29 October 2014

America’s National Parks: An Insider’s Guide to Unforgettable Places and Experiences

Inside Our National Parks: Beyond the Trailhead70. Inside Our National Parks: Beyond the Trailhead by The Editors of NPCA

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Hmm, this has a different cover and title but the same ISBN number as the book I read so maybe the interior is otherwise the same?

I read America’s National Parks: An Insider’s Guide to Unforgettable Places and Experiences also by the editors of NPCA (National Parks Conservation Association).

It is mainly a book of photography of many of the national parks broken down largely by terrain. The photo captions often have tips about specific parks, what there is to see, transportation, and lodging, etc.

The chapter intros are a little cheesy but they're only a page long each.

There's a lot of spectacular stuff to see out there and there's a map in the back to give you a sense of where all the parks are.

It's the perfect thing to look at while waiting for any reason. Unlike many photography books, this one is about the size of a notebook.


4 years ago on TTaT: Life of Art SitRep #38 Mojo time

24 October 2014

Life of Art SitRep #246 Tissue Paper!

This has been a crazy week but I managed to get some things done, so yay!

Finished adding my photograph Snow Falling to my store:
Snow Falling Print
Snow Falling Print by RocklawnArts
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Snow Falling Greeting Card
Snow Falling Greeting Card by RocklawnArts
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Snow Falling Spiral Notebooks
Snow Falling Spiral Notebooks by RocklawnArts
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Snow Falling Clipboard
Snow Falling Clipboard by RocklawnArts
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Made Tissue Paper templates, added select photographs to them and starting adding select designs to them:
Epimedium Flowers Tissue Paper 17" X 23" Tissue Paper
Epimedium Flowers Tissue Paper 17" X 23" Tissue Paper by RocklawnArts
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Rocklawn Arts blogged New Snow Falling photograph.

Weeded out 2 winter photos from possibilities for store. Started work on a 3rd winter photo, like it, will take it all the way through. Look for it next week!

Updated links and LOA files.

Watched short video on close up photography by Bryan F. Peterson. Use a tripod, use mirror lockup and a cable release.

How was your week?


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A year ago on TTaT: Fortunately, the Milk

23 October 2014

Tip of the year: floor drain

If anyone ever asks if you want a floor drain installed below your washing machine, say yes!

Before this week, I'd never given a thought to floor drains, but I can see how useful they are now. If your washer fails, the water will go down the drain instead all over your floor and through the ceiling below.

If you can't afford a floor drain, then pick up a water sensor at a hardware store to put under your washer. Dad thinks these exist and are only $10, but I confess I've yet to see one. Mom and I started to look at Home Labyrinth today but I had a 6'x8' roll of vinyl flooring on my shoulder and soon decided an aimless wander did not seem like a good idea.

Why didn't we get a cart? Initially, we thought we'd just be getting a small piece cut, but they didn't have any available that way. Then after we'd found the rolls they had, Mom went off to get a cart but instead snagged an associate to find where the trim/connector pieces were. By then, I figured what the hell, here's my weight lifting for the day. I'm probably going to be so sore tomorrow.

Other tips:

Run your washer while someone is home. Then if it fails and starts dumping water everywhere (get that water sensor!), you will have a chance to stop it before it gets too bad. Assuming you notice early on that there's a problem.

Know where your water shutoff valves are and make sure they are in working order. The one for the washer was frozen in place and required Liquid Wrench. Know where your main house water shutoff is in case you need it.

If you have buckets, make sure they are easily accessible, not impossibly stacked together in a closet while acting as a platform for stuff you have to move that is next to a shelf that prevents you from pulling them straight out of the closet. Any storage choice that requires you to unstack the buckets before you can lift them over the top of a shelving unit and out of the closet is a bad idea!

Triage! If water is rolling down your hallways, set up barriers in front of your closets because the water will roll right under the doors.

