Friday, December 30, 2016

"In addition to banning lifetime coverage caps, the Affordable Care Act lets consumers keep children on their plans...

"In addition to banning lifetime coverage caps, the Affordable Care Act lets consumers keep children on their plans until age 26; requires companies with at least 50 employees to offer coverage; and makes preventive care, such as health screenings, flu shots, breast-feeding supplies and contraception, free to those with insurance."

I'm benefitting from these improvements to all US healthcare, and do not plan to give these up! #aca #obamacare
http://linkis.com/chicagotribune.com/E1QiC

It would be lovely to be soaking in hot, stinky, volcanic water right now...

It would be lovely to be soaking in hot, stinky, volcanic water right now...

#iceland
https://goo.gl/photos/d3WZLqfzMU6PTeRw7

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Among the many places I was cold in Europe this year, Heidelberg made the list!

Among the many places I was cold in Europe this year, Heidelberg made the list!
#heidelberg #germany
https://goo.gl/photos/zYcrdbRJpMEGANxq9

As I catch up on my 2016 photos, here are a few from the industrial town of Mannheim, Germany.

As I catch up on my 2016 photos, here are a few from the industrial town of Mannheim, Germany. (This album is small but features cookies.)

#mannheim #germany
https://goo.gl/photos/f7vde4WxqYJ51sTC8

One nice thing about having time off is I can look back at where I've been and think about what I learned from it.

One nice thing about having time off is I can look back at where I've been and think about what I learned from it. One thing I learned is that I never really organized last fall's photos! (Doh!) Here are too many photos of the Louvre, some gushing about the Korea Now! exhibit at Les Arts Décoratifs, and photos of art supplies I was tempted to buy (as if I don't have enough).

#paris #france
https://goo.gl/photos/W8CtYVaJHYQNcN257

San Francisco's Asian Art Museum, in the updated old Main Library at Civic Center, is a treasure filled with...

San Francisco's Asian Art Museum, in the updated old Main Library at Civic Center, is a treasure filled with treasures! Here are some images of favorite details from yesterday's visit.

#asianartmuseum #art
https://goo.gl/photos/oLHQ5vsbcSYUkXjh8

This compact and brilliant exhibit of contemporary Japanese ceramic art is absolutely breathtaking.

This compact and brilliant exhibit of contemporary Japanese ceramic art is absolutely breathtaking. I'm so glad I went to see it. I recommend that you see it while you can!

#asianartmuseum #japaneseceramics #ceramics #contemporaryart
http://www.asianart.org/exhibitions/sculptural-turn

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

I believe self driving cars could be very useful in the future, especially to support mobility impaired people, and...

I believe self driving cars could be very useful in the future, especially to support mobility impaired people, and to prevent drunk driving. But, my optimism presumes that the cars will actually follow rules and be safer than human drivers.

This unilateral decision by Uber to impose upon the city of San Francisco cars incapable of following even basic rules suggests a level of idiocy that could damage the reputation of this technology severely.

"Local advocates noted that the Uber cars have been caught doing four out of the top five causes of collisions or injuries in the city – running red lights, going through stop signs, unsafe turns and failing to yield to pedestrians."

#selfdrivingcars #safety #pedestriansafety #bikesafety #arrogantbastards
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/dec/19/uber-self-driving-cars-bike-lanes-safety-san-francisco?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Saturday, December 17, 2016

I'm so proud of Governor Brown for being so passionately pro-science and pro-environment.

I'm so proud of Governor Brown for being so passionately pro-science and pro-environment. California has an excellent record in standing up to do what is right, regardless of Washington's action or inaction, and this fiery speech shows we will continue to lead. #governorbrown #science #environment #california #ourowndamnsatellites
https://www.theatlantic.com/notes/2016/12/this-is-what-the-resistance-sounds-like/510899/

Thursday, December 8, 2016

This is a remarkable conservative commentary satire.

This is a remarkable conservative commentary satire. I couldn't resist, because it is about Aliens. There are so many good lines...
#mcsweeneys #aliens
https://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/unused-audio-commentary-by-dinesh-dsouza-and-ann-coulter-recorded-spring-2003-for-aliens-special-red-state-edition-dvd-part-one

I've heard the first fact often, the second, not at all:

I've heard the first fact often, the second, not at all:

"Proponents of pipeline projects often argue that pipelines are a safer way to transport oil than by rail. And while its true that rail transport leads to more accidents than pipelines — by a margin of two to one, over the period between 2004 and 2012, according to data from the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) — pipeline spills are usually much larger, spilling three times as much crude oil as train accidents over the same period."

