Results filed under: “photography”

jesse
@ June 1, 2010


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Photo #1: Jesse and Selma


P1000116, originally uploaded by craftj2.

Photo #2: Suzi and tequila


P1000129, originally uploaded by craftj2.

Photo #3: Herb and iPad


P1000137, originally uploaded by craftj2.



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jesse
@ April 26, 2010


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jesse
@ April 26, 2010


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Oh no! Straight into my bum!

What, you think this is childish? This is exactly how Peter Jackson made The Lord of the Rings. This is basically the trailer for The Hobbit. So enjoy.

Suzi takes a turn after the jump.


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jesse
@ January 6, 2010


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jesse
@ January 5, 2010


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Because I both want to literally and figuratively run on a treadmill at the same time, I sometimes watch the Food Network while I'm at the gym. A few weeks ago, Guy Fieri was preparing his Christmas meal, and his dessert was an ice cream sandwich made with vanilla ice cream and ginger snap cookies.

(Sidebar: On Guy Fieri's cooking show, he has not one, but two refrigerators. Both of them are painted with racing stripes. In the background, the entire time, there was video of a guy doing that thing where you skydive with a snowboard. I think its called doucheboarding. The show should change its name to "WTF? with Guy Fieri.")

Guy Fieri's wankery aside, those ginger snap ice cream sammies looked delicious. MUST HAVE. I made them. Here's how you can. And just in time for all your holiday get togethers*.


ginger snap sammies-1, originally uploaded by craftj2.

Ingredients:

  • 9.5 ounces all-purpose flour
  • 1.5 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 0.5 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 0.5 teaspoon ground clove
  • 0.5 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 7 ounces dark brown sugar
  • 5 ounces unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 ounces molasses (by weight, bitches)
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 2 one-pint containers of vanilla ice cream
  • Some regular sugar, fill a little bowl with it
*if you happen to have get togethers for Groundhog Day.


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jesse
@ November 30, 2009


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Thanksgiving means two things: gorging on food, and an opportunity for pictures. I've taken more pictures over the year during Thanksgiving vacation than any other holiday. I think its the combination of family, and all the food that makes them too sleepy to chase me away with a stick. How else could I get great shots like this one of my dad?


my dad the model, originally uploaded by craftj2.

More after the jump, and even more than that here.



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jesse
@ November 7, 2009


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Admission of error is a cleansing exercise. And I need to be cleansed. I was wrong. The electric bike was a stupid idea.

Being fair to Jesse circa 2008, the electric bike SEEMED like a good idea because the electric bike people didn't include any information about how many flat tires I would get in a calendar year (12), how many of those flats would require me to walk over 5 miles with the bike (3), how many times the battery charger would fail, leaving me with a 50+ pound bike that I now had to peddle home under my own power (3), or how many times the battery pack would fail completely, leaving me without a means of transportation (2, including one still ongoing that has yet to be resolved). Whether the technology was not meant for the heavy duty use I gave it, or if the bike was just a piece of shit I leave for others to determine. Either way, the project was a failure.

But failure need not be a total loss. Doors close, windows open, and so forth. So here is the window that has opened for me: I have replaced the bike with a scooter.


_DSF8362, originally uploaded by craftj2.

The pros: it goes 2-3 times as fast as the bicycle, it uses time-tested internal combustion engine technology, and it is super cool. My transformation into a European-style liberal elitist hippie snob is now complete.

The cons: it is moderately less green than the electric bike (60-80 mpg vs. electric charge from windmills in the Texas panhandle), it required me to get a motorcycle endorsement on my license that cost me a weekend in a motorcycle safety course, and I'm probably 10-15% more likely to kill myself on it than on the bike.

You want to see it from behind, don't you? Of course you do. Perv.


_DSF8357, originally uploaded by craftj2.

It is not a Vespa. It is a Kymco People 150. It is exactly the same thing as a Vespa except 20% cheaper and they don't sell it out of a Ferrari dealership. (Important shopping tip: if you are in the market for an affordable vehicle, the Ferrari dealership should not be your first stop.)

