Calligrapher master adieu

RIP Rev. Robert Palladino, calligrapher who inspired Steve Jobs at Reed College in Oregon.

Fish, Shells, Hulls, Wings

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Some of the aforementioned shells, one unfortunate fish, and um, crustaceans (?) in a rock, plus sea birds and boats at sunset over the bay.

I tried to make some recordings of the waves and sea but there was quite a bit of background noise so it’s not as nice and relaxing as hoped.

sunset [Canon S110; Aperture enhanced for color, sharpness; other two iPhone 5 and aperture color enhanced]

RIP @man; fingerprint security

Ray Tomlinson, inventor of email, has passed;

Trust your fingerprint security? think again says BoingBoing

Few Footfalls to the Bay

In and around Villa 35 at Taj Vivanta Fisherman's Cove © Copyright 2016 David Nuss

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Two vus of our Villa 35 at Taj Vivanta Fisherman’s Cove  (google map link) for our few-days’ rest n feast stay. Just a few steps from the Bay of Bengal. A few more steps to the buffet, pool, etc.

Good shell beach, found lots of those spirally-kind in various sizes. Although January, quite warm, as, well, it’s the tropics!

[Top: Canon S110; Aperture slight tweaks; lower, iPhone 5 pano mode]

Gates of Stone and Light

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More from the drive Chennai-Bengaluru.

Two large classic gates for entry into… something, and a modern gateway into a highwayside Hotel, or cafe in Indian English, where we stopped to stretch legs and toss down a coffee and, you know.

Veg meaning no meat products offered.

[Canon S110; Aperture cropped, light balance, burned, dodged, etc]

Pillion Biking

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Also in the same urban shopping area, the out-the-window shots had a bit more time due to traffic jam so was able to get some images of the oft-seen multi-pillion riding on motorbikes that is quite common.

Not unusual to see even babies propped up between driver and handlebars getting the front row seat.

Scheduled for 03:03 on 3/3. But enough of that already!

[Canon S110; Aperture burning, cropping, dodging, etc]

Reaching

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In early 2014 we tried to take a relaxing trip to a coastal resort south of Chennai on the eastern coast. Cross-country driving is not like we are used to in the ‘States!

Among the interesting sceneries to and fro the resort, a rural church with Reaching Out* Jesus atop a spire, and a typical urban shopping area on a main street with a visually riffing electric pole.

Happy March by the way, scheduling the post at 13:16 on 1 Mar 16.

[Canon S110; Aperture cropped, tweaked]

*o how I hate the overuse of “reaching out”. makes me sick.

Leap Post

guinea fowl feathers

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Hope no internet glitch comes around. I’ve scheduled this post for Leap Day 2016.

Top, it’s a detail of a guinea fowl feather. There were variously two or three in residence on the grounds at Electronics City outside our showroom. Gray feathers with white dots, kinda neat.

Lower image is a detail of a paper-thin seed from one of the trees.

Nature, go figure!

Scheduled to post at 02:29 on 2/29!

[Canon EOS 7D, 60mm macro handheld camera and subject with backlight. Aperture cropped and not much else]

Gotta Be Hairy

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Where we turn from the nat’l highway into a rural road to go from Electronics City to the house, the pillars of the elevated toll road are typically plastered with lots of ad posters to peruse while/when/if stopped for the red light.

Political posters tend to feature lots of head shots, from large to small, row after row, of apparently party leaders and apparachtniks. Almost all are male and with mustache. The bald head trend that we see here in the US in 2016 is not so big there. Mustache and politics seem to go together.

[Apple iPhone 5; Aperture crop, tweak, light balance]

Temples Two

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Two of bazillions of temples in India. Top, rural one outside the previously posted new housing developments (by now perhaps surrounded by more housing and commerce like the lower image), in southern Bangalore, and the second image, just off a national highway, in the town of Hosur in northern Tamil Nadu.

[Top: iphone 5, slight tweaks in Aperture; Lower: Canon S110, dodged, burned and more in Aperture]

Estates Real or Imagined

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As noted in an earlier post, we drove around a lot looking for a home to buy as investment and permanent home for the business. These are some fairly typical homes, both row-style in a gated community, as well as self-standing properties of a typical style in the south Bengaluru area.

