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By admin, February 8, 2011 2:28 am

My funny valentime
Sweet comic valentine
You make me smile from my heart
Your looks are laughable
Yet you’re my favorite work of art
Is your figure less than greek?
Is your mouth a little weak?
When you open it to speak,
Are you smart?
But don’t change a hair for me,
Not if you care for me
Stay, my little valentine, stay.
Stay, and make each day
Valentine’s day.

– Rogers and Hart, My Funny Valentine.

OK, the theme for today, this being February 14th, 2011, is loving in spite of imperfections.   Click on these imperfect photographs for full-size.  They are unsuccessful pictures but have some attractiveness in spite of their flaws.

The displays below, from the New Bern annual antique show, are actually perfect.  However, my photos of them are less than perfect — still not without appeal.

I’ll add a few more pics to this set later this week.  Lord knows I have enough imperfect pictures to add. :)

Anyways, check out a few of the best renditions of the above song:

Chet Baker – My Funny Valentine

My Funny Valentine By Nico

Miles Davis Quartet – My Funny Valentine

Miles Davis – My Funny Valentine 1964

Mi Restaurant Favorito II

By admin, February 4, 2011 11:22 pm

OK, Adan, the manager at El Nuevo San Juan let me come back and take some more pictures, and I managed to get a couple nice ones.  There are probably more to come still.

Click on these pictures for a very large panoramic photo of the interior.

And below is one render of the gumball machines:

Color Studies 2

By admin, January 27, 2011 5:54 am

Here is a little still life I threw together on the dining room table, just for fun.  Click on the image for a large copy of it.   A little shout out to Janet Fish, although of I guess from her perspective, using machines to do it all takes all the fun.  :-)

And further in the spirit of celebrating light and color for their own sake, here’s revenge of the gummi worms.

Square-D Display Project

By admin, January 24, 2011 2:22 am

Behold!  My party light!  When this baby goes on, the shenanigans begin, boy!

This is an old salesman’s display box, showing a variety of industrial-grade switches that Square D (you know, the circuit breaker guys) made.  Some are designed to light up, some don’t.  That red one in the center lights up when you press it.  Kind of like a Fisher Price toy I might have had when I was a toddler.  These buttons are all worth a lot individually, so it’s well worth the $35 I paid for it on ebay, no matter what my wife thinks.  Ol’ Joseph Cornell’s got nothin’ on this boy.

This was actually kind of a challenge to me.  My mission was to make this as visually interesting a pic as I can, without sacrificing too much realism or detail.  I’m not sure I’m done with it but here are some of the results so far.  Click on them for a 1024px wide image to open in a new window.

Mi Restaurant Favorito

By admin, January 21, 2011 3:27 pm

And here is the host’s counter at my favorite restaurant in Kinston, Nuevo San Juan.  The murals are by a Juan Lopez, by the way, and his work is all over this restaurant and  like the restaurant is full of the festive, flamboyant charm you often find in Hispanic art.

AAnd here is a panoramic view of the inside:

And another:

General Zapata:

And here are a few of the staff:

I started taking pictures in there at about 10:30-11:00, and they had to throw me out as the lunch crowd started coming in.  Hopefully they’ll let me take a few more sometime soon, in which case I’ll append them to this post.

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