Oh, and you know who loves this thing? THE LADIES. Don't believe me? Check out this piece I picked up.


_DSF8338, originally uploaded by craftj2.

NICE.




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Jim
@ October 6, 2009


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I have a bean problem. My girlfriend calls me Jimmy Bean all the time, and I really like baked beans. But I can be lazy, which leads to me buying Bush's at the supermarket, and I'm freaking tired of buying crap from George W. Bush. So when I saw the bean episode of Good Eats a few months back and saw the "Once and Future Beans" recipe I was decided that it was my mission in life to make these beans.

But I didn't have a cast iron Dutch Oven. So I put things on hold. I mentioned it to my mom (who is, as previously discussed, the best president on the ObscureCraft Mt. Rushmore of cooking), and she said "Oh, we have one. I've been using it for a decoration, I'll bring it up."

Well, it wasn't a dutch oven. It was a Scotch Bowl, which is kind of like a Dutch Oven, but is more of a half-sphere design rather than a cylinder. Regardless, it was a Griswold, it had a lid, and it seemed to be in immaculate condition. We gave Scotchy a good seasoning the other week, as was outlined in the last Into the Ovens feature. Now, you don't need a cast iron Dutch Oven or Scotch Bowl to make these beans, but it helps. At a minimum, you do need a vessel that you can use on the stovetop and in the oven, with a fitted lid.

Anyhoo, on to the recipe! Alton Brown's Baked Beans, ala Elisa and Jim. We actually followed the TV recipe to a 't', but the version on the Food Network web site has a major, crucial, ridiculous error, so ala.


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Jim
@ September 27, 2009


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One of the hindrances to cast iron ownership is the need to maintain it. Most folks just want zero-maintainence cookware. Phooey on them, I say. Phooey. As discussed previously, you really should be cooking in cast iron when possible.

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See, you just can't go out and get some cast iron and start cooking with it. No, that would be too easy. It needs to be seasoned, or cured. They're synonymous. But I like to say season. You'll get varying suggestions on how to do this properly. I asked a coworker, who is a Griswold fanatic, for suggestions, and he mentioned cleaning methods that seemed to get increasingly more dangerous. One involved an industrial strength trash can, used outdoors, a car battery, jumper cables, and a soapy water bath. Another involved heavy-duty rubber gloves up to your shoulders and pure lye.

Don't worry, it needn't be that crazy... instructions and the story of Rusty Griswold, a #5 skillet who had been misused and ignored over his life after the jump....


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Jim
@ September 11, 2009


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Dear folks running Penn Station,

I'm glad that you want us to never forget 9-11-01. And, while this sign is not as damaging to the image of our country as Toby Keith's "The Angry American," you may want to finish writing your sign before posting it.

I've been spending all day trying not to forget about 9-11-01 and being awa. Sadly, I've been unsuccessful at both tasks.

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All the Best,

Jim

P.S. Jesse has been extremely lax in keeping up with the "bridge term of the week" category.


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jesse
@ August 24, 2009


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Your band performed in Austin this weekend at the, uh, Batfest, where people stand on a bridge and, uh, look at bats. (Whatever, like Austin needs an excuse for live music, I hear next week is Gravityfest). We all enjoyed the show  - you even got the Suze to purchase a couple of your CDs that disappointed her on the drive home - but there was something a little... off... about your performance.

Put it this way: if sexual tension could be converted into energy, then the looks that you were giving the lead singer could have lit up Paris.


baustin batfest-5, originally uploaded by craftj2.

Is it hard to play the violin while simultaneously imagining yourself as half of a black-and-white Alpha Rev cookie?



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jesse
@ August 8, 2009


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jesse
@ July 22, 2009


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From the source of all knowledge, Wikipedia:

The solar eclipse of July 22, 2009 was the longest total solar eclipse of the 21st century, lasting as much as 6 minutes and 39 seconds in some places.
I've always wanted to see a solar eclipse. But this one, like all others, eluded me; the solar eclipse of July 22, 2009, aka today, was best seen from eastern China, India, and Nepal. FUCK. Not only do those sound like three of the worst places in the world to be in for ANY reason (they still have the plague! I mean, come on, the plague! really!), but they are on the other side of the world. The moon gets between the sun and the Earth, and then the stupid stupid Earth has to get between me and the moon getting between the sun and the Earth.

