Friday, January 02, 2009

The Layover, The Write Stuff, -and- Don't Think About It

The Layover - Japanese man spends 3 months in Mexico City airport
The Write Stuff - man banned from carrying felt-tip pens
Don't Think About It - study says too much thinking can make you fat

On this day in history: January 2, 1939 - Time magazine named chancellor Adolf Hitler its "Man of the Year."

Born on this day in history: January 2, 1969 - Christy Turlington (1969-) Born in Walnut Creek, CA, model Christy Turlington got her start by chance when a photographer snapped a photo of her on horseback and it landed at a modeling agency. Today, she has appeared on more than 300 magazine covers and is best known for work for Calvin Klein and Georgio Armani. Turlington is married to actor-filmmaker Edward Burns and has two children.

Scripture of the Day: You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires... - Ephesians 4:22

Video of the Day: Macro Photography Tutorial - from Nikon, an excellent macro photography tutorial.

Tired of your digital photos coming out in all the wrong colors? The baLens lens cap's translucent plastic dome lets light through, allowing you to perfectly set the camera's white balance while the cap is still on.

I shall investigate this product and present my findings here when I have completed my research. Click to enlarge.

Recommended Site:
David Louis Harter Photography - a showcase for the photography of David Louis Harter

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Hello everyone! Welcome to 2009! Let us pray that this year will be significantly more prosperous and peaceful than was 2008!

Laura and I enjoyed a quiet evening at home on New Year's Eve. We enjoyed a wonderful meal of stuffed pork loin, with sautéed cabbage, white onion, and zucchini.

New Year's Day, we snacked on Jalapeño poppers, Triscuits, salami, cheeses, sliced Jalapeños and champagne, while playing Scrabble. Laura won the first game—starting nicely with her first word employing all seven of her letters. I won the second game.

That evening, we enjoyed a lovely meal of grilled giant prawns, filet mignon, and asparagus. I butterflied the giant prawns, removed the tails, and marinated them in La Conda Ranch extra-virgin olive oil from The Olive Hut, rice wine vinegar, ground ginger, ground black pepper, ground chile de arbol, and lime juice. I rubbed the filet mignons with a seasoning mix of my creation and ground black pepper. I poached the asparagus for three minutes prior to tossing upon the grill. It was a delightful meal. Clos du Bois Cabernet Sauvignon accompanied this feast. A goodly portion of our filet mignons remained, and it followed me to the office this morning—sliced and placed on Oroweat Health Nut bread, with mayonnaise, wasabi paste, and sliced cheddar cheese. It shall be an excellent luncheon treat for me, I warrant!

After dinner, we watched "Iron Man" in Blu-Ray. [After ultrarich inventor and weapons maker Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) escapes from kidnappers using makeshift power armor, he turns his invention to good by using it to fight crime. But when he must face the evil Iron Monger, his skills are stretched to the limit. Based on the Marvel comic, this captivating superhero tale from director Jon Favreau co-stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Jeff Bridges and Terrence Howard.] The special effects were incredible, the soundtrack was awesome (in spite of the disappointment of the absence of the vocal track in Black Sabbath's "Iron Man," which played during the titles), the acting was superb, and the action scenes were amazing. However, we both felt that the story droned laboriously through the majority of the movie. Hopefully, the sequel (and this movie begs for a sequel!) will feature a director who is considerably more focused on the action and less upon unnecessary, boring, minutiae.