Downtown Chicago, IL
Taken on Thursday, August 4th, 2011 at the Santa Monica Pier and 3rd St. Promenade, CA.
I don’t know about them. But when life gives you limes, you make margaritas.
And make sure to wash them down with a good cigar.
I received my first job rejection about an hour ago. After all the obligatory calls to eager parents and significant others, and their obligatorily encouraging condolences, I am less distraught over it than they are. Doesn’t mean I won’t accept a conciliatory dinner or two. Now it’s time to head back to that e-drawing board and tweak the resume before I load it into the GMail machine gun and shoot some spray-and-pray emails.
The end-product of 250 Canon 60D dSLRs wired up with speedlites. Plus a ton of programming. Excessive, high-budget, and very visually appealing. Cool song, way cooler music video.
In other, semi-related news, B&H is taking pre-orders for the new Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM lens that is coming out. $1500.00 USD
This is what has filled my time post-matriculation. Once I can play something worth recording, I will. I have made half-hearted passes at this instrument for almost ten years; this time I am doing it right. Theory/sight reading first, scales second, everything else after.
I watched We Were Soldiers this morning, after reading comments by veterans attesting to its largely ‘realistic as possible’ treatment of the war as compared with many other films dealing with the war in Vietnam. While I obviously cannot comment on its realism, the events portrayed in the film of the battle of Ia Drang are ones of brutality and terror, bravery and perseverance, camaraderie and humanity, and in the soldiers a sacrifice that I do not know if I would ever be courageous enough to make. Watching it was especially poignant for me as just five days ago I was at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Seeing the over 58,000 names inscribed in Optima is a harrowing and humbling experience, and in its austerity the memorial distills down the horrors, controversy, and politics surrounding the war into the most important facet of it all–the soldiers who gave their lives in it.
Wikipedia article describing the battle and its background: (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Ia_Drang)