But you know who WAS in China to see the solar eclipse? Enemy of the blog Akiyo. As part of her work for an evil multinational corporation, she frequently travels to China. And she was there for the eclipse. And not just any eclipse, but the longest eclipse that will ever happen in anybody's lifetime. On her blog which I will never link to because we are enemies, she writes:

I was lucky enough to be in China where we watched full solar eclipse.
(Everyone stopped work for good 30min.)
Wow! I didn't know that the Chinese were allowed stop working for a good 30 minutes total during the course of an entire week! And she has pictures! This is going to be amazing! Let's see one!!


solar eclipse from a power plant, originally uploaded by Aki Omaru.

Jesus fucking Christ, Akiyo, are you kidding me? From the other side of the world you are there for a solar eclipse, and it is more overcast than Ryan Reynolds*.  I can't tell if that's an eclipse or just schmutz on the lens of your camera. 

Just, I mean, wow. Akiyo, you have the worst luck in the world.

*Think about it, you'll get it in a second**.

**Didn't get it yet? Its cause he's in alot of shit, and he's not that good. Overcast. Over cast. GET IT??



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jesse
@ April 3, 2009


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Face in the window, originally uploaded by craftj2.


Why does the van door have a window exactly large enough for a face and no larger?



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jesse
@ April 1, 2009


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The Suze is back with another delicious baking recipe.  And this one is even more Hispanic than the last one! If you are into that sort of thing.  We'll be making a Tres Leches cake, aka the Three Milks of Melquiades Estrada.


tres-leches-1, originally uploaded by craftj2.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 6 eggs (or, as Suzi calls them after a night of karaoke*, eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeggs....)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 13 oz can evaporated milk
  • 3 cups heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • Fresh strawberries (or other fruit, so long as its FRESH)
  • 9" springform pan
  • Either a high-speed mixer, or a mixing attachment for your robotic hand



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jesse
@ March 31, 2009


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Consider, for a moment, a pair of infrastructure projects, each competing for stimulus funds. One project has completed all of its required environmental studies, has acquired all necessary right-of-way, and has signed an agreement with a contractor who will design, build, and operate the project.  This project promotes reduced motor vehicle use and denser urban development, both necessary steps to reducing carbon emissions and dependence on fossil fuels. 

The other project has been kicked around for 25 years with no movement. No environmental studies have been completed. Right-of-way has not been acquired, because no final alignment has been settled on.  The project, when built, will serve a small number of people, promote continued exurban sprawl in an area already suffering from unending traffic jams, and pave over acres and acres of some of the last greenfield prairie within 100 miles of a major metropolitan area.

Three questions: which project do you think meets the criteria of a "shovel-ready" project? which project meets the criteria of promoting the environment, green-energy technologies, and less dependence on foreign oil? and, of course, which project got more stimulus funding?

The first project in question is the proposed expansion of the Houston MetroRAIL Light Rail system.  The second is a segment of the proposed Grand Parkway, a 4th (!!) loop of highway around Houston.  The Grand Parkway will get significantly more stimulus funds, because it is considered "shovel-ready", where the light rail project is not.  The answer to why can be found here, on my favorite Houston-related blog, Intermodality. (That's right, suck it Swamplot!)

The short answer is rail and roads are funded by separate agencies, which hold their respective projects to different standards to determine what is shovel-ready, and what ultimately gets funded.  For rail, there is an exhaustive process of evaluating your project against potential alternatives, evaluating the risk of going over-budget, and evaluating your project against other proposed rail projects. Then, after all that is done, the Federal Transit Administration can decide it doesn't like your project for absolutely no reason at all, and refuse to fund it. For highway, on the other hand, the process works like this:

Group of 5 dudes appointed by the governor: "Hey, let's build some highways!"
Federal Highway Administration: "Sounds good, let me write you a check!"

