Photography: King Tut Exhibit Pt.2

Did anyone else see that article talking about King tut’s golden mask being destroyed?? May sound dramatic, but that’s how it feels to me. I cannot even wrap around my head just how messed up this whole situation has come about. Not going through proper procedure to have this braided beard reattached… not only did they use an epoxy glue which you can clearly see by the gap that now exists between the beard and chin, but the scratched markings from trying to do who knows what! It crushes me that such a historical piece of art would be treated so carelessly by the museums own employees! I’ll link an article that can better word what has occurred because I know I’m way too bias on this topic to speak about it without getting angry.

http://www.history.com/news/beard-on-king-tuts-mask-snapped-off-glued-back-on

I honestly think there should be some sort of punishment. To who and what, I don't know.
I honestly think there should be some sort of punishment. To whom and what, I don’t know.

Anyways, I’ll continue with more images of the Exhibit now. Enjoy!

Bring on the Jewels
Bring on the Jewels
close up of scarab necklace
close up of scarab necklace
pectoral necklace with scarab
pectoral necklace with scarab

Falcon collar of Princess Neferuptah
Falcon collar of Princess Neferuptah
Alternate view of Psusennes I mask
Alternate view of Psusennes I mask
Gold Funerary mask of Psusennes I
Gold Funerary mask of Psusennes I
Close up of necklace piece
Close up of necklace piece
Necklace
Necklace
Some fancy goblet and pitcher
Some fancy goblet and pitcher
Gold Necklace
Gold Necklace
Inner Coffin of Queen Meritamun
Inner Coffin of Queen Meritamun
Inner Coffin of Queen Meritamun
Inner Coffin of Queen Meritamun

Just so I feel a little better about these images, I think I’ll blame the spotlights over the artifacts for the reason why my pictures aren’t as focused as they should be.

Fun Fact: Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs have no vowels in their alphabet, so when your reading or writing their scripture there is a lot of freedom in terms of how hieroglyphs can sound phonetically because it’s a personal choice of which vowel one may feel comfortable using.

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Australian Open: Week 1 Wind-up

This season is definitely one that’s opening to a multitude of various outcomes. There’s always the strong belief in particular athletes, however the nature of tennis is always evolving to get past those Goliath players. After this first week of the Australian Open here is a list of note-worthy points.

  1. Del Potro Withdrawal: I was so excited to see him return to the tour, it was a shame that his wrist wasn’t prepared.
  2. Raonic’s new shirt: I think everyone is glad Charlie Brown’s shirt was retired after last season stint with it, way too distracting for me to watch him when all I kept thinking was “What’s Charlie wearing then?”
  3. Murray with Under Armour: Now I get that this initially football brand is trying to branch out into other sports via sponsorship, etc. I hope for Murray’s sake that his kit suits his needs and comfort levels. I know when my team was switched from Nike to Under Armour the quality and specs expected for athletics weren’t as pleasing as Nike. I think many athletic brands can significantly improve their relations with buyers by taking in what professional athletes have to say about the feeling and durability of the apparel.
  4. Federer is Out: His earliest exit from the Australian open in…. ages. Feds just wasn’t on point from the start and couldn’t recover in time. He said in his post match interview not to think/look too much into this as anything other than a bad day so.. till next time Federer.
  5. Aussie Aussie Aussie… Oi Oi OI!: Aussies Gave a good run during the first week, a trio of young blood boys and wild attitudes to match. Kyrgios, Tomic, and Kokkinakis definitely tried to mix their own style into play that may come off as “young arrogance” but looks to me as though they’re just feeding off the excitement of having home court advantage. Sam Groth was great also. I’m always a fan of any professional athlete that has attempted playing other sports than their specialty (i’m referring to his 2011 venture into soccer)
    1. Kygrios makes it to 2nd week! crazy 5 set match.
  6. Murray looking amazing: I didn’t know what to expect from him in this tournament, but he’s been very impressive this first week, looking strong and sure of himself. At this point I’d say Semis are definitely in his future.

