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hymnia
hymnia
Joie
Thu, Jul. 22nd, 2004 08:41 pm
New layout and mood theme, Lomography, and Tribond

Well, I went ahead and got a paid LJ account a few days ago. I have slowly been building up my collection of icons since then. I have also changed to a nice new layout. The theme is one of my favorite musicians and an intriguing personality: Tori Amos. Each of my page titles is named after one of her songs, and I created a custom mood theme of photographs of her. Luckily, she is a very animated person, and there is a wealth of pictures of her on the net, so it wasn’t too hard to find lots of good expressions for my moods. :D

Also in the department of new ways to explore my lack of artistic subtlety, I now have a digital camera! It’s not top of the line or anything, but it gets the job done. My dad bought it for me when I was visiting home over Independence Day weekend. It can be used as a webcam, so I think the idea was to use it to do video chats with him and Mom. We haven’t quite worked that out yet, but I have been taking lots of pictures. Dad emailed me an article on “Lomography” after I got back to Tallahassee with the new cam, and it inspired me to give the practice a try. For those of you who don’t know what Lomography is, here is a copy of the article (it’s pretty short):


* Feature: Get Creative With Lomographs *

The big news in digital photography always centers around using cameras
with more megapixels, higher image quality, and more advanced features.
Enthusiasts are encouraged to learn how to shoot everything like a pro.

That may be where most of the buzz is, but there's also a quieter
movement out there that espouses using handy little low-tech cameras to take
quick, impromptu shots that are full of candid vitality. The movement
is called Lomography, a name that comes from the camera that popularized
the style.

The Lomo became popular first behind the Iron Curtain as an inexpensive
camera designed to appeal to the Soviet masses. Later on, the Lomo
spread throughout Europe. Back in the early 90s, some Viennese college
students bought Lomos and were impressed with the crudely artistic results
they got with their cheap little cameras. The Lomo was a film camera,
and along a couple of other similarly inexpensive models, it helped to
spawn a refreshingly simple and spontaneous approach to photography.

Today, people can shoot in the sprit of Lomography with inexpensive
pocket-sized point-and-shoot digital cameras. This approach to Lomography
is hardly new, but it's just now catching on in the United States. I
learned about the Lomo lifestyle only recently, and I was immediately
taken not just by the snapshot-as-a-lifestyle spirit of Lomography, but
also the unique look that many of the images have.

Digital Lomographers work toward emulating the film camera's results by
using models with cheap optics and low resolutions. Some Lomographers
use camera phones. The idea is always to be equipped with a tiny, cheap
digital camera or camera phone so that you can grab snapshots of all
the big and small events in your life. The resulting pictures are called
Lomographs--or just Lomos, for short.

The Ten Rules of Lomography

Be sure to visit the Lomographic Society International site to read
more about the history of Lomography. At that site, you can see more Lomos
than you can shake a stick at, and learn how to get involved in this
art form yourself. To give you some idea of how Lomos are viewed by those
already in the lifestyle, here are the "10 Golden Rules" of Lomography
as listed on the site:

1. Take your camera everywhere you go.
2. Use it anytime, day and night.
3. Lomography does not interfere with your life, but is a part of it.
4. Try the shot from the hip.
5. Approach the objects of your "Lomographic desire" as close as
possible.
6. Don't think.
7. Be fast.
8. You don't have to know beforehand what you captured on film.
9. Afterwards, either.
10. Don't worry about any rules.

Here's the site:
http://www.lomography.com/


So, I decided to attempt this Lomography thing, and took my digital cam to the grocery store one day last week. Here are some of the results:



Tall woman with baby in the bakery:


Peppers:


Flowers:


Apples:


A brick building on Tennessee Street:


The *ahem* artist:



I also took some pics around the house, so if you would like to see where I live…

My bed. Note the Harry Potter Quidditch poster above the headboard.


My dresser:


My bookshelf. Note the absence of Harry Potter books.


My computer desk. Where I live, basically. Note that Livejournal is on the screen. Also note the presence of Harry Potter books next to the computer screen—for fast reference. Actually, they are usually strewn all over the floor next to my computer chair. Heh.


And here you can see the addict’s right hand…


My bathroom:


And we go downstairs…

The table of games and puzzles in the living room. Note the “El Senor De Los Anillos” 3D puzzle (the English writing is on the other side), the Harry Potter trivia game, and the Star Wars edition of Trivial Pursuit.


