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03/11/2013 11:22:11 AM · #1
Originally posted by coronamv:

Most of you probably are gadget Holics like me if you have not been Here then go take a look. Have fun.


caution - clicking on that link will make you spend money on stuff you didn't know you needed,
thus making you one of the site's smart masses.

You are warned.
:)
03/11/2013 10:55:47 AM · #2
Order a Bottle of Magma. It is only 1 million scoville units and looks like a lava lamp. It is basically pure capsasin 1 part t0 16 parts vineger. I like to trick people and have them dab their finger or tooth pick in the very top and have them try it. At first they go notbad then you see the sweat start to build then they go man thats starting to sneak up on me and finally they are doubled over in the floor cause they just tasted pure capsacin. Yep always have the video camera handy. I do have two friends that just were not born with heat receptors. Thats when we get really mean and I get one of them to show a suspecting person its not hot. Cubical warfare!!!! My cube had five 24 inch monitors two computers three USB rocket Launchers and a webcams so I could see who was coming up behind me. I loved to place the anoytron in unsuspecting interns offices or the random key generator usb dongle. Better yet a piece of electrical tape over the optical sensor on the mouse. In 1999 I bought a book called Dilberts Cubical Hell. Some good stuff in it. At Halloween we were able to decorate our cubes well 4 of us sat in a row so we built huts with doors even made a japanese sleeping bunk under my desktop. Most of you probably are gadget Holics like me if you have not been Herethen go take a look. Have fun.Hey Bear I once passed out from too much fake wasabi. Cut the air off. I blacked out only to be awaken by my dad trying to do the hymlic manover on me.
03/11/2013 10:14:36 AM · #3
Originally posted by coronamv:

Originally posted by Bear_Music:

I'm a wasabi afficionado myself, or anything wildly hot... Include me in on the fun?

Ok. First I would like to point out a misconception. Wasabi is not hot it stings your nerves. Real wasabi which most people cannot afford is sweet and rare. What we are served in sushi/sashimi bars is a horshrasish colored green made from a dried powder out of a can or tube. You want heat I have many types of peppers I grow and a few special ordered bottles of Pure capsacin. 16 million on the scoville chart. I use it in chili cook offs and torchering friends. I actualy love th flavor of a roasted Ghost chili pepper and have a salt shaker with it ground up fine in on the dinner table.

Once the growing begins I will be willing to ship an assortment of peppers ranging from 7000 Scovilles to 2 million. With one condition. You must video either you or the sucker you get to eat them. ALL of them. And no cheating No sugar or sugar products. You can have all the Alcohol, water , milk your heart desires. Pain ususally last from 2 to 4 hours. Did I say pain? Oops! I will share with you a secret ingredient that will stop the burn imediantly. PalmOlive dish washing detergent. Yep blew bubbles out my butt for a week after that one. Hit me up if you are up for the challenge.

I didn't express myself very well. I know wasabi is in a different category than the peppers. I mean to separate them when I said "or anything wildly hot". I've also been fortunate enough to have experienced real wasabi, and I know the difference between it and horseradish-based imitations. For whatever that's all worth.

As for your uber-pepper challenge, I'll pass on that one, those days are behind me now :-) I've eaten peppers that made me want to die, and bragged about it afterwards, but the digestive system ain't what it used to be as I segue into my dotage. I like my food hot, and hotter is even better, but I try to avoid going over the precipice. A healthy dose of habaneros is about where I stop now. I do have that bottle of absurdly fiery stuff if Cory shows up, though. Unless I tossed it out in the last cabinet-cleaning...
03/11/2013 02:54:36 AM · #4
Originally posted by Neat:

Originally posted by Bear_Music:

Originally posted by digifotojo:

Back in '07 we were more free in our approach but things have gotten to the point where we feel we have to over-analyze everything... which kind of takes the fun out of it. Agree?

I quite agree with you. So many people dithering around wondering if THIS is correct or if THAT is correct, and there seems no end of it. It's especially silly, IMO, with this topic, because Wabi Sabi (which is what everyone's arguing abou) is a way of life, an attitude, and it's up to each individual as to how they are going to incorporate it into their essential worldview. Not only that, the challenge isn't even ABOUT Wabi Sabi, except to the extent that the concept is included in the (much coarser) challenge topic/description.

Just relax and have at it, folks :-)


That's true - but it is simply what the challenge description is ie: Seeing the Beauty In The Everyday, that's it, in a nutshell!


My mother is 67 Japanese and my Obachan is 90 neither of them had a clue as to what this term ment. They knew each word separatly but had not ever heard them put together. Even the Japanese writing was from a very old chinese alphabet that is not used commonly in todays world. 700 year old idea. Brought back from the dead by artist. I actually remembered hearing the words spoken in art history 20 years ago, but slept most of the time in that class. Lights out hung over lack of sleep due to partying and a professor that spoke in a monatone voice.ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ........
03/11/2013 02:49:48 AM · #5
Originally posted by Bear_Music:

I'm a wasabi afficionado myself, or anything wildly hot... Include me in on the fun?


