Monday, November 24, 2014

Canstruction, Part I






From Canstruction web site:

Canstruction® is a unique charity which hosts competitions, exhibitions and events showcasing colossal structures made entirely out of full cans of food. After the structures are built, the cansculptures® go on display to the public as a giant art exhibition. At the end of the event, all food is donated to local hunger relief organizations.

Recognized for our commitment to innovation, hunger relief and collaboration, our work has helped raise over 25 million pounds of food since 1992. Canstruction® events are held annually in over 150 cities around the world including North America, Australia, South America, Europe and Asia.

This was at baggage claim area at National Airport. I went on Saturday and saw it. Very cool.

This is about the Jayson Werth gnome:
Over the weekend, a group of 10 people created a nine-foot replica of a Jayson Werth gnome at Reagan National Airport using $3,800 worth of canned seafood.

That’s a fun sentence.

Why did they do this? Well, it’s part of Arlington’s annual Canstruction competition, running this year from Nov. 14 through Nov. 22 at the main terminal’s baggage claim. Canstruction competitions, held in about 150 cities, feature large sculptures made out of full cans of food; after the events are over, the food is donated to local hunger relief groups.

Here are some pictures. What was interesting was the farther back you got the more in focus the image became. If you go up close to the Werth gnome you didn't get any of the detail.






Canstruction, Part II

More from Canstruction.








Sunday, November 23, 2014

Looking for a Forever Furry Feline Friend — This Adoption Event is for You!



My friend, Yolanda, is a volunteer with the Washington Humane Society. She's sponsoring a cat adoption fair this Sunday.

The fair will be at Annie’s Ace Hardware, 1240 Upshur St NW, Sunday, November 23, 12pm – 3pm.

So if you are looking for a furry friend and companion, stop by the fair this Sunday and see all the wonderful cats ready to be adopted.

More about the Humane Society:


The WHS Mission
The Washington Humane Society inspires and creates a community where all animals have secure homes and where people and animals live together with joy and compassion.

About WHS
The Washington Humane Society (WHS), the only Congressionally-chartered animal welfare agency in the United States, has been the area’s leading voice for animals since 1870. As the open-access shelter in the Nation’s Capital, the Washington Humane Society provides comfort and care to over 43,000 animals each year through its broad range of programs and services including sheltering for homeless animals, a comprehensive adoption program and off-site adoption events to find new families for the animals in our care, low-cost spay and neuter for pet owners and other local organizations, an aggressive TNR (trap-neuter-return) program for feral cats (CatNiPP), investigations of each allegation of animal cruelty or neglect through the Humane Law Enforcement, lost and found services to help reunite lost pets with their families, pet behavioral advice to help resolve issues that lead to animals being relinquished to shelters, working with breed rescue groups to find more homes for more animals, volunteer and foster programs to allow other members of the community to help us help more animals and an award winning Humane Education program that teaches kindness to animals to the next generation of animal lovers.

I just love the picture she found for this month's event!

You can also follow Petworth Monthly Cat Adoption Event on Facebook.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Gansevoort Market

At the end of the High Line is Gansevoort Market. Another great find on our walk down the High Line. More on the market:
Today’s Gansevoort Market is a unique food market aimed at providing the highest quality of foods from local and international vendors. Our specialized vendors purvey fresh produce and meat, artisan confections, savory snacks, imported coffee, fresh organic juices and prepared raw vegan foods. Gansevoort Market is also a meeting place for a quick cup of fine coffee and the best quality prepared foods.
 It had a wide range of things to eat. Pizza, sandwiches, crepes and some really great snacks. 

I'm putting this first because Denis went nuts over these.

The area around the market.


The market entrance


This is an old VW bus converted into a food truck.

The Twinkies again

More from this wonderful bakery.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

High Line — Part I

High Line Park in New York City

What a really cool park. One of the most unique that I’ve seen. The High Line is:

The High Line is an elevated freight rail line transformed into a public park on Manhattan’s West Side. It is owned by the City of New York, and maintained and operated by Friends of the High Line. Founded in 1999 by community residents, Friends of the High Line fought for the High Line’s preservation and transformation at a time when the historic structure was under the threat of demolition. It is now the non-profit conservancy working with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation to make sure the High Line is maintained as an extraordinary public space for all visitors to enjoy. In addition to overseeing maintenance, operations, and public programming for the park, Friends of the High Line works to raise the essential private funds to support more than 90 percent of the park’s annual operating budget, and to advocate for the transformation of the High Line at the rail yards, the third and final section of the historic structure, which runs between West 30th and West 34th Streets.

A little more on the High Line:
The High Line Park uses the disused southern portion of the West Side Line running to the Lower West Side of Manhattan. It runs from Gansevoort Street – three blocks below 14th Street – in the Meatpacking District, through Chelsea, to the northern edge of the West Side Yard on 34th Street near the Javits Convention Center.

Here are some pictures of the walk Denis and I took on the High Line.

A map of High Line


They actually kept some of the tracks

Denis

A view of the High Line

And now I know where I'll buy my next home!

High Line — Part II

More from the wonderful High Line.

