21 January 2012

Over-exposed

Right, well, here you go. It's crap quality because it's just from the background of a picture of other people, so not even in focus.


I don't know what else I can say. So I won't.

94 comments:

Ro said...

Uh, Lestrade ... http://www.flickr.com/photos/rileyo/4466362588/in/set-72157607021408394 I took the following picture in Melbourne ....

You're famous!

I like the last one John posted of you better. You look so sweet and happy in it.

Greg Lestrade said...

That....is...very odd. But I'm certain it's a very common pose.

And yeah, I do too, thanks :)

Ro said...

Heh, yeah. It would be absolutely too bizarre for it to be you. But my brain just went WTF!!! as soon as I saw it. Now whenever I see the actual painting I'm going to think of you!

John H. D. Watson said...

You look lovely, but I still like you better as you are now.

Greg Lestrade said...

Mine too...

Bry has had shows all over the world, but not in Melbourne that I know of.

Greg Lestrade said...

Thanks Danger.

Anon Without A Name said...

That's a gorgeous picture. And I'm not just saying that because it's you; it's a lovely composition, the lighting is spot on, and the pose is perfect. It definitely appeals to my aesthetic preferences.

Thank you for sharing it.

Greg Lestrade said...

Thanks. I've googled, and it's apparently a pose exactly copied from an old painting. I remember it taking quite a lot of time to get it, and the lights, just right, so I suppose that's why - it was just a re-creation of another picture.

Greg Lestrade said...

(Apparently the artist made his name by being commissioned by the Chapel of St John. Which is odd, given I worship a certain Saintly John...)

Anon Without A Name said...

I don't know about "just". Lots of painters take certain liberties - artistic licence, I suppose - with the dimensions and flexibility of the human body. For you to be able to create that pose, and hold it, is no small feat.

Whatever, it's... yeah, gorgeous is the word that fits best.

Small Hobbit said...

Well, re-creation or not, I think it's a lovely picture. It looks much warmer than the illustration of the painting I found.

REReader said...

It's lovely, yes. It may be terribly bourgeois of me, but I like pictures of you better when they're actually of you, showing your face and personality.

How was the swimming?

REReader said...

(And why does it have tomorrow's date on the post?)

Greg Lestrade said...

Same reason the comment times are all messed up, I think.

I'm very glad my face isn't really in any of them, given what's happened since

REReader said...

I can absolutely understand that. And, yeah.

But when it cones down to it, i just like seeing aspects of YOU better. This is just your outside, not your inside. (Not that it's not a spectacular outside! :))

I hope that makes sense.

Greg Lestrade said...

Yeah, it does. Just not what those pictures were about. I was just an object then. Which was a sort of message about the future, really...

REReader said...

Now is where I offer *hugs*.

Although I imagine John is already on it, if he's still awake---and come to think of it, isn't it a bit late? You have work tomorrow, yeah?

Greg Lestrade said...

Work in a while, yeah. John's asleep.

Anon Without A Name said...

I was just an object then

I hadn't thought of it like that. I look at that picture and see a work of art; you look at it and see... all sorts of other things.

REReader said...

Was today at least fun, with swimming--did you go in the end?

Greg Lestrade said...

Sorry, shouldn't have posted it just to get all maudlin. Blame it on being the middle of the night. Sorry.

Yes, RR, we went swimming, it was good. Sherlock should go more often, he's improving all the time.

REReader said...

(Rats--I hoped you'd fallen asleep.)

You are/were not being maudlin. You're entitled to feel whatever you feel. There, all done lecturing. For tonight. :P

Glad you had fun swimming! (See how I just assume you had fun? :)) I'm sure you'll see you go often enough for Sherlock to become proficient. Did John come too, or was it just the two of you?

Greg Lestrade said...

All three of us. And yes, we just need to make the effort to go more often.

John H. D. Watson said...

com backe to bed its cold wihthout you

REReader said...

There, Lestrade, you can hardly not go back to bed with a request like that! G'night...

REReader said...

And good morning, L! Did you get any sleep in the end?

Greg Lestrade said...

A bit, thanks. Sorry, work's busy.

Anon Without A Name said...

Seems perfectly reasonable and understandable that you'd have a more complex reaction to the picture than we would. Just as understandable how that reaction manifests itself in the wee small hours of the night.

Glad to hear you got some sleep, at least.

