Sunday, December 30, 2007

CCCXII: Annoyingly Repetitive

©Lani Kai
Lani Kai: I'm going to take a picture of breadsticks every time I go to that restaurant
Trypto: not again

CCCXI: Moving In

© Trypto
Lani Kai: ah yes, the perennial construction in Las Vegas
Trypto: a bunch of condos in this case
Lani Kai: I see, so on the outskirts
Trypto: actually it's next door to the Bellagio
Lani Kai: jeez
Trypto: I dunno why anyone would want to live on the strip
Trypto: it'd be like living in Disneyland

Saturday, December 29, 2007

CCCX: Multitasking

© Lani Kai
Lani Kai: the co-blogger is currently in Las Vegas, gambling his life away
Lani Kai: or drinking his life away
Lani Kai: probably both

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

CCCIX: O Christmas Tree

©Lani Kai
Trypto: I didn't know you have a Christmas tree
Lani Kai: well, we have an artificial one
Trypto: I have an imaginary one
Trypto: it's really pretty
Trypto: with its imaginary ornaments
Trypto: and imaginary presents

CCCVIII: Merry Christmas

© Trypto
Lani Kai: what're you up to?
Trypto: Merry Christmas, lalala
Lani Kai: la
Trypto: you can look at last night's food
Trypto: not the best pictures I've ever taken

Friday, December 21, 2007

CCCVII: Drip Drop

©Lani Kai
Lani Kai: I've been productive today
Lani Kai: I made two pages for the book
Trypto: I made a drop painting
Trypto: *drip
Lani Kai: I was wondering if that was similar to a drop kick

Thursday, December 20, 2007

CCCVI: Speechless

© Lani Kai
Trypto: aaaah
Lani Kai: anything else?

Friday, December 14, 2007

CCCV: Conversion

© Trypto
Lani Kai: whatever is it sepia for?
Trypto: because otherwise it would be blindingly white
Trypto: it was a very bright day
Lani Kai: I think I would've preferred it blindingly white
Lani Kai: it might look as if god is descending upon this courtyard
Trypto: uhh, you haven't gone Mormon on me, have you?

Monday, December 10, 2007

CCCIV: Ghosts

© Trypto
Lani Kai: did you draft-ify a bunch of posts?
Trypto: um, no...why?
Lani Kai: odd, it didn't show the first 5 posts
Lani Kai: now it does
Trypto: ooh we have a blog poltergeist
Trypto: the ghost of my dead cockroach

Friday, December 07, 2007

CCCIII: Looking Back

© Lani Kai
Lani Kai: you used to crop more
Trypto: I know
Trypto: and we used to have weirder conversations
Trypto: I can just imagine it...
Trypto: if we were a band, people would be like, "Yeah, I like them, but only their earlier stuff."
Trypto: "They were so much better, before they sold out."
Trypto: "Now they're just living off the name recognition. Lazy fucks."
Lani Kai: maybe we need to get the book out there
Lani Kai: before all the fans leave
Trypto: maybe we need to get some fans
Trypto: before all the fans leave
Lani Kai: we also used to get more comments
Trypto: we also used to post more pictures
Lani Kai: I used to take more pictures
Lani Kai: I also used to not take 5 classes in a quarter...

Thursday, December 06, 2007

CCCII: Pushy

© Trypto
Trypto: what do pushpins remind you of?
Lani Kai: school, I suppose
Trypto: I'll rephrase that...when was the last time you used a pushpin?
Lani Kai: December 1
Lani Kai: I changed the calendar on my wall to December

CCCI: Dr. Google

© Lani Kai
Lani Kai: Google search hit of the day, from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA
Lani Kai: "country statistically largest breasts"
Lani Kai: Colorburn is the sixth hit returned by that search
Lani Kai: sorry to disappoint, dear Oklahoman

Monday, December 03, 2007

CCC: Jibberish

©Lani Kai
Trypto: what is the flag under the United States one?
Trypto: it looks like the Soviet Union
Trypto: ...or McDonald's
Lani Kai: lemme check
Lani Kai: I have a 130 megapixel image if necessary
Lani Kai: I scanned 6x7 film at 4800 dpi
Lani Kai: the 130 megapixel image was originally a 400MB bitmap file
Lani Kai: I made it jpeg and it's substantially smaller now
Lani Kai: it's only 146MB
Trypto: all those numbers mean nothing to me
Lani Kai: it's a USC flag

Sunday, December 02, 2007


© Trypto
Lani Kai: I like the depth of field
Lani Kai: but the focus is on the middle leg
Trypto: did you notice how the fence has been torn off the pole?
Trypto: it's because people are too lazy to walk around it

Friday, November 23, 2007

CCXCVIII: Blasphemy

© Lani Kai
Lani Kai: this looks kind of familiar
Trypto: your fellow round-earth conspiracy theorists
Lani Kai: what if I posted a picture with the horizon curved the other way
Lani Kai: so it's concave instead of convex
Trypto: hm
Trypto: even YOU could not possibly sink to those depths of madness
Trypto: think of the children!

