This is a Catholic church that is in Jakarta, directly across the street from the Masjid Istiqlal (the mosque from my photo a few days ago). Before moving here, I was given the impression that there was tension between Islam and Christianity in Jakarta, but I’ve not found that yet. There seems, from the people with whom I’ve spoken, to be a mutual respect.
Also, is it just me, or is the ceiling a little tribute to Darth Vader? I am a huge fan of all things Star Wars, and sometimes I think I see Star Wars everywhere, but the ceiling really does look a little Vader-ish, right?
I bought a shoulder bag from Old Navy years ago and it’s been sitting in my closet. I found it while cleaning and decided that, seeing as I wasn’t using it anyway, I’d modify it and stencil a little something on it. It’s a nice bag, but I’d nearly forgotten I had it.
I admit that I have a little problem when it comes to three things: bags, jackets and shoes.
I buy shoes very rarely, but I’m very specific. I buy shoes that I know will last many years. My Doc Martens have been around for more than five years. I have one pair of Converse All-Stars, but they’re Batman shoes (the DC Comics release last summer). I’m pretty picky.
I love a good coat, but most of them serve both a fashion and practical purpose.
But bags? I’ve got backpacks – a couple of different daypacks and I still have the first Mountain Equipment Co-op backpack I ever bought. I’ve got a 100 liter duffle bag that my wife once climbed into. I’ve got a laptop briefcase and a laptop backpack and two different camera bags – one to hold all of my gear and a smaller bag that’ll hold my camera and an extra lens. And then there’s the…well, I think that’s enough.
I guess my other problem is that once I’ve got a good bag, pair of shoes or jacket, I’ll never let it go. Why get rid of it if it works? I’ve learned that if I’m not using it, I should get crafty and change it and then I’m suddenly more interested in using it.
Oh, and yes, that is Boba Fett. I guess Star Wars would be my fourth “problem”.
I love Christmas Holidays. It gives me time to “craft”. And…
Ha! Hahahahahaaaa….no seriously. I don’t “craft”. I take photos. That’s my hobby. But when some evil genius designs Star Wars snowflake templates, I jump into action. For my son…yeah…not for me…my son.
Here’s the details. Anthony Herrera, a graphic designer, has designed a bunch of snowflake templates that appeal to the Star Wars geek in me. If you want to download the designs and spend hours meticulously cutting them out with a scalpel and a self-healing cutting mat, here’s the link: Star Wars Snowflakes.
BTW, if I’ve not said it already, Anthony Herrera is AWESOME!
I am not one who likes to put himself in front of the camera.
In front of a crowd? Yes.
In front of a classroom? Yes.
In front of my peers? Sure.
In front of my elders? You bet.
In front of small children? Why not.
In front of the camera? I’d prefer not.
So this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge was more of a personal challenge for me than a photographic one. In response, here is a collage of things that make up me. Consider it a self-portrait, of sorts, please. If you need an explanation of any of it, please ask.
I’ve had the chance to do a lot of reading this summer and very little of it was applicable to my profession (which makes it awesome). Photo Friday’s challenge this week is Recreation and I couldn’t think of a better definition of recreation than the reading list that exists in this photo. Please allow me to explain a couple of things. I have a Bachelor of Arts, with a major in English Literature. I am a teacher of 11th and 12th grade English, creative writing and student leadership. I am an unabashed comic book fan.
My reading list for tonight, above, is indicative of all that I find fun, exciting and interesting about the offerings of literature. Here’s what you see above:
1. Image Comics Trade Paperback 1st volume of Elephantmen. I’m going to caution you about this series. It is incredible, but involves a great deal of disturbing concepts and visuals. It involves a number of Animal/Human hybrids who were the brainchild of, from what I’ve deduced, a psychopathic geneticist who saw them as his greatest achievement and a weapon to use against humankind. They rebelled, or were decommissioned, and are now trying to fit into general society. They re-created their own purpose. Interesting premise, if you can get past the violence.
2. DC Comics Trade Paperbacks (Superman, Superboy, Batman). I’m not even going to explain this one. If you don’t know who these characters are, shame on you. Recreational superhero reading. Yay!
3. Marvel Comics Ultimate X-Men. Mark Millar reimagined (re-created?) the iconic X-Men back in 2001 and retold the original series in a modernized setting. From what I gather, the series was re-created in Ultimate form in order to bring in younger comics readers who couldn’t keep up with the many iterations of X-Men that existed as of the turn of the century, so Millar put his much loved edge to the series and rebooted it. Very cool. Seriously. I would love to have Magneto’s hair.
4. Dark Horse Comics Star Wars: The Old Republic. This TPB (trade paperback) collected comics based on a video game based on a fictional history based on the movies of Star Wars. Yup. If you don’t get that, smile, nod, and move on. Pure recreation.
5. Terry Moore’s independently-published Echo. This is the first volume TPB of Echo. It’s about a photographer named Julie who accidentally witnesses the destruction of a military experiment. The result is that she is exposed to a high-tech metal that fuses with part of her body and the repercussions involved. She realizes that her life has been changed, re-created, and starts to accept her new purpose. Lots of humor and adventure. I can’t wait to read more.
6. Vertigo Comics Fables: Rose Red. This series, which I’ve only read in TPB format, is incredible. This is the 15th volume and it centers on Snow White’s sister, Rose Red. The entire series is based on the idea that there is (was?) a war in the worlds of the Fables and our most beloved of them move into our world and occupy a magical borough called Fabletown in the city of New York. The vulnerability and power of the Fables themselves is based entirely in our knowledge and belief in them. This means that Snow White, thanks to Walt Disney, is nigh unto invulnerable to any attack (in fact, she is shot in the head by Goldilocks and recovers within weeks). Incredible writing; incredible visuals; even more incredible creativity re-creating characters with whom we are so familiar.
7. Finally, Onward by Howard Schultz. I’ve barely cracked this book and already I’m impressed. I wanted to read this book after I watched Schultz speak, on Piers Morgan Tonight, about his boycott on political campaign contributions and impressed me with his seeming integrity and forthrightness. It seems to me that he is re-creating the American business landscape and I want to know more about him. So far (the Introduction) it’s interesting and bold. I like it.
So, that’s my recreational reading. What’s yours like? Who or what do you read during your leisure time?