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Ready – Set – Done!

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As it’s been a while since our last free-write… set a timer for ten minutes. Write without pause (and no edits!) until you’re out of time. Then, publish what you have (it’s your call whether or not to give the post a once-over).

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Dreaming and Reviving Bricks

My horoscope for July 10, 2014

Dreams of a new career, particularly one that pays well, could fill your mind today – perhaps because of too many stresses in your current one. You might even be thinking in terms of becoming a movie star! Go for your dreams if you feel that this is what you want, but remember that any moneymaking enterprise, no matter how creative, is still a business. Make use of your natural business head to find out what you need to know.

Reviving Bricks

You just inherited a dilapidated, crumbling-down grand mansion in the countryside. Assuming money is no issue, what do you do with it?

My Take on Dreaming about Renovation

Logo for This Old House (PBS)
Logo for This Old House (PBS)

Sure, this is one of my ongoing dreams, being a long-time fan of “This Old House” from the 80s. Although sometimes having a lot of money to throw at a project can actually hamper your creative visioning and not focus on either making it one’s own or flipping. Either way, you should consider the budget, more in terms that eventually the house will need to appraise out and there’s nothing worse…in my book…of over-improving a house.

Let’s assume for a moment that this is about maximizing the return on investment and I found the perfect run-down Victorian beauty that needed a face lift…and…the plan is to make this a profitable business venture by improving and reselling. With all that in mind, I would set about finding local, under-used and under-appreciated talent to provide a scope of work and approve the budget with an eye on the bottom-line: resale value in the marketplace.

Depending on just how bad the property was to begin with and all that would be entailed in fixing any underlying problems with foundation, rot, wiring, HVAC and framing, the amount available for actual improvements to interior layout and design would need to be balanced with curb appeal. Having a local real estate professional do an assessment of potential market value would tell me exactly the budget that would be needed to both maximize profit and a quick sale. The longer a property is held, the less profit would be available since, even if it was purchased outright, there are still holding costs like property taxes.

You can tell that I’ve thought about this a lot and would find it a fascinating venture…and a dream come true!


Long time ago in a spaceport far away

Terminal Time

In my corner to the Universe, if all the electronic devices had stopped working, we would have been as dead as a Dagobah swamp rat. That being said, there were many times when my PERSONAL devices either malfunctioned or were just plain missing-in-action.

On those rare occasions, sitting in some strange outer rim spaceport where my translator didn’t even work and I couldn’t converse with the other pilots waiting for our next mission, I grabbed my trusty graphic stick and scribbled. If no words came to mind, I tended to like to make caricatures of my fellow erstwhile companions stuck in spaceport limbo.

Star Wars character doodle unfinished

No need for a device…just scribbling and doodling for me!

via Daily Prompt: Terminal Time

Living Art and Unnumbered Sparks

Living Art +Unnumbered Sparks = Creativity brought to life

One day, your favorite piece of art — a famous painting or sculpture, the graffiti next door — comes to life. What happens next?

Living…not literally, but figuratively…art can be almost anything kinetic. Life as art, art as life, the difference can be semantics rather than factual. Our interest lies more in how we “enliven” everything we interact with by our very attention. Some of my favorite examples are how certain graphics trick the brain into thinking it’s moving when it’s not.

Visual illusions as art

Or when street artist create scenes so real-looking, you have to stop and stare.

Street art

Probably the most famous artist to create visual illusions is M.C. Escher who specialized in playing tricks on our perception using the mind’s desire to make sense of the world…usually in black and white, but sometimes also in color.

Escher's optical illusions

(Thanks for inspiring this prompt, Jen Baxter!)

via Living Art | The Daily Post.

The Making of Unnumbered Sparks

When looking at related videos for art installations, this one popped up. I’d never heard of it, but it was created for the 30th anniversary of the TED talks. TED’s motto is: “Ideas Worth Spreading”.

