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Christmas 2014 wishes

Posted December 25th, 2014.

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The cover, finally printed

deadANDalive cover - pic taken with smartphone

4 years ago

I created the cover you can see above

I created it to recover after an awful day, “stealing” the idea from a joke found on the web

4 years ago I had the ability to have big hopes and dreams (now it got worse)
I thought that in a few months I was going to use that cover when starting to deal with Relativity and Quantum Mechanics notes

Well… 48 months is not that much later.

For a second, yesterday, I was about to ignore the cover because it is humiliating to realize (once again) that speaking in studies terms, in 4 years I have done what I had to accomplish in maximum 1 year.

Then I thought: “Well? After all this I still let frustration overcome me?”
Nah.

I guess I’m old and crazy enough to be free to enjoy, at least, a work of mine and cheer up my soul before each battle with papers

and I always wanted to bring some colors to those black and white notes.

Posted May 16th, 2014.

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From the same spot

EtnaGrowth - December 2011-January 2014

There are at least 3 spots from where I often take pictures

With spots I litteraly mean a very small area (not bigger than 10-20 square meters)

One of this spot is placed in a town nearby Catania.
This little spot offers a view on Mt. Etna that is free from buildings and other “disturbing” elements

As you know the 8th of January I went there with the webmaster.
Only a few days later I realized that we went there exactly 2 years after he left for the first time to go to work in north Italy

Therefore I decided to look for the picture taken 2 years earlier and…and yes, it is different!
Mt. Etna has changed since then

Now wonder, our volcano had been pretty active in the last years, especially what (I think) experts call the new south-east crater.
Even if I took my pictures following no scientific method, you can get an idea of the growth looking at the growing tip on the left of the date of each picture.

So if you happen to hear (or read) me speaking of a mountain as a living thing, you might  understand why from above image

As well as if you happen to wonder why I’m so obsessed by Mt. Etna…
call me lazy but “she” is like an age-less model, changing clothing during the year and the day all depending on weather and lights.

At the end, the whole world is like an immense studio.

It is up to us to find what we are looking for

(It was fun at creating this images sequence, in the next weeks I’ll try to collect mt.Etna pictures taken with my bridge camera to display changes as seen from another point of view, even if I don’t think result will change this much)

Posted January 15th, 2014.

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Merry Christmas!

Christmas 2013

Posted December 25th, 2013.

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The endless calendars odyssey

All started in late 2007, when I decided I wanted to try to create calendars with my own pictures

Now I can say: it’s definitely an evolving activity.

I started to create the calendar for just me, mother and the webmaster.
I’ll never forget it took me some days to aligns the days the very first time.
Yes, because till that day I didn’t even tried to draw a line with a graphic program, so i just opened it and tried tools (I admit, not an healthy thing to do)

Step by step everything changed, not sure if evolved in a good way, but definitely every year there was something new or improved, or I discovered tricks to make the work easier.

This year I have started to create the 2014 calendars in late August

I want to take my time to think, to make correction and above all to have things ready by early December.
I wanted to give time to friends or just random customer, time to decide which calendars they want, which changes and when getting it.

In the last weeks
– I have changed the months layout with the hope that in the printed version everything is clearly visible.
-I have created 1 or 2 calendars and I have started to update the last year ones I want to keep.

Well, during this process started a little argument with the webmaster, he, as many other said “I cannot easily find months sequence”.

I got furious for the situation.

I kept thinking (and saying)

You are people that can understand advanced maths/physics and philosophy and you get confused with the order of 12 months?
Plus, I felt “betrayed” because he was complaining of exactly the same calendar last year he, and others, considered fine.

So I decided I wanted to quit, I was about to delete all the calendars from my computer and quit with this “waste of time”.

At the end I hadn’t the courage to delete the folder, but surely, I stopped working on calendars and pictures.

It was an nth-failure and I had no will to react this time.
It’s easier to quit, no?

Then on Sunday we went to take pictures.
Actually I didn’t even want to go to take pictures, but I kept silent because if I say “i don’t want to take picture” people around me get worried.
But…
– I rarely go out
-it is rare the webmaster suggest to go somewhere
– weather was surprisingly nice

So I went with my typical approach of “Hey Boss, I am sure I’ll get nothing, prove me wrong!”.

Of course, I harvested several photographic-fruits

-_-

SomeOne is probably still laughing. Laughing out loud.

On Monday, the webmaster, made me change mind about taking part on a photographic contest.

I said the true “There is almost no chance I win” and he said “C’mon, not taking part is the best way to lose”.

So I provoked him “I hadn’t chosen pictures to send, and time is almost over”.

He proposed to help and we spent a good two hours trying to figure out what to send… and here I am, taking part on this contest.

Still thinking I won’t win but absolutely surprised the webmaster took everything this seriously.

So… well… ok… let’s be humble and try to solve the months order

I finally re-opened a calendar file and in 2 minutes I got this

Calender 2014: Blue Butterfly

last year version

instead

looked like this

Calendar 2013: blue butterfly

I’m not saying it’s perfect but I hope it’s better.

Funny is that as soon as I thought “let’s drown wind waves with months”, everything almost took form alone.

Well, now I’m curious what will happen in a few years.

Let’s get back to work (and studies)

Posted October 3rd, 2013.

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Printing test #1

Here we go.

