Buck the Force

We’re a bizarre lot. For many thousands of years, we mostly followed our fauna cousins and let nature decide the course for us to follow. Then somewhere along the line, we started to figure out how to circumvent certain natural obstacles that kept us from getting too big for our britches. Granted, when we first started …

For Nepal

Recently, a student group at U.C Berkeley held a candlelight vigil for the victims and survivors of the devastating earthquake in Nepal. Besides trying to keep public focus on the issue, donations for relief efforts were being taken. Pay it forward folks. Next time around, you might be in the one in need of such help. …

The Intricacy of Play

“It’s just a game.” No it’s not, at least not to some people and certainly not to those who love strategy. The intricate nature of games like Xiangqi are to the mind what free weights are to muscle.

Blue Glove Crew

It’s not uncommon to find a piece in the local press about average citizens going out there way to perform a task or two not asked of them. The idea is simple and usually starts like this: “I think something should be done. No one else seems to be doing it. I’ve got some spare time. …

Staying Afloat in a Sea of Fools

While not the largest state by landmass, with nearly 40 million residents, California is the most populous state in the United States. In 2013, California’s share of total US agricultural exports reached 14.7% where, in total, California farmers raked in a whopping $46.9 billion worth of sales of milk, almonds, grapes, cattle, strawberries, walnuts, lettuce, …

Step Away from Your Thoughts and into the Blur

“I hope I make it on time.” “Why the hell do I have to go?” “Oh, I can’t wait!” “What should I have for dinner?” “Is it one or two more streets?” “I can’t afford a car.” “Will I die a horrendously prolonged death, or will I just fall asleep and never wake up?” These …

Treat It Like A Reward

Ahh, morning coffee. To more than most it’s a ubiquitous routine that involves hyperbolic descriptions like “It’s my lifeline,” or “Don’t talk to me until I’ve had my first cup.” The hyperbole doesn’t just end there. With gourmet coffee shops just about everywhere (I waiting for the day when I go to a train station …

Lyte It Up!

If you’ve never heard of a light field camera or what it can do? You might want to have a look at these … These are still images (sort of) shot with the Lytro Illum. Looking Glass Photo let me have one for a couple of days to try out and review. If you’re curious, …

All Things Big and Small

On a scale of 1 – 10 … Nah, that’s not gonna do. Looked at on a grander scale … Nope. She scaled the heights of Mount … Oh, boy. This is going south all the time. He had a wallet made of fish scales … Ok. I think I’ll quit while I’m behind.

Depth: or the Lack Thereof

Is it half empty or half full? Or, in this case, is it completely empty or simply overflowing with air? To what depth will this vessel go? On a quantum scale, it’s a chasm. On cosmic level, it’s not even a pock. One could spend hours thinking about and debating the properties of depth. Maybe …

Serenity

When the tide pulls out in Winter, the sand surface looks like a sheet of warped glass in the low sun, not to be disturbed, but to be viewed serene from a distance.

Caught in the Act?

“The world is going to pieces and people like [Ansel] Adams and [Edward] Weston are photographing rocks!” -Henri Cartier-Bresson What better way to conjure up a longing for freedom than to evoke the name of that avuncular figure of American photography Ansel Adams. It’s a name synonymous with photography, with stunning landscapes that leave one …

Iron Photographer #204

“Iron Photographer” is one of the several ongoing series (this particular one being 204) produced by the good members of Utata, a collection of “Tribal Photography.” this particular series consists of three elements: 1 – a hood 2 – something on a stick 3 – moody color

Bare Minimum

Before getting married and having children, I spent the better part of my adult life bouncing from place to place. The first time I left home I over compensated and stuff my first place with what I thought then were the essentials. It turn out that most of what I had lying around was useless …

Cover Art Revisited

Ok, the idea of posting the image that was the primary example of last week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge, Cover Art, might seem like I’m breaking my arm trying to pat myself on the back. That said, I do have reasons that go beyond the pride of having been chosen to host a Photo Challenge. …

Iron Photographer #203

“Iron Photographer” is one of the several ongoing series (this particular one being 203) produced by the good members of Utata, a collection of “Tribal Photography.” this particular series consists of three elements: 1 – a list 2 – a part of something 3 – a shadow

Semifreddi’s

To say that the San Francisco Bay Area had a hand in raising the level of the foodie status in the United States to high art form would be an understatement. Bragging? It might sound like it if you’ve never been here, but there’s a reason that often gets drowned out in all the pomp …

Alameda Antiques Faire: Three Years Gone

It has been over three years since the last time I’ve crossed the hallowed ground threshold of the Alameda Point Antiques Faire. Back then also happened to be my virgin introduction. Judging by the wide gap between visits, one might assume I’m not a fan. When in truth, the opposite is the case. The first time around …

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