John - are you and Sherlock having a fun day?

Small Hobbit said...

What Nameless said.

Hope work is busy in a not too stressful way.

REReader said...

No apologies, Lestrade--I fell asleep about then myself. :) I hope work is good busy!

Greg Lestrade said...

Thanks. Yeah, busy. Boy was shot in the early hours.

REReader said...

Not-good bust, then--unless you're making progress busy. Best of luck with it.

Greg Lestrade said...

Made some progress, I think. Not enough for an arrest, though. Maybe in the next few days.

Thanks, Nameless. I didn't think I would. I don't know, odd how brains work, right?

REReader said...

Progress is better than no progress. You'll get there.

Sneaky thing, the unconscious mind.

Heading home soon?

Greg Lestrade said...

Hope so.

Heading home right now, in fact.

REReader said...

Here's hoping you have a relaxing and cheerful evening, then...

Greg Lestrade said...

Sherlock has talked literally non-stop since I got home, about degus, the park, the pond, pigeons, bikes, John, cake, milkshakes, his bike, what it would be like to live in a block of flats, why some people are rich, dogs, rats, guns, murders, police cars, Molly and the list goes on...

REReader said...

Oh, hahahaha! Scratch "relaxing", then! (But it's nice to be wanted, even as an audience, no? :))

REReader said...

(If he knows why some people are rich, with personal application to me, I'd be really most interested... ;))

Greg Lestrade said...

Worryingly he doesn't consider us 'rich', because he 'can't have everything he wants'... trying to explain that one to him.

John H. D. Watson said...

What did he have to say about rats?

REReader said...

...

Good luck with that one!

For what it's worth...

Sherlock--"can't have everything you want" and "can't afford to have everything you want" aren't precisely the same. Also, "rich" kicks in somewhere between "can afford everything I need" and "can have everything I want", not after the latter--in fact, a good distance short of the latter.

(Me, I can't afford to have everything I need. That is a great deal more worrying.)

Greg Lestrade said...

He wanted to know if you could put them on leads and walk them, and if you could train them t carry little cameras and search buildings/areas of crime scenes.

John H. D. Watson said...

Ah, of course.

Greg Lestrade said...

I told him I preferred the Goos.

REReader said...

*blinks*

Rats are very trainable, it is true (they are used in a lot of experiments about learning) but I'm not at all sure you could train them to come back if you let them loose in a crime scene...they'd probably want to keep going.

REReader said...

(On the other hand, tiny little robot cameras...I wouldn't be surprised if someone weren't working on that.)

REReader said...

(Oops, double negative. I wouldn't be at all surprised if someone WERE working on that.)

Greg Lestrade said...

I think small robot cameras already exist. but probably not ones as agile as rats.

REReader said...

I was just looking on Google--apparently you can buy robot cameras already. But they do look very tippy!

crafty quagga said...

I'd think ferrets would be more useful than rats - didn't they use them way back when to help build planes by carrying wires through?

Greg Lestrade said...

I've no idea, Crafty Quagga (and hello :), don't think I've seen you around before?) but it sounds sort of sensible...

We just tend to use cameras we can slid through small holes, rather than send animals/robots in anywhere.

REReader said...

*Looking at Sherlock's list of topics*

I don't think he'd like living in a block of flats much.

Small Hobbit said...

You can certainly put ferrets on a lead and take them for a walk, but like you, I'd stick to the goos.

Anon Without A Name said...

So... Sherlock didn't ask about football then?

*runs and hides*

Greg Lestrade said...

You know how to kick a bloke when he's down, don't you? :)

(I'm amazed we're only fifth in the table. Feels like we never win a bloody thing!)

RR - he would if he could treat it like this place. He treats everywhere as his own. Luckily Mrs H doesn't mind the odd home-invasion-by-small-boy (and she can lock her door if she wants privacy), because he's in and out of all three flats here all day. Otherwise, no, he probably wouldn't enjoy it at this time of his life. I quite enjoyed it, when I lived in blocks.

SH - once saw a bloke down Soho with a ferret on a leash. He stopped to chat to someone, the ferret, unnoticed by him, started doing laps around a drainpipe. When the bloke noticed he couldn't unwind the leash as fast as the ferret could wind it up again. Was pretty amusing to watch...

REReader said...