That's how you get things that look like this:


ridiculous elevated highway, originally uploaded by craftj2.

In case you can't quite tell what's going on, let me explain:  I am standing under an elevated highway. Directly in front of me is a four-lane highway. In the medium distance is a highway that, for some reason, is elevated an extra 100 feet off the ground (this is very common in Houston, by the way). Oh, and behind me? A four-lane feeder road.

This picture could have been taken from just about anywhere in Houston.  In fact, here is the view out of the window of my apartment. 

Billions of dollars are being funneled through a broken system.  The system needs to be changed. Change. I swear I've heard something about that somewhere.



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jesse
@ March 30, 2009


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I feel that there may be a lack of appreciation for Bubba's Burger Shack. There seems to be an allegiance to Burger Shaq, despite their insistence on not opening any stores or actually cooking any food.  So, I want you to see what I had for lunch today, and I want you to understand. Presented without further comment: Bubba's Famous Patty Melt.



Bubba's Famous Patty Melt 1, originally uploaded by craftj2.


Bubba's Famous Patty Melt 2, originally uploaded by craftj2.


Bubba's Famous Patty Melt 3, originally uploaded by craftj2.


Bubba's Famous Patty Melt 4, originally uploaded by craftj2.



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jesse
@ March 25, 2009


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Half a mile from my apartment is a shack.  But its not just any shack. It's a burger shack.  It's Bubba's Texas Burger Shack.


burger poetry, originally uploaded by craftj2.

Why is that picture so dark? Well, legend has it that a few years ago, when the new Westpark Tollway was being built, the Texas Department of Transportation had purchased all of the right-of-way they needed except for one little plot at the end of the road.  On this plot stood a little burger shack.  TxDOT tried and tried to get the little burger shack to sell, but they weren't interested. "Sell us your plot," TxDOT cried, "or we'll build the highway right over you!" "Go ahead," replied the burger shack. "Build the highway over us. People will still come to our burger shack, and they will eat in the shade."


burger shack, originally uploaded by craftj2.

And eat in the shade they do.  The place has it all - buffalo meat, Boylan creme soda, an incredible run-down shack, and an off-the-charts burger patty melt. Rye bread, buffalo meat, American cheese, fried onions and jalapenos, and special sauce.

They also have an incredible jalapeno potato salad.  This recipe marks my first attempt to reproduce it at home.  But it will not be the last.

And if you are asking, "But Jesse: the burger shack is so close to where you live, and the jalapeno potato salad only costs 99 cents. Why not just go there and buy it?" The answer is this. You cannot go to Bubba's Texas Burger Shack just to buy jalapeno potato salad. You might think that's what you are doing, but the next thing you know you have a half-pound of burger crammed into your face, and you weigh 400 pounds. Be warned.


_DSF6459, originally uploaded by craftj2.

Ingredients:

  • 5 red Russett PO-TAY-TOS
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 2 jalapenos, chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs, chopped
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons spicy mustard
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • some random amount of pepper, because no recipe ever says how much pepper to put in, they just say to taste, JUST TELL ME HOW MUCH GODDAMN PEPPER TO PUT IN



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Jim
@ March 24, 2009


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L1021951.jpgI don't even know what to call this. I was in Troy this past weekend. On my way home I swung by the (now closed) Troy Pork Store to take some photos before the place is gone forever. While I was doing this, the man on the left (the one in the plaid pajamas) came up to me.

"You got a really nice camera there. That's a high-end piece of equipment."
(uh-oh, I thought this guy is going to mug me)
"Thanks, it's not that high-tech. Kind of old actually."
"Oh, well, could you come across the street with me? My brother is moving out of his apartment and we don't have any pictures of us together."
"Oh, ok."

Another shot after the jump...


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jesse
@ February 16, 2009


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The recession has not yet hit Austin.

If it had, then wouldn't the owner of this solid-gold bicycle have already sent it to Cash4Gold.com?

Gold bicycle!!, originally uploaded by craftj2.

