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Yeah, but is it art?

Posted by
MadScientist (Düsseldorf, Germany) on 24 December 2010 in Art & Design.

When I scarfed this chocolate Santa Claus down I noticed rudiments of design; after smoothing the foil I knew what to post for this day.

This was a crazy December. Despite its many roadworks and construction zones my city attracted visitors from all around like no year before. One reason why I didn't show you any Christmas market photos (like this one) was the sheer mass of people crowding these markets. Too much people, too much alcohol, too much crap in the booths for sale. (We gave up searching for a snow shovel and finally bought one at eBay because it wasn't possible to get one in our state captital; I wonder when this will happen with groceries.)

Then there was the snow. Winter came early this year, it was getting cold at the end of November, suddenly the snow was there, and this didn't change much. We've been blessed with an amount of snow that is usually unknown to the common Rhinelander. You might imagine what that means: many accidents on the streets for weeks (many people are still using summer tyres), overloaded streets, overloaded public transports, an overchallenged postal delivery, supply shortages, retailers running out of stock. And all this in the most populated region of Germany.

Overload at work, too: so many deadlines to match this month, it doesn't matter if the system runs stable or not. We are running after ISO standards and quality criteria, but if you look behind the facades you're looking at the naked truth, and it's no good. Listen, bosses: ISO 9001 is not a manager's guidance for sacking people, it's about quality.

Things became effectively weird when the street around the corner was suddenly barred by the police. An unclaimed suitcase had been found! Dozens of police cars, police officers, flashing blue lights, stopped traffic in every directions: big kahuna. Would Al Quaida start its new attack at Luegallee, Oberkassel? Would your innocent Mad Scientist and his even more innocent wife fall victim to the really bad guys?! Of course not. The suitcase was empty; somebody has forgotten it at the way station.

This might explain why I was finding only little time to care for my friends at AM3 and other places. But there are delightful things, too: my photographic equipment was extended by some exciting hardware (including a new device I haven't mentioned yet), and I found some great software helping me make better pictures. When I'm comparing older shots with newer ones, I see some progress in image quality. This is very encouraging, and I won't stop here. This voyage is far from over, and I would be delighted to meet you again at its many stations.

Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones, folks!

Phil Morris from Saskatoon, Toronto, Canada

Great color and superb texture in this wonderful and clever photo.
Best Christmas wishes to you.

24 Dec 2010 7:24am

@Phil Morris: Many thanks, Phil! A very happy Christmas to you, too!

António Pires from Lisbon, Portugal

Happy Christmas to you !

24 Dec 2010 11:43am

@António Pires: Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones, too!

Lilly and Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

We were saying this week that Christmas has seldom felt so welcome as it has this year. Compared to the troubles some folks have, ours were but trifles but there were many of them. So, feet-up time and we wish You and Yours a Very Happy Christmas.

24 Dec 2010 12:17pm

@Lilly and Ronnie 2¢: Many thanks to you both and merry Christmas to you!!

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Merry Christmas! ;) And Happy New Year.

24 Dec 2010 1:40pm

@Ana Lúcia: Merry Christmas to you, Ana! New Year greetings will follow next week! :-)

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Merry Christmas to my old friend ;)

24 Dec 2010 2:34pm

@MARIANA: Merry Christmas to you, Mariana! See you soon and more often! :-)

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

An interesting "unraveling." :-) You bought a snow shovel on EBay? Oh my. I hope that things only get better from here for you. At least the days are getting longer once again. :-) Merry Christmas!

24 Dec 2010 3:26pm

@Steven: Merry Christmas to you, Steven! Even if things will get worse I will continue trying to take a good photo. :-)

MissT from Chicagoland, United States

I always do that with the foil, but never thought to photograph it! Merry Christmas!

24 Dec 2010 7:46pm

@MissT: A very happy Christmas to you, too, MissT! I thought this one would give an interesting shot because of its abstract patterns (which other foils usually don't have).

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

Ace blogging MS!
If it's any consolation... our streets are so packed with hard packed snow and ice that I feared breaking yet another plastic snow shovel and went searching DIY and garden centres for a metal one but to no avail!
Have a great Xmas!

24 Dec 2010 8:26pm

@Ted: Metal shovels are way better, and the bigger the blade, the better! We've received insane amounts of snow (20-30 cm!) and my new shovel was a great help, so I really recommend these (the dealer is sending to Germany only, but that's the tool you need).
Merry Christmas, Ted!!

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Hi, I'm trying to get around as many of you as possible in a relatively short time to wish you all a very Happy Christmas.

24 Dec 2010 8:31pm

@Curly: Merry Christmas to you, too!!

Christine Walsh from Astoria, NY, United States

A wonderful "rant" - can't wait for more! Merry Christmas to you and your family. According to our local news Santa is heading your way - at least he'll have snow!

24 Dec 2010 10:53pm

@Christine Walsh: That was a rough ride for him, he almost slipped!
A very happy Christmas to you and your loved ones!

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

As long as you're eating chocolate AND finding the wrapping inspiring enough to take a shot of it....well.....things are not so bad, Manfred! And this wrapping you show us is quite funny! Snow is funny, too...but not when you've got to shovel it!
The glass is still half full...this would be a doctor's advice....

26 Dec 2010 5:46am

@Japanalia: It's the sheer amount of daily hassles which sometimes annoys me. It's certainly lamenting on a high level, but it's also something that keeps me angry and awake.