Road Trip Pics

First, I must say that I really like turning my digital camera over to my nephew. I don't know if he likes all cameras equally or if he likes mine in particular. As soon as he sees me or my camera, he asks if he can use it. Then he wanders off for 20-30 minutes. When he's done, he brings it back. For all that he's not yet 3 years old and sometimes still moves the camera when he pushes the button, he does quite well at composing photos. He isn't always patient enough to wait for the flash to go off, so most of the time I keep the flash turned off which makes for some interesting blur effects with indoor photos. Eventually I'll show him how to wait for the flash and how to look at the pictures stored on the camera. Right now he has fun wandering around pointing and shooting.

It is amusing to me what he chooses to photograph. The floor seems to be of particular interest. At his sister's pre-school graduation ceremony, he took a dozen photographs of the floor at his feet. He seems to prefer objects/landscapes over human subjects. Seeing the world from his height is interesting.
The only downside to the the lower perspective is that he can take a lot of boob/crotch-level pictures if you're sitting.
And finally, the artist's self-portrait:

I caught part of the movie Alien Hunter on the SciFi channel today. The usual odd message from outer space was intercepted, along with some sort of alien artifact. James Spader just got the message decoded. "Do Not Open." Of course, the other part of the team was in the process of opening the artifact at the time. Now whatever was in there is out.

Rule #9 of alien horror movies: Never believe your co-workers when they say they are fine, especially if they have any injuries. Just shoot them. It'll save you trouble later.

Rule #10: Don't poke holes in the cocoon looking thing after you get the outer case opened.

Rule #11: If you find a "dead" alien creature, never take your eyes off of it. Alien creatures, being highly advanced, are able to tell when you look away or get into an argument with co-workers about what to do with said alien. The alien will then take advantage of that momentary lapse of surveillance to escape and begin wreaking havoc upon your remote scientific study station, spaceship or local city.

I'm always amused that there are partial power failures in all of these movies. For all the advanced technology the good guys usually have, they nearly always fail to budget for or install a sufficient number of back-up generators. The equipment for life support and sometimes computers/tech works pretty well, but the lights are always iffy. Of course this heightens also the tension since we all know that bad things lurk in the dark and things that go bump in the dark are always more scary than things that go bump in the light


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