Author Archives: bissempalla

tumblr sunday: christmas with the big red cheese

Come to the the Coelacanth Gallery to see our holiday decorations.  Here’s my favorite so far, a gorgeous C.C. Beck* Captain Marvel “Christmas cover”.  The snow, the trees, the giant boot… the color scheme and the lettering … they don’t … Continue reading

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before and after

A frosting color palette for another double batch of Land O Lakes butter cookies.  The blue is the first one I’ve found that really works: one drop of the neon blue.  The orange is still a work in progress; this … Continue reading

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at the movies: the hobbit: battle of five armies

This movie presented this reviewer with a tidy ethical dilemma. Regular readers know I saw the first two installments in the interminable Hobbit trilogy in the theater (in 3D) and wrote about them here, so I felt some obligation to … Continue reading

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hydrangeas in december

I’m obsessed with hydrangeas, photographically, at least.  Luckily I live in an established neighborhood with lots of old gardens full of an amazing variety of hydrangeas, and since I am on good terms with most of my neighbors I can … Continue reading

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good advice

On this busy day (I’m working on your Winter Holiday present), a wander through the phone camera’s galleries found this gem of good advice.  Let’s be careful out there. Question of the day: is the phone camera archive really a … Continue reading

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kandinsky’s birthday

Today is the birthday of the painter Wassily Kandinsky, and he’s been honored by a well deserved Google Doodle.  I thought I’d join in the celebration with a black and white portrait photograph of the artist from my tumblr collection, … Continue reading

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best of the drawing of the day, week 137: doctor elabo

In spite of the caption, here’s someone who needs no introduction.  Doctor Elabo is in the house!  He’s a jolly, funky, mystical guy, and very much the spirit of my new Pilot Elabo fountain pen.  (Yes, the one I was … Continue reading

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tumblr sunday: the five persons, or the powerful hand

OK.  My goal here is not to offend anyone’s religious or cultural beliefs.  This image, called The Powerful Hand or The Five Persons, is a time honored symbol in a Mexican and Puerto Rican folk religion and combines Catholic symbolism … Continue reading

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at ten minutes of four …

Well, it was about ten minutes of four when I saw the clock in the first image, and I thought it was a funny coincidence.  But by the time I cropped the photo in question, and the other ones, and … Continue reading

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more wrestling action! from the moose lodge

Let’s get ready to (small scale) rumble!  Here are some action shots from my famous “wrestling at the Moose Lodge” shoot of last Sunday.  TV wrestling this was not, but its more intimate distances made for some most interesting photographic … Continue reading

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