As I sit at my desk typing this, I’m facing east. This is why I’m often distracted by the sunset sirens callingmetophotographthem from the window behind me. When I was living in England, my desk faced south, and the sun would come in from a window in front of me. I miss that.
What follows are some photos from the archive bin taken on my desk in England, the first two in November of 2004, and the rest in March of 2005.
As an aspartame junkie and someone who is constantly playing absentmindedly with objects on his desk, it came to my attention that Diet Coke cans, at least those manufactured in the UK, have a bizarre property. They are really very easy to balance, and quite stable when balanced, on the ridge of their lower rim. It can’t be done with a full can or an empty can, but there is a fairly wide range of intermediate volumes that provide stable equilibrium when the can is placed on its edge like this. In retrospect, I’m surprised I didn’t get out a graduated cylinder and measure the exact thresholds of this nutrasweet spot.
And now back to the theme of sunlight. I recall photographing these can reflections several times, but these are the only photos I can find of them.
DISCLAIMER: The author of this post takes no responsibility for any accidental spillage that occurs while trying to replicate the phenomena described.