blue u

u … the end is in sight? oh but what about sometimes y? hmn well I don’t have to decide about that just yet, this is the first layer of u, the wood – went through the drawers and picked out and put together and this time actually all fit on the page at once and the color – right – blue but blue purple somewhere in the somehow cover the whole BIV that’s left of the rainbow starts out too blue then goes to purple then bring it back have to do – blurple! – and oh there is always that sometimes y I suppose for more color or what about black and shades of grey something for the putting it all together which I’m starting to wonder more about as it gets closer of course does it have to be SOMETHING or could it be the individual pages hmn well I’ve got enough to try some different things and speaking of different things partway through remember the large outline letters and put those in which is a good variation, glad I thought of those!

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IONTW – August 6, 2017

It’s better with butter! Even sculpture.

More random foodstuffs – Hello Kitty!

Mixing different eras on a map. And speaking of time, and maps – optimizing a road trip to all the US National Parks!

More mixing – vintage cameras, made of … paper! And who knew office supplies could set the scene?

How to convert from a Deadhead to a Steely Dan fan.

“But most often he would call from his place in Kentucky, on a cold, still night, when one could hear the stars breathing. Just a late-night phone call out of a blue, as startling as a canvas by Yves Klein; a blue to get lost in, a blue that might lead anywhere.” … “But mostly we talked about writers and their books. … “Gogol was Ukrainian,” he once said, seemingly out of nowhere. Only not just any nowhere, but a sliver of a many-faceted nowhere that, when lifted in a certain light, became a somewhere.” – from an exquisite tribute to Sam Shepard by Patti Smith.

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Cody Library

The Cody Library was welcoming and inviting on a sunny summer day – I can imagine it would be quite a haven on a wintry one. Assuming you could get there, of course! It’s located on the first floor of a former corporate office building that now, in addition to the library, houses other educational facilities and government agencies on the upper floors. The decor is modern but not stark, and pays homage to the outdoors and frontier heritage of the area without being over the top hunting lodge or western saloon recreation. There are dedicated kids’ and teen rooms, various sizes of meeting rooms and a cafe. Banks of large windows let in copious natural light, giving it a bright and spacious feel. There is a variety of fun art pieces.

I didn’t look into the collection, so I can’t speak to the size or contents, but the stacks were tidy looking and seemed easily accessible. The librarians seemed friendly and helpful, and when I complimented one on what a nice space it was she enthusiastically agreed. “We used to be downtown – it was small and dark and there was no parking. This is much better!” I could see spending time there, and I was glad to see a good number of others felt the same way and were taking advantage of the library’s services. Yay libraries!!!

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rows of Os

time for the metal! and the silver ink! and some symmetric except for how they are positioned on the type, others slightly not and yet the eye still enjoys the roundness smooth simple bubbles rings sometimes interlocking in the overlap always echoing and the contrast of the line the straightness against the round of each letter and between the size and styles of the wood and metal and the color and the silver pulls it together makes it feel finished somehow at least the individual pages still not sure what the final final will be how to bring it all together but one more letter to print or maybe two if I sometimes y then to start trying things

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Scenic loop from Cody, WY

We had a rental car and an afternoon, so decided to head west from Cody towards Yellowstone, despite the scepticism of the hotel desk clerk and his warnings about twisty roads with no guard rails over tall mountains. Even before we got to the park it was ridiculously scenic. The highway (20/14/16) passed by Buffalo Bill Reservoir, part of Buffalo Bill State Park. Before reaching the East Gate of Yellowstone National Park we also passed through or by Shoshone National Forest, North Absaroka Wilderness Area and Washakie Wilderness. So beautiful!

Surrounding peaks soared to ten, eleven and twelve thousand feet! Such different terrain than Northern California. Another contrast to our dry summers was the afternoon thunder showers we were treated to. Just before Sylvan Pass at 8,541 feet I pulled over, intrigued by a sign for Corkscrew Bridge. The remnants turned out to not look particularly twisty, although you can see a bit more evidence to support the corkscrewness in the satellite map view, and this nice article explains the history.

I hadn’t done much research beforehand, as I wasn’t sure if we’d have time for a Yellowstone jaunt, so I was rather suprised by Yellowstone Lake. Both that it was there, and that it was so large! We stopped for some drifting mist that yes, turned out to be geothermal activity. <insert scratch and sniff sulfur here>

From Fishing Bridge we headed north on park roads, aiming to make a loop out the North East Gate and back on 296 and 120 to Cody. I didn’t feel like slogging through the stop and go traffic to Artist Point, but we were able to get some great views of the falls and canyon from the other side, and that was the worst of the traffic we encountered.

I was super excited when I saw my first buffalo, and Eric was nice enough to turn around so I could see it again and take pictures. No one else seemed to have noticed it off by itself in the mid-distance. As we kept going there were a few more, and more, and later a very large herd spread all over a broad valley, which made my excitement over the single one seem a little funny.

As we headed back toward Cody we were treated to amazing views, a double rainbow and all sorts of dramatical clouds. Oh, and a brief blip into Montana. It was just a taste of the area and the wonderfulness of Yellowstone, but I’m very glad that we went.

more pictures

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something I think I’d like to know, #317

are they still forks?

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IONTW – July 30, 2017

I finally got to the top of the list for a copy of The Hidden Life of Trees from the library and am having a hard time not polishing it off in one sitting. Fascinating!

So much to learn from nature, including how to find your way.

Another good listen from Michael Pollan – Second Nature: A Gardener’s Education – which combines his experiences in various gardens, including his own, and musings on garden as a noun and verb. Tangential plate of shrimp – American landscape design and the link between architecture and skateboarding.

Which reminds me – if I haven’t mentioned it before – or even if I have, worth another mention as it sounds super cool – Skateistan! It’s an international non-profit organization that provides programs combining skateboarding and education to children and youth aged 5-17 in Afghanistan, Cambodia and South Africa. The programs particularly encourage girls and those from low-income backgrounds.

One man’s trash (OK, probably more than one, but yeah, we first worlders do make a lot of it) is another man’s sculpture.

Not just awesome bread, but a great story.

Baroque music at the printshop! Tuesday, August 1, 2017.

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