CCXCVII: Attention Whore

© Trypto
Lani Kai: spooky
Trypto: hm, I don't remember feeling spooked
Trypto: there's bunches of people milling around outside the frame of the picture
Trypto: and a humongous pink hamster
Lani Kai: did you get a picture of this?
Trypto: no, I was just making sure you were paying attention

Friday, November 16, 2007

CCXCVI: As Good As It Gets

© Trypto
Trypto: this is the first photo I'm posting that has not been edited in Photoshop
Lani Kai: you mean first photo ever?
Lani Kai: jeez
Trypto: my camera sucks
Trypto: but I opened this one in Photoshop and realized that colors were already as good as they were going to get

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

CCXCV: Foreshadowing

© Lani Kai
Trypto: looks like it's going to be a dark and stormy night
Lani Kai: maybe I should add a little more contrast in the building
Trypto: you mean dramatic tension
Lani Kai: right
Trypto: that plant at the bottom needs some character development
Lani Kai: I think it needs to spread vines over the building
Trypto: ah yes, the plot thickens

Thursday, November 08, 2007

CCXCIV: Cloudy

© Trypto
Trypto: the pointy building on campus had real clouds behind it today
Trypto: but I couldn't get a picture in focus because I was in a car
Lani Kai: hm, that's not bad if you view it at that size
Trypto: it was pretty, too bad you weren't there
Trypto: with your camera of doom

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

CCXCIII: Fun Times

© Lani Kai
Trypto: oooooh, people
Lani Kai: I think the person right by the tree really adds to the photo
Trypto: well yeah, he provides scale and also something to identify with
Trypto: although if he was turned toward us, it'd be even stronger
Trypto: or sitting in the tree, but that'd be too much to ask
Trypto: "hey, ummm... can you climb this tree for me and sit on that branch?"
Trypto: "and look like you're having fun"
Lani Kai: maybe just hang a banana up there or something

Friday, November 02, 2007

CCXCII: Lazy Sunday

View Black and White
© Lani Kai
Trypto: a little bit too much going on
Trypto: as a photograph anyway
Lani Kai: your mom has a little bit too much going on
Trypto: ohh, burn...
Trypto: the city itself looks nearly deserted
Lani Kai: yeah, this was a Sunday evening
Lani Kai: it's no wonder all the stores are closed at like 4:00 or 5:00
Lani Kai: there's no one there

Monday, October 29, 2007

CCXCI: Subtle Threats

© Lani Kai
Lani Kai: someone got to our blog by searching "Lani Kai stabbing" on Google
Trypto: hm
Trypto: should we call the police?
Lani Kai: the IP address indicates that this person is from Chicago
Trypto: I see
Trypto: wait, you aren't like, subtly threatening me, are you?
Lani Kai: what?
Trypto: don't stab me!
Trypto: I do not enjoy stabbing

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

CCXC: Panopticon

©Lani Kai
Trypto: a million concrete diving boards?
Lani Kai: no
Lani Kai: it's a view of the Panopticon from below
Trypto: your mom's a Panopticon
Lani Kai: I have no idea what that's supposed to mean
Trypto: you mean a Panopticon isn't some kind of evil robot?

