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Friday Photography Blog #82

by Izzy Sat Apr 11th, 2009 at 06:45:15 AM EST

I don't know what I was thinking, volunteering to post this week's photography blog.   Well, ok, I do sorta know --  I was thinking that here was something I could do that didn't involve writing because, dammit, I'm blocked!  Haven't I been saying so?  

But after I'd already committed to it, it hit me -- don't the photos have to tell a story of sorts?  have some sort of underlying narrative or theme or something?  and wouldn't you guys be expecting something like this?

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Or this?

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But that would be predictable.  I don't want to bore everyone.

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So then I was thinking maybe I should do an update of sorts, showing you what I've been up to.  I could try to make it look glamourous and exciting, all movie openings and celebrity sightings.

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But, as you can see, that didn't work out so well.  And, truthfully, most of my other photos look like variations of this.

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And, mostly, I've been consumed with selling my house and moving, and who wants to see pictures of flooring projects and garage cleaning?

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Of course, there's always kitties...

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But then a brief comment from In Wales solved the whole problem!  She mentioned Easter!  Easter!!!  I'd forgotten all about it!  She's a genius!

So I've dragged out the only Easter picture I have, which pretty much only illustrates that I'm probably a terrible mother.

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But I'm sure you guys will have something pretty to add.

So that's settled then.  We'll have "Easter,"  "Photos As Usual,"  and "Ask the Expert."  

As always, please try to keep to 600 pixels width and less than 100kb in file size and take a look at Wednesday Photography Blog No.2 for the technical bits on how to post.

Please do not click on post a comment but reply under one of the headers instead.

I want bunnies and eggs and pastels, people!  And I hope you're all having a good holiday weekend, regardless of any associated religious connotations.  Feel free to post your anti-Easter pics or lazing around on a free day off pics.

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Easter, Anti-Easter, & Holiday Lazing

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes
by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Apr 9th, 2009 at 06:27:24 PM EST
Hmm -- sorry I don't know how to do those cheery colors in the comments.

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes
by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Apr 9th, 2009 at 06:29:43 PM EST
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You can use the old headers from the Salon and just change the text. :-)
by Fran on Fri Apr 10th, 2009 at 02:03:35 AM EST
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lol - I thought of that, but too late!  Then I remembered the salon code is on my broken laptop anyway... one of these days, I am going to be organized, I swear.

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes
by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Apr 10th, 2009 at 02:14:09 AM EST
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Bad parent? if you went to all the trouble of getting the costume together and posing for the pics, that shows at least a certain level of comittment.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Thu Apr 9th, 2009 at 06:54:36 PM EST
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Ok, since no one posted even a single picture (!) in the Easter section, I guess it's up to me.  I documented my day.

We went to the bird club for a special Easter event at the park:

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There was evidently a craft project before we got there, but we missed it:

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Our friend's duck enjoyed the day:

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It even liked the eggs:

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I say 'it' because it's evidently a hermaphroduck, with both male and female parts, which is making it tricky to find a home for.

So it was a lovely day, except for this guy's shoes.  And socks.  And pant length... frankly, I just don't understand, and my holiday good cheer only goes so far.

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Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes

by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Apr 13th, 2009 at 04:35:22 AM EST
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The last picture is shocking. Are you sure it wasn't fancy dress?

Anyway, I am glad you have reminded me about Easter pics.  Here is an Easter egg from the local alimentari in my Dad's village.  There were some huge eggs, big enough for me to fit into, that are raffled off.  This egg was smaller but had other treats with it. Click for larger size.

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by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Mon Apr 13th, 2009 at 04:59:45 AM EST
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Thanks me duck!

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Mon Apr 13th, 2009 at 05:15:42 AM EST
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Photos As Usual

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes
by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Apr 9th, 2009 at 06:28:15 PM EST
Hi Izzy, what a nice surprise. ;)
This one's for Jerome; found yesterday on the Washington, D.C. metro.



Hey, Grandma Moses started late!

by LEP on Thu Apr 9th, 2009 at 06:43:40 PM EST
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Thanks, LEP!  That reminds me - I took a windfarm pic for J... I'll have to try to find it.

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes
by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Apr 9th, 2009 at 06:47:57 PM EST
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Ha.

I promised train pretties, but I bring wind turbine prettties as well.  

From my trip to Chicago:

What's that in the distance?

