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Every Step You Take

Google's watching you.Go to https://maps.google.com/locationhistory/b/0/ while logged into any google app like g-mail. Turn back the calendar and follow your tracks anywhere your phone went on any given day.You can also turn on timestamps for any given time after you left home with your phone turned on and Google maps active.And you think Google doesn't use this information, or that they wouldn't give your geographic data points up in a heartbeat with the right kind of 'national security' claims?This map shows our travels one day while in Mississippi last month.Is this something the average user would ever find useful? Maybe. If … Continue Reading ››
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Chasing a Livable Future in Floyd

Someone in last night's audience for the 16th SustainFloyd Movie Series event--the presentation of the movie, Chasing Ice--suggested that perhaps things would go differently in our actions towards personal change in the light of climate chaos if all politicians were required to come face to face with the 75 minutes of documented facts in this movie: the undeniable retreat of glaciers in Iceland, Greenland and Alaska over the period of just a few recent years.Nah. There are sadly too many people whose power depends on denial, inaction and keeping the people misinformed and off-balance but diverted into  a sense of … Continue Reading ››

Lenses, Filters and Apps! Oh My!

IMG_3566leaf480Another day, another distraction--a good one, mind you, if you have Iphone images to tweak while waiting for the dentist. Or a shopping wife.Aviary was bought by Adobe last year. Their IOS image editing app--for the rest of November--offers LOTS of free filters, overlays and other add-ons costing (if not worth) $200.Introducing the New Photo Editor by Aviary,  Now Part of the Adobe Family — Aviary BlogNovember on Goose Creek is incomplete without the illusory leaf-caught-in-mid-fall image. Thank you, parachute spiders, for the random silk from a tree branch … Continue Reading ››

Ineffable. But Effing Anyway.

radians_480I will consult my physics buddy to help explain in scientific terms this not-uncommonly observed way that light through pine needles displays as radians along concentric circles of light.  On the other hand,  understanding the chemistry of the paint doesn't add to our appreciation of a masterful work of art.I see this display often,  but a photograph that captures this phenomenon is rare in my archives, other than memory.Rarer still--a once in a lifetime experience for me, and the window is closing--is the view of radians, that quite by accident, I observed … Continue Reading ››
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