Archive for April, 2012

Some of you may have already seen some of the things I have found in dumpsters. For those who have not, here are a few photos from past dives:

quilt from dumpster

angel from the dumpster

Stuffed ape with fruits (scrap recycle in background):
Ape and fruits from dumpster

Fruits, vegetables on dumpster chair, in dumpster basket, with dumpster drape:
Dumpster fruits and vegetables

Porcelain doll in perfect condition, with certificate of authenticity (doll has stamp on back of her neck as well):
Porcelain dumpster doll

Protective clothing (massonbennu on flickr is Mason, my husband):
The dumpster delivers.

Jars, new, in sealed boxes from the factory:
jars from  a dumpster

I will make an effort to share more photos of dumpster finds in the future- interesting and beautiful things!

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The Aurora by TSO Photography

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I spent a week capturing one of the biggest aurora borealis shows in recent years.

Shot in and around Kirkenes and Pas National Park bordering Russia, at 70 degree north and 30 degrees east. Temperatures around -25 Celsius. Good fun.

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Thoughts On Bullying

Posted: April 24, 2012 in philosophy

Cross-posted at A special thank you to the MyFDL editor for helping with the image.

Image by Greg Wagoner

This morning, Mason and I logged on to our respective computers. We both have browsers that automatically open to Google, and on the Google screen, spanning the page from top to bottom, is a zipper. Out of respect and a good deal of social conditioning, I decided to leave Google’s giant fly zipped. However, I could not run to the Google news tab fast enough, because I was absolutely certain that there would be yet another news story about Secret Service folks not paying their sex workers, during working trips abroad. In my mind, I connected a closed zipper to an open fly.

Mason, on the other hand, had cursor to zipper and was saying, “Well. I guess they probably want me to unzip this.”

As you know, this was under the Google zipper. As he unzipped the zipper, and even as I was cueing the striptease music with a light, off-key, “Chik-a-wow…a-bow-ra-ow-chik-a-wow-a-wow,” I thought to myself that adult men not paying their sex workers is bullying, plain and simple.

Bullying has evolved since I was a kid. Growing up, I never heard the terms ‘bullycide’ or ‘cyberbullying.’ When I was a kid there were bullies for sure, but there were also equally strong anti-bullies who sided with the underdog being bullied and stopped the bullying. On occasion, push did come to shove on the playground, and some kid might turn up with a scrape or bruise. But in general the kids handled things, and sometimes the bullys and the bullied became friends. In high school the cliques were: jocks, heads, socials (pronounced soshes with a long o) and nerds. At the reunion many years later everyone blended with everyone else, or at least, that is the way it seemed.


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Dona Nobis Pacem – ukulele and cello
-Yo-Yo Ma (cello) and Ken Middleton (tenor ukulele)

Octopoda Octopus 20004
Octopoda Octopus 20004 image by Bill and Mark Bell, creative commons, flickr.

Once I Was a PPrince image by fabiogis50 (Fabio Gismondi), creative commons, flickr.

8257 Moray eel
8257 Moray Eel image byDiverKen, Ken Traub, under creative commons on flickr.

Bald Eagle
Bald Eagle image by Pen Waggener, creative commons, flickr.

MONUC Peacekeeper Patrols Katanga Area
MONUC Peacekeeper Patrols Katanga Area
image by United Nations Photo, creative commons, flickr.

A peacekeeper of the United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) with a group of children during patrols of the Katanga area.
Photo ID 163691. 01/03/2007. Katanga, Democratic Republic of the Congo. UN Photo/Myriam Asmani.

Today is Earth Day.

Dona Nobis Pacem

A polite demand.

For peace.

TimeScapes: Rapture

by Tom Lowe

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These images are part of a Smithsonian American Museum of Art set on flickr, with a fair-use statement:

Personal, educational and non-commercial use of digital images from the American Art Museum’s collection is permitted, with attribution to the Smithsonian American Art Museum, for all images unless otherwise noted.

The Smithsonian American Art Museum exhibition called Inventing a Better Mousetrap: Patent Models From the Rothschild Collection features thirty-two scale models of inventions submitted for patent in the late 1800s. The models are part of the Alan Rothschild collection, and reflect the exceptional craftsmanship of the time. Building a Better Mousetrap will run through November 3, 2013.

Sofa Bedstead image by americanartmuseum on flickr

Sofa Bedstead

Sofa Bedstead, 1877
Abraham Morris (Inventor)
mixed media 8 x 13 x 6 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of Alan and Ann Rothschild

Fence Fabricating Machine image by americanartmuseum on flickr

Fence Fabricating Machine

Fence Fabricating Machine, 1888
Conrad F. Bartling (Inventor)
mixed media 12 x 17 x 7 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of Alan and Ann Rothschild

Paper Bag Machine by americanartmuseum on flickr

Paper Bag Machine

Paper Bag Making Machine, 1881
Edgar Stocking (Inventor)
mixed media 9 x 17 x 9 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of Alan and Ann Rothschild

Mousetrap image by americanartmuseum on flickr

Mousetrap (1 of 2)

Mousetrap, 1870
John O. Kopas (Inventor)
George W. Bauer (Inventor)
mixed media 10 x 8 1/2 x 9 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of Alan and Ann Rothschild

Loom for Weaving Bonnet Braid image by americanartmuseum on flickr

Loom for Weaving Bonnet Braid

Loom for Weaving Bonnet Braid, 1865
Jefford L. Weaver (Inventor)
mixed media 14 x 7 1/2 x 5 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of Alan and Ann Rothschild

Vegetable Slicer image by americanartmuseum on flickr

Vegetable Slicer

Vegetable Slicer, 1879
Anthony Iske (Inventor)
mixed media 11 x 10 x 10 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of Alan and Ann Rothschild