The back porch:


The kitchen:


Tanya, my roommate and best friend. Note the slightly annoyed smile. She didn’t really want her picture taken just then. :D


Our front yard, which is actually a parking lot, and my “old lady car,” Phannie:


Phannie’s interior. Note the Goblet of Fire audio cassettes.



And in case I have not completely bored you yet, here is my first successful attempt at a digital photo. This one was taken at my parent’s house, and it is, of course, of my baby, Strider, whom I miss very much, since he had to stay behind when I moved to Tally. *sobs*. Oh, and that’s my foot. I had to sort of jab him a bit to get him to turn toward me at a semi-decent angle. ;) This pic was taken on the high res setting (all the others I’ve posted today are low res), so it shows what my el cheapo cam is really capable of, I guess.





There’s one thing from around town that I was really hoping to have a picture of to post by now, because I know that many of you will get a big kick out of it, just like I did when I first saw it. But I haven’t managed to capture it with my cam yet, so it will have to wait for another entry.

And last, but not least, there are two old Tribond questions from a few entries back that never got solved.

Snape…Draco Malfoy…Karkaroff

Hint: It has to with a certain role they have all played in the books.

JK Rowling…JRR Tolkien…Stephen King

Hint: “They have all written stories that have _____ _____ in them.”

Okay, I’m done now. :P This epic LJ post was brought to you by...

Joie

ETA: Here is a new hint for the second Tribond question: The element I'm thinking of was in CoS for Rowling (and is supposed to be back in future books), TTT for Tolkien (although things happen a bit differently in the movies), and It for Stephen King. Okay...should be obvious enough now, I think. And congrats to Lilac for answering the other one; those three characters were all red herrings. Unlike, say, R/Hr. ;)

Current Mood: blah blah
Current Music: Fleetwood Mac ~ "You Make Loving Fun"

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buongiornodaisy
buongiornodaisy
the second biggest jun ishikawa stan on the 'net
Fri, Jul. 23rd, 2004 01:11 am (UTC)

So far I am digging your Tori Amos mood theme. Question: are the pictures in a .bmp format? They are not showing up on the iBook. :(


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hymnia
hymnia
Joie
Fri, Jul. 23rd, 2004 01:14 am (UTC)

I'm glad you like it. :) The pictures are GIFs.


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hymnia
hymnia
Joie
Fri, Jul. 23rd, 2004 01:15 am (UTC)

Ack! You mean the pics posted in the entry, don't you? Yeah, they're BMPs. The Tori Amos pics are GIFs.


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buongiornodaisy
buongiornodaisy
the second biggest jun ishikawa stan on the 'net
Fri, Jul. 23rd, 2004 01:18 am (UTC)

Yeah, I meant your pictures. I really want to see them! :( Oh well. Maybe I'll log into the PC later and look at them.


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solusfides
Jon
Fri, Jul. 23rd, 2004 02:27 am (UTC)

hmm... .bmp's shouldn't be a problem on the mac. I can see them just fine on mine!


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buongiornodaisy
buongiornodaisy
the second biggest jun ishikawa stan on the 'net
Fri, Jul. 23rd, 2004 03:21 am (UTC)

Meh. Don't know what's up with mine, then.


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piperx
piperx
The magpie's nemesis
Fri, Jul. 23rd, 2004 01:19 am (UTC)
Snape…Draco Malfoy…Karkaroff Snape…Draco Malfoy…Karkaroff

Harry hid from each of them under his invisibility cloak.


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piperx
piperx
The magpie's nemesis
Fri, Jul. 23rd, 2004 01:34 am (UTC)

I just went back and read the rest of your entry...

Great pictures! Digital cameras are so much fun. Lomography sounds similar to the Dogme 95</i> philosophy of film making.


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hymnia
hymnia
Joie
Fri, Jul. 23rd, 2004 01:48 am (UTC)

Heh. That's cool. Yeah, it does sound like the DOGME 95 philosophy is going for that same sort of rawness and spontaneity.

As for the Tribond, that's not what I was thinking. Harry's certainly hidden from all those people in one way or another (don't think he's necessarily used the cloak for all of them, though), but it's not what I had in mind.


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piperx
piperx
The magpie's nemesis
Fri, Jul. 23rd, 2004 04:32 am (UTC)

don't think he's necessarily used the cloak for all of them, though

I was thinking of 1) in GoF, when Harry is stuck in the stairs with his egg and Snape almost catches him, 2) outside the Shreiking Shack when Draco is teasing Ron in PoA and 3) running into Karkaroff after seeing the dragons for the first time.