I've never not lived in a mid-rise apartment house (6 story buildings, except a couple of 10-story buildings when I was in grad school), and I simply can't imagine a building like that where Sherlock would be welcome to wander in and out of everyone's flats--at least here, people tend to be considerably more stand-offish than that to their neighbors, even in the friendliest of buildings.

And while I definitely prefer living in a large building to having the headaches of home maintenance, I will never claim it doesn't have a lot of disadvantages, especially to someone with a lot of energy to run/jump/shout off... :)

OMG, that ferret story is HYSTERICAL! It makes the funniest little mental video... :D

Greg Lestrade said...

Yeah, I can't imagine anywhere like that either. But he probably thinks everywhere would be like here, not really understanding that we all essentially one big family, albeit split into separate flats, whereas in a block of flats, no one would know each other, unless they made special effort.

Over here, if you own a flat in a block, you still do your own maintenance, or pay through the nose for it.

John H. D. Watson said...

By the time Sherlock was done, we probably would know everyone, whether they liked it or not.

Greg Lestrade said...

"What's that, Sir? Why has your entire block been evacuated? Well, you see that small boy and those two men over there, you'll need to ask them that, Sir...."

Yeah, we probably would get to know everyone, really quite quickly.

REReader said...

Heh heh heh! Well, that's one way to get to know your neighbors quickly!

There are two different ways to own an apartment in the US--co-ops (mostly found in NYC, and still the most common type in the city) and condos (pretty much all there is everywhere else). In the co-ops, you don't actually own your apartment, you own shares in the building; the building board is responsible for maintaining the building and for all repairs in the physical structure, and shareholders are responsible for their own apartments. And yeah, you pay a lot for that. And if the building needs major repairs you likely will need to pay a whopping charge on top of that--an assessment, a fee per share.

With condos you own you own apartment, and you used to pay a lot less in common charges than co-op owners paid for maintenance and did more of your own caretaking, but I believe that difference is narrowing.

Anon Without A Name said...

I don't know what you mean... *innocent face*

You should've never left Highbury, you know, it's all been downhill since then :-p

If Sherlock's safely tucked up in bed, you've just hot time to settle down with a nice cuppa to watch MOTD :-)

Greg Lestrade said...

I'm dragging myself to bed in the hope I'll get more than a few hours kip tonight.

Apparently I can watch us being horribly beaten anytime...nothing special about today. So MOTD can be safely ignored.

RR, here there's Freehold (or share of it, in flats), Leasehold, Shared Ownership all sorts. I think in all of them you pay into some form of kitty for the maintenance, plus extra for big projects, but I'm sure the rates vary a lot, depending on the building and services you get.

REReader said...

It's all very complicated, owning a bit of a building instead of a whole building, isn't it?

Sleep well--and enough, I hope!

Anonymous from the Sacred Oak said...

There _are_ rats who are being trained to sniff out explosives, actually. I guess they'll come back to their handler for a treat.

http://articles.latimes.com/2010/dec/04/world/la-fg-colombia-rats-20101204

That article doesn't specify which species is being used, though. Apparently in Tanzania this is being done with the African giant pouched rat:

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2010/03/bombsniffing-rats-save-lives-in-africa/

Apparently it's easier to get a rat to ignore distractions while doing something like this, than a dog? I really wonder if it could be done effectively with Norway rats, which are the common rats we're all familiar with. Norways are very, very smart.

Bronwyn said...

See, at least where I am, there are four apartments per building and 25 buildings on th eproperty. They are all owned by the management company. We pay our rent, utilities and extras (internet, tv, etc.) But all maintenance - from blocked drains to structural repair, is the sole responsibility o fthe management company unless I do purposeful damage. So I would have to pay if I shot holes in the wall or if I didn't drip my faucets and the pipes burst. But if my air conditioner stops working, a pipe ruptures for another reason or anything like it, that is entirely the owners' bag. Texas is a very house ownership oriented state with pretty stringent laws about rental properties. It's nice.
Toodles,
Bronwyn

Anon Without A Name said...

Yeah, you're right, it's probably on iPlayer :-p

Hope you get a good night's sleep. Hope everyone does, given the prevalence of bad nights around here.

Greg Lestrade said...

Thanks. Already had more than last night.

REReader said...

Oh, dear. Bad dream? Or just woke up? Either way, I hope you can get back to sleep again...

