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05/15/18

nice day

Click to see the entire photo.

The profusion reminds me of something Baroque, and now I see that those guys weren't just piling on a lot of excess crap, that sometimes natural beauty is overwhelming like that.

It's... just a matter of perspective. If you try to see things from a remove, you may get a clear picture of the trees, the blossoms, each thing unique and definite. If you're standing within the picture, it's entirely different.

Maybe the baroque represents immersion- into life, into religion, whatever the theme.

05/13/18

I've recently discovered the cab view videos on yootoob. Highly entertaining, mostly ad-free at the moment.

up the alps

This is a view during a trip up the Jungfrau on a cog-railway. (be sure to listen as you watch- I find the audio just as fascinating as the video)

This one is also in Switzerland, but it's confined to the lower reaches. Chur to Zürich. It was the one that got me hooked. It's fun seeing what these countries look like without having the whims of some bureau of tourism involved.

To me, the beauty of these things isn't the !!!trains!!! aspect (which is for sure why they were created in the first place) but instead the fact of hour plus long videos without commentary and with minimal editing. (they generally speed up the playback during station stops) I let 'em run in the background while I'm mixing or recording.

From scenery to speed.

fast train

Here we click along at a top speed of 175 miles per hour- much faster than the cars on that autobahn.

This next trip is not only fast but the grades, curves and tunnels make it seem like a roller-coaster ride!

heading to Cologne

The payoff at the end is the approach to the cathedral in Cologne over the Rhine.

heading to Cologne

Last but not least, Chicago has a series of videos taking you along their elevated transit lines. You can even transfer at the stations.

This is a small sample of what's out there. Search for "cab view" on Youtube, or just enter the cities you're interested in visiting.
05/05/18

Ads on the internet piss me off. I will continue to add links to ad-free sites here for a while.

I've got a news aggregator which is ad-free for the moment- Flipboard

I just found a site dedicated to Mozart where you can stream anything in his opus- Mozart archiev

Here's last months list.

Wikipedia
Craigslist
Project Gutenberg
Internet Archive
Freesound
National Weather Service