Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Warm Enough


I don't really like a hot car at the end of a day at work…


~Matt

-- Posted from my iPhone
(c) 2010 iWolff Ltd.

Spring Flowers

I grabbed this shot when leaving work yesterday evening.





~Matt

-- Posted from my iPhone
(c) 2010 iWolff Ltd.

Location:Deck Ln,Burlington,United States

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Sky Diving

On Sunday night many of the women at work got together to have a bridal shower for Amanda--my roommate's fiancée. It was decided that the guys needed to do something exciting. Adam and I figured out that sky diving was the perfect idea. We found a great place that was local and only charged $25 (we're not rich you know). Despite the name their website isn't quite running yet, but their legal department is doing well.

It was a fun evening. I only have one picture right now, but I expect to have more in the future...

~Matt

PS The best part was that at least a couple of the women were not entirely sure if we were really going or not--we really had them worried.  I wish I could have kept a better poker face, but some of the other guys did better than I to sell it.

Monday, March 29, 2010

What's Your Favorite Color?




I couldn't think of the Bastians (at least four of them) when I saw this sign a while back.


~Matt

-- Posted from my iPhone
(c) 2010 iWolff Ltd.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Cheese Curds




I'm at Culver's right now with two of my neices. They've never been before and this is my first time at the new location near church. We did order butter burgers and cheese curds. :-)



I'm looking forward to a delicious lunch.




~Matt

PS Yes I posted the pics for Flynn and Cherrie. ;-)

-- Posted from my iPhone
(c) 2010 iWolff Ltd.

Location:U.S. 127,Florence,United States

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Alice




I tried to post this twice before, but it was lost… Time for reconstruction. *After the first loss I learned my lesson and copied all of the text.*

I'm in the middle of watching Alice--not Tim Burton's film (though I plan to see that eventually), but the Syfy (I still dislike that new name) miniseries from last year.

Sone stuff from Syfy is quite goofy and or campy; but this show is quite enjoyable. It is similar to Tin Man in that it is a present day set reimagining of a classic story. I think I'm about a third of the way through and plan to watch a bit more tonight.


~Matt

-- Posted from my iPhone
(c) 2010 iWolff Ltd.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Still Spring

The weather is staying springish. It started raining rather heavily a bit before I left work. Of course the wettest I got was when entering my car and trying to fold up the umbrella. I do so enjoy having my garage to drive into at home.



As you can see the rain has kept on through the evening. I did notice that further north snow is falling, but it hasn't gotten quite that cold here.





~Matt

-- Posted from my iPhone
(c) 2010 iWolff Ltd.

Location:Highland Ave,Fort Mitchell,United States

Undone

I just found this on another blog and I love it. It is a great motto for the Republicans to use in the upcoming months.


Thanks to Bread Upon the Water for the image:
http://quite-rightly.blogspot.com/2010/03/obamacare-sent-back-to-house-now-what.html

~Matt

-- Posted from my iPhone
(c) 2010 iWolff Ltd.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Dinner from the Crockpot

Delicious!



~Matt

-- Posted from my iPhone
(c) 2010 iWolff Ltd.

Location:Highland Ave,Fort Mitchell,United States

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

A Bit Tired

I worked an overnight at the Creation Museum last night. I did sleep (it isn't a lock-in program), but I am a bit tired. I'm at my sister's place. I was going to watch Lost, but ended up taping it and watching FOX News.


~Matt

-- Posted from my iPhone
(c) 2010 iWolff Ltd.

Location:Highland Ave,Fort Mitchell,United States

Sunday, March 21, 2010

We're screwed

Pelosi and Obama have bought the necessary votes...

Well it was nice to grow up in a free country.  I don't know how long it will stay that way with the government forcing people to do things it has absolutely no bloody [insert other expletives here] constitutional right to do!  Requiring the purchase of healthcare is only one of the odious provisions in this despicable bill.  Thanks to Scott Brown the Democrats are too scared to actually bring this to a vote (as all legislation should have) after a conference committee and so they resort to illegal or nearly illegal and corrupt measures to get this passed.

~Matt

I Like my Healthcare

and I don't want the government to take control.



Regardless of which lying Democrat (I think I'm being repetitive here, at least regarding this issue) you may listen to, nothing good will come from this monstrosity. The government has already extended it's control too far into private lives (yes, the GOP and President Bush were guilty of intrusions).

Once the government starts to take over healthcare, and Obamacare is only the first step, things will only go downhill. New York City's stupid idea to ban salt in restaurant cooking will be mild compared to what may come. If the government pays for more healthcare then it will be able to justify more control over personal choices like eating habits…

The Democratic motto isn't "If it ain't broke don't fix it." Rather they subscribe to "If the government doesn't control it then fix it." Government is necessary and can be an agent for good (see Romans 13), but it must be restrained and limited or we are all in trouble… Truly the government that governs best, governs least.

~Matt

-- Posted from my iPhone
(c) 2010 iWolff Ltd.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Candid

Yes, some of the people in these shots will now want to make life rather difficult for me, but life is more interesting when lived dangerously.  These are several candid shots from my iPhone.


