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Randy’s House Remains was uploaded to Flickr

Frostpocket.

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I took Randy’s House Remains on September 13, 2014 at 10:37AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on October 09, 2014 at 03:32PM

Written by eggplant

October 9th, 2014 at 8:43 am

Too Intrinsic For Renown was uploaded to Flickr

Frostpocket Lane

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I took Too Intrinsic For Renown on September 13, 2014 at 10:34AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on October 09, 2014 at 01:25PM

Written by eggplant

October 9th, 2014 at 6:57 am

Early Morning, Cold El animated GIF

An animated GIF created in Photoshop CS6, with photographs from Hipstamatic’s new “burst” option.1

Early Morning El
Early-Morning-El.gif

Footnotes:
  1. apologies to The Who’s Early Morning, Cold Taxi []

Written by Seth Anderson

October 8th, 2014 at 1:21 pm

Posted in Arts,Film

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A Place Where Nothing Ever Happens was uploaded to Flickr

Fungi unknown.

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I took A Place Where Nothing Ever Happens on September 12, 2014 at 05:16PM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on October 07, 2014 at 06:54PM

Written by eggplant

October 7th, 2014 at 12:04 pm

In The Midst Of It was uploaded to Flickr

West Loop

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I took In The Midst Of It on October 06, 2014 at 10:06AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on October 06, 2014 at 03:41PM

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October 6th, 2014 at 2:59 pm

Watch Without Speaking was uploaded to Flickr

stream, Frostpocket

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I took Watch Without Speaking on September 13, 2014 at 10:36AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on October 05, 2014 at 03:30PM

Written by eggplant

October 5th, 2014 at 8:40 am

What I Need I Just Don’t Have was uploaded to Flickr

Frostpocket Lane

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I took What I Need I Just Don’t Have on September 13, 2014 at 10:34AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on October 04, 2014 at 05:44PM

Written by eggplant

October 4th, 2014 at 10:49 am

Can You Show Me A Dream That’s Better Than Mine? was uploaded to Flickr

Pond, Frostpocket

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I took Can You Show Me A Dream That’s Better Than Mine? on September 12, 2014 at 04:52PM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on October 03, 2014 at 07:26PM

Written by eggplant

October 3rd, 2014 at 12:36 pm

Roof Moss was uploaded to Flickr

A cabin in Frostpocket

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I took Roof Moss on September 12, 2014 at 04:42PM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on October 01, 2014 at 05:11PM

Written by eggplant

October 1st, 2014 at 10:29 am

Bad U.S. roads force just in time manufacturers to plan for just in case

And Have You Traveled Very Far Today?
And Have You Traveled Very Far Today?

Here is another reason why Republican-friendly, Republican-leaning, and straight-out Republican corporations are not served by the current Tea Party ascendency. Government does have a purpose, does need a tax base, or else common good tasks like maintaining roads and other infrastructure cannot be performed. If corporations such as the ones mentioned in the James Kelleher, Reuters article quoted below were smart, they’d put their political capital to work throwing out the Tea Party wing of the GOP.

Companies like Whirlpool and Caterpillar are making costly additions to their otherwise sinewy supply chains to compensate for aging U.S. roads that are too potholed and congested for “just in time” delivery.

Some opt to keep more trucks and inventory on the road. Others are leasing huge “just in case” warehouses and guarded parking lots on the edges of big cities. All that activity raises costs, which are expected to increase even more if roads are allowed to deteriorate further and an improving economy boosts traffic.

Whirlpool, for instance, has set up a network of secure drop lots outside Chicago, Milwaukee and Minneapolis. A washing machine that used to go from regional distribution center to local distribution center to customer in one day now sits overnight in a parking lot.

It “adds an extra day of lead time, which means extra inventory,” said Whirlpool Corp logistics chief Michelle VanderMeer.

Then there are the parking lots and the guards. “That’s real physical infrastructure and security that we have to pay for,” she said. “We’d rather be investing our money elsewhere,” she added, declining to estimate Whirlpool’s expenses.

Overall, U.S. companies face billions of dollars in costs due to the limitations of the creaking, overcrowded transportation network, which earned a D+ grade in the most recent report card from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

The Texas A&M Transportation Institute estimates that road congestion alone costs shippers $27 billion a year – and that is only the value of wasted driver time and extra fuel.

Outside Chicago, Panasonic Corp, Ingram Micro and Owens & Minor have all leased spaces in recent years to help take congestion-related variability out of their supply chains

(click here to continue reading Bad U.S. roads force just in time manufacturers to plan for ‘just in case’ | Reuters.)

East To Dan Ryan Expy
East To Dan Ryan Expy

for instance, do you think the mouth-breathers in Congress are going to raise the gas tax anytime soon? What kind of odds would you give? A million to one? or a billion to one?

Manufacturers are lobbying Congress to approve new repair funds next year, with low expectations. The Highway Trust Fund, which finances road and bridge repairs, narrowly avoided insolvency this summer when lawmakers approved funding through May.

The current gas tax which funds repairs raises $40 billion annually and has not been raised in two decades. There is little appetite in Washington, D.C to raise the gas tax to bring in the $170 billion the Federal Highway Administration estimates is needed annually to improve roads.

