We have our Halloween decorations out. A bunch of fake tombstones (complete with spider webs) in the yard, sugar skull lights, a ghost, and a creepy skeleton. We need to get pumpkins - maybe today. Halloween is my favorite holiday. I love the Fall.
I have got to start working on the thousand of photos I have taken over the last year. I think I just get overwhelmed with the quantity. But if I had been doing 1 a day, I would have a good amount done by now. I've been pretty good about doing blogs with 20 or so select photos from the shoots, but I still have to do one for the shoot we did this summer at the abandoned lace factory.
I watch a lot of football. I love football season. I prefer to watch college over the NFL - the games are more exciting, every game is up for grabs (as opposed to the predictability of the NFL), and there is riskier play calling. Bama is doing extremely well - I am very happy about that. As for the NFL, my team is the Steelers, plus I have shockingly found myself rooting for Dallas because I love their rookie quarterback. I loved him when he played for Mississippi State.
I added a category, which you can find on the vertical menu: "Enlightenment".
Watched the debates last night. Wow. Trump speaks but says nothing. Clinton's responses were substantive, and Trump just kept repeating the same general talking points without answering the questions. She was articulate and polished. He was boorish. His "400 pound hacker sitting on the bed" comment was incredulous, but I should have expected no less. And I cannot believe he pays no taxes!!! She predictably destroyed him.
Five quick tips that can help you determine if that science article is actually nonsense. Common sense, but most people are clueless.
September 22, 2016
The abandoned mansion that inspired the phrase 'Keeping Up With the Joneses'. Awesome.
September 21, 2016
10 incredibly interesting maps that prove our planet still has plenty of uninhabited places. Of course, the conditions may not be such that people could flourish there, but an interesting map nonetheless.
I'm starting to work on my photos from Scranton Lace for a blog post. I will do about 20 photos and then do more later for my official website page in the Abandoned section. I didn't get any shots that I consider to necessarily have the "wow" factor, but this venue didn't really present those opportunities. But I did get some decent shots.
I turned 47 on the 9th. I can't believe it. It's funny how time seems to go by faster as you get older. If I think of 10 years ago, it doesn't seem that long ago. But if I look at 10 years before that, it seems like a longer time. And 10 years before that, an even longer time. Life is precious. It can end in a second. Best to enjoy each moment we have; one day we will cease to exist - forever. We are but specks of dust. That's why it's pointless to beat ourselves up for mistakes we have made. They really don't matter. All we can do is learn from those mistakes and move on. We are the sum total of our experiences, good and bad. So there is no need for regret. I want to get a third tattoo - Memento Mori, along with an old tombstone graphic (see top of page). Translated it means "Remember thy death". Essentially, it is a reminder that we are mortal and that we should not make a big deal out of anything, even our accomplishments.
Creepy abandoned Connecticut opera house. It has a jail and offices in the darkness under the stage - how dreary and abysmal. And remnants of crime scenes still on the floor - creepy! I wonder how the inmates felt about hearing the music above their heads all the time. It would drive me nuts.
Added a page of nihilist memes. A philosophy I ascribe my views on life to. And being a nihilist doesn't mean you are negative; in fact, it can mean the opposite - jokes aside. Because life has no inherent meaning, the meaning your life has is the meaning you give it. There is a lot of hope in that. Meaning does not come from outside yourself, it is not dependent on a god or other people. This is the only life we have and it is precious because of that. I suppose I consider myself an existential nihilist. I do believe that existence precedes essence and that we are what we do. (To oversimplify.) And that life itself has no meaning, purpose, or value. (See above.)
The BBC named "Mulholland Drive" as the best film of the 21st century. Awesome! One of my top five favorite all-time films. Here's the list of 100 best films according to them.
The last words of 15 famous serial killers. I'll admit I spent way too much time looking at morbid ranking lists on this site. For example, I didn't know until yesterday that there is something called "The Dark Web".
Answer these non-political questions and they will guess your brain's political ideology. Interesting. My results: 54% republican, 46% liberal, which is surprising, because I am definitely more liberal.
If you want your children to survive the future, send them to art school. An article that makes some excellent points. Technology will make many jobs obsolete at some point.
Posted a blog entry on my photo shoot at the National Cathedral.
February 5, 2016
On Wednesday I did a shoot at the Washington National Cathedral. One of my Meetup groups got special access to shoot the main hall, which is normally blocked off. I got a few good shots. I'm not religious, but I looked at it as an opportunity to shoot some beautiful architecture. I will be posting photos to my blog by the end of the weekend.
12 signs you are in a healthy relationship. My relationship meets all of this criteria. :)
February 1, 2016
Added a page for my photos from the abandoned "Trolley Graveyard", which were taken at an undisclosed location near Johnstown, PA.
January 31, 2016
10 things you are definitely going to regret if you never have kids. Captures my thoughts on the subject exactly. Things such as "being well-rested", "having more money", etc.
January 27, 2016
Nothing like starting the year with an awesome blizzard! We got about 30 inches. Being snowbound was fun. Did a lot of reading.
Enjoying the X-Files. Wish that the run was going to be more than 6 episodes. Maybe they are gauging interest and have plans for more episodes. I hope so.