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Clyde the Sea Lion: WPC

The Bronx Zoo has a pride of sea lions. (I don’t believe the collective noun for sea lions is “a pride,” but it works!) They are so amusing to watch, and Clyde and Indy recently had a beautiful little calf (why sea lion babies are called calves instead of cubs–or the much more appropriate given their dog-like behavior, pups–is beyond me. But I digress.) The baby and Clyde are in the featured image above. You can recognize the baby because she’s still furry looking. You can recognize Clyde because he is mid-bark. I assume the female sea lion is Indy, the mom, but she could be one of the other ladies who lives there.

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Clyde is particularly amusing, because he’s a bit of a cheeky bugger. Continue reading “Clyde the Sea Lion: WPC”

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Lost Hat: WPC

There’s something about lost items that I find interesting to photograph. I’ve got a photo somewhere of a pair of dress shoes sitting on a park bench–with no feet in sight. If I find it, I’ll have to post it here.

In the meantime, while the subject matter isn’t experimental, the processing technique is. I’ve used GIMP to touch up photos and, occasionally, to selectively color black and white photos. But every time I’ve done the latter, I’ve just let the original color shine through the black and white filter.

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A Peek into the Past: WPC

I can’t help it, I’m doing a second post for this week’s photo challenge. It’s a fun topic, I suppose. Or maybe it’s that time in the semester that I just need a diversion. In any case, these photos are from a visit this past summer to Genesee Country Museum. I know I’ve mentioned them before, but I love going and it’s such a fun place to take photos.

I have tons of pictures, so I figured I’d go with the more literal peeks… Continue reading “A Peek into the Past: WPC”

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Fall is Finally Here: WPC

Finally, we are having autumnal weather in NYC! Not that I minded unseasonable warmth for two months, but it was getting old. Fall is my favorite season and it seems to be getting squeezed out.

That’s why when I was walking across the park last week and saw the leaves starting to change and the sunlight peeking through the leaves, casting a mottled light on the path I just had to take out my phone and snap a pic—even if I was running late for a meeting (don’t tell!) It’s wasn’t quite fall weather last week, but we were getting a sneak peek!

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“Hear the beat of dancing feet, / It’s the song I love the melody of…”: WPC

I’m a day late (and perhaps a dollar short) for the “pedestrian” photo challenge. And that’s a shame because I took these photos the weekend before the challenge went up and they are perfect for it! It was fortuitous. But this week—well, this semester—has been terribly busy and I just lost track of time. So I won’t take any longer. Here are my photos, taken on 42nd Street, which, because of a parade on 5th Ave, was closed to traffic and became a pedestrian thoroughfare for a few hours on a Sunday.

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Bathroom Bills Just Don’t Make Sense

Remember I mentioned I got a blog post published on an academic blog? Here’s the link: http://bit.ly/2xjzolM.

In the article, I poke holes in the logic of bathroom bills by looking at how they classify gender as binary when, medically, it is not. I hope it provides an cogent argument against a set of discriminatory laws. More than that I hope it helps shed some light on non-binary and nontraditional gender and sex identities, something that, for most, is a confusing issue.

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Oh Dear…

Oh dear, it’s been over a month since I posted anything. The academic year started at the end of August and I really haven’t had a breather since. It’s probably because I teach on two campuses, studying on a third, and working on top of all that. It’s a lot to juggle but I’m managing pretty well, I think. Still something had to give and that was the blog.

It’s not that I haven’t been writing. It’s just I’ve been focusing on academic writing and making power points. I even got a post (not a power point!) published on an academic blog–I promise I’ll post a link here soon!

It’s not even that I haven’t been cooking–though I’ve been doing less than I should–or taking photos. It’s purely that I’m busy. And during the rare times when I’m not busy (working, teaching, studying, writing, cooking, commuting, or anything else that prevents me from blogging), I generally want to be doing nothing.

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‘Yoko Said’ aka Wind: WPC

Did you ever watch “Mad About You”? Well, this ’90s sitcom starring Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt had an episode guest starring Yoko Ono. She’s hired Reiser’s character, a filmmaker, to film the wind. It doesn’t go particularly well, but “Yoko said” so he keeps trying.

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I didn’t actually have any major problem photographing the wind–representing the element of air–but I couldn’t help laughing about that episode as I attempted the task.

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Getting all four elements into one picture proved illusive. (Hey, Yoko only wanted one!) But I think I’ve got all four between these photos–with at least two elements in each picture!

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And I even managed to get three out of four in this one with the long grass blown over by the wind on the banks of the Hudson river.

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Plated Pina Colada: WPC

There is little that is more satisfying than having a project come out right. And it’s even more satisfying when you can eat the results!

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I was having some friends over for dinner and I decided I had to make coconut sorbet. I’d had some out and I’ve been wanted to use my ice cream maker; sorbet is easier to make than ice cream (no custard) so it seemed like a good opportunity. It was, and the coconut sorbet was amazing! Although I had a little issue with the coconut fat solidifying too early in the ice cream maker. It clumped up so the texture of the sorbet was still perfect, but I don’t think that should have happened. (I used organic canned coconut milk–perhaps non-organic has emulsifier in it…)

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