Saturday, December 28, 2019

Pic(k) of the Week: Industrial relic

Industrial relics

And, so, to the conclusion of 2019: for image #52, industrial relic is the theme.

Appearing almost like rusted distillation stills, it's some sort of former industrial superstructure on a roof in the Oakland/Cabbagetown neighborhood of Atlanta, Georgia, USA, as seen on 24 December 2019.


Tuesday, December 24, 2019

A beer for peace

Coca-Cola once asked us to teach the world to sing. If Sainsbury's —a British supermarket chain— now asks us to work toward peace by sharing a bar of chocolate, well, heavens, yes.

And I'd slip in a bottle of beer with that chocolate. It's the message, not the messenger.

Happy Christmas, if you can.


Saturday, December 21, 2019

Pic(k) of the Week: Happy hibernal solstice

Condo night

Magenta dusk —over a blue-lit building, with green streetlamp tint— in Decatur, Georgia, USA.

The hibernal solstice —the onset of astronomical winter in the Northern Hemisphere, but of the summer solstice in the Southern Hemisphere and the onset of astronomical summer there— occurs tonight, 21 December 2019, at 11:17 pm ET (your mileage may differ). The above photo was taken 24 November 2019...but you get the picture.

Happy hibernal solstice to all...and to all a good (condo) night.


Saturday, December 14, 2019

Pic(k) of the Week: Misted field and pond

Misted field and pond

26 November 2019: morning mist on the marsh, on the bank of Postal Pond, on the 77-acre grounds of the former United Methodist Children's Home, in Decatur, Georgia, USA.

The Children’s Home had been in Decatur since 1873, originally established to care for children orphaned during the Civil War. The city of Decatur purchased the property from the church in 2017.

Although sounds of the city, faint or obnoxious, can be heard throughout the grounds, city sights, in undeveloped portions, can vanish.


Saturday, December 07, 2019

Pic(k) of the Week: Bend in the boardwalk

Bend in the boardwalk (02)

Slow down, speeding pedestrians! There's a bend a-coming.

Looking northwest along a meandering, leaf-covered, wooden boardwalk on the South Peachtree Creek Trail, northwest of Medlock Park, in DeKalb County, Georgia, USA. 5 December 2017.

I don't often add selective color to black-and-white photos. Too gimmicky. But I succumbed here.


Thursday, December 05, 2019

On this date in American history, it once again became legal to sell intoxicating beverages.

Prohibition Repealed!

A prohibitionist is the sort of man one couldn't care to drink with,
even if he drank.
— Henry Louis (H.L.) Mencken

Eighty-six years ago, today —on 5 December 1933 (at 5:32 pm ET)— the state of Utah voted to approve the 21st Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America, its decision fulfilling the requisite number of states and thus terminating the ignoble, nearly 14-year reign, of the 18th Amendment, Prohibition.

Some might find it ironic that Utah of all states —with its widespread latter-day teetotalling— would vote to ALLOW alcohol. On closer examination, it may have been logically sagacious of that state to repudiate the 18th amendment, the ONLY amendment to eradicate constitutional rights rather than creating, affirming, or clarifying them.

After Utah's vote, two more states would vote to ratify. Six states (excluding Alaska and Hawaii, which were not states at that time) would never bother to vote on the amendment. But alone among all the states of the nation, only South Carolina, deserving of ignominy, voted against repeal.