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buckeye week

The one buckeye tree in the neighborhood, this one week in September, when the buckeyes are ripe: this is the true end of summer and the official beginning of fall. If you’ve never pulled a ripe buckeye out of its … Continue reading

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the tacos of life

Two excellent soft tacos in a styrofoam clamshell box: each of them consisting of a flour tortilla, greasy spicy skirt steak, that grainy Mexican cheese, lettuce-tomato-sour cream, and red salsa.  (That’s “American style” according to the menu.) You eat the … Continue reading

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bokeh. whatever that is, we’ve got it. i think.

When I returned to more or less serious (kinda sorta) photography last year after a six year hiatus, I expected that I would find that things had changed.  Up until I gave up taking pictures– temporarily, it turned out– I … Continue reading

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a third eye walks into a room …

I used to have a third eye, in the form of an 85mm f/2 prime lens that was pretty much a fixture on my old Pentax K1000 film camera.  85mm is what they call a “mild telephoto” on film, a … Continue reading

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coelacanths on the menu

Had a bit of a surprise at lunchtime, when I got around to reading today’s Chicago Tribune.  On the front page was a fascinating article about the new Spinosaurus discoveries announced today. It’s a topic of local interest since lead … Continue reading

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tumblr sunday on monday– iowa’s numerical fun fact

Iowa hung this post from the tumblr of “thepowerofmoonlight” on The Bulletin Board the Number People Use (the one outside the Math and Statistics bay in the SciTech Library) and posted it on the general Noakes Library tumblr, too.  After … Continue reading

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american politics made simple

Overheard at today’s local festival parade, where local groups compete for public attention by throwing treats and trinkets to the neighborhood crowds waiting at the curbs: “The Democrats have better candy than the Republicans.  And beads.”My beads did indeed come … Continue reading

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the apocalyptic plastic beast

Spent way too much time in the art supply/educational materials store taking close up photographs of a malevolent plastic animal. Seriously, have you ever seen such a threatening expression on the face of a plastic animal in your life?  “I … Continue reading

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wise words from a special guest

(I’m a great admirer of Teddy Roosevelt, as a person iif not always as a politician,  and I’m really looking foward to the new Ken Burns documentary.  Image via Pinterest, which is my new Internet timewaster of choice. Find me … Continue reading

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used vehicle sales in the coffee table notebook

Stormy weather prevents the post I planned for today, so it’s time to turn to the notebook for inspiration. I don’t know if you’ve met the house notebook, which normally lives on the coffee table so I can write in … Continue reading

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