July 3, 2013

At Hazy Dave's Café...



... you can talk about anything you want, but this photo is from longtime commenter Hazy Dave, who was pleased by the painterly effect of the digital zoom on his cheap smartphone. (Click to enlarge and see the effect.)

I'm told this picture was taken "on the shortcut from New Glarus back to the Badger State Trail on Sunday - which was a mistake, by the way - big nasty hills instead of gentle railbed pedaling."

33 comments:

harrogate said...

Well now, Hazy Davy got really hurt
He ran into the lake in just his socks and his shirt
Me and Crazy Janey was makin' love in the dirt
Singin' our birthday song.

Synova said...

Wow, everything is go green.

I hope that ladder means that someone is fixing up the house. I realize that not all houses are worth fixing but I like those big old houses.

Fprawl said...

Reminds me of paternal home place. A log cabin started the structure, and they just built a planed boards two story around it.

Quaestor said...

I do like the effect. What do you think of my elaboration?

edutcher said...

Very nice for a phone cam.

Synova said...

Wow, everything is go green.

Except when they're not.

All those "green" cars aren't.

Quayle said...

Obama is leading from behind again, this time in Egypt.

Quaestor said...
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Quaestor said...

I goofed. I meant to write This version looks like watercolor over pen and ink

Carnifex said...

haahhaaaha Rasmussen releases new poll that sez Americans consider adult blacks to be more racist than whites or hispanics. This also includes blacks thinking blacks are more racist than whites. (30% to 20%). But don't let that narrative slow you leftists down.

Hazy Dave said...

That is a ladder on the right, and it's hard to tell, but I believe the tree on the left has tipped over and is leaning on the house. In need of paint and Lord knows what else, it reminded me of the house my Dad grew up in, in northern Wisconsin. I believe Google+ automatically enhanced the color saturation a bit.

Hazy Dave said...

Quaestor, I keep a copy of Microsoft Photo Editor from 1997 on my computer to apply watercolor (or pen and ink or chalk and charcoal) effects on photos. Can sometimes make a poorly exposed or blurry photo look like something worth keeping instead of deleting...

Quaestor said...

I hear ya, Hazy. I use Photoshop CS5.5 for the same purpose among others. Here's a monochromed version with the greens and blue brightened. I may print and mount this one for the kitchen.

Inga said...

That is such a gorgeous part of the state. My sister lives in the Coulees, breathtaking.

hawkeyedjb said...

I thought it was a picture of a house in downtown Detroit.

bagoh20 said...

I love that house. I want it. I could spend the next 10 years fixing that up.

Oh it's in Wisconsin? No f'ing way. You ever been there in winter, or even worse during a recall election. There's chanting, and signage, and great gnashing of teeth. Nope, I'm staying right here in America.

viator said...

Funiculì, Funiculà at Sacla' supermarket, London

I liked the woman with the fish...

You Tube

Chip Ahoy said...

There's only so much time and it's all just for fun so it must be fast, very fast. That's why so many do not get done, just barely thought up.

I do like the effects you put to this, Quaestor.

I'd like something to go into the house, then come out, but what? A skier. Evel Knievel (is that a real name) The little Escher men that continuously go up, a play on the reduction of 3 dimensions to 2 dimensions, sets itself up for all kinds of trickery, so in and out of the windows, up the outside stairs but up stairs as seen through windows too, and the end connects to the start upwardly so that everybody is always going up. It would only have to be a few frames because each character takes one or two steps into the next character. Or else add ghosts on transparent layers slipping in and out of windows chasing each other like fire then settling down and looping that.

James said...

Excellent; it almost looks like it was shot with a tilt-shift lens.

Rusty said...

It looks abandoned.
Much like the middle class under Obama.

edutcher said...
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edutcher said...

Interesting question:

If, in his all-powerful majesty, Choom can push back the Congressionally-mandated start of a law, what would stop Choom from pushing back border security in any AmnestyCare bill?

Calypso Facto said...

Nice original, Hazy Dave, and nice reinterpretation Quaestor!

rhhardin said...

I finished off the last of the 007 Bond DVDs.

They get darker and more psychological without any motivation as far as I can tell.

Plots are harder to follow than when he was just banging women. You have to look them up and even then imdb doesn't know either.

Maybe it's for today's audience.

What was the old Lloyd Bridges spy series, where the plot involved 20 minutes of agonizing crawling up many flights of stairs on hands and knees probably wounded.

There are still occasional Bond quips from some surviving writer.

edutcher said...

rhhardin said...

What was the old Lloyd Bridges spy series, where the plot involved 20 minutes of agonizing crawling up many flights of stairs on hands and knees probably wounded.

He did "Sea Hunt", a cop show, an anthology, and a Western for Rod Serling, but I can't recall a spy show.

You're thinking of somebody else, maybe

mariner said...

Nice job, Hazy Dave.

Thank you for posting it, Althouse.

pm317 said...

That is one perfect picture.. makes me want to pick up my paint brush.

So Obama's BFF got screwed in Egypt. Seems like it has to get as bad as Egypt for people to wake up here.

deborah said...

I once made an effort to get interested in the Bond movies, but they were just too silly and boring. Try the Jason Bourne series. The first one is especially good.

Danno said...

Nice pic,

I stayed in Monroe when my daughter had her UW Madison graduation in May. It allowed me to do some preliminary reconnaissance for a future bike trip to the Badger State Trail. It is amazing how they could put a railroad through this extremely hilly area of SW Wisconsin.

Synova said...

I suppose I watched some early Bond movies (though I may not have... did they show them on television before the 1980s?.. we wouldn't have seen them in a theater) in any case, I first *read* the original James Bond books by Ian Flemming and they're quite dark. Certainly Bond wasn't "banging women" though he did fall in love and either she'd die or she betrayed him. They were written in 1950-ish? Flemming died in 64. I don't think that sex was implied either though I may have been to innocent to notice what I might notice now.

But... the movies were quite a disappointment, actually. I like the more recent ones. I liked Skyfall very much.

I've read the Jason Bourne books, too. The movies were all right but they didn't follow the books much at all.

viator said...

The formulation "2 + 2 = 5" occasionally appears on this website as a nice short hand for some of the follies of our age e.g. government/4th estate propaganda or berserk climate science.

I always thought the origin was Orwell's 1984:

As the interrogator of thought criminals in 1984, O'Brien, states - "Sometimes they are five. Sometimes they are three. Sometimes they are all of them at once"

But then I ran across an article about a book "Assignment in Utopia" (1937), by Eugene Lyons UPI's journalist in Moscow during the early years of Stalin's rule (1928-34).

He had a chapter in that book titled 2 + 2 = 5. Some of you may remember the Soviet and Sino never ending five years plans. When one failed the only solution was another five year plan which failed followed by yet another ad nauseum.

"Optimism ran amuck. Every new statistical success gave another justification for the coercive policies by which it was achieved. Every setback was another stimulus to the same policies. The slogan "The Five Year Plan in Four Years" was advanced, and the magic symbols "5-in-4" and "2+2=5" were posted and shouted throughout the land... . Under their pseudo-scientific exterior of charts and blueprints the planners were mystics in a trance of ardor."
Eugene Lyons

deborah said...

Synova, I didn't get around to posting again that I haven't seen the Daniel Craig ones, but mean to. Love. Him. I'm interested in seeing what he's doing with the franchise.

deborah said...

Synova, I didn't get around to posting again that I haven't seen the Daniel Craig ones, but mean to. Love. Him. I'm interested in seeing what he's doing with the franchise.

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