Minor distinctions:

  • Nike athletes being dressed up like their back in the 80’s fitness era with their neon coloured kits burning the eyes.
  • The wave is back it seems, Australians always know how to enjoy themselves and their way of entertaining themselves (and probably the players also) is by marathon-ing the heck out of the wave. “Quiet Please” ha ha ha
  • Murray is looking not only physically strong, but mentally. Too bad he’s on the same side as Nadal for the draw or I’d be rooting for him to make the finals.

So among my second week expectations I had some right and wrong.

Right: Nadal, Milos, Djokovic, Wawrinka, and Berdych

Wrong: Federer, Monfils, Dimitrov, Ferrer and Robredo

Unsure of making it: Murray and Nishikori (but they did)

After writing this all down I do realize I was way off in terms of body numbers making the second week.

Second week expectations

Murray vs Kyrgios: Winner Murray

Nadal vs Berdych: Nadal  Winner: Berdych

Wawrinka vs Nishikori: Nishikori  Winner: Wawrinka

Milos vs Djokovic: Milos  Winner: Djokovic (not surprised)

Disappointing with how these quarter finals played out. All within 2 hours in straight sets doesn’t evoke much excitement for the rest of the tournament. 

Post-Semis Update:

Murray vs Berdych: Winner Murray

This was the kind of match I was expecting during quarters. These two men both played professionally considering the drama the press were making in this “work triangle”  between Berdych, Murray, and Vallverdu. You could tell that frustrated Murray during his post-match interview that the off court drama was taking away from discussing  the match itself.

Berdych is always more honest and emotional when discussing his matches. It comes off a bit crass, but his belief in himself and his skills is something every player has (Nadal might be the exception, read his biography). I think anyone new watching his matches and post-match interviews might initially feel thrown off by his confidence, but that’s just a tolerance level one has to develop when following Berdych on tour. For me, I always feel like he has this look on his face that says “Are you really going to ask me these stupid questions? Did you not just watch the match yourself?” which I’ve learned to be amused by… took me long enough.

I don’t know what kind of water he’s (Murray) putting in the cool-aid, but I’d like some please. His energy and style of play just looked and feels to me much more focused, refined and fresh at the same time. Like a light switch being turned on, you watch him play and believe that he is capable of winning this grand slam. His prior slam wins always seemed to me like a combination of him playing his top game, but also his opponent having an off day. Whereas now, he’s playing as if his opponent can having a good match but he’ll still top it. Very excited for his appearance in the final.

Djokovic vs Wawrinka: Winner Djokovic

Awesome match until the final set, becomes almost a formality when the score is 5-0 to finish. It was amusing to see Djokovic lose track of the score so without noticing he finished a game he won the point for. I don’t think Wawrinka cracked a single smile or altered his facial expression during the entire match.

Bye bye 1,280 points Wawrinka earned from his title. His ranking is going to drop somewhere to the lower top 10 area. Murray’s guaranteed 1,200 points for making the finals will have him return to the top 4, thus restoring the true original “Big 4” of men’s tennis (Federer, Nadal, Murray, Djokovic). Think Murray will go up to #3 and Nadal drops to #4, but I’m not 100% sure.

Not going to pick a winner because that for me is like picking the lesser of two evils. Doesn’t matter who wins at this point. Not saying either are bad players, just personal preference has me favoring other players over these two guys. 

Photography: The King Tut Exhibit Pt.1

I’m not claiming to be a pro-photographer or that I even do it as a hobby. I pull out my camera only a few times a year because it’s a big DSL Nikon that has many pieces to it and I can’t bother yet to look for some random 2-3 hour “intro to photography” class in town that could teach me some thrifty tricks that would make photography a more frequent habit. For now it’s just a few times a year and I’ll take a ridiculous sum of pictures .

