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Random Fridays: Chocolate moose

Chocolate moose t-shirt, Toronto.

Chocolate moose t-shirt, Toronto.

I laughed out loud when I saw this t-shirt in a store in Toronto. The poor moose looks so confused! The cherry on top is the perfect touch.


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Girder grid

ANZ building, Martin Place - steel skeleton

ANZ building, Martin Place – steel skeleton

The ANZ building in Martin Place, Sydney, is undergoing a revamp — although “revamp” is an understatement in this case. The existing building was stripped back to nothing but the grid of its steel skeleton, then a new structure was built onto that. Unusually, it was not swathed in scaffolding and netting during the dismantling stage, which gave the public a rare insight into how such buildings are constructed. I walk past this building to get to and from work, and was fascinated to see more of the skeleton revealed each day. Now that it’s just one more shiny-sided glass office tower, however, I’ve lost my interest.

ANZ building, Martin Place - steel skeleton

ANZ building, Martin Place – steel skeleton

Here it is during the Vivid light festival in May 2014, lit in rather lurid purples and magentas.

ANZ building, Martin Place and tree, Vivid 2014

ANZ building, Martin Place and tree, Vivid 2014

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Monochrome: fog and raindrops

Grand Canyon in the rain.

Grand Canyon in the rain.

This was my first view of Grand Canyon: a monochrome world of washed-out blue-greys. To say I was disappointed would be gross understatment! I did not even leave the bus. Click here to see another monochrome photo taken a few minutes after this one, but of vibrant greens and reflections caught in a raindrop hanging suspended from the tip of a branch.


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Random Fridays: Santa Fe sculpture

Sculpture, Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Sculpture, Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

This sculpture is in the courtyard of the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I’m fascinated by the woman’s expression: she could be serene, resigned, in pain or quietly happy. She seems as enigmatic as the Mona Lisa.


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Connected to the World (via the Internet)

The bit that makes the magic -- the dongle that connects me to the Internet.

The bit that makes the magic — the dongle that connects me to the Internet and the world.

Connections: what does being connected mean to me? John Donne wrote, “No man is an island.” Today, that phrase would be excoriated as sexist, yet the sentiment holds true.

No matter which of our planet’s countries you are in, all the other countries are just a click away via the Internet. Direct connections are possible between any two of us, anywhere. WordPress itself is an example of how we connect via the Internet. Isn’t great to look at your site stats and see that, say, one person in Jersey indulged in 112 views of your blog in one session (as I see was the case on 5 September on this blog!)? Or to catch up with fellow bloggers from other countries, people you’ve never truly “met” yet with whom you feel a connection nonetheless?

But this magic doesn’t happen like, well, magic. You need hardware, software, electricity, electrons, and the genius of people such as Tim Berners-Lee. I can’t capture images of electricity or electrons or even software, nor of the inventor of the World Wide Web, so, instead, here is my hardware. Without it, I could not connect with the world.

My laptop.

My laptop.

I HATE trackpads and all their variants; give me a mouse any day.

I HATE trackpads and all their variants; give me a mouse any day.

Imagine our small blue-green planet without the Internet. I can remember that time, and it’s not something I want to go back to. “No man is an island”; I know I’m not.

"Blue Marble" - image courtesy of NASA

“Blue Marble” – image courtesy of NASA