Nothing says I love you like barbecue.

At least according to The County Line barbecue restaurant.  This reminds me of the time I suggested that my fraternity hold it's spring formal at a steakhouse and call it "Fill Your Girl With Meat." Good times. Good, classy times.

The County Line, originally uploaded by craftj2.




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jesse
@ February 7, 2009


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whata911, originally uploaded by craftj2.



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jesse
@ January 3, 2009


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So says this guy, anyway.


israel has gone mad, originally uploaded by craftj2.

The Israeli consulate in Houston is across the street from the movie theater.  A group was there protesting the latest round of violence in Israel.  I heard something about rockets or whatever, but, honestly, I tune it out whenever I hear it.  Who can get worked up about this anymore? Israel is blaming Palestine, and, as we can see from these photos, Palestinians are blaming Israel.


protest, originally uploaded by craftj2.

Suzi asked me what the reason was for the latest violence.  This is it: a six-month cease fire was declared in July.  The cease fire just expired.  Hence, firing.


surrounding the car, originally uploaded by craftj2.

A group of three girls draped in the Palestinian flag got around this car and sassed the driver, who probably sassed them back.  Afterwards, their point made, they went into the movie theater and purchased tickets for a matinee. 



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jesse
@ December 29, 2008


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What's better than getting together with your Jewish mother for Christmas? Serving pork chops! The ban on pork is the most ridiculous part of Judaism (and remember, Judaism includes a ritual where the entire family gets together to watch a baby boy's penis mutilated. Hungry yet?) It's like having a ban on candy, or fun, or love. Pork is the most versatile of all meats. So pigs are a little dirty. That is why Moses invented soap. Wash it and eat it! Daytrader makes the best pork chops. After feasting on government pork during a busy day on the trading floor, nothing is better than coming home to a big plate of delicious battered actual pork. Here is his recipe for Trading Floor Pork Chops.



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jesse
@ November 26, 2008


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Digital photography is, in almost every way, tops.  It is cheaper, easier, and the gratification is so deliciously instant.  But sometimes digital photography can be a bit too... perfect. 


navesink piers, originally uploaded by craftj2.

That's why this is my new favorite flickr group.  The group is all pictures of noise, dust, and distortion that people have captured through their viewfinders.  When you apply them to a digital photograph, it can give them some of the texture and earthiness of film.


lark street - square, originally uploaded by craftj2.

The atmosphere and mood that this shot already had is enhanced by the shadowy corners and uneven, bleeding edge of the frame.  Turns out all that time I spent cleaning and taking care of my lenses was a total waste of time.


winter surfing in seabright, originally uploaded by craftj2.

See more here.



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jesse
@ November 17, 2008


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Take it from me: Judy is a man who knows his pie.


Judy looks like a high roller, originally uploaded by craftj2.

Here is how Judy makes his apple pie.



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jesse
@ October 21, 2008


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Over a month later, the devastating effects of Hurricane Ike continue to linger.


When will the pain end?, originally uploaded by craftj2.


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jesse
@ October 17, 2008


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[This past weekend, I attended the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Delta Phi chapter of Alpha Chi Rho.  Over the next few days I'll be sharing some of the photographs taken at the event.  Photo credits go to Jim Fisher, principal photographer at the event, and me, the second shooter on the grassy knoll.]

We end our photo retrospective of the weekend with the dawning of a new tradition: the bowtie.


L1020326, originally uploaded by craftj2.

Yes, it's a clip on. For now. I fully intend to move forward with acquiring a wide array of bowties for future formal and semi-formal events.  Also for non-formal events.  Or going to the mall.  Or food shopping.  And, of course, pajama bow-ties.



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jesse
@ October 16, 2008


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[This past weekend, I attended the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Delta Phi chapter of Alpha Chi Rho.  Over the next few days I'll be sharing some of the photographs taken at the event.  Photo credits go to Jim Fisher, principal photographer at the event, and me, the second shooter on the grassy knoll.]

So, what do you think: separated at birth? Or just separated while shopping at Old Navy?


