Sunday, August 29, 2010

Glowy Night Parade at Six Flags

About a month ago, my fiancé and brother and sister and I went up to Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, IL. It had been years since I'd been to an amusement park, and we went on a lot of fun rides and roller coasters, but one of the most enjoyable parts of the day turned out to be the nifty glow-in-the-dark parade at the very end.

I had my camera with me and I tried my best to photograph the parade, though it proved challenging -- despite the glowy-ness, the light levels were still really low, and all my subjects kept moving along for some reason. But I did manage to capture a handful of reasonably clear shots -- the red-lighted trolley car shown above, for instance, is probably one of the better ones I ended up with.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates

For some reason, I've always found myself oddly fascinated by stories where two close or similar characters end up on wildly different paths in life, despite starting out in more or less the same place. Two siblings or childhood friends, close as can be, and then of them becomes evil! I know it sounds kind of childish and cliched to put it like that, but something just interests me about tracing two paths from a single starting point and looking at where, why, and how they diverge.

Generally, those kinds of stories tend to be works of fiction... so needless to say, I was intrigued when I first heard about the true story told in this book.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Why I've Started a Blog

Every so often, I find myself wishing that I had a blog. Usually it's because I feel like I have something important and ranty to say about politics, and it's a little unsatisfying to write up a whole rant and then just deposit it into my personal rant file.

But sometimes, I also have this vague feeling that blogging is what my generation does, and by not having one I'm missing out. To help me articulate this feeling, here is xkcd #239:

Anyway, as my blog title suggests, I'm really not taking this blogging thing very seriously. New posts may appear here every so often, or they may not. And if they do they will be random. And also, pie.