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Make Art – October 02nd

So many questions. So many questions about questions.

So little information. So little context. So few answers.

Tough enough determining facts – “truth” borders on the metaphysical.

Yet…

We have to keep asking, searching, seeking.

We must keep being lied to, being obstructed, being blinded.

As painful and frustrating as it can be, we need to remember that the alternatives are worse.

Or, so we tell ourselves. (We must!)

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Naked Plenum & T-Bar

Any number of sins can be hidden above those ceiling tiles, up where the plenum air is rare.

Duct work. Insulation. Pipes. Conduit.

So you thought Bruce Willis might be crawling around up there with a machine gun. (Yes, it IS a Christmas movie, even if you’ll never see it on the Hallmark Channel!)

Highly unlikely, unless Bruce has lost a truly significant amount of weight.

Not sure what that T-bar grid is rated for in terms of weight capacity, but I’ll guarantee that it’s in the tens of pounds, not in the hundreds. It doesn’t take much to bring it all down, if that’s what you’re in the mood for.

Lots of interesting things can be hidden up there, some for aesthetic reasons, some for more mischievous reasons. (Poor Mr. Barstow – never did find that radio we hid up there in high school algebra class one day.)

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Stained Glass – April 30th

One more for the road – let’s finish April on an upbeat note, with something beautiful.

A couple of weeks ago the world watched in horror as Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris burned. The next morning, despite all of the terrible damage, I and millions of others around the world were gratified to see how much was saved, including the giant rose stained glass window.

I’ve never been to Notre Dame and I regret missing the opportunity. However, I have been to other cities in Europe and I have seen other cathedrals.

For reasons we don’t need to go into here I’m not a church goer, but I do love art, architecture, and things of magnificent beauty. There are many things on this planet that fit that criteria. Included in my list would be cathedrals, and in particular, their stained glass windows.

In 2006 I had the opportunity to visit Prague, and my experiences there made it one of my favorite cities. A special treat was a few hours spent spent touring the Prague Cathedral.

So while I can’t share pictures of Notre Dame, I can share a third set of pictures of the stained glass windows from Prague. (See the previous two days’ posts for the first two sets.)

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Stained Glass – April 29th

Let’s finish April on an upbeat note, with something beautiful.

A couple of weeks ago the world watched in horror as Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris burned. The next morning, despite all of the terrible damage, I and millions of others around the world were gratified to see how much was saved, including the giant rose stained glass window.

I’ve never been to Notre Dame and I regret missing the opportunity. However, I have been to other cities in Europe and I have seen other cathedrals.

For reasons we don’t need to go into here I’m not a church goer, but I do love art, architecture, and things of magnificent beauty. There are many things on this planet that fit that criteria. Included in my list would be cathedrals, and in particular, their stained glass windows.

In 2006 I had the opportunity to visit Prague, and my experiences there made it one of my favorite cities. A special treat was a few hours spent spent touring the Prague Cathedral.

So while I can’t share pictures of Notre Dame, I can share pictures of the stained glass windows from Prague.

There’s a very “Game of Thrones” look to that silhouette…

 

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Stained Glass – April 28th

Let’s finish April on an upbeat note, with something beautiful.

A couple of weeks ago the world watched in horror as Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris burned. The next morning, despite all of the terrible damage, I and millions of others around the world were gratified to see how much was saved, including the giant rose stained glass window.

I’ve never been to Notre Dame and I regret missing the opportunity. However, I have been to other cities in Europe and I have seen other cathedrals.

For reasons we don’t need to go into here I’m not a church goer, but I do love art, architecture, and things of magnificent beauty. There are many things on this planet that fit that criteria. Included in my list would be cathedrals, and in particular, their stained glass windows.

In 2006 I had the opportunity to visit Prague, and my experiences there made it one of my favorite cities. A special treat was a few hours spent spent touring the Prague Cathedral.

So while I can’t share pictures of Notre Dame, I can share pictures of the stained glass windows from Prague.

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No Context For You – April 23rd

Some days that whole “reality” thing seems a little bit less … “real.”

Is it that we can’t hold on to it as well those days, or that we don’t want to? Is it slipping from our fingers or are we dropping it like a hot potato?

What we have vs. what we want.

The lack of sleep isn’t helping.

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Plus ├ža Change

While watching the horror of Notre-Dame burning in Paris, along with the sadness of losing both Gene Wolfe and Owen Garriott in the same day, and then hearing that the Falcon Heavy center booster was lost (after successfully landing on Of Course You Know I Love You but then breaking loose in heavy seas on the way back to Florida) I was especially saddened to see that the way we all treat disasters like this is the same way we all seem to treat everything these days – HORRIBLY.

The trolls.

The stupidity.

The racism.

The hatred.

It’s all there.

It’s an attempt at humor to say, “This is why we can’t have good things.” But maybe it’s true. Maybe for all of the wonderful things we can do as a species, such as spending hundreds of years to build places like Notre-Dame or landing first stage rockets on barges in the mid-Atlantic, maybe we’re just too ugly, too stupid, too immature to deserve such “nice things.”

I don’t want to believe that.

But there’s an awful lot of evidence out there today.

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