Pretty.

More pretty.

Prettiest.

These are all from this massive new wind farm that's about 90 miles South south east of Chicago.

Fowler Ridge Wind Farm

The Fowler Ridge Wind Farm is currently under construction in Benton [1] County, near Fowler, IN around 90 miles northwest of Indianapolis. The wind farm will be completed in two phases and will have a nameplate capacity of 750 MW total, making it one of the largest in the world. The first phase of the project, consisting of 222 wind turbines, 182 Vestas V82-1.65MW turbines and 40 Clipper C-96 2.5MW[2] turbines, with a capacity of 400 MW,[1][3] is complete.[4] Phase 2 (350 MW) could begin in early 2009.[5]

Fowler Ridge is only the second utility-scale wind power plant in Indiana, after the 130.5 MW Goodland I wind farm (also in Benton County) which came online in 2008.[1] Some of the wind turbines are visible from US-52, the main highway through the County.

There are so many of them.  Count that all up 750 MW plus another 130.5 MW at another farm in the same county?

That's 880 MW of wind farm. Enough for almost half a million people, about 8% of the state's population. It will help push Indiana into one of the top states country, and there's still plenty of room to grow.  

And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg

by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Fri Apr 10th, 2009 at 04:43:45 PM EST
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More pix and details of this particular project here.

Along these same lines, I received a call last week from a lobbyist from an energy/oil group opposing new legislation to require excess solar/wind produced energy be allowed to backfeed into the electrical grid. If they are in such fear they are down to calling minor bureaucrats for support, we must be on the right track!

"Leadership passes into empire; empire begets insolence; insolence brings ruin." William Carlos Williams

by Indianadem on Sat Apr 11th, 2009 at 09:40:55 AM EST
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Here's another kitty pic where you can actually see Arp, the black one -- he's awfully difficult to see in photos.

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Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes

by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Apr 9th, 2009 at 06:53:43 PM EST
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Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Thu Apr 9th, 2009 at 06:59:53 PM EST
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These pictures are from yesterday's hike. Should have taken a picture of the yellow ones too - in German they are called "Osterglocken", meaning "Easter Bells".

The rest goes under Spring, finally! Also taken yesterday.

by Fran on Fri Apr 10th, 2009 at 01:43:55 AM EST
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Those are absolutely lovely, Fran!

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes
by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Apr 10th, 2009 at 01:55:34 AM EST
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No flowers growing outside here in Finland yet. I bought a big bunch of daffodils from our local kiosk though...

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Sun Apr 12th, 2009 at 02:14:11 PM EST
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No cats, but a family excursion.

Daddy:

Mom and the kids:

and a neighbor:

Also from yesterday's hike.

by Fran on Fri Apr 10th, 2009 at 01:49:55 AM EST
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Oh, those are too cute!  But I find myself wondering, are swans automatically owned by the royalty in your neck of the woods?  I hear that's the case in the UK.

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes
by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Apr 10th, 2009 at 02:00:17 AM EST
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Royalty? you mean like Kings, countesses, lords, etc.? Switzerland never had any, so the swans are free here too! :-)
by Fran on Fri Apr 10th, 2009 at 02:05:23 AM EST
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Wild swans living in open water are owned by the Queen.  Other grades of Royal don't qualify, but they own swans on their private land (just like the rest of us, except we have a lot less private land).

It also applies only to mute swans (like the one in your photograph), not to other species.

by Sassafras on Fri Apr 10th, 2009 at 05:42:04 AM EST
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Wait, wild swans are owned for as long as they choose to sit on your water?

Most economists teach a theoretical framework that has been shown to be fundamentally useless. -- James K. Galbraith
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Apr 10th, 2009 at 05:47:36 AM EST
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I think so.

It's the general rule that the landowner owns the wild animals living on his/her property.  Hence the offence of poaching-taking wild animals from another person's land without permission. A property crime, not an animal welfare one. It's the case with game birds (and fish) as well. If they're on your land (or in your bit of river), they're yours.  

