Archive: February 2011

Heinele’s General Store

  • February 26, 2011
Heinele’s General Store

Creepy Dolls

  • February 23, 2011
Creepy Dolls

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Gold Medal Catalog

  • February 18, 2011
Gold Medal Catalog

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The Forgotten Ideal Of Efficiency

  • February 5, 2011
The Forgotten Ideal Of Efficiency

A long time ago while I was in my first year of college, I learned quite a lot about efficiency as it relates to computer programming and automation.  Since the advent of computers, life as we know it continues to advance in efficiency.  Efficiency is of course, getting what you want as quickly as possible with the least amount of work/cost/etc. So, from my standpoint, being that I try to be as practical and efficient as possible (it doesn’t always happen), it’s quite obvious to see that when people around me are exceedingly inefficient, it tends to annoy me.  Take for example my recent...

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The American Dream

  • February 5, 2011
The American Dream

Some of my best times were when I was younger, spending all summer living in the wilderness with only the possessions and clothes I could strap against my back. Besides the necessities, what more does a person really need? I lived two summers in the woods without electricity or running water, and they were the best summers of my life. Given the chance, I would still live this way but these days I don't know just how practical this lifestyle would be. Today in "society" people are buying things they don't need, driving cars they can't afford, and living in fancy luxurious houses so they will...

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Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid

  • February 5, 2011
Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid

Help!!! by サンドラ, on Flickr I woke up this morning feeling unusually well.  Most of the time, I'm under a heavy cloud of depression.  Maybe it was the warm weather, or the sun shining for the first time in a few days.  Whatever it is, I awoke with a ton of excess energy and creative inspiration. I took an hour-long walk around the city of Rochester, New York, trying my best to make note of interesting places to take pictures.  I noted a small handful, but it would have been much easier if I had remembered my camera in the first place.  Very rarely do I remember to take...

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Shopping Cart Wipes

  • February 5, 2011
Shopping Cart Wipes

I love grocery shopping at Price Chopper.  It’s not because they give me the lowest possible prices on commonly purchased items, or because they provide the best customer service. Heck, it’s not for any other reason other than the fact that they provide me with something other stores cannot… They provide much needed subtle entertainment. While shopping there recently I noticed several changes. First, the pedestrian with hula hoop sign has been replaced with a boring generic No Parking sign.  The latest fad at Price Chopper is disinfecting wipes that are provided for your convince (or inconvenience...

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Science Vs. Things Unseen

  • February 5, 2011
Science Vs. Things Unseen

I was always curious about my father since as far back as I can remember.  My father and I have been polar opposites all of our lives, but recently as my father has been spending more and more time with me, I feel as if we're not so opposite anymore.  In some ways, we have in some respects found our own common ground. My father is a classically-trained scientist who believes that everything in life is governed and explained through the laws of physics and the scientific method.  He solves his problems mathematically with a pencil and paper, and should something happen that can't be explained...

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Living Life To The Fullest

  • February 5, 2011
Living Life To The Fullest

A lot of people talk about living life to the fullest.  Above everything else, I’ve always seen this ideal as being paramount.  I want to experience as much as I can, to know everything, and to see everything that can be seen.  I want to go to all the interesting and unique places I can before they’re gone forever. Unfortunately, living a lifestyle like this takes money.  Lots of money.  Much more money than I have at this moment (I have pockets full of lint).  And although I’d love to work at a 9 to 5 job, these jobs tend to get mundane, boring, and repetitive.  I wish someone...

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I’ve Become A Nostalgia Whore

  • February 5, 2011
I’ve Become A Nostalgia Whore

nostalgia noun; a wistful or excessively sentimental yearning for return to or of some past period or irrecoverable condition nostalgia, baby by catklein, on Flickr One of the biggest source of inspiration I draw upon is my nostalgic personality.  A natural-born writer and creative force, as a child I tried to write down daily events and happenings on a regular basis and no matter how small, or seemingly insignificant.  Sadly, much of my personal written history has been lost to the ravishes of time, carelessness, or both.  Indeed, much of my early playful beginnings were at one time...

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Empty Shops

  • February 5, 2011
Empty Shops

In the UK, the current economic states have forced many business owners to close-up their storefronts, leaving the urban shopping district a barren landscape. The Empty Shops Network, a project of The Revolutionary Arts Group, has devised a plan to use closed storefronts for the benefit of local artists and photographers on a temporary basis. Pop-Up Gallery by Dan Thompson "In February 2009, it's estimated that about 10% of the UKs shops are sitting empty and the figure is rising to one in six shops by the end of the year, with over 1000 high street businesses closing every week. Landlords...

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Lomography 101

  • February 3, 2011
Lomography 101

Lomography emphasizes casual, snapshot photography. Characteristics such as over-saturated colors, off-kilter exposure, blurring, “happy accidents,” and alternative film processing are often considered part of the “Lomographic Technique”. -Wikipedia A lomographic camera is perhaps the pinnacle of grunge photography. Similar to the Holga, the Lomo camera produces unique results that are unique and specific to each individual camera. Specifically, the Lomo will typically produce images that are of selective focus, over or under exposure, indense off-center vignetting, and over saturation. Shown...

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I Wish It Was All That Easy

  • February 2, 2011
I Wish It Was All That Easy

There are times in my life when I wish I could send a message to all of those people, that for whatever reason, that I seem to have lost touch with. If I could send such a message, I would let them know how they had an impact on my life, regardless of how small and insignificant, that in essence, caused me to end up being who I am today. But who am I really? And if these people who had even the most insignificant impact upon my life remembered me by name, would they even recognize the person I am today? The notion that some day I might get in contact with someone I haven’t seen or heard...

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