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On the ball

For a sport with such small balls, golf is an unusually large target.

cu golf ballPeople who don’t watch it or understand the nuances of the game are quick to dismiss it as boring.

My mother never understood why I watched golf on TV as a young child. But if she sat with me for even 30 minutes, she would soon be ‘oohing’ and ‘ahhing’ over some of the precision shots the pros could pull off.

And in television golf tournaments, you see a lot of golf.  The cameras jump from tee to fairway to green, so you get to see sometimes 50+ different golfers swing the club or putt every 30 seconds or less.

So, contrary to what you might think, there is a lot of action in golf.

In contrast, televised baseball and football games — America’s sports — mostly involve standing around.  A Wall Street Journal study calculated that a baseball fan will see 17 minutes and 58 seconds of action over the course of a three-hour game. And the football audience?  A paltry 11 minutes per game.

So for pure entertainment value, swing for swing, I’d put the US Open Golf Championship up against a baseball game any day. I’ve watched both, and I feel pretty good about my chances.

All over but the crying

I have just finished binge-watching the new season of House of Cards. But don’t worry — there are no spoilers here.

You have to put in all those hours to learn about their latest foibles.

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I’m just anxious to interact with real people again after my total immersion the past couple of days (other than brief breaks for UK basketball [29-0] and dog walks).

You know what I missed most?


Not me — I blink quite a bit, whether in conversation or while watching hours of TV.  I wear contacts; it’s required.

But the cast of House of Cards never appears to blink. Not even when the camera takes a long, dramatic look…pushing in for a revealing closeup.

They simply don’t give into the urge.

I would love to be on set when the director yells ‘cut.’ I envision the actors blinking furiously. Eye drops being administered post haste. A furious rubbing of eyelids, followed by frantic makeup touch ups.

Or, I hope that happens.


Up a tree

I got my first look at a Go Pro camera in an electronics store in the Cincinnati Airport over Halloween weekend. I had seen video footage from one before, but the clips they had on a loop at the store entrance sucked me right in.

So I completely understand why this squirrel felt the need to ‘grab and go.’

He’s a pretty good cameraman, yes?


I sometimes envy bloggers who have gone the ‘photo a day’ route…especially when I’m tired and finding it difficult to string words together into a pithy theme.

But then I look at the really good ones.

Let’s face it — even if I grabbed my phone (because I’d be using my cell instead of an expensive camera) — I wouldn’t do the subject justice compared to some of the talented folks posting pics online every day.

One of my favs is a former student. You may not be able to see her photos on Facebook unless you’re lucky enough to be her friend, but she has a great eye and sense of humor.

Here’s a fun one from earlier this year entitled “Survivors”:











Gotta love Goldfish…

Sure shot

While checking the time on my cellphone last night, I accidentally took this photo.

On BroadwayI was waiting outside the backstage door at Kinky Boots on 45th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues here in Manhattan.  I think the building in the shot is across the street.

The picture is grainy and off-kilter, but I kinda like it.

It looks like an action shot taken from a car…or maybe on the way down, before the photographer hit the pavement.

And I bet a few visitors to New York City might find its disorientation  a reflection of their feelings from time to time during their trip.

Me?  I just hit the wrong button on my phone.



I have been playing with the photo editor on my new Samsung Galaxy SIII camera.

This pic makes me happy.

It is just my silver hoops colorized beyond recognition. I mean, they were laying on a red throw…and look at them now.

Icy, blue and floating in midair.

Appearances are deceiving…but way cool.

Food as art

There are many pursuits in life that we trust only to experts. Electrical.  Plumbing.  Surgery.  The cutting of our bangs.

Trust me on that last one.

So why do so many people attempt to photograph the food on the plate in front of them?

True, cameraphones today have the technology to produce great images, but that doesn’t automatically mean we can…especially when hot and cold foods are involved.

Food stylists employ all kinds of amazing techniques and non-food items to create the beautiful images we enjoy online and in magazines.

Like Hollywood superstars, these foods are airbrushed and artificial.

That’s why your picture of grandma’s green bean casserole or turkey chili or that special cocktail from the bar that you text from your phone or post on Facebook or Twitter often receives such unexpectedly negative comments from your family and friends.

It looks kinda gross.  Sorry.

No, no and no

If it were possible, would you want photos of every moment of your life?

(I feel I should exclude soccer moms from this question, because they seem to take an awful lot of photos.)  But for the rest of you — would you…really?

Well, this reality is just around the corner.  UK-based firm Vicon has licensed technology for one such camera that you wear around your neck.  It can be programmed to take photos as often as every 30 seconds in response to changes in your body temperature or the environment.

The original intent of the camera was to help Alzheimer patients look back on the events of their day, but now we can use it to bore our friends and family on Facebook with the day-to-day minutiae of our lives.

Imagine!  Whereas before we could only share photos of those events where we remembered to whip out the ol’ digital camera, now the Vicon neck camera will be clicking along all day, every day.  We can share even our most forgettable moments.

I know I’m looking forward to that.

And I’m guessing Facebook is going to have to start charging for photo upload — can you imagine the file space that will be required after the Vicon camera is made available in 2010?

We really need that ‘unlike’ button.