December 23, 2012

The Tenth Day Of Duckmas 2012

The Burpee black-diamond slope is officially open!  Look at that starting drop!

I do need to admit to photoshoppery in this picture, beyond the usual cropping, resizing and saturation/contrast adjustments.  This was the very best picture of the series I took of Suzie Snowboarder and David Downhill, but it was just supposed to be a test shot to study the feasibility of the idea.  As a result, I didn't move the snowducks, the angelducks, and a box out of the background.  So I had to remove them digitally.  Not a bad job, actually...

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December 22, 2012

The Ninth Day Of Duckmas 2012

When you have snow, you also inevitably get snowducks!  While I so want to call them Moe, Larry and Curly, I can't... that's too easy.  So Tinker, Evers and Chance it is!

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December 21, 2012

The Eighth Day Of Duckmas 2012

Finally, the snow is back!  On Thursday, we had blizzard warnings and there were some forecasts saying up to nine inches of the white stuff... and it happened!  Well, to the northwest of us, that is.  Here in Duckford, the weather nabobs claim we got four inches, and perhaps we did... in that particular snow cylinder.  Out in the real world, however, we maybe got two inches, which is why you still see grass.  However, without the snow, there'd be no way to get the crisp shadows in today's entry for the Twelve Days of Duckmas.

Oh, and since we're all about traditions here at The Pond: "Eight wings!  Eight freakin' wings!"

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December 20, 2012

The Seventh Day Of Duckmas 2012

In my mind, this concept was a lot better than it ended up.  "Ducklings visit Santaduck," that's a winner, right?  Right. 

Oh well... maybe next year.

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December 19, 2012

The Sixth Day Of Duckmas 2012

Some pics I take to be artistic.  Some I take because of the inherent beauty of the scene.  Some I take because, c'mon, rubber ducks in snow.

Then there's today's picture, which I took simply because it made me laugh.

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December 18, 2012

The Fifth Day Of Duckmas 2012

So I did eventually make my way to the mall to take the annual "duck-at-Cvale" picture.  Monday, it was.  It was much less busy, and I was able to get a spot quite close to an entry.  A casual walk to the center court, a few pictures, and I was out in about a half-hour, tops.  Then I got back into my car.

And the back of my left knee exploded like someone had hit it with a RPG.  I had placed my foot against the firewall of the DuckMobile to adjust my seating position and pushed... and kaboom.  By the time I got home, I was barely able to make it up the nine steps from the parking lot to Pond Central, and I was honestly worried about being able to get to work today.  I slept quite poorly, since every time the knee moved, it hurt.

This morning, once it loosened up, it seemed to move a little bit better than it had been... I was actually able to put a sock on that foot by bending my knee.  Last night, I couldn't bend it enough to take the sock off, I had to use a spatula.  I still stopped at the drugstore and picked up a cane on my way to work.  Tonight?  The cane helped me make it up the stairs, but I probably could have made it without it.  Maybe I'm not as damaged as I thought!

Enjoy the duckie!

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December 17, 2012

The Fourth Day Of Duckmas 2012

There appears to be a lot of Christmas sugary goodness floating around the Twelve Days this year.  I assure you, there was much squee-ing and "soooooo cute"-ing at the gingerbread ducks during the day they were out on display...

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December 16, 2012

The Third Day Of Duckmas 2012

It's a first for the Duckmas photos today... an imposter appears!

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Clearly SantaDuck is the real thing!

So here's the story behind this picture.  I set out on Saturday to head to the local shopping mall, thinking it'd be busy but not so awful.  I was wrong.  I drove two laps around the mall parking lots trying to find a spot that wasn't a mile away from the shops I needed to hit, and failed.  Then I realized "hey, stupid, we're ten days away from Christmas, why does this surprise you?"  Disgusted with myself, I stopped doing laps and headed towards the nearest grocery store... and its parking lot was clogged as well, overflow from the mall.  Now just disgusted, I pulled into a Walgreens for some bare minimums of supplies... just as the heavens opened up and rain gushed down.  Now disgusted and wet, I walked in and was greeted by ImposterSanta.  I did my shopping, ran back to the car, grabbed SantaDuck and took the picture.  ImposterSanta seemed amused and I was relieved... still disgusted, still wet, but at least I got a Duckmas photo out of the excursion.

