Recent designs I’ve admired across the country. Always looking for inspiration… Captured by iPhone.
I couldn’t sleep last night. Likely due to the timezone mambo we’ve been playing for the past few weeks. To fall asleep, I got to reading copyblogger. Not that the content would put me to sleep, but it would give me something to do until my body decided to call it. The two kinds of article I like the best on copyblogger are first those about grammar mistakes: mistakes never to make/it’s ok to make/if you make you sound stupid. I’d like to think that I would only make these mistakes in case of emergency, so it’s somewhat of a narcissistic/self-gratifying activity. Second, I can learn a lot from the tips on blogging creatively. I started to get one of those midnight panic attacks while reading The 8 Habits of Highly Effective Bloggers. I’m not prolific! The thought of being concise gives me hives! I don’t want to continually learn
Also known as “The Forest City” (we did see many trees), “The Cleve” (I can see how two syllables might be too much to ask), “The Sixth City” (no dead people in sight), “C-Town” (someone will eventually err to the side of idiot and follow any metropolis’ first letter by ‘town’), or “The Rock ‘n’ Roll Capital of the World” (even though the RnR Hall of Fame awards take place in New York — *snub*), Cleveland is a neat place. It’s one of those off-the-beaten path places that might not be right along an interstate highway, but Steve and I chose to take the scenic route once again (read: longer), and hug the South Erie Lake shore as we made our way from North Central Illinois to the Pittsburgh, Penn. area between IMBA Trail Care Crew visits. We’ve taken a liking to Choice Hotels, a liking a kin to George
During our time in Chicago, we visited the Field Museum. My favorite exhibit was that of Ancient Americas, with these two prints on display, and the accompanying description: “In the central Canadian arctic, a new art tradition has become established, that of printmaking. This school of art has no direct link with the tradition of Alaskan pictorial engraving, yet its vigorous expression of daily life and legend is immediately apparent.”
Sunday was our day off, so we visited the Sonoran Desert Museum outside of Tucson. I’m a sucker for animals, but the cacti at the museum were spectacular. Cacti are everywhere in the Southwest, as you can imagine, but in different concentrations in different spots – for example, it seems that saguaros mainly grow on south-facing slopes. I got my fill of them all, some shots below. Look, don’t touch.
We ended up with hundreds of pictures from our wedding – ceremony shots, group shots, food, music, etc. This is my favorite picture from the wedding, mostly because of the setting, the anticipation, and the look on our faces. To me, it almost reminds me of the first shot or the last shot of a movie. People as themselves, not posing, in their element, right before or after a big event. I tend to prefer natural shots over posed. This certainly wasn’t the most stunning picture from the wedding, but it was the most organic and natural. Here’s the song we had our band, Lonesome Traveler play, as we walked back down the aisle. I loved it before the wedding, and now it has a special meaning. Ahora: Bob Dylan, You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere
I was looking for drawings of peas, or peas in a pods (don’t ask) on the interwebs, and found some of the funniest and most awesome (and sometimes bizarre) drawings. I would like to share them, especially “Super Pea.” Here are some.
I love drawings of whales. They usually look different than an actual whale, so maybe I just like caricatures of whales. I went to tweet, and this graphic came up, to say that there were “too many tweets!” I’m glad there were too many tweets. I got to meet this whale. I also love drawing of birds. This warmed my heart. I am enjoying imagining what Twitter is trying to convey by netting this whale. They should know it’s illegal. And those are some pretty strong birds. But doesn’t this whale look so happy? With her great big smile. She can finally take a load off. The birds have it covered. When we were visiting the Oregon coast last November, we stayed in Depoe Bay (very quiet coastal community, highly recommended!). There was a candy shop, the Depoe Bay Candy Shoppe, that we never ended up visiting, but a sign
This is the view from my office window. There’s a pinkish glow to the air right now, it’s very surreal. The dirty window adds a recessionist charm.
I am listening to my Modest Mouse Pandora station this morning. So far, I’ve heard Pink Floyd, Weezer, MM, The White Stripes, Bloc Party, The Shins and Radiohead. I’ve enjoyed every song except for the Weezer song. Those don’t always thrill me, for some reason I think they try too hard and aren’t genuinely peculiar. Remember when you’d put your iPod on shuffle, and somehow, that little white box would know exactly what you wanted to hear, and play it? I love that! Pandora also does that. I guess it’s just all programming, but it rocks. A Modest Mouse song from an album called “Slaying Since 1996″ came up. Although I own many MM records, I’d never heard of this one. It’s a compilation of Suicide Squeeze label’s tunes from the last 10 years. Constantines, The Black Heart Procession, Les Savy Fav, The Aislers Set, Minus The Bear, Iron &