Done Done It Again

Sometimes, when it's the middle of winter and the camera on your phone is broken it feels like life is too drab and dismal to demand journaling anything.

Then it hits you... What if dismality is directly related to your dearth of journaling?

Plus, you never know when a journal entry will come in handy later. For instance, today I went to buy a new pen and was able to make a better decision by finding a journal entry from 2012 where I posted a photo of a pen.


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Descriptions of Cameraphone Photos of the Month - July 2015

You ever decide one day to deprive yourself of something you do regularly and love? Like, going a month without beer, or no-added-sugar, low-fat yogurt. Just to see if you can do it? Just to see if it makes you feel alive? And it makes you really appreciate what you've been taking for granted, even though you're plainly aware that you enjoy it.

I've gone a month without taking photos with my phone. And, amazingly, I've found my life has actually improved by... Shit. I can't lie, it's like the worst thing that's ever happened to me in the post-Snapchat age. You practically can't live in society these days without taking photos with your phone. As far as July 2015 goes it may well have never happened as I have no photos to prove it. I'll have to rely on my fitness tracker records and my Fly Buys account details purely to remember that I was even alive.

If I really grasp at straws, however, I can kind of say that one advantage of having no phone camera is that for photos of the month I can describe the amazing photos I would have taken, had my camera not been busted, instead of actually taking them. Plus, I didn't have to get into the weird postures to take these photos at the right position/angle, nor endure strangers wondering what kind of weird selfie I could be taking facing the camera away from me, and with no meal in sight.

Here are text descriptions of the July 2015 Cameraphone Photos of the Month.

1. Shiny, blue early morning dew on overgrown green grass.

2. Vibrant stalks of lavender growing along the footpath, the sunrise in the background

3. Adelaide oval under lights and a downpour, from high in the western stand.

4. Gus at night at Steve and Kristen's house-warming, wearing a fashionably knotted scarf / rollover for Gus in a sunlit front bar watching The Showdown with a fashionably knotted scarf.

5. Grange beach after a winter run, the clouds approaching sunset reflected in large puddles on the dirt path behind the dunes.

6. A grainy photo of our quiz-night answer sheet at the Curious Squire, showing the cartoon drawing of the quiz master.

7. At Henley Beach square, A large sign on temporary fencing that reads "Business as Usual" and through the fence the destruction of construction clearly illustrating that things are not as usual.

8. Something I cooked or baked

9. Claire and Josh's roaring fire.

10. Cowan eating a blue frosted cupcake on the Fourth of July with a big, goofy smile.

11. Nash after a bath looking equally fluffy and unimpressed.

12. North Terrace office towers glowing in 5pm golden sunset. Rollover for Parliament House post-sunset with orange and black clouds of dusk filling the background to the horizon. (If dicking around in Photoshop makes the colours and dynamic range particularly sharp, post as separate photo rather than a rollover.)

13. Vanessa wearing a pompom-beanie and two jumpers under a furry blanket and a cute, pouty face.

14. Chow at Lucky Lupitas presenting a trunk of beers to the cook to say thank you for years of feeding him Mexican food (Chow description of a cameraphone photo of the month.)

15. A couple of ducks sleeping in the midday sunshine on the bank of the Torrens River, with caption "Stop being lazy and make the fucking ducklings, ducks. I need some Spring."

Granola

Well Journal, I think I might have missed a trick. I've only just realised I've been missing out on enjoying granola. I was in Bondi yesterday waiting for Vanessa to run the City to Surf and while she was running 14km I spent a similar amount of time finding the best Granola in Bondi. I found it first go, at a little cafe a few streets back from the beach and run by a collection of European backpackers who had arrived sometime in the nineties and never left.

You only get so many breakfasts in life, and I have to admit I might have WASTED some of mine buying bacon and egg rolls or omelettes from cafes which go rubbery and cold on windy days. Granola can't go cold and tasteless. The Granola was crunchy and creamy. Sweet and savoury. It was a vegan Granola with gluten-free poached fruit and yogurt raised in barns, not cages. And it was delicious.

Devops

Sometimes I will describe to others the things which I do between nine and five on weekdays as "system administration". Other times, particularly close to tech seminars on new technologies with free beer and food I'll refer to myself as DevOps.

What is DevOps? To me, it's the difference between fixing or deploying something (operations) manually, versus coding a script or application (developing) that does the operation (operations) for you, usually automatically.

Tech seminars usually make me feel ignorant because the bleeding edge technologies which are presented always seems so far from what I can actually work with in whichever current enterprise client I'm working for. In Adelaide, however, they do reunite me with clients that I worked with many years ago. It does make me feel accomplished when they say, "Hey, it's Brad. We're still using his scripts from eight years ago to deploy our apps."

Being able to leave a legacy of automation as I move from job to job helps me to validate myself as DevOps. I always think, if I'm using the same journal code a decade later I must be doing something right.


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