Time flies. I’m something like 1-2 (extra) months late in my studying schedule, bunch of reasons but the point is that I’m going to have very little time for the next week. I’m speaking of time to dedicate to my pictures.

Despite this yesterday I wanted to use a discount ticket that an Italian online printing service sent me for birthday (of course I already used this service in the past)

Good timing! I was thinking about doing some printing test.

Ok, the discount barely cover the shipping costs but since I was going to do this test anyway, at the end I got an extra picture to hang on my wall.

The test is: printing images on a magnet

Ok, I’m disappointed a little that magnets I find are square-circular or “hearth”-shape…I’d rather love more rectangular magnets (2:3 and 3:4 ratio at least) but ok, it’s all fine.

I think it’s almost a cliché (but a nice one) to bring at home a magnets showing famous spots of a visited city…magnets or any other souvenirs

No need to tell what happened to our home fridge when I came back from the NYC-Venice-Padua trip…(actually the number is rather high but just because those magnets will go away when I move)

Anyway…since there is this tradition why not trying to create a personal version?

Even considering that “made in China” products are the easiest to find (sometimes the only available)

That was rather frustrating especially in Venice. In NYC i had not time to look around much but in Italy I had more time and I was sad to see that, despite most Italians don’t lack of creativity for sure, it was difficult to find a local artisan (that sell things a student can afford).

I am not sure results will be exciting even because I intentionally picked average pictures for these tests
(one of my rules: never test something with the best of the best, the following time might be pretty disappointing)

If I’ll be happy of the result I might consider to create some more, at least for friends an relatives, in case of future travel or anything that makes sense printed on something that isn’t just photographic paper.

I hope they will enjoy the idea as well. At the end, this way they can know the story of the pictures and they would have something “made in Italy”.

Actually “made in south Italy” if you only consider the “author” hometown and where is located the printing service

🙂

[even if I wonder, now, where it’s made the material on which they print the pictures, but let’s not care]

Printing test #1

And it’s funny to see smiling clouds on the upper left corner of the NYC picture.

I mean…I am noticing those clouds only NOW

0.0

Posted June 10th, 2013.

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50x70cm to overcome homesickness

The size of the poster that the webmaster will hang to his bedroom wall in a few days (hopefully).

His only request was “Just things from Sicily”.

Attempt to overcome homesickness a little 🙂

PosterPerEmaWhat does it shows?
From upper left cornerMt Etna, a sunflower after a rain of July.
A rose of last May. Water of Pantalica. Java, you know her.
A detail of a Catania fountain, a blackbird, a sunset seen from Catania port. Soap bubble
Ponte dei Saraceni, a garofano,
webmaster’s favorite cat living close to my bro’s house, this cat has just one long tooth and an incredible acting ability, despite it’s clearly properly feed he always asks you for something.
And, of course, a picture of the shadow of his girlfriend taken during our trip to Pantalica.

Posted April 8th, 2013.

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Mt.Etna and Sea calendars

Yesterday I completed the Mt. Etna calendar

About 30 minutes ago I have started to work on the 7th and last calendar, but for some reason I came up with this unplanned result

I have to figure out if I want to put it in the group of the calendars I want to sell or create another sea calendar for the people.

Not that I want a personalized unique calendar for me  but I reckon that the union of such a B&W image and the colors of the days (even just the white and reds without any other specific event highlighted) can be really disturbing, unless both the picture and the colored days means something for you…I don’t know.

I think that it’s something that only a crazy mind like mine, that links to that picture a lot of little but relevant moments of her life, can like such a calendar.

Thoughtful

Posted November 22nd, 2012.

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Butterfly Calendar 2013

Posted November 18th, 2012.

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At least 2 base calendars now

First
Red Rose 2013

Second created yesterday
Soap Bubble 2013

Stay tuned!

Posted November 14th, 2012.

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The Webmaster’s treasure map

Today was the turn of the calendar for the webmaster

Yesterday he said that he wanted something like the “map calendar” I created for a friend’s grand kids

Therefore I was creating something similar with the background of the Orion constellation, but … when the webmaster saw the draft, he said:

“Nooo, I meant a complete treasure map, like the one in Duck Tales”

Now, I watched that animated television series, actually I loved it, but I couldn’t remember of a specific map

A few seconds later he sent me this link:

Oh… well, I could have avoided the work, I had to just play the card “make him feel guilty” that means saying things like:

“I have never drawn a map like that! I study physics and take pictures, I can’t do this TOO! You make me waste time!”, but

he asked it in such a tender way, like he went back to the age we had when this show was on TV, and

I have to admit it, the challenge was intriguing enough that I have agreed to make a treasure map, or at least something looking like a treasure map.

No matter how long it might have taken.

The path, the circle, the final “X” on his favorite picture, the mountains, the so-so trees, the rivers as well the railroad (for the railroad may God bless the brushes of the program).

All created today, while chatting with the webmaster via skype and showing, through screen sharing, the calendar taking form step by step.

It is not exactly like the Duck Tales map, it’s way more trivial, but I guess that as first attempt of “treasure map” I can’t complain.

And, above all, the webmaster sounds really happy of it.

Just a funny note:

while I’m writing this post from the webmaster’s laptop I hear this music coming:

and several other intro of animated television series

I guess we have to thank skype for such a funny evening despite we have to live 1000km away from each other.

🙂

Posted November 11th, 2012.

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