nisaa: (sofi ears)
( May. 20th, 2010 10:16 am)
Please boost this signal:
15 dogs and 12 cats need emergency foster care

A fire has destroyed the Berkeley humane society's center, and they need emergency foster care for 15 dogs and 12 cats.
If you haven't seen "Eyes Wide Open" ep of the new Doctor Who, you might not want to click this. If you have, you really should click. Now I've seen everything:
Joe's having a sale to raise money to get him to Greenland for his artist residency. Help him out. Buy some art:
Joe's having a sale to raise money to get him to Greenland for his artist residency. Help him out. Buy some art:
nisaa: (me with camera)
( Apr. 1st, 2010 03:14 pm)

Originally uploaded by nisaatbl.
Today is a day of sleep deprivation but getting up for sunrise was totally worth it. This photo wasn't from this morning. It was from yesterday. We'll go out and shoot some more this evening and then once more going east out to I-5 tomorrow afternoon.

I can't nap because I've had far too much caffeine today. Eep.
nisaa: (me with camera)
( Apr. 1st, 2010 03:13 pm)

Originally uploaded by nisaatbl.
Today is a day of sleep deprivation but getting up for sunrise was totally worth it. This photo wasn't from this morning. It was from yesterday. We'll go out and shoot some more this evening and then once more going east out to I-5 tomorrow afternoon.

I can't nap because I've had far too much caffeine today. Eep.
I can't believe I'm still awake. But I wanted to try to write a brief summary of the past two days before I fall over.

I did manage to get up for sunrise yesterday morning. It was kind of so-so but I got some pictures over by one of the lagoons once the sun was finally up. I found this four inch tall skeleton doll alongside the lagoon. When the early morning light hit it, it looked as if Mr. Bones was sunbathing on a rock.

I went back to the bird sanctuary afterward and found out the best section to wait and watch for birds that were close enough to take photos with the 55-250mm lens I have. An egret appeared at the very edge of the beach and an onlooker asked me, "Did you pay him to perform for you?" The egret stayed pretty close for at least ten minutes or so and I got to practice taking photos of birds :)

In the late afternoon, about two hours before sunset, [ profile] cortneyofeden met up with me and we went around taking photos together. Sunset was gorgeous. Although, I have to say, I was envious of her because she could move along the beach anywhere she wanted, whereas I didn't go past the boundary of Park Street, which was the limit of my section.

Today I got up early and went out for about an hour and a half. The sky was blah and gray so I gave up on that and went to take photos of ice plant. Tonight after work, Steve picked me up at BART and we rushed home to get my gear and get out and shoot while there was some light left. I tried a few pictures of the moon and then Steve came to pick me up. We ate dinner at Ollie's and I decided to squeeze out what I could of the last half hour and found a silhouette of a big tree with the moon next to it.

The crazy running around part of Alameda on Camera is addictive but now it's done. Now comes the figuring out what to submit for the show. I took a lot of photos yesterday and it looks like my favorites are from those shoots. I've narrowed down the selection and will sit with them for a while until I decide which one(s) to enter into the show and how I'm going to present it/them. (We're each guaranteed to get one in but last year I submitted two and I might again this year. We'll see.)

If nothing else, I got a little more experience taking photos of birds this weekend and that's huge. I used to find it extremely frustrating but it's a little less so now. I'll probably post some of the photos after I submit them for the show so it'll be a while.
I went to the launch party and was one of the last people to sign up for the drawing so I got one of the very last pieces of the map. There were quite a few people who kept saying, "I hope I don't get Bay Farm Island." It wasn't just me. One of the young ladies in the youth division who won two prizes last year got a section of Bay Farm again this year and said it was a curse. But I told her she made fabulous art last year and I was sure she would again this year.

I chose a piece of the map from the hat and it's a section of the island I don't know well at all. In fact, I had no idea there was a bird sanctuary on this island! The section I got is on the south shore - right next to, but thankfully not IN the south shore shopping plaza. (I met the lady that got the shopping plaza. She was NOT thrilled.)

Steve and Sofi and I went exploring, driving and walking around and checking out my area. There are a few lagoons in the section, the Elsie Roemer Bird Sanctuary and some really ugly houses. I took three pictures with the tiny bit of light from the moon through the clouds tonight. I'm going out for sunrise tomorrow. Because of where this section is, I'll definitely be able to get views towards San Francisco for sunset and possibly views towards San Leandro Bay for sunrise.

