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The child in me awoke once again, and this time too, the reason was TRANSFORMERS – one set of toys that I cannot stop being fascinated about.
Autobot Drift is the latest addition to my Transformer collection. Originally known as Deadlock, this Transformer was once a Decepticon who then turned to the Autobot side and took on a new body and identity.
The vehicle mode is sleek and looks like it is built for racing. It is inspired by the Japanese originated practice of “drifting” (a type of racing popularized in the US in the film “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift”… an all-time favorite movie!)
Most of the vehicle is sleek and curved. The front end starts flat in front but then curves back to the windshield and out to the sides. The sides of the vehicle are not flat but instead curve inward and then back up to where the spoiler is set on the back. The cabin cover is also curved, with what appears to be an air intake mounted on top. It’s an aggressive looking vehicle for sure. The front even has very realistic looking light bulbs.
There is a lot of thought into finer details like twin exhaust pipes in the back, a raised spoiler that slopes downward, door handles, sideview mirrors and a license plate in between the exhaust pipes.
On each door is a Japanese word meaning “Samurai” in red.
Here is a size comparison with another of my “prized possessions”, Bumblebee.
The true power of Autobot Drift is hidden under the engine… a ninja katana
In Robot Mode this Transformer is a menacing killer.
Light piping is from the top of the head unlike for the other transformers, but it does make his eyes come alive.
His foot design makes him take the most gravity defying poses like the one below
His larger sword has several Japanese characters sculpted into them meaning “peerless under heaven” along with line details on the handle and a round, jewel-like detail in the center.
Tucked into each door from the car mode are two smaller swords. These too can be held in each of his hands. What’s really neat is that the way the door windows fold in creates a slot that you can slide the long sword into, allowing him to store his sword on either side of his hip or on his back.
So, now you know what this weekend was all about!
The other ‘Transformer shoots’ I have done are here:
My elder sister has just got addicted to Facebook. And while her kids study, she logs in the addictive social networking site and uploads photos.
Megan, her 8 year old, was at the receiving end of her Mom’s divided attention and piqued. “What is Facebook?” To which her Mom replied, “It’s a place where you keep faces of people.” An hour later, Megan drops off a tiny booklet her Mom’s hand. “Here,” she said. “I made a facebook for you. Now you don’t have to waste your time on the computer.”
You may choose to call it a ‘before-after’, or a ‘work that was in progress’ for almost 6 months prior to the big day… I teased my bride-to-be, that every evening after a day’s work at office, these little preparations were giving meaning to my life 😉
Here are a few pics to share those moments… we choose to call them “Milestones”…
Milestone #1: The Card
First came the design… should it be a typical silvery white card, with cherubic angels floating around… or could we go the Indian way? We chose the second option. And once the cards were done it was time to visit my calligraphy skills again.
Milestone #2: Church deco
We gave Paperworks a reason to smile with the amount of business they got during our wedding. From paper for the card, to the church flowers to the mass booklets. The flowers you see were made in 3 stages—petals were cut, then stuck onto wires and then put together on a stem—finally topped up with ribbons and nets.
Never thought I would learn so much about flower making!
Milestone #3: The Bouquet
Fresh flowers or artificial was the big question. It ended being flowers from Mumbai, garnished with beads, ribbons and glitter from goa.
Milestone #4: The Cake
There is a whole lot of cake designing happening out there. I did my bit to see that our wedding cake was a design we wanted. And then the cake went from the computer to the baker!
Milestone #5: Favors
Stockings for flowers, pollen and green ribbon… would never have known that shops for all these existed right under my nose all this while! How many favors should be made and should they be in different colors? Questions that had to be answered!
Milestone #6: Reception table deco
This was an idea that came out of the blue to the two of us… and once the idea landed, it had to be seen to completion! Even if the idea meant getting white sand from Betalbatim, shells from Quegdevelim and mud pots from the famous Mapusa market … and finally painted in gold!
Milestone #7: Hymn Booklets
Once again, an evening spent selecting the right paper, then the prayers composed in collaboration with the celebrant and then the fun at printing all through the night.