Separated at birth?, originally uploaded by craftj2.

When we first arrived at Adam and Rose's apartment, Jim and Adam were wearing the same clothes.  Green polo, tan pants.  I gave Adam my glasses for the shot.  Yes, Jim and I have the same exact glasses.  It is Suzi's fault.

But the best part? The next day, Jim changes his clothes.  Adam comes out of his room, sees Jim, scurries back into his room, and comes out with the same shirt on.


Separated at Old Navy?, originally uploaded by craftj2.



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jesse
@ October 16, 2008


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[This past weekend, I attended the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Delta Phi chapter of Alpha Chi Rho.  Over the next few days I'll be sharing some of the photographs taken at the event.  Photo credits go to Jim Fisher, principal photographer at the event, and me, the second shooter on the grassy knoll.]

Clearly, nobody would do this to their face on purpose.  Something must have happened to Jim Tantillo.


L1020415, originally uploaded by craftj2.


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jesse
@ October 14, 2008


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[This past weekend, I attended the 60th anniversary of the founding of Alpha Chi Rho.  Over the next few days I'll be sharing some of the photographs taken at the event.  Photo credits go to Jim Fisher, principal photographer at the event, and me, the second shooter on the grassy knoll.]

Don't let the following series of shots fool you: I believe Glenn had a good time at 60th.


L1020342, originally uploaded by craftj2.


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jesse
@ October 1, 2008


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I would like to take a break from reciting democratic talking points and aggravating the French by bringing you this reminder: 

I live in Texas now.

Okay, so you already knew/didn't care.  I also already knew that.  Here's the thing: for the most part, Texas feels exactly like everywhere else I've ever lived.  It's a little warmer, and I need to go to a sports bar to watch the Giants, but other then that, there just isn't anything particularly... Texas-y about living in Houston.  At least there wasn't until yesterday, when this cow happened.

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jesse
@ September 14, 2008


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the price of gas, originally uploaded by craftj2.

The price of gas according to a sign in the medical center area of Houston, TX following Hurricane Ike.

[I do not think this sign is real, but I did not Photoshop it - I think one of the attendants was playing a joke. Note that regular is more expensive than plus.]



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jesse
@ September 12, 2008


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hurricane on the horizon, originally uploaded by craftj2.

View of the outer bands of Hurricane Ike from my apartment in Houston, TX.


hurricane on the horizon 2, originally uploaded by craftj2.

A closer view.



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jesse
@ September 7, 2008


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Looking through my back catalog of photos to upload to my new gallery I stumbled evidence of the forgotten dance craze from Spring Break 2003.

Joe, Kyle... take it away!




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jesse
@ August 30, 2008


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mobile computing, originally uploaded by craftj2.


Seen at tonight's Astros game. See, Jim? You'll fit right in.



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jesse
@ August 27, 2008


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Check it out: I have a new photography page.

The old one was okay, but it was too difficult to update.  I take new pictures all the time, and I wanted them to be available without the tedious work required to make the old one work.  This nicely coincided with my recent re-interest in social networking and cloud computing (by which I mean that I signed up for Facebook and thought it was neat).

Now, the pictures on the photography page will change whenever I upload new ones.  Search by tag and see a slideshow, or click on an individual thumbnail to get a larger image. 

A thousand humble thank yous to new Obscure friend Mark Carey at MT-Hacks for the Flickr Photos plugin that generates the thumbnails, and to Dan Steingart who wrote the PHP script that generates the tag cloud.


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jesse
@ August 3, 2008


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Last night, without warning, I was attacked by a cougar. Don't worry, I'm alright. The whole terrifying event was caught on film. Don't believe me? See for yourself.
Also caught on film? This and this. To see more of the adventures of me, Kevin C-J, and the Suze at karaoke, click here.


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jesse
@ August 2, 2008


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DRIVE-SLOW.jpgOriginal image courtesy of Jim's webble (see it here).



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jesse
@ July 9, 2008


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The view in back of my apartment building (click to enlarge).

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Houston in a nutshell: with no mass transit to speak of, it's just miles and miles of highway. Just sayin.


