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"Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind."
"Every calling is great when greatly pursued."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Do nothing, say nothing and be nothing and you will never be criticized."
- Elbert Hubbard


November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!  We will be spending a nice holiday with my family.

Interesting small space hacks.  I especially love the one where you cut the table in half to
fit it in a narrow hallway.

November 20, 2016

I always wondered
what kind of things guinea pigs talked about when they were alone.

November 17, 2016

One site's ranking of the
best universities in Virginia.  Wondering how many there are in
the state to begin with.  Mason ranked #7.

November 15, 2016

Man in New Orleans turns a
gas station into a home.

Former Congressional staff member tells
how to get your Congressman/woman to listen to

According to one source,
traits of highly intelligent people.  True to a certain extent.

How Dangerous Are You, based on what you think about?  Me:  Very dangerous.  

November 14, 2016

Haunting illustrations of mental illness.  Pretty accurate depictions.

We couldn't stop laughing when
this happened Saturday night.

Very happy that Clemson lost Saturday night.  Michigan and Washington, too.

November 12, 2016

Added a
blog post.

November 11, 2016

Happy Veterans Day to all of our veterans.  Thank you for your service.

Devastated about the election.  I can't believe Trump is our President.

I added a page for our

November 8, 2016

Quiz:  Are you left- or right-brained?  Me:  55% left, 45% right.

I will be glued to the t.v. today.  I am confident that Hillary will win, but I think it will be a
tight race.  I'm with her!

November 7, 2016

Quiz:  What famous artist should paint your portrait?  Interesting quiz.  My result:  
Salvador Dali.

Can't wait for tomorrow - the election.  This one has been exciting!  I voted absentee, so I
won't be going to the polls.

October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween!  I will be greeting the children dressed as a ghost.  We went all out
with our decorations, and I bought an insane amount of candy to give away.

Saw the Squirrel Nut Zippers recently.  Really great show!

Added a
Miscellaneous category.  The first addition to that category is Recipes.  I have
listed several of my favorite recipes that have worked well for me.

October 28, 2016

These clever photos show how much people look like their parents.

October 24, 2016

The world's most empathetic countries, according to a new study by Michigan State
University.  USA is ranked #7.

I made my own incense!  I did a
blog entry.

October 21, 2016

If you've ever worked on a team in the workplace you will appreciate this:  "How long it
takes to complete a task."  Clever.

Here are some maps that indicate whether states are red or blue:

If only
men voted
If only
women voted

Not surprising, but a bit disconcerting.  

October 19, 2016

The 50 college majors with the highest earnings.  Philosophy came in at #30.  Not too bad.

October 18, 2016

If you hear someone spouting "the election is rigged" nonsense, send them here.

Here is a
chart breaking down where each candidate (including Johnson) stands on the
main issues.

October 16, 2016

19 beautiful bookstores you need to visit in America.

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.

October 14, 2016

Just in time for Halloween:  How to make a concrete pumpkin.  Very cool and easy!

October 13, 2016

Effect of exercise on the brain.  Different types of exercises affect different areas/functions
of the brain.  Good article.

The most incredible
microscope images of 2016 reveal a beautiful, hidden universe.  
Beautiful images.

Just in time for Halloween:
photos of people wearing creepy vintage costumes.  
Wonderfully creepy!  There are over 100 (go to next page); make sure you see them all!

October 12, 2016

38 hilarious tweets that perfectly sum up the second debate.

12 ways to be the most miserable person in the world.  Good article.

October 11, 2016

A humorous but frighteningly accurate transcription of the second Presidential debate.

Intricate map of alternative music history.  Interesting to see which bands influenced each

September 27, 2016

A kitten playing with a dog's wagging tail.

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.

September 26, 2016

Hillary Clinton v. Donald Trump on the issues.  A good breakdown.  Looking forward to the
debate tonight.  It should be entertaining!

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'.  

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.

September 20, 2016

The weirdest town names in all 50 states.

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.

September 11, 2016

Cool product - ’50S-Style 3-IN-1 Breakfast Station.

Never forget.

September 7, 2016

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.

September 2, 2016

40 honest advertising slogans.

Fall is almost here!!

September 1, 2016

50 artists raid a Polish scrapyard to build a collection of recycled
metal cars.

Serial killers who were never caught.

most violent cities.  I won't be going to South America anytime soon.

There are hundreds of pages of Netflix
movie categories.  Here's a way to unlock them.

August 26, 2016

"It's Great To Be Alive!" 1950s grim safety manual.  Hilarious!

August 24, 2016

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.

August 19, 2016

Added a blog entry with new paintings.

August 17, 2016

Why it pays to be grumpy and bad-tempered.

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".

August 16, 2016

15 body language blunders successful people never make.  Good
article.  So "resting bitch face" is a BAD thing?

friendliest cities, according to Conde Nast Traveler.
A few southern U.S. cities made the cut, including the #1 spot.

August 13, 2016

Ever sat on a beach and wondered what's across the ocean?  This is
both interesting and surprising.