I don't know of any reason why swans would be an exception to this.  But any theoretical ownership rights you might have over animals on your land are subsidiary to animal welfare legislation.

by Sassafras on Fri Apr 10th, 2009 at 06:07:14 AM EST
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Although, I suppose quite a lot depends on the definition of "open water"...
by Sassafras on Fri Apr 10th, 2009 at 06:15:54 AM EST
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New Millennium - Summer 1997

Monday 14 July 1997 signals the first day of the annual 'Swan Upping' on the River Thames. For English tradition and eccentricity at its most charming, this is an event that is hard to beat. All the swans on the Thames are owned either by the Queen, the Vintners or the Dyers. The purpose of the 'upping' is to record the number of birds on the River and mark the new cygnets (baby swans) to show who owns them.

The swan holds a unique position as a British bird. It has been a Royal bird since at least 1186 and is the only bird that can be an 'estray'. All swans at liberty on open or common waters belong to the Crown by prerogative right. The Crown could and did grant the privilege of keeping swans on open and common waters provided that they were 'pinioned' and 'marked'. However, if a bird strayed and was not recaptured within a year and a day, ownership passed back to the crown.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Fri Apr 10th, 2009 at 07:18:55 AM EST
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Does it apply to mosquitoes?

"Dieu se rit des hommes qui se plaignent des conséquences alors qu'ils en chérissent les causes" Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet
by Melanchthon on Fri Apr 10th, 2009 at 03:19:54 PM EST
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I took this picture while hicking in Germany yesterday morning and was really delighted to see the storck - I haven't seen one in a long time and am happy that they are still around.

Btw. the nest is on the church tower.

by Fran on Sat Apr 11th, 2009 at 10:12:58 AM EST
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I thought of doing a section called "Technology Disguised as Nature" but I figured I might have the only two photos that fit.

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Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes

by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Apr 10th, 2009 at 03:45:11 AM EST
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A lovely spring night in LA...

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Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes

by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Apr 10th, 2009 at 04:13:27 AM EST
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bistro-nicoise2287


glasses-sun-2289


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A healthy, un-Christian tradition


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"Dance me to the end of love"


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Eating out

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An unearthly glow


Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner - that I moved to Nice.

by Ted Welch (tedwelch-at-mac-dot-com) on Fri Apr 10th, 2009 at 07:15:11 PM EST
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I'm always nostalgic for those warm evenings outside a bar or bistro.

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Sun Apr 12th, 2009 at 02:16:40 PM EST
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Late in their life but still lovely.



Hey, Grandma Moses started late!

by LEP on Fri Apr 10th, 2009 at 10:27:47 PM EST
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I seem to have trouble loading these so I'm reposting in a smaller version.



Hey, Grandma Moses started late!

by LEP on Sat Apr 11th, 2009 at 11:34:20 AM EST
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Very very nice.
I love the arched road.

The difference between theists and atheists is that the atheists don't set the theists on fire for refusing to agree with them.
by Knucklehead on Sun Apr 12th, 2009 at 10:03:08 PM EST
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Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.

by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sat Apr 11th, 2009 at 06:35:51 AM EST
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Ask the Experts

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes
by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Apr 9th, 2009 at 06:29:01 PM EST
I need to develop several rolls of film. <sigh>
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Fri Apr 10th, 2009 at 05:46:18 AM EST
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Izzy, how fabulous. I think you have a real talent for fresh, mysterious and somewhat obscure interpretations of your surroundings through the media of photography.  You must guest blog again!  I believe you wouldn't wear those green faux snakeskin shoes, they wouldn't go with the bunny outfit.
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Sat Apr 11th, 2009 at 11:38:36 AM EST
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Is that 'Evans the Sub'?

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Thu Apr 9th, 2009 at 06:33:04 PM EST
Uh... no?  To what are you referring?

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes
by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Apr 9th, 2009 at 06:34:25 PM EST
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Frame One..

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Thu Apr 9th, 2009 at 06:40:44 PM EST
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Oh, THAT... that was just an... incident I happened upon.  Of course you realize that's not me?  I'd never wear green faux-snakeskin shoes.

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes
by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Apr 9th, 2009 at 06:46:42 PM EST
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hmmmm we'll have to compare toenails with earlier pictures.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Thu Apr 9th, 2009 at 08:16:51 PM EST
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I think I'm almost offended you're not taking my word for it!  Isn't it obvious I wouldn't wear those shoes?  If you need proof, just ask the Parisian meetup contingent - my feet are way smaller than that.

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes
by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Apr 10th, 2009 at 01:57:36 AM EST
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And I'd never let anyone step on my head in green faux-snakeskin shoes.