Advantages of gated include nominal security, possibly better utilities, etc, managed by full time staff. If you own just a house then you have to take care of water, electric, phone, internet, all that good stuff.

Sometimes new communities build the entry gates first, and only those stand for quite some time before model homes come in and then the rest. It’s two years since these photos so hard to say how far along these sites are now.

[Apple iPhone 5; Aperture rotated, cropped, slight adjustments]

Sparkly New 2014

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in the Golden Woods street sparkling up the first minutes of 2014.

[Apple iPhone 5; Aperture cropped, burn, vignette, color balance]

Modern Times

Apple letter to customers. Read. Think.

Estate is real

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© Copyright 2016 David Nuss

I drove almost every potholed and speedbumped ‘street’ and dirt path around Electronics City looking for a new home for us closer to our workplace, in a borrowed Tata Nano car. Never found the right one but saw lots of interesting sights. Plenty locals had also probably not seen a westerner driving a Nano thru their neighborhoods either.

Development of towers and housing complexes proceeds at a rapid pace, outstripping the other infrastructural components.

This block house Real Estate office is about the standard size for the thousands of small shops that line roads, offering all kinds of goods, usually in single categories like produce, cycle repair, biryani, meat, etc.

This post wraps up the 2013 images. Yeah, I’m a bit behind schedule.

[Apple iPhone 5; Aperture cropped and straightened only]

Central Coast Springs Into It

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© Copyright 2016 David Nuss

© Copyright 2016 David Nuss

So here are some current event photos, interrupting the nostalgia flow. They are timely so here ya go. The usual even-number day thing.

Up top, is a montage of flowering trees and shrubs with blue sky. The border was created in Pixelmator using the Funhouse filter applied to the original montage. It combined all the four plants into such a weird pattern that I thought it might make a nice frame, so I set it behind the other layered images.

An earlier image is below, after some rainy days followed by warm days, i noticed this shroom popping out of wet ground near the park where we hike. I used my Fenix E12 LED flashlight to light it and let the setting sun take care of background.

[all images iPhone 6s; Aperture handling and cropped only in the shroom photo, the others for the top image exported from Aperture to Pixelmator for surgery, flipping, rotating]

39th Cake Show

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© Copyright 2016 David Nuss

© Copyright 2016 David Nuss

© Copyright 2016 David Nuss

On Christmas Day, we went to the ‘cake show’ in Bengaluru and outside the show tents were vending carts such as this one at top. The, uh, ‘cakes’, made in semblance of buildings, cricketers, etc (middle), appeared to be simulating cake as we know it. Certainly the icing and such wouldn’t have lasted in the display cases in the heat as long as they’d been there.

Saxy Santa sez: no pix plz (lower image).

Got tickets, queued a good long time, then with prodding from security dudes, made our way thru the show.

Following which was a much more extensive tent with row upon row of household goods booths. So the cake part was the teaser!

[Canon S110; Aperture cropped and such basics]

linx o’ the day

A bit late for Valentine’s Day but, acrylic paint roses.

You think I post lots of links: Hah! see Doc Searls’ Bag o’ Tags

Kirk McElhearn, Kirkville, End of Solitude in internet age…

Walden is, of course, in the public domain and available as ebook with a few clicks of the intermouse.

Heavy lifting by nature

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cycle of life in miniature;  imagine if we could carry object twice our size using only our teeth!

[Canon 7D with 60mm macro; Aperture cropped]

State colors

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Bengaluru is in the southern Indian state of Karnataka. Here are some autorickshaw taxis flagged and flowered, as well as street decorations.

I just noticed how the buildings and shrub flowers sort of riff on the state colors.

[Apple iPhone 5 out the window grab while waiting in traffic; Aperture crop]

Ganesha gets some sun

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Ganesha form atop a temple in northeastern Bengaluru along the ring road. Several times we passed by and finally the sun was on the front.

[Apple iPhone 5 grab shot; Aperture cropped]