Here's the official Glenfiddich video of the pipe band flash mob event we went to/participated in this weekend. I can take credit for having participated because you can see me with my camera about a dozen times in this video. I was wearing a Glenfiddich black T-shirt with the stag logo, but mostly you just see my red hair flashing around in the foreground. I also "participated" by carrying a few of the compensatory bottles of Scotch back to the ferry in my backpack and helping to push the bass drum in the wagon. Anyway, the video gives a decent idea of how the event came across to the general public. Fun, fun, fun.
Being connected to a pipe band is the doorway to a lot of interesting stuff. I often wish I still played in it, but sometimes being a groupie is even better. Pictures are from the Glenfiddich 125 Anniversary Pipe Band flashmob event that our group was asked to participate in this weekend in Battery Park, NYC. It didn't quite fit the exact definition of a flash mob, but it was a spontaneous performance that involved about 100 pipers and drummers and occurred in a public place. The fact that the place was NYC meant that not much counts as unusual, so the event didn't cause everyone in the immediate area to stop and drop, but it did catch the attention of a few. And it was hella fun. Here's the slide, highlights below.
Spent three hours in the garage today with three incense sticks lit back-to-back. This experiment had to be done in an enclosed area, (i.e., no wind) fairly dark with the ability to control the lighting beginning to end. But it was worth it, so worth it. I learned a lot about this particular technique and got some really neat photos out of the exercise. Here's the link to the full set. A few highlights below. Coming up soon - drops of water!
The Olympics closing ceremony is beginning as I am starting this post and they have just finished a beautiful rendition of "Imagine" by John Lennon. The goals he sang of are also mine. I don't think I'll see them reached in my lifetime, though. My photography class portfolio work is keeping me focused on how impermanent everything really is, and to that end, I set out today in search of some evidence of things ending, decaying, changing. I hit the jackpot, quite unexpectedly.
Reasons number 1 and 2 to carry your "good" camera with you at all times. I saw this beauty while I was walking up the sidewalk into the office today. Same sidewalk where I found "Dead Ed" a few weeks ago. What an exciting piece of the universe it is, eh? Most people I know don't notice all the beauty right next to them every single day . . . and all I had was my cellphone camera. Ah, well, at least there was that. /PS . . .I tried to find a way to automatically launch the Joan Osborne tune below, but it seems you actually have to click on it. So go ahead, click on the 08-Spider Web bar. It's cool. But if you don't like it or you accidentally launched it at full volume and want to pause it, just click it again and it'll stop./
More fun this weekend working on assignments for my course. I thought it would be difficult finding things that demonstrate a concept - impermanence. It turns out that the concept is so pervasive, there are examples everywhere I look.