#nodapl #safety #accidents
https://thinkprogress.org/north-dakota-pipeline-spills-analysis-744daad63543#.9crldbcwf

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Friday, November 18, 2016

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

This seems topical!

This seems topical! I'm using the best quote, in case you don't have time to read it all now, though it is worthwhile:

"Above all, [The Authoritarian Personality] was correct in its key argument: that there are personality differences among individuals in the degree to which they prefer clear lines of social authority, strict social norms, and social uniformity as opposed to diversity. It was also correct in arguing that individuals who score high on authoritarianism in this respect tend to be more intolerant of those who are different (e.g., racial, ethnic, or religious minorities) or those [who] appear to deviate from traditional social norms (e.g., LGBT folks). They are also more likely to gravitate toward political figures (e.g., Trump in the present context) who embody intolerance and willingness to attack minorities who are believed to pose some kind of social threat."

#facism #authoritarianism #bias #unconsciousbias #psychology
http://arstechnica.com/science/2016/06/how-world-war-ii-scientists-invented-a-data-driven-approach-to-fighting-fascism/

Monday, November 7, 2016

The USA has not mastered elections, despite 200+ years of practice.

The USA has not mastered elections, despite 200+ years of practice.

More specifically, the USA has a tradition of allowing states to allocate resources in a way of it deprives selected communities of complete access to democracy.

#votingrights #election2016
http://www.vox.com/presidential-election/2016/11/6/13542680/there-are-4000-people-in-a-half-mile-voting-line-in-cincinnati-today-this-isn-t-okay?utm_campaign=vox&utm_content=entry&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter

Friday, November 4, 2016

City three of three on this wonderful trip: Stockholm!

City three of three on this wonderful trip: Stockholm!! I've been to Stockholm (twice!) before, since I have two WONDERFUL photographer friends who live there, and I was delighted to get to spend time with them again.

I arrived in clear weather, which didn't hold long, so I'm glad I got out and walked my legs off while I had the chance. By the end of my visit, it was SNOWING (!!), and as a native of San Francisco, it was too cold for me to fully function in that weather. I felt so brave just for leaving my friend's flat, only to see that parents were pushing their babies in strollers everywhere as if it was no big deal... Those Swedes are secretly and modestly rugged! :)

This photo set includes some scenes from wonderful museums. (The set is also captioned, as all my Google Photo collections are, so hit the "i" button to see my descriptions.)

#stockholm #sweden
https://goo.gl/photos/28GZrAChTtHUAtsu7

My second city on my proper vacation was Copenhagen (København), Denmark.

My second city on my proper vacation was Copenhagen (København), Denmark. I had a WONDERFUL time there, visiting museums, going for walks along the water, and trying not to spend all of my money on Danish designed items.

Here, I get to show off my love of mineral pigments used to make Danish buildings so festive, and try not to obsess over the minimal, clean lines of posh Danish clothes. (I'm not a clothes horse, but Copenhagen made me fear I could become one.)

Note to self: I'm not accustomed to being blond yet, but being blond in Copenhagen made people assume that I am a (middle aged) Dane (despite not looking Danish at all). I had many moments of incomprehension, because even if I spoke English, they didn't really believe I wasn't capable of speaking Danish. Ooops.

#copenhagen #København #Denmark
https://goo.gl/photos/KNy5V4H7BUk4UwJY9

It had been years since I went on a proper, long vacation, so I have corrected this with a three city European tour...

It had been years since I went on a proper, long vacation, so I have corrected this with a three city European tour to visit dear friends and enjoy northern Europe!

My first of three great cities: Berlin.

#berlin #germany #berlinerweisseiskindofgross
https://goo.gl/photos/vovCE2EvEBAhzGpn8

Sunday, October 16, 2016

I heard my first Emergency Alert System broadcast today!

I heard my first Emergency Alert System broadcast today! Southern Santa Clara county may be prone to flash flooding, and there are some specific warnings related to landslides in burned areas from recent wildfires.

This link to alerts.weather.gov leads to current weather alerts for California, which I'll keep handy.

Yes, it is shocking to experience real rain again!

