Tonight we hosted Kaiju Nite 7 at our house. It’s a get together we have with a few friends in which we watch Japanese kaiju, or “strange beast”, movies. Our first Kaiju Nite back in 2014 featured Godzilla movies, and tonight’s double-feature was Daimajin and Daimajin Strikes Back.
These movies were a bit different than the “normal” kaiju movies because they are set back in old feudal Japan instead of modern times. Also, the kaiju “Daimajin” mainly appears in animated form during only the last 15 or 20 minutes of the movie.
I was impressed by the quality of these films, which were released in 1966. The cinematography was really cool, with interesting camera angles and the special effects were great. The plot was very basic but still a lot of fun!
As usual, Mikey chose the movies, provided some background to each of the movies, and even brought some toys. And of course we had plenty to eat and drink before and during the movies. 🍴
It was a fun evening, and I am looking forward to Kaiju Nite 8. 😄
Today’s photo is of a couple of sleeves I have been using for my Chromebook and Kindle and absolutely love. They are both made from a really soft felt material which hardly weigh anything, but they are thick enough to provide some nice protection from shock and scratches. The laptop sleeve has slots on the back which will accommodate a Kindle and a cellphone, although it does add some bulk. Both of them have small slots for business card sized items. I keep some Instax prints in there.
Each one cost only about $10 and come in either light or charcoal grey and I opted for one of each color for a little variety. 😄
I probably didn’t need the laptop sleeve since I keep it safe in my messenger bag and the screen is protected, but I liked the Kindle sleeve so much that I had to have the larger sleeve as well.
If you like either of them, you can find both at Amazon.com:
Wow, the cold weather is hitting us here in Central Texas the past couple days, with today being the coldest so far. Thankfully the air stayed dry so the traffic wasn’t so bad.
Not only is it cold outside, but at work, it’s cold inside as well. I notice that some people actually have blankets at their workstations, and I often have to put a second jacket over my lap too. ❄️
Today I actually wore thermal leggings under my pants to see if that would help, and while my legs were warm, my shoulders were cold. So I put on my jacket and my upper body warmed up, but then my right hand (the “mouse hand”) got cold. I don’t know what’s wrong with me, but it’s really difficult to get comfortable temperature-wise. 😒 Very frustrating.
My bed is where I can at least be comfy so I look forward to crawling under the covers every night. 😴
こんばんは！How’s it going? Are you staying warm this winter? The temperatures will drop below freezing here tonight, but we’ll be warm and cozy in our beds!
Today’s photo is of my camera, the Fujifilm X100T which I have blogged about before. I’m still loving it – definitely my favorite camera I’ve ever owned. It’s not the fastest, doesn’t have the highest resolution or specs, but it has a certain charm in its body design and the image quality that the jpeg processing produces. That combination is why so many people love their X100 cameras, and Fujifilm cameras in general.
This camera has changed the way I think about making photos. Having multiple lenses that cover the ultra-wide to the super-telephoto range isn’t that important to me anymore. Simplicity has become much more valued to me now. The single focal length simplifies so much. Decision-making is easier. In fact, a lot of decisions have been eliminated… and I love it! It’s truly liberating.
Of course, I value the knowledge and experience I’ve gained from owning and using many different cameras and lenses, and it still comes into play with the photographic duties I sometimes take on at work, but for my personal photography, the X100T is all I need.
I guess this simplification is part of a trend in my life… getting rid of things I don’t need or use. Do I need all the apps on my phone? No, I only need a few. Having less keeps my phone light and fast.
Do I need to keep all the books I have already read? No. I donate or sell them, and free up physical space and clear the clutter. Seeing books that I’ll probably never read again just gives me a feeling of incompleteness. Get rid of them and close that chapter for good. (I made a pun!) Closure feels nice.
There are so many opportunities to simplify!
Focusing on just a few quality items seems to be a path that makes sense to me now. It gets me excited to think about jettisoning the things I don’t need anymore.