Monday, October 22, 2007

CCLXXXIX: Futuristic

© Trypto
Lani Kai: it needs nice poofy clouds
Lani Kai: to contrast the angular nature of the building
Trypto: orrr, the building can be pointing toward the future, which is bright and clear
Lani Kai: nevermind the future

CCLXXXVIII: Every Day is Wildfire Season in Southern California

© Lani Kai
Trypto: why don't you just marry Lake Mission Viejo, you seem to love it so much
Lani Kai: this is from the same day as the other one
Lani Kai: I just haven't taken many pictures lately
Trypto: was there like a fire in Orange County?
Lani Kai: Malibu
Lani Kai: there was lots of smoke visible from here though
Lani Kai: oh, apparently there's a fire in Silverado Canyon too

Friday, October 19, 2007

CCLXXXVII: Liability

© Trypto
Lani Kai: the annual fallen foliage picture?
Trypto: I think we've had at least one per month
Lani Kai: maybe YOU have
Trypto: we're cobloggers, you are equally liable

Monday, October 15, 2007

CCLXXXVI: But Brest is in France

© Trypto
Trypto: which country has the most sick people?
Lani Kai: China
Trypto: no....GERMany.
Lani Kai: next
Trypto: which country has the largest breasts?
Lani Kai: France
Trypto: no, BRAzil.
Lani Kai: but Brest is in France
Trypto: hey! THEY'RE MY JOKES
Trypto: you're like one of those annoying hecklers at the comedy club
Trypto: which country is most concerned with metaphysics and the nature of existence?
Lani Kai: no idea
Trypto: IS-REAL?

Monday, October 08, 2007

CCLXXXV: Slanted Shot of Spider Having Supper at Sunset

©Lani Kai
Trypto: maybe we should make a tag to keep track of all our nasty spider pictures
Trypto: your spider is particularly gross tho
Trypto: it has a humongous abdomen
Lani Kai: full-res is more exciting
Trypto: ewww, it has more hair than I do

Sunday, October 07, 2007

CCLXXXIV: Formalities

© Lani Kai
Trypto: that's pretty cool
Trypto: I like silhouettes
Lani Kai: this was shot on medium format film
Trypto: what does medium mean?
Lani Kai: smaller than large and larger than small

Thursday, October 04, 2007

CCLXXXIII: Superficial

© Lani Kai
Trypto: purrty
Lani Kai: aesthetically pleasing, but not much else to it?
Trypto: what else could you ask for?
Trypto: it's not like any of our pictures have some deeper social commentary
Lani Kai: I suppose
Trypto: but it's also different, I don't think many people have seen a plant like that
Trypto: they will be intrigued

Tuesday, October 02, 2007


© Lani Kai
Trypto: one on hand, it's kind of interesting and different
Trypto: but on the other, it renders the right half of the image meaningless
Trypto: wait a minute
Trypto: how does that work?
Trypto: the houses on the hillside are in focus
Trypto: I am confused
Lani Kai: I used a tilt-shift lens for this photo
Lani Kai: the focal plane is normally parallel to the imaging plane
Lani Kai: but when the lens is tilted, the focal plane tilts with it
Lani Kai: essentially, the focal plane in this image is at an angle to the imaging plane
Lani Kai: so you have focus down that plane, all the way back to the hills

Friday, September 28, 2007

CCLXXXI: Foreground Interest

View Cropped
© Lani Kai
Trypto: atmospheric perspective is yummy
Trypto: chomp
Trypto: I will eets it fer dinner
Trypto: I think a slightly better composition would have been to crop out the yellowish shrubbery in the foreground and those two tufts of tree on the right
Lani Kai: I like the yellowish shrubbery
Trypto: fine, have it your way
Lani Kai: although I do agree about the tree on the right
Trypto: it doesn't really match the color scheme of cool colors though
Lani Kai: I think it makes the foreground pop more
Trypto: I dunno why you'd want people to look at the foreground
Trypto: it's much nicer for their eye to be drawn into the line of the valley and into the clouds

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

CCLXXX: Uncultured

© Lani Kai
Trypto: do you remember that wispy thing in Prince of Egypt that goes around and kills all the first born sons?
Lani Kai: no
Trypto: oh, well that's the clouds in your picture look like
Trypto: why have you never seen the movies I ask you about?
Trypto: you need to give me a list of movies you've seen
Trypto: for me to make references to


© Lani Kai
Trypto: I think you should get better at choosing which pictures to post
Trypto: you aren't picking the most interesting ones, in my opinion

Monday, September 24, 2007

CCLXXVIII: 8th Grader

© Lani Kai
Trypto: my sister had a parakeet once
Trypto: named Tequila
Trypto: she was in 8th grade
Trypto: my sister, not the parakeet

Saturday, September 22, 2007


© Trypto
Trypto: zomgzomgzomg
Wisp: zomgomgwhat
Trypto: zomgzomgnothingzomg
Wisp: zomgomg
Trypto: zomgjustzomgsayingzomghizomg
Wisp: zomghitoyoutoozomg