Milestone #8: Photoshoot planning
3 meetings with the photographer detailing each aspect of the wedding and making sure the essence of the wedding is not lost in a flurry of flashes and poses
Milestone #9: Flower baskets
Once again, a Mumbai-Goa collaboration. This time my sister pitched in to decorate the baskets.
Milestone #10: House deco
I would never have looked so great if we had got the expert help of a dear friend… with the unending ideas of making 3D hearts for every door.
Milestone #11: The Rings
Family goldsmith to the rescue… and the ring holder all the way from Jakarta.
Milestone #12: Give aways
These had an interesting story to tell for themselves. The designing was not an issue, however the plastic was cut in Delhi and printed in Dehradun and then prototypes were sent back and forth. The saga didnt end here… wrapping each give away 3 days before the wedding was a celebration in itself with all the guests helping out.
Milestone #13: Shopping
This is one area where I still need to grow in the virtue of patience… I was gently tutored by bride-to-be into the conviction that a groom needs to look different on that day. So, my old wardrobe had to make room for the new. Beginning with the gown to the suit, from the material for the flower-girls and bridesmaid to the gifts … there was a lot to learn!
Milestone #14: Church Arrangements
Delegation can be difficult! It entails trust! And the morning of the wedding is all about delegation. And so, armed with a detailed description to the last detail, our friends set out to the church to see that everything was in place.
Milestone #15: Travel & Accomodation
This little card meant a lot to transport the right people from airport and station, in the right vehicle to the right hotel, and then to the church on time! A logistical nightmare even for the best of managers!
Milestone #16: Signing in the same book
Everything falls into place on that one day, which brings back a smile everytime we think of these milestones that went to make it so… precious.
Milestones have been crossed, and another journey begins.
Following from World of Fractals – Set I, here comes the second set, this time spiced up with a few captions.
There are patterns around us. From the tiny fern to the biggest ocean. In everything nature is ordered. If only we could see and appreciate.
A fractal is “a rough or fragmented geometric shape that can be split into parts, each of which is (at least approximately) a reduced-size copy of the whole” a property called self-similarity
This is a collection of my photographs, seen through a fractal lens. Most of the pics you might recognize from my previous posts.
If you have really enjoyed this collection, let me know… there are 4 more sets I can publish!
The countdown has begun. And to keep track, the two of us got down to designing our own wedding calendar. One copy at her place and one at mine.
This is only the screenshot of the calendar. What with all the reminders and to-do lists all over it, it’s look has dramatically changed 😉
Amen! I finally watched the film Angels & Demons.
And mind you it is not Robert Langdon’s interpretation of symbols that I am fascinated with, nor the manner in which Dan Brown weaves truth and fiction to hoodwink his readers. What I liked best are the ambigrams (words with rotational symmetry) — years of unrecognized work of John Langdon that shoots into the limelight with this book/film.
Here are the some of the ambigrams used in the film, and the final “illuminati diamond” (from the novel) that I have re-worked a bit in photoshop.
And here is the one I like best:
Here is where you can generate an ambigram of your choice – Ambigram generator.
I made one of my name.
While looking around for some inspirational Christmas pictures, I came upon this triptych. There was something that caught my eye in this oil painting. A king was represented as of African descent! This led me to do a little research.
Magi (wise men from the East), in the Gospel account of Christ’s birth, saw a new star and, believing it to be a divine omen, came to honor the one marked for future greatness. Ancient astronomers were astrologists, interpreting their observations of the heavens in relation to human affairs. The wise men were traditionally depicted as of different ages, and, by the Renaissance, the youngest was depicted as an African.
Pieter Coecke van Aelst (August 14, 1502 – December 6, 1550) was a Flemish painter is the creator of the “Adoration of the Magi”. Pieter Coecke traveled to Constantinople in 1533 to work for the Turkish Sultan. From this experience, he knew how to depict Near Easterners and Africans accurately. The altarpiece was commissioned by Elisabeth van Langenhove, according to the damaged inscription on the frame.
So much for the academics! Warm Christmas wishes to everyone!!! 🙂