Posts Tagged ‘new year’

The Twenty Ten Photography Project

Jan 1st, 2010

The Twenty Ten Photography Project
On New Years Eve 2009 I decided to set myself a project for the comming year. I’d take one photograph, every day, for the whole year, wherever I was. As a result, by the end of the year, I’d have 365 photographs representing the year, and what I was up to.

One of the restrictions of this approach is it means that I can’t always use my DSLR. Its size and value makes it impractical for carrying with me every day, and snapping off a few shots before I go to bed isn’t going to result in the most interesting album, even when it is possible. Instead sometimes I’m going to resort to using my old Ricoh digital compact, and at other stages I may even end up taking some pictures on my mobile phone. Learning to work with these limitations, and make the most of them, will be part of the challenge, and will hopefully enforce its own creativity.

Over the course of the year I shall be uploading the resulting photos to a flickr collection, and this blog. While I can’t promise that I’ll be uploading every day, I will try and keep uploads reasonably regular. At times I’ll be uploading more than one picture for each day, but only the single photo added to this collection will be my canonical project photo.

Resolutions

Jan 1st, 2009

“Your site’s a bit sporadic,” said Tim, presumably referring to the, slightly inaccurate, last updated 5th August 2006 message on the front page.
“Yeah,” I admitted, “but most my updates are in my blog.”
“Occasionally, but not often,” was his response.

And he was right, I’m a crap blogger, and even worse at keeping the main site up to date. I mean, it doesn’t help that I’ve not been all that productive recently. The few things I have made have usually found their homes elsewhere, be it on flickr, or Fallout3nexus. But still, that doesn’t excuse the fact that this place sucks.

Fortunately I now have the ideal excuse to post, taking part in a meme which extends far beyond the blogosphere, that of making new years resolutions. In the past I have failed to stop biting my nails on several occasions, so now a chance to fail at something new. I shall keep this blog updated.

Come the new year I shall strive to write something here at least once a week, updating on Sundays if I failed to say something previously. This will still be the usual boring rubbish that is no interest to anyone, so this resolution can pretty much translate to ‘I shall massage my ego once a week,’ but at least my low readership figures shall keep me fully grounded.

Meanwhile good riddence to 2008. Who knows, if things go exceptionally well this year, the 2009-2010 resolution may be signed Dr. James.

Damn

Dec 31st, 2005

One of my cats, Peppy, died about 45 minutes ago. My brother heard him making ‘whiny’ sounds and found him on the landing, almost immediately realising something wasn’t quite right. I arrived to hear a faint whine/meow with the last breath.
None of use realy suspected it. We knew he had a bad heart, he was on asprin, and he was also overweight, and although attempts at putting on a diet were working it was difficult when you have two cats. Still, he hadn’t given any sign of particulalry ill health recently, and wasn’t very old.
So the new year is even more subdued than I expected. My parents have come home and the few of my brother’s friends that had arrived have moved off elsewhere.
But to the rest of you, hope your new year is better than mine

A slow new year

Dec 31st, 2005

It appears that 2006 is going to crawl in fairly quietly for me this year as new years plans came to rather little. Way back in September I had intended to be in Edinburgh for new year, but within a few weeks of moving up plans had to be made, stress levels were faily high and at that stage I had only just met everyone. Plus the increased travel costs and rapid turn arround required meant that it threw that extra spanner in an already entangled works. So instead I resolved to spend two weeks at home, give me a chance to kick back, relax, catch up with people and spend new year among familiar faces.

Unfortunately it hasn’t quite worked this way. Many of my friends are off, either with family or back in there respective homes at university or elsewhere. The few that are around are either opting for quite nights in or else are out in Malmesbury with no formal plans. Unfortunately, with my inability to drive and parents who are out I shan’t be able to make this.

Thus I’m spending new years at home. I’m not the only one, it seems a common affliction for a number of people I know. My brothers have some friends arround so I needn’t spend the actual transition in silence (or cheering by myself) but it does seem that things will b a little slow and the whole anti-climax that is so often new-year will be even more apparent than usual.