Don't mess with Laura...just trust me.  I know she doesn't look happy here, but wait until she actually glares at you!



Amy actually didn't mind her picture being taken this day--which was quite strange.



Karen has a great smile--just don't distract her!



Laura visited the Museum last weekend with her sister and brother to volunteer.  It was good to see them all again.



Laura is in this shot, but she was hiding behind Emily.  She is camera shy for some reason--but you can see that Dave isn't!  Good guy Dave is.



After I took the picture of Laura she decided that I needed another picture of me.  I really don't mind pictures of me and don't understand when people don't like pictures of themselves.  *sigh*

~Matt

-- Posted from my iPhone
(c) 2010 iWolff Ltd.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Another Carrot




I got a carrot for my birthday. Last night my sister Laurie gave me a package of orange jelly beans formed in the shape of a carrot. Many people have found it quite amusing, knowing my feelings towards this vegetable… ;-)


~Matt

-- Posted from my iPhone
(c) 2010 iWolff Ltd.

Inside a Dome

This was the view I saw when driving into work a few days ago.  It appeared as though I was inside a large dome.



Before you ask, no it isn't the top of my windshield.  This was an actual cloud bank (or dome).  The area in front of me was the only area where I could see semi-clear sky.





The "dome" appeared to break up just a bit once I got close to the Creation Museum.



I've never seen anything like this before. I  thought it was pretty amazing and knew that I had to capture some pictures.

~Matt

-- Posted from my iPhone
(c) 2010 iWolff Ltd.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

The Best Birthday Cake

Graham cracker cake is awesome! :-)



~Matt

-- Posted from my iPhone
(c) 2010 iWolff Ltd.

Location:Highland Ave,Fort Mitchell,United States

LEGO at Borders

I think it is a good combination. I'm not buying any LEGO today (only a couple books), but I like to see the sets here.


~Matt

-- Posted from my iPhone
(c) 2010 iWolff Ltd.

Location:Crestview Hills,United States

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Friendly Sons


I'm working at the Museum Center for the annual gathering of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick.



Yes green decorations abound.

~Matt

-- Posted from my iPhone
(c) 2010 iWolff Ltd.

Location:Ezzard Charles Dr,Cincinnati,United States

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Ketchup Cake Cupcake




Amanda made a ketchup cake for my birthday. It was quite red and delicious!


~Matt

-- Posted from my iPhone
(c) 2010 iWolff Ltd.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Horse Pills




Swallowing pills is unnatural. I remember trying to learn as a kid. My mom gave me frozen peas. But peas are food that you are accustomed to chewing first. You may swallow large amounts of food--but you masticate it first.

I can swallow pills now, but it still feels strange at times. I can't stand the taste of NyQuill so I take gelcaps (usually the generic). They're big, but they help. It isn't that big of a deal, but it makes an interesting blog post, ;-).


~Matt

-- Posted from my iPhone
(c) 2010 iWolff Ltd.

Location:Highland Ave,Fort Mitchell,United States

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Power Outage

On my way home from Bible Study I reentered the realm of cell service. It was after midnight, but I got several text messages from hours before. Apparently our neighborhood lost power and my sister wanted to let me know. I plugged my iPhone in on the way home to make sure it would have the fullest charge and could serve as an alarm clock in the morning. Alas when I turned onto my street lights were again shining. I took the following video of my alarm clock around thirty minutes after midnight. I figure power was restored near 21:30…

I assume the outage was weather related as we had a good thunderstorm in the area earlier, but I haven't heard anything to know for certain.

~Matt

-- Posted from my iPhone
(c) 2010 iWolff Ltd.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Find the Frogs

One of the bathrooms at the Vaterlaus house is painted green. Hidden areound the walls are several frogs. I wasn't sure they were deliberate the first time I saw them.

Can you spot the frog?



Here is a close up.



~Matt

-- Posted from my iPhone
(c) 2010 iWolff Ltd.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Another Red Flower

I was going to say I didn't know when this picture was taken, but that isn't true as I can check the tag.  According to the file it was created on June 28, 2009.  But, I can say that I don't remember taking this picture, or why I found it tonight in my main pictures folder (which normally only holds pictures I've used, edited, or will use or edit for work use...

~Matt

Music, Food, and Friends

Tonight the Minnards (photographers at the Creation Museum) invited my over to their place (along with others from work) to enjoy some music.


Paul played the guitar.



Jen tickled the ivories.



And Buddy Davis played and sang!


I also grabbed a couple videos:

In this song (and others) I really enjoyed Buddy's harmonica:

For a minute we thought Marty might play, but he declined…




Deb made some great chili and cornbread. It was nice to eat a meal I hadn't cooked or had to buy.

~Matt

-- Posted from my iPhone
(c) 2010 iWolff Ltd.

