Sunday, December 31, 2006

The Thing of the Moment Year In Review

Ok, settle down. I hate year in review things, too. Especially reviewing 2006. Sweet Christ on a Crutch what was THAT nonsense? I'd happily take a pair of scissors to the whole thing and just delete the past year and count myself as one year older if I could. I read today that a poll suggested that Americans were optomistic about 2007. Could it get WORSE? Hell, even *I'M* optomistic that 2007 will be better than that swill headed crap of a year 2006. Good riddance.

But I digress, as I spend these last hours of the year in quiet reflection, I think it's only fitting that I choose my favorite post of the year to share with you once again, so that you, too, may reflect quietly and share your reflections with your loved ones as have I.

And that is YOU, my Gentle Viewers. Yes, only you. When reviewing that post, please look at your comments for THEY are what made it great.

So without further ado...

The Thing of the Moment's BEST POST OF THE YEAR!

(Almost forgot... Happy New Year, Mary Travers, wherever you are!)

Saturday, December 30, 2006

Macroday: Eye

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2006

As I spend this coming New Year Holiday deep in quiet reflection, marking the passing of Presidents and Tyrants and looking at a little Internet porn, My mind keeps wandering back to our nation's motto, E. Pluribus Unum, 'Out of One, Many' and I thought, what a great subject to post for SeeItSunday: 2006 and then...

Oh screw it...

I rummaged around in my pocket and found this quarter and thought, "This is good enough. Frozen Moments is just going to win again anyway." Heh heh.

Dueling Tailors


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Old South Meting House Flower


I thought they were selling some killer nunchucks but they were only umbrellas.
Gawkers. Always looking, never buying.
The photographic lesson here? Unless you are going to jam your stupid camera in for a macro, don't bother with this unless you are working for a grocery flyer. And even then, resist. Posted by Picasa

The End of History

That's it! Thanks for coming! Posted by Picasa

Progress

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Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Post Christmas Warning to Santa

Next time make sure you have ALL my presents or this will happen to the REST of your reindeer.

Monday, December 25, 2006

And It Came To Pass

Before you go getting all soft, just remember, this is from a Gideon's bible ripped off from a hotel room in Las Vegas. Posted by Picasa

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Portrait of a Re-Gift


There can be no other purpose for THIS thing than to curse someone with it for a year before it is inevitably given back the following year. It's simply too horrible to play that role in my family. But not for me to share with you here at The Thing of the Moment.

Merry Christmas.

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Saturday, December 23, 2006

zkirlin Demonstrating Further Genetic Distance From jkirlin

zkirlin = athlete
jkirlin = camera geek
zkirlin reaction = steely determination
jkirlin reaction = FLEE!
zkirlin move = passing ball to teammate with catlike grace and continues to support his team.
jkirlin move = handing ball to opponent and consider taking up photography. Posted by Picasa

A Free* White Christmas Holiday Template

Print several of these and tape them to your window if, like here, it's POURING rain today with no hint of snow for DAYS.

(* Offer void at Denver International Airport) Posted by Picasa

Friday, December 22, 2006

And So This is Christmas. And What Have You Done? Another Year Over, And a New One Just Begun.

A reminder that you may or may not like Christmas, but you'll soon have one less to worry about.

This Holiday Public Service Reminder from the Christmas Sprites at The Thing of the Moment.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

From the 'Just Because You Can, Doesn't Mean You Should' Desk


I can't stop. Will this make me go blind?

However, I have decided Macrobation Tool #2 just isn't worth the difficulty of using it. Ignore anything I said about Macrobation Tool #2. Posted by Picasa

Macrobation

Behold yon old school Boston Subway token. Taken with the fairly decent 18-55 mm kit lens that comes standard on the Rebel XTi. This is as Macro as it gets.
Behold yon old school Boston Subway token with the *ahem* Shallow DOF with Macrobation tool #1. Yeah. Yer digging it. Yer feeling it. You are kindly ignoring the vignetting, unless you like that, then please, by all means, pay attention to it.
Ok, now this is Macrobation for Macrobation's sake. Macrobation tool #2 gives you such a shallow DOF that it just gets silly. Admirable, but silly. Plan on being seriously abused by it here on The Thing of the Moment.

(This post dedicated to S. Patrick Kaine: Father, Husband, Photographer, Blogger, Gentle Viewer, Commentor, and now when I tell him how I did these - Fellow Macrobator.)

Submitted to Macroday: Mobile because...ummm...a subway token let's you be more mobile? Yes? No? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT?

Oh, like you don't have a Goddamned Christmas sock monkey, ya lying Gentle Viewing bastards.

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Love* Shouldn't Hurt

* (of Christmas)

This broken faced porcelain Santa cheerily submitted to Macroday: Christmas.

Gentle Viewer Kimberly brings up a very apt Christmas quote: You'll shoooot your eyyyye out!

Introducing The Thing of the Moment: Two Point Oh


The Thing of the Moment is 2 years old today so I asked The Thing of the Moment what it wanted for it's birthday and the sweet little devil said it wanted a little brother!

Lorissa (the nicest owner/operator/customer serivce person on the internet. Think of Bill Gates answering his own phone and being nice and helpful) and the folks at My Expressions have consistently impressed me with their kindness and helpfulness to a noncustomer photoblogger, and the fact that they can even make The Shade Replied look good made me think I ought to give them a try.

But prior to that, personal trainer torekimi suggested that if I want to have someplace to show my GOOD images (aren't they ALL good?) that maybe I want a place with fewer Uranus jokes.
So now you dSLR snobs, a One Photo per Post snobs, and anti-blogger snobs, and EXIF data snobs, and Uranus joke snobs (Oh, no, that's ME) can have your own little The Thing of the Moment. Also affectionately known as jkirlin.net.

The old The Thing of the Moment? Now also known as jkirlin.com. (Thanks go to the webmasters at the John J Kirlin Construction Company in Maryland and various cybersquatters for not renewing the name AGAIN)

Thursday, December 14, 2006

The Thing of the Moment's Holiday List of Truths!!

Which of the following are true about Christmas?

a. You'll receive many wishes of Peace on Earth and Goodwill towards men.

b. People will drive just a little bit nicer and when they raise their hands to wave, all fingers will be up.

c. Unfortunately a few of the gifts you'll be blessed with will need to be returned but are cherished just the same.

d. jkirlin will tell you he wrote a Christmas song for you and sing your name over and over to a variety of Christmas tunes long past the point it feels awkward.

e. All of the above.

f. Screw the rest, only d is true.


This Holiday Quiz brought to you by the Holiday Elves at The Thing of the Moment. Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

"Hurry UP, You Fool!"

Tammy stepping outside the door into a blizzard for a quick photo. (Not quick enough for her)

Second in an adjunct series to the People at Work® series; People With Whom I Work®

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Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Alt Entry: Macroday: Head

MAP KEY:
blue = water
tan = land
red lines = roads
broken lines = men standing in line trying to look inconspicuous.