The Transfiguration

everything is sacred

Archive for the ‘light’ Category

Glow of the Day #2609

leave a comment »

Glow of the Day #2609

A new video game system has arrived at our home, so the night evaporated quite quickly. At ten o’clock, my phone reminded me to get ready for bed; I checked the time a moment later and it was well after eleven. That bodes well for the game, but I’ll certainly have to take care not to let it devour me.

The controller glows in different colors depending on what’s happening in the game. It’s totally unnecessary but a neat little detail – I’m looking forward to seeing what else there is to discover.

war never changes

Written by Umbrella Man

November 13, 2015 at 11:50 pm

Posted in light, sources

Tagged with

Image of the Day #2599

leave a comment »

Image of the Day #2599

The sun has shifted southward and mornings are bright again, so just after I wake these scattered projections appear on the wall over my pillow. They waver with the wind in the trees, dancing like the light outside is warm, even though the chill is starting to bite.

I feel very fortunate just that I live in a place where morning light filters in like this. It’s nothing, really, but it’s so wonderful.


Written by Umbrella Man

November 3, 2015 at 10:16 pm

Posted in light

Tagged with

Heart of the Day #2552

leave a comment »

Heart of the Day #2552

Laurel’s feeling a bit sick tonight, but she still drew a heart for me before bed.

I do wish I could just siphon all the pain and sickness out of people, sending it scattering harmlessly into the depths of space. These discomforts are a part of the rhythm of life, of course – and so is the desire to dispel them. It’s all part of the little dance we do.

Wake bright and clear tomorrow, if you please.

the airship

Written by Umbrella Man

September 17, 2015 at 11:05 pm

Posted in friends, light, painting, people

Tagged with ,

Sailboat of the Day #2528

leave a comment »

Sailboat of the Day #2528

Tiny finger-lights surfaced from the mass of Things as we unpacked, so Laurel painted a lone sailboat drifting through a tiny sea. The night crowds in around its crew, but they are bright enough to light their way until morning.

I like the process through which people learn to draw with light – making quick sketches a few seconds at a time, adjusting their penmanship and learning to angle the lights to align the images and angle them toward the camera properly. Laurel had it immediately, drawing the boat with ease and writing her name (backwards from her perspective) on her first try.

We have lots of mirrors in this apartment – I wonder if we could do something with them…

why must you be so mean

Written by Umbrella Man

August 24, 2015 at 11:22 pm

Posted in light, painting

Tagged with

Bonfire of the Day #2511

leave a comment »

Bonfire of the Day #2911

Tonight’s splatfest pits roasted marshmallows against roasted hot dogs, and Laurel and I both are inclined to pick the sweeter side. We can’t build a fire in the apartment, but a few tea candles huddled together can roast you a good marshmallow – given a little patience. Let the sugar surface bubble a little, listen for the foom when it accidentally ignites, blow it out and keep going a little longer. There’s nothing quite like food pulled straight from the fire – take a bite and old memories will pour in.

squid sisters

Written by Umbrella Man

August 8, 2015 at 1:59 am

Posted in light, sources

Tagged with

Tunnel of the Day #2497

leave a comment »

Tunnel of the Day #2497

A tunnel of portals, given a little more texture from the dust and fingerprints reflected endlessly in them. These infinities always tilt towards green, and looking into them is like seeing redshift in distant galaxies, knowing you can derive from it deep secrets about the universe.

Lights like this will give a person the face of a poet about to tear open their heart for you, but that requires a direct perspective – a camera’s sidelong glance won’t deliver the full effect.

menageries of saints

Written by Umbrella Man

July 25, 2015 at 12:36 am

Posted in geometries, light, sources

Tagged with

Glow of the Day #2496

leave a comment »

Glow of the Day #2496

Work today was digging through code that certainly made sense to its composer, but is rather opaque to someone not intimately familiar with the rest of the code base. This is the ubiquitous tragedy of Legacy Code: developers will always move on to create other things, taking with them their vision for the machine they’ve built and leaving others to rediscover the original design philosophy. My task is to document the code and then make it better – an interesting puzzle in itself.

I was distracted when one of my teammates went to demonstrate the ludicrous luminance of his bike light comparing it to his pocket flashlight. Another coworker played with the converging shadows thrown by the two lights, trying to make the two ghosts of his hand reach out to each other. I took a photo because I was drawn to the color like some flittering moth, but I didn’t ask my coworkers to compose something for me. Looking from here, it was a little bit of a missed opportunity – it’s been a while since I had people fiddle with lights for a photo.

they say people never change

Written by Umbrella Man

July 23, 2015 at 11:25 pm