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

CCLXXVI: Untitled

© Trypto
Trypto: I think things are more beautiful when they're dead
Lani Kai: oh, like the dead banana slug
Trypto: ok, maybe just plants

Saturday, September 15, 2007

CCLXXV: Daisy Chain

© Trypto
Trypto: so you don't like it?
Lani Kai: it's OKAY...I like the use of the other flowers to fill the space
Trypto: your mom uses other flowers to fill the space

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

CCLXXIV: Magic Bean

© Trypto's brother
Trypto: my brother took this picture when he was in Chicago
Lani Kai: where is he in this picture?
Trypto: he's standing next to the girl with her hands on her head
Lani Kai: bottom, center?
Trypto: that's one, yes
Lani Kai: oh, I see what you mean

Friday, September 07, 2007


© Lani Kai
Trypto: you can't fool me with your silly camera tricks
Trypto: I know the Earth is flat
Lani Kai: oh, well this is how normal people see it
Lani Kai: I don't know about you
Trypto: lies
Trypto: I think the Inquisition will be very interested in this heresy

Tuesday, September 04, 2007


© Trypto
Lani Kai: green sky...
Trypto: that was actually pretty much what it looked like
Trypto: I didn't change the color balance at all
Lani Kai: weird
Trypto: it was in Berkeley though, so who knows
Trypto: up there, even the sky is on drugs

CCLXXI: RIP Jiminy Cricket

© Trypto
Trypto: I suppose I should find something to post
Lani Kai: what is that in the background, carpet?
Trypto: yes, it was on the stairs
Trypto: I'm not sure whether it is more disturbing that my house is infested by crickets, or that it also has giant spiders who eat them

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

CCLXX: Blast from the Past

© Trypto/Lani Kai
Lani Kai: here is a sample page from the upcoming Colorburn book, to be published when we get off our lazy bums and finish making the pages
Lani Kai: each page is hand-crafted with precision and care to the highest standards
Trypto: lovely, although I believe that jpeg is out of date
Lani Kai: what did you change?
Trypto: the thumbnail was shifted slightly so its edges fall directly on the gridlines
Trypto: and naturally the highlighting has to be adjusted as well

Monday, August 27, 2007

CCLXIX: Breadsticks Revisited

©Lani Kai
Lani Kai: the co-blogger has been absent for some time now
Lani Kai: the blog's one-year anniversary is coming up on August 29
Lani Kai: don't miss out on the festivities!
Wisp: I can't tell if this is delicious or disturbing
Wisp: looks like Play-Doh

Monday, August 20, 2007

CCLXIII: Obscure Camera

© Lani Kai
Trypto: that's a camera?
Lani Kai: it's a twin lens reflex
Trypto: meaning?
Lani Kai: well, the top lens is the viewing lens
Lani Kai: it's sole purpose is to project light on the viewfinder
Lani Kai: the bottom lens is used to take the picture
Trypto: what does the little red x do?
Trypto: is that the self-destruct button?
Lani Kai: that's the flash synchronizer selector
Lani Kai: it needs to be set to X if you're using a modern flash unit
Trypto: or if you're going to use it as a bomb
Trypto: I always knew you were a terrorist

Sunday, August 12, 2007

CCLXII: Freedom Hair

© Trypto
Lani Kai: there are moth larva in Japan that look just like that
Lani Kai: they have poisonous hairs
Trypto: Japanese caterpillars are evil
Trypto: this is a wholesome American one, I'm sure its hair is harmless
Trypto: they're freedom hairs

Thursday, August 09, 2007

CCLXI: Pretty Ugly

© Lani Kai
Trypto: I dunno, that's kind of ugly
Lani Kai: you're kind of ugly

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

CCLX: Brilliant

© Lani Kai
Trypto: that looks like the house in Peter Pan
Trypto: well, I guess they're both Victorian
Trypto: the picture is a little bright
Lani Kai: it was a bright day
Trypto: that is only tangentially relevant
Trypto: after all, you've posted pictures taken at midnight which looked like it was afternoon

Friday, August 03, 2007


© Trypto
Lani Kai: dare I say it's tilted?
Trypto: these steps are actually visible in the last picture I posted

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

CCLVIII: Free to a Loving Family

©Lani Kai
Trypto: a little bit tilted, but otherwise I like it
Trypto: and there's a free bicycle
Lani Kai: the image is not tilted
Lani Kai: the building is