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jesse
@ June 23, 2008


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civil-disobedience.jpgThoreau would be so proud.


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jesse
@ June 2, 2008


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Okay, so its actually a photography competition I entered.  You get to look at my submissions and vote on them here.  If you like what I submitted, you can vote for me, and the winner of the voting wins $$$.  So check it out, email it around if you like it, submit some stuff yourself, you photographers you.  In any case: isn't it a really cool website?


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jesse
@ May 13, 2008


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Why are you staring at me? What do you want? Is it candy? Do you want candy? Is there something on my face? Is it a booger? WHAT IS IT COUSIN ROSE?!

Oh god, those eyes...it's like they can see through me...




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jesse
@ May 11, 2008


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Suzi's nephew (which I guess also makes him my nephew) Junior graduated from Georgia Tech last weekend, and Suzi and I were the event photographers.  Yes, Suzi has a nephew who just graduated from college.  I'm not hosting the pictures on ObscureCraft, I guess because Suzi is afraid that her family might backtrack through my website and find this.  Or this.  Or maybe this

Anyway, you can find the pictures here.   


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jesse
@ April 24, 2008


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I'm sure you've heard enough about ethanol.  Wait, actually, since I bet nobody read my last two entries, you probably haven't heard enough about ethanol. Well, too bad! Because I'm done talking about it.  Instead, I'm going to show you my latest project.  I took some photographs I made and then played with them in Photoshop. 

Now, I've been to photo shows and seen photographs that have been digitally modified, and they often look terrible.  However, I think they look terrible because "digitally modified" means "applied Photoshop filter".  I assure you that is not what I did here.  I used the paintbucket tool. TOTALLY DIFFERENT. 

Do you like them? I actually think they came out really cool.  Let me know what you think, because I love affirmation like a fat kid love cake.



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jesse
@ April 20, 2008


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I made my first Craigslist postings today!  I just bought a Fuji S5, so I'm selling the old Canon Digital Rebel.  It's been a real good camera to me, but its time to move on.  Someday, I hope you understand, camera. 

Check out the Craigslist postings here and here (I'm selling the zoom lens separately).  If anybody reading this is interested let me know, and maybe we can work out a "I read your blog" discount.


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jesse
@ April 17, 2008


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During my recent expedition to the Amazon, I discovered a new species of land beast.  Its distinguishing characteristics are as follows:

- a bushy coat
- a sassy temperament

If this creature becomes agitated, it can be placated with episodes of The Hills or America's Next Top Model.  Agitation is noticeable by an inflation of the hair follicles.  Click here for some of my nature photography capturing the Puffersuze in the wild.  


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jesse
@ March 24, 2008


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jesse
@ March 22, 2008


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Man vs. man, man vs. nature, man vs. society, man vs. himself.  The classic struggles of literature as laid down by the Greeks.  And now, Suzi vs. Suzi.

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And, believe me, I learned the hard way: you do not want to get in the middle of a Suzi fight.

suzi-jesse-fight.jpgFinally, order was restored, and the truce was celebrated.

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jesse
@ March 2, 2008


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So, hey, I changed the look of the site a little bit.  Basically, I changed the top banner.  Do you like it? I think it looks way better - and better represents the mood of the sight.  The old one was all dramatic and serious, and then you scrolled down and there was buttcheeks.  I think this banner better prepares the readers for buttcheeks.  Let me know if you like it.

Also, guess what? My submission to the Eyesights 2008 exhibition at the Guild of Creative Art won best in show! Pretty neat, right? My prize is a fancy production of my photo portfolio.  It'll be printed on Innova Smooth Cotton Duo paper and bound in hardcover with my signature.  When I get them made I'll take a picture of them and post it on the site here.  Here's the winning photo (except the winning print was 3' x 2' and printed on canvas):

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As a bonus, I know you are all thinking, "But Jesse...what did it look like when you were standing in front of the picture at the show?" Don't worry, the Suze has you covered - she took a picture of me using my camera phone. Don't I look happy?

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