#weather
https://alerts.weather.gov/cap/ca.php?x=1

Friday, October 7, 2016

Saturday, October 1, 2016

I have an obscure interest in the history of pigments, but this article goes into all sorts of interesting...

I have an obscure interest in the history of pigments, but this article goes into all sorts of interesting archaeological directions.
#ochre #archaeology
http://m.nautil.us/issue/40/learning/the-modern-mind-may-be-100000-years-old

I am not the kind of friend who gives mathematical gifts for large birthdays, but I still found this to be an...

I am not the kind of friend who gives mathematical gifts for large birthdays, but I still found this to be an interesting excerpt to read about time travel.
#geekery #timetravel #math
http://m.nautil.us/issue/40/learning/a-nonlinear-history-of-time-travel

Friday, September 23, 2016

Possibly the best Get Out The Vote (GOTV) video yet:

Possibly the best Get Out The Vote (GOTV) video yet:

Robert Downey Jnr offers up a naked Mark Ruffalo to encourage Americans to vote. #election2016 #gotv #vote
http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/video/2016/sep/22/robert-downey-jnr-offers-up-a-naked-mark-ruffalo-to-enocurage-americans-to-vote-video?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Saturday, September 10, 2016

On a related theme, if you have been thinking about selling stock images of other people's buildings, currency, ...

On a related theme, if you have been thinking about selling stock images of other people's buildings, currency, flags, fancy jam jars, and so on, this article reminds you that intellectual property comes in many shapes and sizes. #intellectualproperty #photography #stockphotography #copyright
http://www.shutterstock.com/blog/contributor-resources/legal/stock-photo-restrictions/

If you are lucky enough to travel, and also happen to enjoy selling your photographs as stock photos, you should...

If you are lucky enough to travel, and also happen to enjoy selling your photographs as stock photos, you should know that many countries restrict what you can/not photograph for sale.

This article provides a nice overview of restrictions at a few famous landmarks. I wouldn't have guessed that Ayers Rock is on the list!

#photography #copyright #laws
http://www.diyphotography.net/10-famous-landmarks-youre-allowed-photograph-commercial-use/

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Yes, we live in a great time, when cyanotypes are featured in Wired magazine.

Yes, we live in a great time, when cyanotypes are featured in Wired magazine. You read that correctly. I'm always thrilled to see alt process images in mainstream - and even non-photography-specific - publications.

#cyanotypes #wired #meghannriepenhoff

Originally shared by WIRED

The Ocean Made These Wild Photos. Yes, Really http://bit.ly/2cbuCx6
http://bit.ly/2cbuCx6

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Candyce has her own Etsy shop set up! Candyce Anderson, your shop looks great!

Candyce has her own Etsy shop set up! Candyce Anderson, your shop looks great!
#candyceelizabeth   #etsy   #jewelry  
https://www.etsy.com/shop/candyceelizabethus

Saturday, August 20, 2016

The story of Eric the Eel made me cry.

The story of Eric the Eel made me cry. Also, choke a bit, because I was eating as I watched it. #olympics2000 #erictheeel #thedailyshow
https://twitter.com/thedailyshow/status/767096384797368320

Monday, August 15, 2016

I have lived long enough to enjoy the advent of major motion pictures about heroic women doing math for NASA!

I have lived long enough to enjoy the advent of major motion pictures about heroic women doing math for NASA! dance of joy
#hiddenfigures #humancalculators
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RK8xHq6dfAo&sns=gp

Sunday, August 14, 2016

I am preparing to write about the wonderful 'Korea Now' show I saw in Paris last year, and came across this video,...

I am preparing to write about the wonderful 'Korea Now' show I saw in Paris last year, and came across this video, which shows selections from the exhibit. How convenient! #korea   #koreanowexhibition   #muséelesartsdécoratifs   #design  
https://www.amazon.com/Korea-exhibition-Pariss-Museum-Decorative/dp/B018EY8LTK

While some people complain about food fads like gluten-free products, I am deeply grateful - I developed an...

While some people complain about food fads like gluten-free products, I am deeply grateful - I developed an unexpected fructan intolerance after a bad reaction to NSAIDs, and now I can benefit from this fad!

One of my friends asked me questions about this, to see if my experience could help his daughter, who was suffering from digestive troubles. This is the note I wrote about my understanding, based on my experiences and those of my friends, about what might be going on.

