Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Web Developer Humor

This doesn't have too much anything to do with photography, but I think my nerdy readers would appreciate it. I found a project posted on Quartz that had fun imagining the most ridiculous ways for people to input their phone number on a website. Enjoy:










This one is based on your mouse position.




Well, OK.






Pi. Just find your number.


Call me old, but I think this is backwards for a rotary phone.



Thursday, November 24, 2016

More Portfolio Prints

I printed my "new portfolio" of 4 a.m. photos to take to Colorado for a portfolio review back in July, but I also printed some 11" x 17" versions of old images from my Faribault County series from about 10 years ago. If there was time, I wanted to get some more feedback from the gallery director on those. (She told me she really loved the "stories" that these Faribault County images seemed to tell.) I forgot that I never posted this, so here they are 4 months later:


Prints "drying."


Fine-tuning.



Anyway, I just remembered that I didn't share these images. Here's my 4 a.m. portfolio prints in a post from June that I took to Colorado in July.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Non-Job Opportunity

My "dream job" that was open at the University of Minnesota last winter is back open again.

And I'm not applying.

It was one of the easier decisions I've had to make.

It's funny that I was so bummed about not getting that position a few months ago, and now it quickly turned into not wanting to reapply for it.

I sent my wife this text 2 weeks ago, and here's her reply:


(It's a cute thing we do when we say "I love you exclamation point" because when we "text"
via Siri, we speak that into our phone to get an actual exclamation point. Our 2-year-old
has started saying "I love you exclamation point" because we say/text it so often.)

It's not about me. Ten years ago, it COULD be about me. But a family is not about an individual member. It's about how we work as a unit. This "Stenzel Unit" will work MUCH better with me at home more often. It's a no-brainer.

If you don't have kids, you might feel a bit sorry for me, maybe like I'm throwing something away. But I promise you that you shouldn't. Life is just a collection of stories - do I want to have more "work stories" or more "family stories?"

Here's 10 examples of what we've been up to as seen on Instagram in the last few weeks:


At the pool with my 2-year-old.


We're working on it.


Hanging out with Papa Dale.


After another swim.


Bow tie buddies.


An after school trip to the Science Museum.


"Helping" rake leaves.


On an adventure by the Mississippi River.


Still. Working. On. It.


The compost site is great fun.

In the end, here are the 2 options (I could go into a LOT more detail here, but these are the basic points):

1. Apply for this job. If I get it, I would probably take home about as much money as I do now teaching part-time because the rest would go to child care. I wouldn't see my family as much. Doing this would put more stress on my life, more stress on my wife's life (having to make sure to get home by a certain time on certain nights to get the boys from daycare/school, and then having to worry about making supper and fitting in anything else in her life when I'm at work), and more stress on both of my boys (as we're zipping them quickly off to daycare early in the morning while trying not to be late for "life"). In 40 years, a handful of students might remember me as "that semi-goofy teacher who made photography interesting and wore funky shirts at times."

2. Don't apply for this job. Work part-time as I am now, and keep spending lots of time with my boys. Be there to volunteer at Henry's school and to take Charlie on play-dates (we did 2 this past week). Be there to walk Henry to school every morning as we've done for the last 12 weeks (we've only driven 4 times so far this year). Be present for my wife and family. (Try to) keep the house clean and the boys fed. Have more adventures. Spend more time with my boys teaching them to be good men. Be their rock. In 40 years, my (maybe growing) family might remember me as "the dad who was always there teaching us that anything is possible (and yelling at us for getting into sh*t at times)."


I've never seen such an obvious choice. Now pardon me... I'm off to hang out with my boys.

Saturday, November 05, 2016

A Photoshop Pun

George Takai posted this recently on Instagram:



Tuesday, October 25, 2016

A 10-Step Hue Scale in Ripening Tomatoes

What did I say in my last post about my background in color theory showing? Here's a pic I just made in my son's sandbox:


Click the image to enlarge.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Measuring the Blueness of the Sky

My background teaching color theory has been showing lately. I've been becoming more and more intrigued with things like this: a "Cyanometer" from over 225 years ago.



From ThisIsColossal:
The simple device was invented in 1789 by Swiss physicist Horace-Bénédict de Saussure and German naturalist Alexander von Humboldt who used the circular array of 53 shaded sections in experiments above the skies over Geneva, Chamonix and Mont Blanc. The Cyanometer helped lead to a successful conclusion that the blueness of the sky is a measure of transparency caused by the amount of water vapor in the atmosphere. You can learn more at the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Two Final Things Regarding the Photo Biennial

First, the former head of the Printmaking Department at the College of Visual Arts (and my old academic advisor from YEARS ago) Maria Santiago posted this on Facebook about the Photo Biennial at Concordia:



Second, I just received a "thank you" from the curator of the exhibition for including my work:


Love it.

Here are some photos of the biennial exhibition, and here are a few photos from the opening reception.

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Featured on "Inside Hamline"

I recently had some news shared on Inside Hamline, which is a listing of Hamline University's campus announcements, events, and student and faculty accomplishments.


Listed at the top.


Article about my work in an exhibition in Fort Collins.


A slightly more readable version.

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