So if you do the math, every year, we have a $120,000,000,000 budget shortfall for roads and bridges. Every year! Even if you discount the $170 Billion number by a bit, because everyone wants a bigger budget, there still is a huge gap between actual money and required money. How long can this go on before the problem gets so bad we turn the corner into a Mad Max type society? But hey, ISIS is an existential threat, so by all means, piss our tax money on the sands of the Middle East instead of on the roads of Iowa and Illinois…

Written by Seth Anderson

October 1st, 2014 at 8:03 am

If I’m not smiling, I’m just thinking was uploaded to Flickr

stream, Frostpocket

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I took If I’m not smiling, I’m just thinking on September 12, 2014 at 04:52PM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on October 01, 2014 at 04:46AM

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October 1st, 2014 at 7:34 am

Literary Lions Unite in Protest Over Amazon’s Tactics

Stack of Books
Stack of Books

Amazon.com continues its losing war against book publishers, especially in the PR battlefield. When authors as well known as Salman Rushdie, V. S. Naipaul, Ursula K. Le Guin, Philip Roth, and Milan Kundera side against you, it might be time to start dialing back the rhetoric. 

Last spring, when Amazon began discouraging customers from buying books published by Hachette, the writers grumbled that they were pawns in the retailer’s contract negotiations over e-book prices. During the summer, they banded together and publicly protested Amazon’s actions.

Now, hundreds of other writers, including some of the world’s most distinguished, are joining the coalition. Few if any are published by Hachette. And they have goals far broader than freeing up the Hachette titles. They want the Justice Department to investigate Amazon for illegal monopoly tactics.

(click here to continue reading Literary Lions Unite in Protest Over Amazon’s E-Book Tactics – NYTimes.com.)

Rate this packaging
Rate this packaging

Why does it even matter to you, oh book consumer? For instance, since Jeff Bezos is clearly on the political right, or at best, Libertarian in his outlook, when he favors Paul Ryan’s book over an exposé of the Koch Brothers, we should pay attention. 

Sons of Wichita” by Daniel Schulman, a writer for Mother Jones magazine, came out in May. Amazon initially discounted the book, a well-received biography of the conservative Koch brothers, by 10 percent, according to a price-tracking service. Now it does not discount it at all. It takes as long as three weeks to ship.

“The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea” by Representative Paul Ryan has no such constraints, an unusual position these days for a new Hachette book.

Amazon refused to take advance orders for “The Way Forward,” as it does with all new Hachette titles. But once the book was on sale, it was consistently discounted by about 25 percent. There is no shipping delay. Not surprisingly, it has a much higher sales ranking on Amazon than “Sons of Wichita.”

An Amazon spokesman declined to explain why “The Way Forward” was getting special treatment.

Not Barnes and Noble
Not Barnes and Noble

Book sellers have always made decisions about what books to stock, but Amazon was supposed to be the largest bookseller on the planet, where you can get any book you want. Seems as if Jeff Bezos’ company is starting to reflect his anti-tax, anti-small business, anti-regulation views.

As Ms. Ursula K. Le Guin puts it:

“We’re talking about censorship: deliberately making a book hard or impossible to get, ‘disappearing’ an author,” Ms. Le Guin wrote in an email. “Governments use censorship for moral and political ends, justifiable or not. Amazon is using censorship to gain total market control so they can dictate to publishers what they can publish, to authors what they can write, to readers what they can buy. This is more than unjustifiable, it is intolerable.”

(click here to continue reading Literary Lions Unite in Protest Over Amazon’s E-Book Tactics – NYTimes.com.)

Written by Seth Anderson

September 29th, 2014 at 2:07 pm

Posted in Books,Business

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Lightning Strikes Not Once But Twice – Explored

Lightning Strikes Not Once But Twice
Lightning Strikes Not Once But Twice

I took this photo on September 15, 2014, and processed it in my digital darkroom on September 26, 2014. Explored in Flickr on 9/27/14.

A Ford, I think. Sitting mostly under a shed near the Frostpocket Workshop for 30 years…

Written by Seth Anderson

September 27th, 2014 at 8:25 am

Posted in Photography

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Self Portrait – First day in Frostpocket – Explored

Self Portrait - First day in Frostpocket
Self Portrait – First day in Frostpocket

I took this photo on September 13, 2014, and processed it in my digital darkroom on September 26, 2014. Explored on Flickr 9/27/14.

Still relatively clean-cut, but starting to show signs of sleep loss (those little deer mouse might be cute, but they are loud at night). 

and the after-Frostpocket beard, right before I shaved:

Goodbye Frostpocket Beard
Goodbye Frostpocket Beard

 

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Written by Seth Anderson

September 27th, 2014 at 8:12 am

Phil Repairing the Roof of the Workshop – Explored

Phil Repairing the Roof of the Workshop
Phil Repairing the Roof of the Workshop

I took this photo on September 12, 2014, and processed it in my digital darkroom on September 26, 2014.

That’s a pretty darn steep slope if you ask me.

Explored on Flickr, 9/27/14

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Written by Seth Anderson

September 27th, 2014 at 8:07 am

Posted in Photography

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