Sunday, February 15, 2015

Spring - Kai Shu Script Wei Bei Style

At last, something worth sharing. After many Youtube video tutorials, it was time to put it to practice. It did not occur to me that regular script (Kai Shu) would have so many varieties. The differences are owing to different master calligraphers. I chose a form that was aesthetically pleasing, and something I have yet to try before.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Highlights of 2014

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The blog has been under active in 2014. Other than starting a new full time job, most of the year I found myself out of doors rather than sitting in front of a computer. Going back to work after such a long absence, it was necessary to take up Tai Chi. It's now taking longer to focus on projects, but the weather warms up, I will move things along. Here is a photo highlight the past year.


Here is the most recent photo of my goldfish - a fantail, that I would like to submit to my portfolio. It is my favourite goldfish shot to date. I had to use a flash as this type of fish would not stay put. Using the a piece of tissue folded over 3 times gave the optimal effect. On top of that, the image was framed perfectly with the old Canon G1. As a specimen, it is somewhat less than ideal. The short tail fin is almost completely joined in the middle, and there seem to be a deformed anal fin. All of which contributed to her swimming unevenly. I hope to celebrate the 3 month mark with an updated shot from a Canon ELPH for comparison. The scales are much more pronounced now.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

From History's Shadow by Dayton Ward

With all this talk of The X-Files reboot, I returned to watching the last two seasons of the TV series. What's left of it that I had on VHS cassette anyway. Over time, I have a whole new appreciation for these episodes. Which makes my recent read of Dayton Ward's From History's Shadow that much more exciting.
This story takes the reader through the two times James T. Kirk's travel back into Earth's past and fills in the gaps in between with some familiar faces from Star Trek canon and interesting new characters.
As a fan of the UFO genre, the written details were very easy to visualize. It gave the story a tone that was reminiscent of the early seasons of The X-Files and an ambiance similar to the Dark Skies TV series.
This was the first time I've read a new novel from Star Trek The Original Series and not been disappointed by it as I have been with The Next Generation relaunch.
Looking forward to what the author will come up with next.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

From the Set of Murdoch Mysteries - Open House 2014

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Brush Painting

Second attempt at calligraphy. This is a very cursive style. It is easy to copy, if you know the basics of ink brush writing. Ah... I should make time to practice brush writing again.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Coming From Hiatus or Hibernation

Work life has finally settled down. Weather is fine. Although, I am using the computer less these days, I haven't given up writing totally. I look forward to sharing something this weekend.

Shanghai Interlude

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