I was lucky enough to see this Exhibit when it arrived in Seattle, I love ancient Egyptian history. Love it so much I took a hieroglyphics course in uni for 3 years (one class per semester) and had the professor create a course just so I could continue learning about it for my last year. Back to the point; I have these photos hidden away on an external hard drive that makes it tedious to take out and look at, so I figured I’ll create a post so its more accessible not only to me but anyone else who doesn’t mind staring at art pieces trying to figure out for what purposes each one was created and what kind of society it must have been like to live in where these god like figures were worshiped and catered to. Enjoy

King Tut’s dad
Massive Statue of Tut.
Blurry: Info regarding statue
King Khafre

Statue of Senenmut and Princess Nefrure
Statue of S and N from another view
Pharaoh of Middle Kingdom
Statue of Sobekhotep
Head from a Sphinx of Shahaga

Relief fragments with Dignitaries and Scribes
Statue of Ramessesnakht

Canopic jar

Sarcophagus for Cat
Elaborate box
Stela

Kneeling statue of Ramessesnakht

Relief of Horemheb

p.s: I should point out, not all of these artifacts were actually from King Tut’s tomb. There were various rooms categorized by time periods. Along the tour you do enter an area of the museum which was strictly Tut’s stuff. As I go through all my photos I now realize I’ll have to break this into parts, how many I’m not sure yet. I took over 400 photos that day.

Fun Fact: Ancient Egyptians never went on far distance expeditions or conquests because it was their belief that should you die outside of Egypt you’d never pass on to the afterlife they so heavily practiced. That’s why many of their battles were in neighboring countries, because they were more interested in plundering their resources to being back to Egypt rather than conquering and ruling foreign lands.

2015 Tennis: Australian Open, Expectations

I wish I could say I know tennis, cause I am a tennis player, alas that’s not the case. Just an avid fan of the sport since I was 16 and saw Rafael Nadal win his first French Open. Yes I was suckered into the sport by this Spaniards adorable face, his intense concentration, the fist pump celebrations, and other traits that made watching him a great introductory player to the sport. Since watching the 2007 French Open on my dingy ’90s television from my living room my love for the sport has grown exponentially. To the point where my friends who are actual tennis players, and have been since their toddler years, say I keep more up-to-date on the professional circuit than them. They were busy actually playing the sport.

He's so estatic!
He’s so ecstatic!
Love's biting that trophy...
Love’s biting that trophy…
This photo was straight up exploitation. ;)
This photo was straight up exploitation. 😉

I think that would be a dream job for me, just following the ATP circuit writing up articles on various tennis matches, and conducting interviews with the players themselves. However I wouldn’t interview the top ten players too much, but more of the guys just below them because if you watch many of the top ten players interview there’s a bit of a formula that makes them a bit mundane, Thomas Berdych might get the exception. However go outside those guys and you find Gulbis, Monfils, and Tongsa and they’re quite funny when they’re in the mood to be. I think its a matter of the media trying to find any sort of “off-court” drama to fill their pages with so it makes it difficult for the players to say some random off the cuff comment without it being taken out of context or even a story with some truth in it being blow out of proportion. For example, Wawrinka and Federer’s Wife during his and Feds match at the O2 arena for the ATP world finals: she heckled at him from the sidelines taking him way out of his game frame of mind. The head ref. had to rear him in, and in the end Wawrinka lost the match. All the media took away from that match wasn’t how well they both played, but what kind of drama was unfolding between Wawrinka and Federer’s wife and how was this going to affect the dynamics of the Swiss team since both Federer and Wawrinka are apart of their country’s David Cup team. They were fine, so fine their team won the Davis Cup Final for 2014 beating France.

 

Does this look like drama?
Does this look like drama?

These past couple years for the men’s tennis have shown the top 4 men, “The Big Four” (Murray, Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic) to be mortals, despite these guys having dominated for the past decade. I think this year will definitely be interesting because 2014 already had two new names to the pretty steady nadal/djokovic/federer mix of grand slam winners. Last year Stan Wawrinka won the Australian Open to an injured Nadal (a win no less) and Marin Cilic defeated Kei Nishikori in the US Open Final. This year is hard to say who could be the dark horse since there are dozen of variations and outcome, and I’ll try to do some post during the Slams as well. What I will say is who I’d like to see make it to the second week of matches.

