How I turned a sour morning into Lemonade

Dahlias or Koi?

I belong to a photography group because I enjoy the little things we learn from each other. Recently we met up in dahlia fields and awaited the sun to rise. By 6:10 am I’d fired off a few shots and then stood amazed at what I held in my hand. The metal shaft inside the durable plastic housing that protects my SUNPAK 750 TM tripod was snapped clean and the now unattached handle could no longer rotate the camera. I am not rough with my equipment and at 118 pounds it is not like I have extra wrist strength I don’t know about!  I have to say I was very bummed and went to the edge of the field to be by myself – errr okay, to sulk a bit.

Between the fields and my car was a bench so I plopped myself down and tried to figure out a quick fix. Instead almost horizontal shafts of sunrise light pierced under the tall firs and fired up the deep Koi pond. And some huge fish popped to the surface! It was all very abstract and the jolts of blurring color felt like tapestry to me. I just turned the camera loose and continued to shoot until the fir boughs absorbed the magic. Moments later everything appeared calm and orderly and deep again.

I have been playing with the Koi pics. So abstract! I am imagining fabric from several of these. What do you think?

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Remembering Paolo Soleri, 1919-2013

belladaze:

Soleri was a visionary creator. I never met Paolo Soleri but feel honored to have once long ago spent a beautiful afternoon with his mother . . . then eagerly made my way north of Phoenix to Arcosanti. With thoughts of staying and immersing myself into the art and life of this community . . . I sighed, purchased my little bronze memento bell and dreamed of returning someday. . . and the bell still rings true after all these years. Rest in peace . . . kris

Originally posted on Arizona Highways:

Soleri's "urban laboratory"

Soleri’s “urban laboratory”

We are sad to report that the internationally renowned architect Paolo Soleri has died at the age of 93. The Italian-born architect founded the “urban laboratory,” Arcosanti, located some 70 miles north of Phoenix. Described by Newsweek as “the most important urban experiment undertaken in our lifetimes,” Arcosanti would ultimately serve as a school, a home, a commune, a church and a family for the nearly 7,000 individuals who would cross its threshold. It was Soleri’s life’s work, but in 2011, some 40 years after breaking ground on Arcosanti, he decided to retire at the age of 92. In January 2013, Arizona Highways profiled Soleri’s heir, Jeff Stein.

According to a statement issued by officials at Arcosanti, Soleri is survived by two daughters, Kristine Soleri Timm and Daniela Soleri, both of California; two grandchildren; and Cosanti, the famous urban research foundation he began. A private burial will…

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belladaze:

Coming to your rescue just in time!

Originally posted on Belladaze:

Yes you are in love!

Yes you are a procrastinator.

Yes your life is very busy.

No one told you tomorrow is Valentines Day.

What were you thinking?!!!!!!

Okay, I have come to your rescue. Please feel free to download my printable image, 25 Ways To Say I LOVE YOU! Sign it with red ink. INSTANTLY A CLASSIC!

Enjoy, and work on your lack of attention, because I may not come to your rescue next time!

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Intelligent Creative Home & Property

If I could have any home I wanted – this would have to be the ONE! I’d even move to Southern Oregon for this gem. A straw-bale adobe home would suit me well. Have you ever seen a prettier property? I’d like to meet the artisans who built this amazing functional home. I believe they moved near Portland and family, so perhaps one day I will!


Creative thoughtful intelligent space! It finally sold in August 2012. I hope the new owners are having the time of their lives!

QR Codes or Short Url’s for Real Estate?

The realtors I shoot for are a savvy lot and work hard to keep their listings in the forefront of technology. More than one or two of them have asked me about QR codes or asked to have them included on their flyers.

I have been lukewarm about QR codes. I personally find them intrusive. I just don’t think someone needs to be able to track my movement or desires. But if you ask me to use them on your material – I will.

I follow blogger Adam Singer and he has just published his view about QR codes. Evidently McDonald’s has started using QR’s to supply nutritional content on their food bags. This is what Adam had to say about them in his blog The Future Buzz, a Blog Covering Digital Marketing trends and ideas:

Why McDonald’s Use Of QR Codes To Find Nutritional Info Is Brilliant

There’s a whole bunch of discussion this week about McDonald’s adopting QR codes on their bags for customers to scan in order to access nutritional information. And judging from the reactions in comments and on Twitter, many marketers can’t figure out why.

People understandably don’t get this move because, well, no one uses QR codes. They were a terrible idea initially and most brands have realized this and dropped them. A short URL is far, far easier. You don’t need to install anything, they’re universally understood, readable from far distance, etc. Short URLs are superior to QR codes in all ways. The only people benefiting by their use are the companies who stand to profit by selling QR code related technologies or services, not consumers.

