eleven: someone to watch over me - 2014.04.30

Won't you tell him please
to put on some speed
Follow my lead
oh, how I need

~ Ira Gershwin
Someone to watch over me

ten: at the end of the day - 2014.04.29

Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow.

~ Mary Anne Radmacher

nine: beneath a (blue) steel sky - 2014.04.28

The sky grew darker, painted blue on blue, one stroke at a time, into deeper and deeper shades of night.

~ Haruki Murakami
Dance Dance Dance

eight: p(r)esto! - 2014.04.27

To me, life without veal stock, pork fat, sausage, organ meat, demi-glace, or even stinky cheese is a life not worth living.

~ Anthony Bourdain
Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly

seven: i wish i could read this so i knew what this was - 2014.04.26

Even sea bream is not delicious when eaten in loneliness. (鯛も一人はうまからず。 Tai-mo hitori-ha umakazu.)

~ Japanese proverb

six: sleepyhead - 2014.04.25

Children see magic because they look for it.

~ Christopher Moore

five: why i wake up early every chance i get - 2014.04.24

Just before dawn I have the world all to myself.

~ Terri Guillemets

four: up the down staircase - 2014.04.23

Then teach me, help me, Hey, Teach, I’m lost—which way do I go? I’m tired of going up the down staircase.

~ Bel Kaufman
Up the Down Staircase

three: steak dinner - 2014.04.22

The only time to eat diet food is while you're waiting for the steak to cook.

~ Julia Child

two: a bed of asparagus - 2014.04.21

Olive oil ... asparagus ... if your mother wasn't so fancy, we could shop at the gas station like normal people.

~ Homer Simpson

one: high tea - 2014.04.20

Honestly, if you're given the choice between Armageddon or tea, you don't say 'what kind of tea?'

~ Neil Gaiman

[the definition of insanity - 2014.04.21]

i am sure you know, no need to quote it again here.

if the internet is to be believed, einstein himself said it.  but then again, if the internet is to be believed, apparently einstein said no such thing.

nevermind who said what and who did not, i am doing it again, and yes i am expecting different results.

i suppose i am a little crazy, regardless of whatever it is i am doing again and again.  just the other day, i was complaining to my wife about how little time i have to do the things i want to do.

i want to learn a new language or maybe invent a new one, cook like a chef and earn my michelin star, spend time with my son and be his hero and together slay a dozen dragons and ride a dozen others on a crusade to rescue my princess bride, his mother.  i want to read a thousand books, watch a hundred movies, and find myself in the labyrinthine fantasy of alternating universes.

i want to travel the world, sail on the open sea, fly a bathyscape on the wings of an ocean's deepest currents. i want to go spelunking, rock climbing, win a championship badminton game, and lose my wits in the steel maze of a sprawling city.  i want to visit bhutan, gawk at the himalayas, dine in italy and shop in paris, dive into the mediterranean, and dance in the streets of santorini.  i want to see a myriad flowers bloom while running a five minute mile.  i want to move to a new city, plant my roots, and go on a road trip sticking my head out of the window beside a dog who thinks the world of me.  i want to wake up in a strange place and feel right at home.

i want to stir up a black tempest and pour it in a tea cup, ivory and glinting in the morning sun, and catch the lightning azure and cork it in a silver bottle. i want to ride the backs of blue whales and watch green sea turtles basking on the white froth of waves.  i want to spend ten thousand hours watching angels waltz on the head of a pin. 

but i have to work and i have to study and i have to learn, to take an exam, get certified and recognized, build my network, be productive, work smart and be efficient, get creative, deliver and keep the lights on.

and i am a son and a brother, a husband, a father, a colleague and a friend.  a gamer, a reader, a nerd and geek, an expert and a noob.  all these hats i need to keep wearing, one on top of the other, one after another.

i want to do a hundred thousand million things and i only have a hundred years to do things with, and i can do only one thing per second.

yet, here i go again, i want to take on another photography project.

i am crazy, regardless of how many times i have been trying to do this and expecting different results each time, because i am nuts if i think i can find the time to pull this off.

and i upped the ante (and somehow, loaded the dice a little bit as well): we are talking about three hundred sixty five pictures here, not the perfectly reasonable (and yet to me unattainable) fifty two pictures in a year.

three hundred sixty five pictures in what i hope would be as reasonably close to three hundred sixty five days as possible (but i do worry about those times -- what if i manage to take two good pictures in a day?).

there remains the question of where to post the images, though.  let me ramble a bit here.

(i have the first two in flickr here and maybe i should use my blog to post the pictures instead (and certainly posting to both flickr and blogger is a bad idea, obviously), but flickr lets me post from my phone and they have a spanking new mobile app that makes it all easier and maybe i should stop thinking too much.)

so three hundred sixty five pictures, posted to this blog (and maybe uploaded to flickr in bulk during weekends? maybe that will work?) in hopefully, approximately, a period of time somewhat recognisable as one regular earth year, given all the things i am trying to keep up in the air, while wearing all these hats i need to wear.

i seriously am nuts for even thinking about doing this again.

but i suppose that is the trick isn't it?

to stop thinking.

and just do.

the sticking-place - 2014.04.13

We fail!
But screw your courage to the sticking-place,
And we’ll not fail. 

~ William Shakespeare

"Macbeth Act 1, Scene VII"