Saturday, April 26, 2008
This snake was very faded two weeks ago, now sports fresh paint.
I can tell that this place is old if this is how they used to google the web!
4/30/08 Update: Today's morning news reported that the Saturday fundraiser (above) raised $15,000 to assist in the relocation of some of the creatures before they are leveled for the future parking lot. Its nice to see what can be done when a community and business (in this case the Chapman car dealership) can come together.
Friday, April 25, 2008
Friday, April 18, 2008
The ocotillo have been in full bloom for a couple of weeks and are going strong, looking like torches. Depending on the soil and amount of water present, some plants have no leaves at all and are just bright flowers at the end of seemingly dead sticks; while other plants are fully leafed out. Leaves or no leaves, they are healthy plants.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Having now read "The Electoral College" on the Federal Election Commission's web site and the Wikipedia page on "Electoral College (United States)", I realize there are more issues in play than just going to a popular vote (sigh). So I won't whine quite as much about it anymore. *smile*
I probably (I hope!) learned how the Electoral College works back in High School and have just forgotten the specifics. A good reminder to myself to spend some time researching things of which I'm critical...
I am still frustrated with how the major parties (and many news outlets) try to polarize everyone into either RED or BLUE categories to help maintain or increase their political party's clout (and ratings). I believe that there are a significant number of issues that most people could reach reasonable consensus on if we weren't all being purposely polarized against each other and the good of the people, the country, and the world.
OK, enough politics. Just posting this since it counts as a new thing on a sneezy day...
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
From Randy's blog description: "Tucson has hundreds of murals, yet you will not find a map to a single one. These wall-size works of art would be a great addition to encourage Tucson tourism. You can help. Send us your pictures of your favorite murals. Murals must be accessible to the public. Include the address and artist information, if you have it. The objective is to collect pictures of every mural in Tucson and, eventually, create a map showing their locations."
You can find Randy's growing collection of Tucson mural photos at: tucsonmurals.blogspot.com
Saturday, April 12, 2008
I read that the kon-tiki feature is going to a restaurant somewhere down on fourth avenue...
Not sure what else is back in there, these were the only shots I could get from outside the fenced no-trespassing area.
Friday, April 11, 2008
"The" tsunami is kind of the unspoken elephant in the room up here... As you drive around, walk the beach, etc. Probably not for one or two hundred years... Could be tomorrow... There are houses that very clearly would be destroyed, others that are quite safe. This doesn't detract at all from the great beauty of the coast, but to visit or live here one is certainly aware of the word tsunami, that's why I'm mentioning it, its a feature here.
Here I am at Fishing Rock
A short Point & Shoot video to prove the ocean was moving in my other pictures...
And I also have to thank my other two friends who made this trip so enjoyable, Mija and Tiger (Tiger pictured, Mija was sleeping)! This pretty much wraps up pictures suitable for the blog from my Oregon trip. Hope you enjoyed.
Here you can see the actual tile work making up the train. The horizontal lines are actually big concrete steps rising about 3 feet each and each dropping back about 3 feet from the previous one respectively. Since the panels aren't on a flat wall, the alignment of the pictures changes as people drive or walk past it, with only one viewing position showing that picture aligned "properly".
But from this vantage point, they are no longer aligned. You can also see that from this angle the man is not only misaligned left-to-right, but also front-to-back! Pretty neat design concept that someone had, I think.
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Tile mural built on multiple staggered large concrete steps in Toledo, Oregon. It looks two-dimensional, but actually has three dimensions and parts shift perspective as you walk past it (e.g. those road centerline segments aren't necessarily in line, depending on where you are standing). Very cool.