Story Challenge Letter: “R”

This week the letter “R” stands for Rust, which I encounter on a daily basis at work. The Golden Gate Bridge has been described as, “A ship in a sea of fog” and I agree with that observation.

The photo below shows a conduit on the South Tower Pier that we replaced because the coupling connecting the two pipes was rusting away.

rusted pipe

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Story Challenge Letter: “R”

Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreign

This week’s challenge is to find something foreign, “…things outside of or different from your normal environment, or even something which is out of place in general.” My entry this week is a look back at what we may now think of as a foreign concept: Nuclear-tipped missiles in the San Francisco Bay Area as…

Two Cents Tuesday Challenge: Manipulation

This week’s challenge was inspired by, “…a recent photo challenge and a series of articles and discussions circulating about the validity of iphone photos as “real” art.” I will demonstrate how I manipulated a photograph into a featured image for a recent post.

I started with a photo from my iPhone

failed beam

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Smart Failure

“We spend our time responding rationally to a world which we understand and recognize, but which no longer exists.” —Eddie Obeng How do we keep up with a world that is changing faster than we can learn about it?

The 30 Day Challenge

“The next 30 days are going to pass whether you like it or not, so why not think about something you have always wanted to try and give it a shot for the next 30 days?” —Matt Cutts I will be participating in the National Novel Writing Month challenge this year. You can follow my…

Sunday Post: City

Jake’s challenge this week is City and I started thinking about the various cities that I have lived in and what they are like today; which got me thinking about what they would be like in the future; which got me thinking about the past and the remains of ancient cities that I have seen in the Great Southwest.

The Pueblo people settled here in New Mexico’s sheltered Frijoles Canyon near a year-round supply of water and made homes in the Tuff (compacted volcanic ash). They eventually constructed rock shelters and set up a trade network reaching as far as Mexico.

I like the message on the sign at the trailhead, “…These places are not abandoned, just no longer lived in. The spirits of the Pueblo ancestors still live here…” This simple message gives me comfort about the future of our cities.

Sunday Post: City