The Tree Which Stands Alone

George Seaton

Photo by George SeatonUte Prayer for Earth’s Teachings

Earth teach me stillness
as the grasses are stilled with light.
Earth teach me suffering
as old stones suffer with memory.
Earth teach me humility
as blossoms are humble with beginning.
Earth teach me caring
as the mother who secures her young.
Earth teach me courage
as the tree which stands all alone.
Earth teach me limitation
as the ant which crawls on the ground.
Earth teach me freedom
as the eagle which soars in the sky.
Earth teach me resignation
as the leaves which die in the fall.
Earth teach me regeneration
as the seed which rises in the spring.
Earth teach me to forget myself
as melted snow forgets its life.
Earth teach me to remember kindness
as dry fields weep with rain.

Yilmaz Askan – Handmade Dog Collars & Harnesses

Visit him at his new site: Anatolian Leatherworks!

Simply outstanding work from Kurdish artist Yilmaz Askan living in Istanbul. You can contact him via his Facebook page. His business is called “Anatolian Leatherworks” and there will be a website eventually. These are only a few images of his incredible work.

Yilmaz Askan, maker of magnificent leatherwork!
Yilmaz Askan, maker of magnificent leatherwork!


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Merry Christmas 2012


As the year draws to a close
and families gather together,
we offer our warmest greetings
and best wishes for a
Merry Christmas
Happy New Year!

Doug, Tammi and Kylie

Sugar, Kona, Dozer and Kinkles too!

Our Christmas photo albums

Absolutely no trees were harmed to produce this card
although a lot of electrons were seriously inconvenienced.

Bridge Sentinel Eagle, Philadelphia

Photo by M. Douglas Wray
Bridge Sentinel Eagle - Philadelphia by M. Douglas Wray

I was 20-something, Pentax K1000 in hand, walking down a street in Philly near Union Station when I found this fellow and his mates on the bridge end pylons. Magnificent art deco renditions. Such heroic scale.

Mullah on Moolah

Iraqi currency brought home by my stepson after his second tour. (Hi res files at Flickr)

He’s Infantry and we’re endlessly proud of him – his biological father Scott Hofferber would have been even more so – he went to honor his memory.

God has blessed us by sending he and his fiance Richelle back to us.

The sandpit

Very compelling time-lapse tilt-shift video of New York – taken in several locations over the course of a day. The detail is endless, both in the stationary and the moving elements. The harbor is impressive to watch, boats dancing on the water, helicopters coming and going like mosquitos.

Logo Design

Great article on logo design.

Logo design in today’s world is totally underrated. People don’t understand how important a good logo is and how valuable it is to their business. Let me guide you through the basics of what makes a good logo, while also walking you through the process of creating the identity and logo design for one of my recent clients, Vero, a limited liability company based in Miami, Florida. Hopefully, this will give you an understanding of what actually goes on behind the scenes while creating a professionally designed logo.

Read the rest at Layers magazine.

Exploded 128

exploded 128 by Garry Booth

(click image to enlarge — only if you are wearing absorbent clothing, don’t say I didn’t warn you)

Ohmigawd. Oh.Mah.GAWD. Accurate right down to those pesky deeply-buried top screws. siiigh… (wipes away tear)

Go nowget.

If you drove one of the earliest Macs, this is an official ‘Holy Relic’ – and should be treated as such.

Garry Booth has created a lovely piece of artwork that any Mac Geek would be proud to have.

Good job folks!

I hope the folks at Denver Apple Pi see this soon.

How it began

History of the Internet is really cool animated documentary by Melih Bilgil showing how the Internet has evolved from its ARPANET origins. The video is illustrated using PICOL icons, an project that helps provide free and open icons to help facilitate a common pictorial language for electronic communication.

History of the Internet from PICOL on Vimeo

Via LaughingSquid, Boing Boing and Nowhere Else


Cavalcade of Lights fireworks on City Hall at Nathan Phillips Square by The Circus Orange Pyro Team.
Cavalcade of Lights fireworks on City Hall at Nathan Phillips Square by The Circus Orange Pyro Team.

If you haven’t discovered Daily Dose of Imagery do yourself a treat and add it to your feeds list.

This man takes the best photos. His archive is to lose a day of your life (at least) and be inspired greatly.

Go. Enjoy.


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I loved the architechture at the University of PA in Philadelphia! The University buildings themselves were covered with great gargoyles (all commissioned sculptures!) and plaques commemorating Ivy Day. I’m slowly digging through a huge collection of slides from my days there (I was a lab technician in the Biology Dept. in Leidy Labs and worked for Drs. Lee Peachey, Clara Franzini-Armstrong, Louis G. Tilney among others).

Great Wave


Lovely sculpture from the Univ of PA Museum in Philadelphia.

The wave itself was cast silver and the sphere polished crystal – mesmerizing to look at!

It was inside a plexiglass case that was none-too-clean and the lighting was very poor, thus I had to use a flash – took several shots to get a proper exposure.

Easter Lily

Easter Lily

An Easter Lily in a greenhouse at the University of PA, Philadelphia (Leidy Labs). Every year they’d grow hundreds of these for biology students to dissect when studying plant reproduction. The greenhouse would be heavy with the fragrance.

Cupid’s Pissed


Cupid watching his arrows burn on the altar of friendship.

Close-up of a statue I saw at the Philadelphia Art Museum. It was part of a travelling show – the Campbells Collection (as in soup, yes, that Campbells – it’s actually pretty neat – all those paste porcelain tureens and bowls led to some insane paste porcelain sculpture. Luscious stuff. Serious eye candy.) Can’t find any other references to these on the web. If I can find the full shot of the statue, I’ll post it too.


Chimera statue

I think this is a Nian – for a long time I thought it was a Chimera. Yeee! No matter what you call it, it’d scare the crap out of ya!