Left: Men's Trophy Right: Woman's Trophy
Left: Men’s Trophy Right: Woman’s Trophy

Emma’s Second Week Expectations:

  • Nadal (I know this pick is bias)
  • Federer
  • Ferrer
  • Monfils
  • Dimitrov
  • Robredo
  • Milos

Those are mine, and I know others whose chances are more than good to reach second week:

  • Djokovic
  • Wawrinka
  • Berdych

There are a few I left out purposely cause I’m not sure at what state they’re in physically or mentally, so I’ll need to see them play

  1. Murray: His whole back and switching coaches put this past year in a funk compared to his previous 2 years I’ll say. Not sure how much of the past season issues will carry over this year. He’s definitely more relaxed as an individual.
  2. Nishikori: He had his best season yet last year, I’ll even call it his “break out year.” So I think his aim should be about consistency this next season, and I have no clue how he’ll do this tournament. I’ll say he makes the second week.
  3. Cilic: I honestly not sure how to regard this player because he was banned for “accidentally” consuming illegal performance enhancing substances (he was cleared because he stated he unknowingly consumed it because his team provided him these tablets, “Blind Trust”) and his suspension was cut down to four months so he could be apart of the ’14 tour season. He won the US Open guaranteeing him a spot at the ATP Final in London and then went quiet again. So for now I’ll label him the “lazy talent”, he can play well but doesn’t show the same passion as other top ten players. He’s another big guy like Milos and Del Potro, all of them being 6’5″ plus.
  4. Del Potro: I initially placed him up with my expected 2nd week players, but I second guessed myself and placed him here. It’s been almost a year since his last match before undergoing surgery for his wrist and he does frequently post on social media his recovery progress. In recent interviews as well he’s been honest about the pain level he need to tolerate when playing high intensity matches or his backhand in general. I’m excited for his return because he was performing well before taking this medical leave. Had a grand slam win under his belt, especially considering it was during the Nadal vs Federer rivalry domination. So, even though I’d place him in my expected 2nd week round players, explanation was needed. He’s ranked seriously low from essentially being absent all ’14 losing all his earned points from ’13. UPDATE: Del Potro Withdraws from AO due to persistent pain from wrist surgery/injury. Get well!
This year's Dark Horse?
This year’s Dark Horse?

I’ll make a minor note that I don’t follow the women’s circuit as much, there hasn’t been a player to get me uber excited to watch the women matches. The Williams sisters (mainly Serena) have been such dominant players that it almost makes me feel disinterested intentionally. Like, why watch when you know whose going to win? Players like Bouchard, Halep, Kvitova, and Kerber have been shaking things up the women’s circuit; dethroning Serena a few times and just overall showing amazing athleticism for the sport.

Additional Player Alert: Ivo Karlovic

This happening just before the Australian Open is crazy! Tallest player in the ATP at 6’11” and 34/35 years of age he might also mix things up in Melbourne depending on his placement in the draw. Them tall guys doe… they know how to ace.

Wet Your Whistle: Hula Grill

This is quite a short blog. School has just started so getting back in the swing of that, along with getting over this cold has made it difficult for me to concentrate. Readers gonna read, ain’ters gonna ain’t.

Welcome!
Welcome!

Hula Grill, located in Outrigger Waikiki Hotel on the second floor, has a great happy hour. Your required to sit in the bar and lounge area so your chances of getting an ocean view aren’t as great but there are a handful of tables that do provide the ocean view. The lanai area is predominately where the dining area is, so if your wallet is not on a budget, take a seat.

