Monday, March 28, 2016

Murder By Death w/ Tim Barry @ The Echoplex

Murder By Death, Sarah Balliet, Adam Turla, Indie Rock, The Echoplex
[Murder By Death @ The Echoplex 3/25/16]

Murder By Death (with Tim Barry) played a show as part of their current tour at The Echoplex in Los Angeles this past Friday.  They were the first band I ever saw in concert which happened to be at the same venue.  The mister took me a few years ago.  We've seen them every time they've come into town.  One of the best and most unique things about Murder By Death is that their act contains a cellist.  In my opinion, a cello really brings a darker, more somber sound to music that I'm quite fond of.

I mounted my friend's 28-200 mm telephoto lens on my DSLR in preparation for The Echoplex where I also signed my first photo release.  Did you know that some places require you to sign one?  No, me neither, but the girl at the door said it was, "In case you get famous."  Oh, I wish.  I moved around the venue a lot for part of the night to get my shots.  I love this lens for shooting so much that I'm considering saving up for my own.  I'm sure this would be a much more feasible goal if I stopped blowing my money on concert tickets, food, and makeup. 

Tim Barry, The Echoplex
Sarah Balliet, Adam Turla, Murder By Death, Indie Rock
[Tim Barry; Sarah Balliet and Adam Turla of Murder by Death @ The Echoplex]

Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon and Big Dark Love are the two albums I am most familiar with so here's my Murder By Death primer.  Best for long car rides in the dark, winding up the Pacific Coast Highway.

1.  I Came Around
2.  Ditch Lilly
3.  Lost River
4.  Solitary One
5.  Big Dark Love 
6.  My Hill
7.  I Shot An Arrow
8.  Kentucky Bourbon
9.  Brother
10.  Hard World

Friday, March 18, 2016

Coronado Island

San Diego, Coronado Island


I visited Coronado Island the day before I left the conference in San Diego. After major talks had concluded for the day, my friends Gina, Isaac, and I took an evening trip to Coronado. Coronado is a resort island that is a 15 minute ferry ride from the San Diego Bay.  We went down to the little beach, had a stroll through the shops, and dinner at a barbeque restaurant before heading back to the bay. 

San Diego Skyline, Coronado Island, Coronado Beach

The last image I leave you with is of Gina and Isaac.  I really like how this photograph turned out with the exception of the man in the background, but he was in frame because he was leashing the dog.  I've known Gina since I was an undergraduate.  We attend graduate schools on opposite ends of the country so we rarely get to see each other in person.  It was awesome to have the chance to catch up with her in San Diego.  That girl - she just gets me.

Photo credits: Gina and me (by Isaac), me on the beach (Gina),  shells in hands (Gina).

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

San Diego


[San Diego Bay]

I am in San Diego for the American Chemical Society (ACS) Meeting which is a gigantic conglomeration of scientists from all over the world presenting their scientific research.  It is a great opportunity to see a variety of science outside of my discipline, all in one geographic location.  I saw a lot of amazing presentations on directed evolution, the protein folding problem, and targeted delivery of cancer drugs to their targets, just to name a few things.  My philosophy on conferences is that it doesn't matter so much which talks I attend because the important thing is to listen, learn, and broaden my scope on science.


[Boat docks and the San Diego skyline]


[View of Coronado Island]

Conference talk aside, it is beautiful down here in San Diego. The San Diego Convention Center, which houses most of the talks and poster sessions, is right near the San Diego Bay and Pier. It is so calming to be near so this much water and I desperately want to jump in, despite how cold that water probably is at this time of year!  Bodies of water = my happy place.  Cheers. 

Monday, March 7, 2016

Urban Blooms

Red / purple flowers
Purple Blooms
Red Blooms
Broad Flowers

I have lived in cities my whole life.  One of the things I like about cities is how people try to incorporate plant life and blooms within the concrete jungle.  I want to say these are exclusively spring blooms, but we have nice enough weather year round that there is always something growing.  I forget just how pretty my graduate school tries to keep the grounds.  We actually have a eucalyptus grove, a path of olive trees, orange trees, and a turtle pond, all on campus!  It's the small things in life, you know? 

Sunday, March 6, 2016

The Sunday #9: Composition


Hello, long time (14 days, to be exact) no see!  It's been a roller coaster of the past two weeks, trying to get things done and stretching myself a little bit too thin.  Turns out when you try to do work and a conference in town at the same time, you just end up too exhausted to blog or be productive.  Now, on to the post!

I.  If you've been poking around this space in the past two weeks, you'll see I've switched from a double to a single column layout, commonly found in more photography oriented blogs.  I struggle with settling on a blog design because I'm still actively working to figure out how to best represent myself and the voice of my blog.  When I came back to blogging, I knew I wanted to put the focus on lifestyle and photography, but I am still figuring out the type of content I want to put out and the overall theme of Lumière & Lens.

II.  I went around my neighborhood with my camera and a borrowed telephoto lens this weekend.  Since I don't have models or a lot of natural scenery at the moment, I worked on composition.  I often take the architecture and grounds on my campus for granted.  I love how buildings can be constructed to frame the sky, kind of a juxtaposition of the man-made versus the organic world.  Shown above is the Gene Pool which has streams that resemble the double helix of our genetic code.  If you can guess, the photographic theme of this post will be architecture!


III.  Thank you to those who wished me well on my talk on the last post.  My talk at the conference went over well!  I had a nice queue of people waiting to ask questions as I was finishing my talk and ended up staying for a half hour after the session to interact with other scientists.  It's always good when you get a lot of questions after a presentation because it means people were engaged and interested.  I have a presentation at another conference in San Diego after this and then I'm done for March!

IV.  I can't believe it's already March.  I have meetings to schedule for my degree progress and so much to do.  Where did the first two months of this year go?  I feel properly old nowadays with another California spring around the corner.  In case you aren't aware, graduate school is a kind of arrested development.  You're an adult, but you're still in school and there doesn't seem to be much space for doing the things other people my age are doing (i.e., getting married, having children). 

V.  I've been watching a lot of Ruth Crilly's (A Model Recommends) vlogs lately.  I love how down to earth she is despite being big on YouTube and the way she talks to her audience.  She has a great personality and sense of humor.  Vloggers like Ruth inspire me to vlog myself (I'm still too hesitant at the moment). Speaking of humor, check out Jennifer's blog!  Her posts always incite a chuckle or two from me.  Trust.  They'll make you laugh, too.

I'm off to take some time to pamper myself before going out to see Whiskey Tango Foxtrot tonight.  It's a Tina Fey movie so I'm looking forwards to lots of laughter.  I've got some new post ideas lined up for this coming week so watch this space!