Learn about the making of Unnumbered Sparks, a monumental interactive sculpture in Vancouver, Canada created by artists Janet Echelman and Aaron Koblin for TED’s 30th anniversary. Choreographed by visitors in real time through their mobile devices, at night, the sculpture becomes a crowd-controlled visual artwork on a giant, floating canvas powered by Google.

Along with the video, the following was also offered…and so true:

Your ability to generate power is directly proportional to your ability to concentrate.

Your ability to concentrate is directly proportional to your ability to eliminate distraction.

Distraction is created by mismanaged commitments.

via Making of Unnumbered Sparks

Time after Time – Post Magic?

It’s been almost a month since I’ve had this much interest in my blog…Daily Prompt: Time after Time has pulled into many more new visitors and views.

Stats on my WordPress Best Blog Day Feb 11, 2014 with 70 views
Stats on my WordPress Best Blog Day Feb 11, 2014 with 70 views

My stats show that February 11th was my all-time best day for views. Almost all of those were from a cross-post I made in a group I belong to in Facebook on Free Ebook: Photography 101. Obviously, the nexus of “free” and a Facebook group that is interested in the topic was the magic-sauce, but that doesn’t happen often.

This was not the first time I’ve responded to a Daily Prompt, but I think that the combination here was the connection between time, family and traditions that was the “post magic” recipe. Filing under lessons learned and hopefully, I’ll be able to “cook up” more magical recipes for viewership!

Daily Prompt: Time After Time – Family Events

Traditions: we’ve all got ‘em. They might be family dinners on special occasions, or having a particular kind of cake on your birthday (Jeanne Cake, natch), or popcorn at the movies, or meeting your friend for a 5k run in the park, rain or shine, every Sunday morning. What are your favorite traditions, large and small? What is it about your traditions that keep them going strong for you?

via Daily Prompt: Time After Time | The Daily Post.

As we get older and our family spreads out…doing their own things, it’s hard to maintain those rituals that depend on family to be there. Thanksgiving and Christmas, as well as birthdays, used to be events that the whole family would attend.

Now we’re lucky if a couple of us can manage to do that. Last turkey day, my mom was able to make the trip “down” to Maryland to participate. At 86, it’s hard for her to travel by herself. Thanks to Southwest (and its merger with AirTran), we bought her a ticket for a direct flight from Rochester to BWI. We arranged a wheelchair for her (the first time we did this) and we didn’t know how that would go…surprise, she loved it! Made it easy for her to navigate the airport without help from her children. Maybe this will be a new tradition!

As for myself, from childhood, going out to one’s favorite restaurant has been a treasured occasion. With only one sibling closeby, we try to do this for each other on (or at least near) each other’s birthday. This May will be a landmark occasion for my extended family: my older (“half”) sister’s youngest son will be getting married in Arizona and many of us will be there! It’s going to be pretty big…with my mother attending and so will several of her great-great grandchildren. Truly a multi-generational event that should be quite special!

Strasenburg Planetarium – Love

Strasenburg Planetarium - Rochester, NY

The Daily Prompt asked the question, on Valentine’s Day, “Remember your first crush? Think about that very first object of your affection.”

My first love — Space, the Final Frontier

Maybe it’s a strange love, but honestly, I’m a geek gal from way back. Fascinated by Mr. Spock on Star Trek when I was middle school, hanging out with a Boyscouting program viewing stars and programming computers in high school, is it too surprising that science and star made my heart beat faster?

So, when I thought about it, my first real crush/love was this building…or, more accurately…what lay inside.

Meet Carl.

Strasenburg Planetarium's Star Projector
Carl, my first love!

The star projector.

I remember lingering behind once the crowds had filed out. Sometimes my family would have to come looking for me. Usually, I would be asking questions about how it worked from the projectionist or staff member. If I was really lucky, there would be guest speaker…a local weatherman or university astronomer…swoon!

Maybe I should’ve been one myself…but, my other love was computers. Need I say more?

Daily Prompt: It’s Friday, I’m in Love