Ok. First I would like to point out a misconception. Wasabi is not hot it stings your nerves. Real wasabi which most people cannot afford is sweet and rare. What we are served in sushi/sashimi bars is a horshrasish colored green made from a dried powder out of a can or tube. You want heat I have many types of peppers I grow and a few special ordered bottles of Pure capsacin. 16 million on the scoville chart. I use it in chili cook offs and torchering friends. I actualy love th flavor of a roasted Ghost chili pepper and have a salt shaker with it ground up fine in on the dinner table.

Once the growing begins I will be willing to ship an assortment of peppers ranging from 7000 Scovilles to 2 million. With one condition. You must video either you or the sucker you get to eat them. ALL of them. And no cheating No sugar or sugar products. You can have all the Alcohol, water , milk your heart desires. Pain ususally last from 2 to 4 hours. Did I say pain? Oops! I will share with you a secret ingredient that will stop the burn imediantly. PalmOlive dish washing detergent. Yep blew bubbles out my butt for a week after that one. Hit me up if you are up for the challenge.
03/10/2013 11:27:46 PM · #6
[wrong thread!]

Message edited by author 2013-03-10 23:28:52.
03/10/2013 10:08:31 PM · #7
Originally posted by Bear_Music:

Originally posted by digifotojo:

Back in '07 we were more free in our approach but things have gotten to the point where we feel we have to over-analyze everything... which kind of takes the fun out of it. Agree?

I quite agree with you. So many people dithering around wondering if THIS is correct or if THAT is correct, and there seems no end of it. It's especially silly, IMO, with this topic, because Wabi Sabi (which is what everyone's arguing abou) is a way of life, an attitude, and it's up to each individual as to how they are going to incorporate it into their essential worldview. Not only that, the challenge isn't even ABOUT Wabi Sabi, except to the extent that the concept is included in the (much coarser) challenge topic/description.

Just relax and have at it, folks :-)


That's true - but it is simply what the challenge description is ie: Seeing the Beauty In The Everyday, that's it, in a nutshell!

03/10/2013 09:58:29 PM · #8
I have to admit that even though I have spent some time in Asia I am not familiar at all with the concept neither did I encountered the term until this challenge. A least I ralized that is very Japanese.

I am confused what to enter but that is not something new. I'll go with the emptiness that might strike me before the deadline.

It's interesting how the challenge itself coincided with the sad news of Shez passing away and the good news of doc "the braveheart" winning another battle.

Random thoughts of the zen-of-traveling-to-work-on-a-subway-with-an-iPhon-connected-to-the-Internet
03/10/2013 05:46:35 PM · #9
Thanks Robert, very well put.
03/10/2013 05:43:46 PM · #10
Originally posted by digifotojo:

Back in '07 we were more free in our approach but things have gotten to the point where we feel we have to over-analyze everything... which kind of takes the fun out of it. Agree?

I quite agree with you. So many people dithering around wondering if THIS is correct or if THAT is correct, and there seems no end of it. It's especially silly, IMO, with this topic, because Wabi Sabi (which is what everyone's arguing abou) is a way of life, an attitude, and it's up to each individual as to how they are going to incorporate it into their essential worldview. Not only that, the challenge isn't even ABOUT Wabi Sabi, except to the extent that the concept is included in the (much coarser) challenge topic/description.

Just relax and have at it, folks :-)

Message edited by author 2013-03-10 17:51:52.
03/10/2013 05:25:04 PM · #11
We're surrounded by imperfect perfection.. so just go out and shoot what inspires you!
03/10/2013 05:21:36 PM · #12
Wabi-Sabi -- to see the perfect in the imperfect. This is how Sherpet saw the world....this challenge is for Sherpet. So think about your entry, would Sherpet be able to see the perfect in the imperfect of your image?
03/10/2013 05:19:46 PM · #13
Back in '07 we were more free in our approach but things have gotten to the point where we feel we have to over-analyze everything... which kind of takes the fun out of it. Agree?
03/10/2013 05:06:07 PM · #14
Not too sure about abstracts - most of my efforts have turned into abstracts and have the air of contrivance which I think is not the spirit of the everyday. I think almost any of the work of ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' bvy would fit the challenge description. As well I do think the spirit of the challenge IS that of wabi-sabi, or even of miksang, where a certain emptiness of mind is necessary in the approach. But of course the more you think about it the less empty you become.
03/10/2013 03:20:37 PM · #15
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03/10/2013 02:17:45 PM · #16
Originally posted by theFREDfactor:

Wabi-Sabi in it's barest essence is the Japanese art of finding beauty in things imperfect whether in nature or manmade. Examples, an old handmade vase that shows it's pitt marks and scratches due to age, usage and handmade imperfections rather than one that is mass produced shiny and new. An outdoor furniture piece that shows it's passage of time from usage and weather. Leaves at the end of their cycle discoloured and scattered randomly on the ground. A fallen tree log that has probably layed there for a few years and is covered in moss/fungi etc... Perhaps the closest word in the English language to Wabi-Sabi is "Rustic" although this is only a small part of the Wabi-Sabi aesthetic."