Better yet, head the water off as close to your machine and as fast as you can. Alas, sometimes this is not possible if too much water has poured out. Get your rugs out of the way!

When you buy new towels, keep your old junky ones somewhere handy for emergencies such as this.

Shop-vacs that can suck up water are handy.

It will bum you out, but make sure to check any floors beneath your washer. You may, like I did, discover water streaming through the ceiling into your garage or basement, or both.

Most importantly, with all the hassle, expense and water damaged items, remember this is a very first world problem to have. You have a machine that washes your clothes for you in your house (or had one anyway): life is good.

What Every Body is Saying: An Ex-FBI Agent's Guide to Speed-Reading People

What Every Body is Saying: An Ex-FBI Agent's Guide to Speed-Reading People69. What Every Body is Saying: An Ex-FBI Agent's Guide to Speed-Reading People by Joe Navarro

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Enjoyable and informative book that covers how to read body language with photos and examples from the author's time as an FBI agent.

What I appreciated most about the book is that he stresses that you must consider people's behaviors in context. No particular action means someone is lying all the time.

It's easier to gauge whether or not someone is feeling discomfort which could be caused by a variety of factors. Knowing someone's baseline behavior is also important so that you can recognize deviations from it.

I may have to read this one again.


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18 October 2014

Nature's Javelin

Krack! K-thunk!

I turned with a start to look out the window in the direction the crash seemed to have come from.

Something falling over in the shed? Maybe a branch falling? Seemed too loud for that.

I walked over to the window for a better look and spotted a 3 and a half foot long, 3 inch diameter branch embedded in the ground, standing slightly off from vertical.

It probably could've killed someone.

I'm grateful no one was in the yard when it fell.


A year ago on TTaT: Life of Art SitRep #193 Where were we then?

17 October 2014

Life of Art SitRep #245 Roam where you want to

There were surprise goats this week when I was out on a meander, huzzah!

Shot 173 photographs and did some useful experiments.

Surveyed my archive picks from last week and post processed my next photograph, Snow Falling. I've got another section of products to add to my shop, so I'll show it to you next week. It'll show up in my Winter Photos category if you want to see it sooner.

Added customizable monograms to some of my Geometric Christmas Wreath items:

Updated links and LOA files.

Rocklawn Arts blogged New Disco Ball Ornaments photograph.

Watched Creative Wow: Macro Photography with Jack Davis and first section of Creative Wow: Aerial and Copter Photography with Jack Davis.

Finished reading Popular Photography Sept. 2014 issue.

How was your week?



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4 years ago on TTaT: Sketchbook, page 51

10 October 2014

Life of Art SitRep #244 Into the Archive!

This week I was reminded of the importance of culling and rating your photographs after you take them. When you do, your best photos become much easier to find. I really need to go back and do that for my earlier digital photos when I didn't have a methodology in place. I deleted some but for this week, I focused on scanning through 4 years, pulling out possibilities for Rocklawn Arts.

I picked one, post processed it, and added it to my shop. Tiny disco balls, anyone? With a bit of luck, they should appear online in a day or so.

Well, hot damn, some of my new Disco Ball Ornaments products are already showing up in my back end. I don't have a link to the category with them all yet, but I'll share a few here with you first. :)

ETA: here's the Disco Ball Ornaments category link.
Disco Ball Ornaments Card
Disco Ball Ornaments Card by RocklawnArts
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Disco Ball Ornaments Wine Gift Box
Disco Ball Ornaments Wine Gift Box by RocklawnArts
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Disco Ball Ornaments Tough iPhone 6 Plus Case
Disco Ball Ornaments Tough iPhone 6 Plus Case by RocklawnArts
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Also shot 24 photographs. Ditched 9 so I'm getting more ruthless with culling, but I haven't been as good about rating them this year.

Made a couple more 2015 Calendar Magnets:

Rocklawn Arts blogged New 2015 Calendar Posters!

Made monthly backups.

What are you working on now?


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