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Archive for January, 2011

Basking in the warming glow

The warming glow from this photo is what made me want to post it.  It is, in fact, from a couple of weeks ago and not from today, despite today’s beautiful sunshine.  After spending three days in below zero weather in Edmonton, AB, it was nice to return my “sissy-fied” body to the Lower Mainland.  Despite its sunniness, however, today was cold.  I got a chill while filling up with gas and I thought about how people always say that it’s a dry cold on the prairies and a humid cold on the coast.  After today, I’d agree.

Edmonton at Night

One quick post before I’m off on a plane.  Last night it got to -24 degrees Celsius.  It was chilly.  Here’s what Edmonton looked like outside my hotel room window.  It doesn’t look that cold, does it?

Certain requirements must be met in order to front a band

This is Mark Hall.  He is the lead singer of Casting Crowns.  They played the opening night of the Break Forth conference in Edmonton last night.  What I love about this photo is that it matters not what he looks like or what their music sounds like – he is clearly the lead vocalist of a rock band.  How do I know this?  He has employed the fist pump.

The fist pump is one of the many essential elements of fronting a band.  If you front a band and do not employ the fist pump, I think you can be replaced.  Isn’t that one of the rules?  I’m not sure, because I’ve never fronted a band, but I’ve attended a good number of rock concerts and every single one of them has included a fist pumping lead singer.

Can you think of other rules by which rock bands must abide?

Wing and a prayer

Photo Friday‘s challenge this week is “Travel”.  Conveniently, my wife and I have flown out to a conference in Edmonton, AB, Canada and this morning we flew through a bank of clouds.  I never fail to bring my camera everywhere, and everyone who has flown and is a photographer has taken a photo of the sun glinting off the wing, so I thought the wing in fog would at least be a somewhat novel take on a cliche.

But it’s late and I’ve got a full day tomorrow, so, uh, good night.

Danger, Will Robinson. Danger (arms flail robotically).

I’ve always been fascinated by warning signs.  The allusion made in the title is, of course, from “Lost in Space“, that tv show from the 1960’s.  The photo is from a power station that is adjacent to the park featured in yesterday’s post, which I think is a weird place to put a power station.  I wonder which came first, the park or power station.

Anyway, it’s the signs that intrigue me.  If you’ve been following this blog for some time, you might find there’s a photo of a similar man being struck down by lightning on a sidewalk cover back in January (maybe – I turn 37 on Saturday and the memory’s getting rusty).  I love this guy.  If I had a band, I’d put that dude on the cover my album.  I’ve been looking at this guy doing the electric limbo for so long, in so many places, that I’m interested in whether that’s what a human would actually look like if struck by the deadly forces of electricity.  Don’t get me wrong – I don’t want to go touch anything that the electric limbo dude is guarding.  I just think that he looks like he’s getting down to music only he can hear.

Oh, and btw, I’ve subscribed to the post-a-day 2011 challenge to keep me honest and accountable this year.