Alan Rickman, RIP

British actor Alan Rickman‘s characters were powerful and piercingly intense, but it was the vivid command of his voice quality that always singularly struck me. He was every character he ever played. On my list of things to do is to watch everything I can find in which he played a role. I am saddened that his gift is no… Continue reading

Natalie Cole, RIP

My spine tingled when I heard Natalie Cole sing that unforgettable duet with her father at Chastain Park. She projected a genuine, kind and dignified stage presence and gave a wonderful concert. Her music is among my favorites, certainly in the top 20 of my play count. Cole released her best-selling album with 1991’s Unforgettable… with Love on Elektra Records,… Continue reading

The Ongoing Quest for a Fresh Selfie

Selfies. What a concept. A photo to represent our online presence. I think it’s ultimately kind of weird, frankly. But today the selfie is, well, a way of life for some people who seem obsessed with taking them. To each his/her own I suppose. I must admit that I like seeing current photos of people I know, especially if I… Continue reading

Tim Unplugged: Qwerkywriter Mechanical Keyboard

Well, my efforts to unplug have had mixed results. I am taking steps. Qwerkywriter is among my latest efforts at unplugging. Did any of you have a mechanical typewriter back in the day—you know, the old ones that didn’t use electricity. My grandmother gave me the one from her office when she retired. You had to really whack the keys… Continue reading

Piccadilly Cafeteria Now Gone

It was only a matter of time. I have eaten at this Piccadilly Cafeteria literally hundreds of times over the years. Back in the day this place was crazy busy with hungry patrons. Another Piccadilly, in midtown, was also jammed with business. The food was good. The prices were reasonable. I ate here when it was Morrison’s Cafeteria, before Piccadilly… Continue reading

YOPO Lens Kit (iPhone 6s+) Review

I must admit that the iPhone 6s+ camera has compelled me to leave the heavy camera equipment behind more and more often. The little device does some amazing things, things I literally never thought would be possible with such a tool. When I really need a quality shot, however, I still bring out the Canon glass, but the iPhone creates… Continue reading

More San Francisco Photos

Here are a few other PhonePhotos from my week in the city. I want to brag about Affinity Photo: perspective correction is really easy. Removing people, puddles, and objects (such as cars) is a mouse stroke away! Numerous distracting center foreground reflective puddles were easily removed from the above photo of San Francisco’s City Hall. I loved the two inverted… Continue reading