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Feb. 22nd, 2007 @ 10:00 am The Philippines
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John the Baptist

I finally put up some pictures of my Philippines trip with Mariel! Well, I didn't put up some pictures, I PUT UP A LOT OF THEM!!! There are so many I wanted to show, I just figured I'd just put up all the good ones. They are divided into sections for your convenience.

We did and saw so many things...the city, the country, tiny islands, jungle, mountains, and more.

I took more pictures of "things" rather than "people," even though the people are probably what impacted me the most. That's just my style I guess. I hope you like my little show. It really was an amazing experience.

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Nov. 22nd, 2006 @ 09:40 am What if the Sun Rose Slow?
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What if the Sun Rose Slow?

Some people think it already does, but how long does it take? Ten minutes or something? That's fast. In the arctic it slower, sometimes taking months for it to turn from night time to day. But I mean, what if it rose even slower than that?

What if the sun only moved a few millimeters each day. What if the world was in a constant state of mostly-darkness, with only a little baby sun starting to peak out of the horizon? If that was the case, no one would really notice it moves at all, except for that one old guy who lives to be 150 years old and says, "Yep, it's a little lighter now than when I was first born." Even so, by the time he was that old his vision may be dimmed and not even notice it is getting lighter.

Of course scientists would take measurements, and tell everyone, "The sun is slowly rising, and one day humanity will see the light of day," and some people would believe them, and some wouldn't. Some people would theorize that if that actually happened, the whole earth would burn up, and the world as we know it would end. They would build bomb shelters for their grandchildren. It would make a great topic for books or movies of the day, "The Burning Apocalyptic Ball of Light" starring Mark Hamill.

But for most people, life would go on as normal, in a kind of pre-dawn haze. It would just be accepted...the world is dark. That is until one day, generations later, people would look at photographs of their great-grandparents and remark, "Boy, the world sure was a dark place back then. It's at least 10% brighter nowadays. I couldn't imagine living like that." Then their grandchildren would say the same thing. It would go on like that until ten or twelve generations later, when futuristic kids read in their digital history books how the world used to be darker, but no one really knows how dark it really was, because it was so long ago. Everyone would say, "Wow, what a strange, alien world it used to be. So dark and dismal...colder too. I sure am glad I am alive now instead." However some people wouldn't believe those history books either, because it's just always like that.

Until one day when the sun actually does come up. It would just barely be in full view, but the children of the day, and many people, would think it was always like that, too. They'd have no reason to think otherwise. It would be like a constant early morning sun, and people would just be warmer. That would make them a little happier, and the world would be a lighter place in general, and it would be accepted.

It would be the strangest thing, if the sun rose that slow, because there would be no epiphanies, or revelations, as to when it happened. It would just be a slow, gradual warming of the planet. A pain-stakingly slow warming of the people. A terribly drawn out, agonizing, shedding of light. A place where a man's entire life's work can be dedicated to making the world a brighter place, only to die and not see a single thing change, when all he had to do was wait. And that's the way it would be.

No celebration, and no holiday,
just light.
No one would know,
save for the few who always knew
and believed
that the sun was in fact rising,
and who deliberately, almost religiously,
chose to celebrate that fact
every single day of their lives,
even if they never got to see it fully shine.

Then we'd make a two-thousand year journey to noon.
Nov. 22nd, 2006 @ 08:44 am Icon
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I want to put something new on here, but I only have old things in my head.

<-- This icon that I have next to my posts in a picture of John the Baptist. I don't know who painted it; I found it on Google images and thought it looked cool. I hope I am not stealing someone's picture, and if I am I hope they don't care.

John the Baptist was an interesting character. He wore animal skins and subsisted on locusts and honey in the wilds of the desert they say. Sometimes I want to live like a monk, in the wild, but I don't know if I could handle it. All the hardships, and lack of commodities...not to mention a total break from the current reality I know and love. I like honey, but not locusts. I don't know how to skin an animal.

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving.
Aug. 13th, 2006 @ 01:14 pm (no subject)
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A New Adventure!

It was about time too! I hadn't taken a trip to Waterfall Glen in over a year. This time around though, it would be a party of three: Mariel, Caramel, and I.

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Jul. 15th, 2006 @ 02:32 pm (no subject)
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Dan and I sat under a Willow tree one day at Portage Park and snapped pictures of sea gulls that were incessantly circling to and fro overhead. I know they are just sea gulls, but there was something about these pictures that made me want to share them. I think it was the gracefulness of their flight, the curvature of their wings, and the feeling of freedom that the idea of flight allows. We don't normally think of gulls as the most graceful birds, but their sweeping dives, and the way the sun glinted off their wings made them seem most elegant indeed. That is, until they opened their mouths. :)

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May. 30th, 2006 @ 01:43 pm Lately
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I know, my last entry was kind of sucky. What are those, pictures of cell-phone towers? Again? Man, am I disappointed in what I have become. Maybe I've been working too much (not likely) or perhaps I've just been too lazy to offer anything interesting to society through the medium of this LJ.

But now it's summer again. While it's not techinically officailly summer, you know what I mean. It's warm, and it feels like summer. I know I can feel it. I can feel it wound up inside me like a heat-activated spring that slowly loosens and unwinds as it gets warmer. I am expanding! Hopefully, my activities will expand enough to extend into all areas of my life, including the areas that reach out to others, like this one. Then we'll all have a renewed chance to expand our minds together as well. See how that works?

I know, you don't see how it works because it hasn't happened yet. I'm just talking about it. But it sounds good on paper, so lets go with it. What I really mean is, I plomise my next post will have something interesting in it that we can all talk about.

There ya go. I said it. I made a vow online and can't go back on it now.
Did I say plomise?

Ok. What I really mean is, typing an entry like this is easier than having to find pictures and interesting things to post and it should keep the ravenous hordes of readers out there satiated for the time being so I am not maimed the next time I run into them on the street.

Man, I have to find some work to do.
I am a man of my word.

(have I expanded yet?)
May. 16th, 2006 @ 10:10 am When I Get My Superpowers
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I usually like putting more interesting pictures up here, but I have only my work pics to play with. But you know what they say, "He who has fun with his work has a fun job." Right?
Apr. 16th, 2006 @ 08:13 pm (no subject)
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Spring leaps at me, like a cat from the rushes.
I didn't know she was there
'til she took to the air.

While I notice her late,
she was just waiting
crouched on my flank
while I ate.

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(Pictures of a Red-winged Blackbird from Blackwell Forest Preserve, and my cat, Callie.)
Apr. 1st, 2006 @ 10:02 am April Fool's Day
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Who's the more foolish: the fool, or the fool who follows him?

-Obi-Wan Kenobi
Feb. 17th, 2006 @ 11:20 am It's a Big Tower
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I know I haven't put anything here for a while. I want everyone to know that I haven't forgotten them. I haven't forgotten myself. I haven't forgotten you, Mr. livejournal. Things just get busy and, well, there are so many things to do in so little time that something always gets left out. It's the way it has to be. Unless I want to stop sleeping that is...then there would be time for pretty much anything. But until we are able to eliminate the sleep cycle, either through evolution or cybernetics, we are just going to have to pick and choose. But I digress.

Here is a couple pics. It's a big tower. Isn't it big? I don't know if the pictures show the size well, but this thing was really huge. It's a telecommunications tower for a cell phone company. I took these pictures while on the road at work. You can just imagine the thousands of cell phone signals constantly beaming into and out of this giant antenna. I heard it is actually dangerous to stand too close to these things for extended periods of time. I guess the signals are no good for you; something about tumors and cells multiplying out of control. I try to stay away.

Awww...how cute.