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Waves of the Day #2568

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Waves of the Day #2568

I always love the way sunlight comes through rippled curtains – the slow gradients broken by straight lines at the crest of each wave. I stopped to take this as I got out of bed this morning, and was a bit frustrated at how difficult it was to fit the shapes nicely into a frame. I don’t think I managed it, but you are looking at it anyway. Try to imagine it a little dreamier.

boss attack

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October 4, 2015 at 12:39 am

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Field of the Day #2514

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Field of the Day #2914

On one of the larger traffic islands near the water, where skaters and trick bikers practice their magic, a collection of statues has appeared as if sprouted from the ground. They are hollow metal, just head and shoulders with squinting eyes, looking vaguely to the sky. Each is perhaps twelve feet tall, and their mouths are all hidden by metal plates with different patterns etched into them – seeds and flowers, waving strands of grain, tilled fields like this one here.

Nearby was a rusted cube with massive lines of braille embossed in it. On each side a pair of holes with chain curtains invited us to look inside, and in the hollow space I could see sets of the same statues, made miniature. I later learned that this was meant for blind observers to come explore the statues by touch, and now I want everything in the world to be made miniature so the blind can know their forms.

I’ve forgotten then name of the exhibit, which is a disservice to the artist, but seeing something like that appear in a familiar place without warning had a little sense of magic to it – like it was placed their by faeries, or like the statues had come on their own to commune with us.

cruella deville is coming

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August 10, 2015 at 11:31 pm

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Crosshatch of the Day #2502

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Crosshatch of the Day #2502

Instead of going climbing tonight, I set the laundry running and did some exercises in my room while my clothing tumbled. I haven’t worked out a formal routine, so I wandered a little: a few sets with the weights in a few kinds of motions, some crunches, some stretches, a few vague attempts to recreate the moves I learned in yoga classes. It was fun to set my heart thumping, listening to one album and then another as I wore myself out.

I am the right kind of tired tonight, and feel like I will sleep easily. I will be sure to give more time to these exercises in the future.

you hide away

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July 29, 2015 at 11:54 pm

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Tunnel of the Day #2497

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Tunnel of the Day #2497

A tunnel of portals, given a little more texture from the dust and fingerprints reflected endlessly in them. These infinities always tilt towards green, and looking into them is like seeing redshift in distant galaxies, knowing you can derive from it deep secrets about the universe.

Lights like this will give a person the face of a poet about to tear open their heart for you, but that requires a direct perspective – a camera’s sidelong glance won’t deliver the full effect.

menageries of saints

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July 25, 2015 at 12:36 am

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Bottle of the Day #2433

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Bottle of the Day #2433

We took a long lunch today to commemorate Xiao’s transferring from another team to ours – something like the workplace equivalent of a marriage feast. On the way there I kept staring up at the buildings, wondering at the personalities their architecture conveyed.

The facades of these skyscrapers are all just masks, of course – the lives inside are hidden completely from the street.

The entrance to the restaurant was plain and innocuous; we were met by a welcome desk, who pointed us to an elevator, and the eight of us stepped into a dark box to be carried up to the next floor. The air of both floors was heavy with incense, and we left the sounds and smells of the street behind when we walked to our tables.

Inside I felt like we were standing in a bottle, or a starship in interstellar space. The walls and ceiling were black, and broad ribbons of blue light lined the front desk and bar. Fish-scale bars lined the windows, and outside, down below, the world was still carrying on its busy city life, silent to us.

Each of these skyscrapers is full of microcosms – it feels so different being on either side of the glass.

nyatiti

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May 21, 2015 at 10:53 pm

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Moon of the Day #2368

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Moon of the Day #2368

Tuesdays are Jeff’s dinner nights, so I went this evening bearing bread and brie, and hoping it would be enough of a contribution to the meal. Food ended up not being the focus of the evening; half of the guests had already eaten dinner. We just talked in the kitchen, then in the dining room, and finally in the living room, where Jeff’s dog joined the party.

This is a close look at the moon that hangs over the dinner table, crafted from coffee filters, delicate and luminous. It seems to be one of many things that Jeff’s brother has built. The two of them have been working to turn their house into a dream home for about a year now; half the rooms are finished, with generous applications of beautiful polished wood, while the other half shows signs of constant construction. It looks like a tremendous undertaking.

I was told tonight that heating brie made it even better, but it looked so sad puddled in the casserole dish.

pratfalls can be fun

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March 18, 2015 at 12:48 am

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Eye of the Day #2348

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Eye of the Day #2348

The tiered roof of the mall in San Francisco, framed by rows of balconies below, becomes a dizzying eye when seen from directly beneath. It stares down like an all-seeing giant, and everyone who passes its gaze feeds it with their wallet.

Laurel and I each did some shopping tonight. I bought myself a fancy set of headphones – a somewhat extravagant purchase. I’ve wanted something like it for a while now, since it can be so nice to be completely wrapped in music, but I don’t feel entirely comfortable buying such a luxury item. Carrying the box out, I had the strange feeling that I had to unburden myself of some other worldly possession in order to counterbalance the act of consumerism I’d just performed.

I would rather not be a material person.

Where can you best put your money to make the world a better place?

argon refinery

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February 26, 2015 at 12:53 am

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