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AGB
06 May 2022 @ 11:27 am
Checking the Skies - Parece que va a llover

Transparency and Openness are fundamental for a free society to function. This is not true of my blog. Most of my posts are friends only, or more so. You are welcome to add me as a friend, I may friend you back!

Take heed.
 
 
AGB
13 June 2009 @ 05:58 pm
I stumbled upon this teenager in Virginia's flickr account (here) and it's strangely entrancing. Apparently he just takes pictures of chain stores, the interiors, the exteriors, shopping carts . . . He's even got a blog, which is all about the chain restaurants in his town.

From his Flickr profile:
"I'm an Ameican [sic] teenager who was born on the 4th of July in the early 90s, a school student, Christian. I love collecting Garfield merchandise, and I love to take photography of anything. I especially love photography of alive and vacant retails, exteriors and interiors. My favorite restaurants (in no order) are Pizza Hut, Chick-Fil-A, McDonald's, and Little Caesars. I also like KFC, Burger King, Papa John's, and Wendy's. My favorite stores are Wal-Mart, Target, and Kmart."

Looking through his flickr photos, I can't help but wonder what an anthropologist, a hundred years from now would think. It's like he's documenting the built environment for future people to look back and think in wonder at how we lived like this. If there was a repository of photos from fifty years ago like this it'd be treasured. All I can think of is . . . how strange.

We'll see in fifty years, now, won't we?
 
 
AGB
30 December 2008 @ 10:13 pm

La Iglesia
Originally uploaded by crume.
Guau.

It's been a really long time. Really, really long time. Wow.

Well, no time today to update, but soon. School's over, but I'm still working on it. Check out the text on this photo (click through).

Come to our New Year's party. Poker. Booze. Old Year. New Year. Other games of skill and chance (monopoly? scrabble? baccarat?)

W00t.
 
 
AGB
03 October 2008 @ 09:12 pm
WTF?  
Seriously, does anyone like Palin? She's . . . gross.
 
 
AGB
23 September 2008 @ 09:43 pm

Overlook
Originally uploaded by crume.
I'm still wondering what make me tick. What makes me happiest. I gave a lift to some guy outside a mosque today, and after dropping him off at his apartment, I drove back through the Papago Buttes. looking out at the dark buttes against the grey-orange night sky, smelling the desert night, I felt a tinge of what makes me tick. I think it has to do with wandering. I knew at that moment that being in my car was the wrong thing. I knew I should have been walking . . . wandering through that desert landscape. The roads and sidewalks and streetlights seemed so wrong to me. The way the ground was pushed up at the edge of the street seemed so out of place.

I should have been walking.

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from ages ago and again:

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 56.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next seven sentences in your journal along with these instructions.
5. Don't dig for your favorite book, the cool book, or the intellectual one: pick the CLOSEST.

The equity for the project, about $2.5 million, will come 90 percent from Arcadia and 10 percent from Cornerstone. More than half of the Arcadia share will come from Duckworth himself, making him the majority investor.

The so-called soft cost of a development project is the cost of the various planning, engineering, and infrastructure consultants. In the case of the Wrigley tract, this will be about half a million dollars. "You never borrow up-front costs." Duckworth tells me. "That's the price of getting into the game."

 
 
 
AGB
20 July 2008 @ 08:50 pm
In February, I was lucky enough to go to Florida with my family to visit my brother, nephew and sister-in-law. The second night I was there, there was to be a Space Shuttle launch a few (five) hours north. I thought to myself "there are only a few more of these left before the shuttle is retired in a couple of years, I need to do this." And so, I drove very far on very little sleep to watch a night-launch of the space shuttle. It was worth every second of the exhausting, lonely drive. I give many thanks to Amber for talking to me on the phone while I was driving.

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AGB
13 July 2008 @ 11:10 pm

Trim
Originally uploaded by crume.
I'm exhausted.

It's been a long weekend of seeing friends and house-hunting. We saw quite a few promising places near light rail. We're going to view them tomorrow.

I came home early because I was exhausted, I went to bed over an hour ago because I was falling asleep, but I can't. I'm just laying in bed, exhausted. This sucks.

Amber and I have been thinking about a blog or something like that called WTF Phoenix -- based on the variety of interesting and "unique" things we've seen driving around house-hunting. The photo you see here is part of that.

Exactly how many textures can you include on the front of your house?
 
 
AGB
18 June 2008 @ 08:26 pm

With Color
Originally uploaded by crume.
Many warm and happy congratulations to all the couples that have had their rights affirmed and can now finally legally wed in our most populous state.

Soon the proposed California constitutional amendment to ban marriage rights will be defeated as well.

We here in Arizona will soon have to poo-poo a constitutional amendment in our next state-wide election. McCain, Obama, Marriage Rights. We can do it Arizona! Make marriage the union between two who love each other, regardless of their lower appendages.

So, many blessings and well-wishing to the newest enfranchised group (available only in California and Massachusetts, offer void in 48 other states). May your divorce rate be lower than the heteros!

Seriously, maybe someone can bring some respect to the house of marriage.
 
 
AGB
28 March 2008 @ 04:35 pm

Young Man
Originally uploaded by crume.
I saw this on BoingBoing a few months ago, but only just now watched it. It really got me. Please stick through and watch the whole thing. It's about a group of volunteers that is still rebuilding houses for people in the areas devastated by Katrina (in 2005, mind you) -- watch the video and look at what it still looks like.



Incredible.
 
 
AGB
22 December 2007 @ 12:32 am

Edges
Originally uploaded by crume.
This week I:

- got my ass handed to me in Monopoly, for the second time, by the same exceedingly-cute young lady
- started jogging again
- woke up with my alarm, rather than after 10,000 snoozes
- made some seriously awesome chicken tamales (thank you Rick Bayless!)
- purchased fresh lard from a carniceria (still warm!)
- made my own lard
- fried a pineapple tamale in said homemade lard and ate it, while getting my ass whooped at Scrabble
- did five fingertip pushups, plus another three with my arms extended horizontally