Amazing view
Amazing view

The happy hour food menu starts at $5-$12, beer $4, wine $5, tropical drinks $6, and their specialty Mai Tai (which comes in a tiki faced glass) $7. When you take into consideration their location, these prices are great and the food will fill you up. My favourite food item is the fish and chips. The fish isn’t pathetic in size. About 3-4 pieces of thick, moist, perfectly battered pieces and chips too! The burgers are yummy if fish isn’t your protein of choice. If you go on Sunday you’ll hear the live music coming up from Duke’s just below Hula Grill.

The Bar
The Bar

I think what I enjoyed most about this place was the convenience of its location. Any time I was down wandering about Waikiki or just relaxing on the beach, Hula Grill is in easy walking distance. Everything is in easy walking distance when your enjoying yourself. This is a fail safe restaurant, so if I wanted to grab a bite to eat and couldn’t think of any new places I was purposely seeking, Hula Grill would be my choice. Bon Appetit!

Tiki Men for the Mai Tai's
Tiki Faces for the Mai Tai’s
Delicious fish and chips!
Delicious fish and chips!
Just Photoshop yourself there... imagine.
Just Photoshop yourself there… imagine.

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Barnes and Noble Collectible Edition

I love books.

Hard covers even more, special editions even more than more. Which is why if I have the means to get ones that I’m interested in reading or the cover just blows my socks off I’ll do what I can to get it. Barnes and Noble has an array of classic books leather bounded with beautiful gold filigree and art work on both the cover and inside, the page edges are gold, and there’s the ribbon bookmark! They just reminded me of walking into a home library with vaulted ceilings so book cases would go all the way up the walls and ladders were necessary, and on these cases were stacks of leather bounded books collected over time and chosen with love and care.

Beast’s Library

 

The library that's beauty and the beats inspiration!
The library that’s beauty and the beats inspiration!

So the one’s I own are pictured below: Arabian Nights, Alice in Wonderland, Pride & Prejudice, Sense & Sensibility, and Dracula. I haven’t read the two thicker books because, let’s be honest, its way too intimidating to approach them for any other reason than just admiration. That’s why I read GoT eBook style, just to ease my manic need to read novels quick. For the other three, a ranking of which I enjoyed, most to least, I would say Dracula, Sense & Sensibility, then Pride & Prejudice. I think because for the most part once you read Dracula you can understand why many people say it’s near impossible to make a true adaptation into film for it. The style and sense Bram Stoker places the reader in just make you feel like your literally going through the motions, thoughts, and feelings of the characters. It feels very film noir in the sense that more visual/scenic layout is provided over dialogue. Not to say there isn’t dialogue, just the tone and mood Bram sets you in has a more visceral affect. The book cover for this novel was perfect! I lost my mind in excitement just looking at it.

For Jane Austen’s novel there have been so many adaptations into film, mini-series, or television specials that you could find one that fits your ideal translation from novel to movie. The collectible editions by Barnes and Noble may initially seem like off-putting colour to match them with but it grows on you. The chances off all the books being able to have the same colour with slight change in tone variation is difficult without all the novels from different authors looking like a collection of dictionary tomes, aka the same. Disregarding the looks of the books, they’re both good reads. The style isn’t current so if words are written in a manner you can’t decipher right away just do a quick google or dictionary search and that should clear up any miscomprehension. All of these novels do have sparks notes you can find online, but if you’re reading for leisure instead of a school assignment I would say pass on the sparks.

I have attempted reading Arabian Nights, and have read a few chapters but I had trouble wrapping my head around the logic some of the stories were making. Thought it best I leave it for another attempt at a later time when instead of looking at the book my first thought being “oooo, pretty,” is actually “I wanna read that book.” Arabian and Alice were purely shallow purchases initially because they’re so beautiful to look at and I wanted them on my bookshelf for others to envy. That’s not a bad way either to start a book, just looking at the cover, which is generally speaking the “faux pas.” However if you’ve developed a love for the characters, stories, themes by some other means and want to better understand the plot and you by chance walk by said book looking extra alluring, why not?

These novels I purchased between $15-$22 depending on their sizes.