Oh, and we met a guy on the walk who told us I could rent a canoe or a kayak from someone in Jack London Square and go out on the water to take pix if I wanted to. We'll see about that - but it's cool to know it exists.

This is gonna be fun :)
nisaa: (equality)
( Jan. 25th, 2010 12:33 pm)
I know I'm not as political as some of my friends and but here are my two cents. If you're wondering where to follow along what's going on in the Prop 8 trial, I recommend this as a good place to start:
I follow them on twitter: @AmerEqualRights as they're tweeting what goes on in the courtroom. Some of the stuff from the Prop 8 supporters is really, really enraging to read but I think it's necessary. I'm fairly new to twitter and I think being able to read what's going on in the courtroom is a brilliant use of this social medium.

If you have any other suggestions on places to read about the trial, please let me know. Thanks!
Hey Rob, this is great but I love my job already!

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): I'm hoping that 2010 will be the year you do
whatever it takes to fall more deeply in love with the work you do. I'd like
to see you reshape the job you have so that it better suits your soul's
imperatives. If that's not possible, consider looking for or even creating a
new job. The cosmos will be conspiring to help you accomplish this. Both
hidden and not-so-hidden helpers will be nudging you to earn your
livelihood in ways that serve your highest ideals and make you feel at
peace with your destiny.
So, what do my fabulously talented friends have to offer for holiday gifts?

I know that:

[ profile] tharain's book Lover's Knot is on pre-order at Amazon and will also be available at Books, Inc. in Alameda.

[ profile] marrus's book Lightsurfing is available on her website.

[ profile] joedecker has gorgeous photographs of places like Patagonia

[ profile] karenbynight makes awesome felt star hats (but I don't have a link for her etsy site).

Anyone else? Please give me links and such and I'll edit this post!
My friend [ profile] techgnostic is a little . . . adventurous. This is from his facebook page:

"I have offered to rappel off the 17 story Landmark Tower to raise money for the Special Olympics. If anyone would be interested in donating to the Special Olympics, please visit and give whatever you are able. If I can raise $1000 by the 24th of Nov. I can attempt the rappel...but... regardless of whether I make that goal, any donations will go to the real winners...the athletes. Thank you very much."
nisaa: (Default)
( Nov. 4th, 2009 03:44 pm)
I wanted just to say that my husband makes really good pumpkin chicken stew.  He does.  

But saying that on a day like today makes me feel sad and awkward because there are queer people all across the country who 1) could say something similar about their own partners but their unions aren't legal and/or 2) are too scared to say something like that in public. And that just sucks.

I'm happy to be married to Steve. We might appear to be heterosexual but we're not, we're bisexual. I could have met a woman I wanted to spend the rest of my life with and things would have been different. But that was not how my life turned out.

I don't have any words that will change the world. I just wish anyone could marry whoever they want and be treated equally by everyone. What the hell is so difficult about that idea?

This morning my emotions were as confIlcted as they were a year ago when I woke up the morning after election day. Yay Washington! Boo Maine! How do we convince people to treat others as equal even if they don't understand each other?
nisaa: (Default)
( Sep. 15th, 2009 05:20 pm)
This is a quote from my friend [ profile] marrus's new book, Lightsurfing which you can get here. There are a lot of inspirational parts of her book but I want to share this one from page 87:

When you wake up in the morning, stretch luxuriously, feeling how warm and soft your bed is, or how grateful you are for the good man or woman beside you.

When you swing your legs out over the bed and place them on the floor, be grateful that you have feet and can move them at will, that you have a floor and a roof.

When you take a piss, know that there are those who need tubes and a nurse to perform such a basic function.

It goes on and on. Happiness comes from living life
now, being aware of what you have that brings you joy and peace and focusing on that. Sure sometimes this part hurts or that bill goes unpaid, sometimes we're very sick and sometimes our beloved dies, but this a beautiful, huge world, and as long as there if life, there is the potential for joy and love.

So quit your bitching. Open your eyes. Squeeze every drop out of every moment you've got.
Please spread the word. I've been meaning to do this for a few years now:

Have you come back from the Playa with a bad dry hacking cough? Sunburned & exhausted? Take $30 off your next acupuncture treatment. Offer good until 9/22/09.

Also, I have a facebook page for Cicuto Acupuncture
Please check it out and become a fan.

Denise Cicuto
Cicuto Acupuncture
nisaa: (Default)
( Sep. 2nd, 2009 03:12 pm)
Please vote for [ profile] joedecker to blog his way to Antarctica. It takes just a few minutes and would mean so much:

And please tell everyone you know to do the same!


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