Birthdays

March is a great month for birthdays.  My granddad's birthday was the second (and one my brothers).  My dad's birthday is at the end of the month.  My nephew Ryan's birthday was yesterday (also Chuck Norris' birthday--I can't believe he is 70 this year!) and a nephew and I share a birthday on Sunday!  I got to spend some time with this last nephew (Clayton) when I went out to California this January.  It was cool as I'd not seen him as much as his older siblings.  I think there may be some more March birthdays that I know about, but I'm forgetting them right now.  Oh wait, I do remember one...Mark Baker's birthday just rolled by a couple days ago...  All in all I think March is one of the best months to celebrate your birthday.  :-)

~Matt

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

I am so disgusted with myself. I forgot to watch Lost tonight!! *sigh*

Monday, March 08, 2010

Games and Pizza, still great!




I will blog more later, but last night was a fun time playing Settlers of Catan!


~Matt

-- Posted from my iPhone
(c) 2010 iWolff Ltd.

Sunday, March 07, 2010

Zombies, Version 2




This version is a composite of two images that I further edited in my HDR app to highlight the flames (a candle is behind the building) and contrast. How does it compare?

I also tried taking a few other pics. I am using an old police station so I'm somewhat limited. I might rebuild the station to give me better photo possibilities.



Most of the zombies are cops, but one is a prisoner clambering out of his cell.



At least they kept their guns in hand.



I know it isn't original, but it was fun to tilt the jeep on it's side as the driver flees.

~Matt

-- Posted from my iPhone
(c) 2010 iWolff Ltd.

Location:Highland Ave,Fort Mitchell,United States

Zombie Patrol




I thought about making this scene once I saw a post about someone using their Toy Story soldiers as WWII troops. I switched heads and hands on these minifigs to communicate the terror as a patrol comes across zombies in a ruined police station.


~Matt

-- Posted from my iPhone
(c) 2010 iWolff Ltd.

Location:Highland Ave,Fort Mitchell,United States

Saturday, March 06, 2010

Lost

I just lost an entire blog post. It apparently never actually posted… :-(

The gist of the entry was that I need to plan a spring camping trip with my nephews. Oh, and I found a cool picture of Africa's Victoria Falls:





~Matt

-- Posted from my iPhone
(c) 2010 iWolff Ltd.

Friday, March 05, 2010

I am Tired

I'm not ready to nod off this second, but it will be soon. I was at work for a while today and tomorrow will be another long day. I'm enjoying the challenge.


~Matt

-- Posted from my iPhone
(c) 2010 iWolff Ltd.

Location:Highland Ave,Fort Mitchell,United States

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Testing

My blogging app just added a Facebook integration feature. I decided it would be interesting to add that and turn on the Twitter feed. But I needed a blog post to test these features, hence this rambling entry. I'll spare you any more at this point... ;-)


~Matt

-- Posted from my iPhone
(c) 2010 iWolff Ltd.

Location:Highland Ave,Fort Mitchell,United States

Lost in the Night




Last night I walked across the street to my sister's place. They were in the middle of Bible Study, but I sneaked through. I tried to get Chase up but he claimed he was too tired. I understand needing sleep, but too tired for Lost?

Unfortunately the guys were downstairs so I couldn't use the big screen. I was reduced to using the old TV in my sister's study, but it was better than nothing! I never got a digital converter for my TV and am too cheap to pay for cable, so I can't really complain.

It was a good episode. I'm enjoying getting answers this final season. I know the ending may not be awesome (endings can't be entirely mysterious and mystery has been a strong point of Lost), but I've enjoyed the ride and don't regret the investment of time.

Here is an old blog post I recently found:
http://blackwolff.blogspot.com/2005/03/lost.html

I've been watching the show since Mark got me hooked in 2004…


~Matt

-- Posted from my iPhone
(c) 2010 iWolff Ltd.

Goofy Chris

He'll claim that he was framed…


What can I say about Chris? He is fun to be around…


~Matt

-- Posted from my iPhone
(c) 2010 iWolff Ltd.

Location:Ezzard Charles Dr,Cincinnati,United States

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Funny Dinosaur

This is another old picture from 2007.  I have no idea who put the safety glasses on this dinosaur, but it made for  a great shot.  I really should collect all of the fun shots like this that I have collected around the Creation Museum.  I have one early photo from the Creation Walk that shows one of the bears wearing a mask.

The old pictures that I've had up the past few days all came from a photo album I put together in December.  I went to a white elephant party and didn't know what to bring.  What I came up wasn't exactly a white elephant gift, but it was popular nonetheless.  I sifted through old pictures (the party was with people from work) and printed a couple dozen and put them in a small photo album.  I tried to pick photos with a variety of staff members and of various situations.

~Matt

PS Here is another great dino pic.  This guy used to be near the dinosaur pictured above.

Monday, March 01, 2010

Patriotic Museum

I may have blogged this picture before (come to think of it I'm pretty sure I have)--but if I have, then just consider this a review, ;-).  I took this picture one day because I needed a patriotic picture of the Creation Museum for a blog post (I think it was about Memorial Day).  I think it turned out well, especially with the fold in the flag.

Pictures like this where the foreground contributes to the focus on the background are quite interesting to compose.  I should look for more opportunities to take shots like this...

~Matt

PS I just had a "duh" moment when scheduling this post.  I couldn't understand why Blogger told me that 2/29 was an illegal date.  I just wanted it to be one day after my last scheduled post for 2/28...  I think I finally figured it out.  ;-)