Showing posts from January, 2015

Inside the head of a nerd

Today I pulled my phone out of my pocket to check the time. The screen was blank. I pushed the button again. Nothing.

Rather than panic and worry, my reaction went, "Ooo! Maybe my phone is dead so I'll need to buy a new one!"

Instantly, a list of top choices for a replacement phone jumped into my head, and I began to compare them by cost, by features, by design.

Then I thought, "Maybe I should try my phone again."

I held down the power button. Colorful dots danced around the screen.

"Drat," I thought. "It had just powered down somehow. I guess I won't have to spend a ton of money on a new phone after all."

Clean dishes

Cleaning the dishes used to prepare a meal before you take the first bite should become a more common practice among single people who cook for themselves. It's really quite delightful.

2 seconds with Snapseed

This post has a challenge for you. A challenge inspired by my experience taking this picture. I want you to make your own HDR* effect photo. Read on...

*HDR stand for High Dynamic Range (Read more on Wikipedia)
Provo saw some amazing weather this Sunday. Our church class decided to venture outside for the lesson to enjoy the uncharacteristically warm January day. Of course, this was unfortunate for my friend who was teaching the lesson, because the gorgeous surroundings distracted many of us, including myself, to be honest (sorry, Marcus).

As we sat in the courtyard of a beautiful building, I thought to myself, "That would look really good with some HDR." I snapped the following picture with my phone.

Gorgeous, right? I love the angle of the light hitting the building, creating some nice shadows. I also liked the reflection on some of the windows, and I knew the sky's texture had potential with those wispy clouds. So I opened it up in my favorite mobile photo app…

Golden cascade

Sun, water, gold. Shooting up, falling down.

The solitude of change

It's a pity that the deepest, most intense miracles we experience take place in our hearts, where we cannot hope to take another soul, no matter how much we yearn to share those miracles with them.

Brooklyn Bridge

I recently shared a handful of photographs from a trip to New York. Reviewing them, I realized that I must have been in a really black and white mood. No more! Here is a shot taken from the pedestrian walkway above the Brooklyn Bridge. A little more color for you!

The wind was blowing quite strongly, but the night was surprisingly warm. After a long day of travel, this was our first major stop after Times Square.

To be honest, the reason I like this picture of the bridge is because I find night time photography to be a challenge...I have a lot to learn about it, but I feel this one turned out really well.

Meeting view

The bad news...meeting all day. The good news...this is the view from our room.

Desk job

The thing about working a desk job is that you are paid to sit in a chair and use your brain.

New beginnings are hard

At the beginning of last year I wrote, "2013 was not really my year."

You know, I feel the same way about 2014. In fact, as I read over this summary of 2013 and pondered over 2014, it seemed to me that not much has changed.

In the spirit of measuring progress, I'd like to start a tradition of reviewing my physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual status. I'll do it periodically, starting now. Maybe it will help me realize my successes and identify areas for improvement.
Well, we all know I got fatter this year. That's change, right? As I wrote in A weighty matter, I have resumed some healthy habits regarding diet and weight. The real trick is exercise. At least in the winter time, it's hard for me to motivate myself.

One big change, though, is my bicycle.

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There is every indication that I should abandon that which I have come to cherish above all else.
I placed a tear-stained commission back in its envelope with its accompanying letter and declined to accept it. -Thomas Monson


During a recent trip to Las Vegas, I visited a gallery of photographer Peter Lik. You can view his work online here, but I assure you nothing compares with the breathtaking experience of viewing these works in person, with your own eyes, printed larger than life and displayed in the most stunning manner.

I took a few photos on the trip, but none turned out as well as this, which is a shot of a ceiling I noticed while walking through the Aria hotel.

Run away and never return

It's a new year. For some reason I feel like running. There are good ways to run and bad ways to run.

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