Well, I have re-read the challenge a couple of times, and in neither the title nor description do I find anything (other than the reference to the Japanese style) which hints or implies that the subject must be either "rustic" or "imperfect" -- merely that one should find and photograph something "interesting" about an "ordinary" object from daily life, one not typically the subject of a photographic study.
03/10/2013 02:04:17 PM · #17
Oh, it is/was very funny :-) And the "Ig" in front of the "Nobel" makes all the difference... I'm very familiar with the Ig Nobels :-)

I just wanted to play straight man to your comical interjection :-)
03/10/2013 01:52:23 PM · #18
Originally posted by Bear_Music:

Originally posted by pixelpig:

Little known fact about WASABI, from wiki: "Inhaling or sniffing wasabi vapor has an effect like smelling salts, a property exploited by researchers attempting to create a smoke alarm for the deaf. One deaf subject participating in a test of the prototype awoke within 10 seconds of wasabi vapor being sprayed into his sleeping chamber. The 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to the researchers for determining the ideal density of airborne wasabi to wake people in event of an emergency."

Is that BS I smell invading my sleeping chamber? :-)

Press Release
5 October 2011

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for 2011 to

Dan Shechtman
Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel

"for the discovery of quasicrystals"


"The Ig Nobel Prizes are an American parody of the Nobel Prizes and are given each year in early October for ten unusual or trivial achievements in scientific research. The stated aim of the prizes is to "first make people laugh, and then make them think". " Again from Wiki.

I think you pronounce the Ig Nobel prize as "ignoble."

I was a sloppy quoter. I still think it's funny.

Message edited by author 2013-03-10 13:56:12.
03/10/2013 01:37:54 PM · #19
Originally posted by pixelpig:

Little known fact about WASABI, from wiki: "Inhaling or sniffing wasabi vapor has an effect like smelling salts, a property exploited by researchers attempting to create a smoke alarm for the deaf. One deaf subject participating in a test of the prototype awoke within 10 seconds of wasabi vapor being sprayed into his sleeping chamber. The 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to the researchers for determining the ideal density of airborne wasabi to wake people in event of an emergency."

Is that BS I smell invading my sleeping chamber? :-)

Press Release
5 October 2011

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for 2011 to

Dan Shechtman
Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel

"for the discovery of quasicrystals"
03/10/2013 01:34:26 PM · #20
Little known fact about WASABI, from wiki: "Inhaling or sniffing wasabi vapor has an effect like smelling salts, a property exploited by researchers attempting to create a smoke alarm for the deaf. One deaf subject participating in a test of the prototype awoke within 10 seconds of wasabi vapor being sprayed into his sleeping chamber. The 2011 [Ig] Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to the researchers for determining the ideal density of airborne wasabi to wake people in event of an emergency."

eta 'Ig'

Message edited by author 2013-03-10 13:57:13.
03/10/2013 11:16:22 AM · #21
No matter how hard I try to think of wabi-sabi,
I have to steer around wasabi first.
03/10/2013 08:56:21 AM · #22


Originally posted by theFREDfactor:

Wabi-Sabi in it's barest essence is the Japanese art of finding beauty in things imperfect whether in nature or manmade. Examples, an old handmade vase that shows it's pitt marks and scratches due to age, usage and handmade imperfections rather than one that is mass produced shiny and new. An outdoor furniture piece that shows it's passage of time from usage and weather. Leaves at the end of their cycle discoloured and scattered randomly on the ground. A fallen tree log that has probably layed there for a few years and is covered in moss/fungi etc... Perhaps the closest word in the English language to Wabi-Sabi is "Rustic" although this is only a small part of the Wabi-Sabi aesthetic."


Thank you...
03/10/2013 06:24:24 AM · #23
Wabi-Sabi in it's barest essence is the Japanese art of finding beauty in things imperfect whether in nature or manmade. Examples, an old handmade vase that shows it's pitt marks and scratches due to age, usage and handmade imperfections rather than one that is mass produced shiny and new. An outdoor furniture piece that shows it's passage of time from usage and weather. Leaves at the end of their cycle discoloured and scattered randomly on the ground. A fallen tree log that has probably layed there for a few years and is covered in moss/fungi etc... Perhaps the closest word in the English language to Wabi-Sabi is "Rustic" although this is only a small part of the Wabi-Sabi aesthetic."
03/10/2013 12:55:51 AM · #24
Originally posted by Enlightened:

WAIT you are supposed to see the beauty in the everyday...don't clean up the beauty!!!


Oh trust me, there's no danger of it disappearing anytime soon...
03/10/2013 12:40:16 AM · #25
Originally posted by Bear_Music:

I'm not a cultivator of the tame,
no lover of smooth mulch and soothing rain:
the stony garden of my spirit grows
things never harvested in ordered rows...


Deep

I like

that~
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