August 8, 2016

Commonly mispronounced words having to do with food.  A glaring
omission:  quinoa.

August 4, 2016

Added a blog entry for my recipe for kick ass egg salad.

July 22, 2016

This infographic shows that 10 companies own all the world's brands.

July 21, 2016

Periodic table of modern art.  Also, summaries of art movements.

July 20, 2016

The minimum income it takes to live in each state.

25 cities where your paycheck will go the farthest.                    

July 19, 2016

Man takes photos of 4 sisters every year for 40 years.

Good article on Trump, written by the ghost writer of his book.

Article:  "Anti-Intellectualism and the "Dumbing Down" of America".  Very true and very
disconcerting.  Explains the popularity of someone like Trump.

July 14, 2016

Vocabulary size test.  Interesting.  

June 30, 2016

The best and worst states to make a living.

June 22, 2016

Disturbingly hilarious 7 year old.  

June 17, 2016

Funny cartoons depicting the reality of parenting.  Even though I don't have kids, I can
appreciate them.  

June 16, 2016

Amusing kid homework answers.

June 15, 2016

Post-mortem photos of celebrities.  Creepy.  Included:  Marilyn Monroe, JFK, Michael
Jackson, Ted Bundy.

June 10, 2016

Nail-biting photographs taken by brave photographers.

June 5, 2016

Amazing paintings.  An artist in Sweden.  They look like photographs!  Cool subject matter
too.  Check out the US Robotics modem with eyeballs!

June 1, 2016

8 signs that you are sensitive to energy.  Yes to all!  It is sometimes a great thing and
sometimes a very bad thing.

May 31, 2016

Had a great holiday weekend!  We had lots of fun with friends.

minimum income it takes to live in each state.  No doubt Virginia would be higher if
the high cost of living in Northern Virginia wasn't offset by other parts of the state.

Nice story about a man rescuing a crow who now won't leave his side.

30 famous quotes you don't actually know.  Some are surprising.

Van Gogh's most famous paintings
meet pop culture icons and the result is stunning!

May 23, 2016

Jamestown colonists resorted to cannibalism.  Ick.

May 16, 2016

Kids prove they have all the right answers.

15 cozy
reading nooks.  Awesome!

20 funny
tweets about food.

May 12, 2016

"The most accurate personality test ever made".  My result.

May 6, 2016

Hourly wage needed to have a 2 bedroom apartment in each state.

April 20, 2016

30 famous logos that have a hidden message.  Interesting.

April 14, 2016

Old dresser drawer hacks.  Creative uses.

March 26, 2016

12 death row prisoners' last meals.  Included:  Timothy McVey and John Wayne Gacy.

March 22, 2016

12 habits of the most productive people.

Added a
page for the "Hell House" shoot, complete with slide show and narrative not
included in blog.

March 20, 2016

Added a blog entry with my photos from a recent shoot of "Hell House" (the remnants of
St. Mary's College), near Baltimore, MD.

March 18, 2016

13 fucks you stop giving when you're a grown woman.

March 10, 2016

30 Post-It notes that cleverly depict adult life.

March 4, 2016

How to make an origami Darth Vader.

March 3, 2016

Incredibly preserved mummies.  Really cool.

February 25, 2016

Quiz:  Can we guess your age by your vocabulary?  Me:  68.

February 24, 2016

Best and worst things about each of the 50 states.  Yes, it is a bit embarrassing to be
from Alabama.

February 23, 2016

Quiz:  What is your brain good at?  Me:  linguistic thinking.

February 22, 2016

34 things about WWII that you weren't taught in school.  Interesting!

20 life hacks that you need to know.  Especially the one about public restrooms.

Did a shoot at "Hell House" - the creepy remnants of St. Mary's College in Maryland - over
the weekend.  Will be posting photos in the next couple of weeks.

February 19, 2016

A hauntingly beautiful short animation about life and death.

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.

February 13, 2016

Famous Van Gogh painting turned into bedroom for rent.  It's my favorite of his paintings.

Disney and surrealism come together for a
Dali virtual reality exhibit.

February 8, 2016

These people deserve a raise for their attention to detail.  Very satisfying for those of us
with OCD tendencies.

February 7, 2016

Choose a mandala and discover what it reveals about you.  Me:  forgiveness.

February 6, 2016

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.

Quiz:  This
5 question test will tell what kind of genius you are.  Me:  Steel.

January 22, 2016

25 question personality test.  My result:  intuitive healer.

fashion hacks.

12 useful
math hacks.  Really helpful.

13 dangerous
bedtime habits that are ruining your sleep.

self-defense tricks to keep you safe.

What are you most inclined to be addicted to?  Me:  chocolate.

January 20, 2016

10 Ways You’re Making Your Life Harder Than It Has To Be.

January 15, 2016

Happy New Year!  I know this is going to be a great year.

What Century Do You Belong In?  Me:  Feudal Japan.  Here's why.

Very happy that Alabama won the college football championship!  Roll Tide!!  I will be sad
to see Derrick Henry leave for the NFL, but I wish him the best in his new career.
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