#imisswheat   #fructans   #dietaryintolerance   #digestivehealth  
http://teahousehome.com/yes/yes038.html

Wa is a lovely book by my favorite design publisher, Phaidon. #Wa #Japanesedesign #phaidon

Wa is a lovely book by my favorite design publisher, Phaidon. #Wa   #Japanesedesign   #phaidon  
http://teahousehome.com/yes/yes037.html

I enjoyed Carrie Brownstein's memoir, and you might, too! #carriebrownstein #memoir #bookreview

I enjoyed Carrie Brownstein's memoir, and you might, too! #carriebrownstein   #memoir   #bookreview  
http://teahousehome.com/yes/yes036.html

Who can resist "Violent ball related sport 7?" #olympics2016 #parody #symbol

Who can resist "Violent ball related sport 7?" #olympics2016   #parody   #symbol  

Originally shared by Laughing Squid

Commemorative Poster Featuring Humorous Interpretations of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games
http://laughingsquid.com/commemorative-poster-featuring-humorous-interpretations-of-the-2016-summer-olympic-games/

Saturday, August 6, 2016

You never know when "upcycling" something will result in a museum-grade collectible artifact.

You never know when "upcycling" something will result in a museum-grade collectible artifact.

Printing silk maps to help lost people escape quietly is rather clever. Also, 'escape and evade' should be the name of my anti-social cosmetics line/tips/style.

#maps #upcycling #escapeandevade
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-36783325

Sunday, July 31, 2016

'The Observer view on Pope Francis’s comments on a world at war' is a solid read, using facts and figures to point...

'The Observer view on Pope Francis’s comments on a world at war' is a solid read, using facts and figures to point out that 'the West's' awareness of violence is up, but violence here is down. Our perception of the world being a scarier and more dangerous place has more to do with the news cycle than reality. That's a timely reminder.

#stateoftheworld #perceptionvsreality #24hournews
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/jul/31/pope-francis-war-terror?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Saturday, July 23, 2016

I love anemones, and jellies, and things that swim in the deep! #noaa #marianatrench

I love anemones, and jellies, and things that swim in the deep! #noaa   #marianatrench  
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFUpRE6AZsU&feature=share

A pleasant dose of Jon Stewart, for those of you who feel under nourished, after the week's Superfund Site's worth...

A pleasant dose of Jon Stewart, for those of you who feel under nourished, after the week's Superfund Site's worth of toxicity. #jonstewart #colbert #usa
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNiqpBNE9ik&sns=gp

This brief article notes that autonomous home and road-use (vehicular) robots have an extensive range of needs to...

This brief article notes that autonomous home and road-use (vehicular) robots have an extensive range of needs to help them navigate the environment. This could play out into conflicting ways: first off, homes and roads may be designed not for human comfort, but for the effective functioning of robots. Next, the same environment may be purposely designed to fool those robots should they become a threat, such as during times of war.

Either way, the needs of robots will be considered in both interior and other environmental design projects going forward.

#autonomousrobots #selfdrivingcars #dazzle #antirobotcamouflage #interiordesign
http://motherboard.vice.com/read/a-lesson-from-tesla-autopilot-cities-will-have-to-be-redesigned-to-confuse-invading-robots

Thursday, July 21, 2016

The difference between the makeup of the intern populations between the two major US political parties is truly...

The difference between the makeup of the intern populations between the two major US political parties is truly striking. I'm a Green, but want to note that this image from the Dems makes me smile. #usa
https://twitter.com/repebj/status/755521816408489984

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Sunday, May 22, 2016

This is so great!!

This is so great!!

(Be happy, do not compare what you did this weekend to this, unless this inspires you to enjoy life more!)

#everest #sherpa #whatdidyoudoonyourdaysoff
http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/sherpa-woman-everest_us_5740b98be4b0613b512a7eb0

Sunday, March 6, 2016

"In 2010, during a London Assembly planning and housing committee meeting, Jenny Jones, from the Green party, said:...

"In 2010, during a London Assembly planning and housing committee meeting, Jenny Jones, from the Green party, said: 'It has taken us eight years to negotiate with More London so that we politicians can do a TV interview outside our own building.'"

Can you imagine your free speech being constrained because of property privatization?? Can you imagine how much worse it is if you aren't actually even in the government, as this speaker above is?

