Thursday, December 13, 2012

Pretty Lights and Failed Experiments

Ahhh, it's that time of year again: time to celebrate Chanukah and blog pictures of the candles to try to capture their simple beauty. Never works, but that doesn't keep me from trying.

Here are some snapshots from last night:

(The filters are the ones built into the Galaxy S3)

And I know you want an animated version, right?

Along with the usual candle setup, I had a little experiment planned, too. I was going to go old-old school and try using Olive Oil instead of candles to power a chanukiah.

I had this whole thing rigged up using shot glasses for oil vessels, paper towel for wicks, and paper clips as wick holders. See:

Shira took one look at the setup and put the kibosh on the whole experiment. In her defense, some of those shot glasses had some serious sentimental value, and I suppose it would not be wise to damage them while playing the role of the pyro-loving-Boy-Scout.

I'm not completely done with my experiment yet, though. I'm planning to pick up a cheap shot glass at the store (or something approximating it) and try using a single candle.

By the way, my setup was almost certainly not a Kosher chanukiah. Though it was probably a solid attempt to get in touch with a more authentic Hanukkah.

Regardless - here's a season of miracles. May your wife let you get away with more than you deserve!

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