(A)WW: Easter 2014

Last Sunday was Easter Sunday. With no small children running around underfoot the house, I don’t have any stereotypical Easter morning pics to share. So, I decided to make some up.

Those who have received emails from my office email address have probably noticed my signature, a quote from a friend named Jim Thompson. It reads:

“The first day someone launches a serious attack against Mac OS X, it’s going to be like Cthulhu slaughtering bunnies on Easter morning.”

Well, I decided to use this as a springboard for my Easter pictures. Since I didn’t have any rabbits lying around, I had to find a substitute, and chose some blue and yellow Peeps.

“It’s going to be like Cthulhu slaughtering Peeps on Easter morning.” Which sounds wonderful. Are you ready to see the results of my handiwork?

Since you insist, without further ado… The Images!

Cthulhu eating Peeps

“… it will be like Cthulhu slaughtering Peeps on Easter Sunday.”

Uglyworm and some dismembered Peeps

“… while Uglyworm denies any involvement in the massacre of Peeps.”

Happy Easter from Uglyworm, Great Cthulhu, and the Peeps!

What were your favorite images of Easter this year?

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A Special Easter Surprise for Y’all

Happy Easter to all! I know this is a bit late in the day for an Easter post, but I was going through some photos I shot recently, and I thought I would pick out several nice ones to post for your viewing pleasure.

All these images are from a recent visit to the Fabergé: A Brilliant Vision exhibit at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, in Houston, TX.

Empress Josephine Tiara at Fabergé: A Brilliant Vision

The Empress Josephine Tiara

Nobel Ice Egg at Fabergé: A Brilliant Vision

A close-up of the Nobel Ice Egg

Close-up of a Fabergé egg at Fabergé: A Brilliant Vision

Close-up of a Fabergé egg at Fabergé: A Brilliant Vision

I hope these images have inspired you to go and visit your local museum.

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(A)WW: Пасхальные яйца

Since the next sunday is Easter Sunday, it is only fitting that we all get with the program, and perform that time-honored tradition of dying Easter Eggs. And, for those of us into Wordless Wednesday, show off our handiwork on our blogs for others to get all jealous over enjoy.

Since I don’t have young children at home anymore, I don’t actually dye eggs for Easter. However, I happen to live not too far from a collection of really nice Easter Eggs –  Fabergé Eggs (Яйца Фаберже́), which are on display at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.

These aren’t your normal Easter Eggs, either – not unless you were a member of, or very close friends with, Tsar Nicholas II of Imperial Russia. Instead of your usual grocery store quality dyes, these things were decorated with highly polished lacquers and precious metals, and studded with gemstones. Certainly not the type of egg you want to hide in the back yard for the kiddoes to go a-hunting on Easter morning!

And so, without further ado… The Images!

Fabergé eggs at HMNS.

Fabergé eggs at HMNS.

Fabergé eggs at HMNS.

Fabergé eggs at HMNS.

Fabergé eggs at HMNS.

Fabergé eggs at HMNS.

Fabergé eggs at HMNS.

Fabergé eggs at HMNS.

So, do you plan on putting out real eggs, or the plastic ones, this Easter morn?

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(A)WW: The Eighth Wonder of the World

While I was visiting RODEOHOUSTON with my brand new Olympus PEN E-P5 last month, I had an opportunity to walk wheel around the grounds of Reliant NRG Park. Among the structures on that site is one that, when it was built, was dubbed the “Eighth Wonder of the World“. Open as Houston’s baseball stadium from 1965-1999, the building was closed “for good” in 2006. After several failed attempts to re-purpose the Astrodome, the County Commissioners Court recently kicked the can down the road again voted to let the voters of Harris County decide whether to fix it up and convert it into something new and (hopefully) useful, or just tear the darned thing down. Needless to say, this seems to have been added to the list of topics about which we must take sides and debate in an acrimonious manner, for it has become just another battleground in the Great Culture Wars.

Since there is a not insignificant chance that I won’t be able to get back and see the stadium where I watched baseball as a kid before it meets the wrecking ball, I felt it best to get some pictures while I had the chance.

And so, without further ado… The Images!

The Eighth Wonder of the World

The (Former?) Eighth Wonder of the World

This is one of the entrances to the underground area of the Astrodome. There is a sign that says, very clearly,…

DO NOT ENTER

DO NOT ENTER!

Even before the vote, some demolition had to occur. The spiral entryways on the outside of the stadium had to come down, regardless of what happens to the building. Needless to say, when this appeared on the local news, there was much wailing and gnashing of teeth in the local social networking arena!

Stage 1 Demo Complete

Stage 1 Demo Complete

One last(?) view of the Astrodome (I love the sky in this shot):

The Eighth Wonder of the World

The Eighth Wonder of the World

Back in the exhibit hall, I happened to spot something else that once served a purpose, but whose time appears to have passed:

Progress, according to some

Progress, according to some

Do you recognize what used to occupy that spot on the wall?

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(A)WW: Let’s RODEO! Pt 2.

Last week, I posted about the food items I saw when I played hooky took a well-deserved vacation day and headed down to RODEOHOUSTON with my brand new Olympus PEN E-P5. Well, lest you think the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is just about eating lots ‘n lots o’ artery-clogging fried stuff, I figured I had better show you some of the other things I found there!

And so, without further ado… The Images!

Battleship TEXAS Art

Battleship TEXAS Art

Yes, they still have art and other competitions, and the theme doesn’t even have to be Western or cowboys or anything like that!

Off-road package!

Off-road package!

I wonder if Ford realized exactly what would be in front of their monstrous banner ad.

The carnival at #RODEOHOUSTON

The carnival at #RODEOHOUSTON

Ahhh, yes, the midway area! Rides, and places to get ripped off try and win stuff!

Bull

Bull

One of several statues that adorn the area around Reliant NRG Stadium.

The carnival at #RODEOHOUSTON

The carnival at #RODEOHOUSTON

Another view of the carnival/midway area.

Painted Boot

Painted Boot

A large painted boot outside of the Wine Garden. Because OF COURSE WINE AT THE RODEO.

Horsey in HDR

Horsey in HDR

This image, and the one following, are of a group of horses (duh!) which I decided to render in HDR in order to get the details of the sculpture work.

Horseys in HDR

Horseys in HDR

And, last but not least, one more painted boot.

Painted Boot

Painted Boot

So, what is on your “must do” list at the rodeo/fair?

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