group of folks from Homey Grown. They needed a photographer to document their participation in the Swap-O-Rama-Rama events and fashion show (and you know I’m always looking for any excuse to haul my camera around!).

There were endless amounts of things to see and do from crafty stuff, to robot wars, to bonsai gardening, to the human mouse trap to catching things on fire to art cars… and that is just the beginning. There are loads more pictures up at flickr if you feel like living vicariously through them or reliving your own experiences at the event 🙂

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Daylab http://www.chipmonkey.net/archives/118 http://www.chipmonkey.net/archives/118#respond Sun, 27 Apr 2008 01:07:59 +0000 http://www.chipmonkey.net/archives/118 I was perusing* glancing through craigslist recently and came across a listing for a Polaroid transfer workshop. I’ve always had a little soft spot for Polaroids so I thought I should sign up for it. I see people using Photoshop to recreate the looks of these, but I am very happy I now know where that comes from and how to do it. The sad truth is that eventually (in the very near future) Polaroid film is simply not going to be available so this really will turn into a lost art form. That feels a little bit sad.

I had to get some of my digital images turned into slides for this project and wow was I impressed. I got a few of my own images done as well as a couple from our wedding. I forget how wonderful the color is on slides – it was a real treat. Maybe I’ll find myself an old slide projector so I have more use for these slides (as well as have an excuse to get more slides).

Anyway, Anna Fizyta taught the workshop. She has a lot of great examples of her various Polaroid manipulation projects on her website, you should check them out. All this Polaroid talk also reminded me of this great artist I met at the Utah Arts Festival named Joachim Knill. He built his own huge Polaroid camera and creates some really great images. He has done some off-the-wall scenes with food – three of which hang in my kitchen (bananas, tomato crossing and pear hikers).

*I’ve always used this word wrong and apparently so do many others. I have always used it to mean casually glancing through something, but in reality it means to read or review something with great detail…

**If you are ever tempted to buy those little two-minute in a box dishes from Trader Joe’s (Pad Thai, Kung Pao and Peanut Sauce), spare yourself. They sound like a good idea, but taste pretty awful.

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Chicago http://www.chipmonkey.net/archives/117 http://www.chipmonkey.net/archives/117#comments Wed, 02 Apr 2008 20:13:35 +0000 http://www.chipmonkey.net/archives/117 I just returned from a great trip to Chicago where I got to help celebrate an up and coming bundle of joy, a new marriage and of course, old friendships. This trip was extremely rewarding and relaxing for me. I had a chance to do some fun portraits. I discovered that I definitely need more practice and I need some different lighting options.

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Kittens to the rescue http://www.chipmonkey.net/archives/115 http://www.chipmonkey.net/archives/115#respond Tue, 11 Mar 2008 19:16:45 +0000 http://www.chipmonkey.net/archives/115 Occasionally when browsing photos on Flickr I will click on a thumbnail and get a message that says “This photo falls outside your current SafeSearch filter. You can click through to see it if you want.” And you have the option to click through or to return home. (For the record, the images that have given me this message have never been remotely unsafe [however I’ve stumbled on a number of photos that probably SHOULD have given me that message that didn’t *shivers*])

Anyway, today I clicked through so I could see this (very safe) image and noticed this banner at the top

Ha! I love it. The chosen escape route is to the kitten pictures (which admittedly I’ve spent many hours looking at).

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The day to day http://www.chipmonkey.net/archives/114 http://www.chipmonkey.net/archives/114#respond Thu, 06 Mar 2008 05:32:15 +0000 http://www.chipmonkey.net/archives/114 There are so may things about life right now that are tiresome and even more things that are wonderful. I think I’ll ramble on about the wonderful for a bit.

My two obsessions right now are the kitchen and the camera. My husband recently commented on the fact that the tripod has become a permanent fixture of the kitchen. I spend what free time I have cooking and baking and then taking pictures of my creations. I am getting a little bit better about posting things to Flickr so you should visit there sometimes.

Thursday is our second date with Mariquita Farm and her wonderful Mystery Box. I love the Mystery Box for two reasons. The first is that it leads us to an increase in our vegetable consumption, which is always a good thing (not to mention these are locally grown and organic!). The second and perhaps most exciting reason is the challenge to use up all this produce.This is not an easy challenge since there is A LOT of produce in this package (well considering there are only two of us) and some of this stuff I have never even heard of, let alone met in person.

Some of the highlights: an all vegetable Shepherd’s Pie (filled with chard, turnips, carrots, shallots, rapini, leeks, fennel, spring garlic and topped with sweet potatoes) and Meyer Lemon Crème Fraîche Pasta with Rapini. I still have a couple of turnips and a bunch of parsley left over that I need to work with and there was one vegetable that was entirely too bitter for me to use, but ultimately it was a success and I’m going to do it again. The challenge this go-round is that my partner in crime will be traveling a lot which means there will only be me to feed. I guess that means I’ll have to figure out some good recipes for freezing.

On a slightly unrelated note, my dear friend wrote an amazing post about her 5th graders perspective on politics. I think this might be the best article I’ve read on politics this election season.

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Whoa-oh-oh http://www.chipmonkey.net/archives/112 http://www.chipmonkey.net/archives/112#comments Wed, 30 Jan 2008 01:34:03 +0000 http://www.chipmonkey.net/archives/112 Could it truly be that 30 has fallen upon me? Just like that! I have no real strong feelings on the matter, but am excited about what might become of me over the next decade. My parents are coming out to help celebrate. This is exciting because my parents are awesome and also because we really enjoy having visitors. It is an ideal time for us to do some exploring of our city that we are less likely to do when left to our own devices. I am especially excited to have a place of our own in which to host them.

So far, the festivities include a trip to Nola’s (I know, we just went there but I liked it so much I want to go back!), and tickets to Beach Blanket Babylon preceded by brunch at Mama’s. Should be a great weekend.

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The death of a Chicago icon (alternatively titled: farewell Pigeon Man) http://www.chipmonkey.net/archives/110 http://www.chipmonkey.net/archives/110#respond Wed, 19 Dec 2007 22:53:40 +0000 http://www.chipmonkey.net/archives/110 I just read a very sad story that the Pigeon Man I used to always see perched on a fire hydrant covered in pigeons when I drove past Lincoln Square was hit and killed yesterday. Goodbye Joseph Zeman, your presence will be missed by many. (photo credit: aestheticheart) ]]> http://www.chipmonkey.net/archives/110/feed 0 Kids just (really don’t) love Santa http://www.chipmonkey.net/archives/109 http://www.chipmonkey.net/archives/109#respond Wed, 19 Dec 2007 02:18:19 +0000 http://www.chipmonkey.net/archives/109 I came across a gallery dedicated to pictures of kids with Santa who would rather be anywhere but near this weird hairy dude. This gallery catalogs many generations of red faced screaming children atop the laps of jolly old St. Nicks. I am still laughing. ]]> http://www.chipmonkey.net/archives/109/feed 0