And this is exactly why it is brilliant for McDonald’s to use them. Do you think they really want users to see nutritional information? Of course they don’t, or they’d have put it in restaurants prior to having legal reasons to do so. If they wanted people to check out this information, they’d use a short URL. Anyway, do you think that McDonald’s core demographic is part of the 5% of Americans who actually have scanned a QR code? Of course not.

PS: it’s also brilliant for them to do this because they received a wave of press for this.

Yet someone named Roger disagreed enough to send Singer this comment:

The 5% figure you quote is over a year old, it’s now running at 19% (60 million people).

If short URLs in ads are superior why are they so rare compared with QR Codes?

No one makes money from QR Codes they are open source. The cost to McDonald’s is as close to zero dollars as you can get.

You say ‘most brands have dropped QR Codes’ which may be true on your planet but not here on Earth.

If you don’t like QR Codes it may be better to just say so rather than try to back it up with specious arguments.

When Singer asked for a link to stand by Roger quoting 19%, Singer got a short url back: http://bit.ly/10wVEnc

This short url took me to something written by a guy named Roger toting 15% (not 19%). Roger also says only 10% is the correct figure for users reading a QR on a poster.

15% Of People Have Used A QR Code

By Roger ⋅ January 15, 2013    http://bit.ly/10wVEnc

Announced today a Pitney Bowes survey into current levels of QR Code usage across Europe and the U.S. has produced some interesting findings. The survey of 2,000 consumers in the US and 1,000 in France, Germany, the UK respectively shows that on average, across US, UK, France and Germany 15% of people have used a QR code.

I guess I’d be one of Roger’s/Piney Bowes 15% since I’ve used a QR once or twice (from someones smart phone – not my own). That satisfied my curiosity, but this really does not make me a user.

I am still thinking of QR’s in the same way Adam Singer presented them. How about you?

Vintage 1948 Mt. St. Helen Photo

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I have a fondness for  Winter .  I especially love how the moon dips below my roof painting the bedroom in cold yellow light as the naked lilac whispers a shadowy dance across my pillow.        ~    Kris Tabor

I hope your Christmas was stellar and as spectacular as this wonderful 1948 image of Mt. St. Helens before she blew her top – now, is that a cloud or steam releasing!

 

Past, Present and Future

by Kris Tabor

After the Holidays I treasure any and all quieter moments with our younger family members. They often arrive with electronic gizmos I’ve never seen or thought of. After plenty of show-and-tell I finally ask for all the electronics to be carefully placed in their backpacks. I’m sure I say some groaner like, “My big dogs don’t want to be blamed for crushing something you kids leave on the floor.” Or, “Dogs don’t have an allowance to buy you a new one if it gets broken.”

Before long someone invariably gravitates to my grandmother’s wooden Chinese Checker Board for a mental workout. The simplicity of it draws in all ages and challenges will crop up all day long whenever we gather.

This year vintage family photo albums also topped the coffee table. I hadn’t realized how educational and stimulating this would prove to be . . .

Discussions ricochet between the wonderful old cars, women’s hats and fashions, what is a family tree and where did our people come from. Just like an episode of This Old House, it looked like the evening would close with inventing funny uses for unfamiliar background items in some of the photos.

Then this treasured 1948 image of Mt. St. Helens and Spirit Lake surfaced. Amusement turned to confusion as the kids tried to guess which Cascade mountain they were looking at. It had never occurred to me they only had a visual reference of Helen after she blew her top. That was enough to drive the conversation around several more corners . . . why do some people still argue that climate change is not real, what is going to happen to polar bears, what about island and shore inhabitants that have already been evacuated due to global warming and rising sea levels, finally to weather across our nation, and then the kids shivered when adults began discussing Oregon earthquakes we’ve lived through.

Electronic devices materialized out of backpacks – a quick online search really makes the hair stand on the back of your neck as we discovered the number of earthquakes Oregon and Washington have seen in the last two weeks alone. We all unscientifically agreed that whether felt or unfelt, 91 seemed like a lot of quakes in a two week period, including a small Millican Oregon tremor on Christmas Day. In fact, 13 of the first 50 entries were all centered near Millican! Where’s Millican?

It turns out Millican, Oregon is about 26 miles east of Bend and its history qualifies it as a ghost town. Stories on the internet told us George Millican founded the town in 1860 and eventually the population once swelled to 60, but it has also experienced long stretches without any inhabitants. After a zero population run for 12 years Millican was purchased again in 2010 and a caretaker was allegedly left in place. The kids found a few photos online and were ready for a road trip to the ghost town until they found a few similar stories of bloggers claiming to have been run out of this one-horse-town by a guy with no horse . . . and don’t forget those 13 quakes.

Clearly all those electronic devices are here to stay and I like how they connect us instantly to so many interests, places and people. The sooner family elders embrace the internet as something real, the richer all your family experiences can be.