I’m not sure how I feel about this rendering. The torus looks nice but the inner satellite image looks a bit off. I am not sure what it is, it might be the way it looks in its full size, but the rendering is definitely not my favorite. I think it might be from the original satellite image and the nature of the original pixilation. The next image rendering will be the same torus but with the Baghdad satellite image. I have a feeling this one will look better.
Earlier today I went to Joanne McNeil’s happy hour at Cafe Nema. It was fun. I met up with a few of DC’s more popular bloggers Matt Yglesias and Julian Sanchez, as well as a host of friends I hadn’t seen in a while. After a few drinks the discussion did make its way toward politics and I tried my best to promote DC Statehood. They both laughed at the insinuation that DC could be a viable state in the union. Matt even went so far as to place the irony of how he only lived in DC because of the government. Yet I couldn’t help but wonder about the rest of the DC residents, those that do not live here because of the government, rather they live here because they were born here and due to their disenfranchisement have not been given the same rights & benefits as the rest of Americans have been given. I guess its one thing to be a pundit and give analysis and a completely different thing to try to actively change things. There is a quote in Adbusters a few issues back- “there are more talkers than walkers,” and I guess it aptly applies here. Nonetheless, I’d like to believe that pundits do have the power to challenge people into action.
Afterwards, I attempted to go to Aldis to get some cheap-ass groceries. I found out that there was a store about 8 minutes from me at 7609 New Hampshire Ave, but it was closed when I arrived so I had to settle for the nearby Giant store. When I got home I cooked up some of my signature vegetarian gruel- sautÃ©ed onions, green chilies, and black-eyed peas mixed together with “deluxe” macaroni & cheese. All I can say is that I love to cook, even if the final product doesn’t look the most pleasing to the eye.
After dinner, I had a short conversation with my friend Jill about relationships. She mentioned how her mother said that to tell if you are dealing with a healthy couple you ask each of them separately who has the control in the relationship and in the ones that last, both parties will say that they have it. I found that this was a particularly interesting insight that Iâ€™ll definitely have to consider in dealing with my future relationships. Essentially, a power struggle exists in most relationships, but those that are successful have an inherent balance that keeps both parties actively working toward a healthy love life. I definitely know how my previous relationships were balanced and why they were successful / unsuccessful.
The next image is about 20% finished, so Iâ€™ll have it on-line in the morning. Each one of these bad-boys is 300 megabytes and Iâ€™m starting to run out of space! Its time for a massive backup!