Small Hobbit said...

Morning folks, hope everyone has a good week and got some sleep last night.

L - hope you make good progress with your case today and that nasty Nameless will stop mentioning that your team lost again yesterday ;) Roll on the new Moto GP season.

Greg Lestrade said...

Bronwyn - yeah, if you just rent here then it's the same - you pay your rent and bills, your Landlord is responsible for all the upkeep/maintenance. But when you get onto owning part of it yourself it gets all complicated.

RR - just woke up. Not for too long, though. Still got at least 5 hours sleep.

SH - thanks, and yes! Still, like I said, can't believe we're only 5th. Makes me feel a little better.

REReader said...

5 hours is like normal for you--although not for me, I prefer at least 6, which I'm short of at the minute, so I'm gonna try to go back to sleep myself. (mildly bad/definitely weird dream).

Hope you're having a good day!

Greg Lestrade said...

The day is going okay, yeah. Lots of legwork.

And yes, could have done with a bit more sleep, to make up for the night before, but I feel okay. Hope you got a bit more.

REReader said...

Lots of okay, then--that's good, definitely better than some of the alternatives!

I dusn't get more sleep, alas, but I'm in a good mood nonetheless. I'm meeting some friends from out of town this evening and going to hear a singer/songwriter I particularly enjoy. :)

Anon Without A Name said...

SH - I am totally innocent! :-p

Anonymous said...

Nameless, I assume this is the same definition of "innocent" that the Lestallion uses ;)

SH

REReader said...

(Didn't! I don't know what "dusn't" is...)

Greg Lestrade said...

Can't be, because mine means that I'm innocent...Nameless is entirely guilty.

Anon Without A Name said...

SH - might be ;-)

Lestrade - oh, I hope you were blushing when you wrote that...

REReader said...

Moving along... :)

You were at the surgery this morning, weren't you, John? How'd it go? And did you and Sherlock get anywhere with that map yesterday or this afternoon?

Greg Lestrade said...

takes more than that to make me blush, Nameless.

John looks tired... think he probably deserves a nice dinner and to put his feet up.

REReader said...

Oh, dear. Was it the surgery or the after? :)

(And how tired do you look?)

John H. D. Watson said...

Both, I think.

And he looks about as bad as I do probably.

Greg Lestrade said...

Don't know whether to be insulted or not...I mean, you do always look stunningly handsome... so I could pretend that's what you meant.

Sherlock is now doing some serious degu training, so it's almost peaceful in the flat. As peaceful as it ever gets.

REReader said...

I'm sure you both look stunningly handsome and also like you could use a nap. The two are not incompatible!

Oh, well, too peaceful can be boring and/or a bit sad. I'm sure it's never boring in the Holmes/Watson/Lestrade flat, anyway...

Greg Lestrade said...

never, indeed.

REReader said...

As it's almost 9:00pm your time, I assume degu training is over for the day?

Greg Lestrade said...

We try to get both Sherlock and the goos to settle down and do quiet things at about 9. Given Sherlock goes to bed very late, for someone his age, it's best if he winds down for a bit.

The goos normally eat and sort out their bedding for the night.

H. Savinien said...

How are the degus doing in their training regimen? Our dog is currently going through a bit of a shithead teenage phase. When he feels like it, he'll only listen to my lady, but not me, even when I use the teacher/scary voice. Apparently I'm not intimidating enough... >_>

REReader said...

This actually sounds lovely--the winding down thing. I need to do that more, have a real transition between whatever and bed.

Good night, Sherlock!

Anon Without A Name said...

Lestrade - and yet you insist that you're innocent :-)

N'night, Sherlock.

Greg Lestrade said...

Winding down doesn't always work... but it helps, when it does.

The goos training seems to be going well. He's still teaching them their names. They've got the 'dinner' command perfectly, now.

REReader said...

Just home now from an absolutely lovely evening, good friends, good music--the artist was trying out some new music, so it was mostly core fans, I knew a lot of them, or more accurately a lot of them know meee, heh! and now trying the winding down thing.

(I gather from your time post you had some winding down issues yourself? Or did I miscount?)

I did think names would take longer than "dinner" but I have full faith the Sherlock will manage it... :)

H. Savinien said...

Yeah, "dinner" seems to be an easy one for most animals to pick up. ^_^ I'm sure the rest will come in time.

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