They're saying we're to get some real snow on Thursday the 20th.  I can barely contain my excitement.

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December 15, 2012

The Second Day Of Duckmas 2012

Just as much a tradition as the "duckie in a fir tree" is the big bowl of Christmas candy for the Duck U students during finals week.  Just part of what we do to help them through the stressful time, add a bit of holiday cheer to the proceedings... and just maybe find a photo-op or two.

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December 14, 2012

The First Day of Duckmas 2012

There is only one way to begin the annual event known as the Twelve Days of Duckmas, and that's with the traditional "duckie in a fir tree"!

This is the fourth year running that I've used this particular duckie for the picture.  There's a really good reason for that, too: he's cute and easy to work with! 

Tune in every day between now and December 25th for a new entry in the Twelve Days of Duckmas!

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November 22, 2012

Thanksgiving 2012

Clearly inspired by friend GreyDuck's Quacked Panes.

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November 01, 2012

The PSA: Odds And Ends

This is my version of a DVD's director's commentary, just some jokes and pictures that disappeared in the making of the Halloween PSA, including an Epilogue!  But first...

This is my favorite picture from the entire thing.  The desk, carpeting, books and lamp are decorations for a dollhouse.  Prof Mallard is balanced on a stack of quarters, and the whole shebang is positioned inside one of my bookcases.  The faux wood makes for good paneling, no?  Unfortunately, the best little joke in the entire PSA disappeared in the final product... his word balloon covered up the painting on the wall (which is photoshopped up there, of course).  The painting?  Renoir's The Duck Pond.  That's just one of the little references I threw into the strip.  For example, you'd think that the "D.D." in Prof D.D. Mallard's name might stand for "Donald Daffy" or something like that.  Actually, it stands for "Delos David," a hat tip to one of my favorite Heinlein characters.  It's unlikely that anybody else would get that, but if I can't amuse myself, what's the point, right?

I posted an edited version of this picture almost a year ago as a teaser to the "photojournalism project", but this shows the basic layout of the "lab" photographs.  The key to the whole thing was the LED strip I found at Menards a while back.  Looked just like the overly bright fluorescent lights you'd see in a white-tiled lab/holodeck/thingy.  The floor and walls are, again, for a dollhouse, and it's ridiculous how much that crap costs!  That's $25 of thin plastic sheeting right there... still, it looked good on camera, and that's what matters.

The Epilogue is below...

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October 31, 2012

Halloween 2012: A Public Service Announcement


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July 04, 2012

Independence Day 2012

George and Martha Washingduck wish you a happy 4th of July for all of us here at The Pond!

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May 13, 2012

Mother's Day 2012

Call your mom today.  Hug her if you can.  Tell her you love her.

Because some of us aren't able to anymore.

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April 08, 2012

Easter 2012

Happy Easter!  Not much else to say, really...

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March 17, 2012

St Patrick's Day 2012

Green!  Green everywhere!

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February 14, 2012

Valentine's Day 2012

There's no doubt in my mind that The Pond is the only place on the intarwebz where you're going to find this:

The combination of rubber duckies and Katawa Shoujo for Valentine's Day, exclusive to this little website.  And you get to see it... aren't you lucky?

Rin's opinion notwithstanding, of course.

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January 12, 2012

Ducks In Anime: Yarrrrrrr!

-Bodacious Space Pirates, Ep01

I'm... not sure about this show.  On the one hand, everything seems to be perfect.  The characters are believable, or at least they're as believable as a show like this ever gets, the artwork is quite appealing, the animation is acceptable, there seems to be plenty of room for both humor and drama, and there's a bodacious space pirate rubber duckie.  Oh, and "Bodacious Space Pirates" would be a great name for a band.  Like I said, perfect.

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On the other hand, everything seems to be perfect, and that scares me.  This could go so very very wrong... which would actually be pretty fun.  I find that I'm quite looking forward to Ep02.

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December 25, 2011

The Twelfth Day Of Duckmas 2011

I can't really add anything to that. 

Another Duckmas season has come and gone.  The Flock have already opened their gifts and are busy doing what duckies do on Duckmas morning: having a breakfast of freshly baked rye bread and orange juice (duckies love orange juice).  Their party gives me a chance to sneak off and wish you, my readers, happiness and security for the coming year.

And ducks.  Lots and lots of ducks.

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