{I've been to the park in this photo, and had assumed it was public... but now realize may have been chased away had I stayed "too long" or had not been wearing office clothes.}

#public #publicspace #freespeech
http://www.theguardian.com/cities/2015/aug/04/pops-privately-owned-public-space-cities-direct-action?CMP=share_btn_tw

Awwwwww. #cephalopods

Awwwwww. #cephalopods
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-35736435

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Penny Red is great!

Penny Red is great! It's lovely to hear a young woman describe the difficulty of living in a society where women are supposed to suppress their best selves and most important work to instead dote on men (who are allowed to maintain external priorities without having their value questioned). A thoughtful essay. #love #lifeswork #beyourbest #pennyred
http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/feminism/2016/02/maybe-you-should-just-be-single

Sunday, February 7, 2016

My {former} photo club has organized an exhibit of contemporary cyanotype photograms!

My {former} photo club has organized an exhibit of contemporary cyanotype photograms!  For those of us who work in photograms, seeing work of this scale in a gallery show is a pleasant surprise.

This review of the show is from a local public television station.  The comments about the impermanence of cyanotypes seem a bit hazy, and likely relate more to using natural bodies of water to complete the chemical reactions than about the otherwise excellent stability of cyanotypes.

(This is also an encouraging step for SF Camerawork, which had often seemed to prefer conventional color work and portraiture.)

#cyanotype   #photogram   #meghannriepenhoff   #sfcamerawork  
http://ww2.kqed.org/arts/2015/12/18/littoral-drift-delivers-chaos-with-a-dash-of-control-at-sf-camerawork/

Here's my July 2015 Budapest photoset.

Here's my July 2015 Budapest photoset. It is almost entirely (a) the Hungarian Parliament building or (b) images of the Danube at night.
#budapest #hungary
https://goo.gl/photos/ArGz87xDhipB6e9k9

In 2015, I went to Budapest on business!

In 2015, I went to Budapest on business!! I'd never been that far east from home before. Budapest is a lovely city with scorching hot summers and extensive tourist infrastructure; it was a relief to speak English, because Hungarian too complex to learn spontaneously!

#budapest #hungary
https://goo.gl/photos/Eu5yF5xSAfKqJ9o39

I'm still catching up! Here are some images from a trip to Mulhouse, France. #mulhouse #france

I'm still catching up! Here are some images from a trip to Mulhouse, France. #mulhouse   #france  
https://goo.gl/photos/76EqR1KgyXHHvwMP9

I'm trying to reconcile the photo collections across my devices, and realize that I still haven't shared images from...

I'm trying to reconcile the photo collections across my devices, and realize that I still haven't shared images from back in 2014. I'm catching up, slowly...

I've already shared many photos of Basel, so here are just a few favorite snaps from this particular visit.
https://goo.gl/photos/6ZSx7f9FNAcQey4x9

Sunday, January 17, 2016

The clever folks at the School of Life post many charming videos about philosophy, but today they posted an article...

The clever folks at the School of Life post many charming videos about philosophy, but today they posted an article in support of a philosophical aesthetic. "Kintsugi" is an approach to beautifully mending broken things, and is compatible with Zen Buddhism, as well as some ancient Japanese traditional approaches to appreciating and respecting physical things. (A culture that has a temple ceremony dedicated to thanking broken sewing needles possesses these kinds of ideas.)

This post reminds me that my favorite modern artist employing this approach to create rather than 10 then is the Korean ceramic artist YEEsookyung. I may need to post about her also.

#zen #repair #aging #wabisabi
http://www.thebookoflife.org/kintsugi/

Thursday, January 7, 2016

This is a thoughtful article by a Canadian who came to SF to work in the misnamed "sharing economy," which is based...

This is a thoughtful article by a Canadian who came to SF to work in the misnamed "sharing economy," which is based on having desperate strangers run your errands for less than minimum wage.

As someone who tried these employee-benefit-less jobs for research, the author offers insights on the flaws in these models.

#exploitation #labor #appoverlord
https://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/monitor/apploitation-city-instaserfs

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

"“We live in a world of radical ignorance, and the marvel is that any kind of truth cuts through the noise,” says...

"“We live in a world of radical ignorance, and the marvel is that any kind of truth cuts through the noise,” says Proctor.

It is unfortunate that people are so easily (and willingly) misled.

#ignorance #sellingdoubt #agnotology
http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20160105-the-man-who-studies-the-spread-of-ignorance