<unless it was Izzy...>

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Apr 10th, 2009 at 01:33:37 AM EST
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You're a good friend, afew, unlike another Welshman around here...

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes
by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Apr 10th, 2009 at 01:58:14 AM EST
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From the Metra trip (commuter rail) into Chicago.

Getting on the train at University Park (about 35 miles from downtown) at 4 AM in the morning.  Interesting people there.

Have to get a ticket.....

4 AM is really early in the morning.

Downtown Chicago.  Oh noes, I've developed agoraphobia.  The buildings are so big.

So big.  And apparently there is a rule that every building must rain on you if its raining. Urgh.

Heading back out after the conference.  People look at you like your some sort of camera weirdo when you take pictures of trains.

South Shore Line.  Many different lines head out from downtown Chicago to the different suburbs.  The South Shore Line follows the shore of Lake Michigan into Indiana.

I took in the Metra Electric from the southern suburbs.

This is not a library.  Not trains, just fun.  It was across the street from Olivet Nazarene.  They make their students (and faculty) sign pledges not to drink.  Clearly it's working.

And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg

by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Fri Apr 10th, 2009 at 04:54:38 PM EST
You were in Chicago?!  

Well, erm, sorry I missed you...  

"Talking nonsense is the sole privilege mankind possesses over the other organisms." -Dostoevsky

by poemless on Fri Apr 10th, 2009 at 04:57:17 PM EST
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I was in.

I was out.

Midwest Political Science Association Conference at the Palmer House.

Chicago made me nervous.

I stepped off the train, and immediately went to vertigo.  Something about the city and me didn't get a long.

And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg

by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Fri Apr 10th, 2009 at 05:23:05 PM EST
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Why?

"Talking nonsense is the sole privilege mankind possesses over the other organisms." -Dostoevsky
by poemless on Fri Apr 10th, 2009 at 05:26:41 PM EST
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Don't know really, but I didn't like it.

It was not a fun experience.  I think that it was the sort of megalithic openness of downtown.

The streetscape is all out of proportion to people.  I got turned around, and couldn't figure out which way was which.

Not good times.

Once I got in the Palmer House, I was fine, but outside.  I had that lost, anxious feeling.

I think it was the layering of travel anxiety on top of presenting anxiety on top of will I get there on time anxiety.

And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg

by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Fri Apr 10th, 2009 at 05:30:57 PM EST
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The big, big cities can be a little intimidating.  I definitely know the feeling of getting turned around.  (Google Maps is almost a necessity.)  I've never been to Chicago, but New York certainly was intimidating for me.  We came in through Hell's Kitchen and Chelsea,   I liked it, just because getting lost in a concrete jungle like NYC leads you to a lot of neat stuff, and if you truly feel lost, the subway is always somewhere nearby.  If it didn't cost an arm and a leg to live in Manhattan, I'd seriously consider it.

London was less intimidating, and I think it's because they don't really do the skyscraper thing (at least no more so than a typical American city, but NYC and Chicago are not typical).  More of a giant city of little townhouses, so it has a bit smaller feel.  They have a lot of green space, too, which probably helps to prevent that kind of smothered feeling.  New York has Central Park, but aside from a few little squares with a few trees and benches, that's basically it.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.

by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Sun Apr 12th, 2009 at 09:29:57 AM EST
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I was born in a town with a pop. of 2000, but I find big, big cities make much more intuitive sense to me than smaller cities.  Moscow was the first big city I ever lived in, and it made NY and Chicago feel eh, average.  Places like Boston and Portland freak me out though.

"Talking nonsense is the sole privilege mankind possesses over the other organisms." -Dostoevsky
by poemless on Mon Apr 13th, 2009 at 02:08:50 PM EST
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 People look at you like your some sort of camera weirdo when you take pictures of trains.

Good job you don't look foreign, wierd would be the least of your problems.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.

by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Fri Apr 10th, 2009 at 05:11:30 PM EST
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Nope.

I just looked like a blues brother:



And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg

by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Fri Apr 10th, 2009 at 05:27:06 PM EST
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You look foreign.  LOL.

"Talking nonsense is the sole privilege mankind possesses over the other organisms." -Dostoevsky
by poemless on Fri Apr 10th, 2009 at 05:28:49 PM EST
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I've been told that.

