Saturday, October 31, 2009

Blue Screen of Death (BSOD)

Blue Screen of Death (BSOD)
Originally uploaded by istargazer.
This is my Halloween costume this year. I made the mask to go with my grim reaper robe so that I could be the Blue Screen of Death. I also made an "Any" button prop that I could dare people to press :0) Of course, after I finished making the costume Thursday morning, I got an email from admin that we wouldn't be allowed to wear masks at work. Bummer.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

VW R32: Cute

I'd heard the description before, but the other day was the first time I'd heard in person my R described as "cute".

I wasn't at all bothered or anything, merely taken back for half a second, thinking to myself, really?

I just don't see it. But that doesn't matter, does it? Cuteness is in the eye of the beholder.

I wonder if anyone's described a STI as cute....

Sunday, October 18, 2009

2006 Subaru Impreza WRX STI

2006 Subaru Impreza WRX STI
Originally uploaded by istargazer.
I was just looking at the stats on my Flickr account and discovered something interesting. For some reason, this particular picture--out of all the 900+ pictures I've uploaded--has the most views of all. As of this post, it has been viewed 26,787 times (not including myself). I wonder why that is because it hasn't generated as many comments or favorites as some of my other pictures.

Version 2: Was it a dream?

Version 2: Was it a dream?
Originally uploaded by istargazer.
I watched an episode of Test Drive on the Speed channel this afternoon on the new 4-door Porsche Panamera. I've seen it a few times now on different shows and being on the Porsche mailing list I've seen the official literature on it, too. The look is growing on me, although I do like the view mostly either full-frontal or directly from the rear. The side profile has some nice aspects, but the overall look definitely takes some getting used to.

For some reason, it made me really, really miss my 2006 Subaru Impreza WRX STI.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Thanksgiving Camp

Thanksgiving Camp
Originally uploaded by istargazer.
We left home after I got off work on Friday to go RVing in our Tango trailer. It would be our last trip of the year before putting the RV into storage for the winter and would mark the 29th night of camping in 2009. A pretty good number if I say so myself!

It took us almost an hour to get over the Port Mann Bridge, but traffic was pretty smooth after that. We got to the campground after dark and I had the hardest time backing the trailer. I could not see a thing back there and because I didn't remove the trunnion bars, I was paranoid about turning too sharply and breaking them off like I did earlier in the summer. It was actually my first time doing it in the dark and after a couple of failed attempts, a couple of neighbors, Mark and Steven, helped guide me into position. Without their help it would have been a very long night for us!

The weather for the weekend was clear and sunny but cold because of the arctic air that came in from the north. Overnight temperatures were near freezing but the fire kept us warm when we were outside and the furnace did the same when we were in the trailer.

Of course the swimming pool was closed for the season so we spent our afternoons shopping at Target and Walmart. We even went to an awesome party supply store for the kids' Halloween costumes. They had just about everything you could think of. I bought myself some "X-ray Vision" glasses for the next time the school has a crazy-glasses day. The jumping pillow at the KOA was free and the kids were able to work off some energy at the playground after we got back from shopping. It was our first Thanksgiving away from home and it was nice spending it by the fire.

Sunday, October 04, 2009

Ballet Nouveau Colorado: Intersection

I was honored to receive a request that my photos be used in a contemporary ballet called Intersection that will be performed in Denver, Colorado area later this month. Very cool!

Dear istargazer,

I would like to request the use of your photography under the Creative Commons license you have applied to your work.

My name is Garrett Ammon, and I am the Artistic Director of Ballet Nouveau Colorado. I am currently in the process of creating a new contemporary ballet, in collaboration with Poet Michael J. Henry, entitled Intersection. The ballet will be an evening length work incorporating poetry, music and dance, as well as projections of photographs, video and text. The ballet will be presented in the denver area from October 30 through November 8, 2009.

Your photography will be incorporated into projections that will be displayed across two screens above the stage and/or on a television that will be utilized during the performance.

Your screen name (and your full name if you would like) and the URL(s) of your photography will be printed in the program. I will also be maintaing a growing collection of flickr galleries that will include all of the photographs that will be appearing in the ballet.

All I can offer in return is my gratitude and thanks for your generosity. I would also like to offer complimentary tickets to a performance of Intersection, if you happen to be in the Denver area at the time of the production.

With great appreciation,

Garrett Ammon
Artistic Director, Ballet Nouveau Colorado

To learn more about me and Ballet Nouveau Colorado visit:

To learn more about my collaborator, Poet Michael J. Henry, and Lighthouse Writers Workshop visit:

You can see a photo gallery of my previous collaboration with Michael here:

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