TTLT – Day 1 – Home

The theme for the first day of Photo101 is ‘Home’. As always the theme is open to interpretation and here is mine.

I want to share with you a piece from my home – a souvenir from our last trip to Greece. While it still fits in the Home category (Ummm… because it now resides in splendor on my bookshelf), it also reflects my personal philosophy that home is where your heart is. And I confess, a part of my heart was left behind in Greece.

One of the many things we brought back with us from the Land of Gods is the famed Pythagoras cup. Now since I can never pass up the opportunity to share a good story, here is the fable behind this unassuming cup.

The Pythagoras Cup
The Pythagoras Cup

A Pythagorean cup is a drinking cup that has been artfully designed to ensure fair and moderate drinking (Think group drinking session where there’s always that one friend who is over-generous when it is comes to filling his own glass). Credit for this devious invention goes to Pythagoras of Samos (who would have guessed Pythagoras invented the Pythagoras cup!). It allows the user to fill the cup with wine or any other liquid up to a certain level which is indicated by a raised line on the inner side of the cup. If the cup is filled only up to or below that level, the user can enjoy his drink uninterrupted. Beware though if you tend to get a little tip-sy (see what I just did there?) when pouring out your drink. If the liquid runs above the marked line, the cup spills its entire contents out of the bottom onto the lap of the overzealous tip-ster (Moral of the story : Always stand while drinking).

The inside of the Pythagoras cup
The inside of the Pythagoras cup

The story of the Pythagoras cup was first related to us by a lovely woman we met in a charming Greek souvenir shop. DH and I had a hearty chuckle picturing covetous ancient Greeks in soggy togas and I hope you will too.

Below is a picture for those of you who are interested in the science behind the cup. After a VERY effective demonstration of its working, I know I simply had to know how it worked!

The internal workings of the Pythagoras Cup
The internal workings of the Pythagoras Cup (PC : Wikipedia)

So how do you think I did on my first assignment? What would your interpretation of ‘Home’ have been?

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TTLT : Through The Lens Tuesday

For the longest time photography has been something that has fascinated me. I have lost count of the number of times that a good photograph has grabbed me, rattled me to my core and left me gasping for more. I can only dream of the day when I will be able to do justice to a soul-quenching landscape or encapsulate a life moment in a perfect portrait.

So with that aim in mind I have decided to take some concrete steps towards my photography dreams. I am going to start small by following one of the Daily Post’s courses. The Daily Post is a fabulous initiative started by the WordPress team to support bloggers. They have a wealth of resources ranging from regular writing and photography prompts, a community to provide feedback and discover fellow bloggers and of course the Blogging University with FREE courses on blogging, photography and writing.

For my personal challenge, I am going to be following the Photo 101: A Photo a Day course. As the name suggests, the course involves a daily word prompt. There is a sample photograph provided, tied to that day’s prompt, and a basic photography lesson with some guidance and possibly some ideas for inspiration. The lessons may be quite elementary but to a newbie like me there is no information that is non-information.

Now I must say that a daily photo is not entirely practical for my schedule. Instead I have decided to start a weekly series called Through The Lens Tuesdays (#TTLT) where I will post pictures for the Photo 101 course.

Those of you who have no interest in a snap-happy amateur’s fumbling attempts can ignore all notifications with the words ‘Through The Lens Tuesday’ or ‘TTLT’ in the subject line. I solemnly promise I will not be offended.

Anyone who is kind enough to feign interest (or simply wishes to have a side-splitting guffaw at my clumsy outputs) is welcome to join me on my journey. In fact, pull out your cameras (or mobiles!) and get clicking yourself!

See you all next week with a TTLT update!

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