3 hours working in Prezi…

3 hours working in Prezi… the charm of the zoom has just about worn off. It’s missing multiple key features that make it feel like more of a gimmick than a useful tool. That said, much of my frustration could be due to inexperience or trying to employ PPT techniques with a non-powerpoint tool. But I still feel like I should at least be able to group items and align/distribute equally. Also, custom fonts? what’s the deal with that? And Flash? ah, well. Here’s the Prezi.

December is the month of music for Miles Maxwell

The month of December started just yesterday but I’ve already seen enough to know that it will be a music-heavy month.

I’m planning a gig or two at the moment and did a little rehearsal last night. Spent some time reviewing old songs I used to know (Tom Petty, John Prine, etc.) but also learning a few new (to me) songs. I tackled “Just What I Needed” by The Cars and “Surf Rider” by the Lively Ones.

Excited to keep learning new tunes. Hoping to notch these before the end of the month.

The Faces Stay With Me

Thin Lizzy boys are back in town

Led Zeppelin The Ocean

Van Morrison Domino

Thin Lizzy jailbreak

Cream White Room

Steppenwolf Magic Carpet Ride

The Hives Hate To Say I Told You So

Blur Song 2

REM What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?

Mission to Burma Academy Fight Song

Photo of the Day: Paddock Lake WI at Sunset

Paddock Lake, WI
The sunset throws long shadows on the lawn.

Here’s a shot of the house some guy friends and I rented last month in Paddock Lake, WI. You can see from my rather long shadow on the left that the sun is setting behind me. From the boat ramp, you could also reasonably guess that there is a body of water directly behind me. The steep-roofed house to the left was abandoned but still fascinating.

Photo of the Day: Skyward Shot with Balcony

3rd floor balcony
Exposed for the sky, flashlight for the foreground

Wanted to share this shot I surreptitiously snapped as I was walking home from work. (and yes, I’ve noticed that my transition from home to work and work to home is a time of introspection for me).

On the surface, it’s a shot of a 3rd floor balcony and an exterior staircase from the ground.  The streaks by the power lines and through the middle of the roof are trails from airplanes on their way to O’Hare International. Time of day was around 6pm.

Ever since I took a photography class with my pops this summer, I’ve been focused on shooting in manual mode, exposing for the sky and either manually dodge or use a dialed-down flashlight to illuminate the foreground. I did the latter in this case (as can be seen in the shadows of the iron railing bars).

The vignetted top corners are either my lens hood or a crop from my sensor, I’m not sure which.

Photo of the Day: Gas Station Mascot or Andy the Messenger Robot?

A robot frozen in pose with a tank on its head
A robot frozen in pose with a tank on its head

Ran into this guy on my walk to work last Friday. He’s stationed out in front of an auto shop across the street from Paddy Mac’s Public House. That puts him on Pulaski between Berteau and Irving Park.

He’s got an interesting expression, I think. Like he was about to meet his demise before he was frozen in time. Also, for those in the know with regards to The Dark Tower, I must admit I imagined him to be a twinner for Andy the robot (many other functions).