Ah well.


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hymnia
hymnia
Joie
Fri, Jul. 23rd, 2004 04:40 am (UTC)

Oh, I forgot about him running into Karkaroff after seeing the dragons! I just remembered him eavesdropping on Karkaroff and Snape a couple of times; in both those cases he was cloak-less.

I'm about to edit in another hint for the other Tribond question, BTW, if you want to take another stab at it.


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lilac_bearry
lilac_bearry
Lilac
Fri, Jul. 23rd, 2004 02:06 am (UTC)

1. Red herrings?

2. dead kings? :P

Looks great! Have fun with the camera!


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hymnia
hymnia
Joie
Fri, Jul. 23rd, 2004 02:07 am (UTC)

1. Yes! They were all false suspects.
2. Nope.


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angua9
angua9
Quite a Machiavellian Figure
Fri, Jul. 23rd, 2004 04:23 am (UTC)

2. Dark Lords?

(I don't know about Stephen King)

Cool pics. I especially liked the peppers.


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hymnia
hymnia
Joie
Fri, Jul. 23rd, 2004 04:35 am (UTC)

Cool pics. I especially liked the peppers.

Thanks!

No, it's not Dark Lords. Darn. I guess this is pretty difficult to guess if you just have Tolkien and Rowling to go by (which I think must be the case for most of you), since they both use so many of the standard fantasy elements.

I guess I could get more specific...*goes to edit hint into orignal post*


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solusfides
Jon
Fri, Jul. 23rd, 2004 02:28 am (UTC)

Ah Yez, yet another wonderful word to add to my vocabulary....
LOMO.LOMO.LOMO.LOMO.LOMO.LOMO.LOMO.LOMO.LOMO.LOMO.LOMO.LOMO.LOMO
mua-hahahahahahahahahahahahah!


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prettyveela
prettyveela
Jordan Catalano
Fri, Jul. 23rd, 2004 04:35 am (UTC)

It would have been hi-lar-i-ous if your cat had bit your big toe, heh.


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hymnia
hymnia
Joie
Fri, Jul. 23rd, 2004 04:37 am (UTC)

Actually, he does that all the time. And without provocation, too, the li'l brat! But alas, I didn't manage to capture it with my camera.


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alphabet26
alphabet26
that kind of girl
Fri, Jul. 23rd, 2004 06:44 am (UTC)

The theme is one of my favorite musicians and an intriguing personality: Tori Amos.

Yeah, but she's so ugly and redheaded that I really wish you hadn't done that. I'll have to wince everytime I see what kind of mood you're in. ;P


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hymnia
hymnia
Joie
Fri, Jul. 23rd, 2004 03:29 pm (UTC)

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Well, if it's any consolation, she's a bottle redhead, and in a few of the pics she has a different hair color. ;)


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sannalim
sannalim
Chem TA Toni
Fri, Jul. 23rd, 2004 01:58 pm (UTC)

Oh Oh Oh, Professor Hymnia, I know!
The answer to the Rowling/Tolkien/Stephen King question is giant spiders!


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hymnia
hymnia
Joie
Fri, Jul. 23rd, 2004 03:28 pm (UTC)

Yes! Very good. Five points for [insert your House here]!


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solusfides
Jon
Sat, Jul. 24th, 2004 05:13 am (UTC)
themed games

and the Star Wars edition of Trivial Pursuit.

Speaking of themed games, have you tried the Lord of the Rings: Trilogy Edition of Risk??? It's the first verison of risk I've ever actually finished without someone causing a world-wide earth quake!
It's rather fun, very balanced (unlike rumors I've heard of the previous edition of the LOTR Risk), and the new rules/adjustments/pieces make it that much more challenging.
Not only that, if you play with the ring taking its course through the storyline, you're assured that the game will have a timely end if people go for too long. Thusly, adding extra strategy with just that little element alone!
very fun game, if you havn't noticed from my ranting. I'll have to get myself my own copy of it at some point.
shalom, ya'll
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buongiornodaisy
buongiornodaisy
the second biggest jun ishikawa stan on the 'net
Thu, Jul. 29th, 2004 01:43 am (UTC)

NOW I see the pictures. Like the first one in the grocery shop. ^.^


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