What does a geek do...

Fall Colour from Seneca Hill

(Click the image to view larger version on Flickr) 

Camera setting: 1/400 f/8 55mm

This photo was taken in October, 2015 and applied HDR technique. 

Just love the rich colour spreading all over the place. What a beautiful afternoon view from Seneca Hill (Toronto)!


Who doesn't like photography

In this Smart Phone + Social Media age, photos are everywhere. Most photos are taken on random basis, as long as there is an interesting spot or moment, a shutter button is clicked.

A good photo carries feelings and tells stories. Unfortunately most photos are just flat and boring. You know what, in most cases, this "flat & boring" standard is very subjective. Some people like a photo so much that they save it as their desktop background or even print it out and hang it on the wall of their living room. However some other people might just skip the same photo and don't even bother to give it a second look. 

Professional photographers have to think and plan a lot before they really touch the shutter button. Sometime I am jealous of those pros' equipment and time on hand. But most of the time, I enjoy photography just because I can devote myself into the nature, study the composing of the lights/colours/shapes/perspectives, and engage post processing to experiment different tones and feelings. It's just a fantastic hobby one can get. 

I don't mind most of my photos are "flat & boring" to others, as long as I enjoy the whole process and seriously treat it as a THING to do, that's the most important part of the hobby. (Oh, I don't think my photos are that bad ;-)

This blog can only handle small sized image (600 X 300 or so). I will just post small sized photos, but give the link to my Flickr image in case you are still interested to see the bigger version of it.

Samuel Jackson delivered: Jules (pulp fiction) vs Rufus (kill bill 2)

Samuel Jackson's voice does have characters. I enjoy listening Samuel's dialogue in his movies. It can be funny, horrible, dumb or very serious. Behind these phonetic characters, I feel elegance, if I must say.

The pulp fiction scene I compiled here is a long "boring" lecturing. I say it's "boring" because I really felt so and skipped part when I was first watching it. Years after, when I got really bored in the real life, I went back to my dust collecting DVDs. All of sudden, these lectures are interesting and fun to watch. They do have meaning and are delivered in a great performance. John Travolta's short break-in is also funny and punchy.

The Rufus part in "Kill Bill 2" clearly shows a jazz veteran's experience, sort of run-himself-into-the-ground feeling.

In IMDB, Some said the two scenes are kind of connected. Because in pulp fiction, Jules did say that after he quits the gangster life, he might just wander around in his future and to do some different things as long as he can keep on searching his religious path, so a musician ended at a Christian church could be a logical choice.

Sure, I give a big credit to the writer/director Quentin Tarantino for composing these, but It's Samuel's acting that punched lines. Salute!


Marilyn Monroe scenes in "ALL ABOUT EVE" (1950)

The major roles were played by Bette Davis, George Sanders, Anne Baxter. Marilyn was unknown back then. She played Miss Casswell in the movie and that might be her first important role. Lovely, sexy but a little bit overdoing... You know what, maybe she's not acting. If that's the case, we can also say that her acting style is so natural and smooth, which is a not a bad thing for an actor/actress.

The dialogues in the scene also carry some weight if you try to understand what they were saying...