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June 13, 2007

The Color of the Sky on My World

Thought you would be interested to know. And one more picture from this evening:

Welcome to my world.

Posted by john at June 13, 2007 10:40 PM

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Jon | June 13, 2007 10:52 PM

They seem miraculously unzombified!

John Scalzi | June 13, 2007 10:53 PM

Krissy would kick the ass of any Zombie what tried to get near her daughter.

Dan | June 13, 2007 11:09 PM

So that's why you write all those books, eh?

Beautiful stuff, and considering tonight I will try in vain to sleep with the sound of my neighbor's ancient air-conditioner rattling itself to death outside my window, forgive me if I envy you for a moment or two.

But, hey! I'm closer to the ice cream trucks when they drive down my street, so neener neener!

Annalee Flower Horne | June 13, 2007 11:25 PM

I feel like there's a smartassed comment to be made about colored skies = pollution, but I'm not even sure that it's true. It could be one of those false facts that just gets around (like daddy long-legs being the world's most poisonous spiders).

Jim Wright | June 13, 2007 11:32 PM

Annalee: No no no. It's Daddy Long Legs venom that causes weird sunsets. They spray it into the air as an aerosol. It may be the cause of Young Earth Creationism and/or Zombification - oh, wait, that's redundant.

Mary Robinette Kowal | June 13, 2007 11:40 PM

Someday, I'll get to see sights so pretty. Right now my life consists of cardboard boxes and the putting of things into them.

Chris Azure | June 14, 2007 12:32 AM

I've been witness to many polluted sunsets. They are often very beautiful, but never quite like this...

Wickedpinto | June 14, 2007 12:58 AM

I'm sorry, but you are a rather short man, you are a balding man, but you are also a very creative and thinking man, who has a child who would buy you this hallmark card

When I first saw it, I thought of you, though rather than YOU fantasizing about being Hammer, I thought of Athena or your wife staring at you, imagining you were hammer.

First thing I thought. "Scalzi would SO do this if he could, and he would POST IT!!!"

Jeremiah | June 14, 2007 01:15 AM

Mary Robinette Kowal- Hey I'm doing the moving thing too. Doesn't it bite?

T. Jaxon | June 14, 2007 01:56 AM

A beautiful sunset, a beautiful family.

Enjoy your life sir!

rick gregory | June 14, 2007 02:12 AM

You know... that cloud looks kinda like a dinosaur... :)

John Scalzi | June 14, 2007 07:47 AM

I'm compelled to note that's not actually a picture of a sunset; the picture is a south view from my house.

Pablo Defendini | June 14, 2007 08:23 AM

Enjoy your world, sir. It's a beautiful one and well deserved.

Steve Buchheit | June 14, 2007 09:10 AM

It's a photoshopped world?

John Scalzi | June 14, 2007 11:11 AM

That's not Photoshopped; the sky was actually that color (think: clouds reflecting light from setting sun)

Joe Chasse | June 14, 2007 11:25 AM

I like your world....where do you sign up?

jason | June 14, 2007 11:50 AM

Zombies or no, you have a lovely world, John... do you offer a tourism package?

Old Jarhead | June 14, 2007 01:51 PM

"When I first saw it, I thought of you, though rather than YOU fantasizing about being Hammer, I thought of Athena or your wife staring at you, imagining you were hammer."

I sure hope that this comment means that it has been discussed in another thread that the TV advertisement with the balding guy doing the MC Hammer bit looks just like you. I flashed on the furor that would have occurred if you had walked out in the U Dub bookstore wearing harem pants.

And you HAVE to take Athena to the museum - and what an opportunity it would be for her to write an entry about her reaction.

I wonder how long it will be before they have an exhibit of the 26' high bird just found in China with a saddle and stirrups.

Old JArhead

Mfitz | June 14, 2007 02:13 PM

What are they doing on my front porch?

Mary Robinette Kowal | June 15, 2007 01:29 AM

Jeremiah: It really does suck and it seems like it will never end. This is why pictures of Scalzi's sky make me happy.

Steve Buchheit | June 15, 2007 09:21 AM

John, I was thinking more of the family being photoshopped (I'm thinking some sort of Impressionist Brush).

The sky, oh yeah. Thanks to the industrial belt from Detroit to Chicago to St. Louis, plus the dust off the Plains, we get amazing sunsets in Ohio. We also get amazing cloud formations, including those multi-layered clouds in the photo. It's also very cool when the different cloud layers are not only moving at different speeds, but off angle to each other.

Mfitz | June 15, 2007 09:24 AM

Too bad they aren't making any rain just now though.

John Scalzi | June 15, 2007 09:29 AM

Steve Buchheit:

Oh, that picture. No impressionist brush. Start with a regular photo, make a black and white layer, treat it with diffuse glow (no grain), set the B&W layer to 50% opacity, and then boost the saturation in the color layer to taste. That's how that is done.

Kelson | June 15, 2007 12:39 PM

Do you work any HDR? Looks like you've access to primo subject studies.

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