News for July 2005

Someone used my image!

Garden MandalaI just did a Google search on my name and discovered that one of my Flickr images got used in a video presentation accompanying a perfomance of “Music in Similar Motion,” a Phillip Glass composition. I was rather surprised to find this out, as no one had informed me that this was going to take place. Oh well.

Music in Similar Motion

Search for “Roman Edirisinghe” on the photo credits page

View my original image on Flickr

Posted: July 28th, 2005
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Penguins

I just saw March of the Penguins last night. I must say it was quite excellent, and extremely moving. I don’t want to give it away to anyone who hasn’t seen it yet, but it really blew my mind. Take your kids, take your granny, take yourself. But GO!

On a similar note, seeing the movie reminded me that I’d read an article a while back about homosexual penguins. Evidently, this type of thing is not unusual or unheard of in the animal kingdom. However, it is not widely documented. Nevertheless, let this be another testament to homosexuality being normal, and a reminder that humans should simply get over their hangups and fears and grow up.

via Ananova

Posted: July 27th, 2005
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Nude Favorites

Nude Favorites, originally uploaded by romanedirisinghe.

I find it amusing that I uploaded this pic on July 4th, 2005, but it has acquired more than 11,000 hits since then! I owe it all to the tags. It seems that people are totally in search of free smut on Flickr. Tsk, tsk. As a consequence of the general desire for porn, this is now my most viewed pic in my photostream.

This is a collection of my nude favorites, created by other photographers on Flickr. None of these pictures are actually mine.

To those of you visiting from the Flickr site, consider this an unwelcome study on human sexual behavior. Your visit has been logged. You are not eternally damned, nor are you perverse. This is perfectly normal. Thank you for participating.

Posted: July 13th, 2005
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Nectar

If you’re in downtown Milwaukee for lunch and want to be hungry well before dinnertime, consider checking out Nectar.

The service isn’t the friendliest. I’d been in there several times, and I never felt like they actually wanted me in there. Maybe it’s because they knew in advance that I would shred them on my blog.

I ordered a roast beef sandwich, while Nicole picked up an Italian garden sandwich. The sandwiches arrived in plastic containers (no recycling available in the store). The roast beef was neither brown nor red, but grey. Great color for monochromatic art, awful color for food. Nicole ate hers without complaint. Overall, the food was acceptable going down the gullet. It was hours later that the problem revealed itself: we were hungry. A mere 3 hours after we ate the meal, we were ready for some real food.

Nectar’s meals have no substance, and don’t pass my fill-me-up test.

To avoid:
Nectar Espresso Bar & Cafe
(414) 224-8100
708 N Milwaukee St
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Posted: July 12th, 2005
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Sauce

This begins my unofficial restaurant review phase. We’ll see how long it lasts.

If you’re ever in Milwaukee’s Third Ward district and have a hankering for some food, do yourself a favor and avoid Sauce at all costs.

I went to Sauce with Nicole on Sunday night. Totally unimpressed. Potentially pretentious atmosphere. Cool art on the walls. The sparse selection of meals were grossly overpriced. No entrees under $20, if I remember properly. But even the most expensive meals can feel worthwhile if the service is superb. Not so in this case. Although our waitress was fine (not excellent), the waiter who brought out our drinks was simply offensive. He managed to spill hot (steaming) water all over our table, and got a drop on me in the process. I kept my mouth shut as I watched his movements, wondering what the damage could have been had the water splashed a couple of inches closer to me. That guy had NO business being a waiter. His hands simply trembled too much. He appeared to be in his mid thirties. Perhaps he had a case of Early Onset Parkinson’s Disease. Nevertheless, I watched him return with a rag, wipe our table, make his way to a pair of not-so-attractive women, and talk to them with a courtesy that ALL his customers deserved.

The appetizers we ordered were fine. Nicole liked the crab cakes. The one I tried contained real crab meat, and was rather tasty. My beet salad had some type of yellow beet I had never seen before (I thought beets were supposed to be blood red), and it was good. The portions were somewhat small, in my opinion. Essentially, the food that we had was fairly good, but not worth the price of crappy service.

Departing, we walked past the Wicked Hop (an aborted choice for the evening). I wished we would have eaten there instead.

To avoid:
Sauce
(414) 224-1480
217 N Broadway
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Posted: July 12th, 2005
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