People say I look German, then we talk about politics and they decide I must be French.

Creve!

And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg

by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Fri Apr 10th, 2009 at 05:32:34 PM EST
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Actually you look like a sales rep from IBM, circa 1965.

;-)

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Fri Apr 10th, 2009 at 11:00:15 PM EST
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Textures

TORTOISE SHELL
(On marble base)

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TEXTURE CRAB

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HATCH COVER

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SILK FISH
(Embroidered on extremely sheer silk between sheets of glass, on a mini-leopard skin print)

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BOOKS OF KNOWLEDGE
(Muscles, bones & bindings)

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CORAL SKELETON

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CORAL SKELTON 2

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CORAL SKELETON 3

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SEA SPRITE ON BAMBOO

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DREAM WEAVER
(Woven wood frame , woven bead bag)

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ALOE BANANNA
(Paper background & frame)

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SNOW LEOPARD
(Painting in our bedroom, frame from a pillow on the couch)

  SPOT ON  

FISH FINGERS

LAWNMOWER IN THE ELEPHANT GRASS post DSCN9604

COLD COMFORT

 COLD COMFORT  DSCN7115

LIPSTICK TESTER

 LIPSTICK TEST TUBE DSCN8484

BEAR FEET

 BEAR FEET DSCN8494

iPOD

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GRRRR
(Chihuahua)

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CHIA PET

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EXOTIC DANCER
(With ant)

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FREE HUGS

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BLACK SABBATH
(Click for original title, Andi)

 ANDIF`S EDGES DSCN7001

REPUBLICAN TEABAG

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EASTER SKY

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The difference between theists and atheists is that the atheists don't set the theists on fire for refusing to agree with them.

by Knucklehead on Sat Apr 11th, 2009 at 12:16:30 AM EST

I have a couple of dusty succulents in my kitchen, that came with the house. Don't ask me their names. But Kath and Kim will do. They take a fair amount of mistreatment: darkness, draughts, forgetting to be watered, smoke. Kath has never blossomed since I moved in to her space, but Kim, dear Kim, pops out a single flower once every 3 years or so.

It's been sunny yesterday and today, and the snow has gone. Kim obviously thought this was a sign of redemption and popped one out this very morning. Now I know how those botanists feel while waiting through the 63 year fertility cycle of some strange giant stinkeroone idea-eating plant.

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Sat Apr 11th, 2009 at 09:09:45 AM EST
Schlumbergera - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Schlumbergera is a genus of 6 known tree-dwelling cacti from Brazil. These are the tropical rainforest epiphytes, growing on tree branches where, despite the high rainfall, water drains off quickly so that "dry" conditions prevail much of the time. Not surprisingly these cacti are quite different in appearance to their desert dwelling cousins. They are named after Frédéric Schlumberger, french, who was the owner of a famous plant collection.

This genus contains the popular Schlumbergera truncata, also known as Thanksgiving Cactus, also known as Christmas Cactus, which may flower in white, pink, red or purple. The Easter Cactus or Whitsun cactus (Hatiora gaertneri) which produces vivid scarlet flowers belongs to Hatiora genus.

The stems of Schlumbergera resemble leaf like pads joined one to the other and the flowers appear from areoles at the tips. In addition, the plant is diurnal and will close up its flowers at night.

by Fran on Sat Apr 11th, 2009 at 10:09:08 AM EST
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Thank you!

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Sat Apr 11th, 2009 at 10:21:56 AM EST
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The Nurmster dropped round yesterday to drop off a work DVD. He edits a tech magazine and had a cabriolet for the weekend, prior to review. He's also a Star Wars fanatic. He drove from Tikkurila, 15 minutes down the motorway, to us, in a stormtrooper helmet. He's delightfully mad.

Our neighbours have got used to strange events at the Wankonian Embassy.

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Sun Apr 12th, 2009 at 06:27:16 AM EST
It`s good that the controller & the transporter look completely well meshed in their respective functions.

The difference between theists and atheists is that the atheists don't set the theists on fire for refusing to agree with them.
by Knucklehead on Sun Apr 12th, 2009 at 02:06:26 PM EST
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Well meshed describes the Nurmster well.

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Sun Apr 12th, 2009 at 02:11:01 PM EST
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These are not the 'droids you're looking for.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Apr 14th, 2009 at 10:58:43 PM EST
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