Okay, I'm jarred out of my summer lethargy by two things: one is that tomorrow I fly yet again to California. I will try to drum up some culinary adventures.
The other is by the discovery of HDR photography. This is a bizarre form of photography that makes it possible to capture all the dynamic range that humans see; in other words, imagine a room in the darkness with the sun outside. You can see everything in the room AND everything outside the window, but the camera will have a very difficult time of it. Thus, we're used to seeing photos with this incredibly limited dynamic range. Thus, HDR photos. Take a look at this one, for example. It looks bizarrely like a painting, but it's totally done with photographs, and not even manipulated as some Photoshop images can be.
More of these types of images can be seen here.
I'm definitely going to get in on this one . . .