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August 25, 2019

"Waterfront: Follow the Sun" — The art of solargraphy

From Canal & River Trust Waterfront:

For our new film, we travelled west — to the Bridgwater & Taunton Canal — where for the past few years, Wendy and Austin have been making solargraphs on their local waterway.

Solargraphy — capturing the movement of the sun as it moves across the sky, using exposures that range from one day to six months — is the ultimate in slow exposure photography, or "lazy photography" as Wendy calls it.

This is a hobby that rewards patience, celebrates unpredictability, and gives you an excuse to sit peacefully for hours beside the water.

Our film also explores the wonderful Somerset Space Walk — a scale model of the solar system, starting with an enormous sun at Maunsel Lock and continuing with models of the planets that accompany your walk along the towpath.

Pour a cup of tea, sit back and enjoy....

Plan your day out along the Bridgwater & Taunton, with its fascinating Somerset Space Walk, using our online guide.

August 25, 2019 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Baker's Dozen Egg Carton

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"A great way for the small egg producer to stand out."

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"We deliberately chose a debossed

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(rather than an embossed) logo

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so that you can cover the top smoothly with your own label."

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Apply within.

August 25, 2019 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Helpful Hints from joeeze: Those black streaks on your roof will destroy it

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FunFact: That black stuff is roof algae.

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Patterson Clark's Washington Post "Urban Jungle" feature laid out the cold, dark truth; excerpts above and below.


August 25, 2019 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Toynbee Tiles: Does Banksy know about this?


From Ernest:

In the late 1980s, a cryptic message from an unknown creator began to appear in the streets of Philadelphia.
was embedded into roads, pavements, and even the middle of busy highways.
The Toynbee Tiles, or TTT as they soon became known, were linoleum floor panels, into which words had been carved with a knife and filled with different colors.
Each tile was secured into the ground using layers of tar paper which, once driven over by a passing car, would effectively glue them in place.
Over time, the layer of paper at the top would be worn away by traffic and weather to reveal a Toynbee Tile.
It was an ingenious way of getting a message across — whatever that baffling message actually was.
Was it a joke, haiku, cryptic code, or just meaningless nonsense?
"2001 — A Space Odyssey," based on a book by Arthur C.Clarke, is an extraordinary and ambitious film, the meaning of which has drawn endless speculation.
Why does Mr. Rigsby from "Rising Damp" turn up?
And what about the ending in which astronaut Bowman — part of a team on a trip to Jupiter —appears to enter another dimension where he encounters himself as a giant baby?
For TTT fanatics, this scene could easily be interpreted as "resurrect dead on planet Jupiter."
As for the name Toynbee, many believe it to be a reference to the English historian, Albert Toynbee.
Others connect it with a short story by American author Ray Bradbury, "The Toynbee Convector," about the future survival of humanity.
To add to the confusion, Arnold Toynbee is also the name of a spaceship in another Arthur C. Clarke story, Jupiter V.
Over the next three decades, Toynbee Tiles continued to appear in roads all over the US from New York, Boston, Baltimore, Kansas, and Chicago to Washington.
To date, over 600 Toynbee Tiles have been spotted and photographed, many more lost or destroyed.
Few remain in their locations for long before the authorities see fit to remove them.
Whether the tiles were the work of one person or a legion, here was an extraordinary act of monomania made all the more amazing by the fact that after 30 years, not a single person has ever reported seeing their creator at work.

August 25, 2019 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Binchotan Bracelet


From websites:

The Binchotan Bracelet is not only gorgeous but it also has interesting side benefits.

It is believed that wearing these polished white charcoal beads next to the skin aids in blood circulation, regulates body temperature, and improves mood.

The beads are on a string that can be easily adjusted to fit any wrist size.

The surface of the beads may change over time, gaining a unique patina.

You can keep your Binchotan jewelry on under the shower, when you do the dishes, or when you swim in the ocean — this will not harm the beads (though the string might need to be replaced after a time).


Binchotan jewelry is made from the finest hardest white charcoal.

This is the highest grade of charcoal available, with an extremely high carbon content.

White charcoal gets its unlikely name from the manufacturing process it goes through.

The raw material is Korean oak and the powdered white charcoal is organically produced and handcrafted in Korea.

Each bead is 0.31"Ø.

Packaged in gift box.

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August 25, 2019 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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