The change in color on this plant is  just amazing.

A place to stop and rest and get some sun if it was a sunny day. Notice the train tracks and wheels well you could move it down the track

Some silly person bothering Denis

Silly person is less silly mood

Some of the great art work



One of the sculptures along the trail.

Midweek Laugh

Wow it feels like the middle of January not the middle of November. Only a few days left of these really cold weather.

To get us through to next Monday when it's supposed to be almost 70 in DC, here are a few Peanuts cartoons.

Everybody keep warm with a smile.




Tuesday, November 18, 2014

I Got a New iPhone 6

Part I — Going to the Apple Store

I got a new iPhone this past weekend. I had been thinking about getting a new one every since the 6 had come out. I figured I would get one when I got back from my trip to New York.

The decision was sort of made for me. While in New York all of a sudden my phone kept asking me to log into the cloud. It asked like every 15 seconds or so.

Of course I don’t know what the password is for the account. That’s because it is under my old e-mail address from Earthlink. I went through a long back and forth with Apple a year ago when I couldn’t get into the account. Since I don’t use the cloud, I didn’t proceed any further with trying to solve this problem. I’d spent too much time on it as it was.

But having the log in screen come up every 15 seconds made the phone almost useless. I stopped off at the Verizon Store in Union Station when I got back from DC. Turns out you have to order the phone and it’s delivered directly to you. I didn’t want it sent to my house and I forgot the address at work. So I decided I’d try later.

I had dinner with Stu on Friday. On the way to the subway I stopped at the Verizon store on L Street. They said they didn’t have any but the Apple Store did. I just assumed he meant the Apple Store in Georgetown. I went home and found out when they opened which was 10. I decided I would try and go in the morning. I figured it would be easier to get a parking space early in the morning rather later in the day.

I headed out to Georgetown a little before 9:30 on Saturday. Traffic wasn’t bad and I found a parking space a non-metered parking space no less with ease. Off I headed to the Apple Store. There was a line waiting to get into the store I didn’t know it at the time but the line was for people trying to get a new phone.

The store opened at 10 and in rushed the people. And thus started a less than enjoyable time in the store. Everyone who’d been in the line knew what was going on. But subsequent people who came into the store were given very little information on what was going on. I was one of those people. It looked like the line was for people who’d already ordered the phone.

I waited around for a few minutes to see if I could catch someone’s attention and ask what was going on. I finally went up to someone and asked. The woman pointed to the line and said that was the line for people wanting the new phone. And before I could ask another question she turned and walked away. My question would have been were the people in line people who had already ordered the phone.

I get in line. The line moves very very slowly that was do in part because there was only one Apple guy working with people. He took what service provider you have the phone with. Then he showed you what model of phones were available under that plan. Not sure why they would be different from one carrier to another but that seemed to be the case. Finally he got to me. I’m set up on the same plan I had with Verizon. I got the 64 gig phone. I figured the 16 gig would probably be too small in the not too distant future. Also the 64 gig was only $100 more. I was then sent a text which had a URL in it and that opened a web page which had all the information on getting the phone.

More waiting in line. At one point one of the managers of the store came along and said that we didn’t have to wait in line for our phone to be set up. As it was it would take around 45 minutes to get to everyone. We could come back later in the day until 7 which is when they closed. There were a couple of takers. I wasn’t one of them. I wasn’t going to come back later in the day. This was my window of opportunity to get the phone.

The line moved very slowly. They didn’t seem to have a group of employees dedicated to setting up people’s phones. It seemed as people became through other duties they would take care of one of the people in the line.

Finally they got to me. Chris helped set up the phone. I told him I didn’t want to transfer any of the information from the old phone to the new phone because of the Apple ID problem. He said he’d take a try at it. He brought up the old account. There was some back forth about the information on the account. He came to the conclusion I’d need to call Apple about it. He also added the account was really old. It had been set up in 2003.

I got handed off to another person who helped me get the phone up and running. I headed home. In all it took about two hours. But my adventure was just beginning.

Part II — Restoring the Phone and What a Blunder that Was

I went to Potbelly by my house and had lunch. Then I headed home to complete the set up of my new iPhone.

If I’d thought things through I might not have done what I did next. But in the long run it resolved an on-going problem that I had with the last phone.

I’d set up the new iPhone with my new Apple ID. Once home I backed up my old phone and then I connected the new phone to my computer. Up pops a dialog box. It says do you want to restore the phone or set it up as new. I said restore and this where my problems began.

When I did the restore it restored all of the old setting from the old phone. Including the Apple ID. Thus it was under the Earthlink account which of course I couldn’t gain access to. I was just a very small amount pissed off. Let’s put it this way Charlie and Linus ran upstairs and hid underneath my bed for the next hour or so.

It took me a little while to locate a number to call on the Apple site. After I did I called. I got a guy named Jason. At one point he asked if it was all right for him to call me Jason. And I said Jason it’s fine that you call me Jason. I think he did that in part to try and put me in a better mood.

I went through what had happened. He assured me by the end of the phone call the problem would be solved. We quickly figured out that this problem needed to go to the higher level of tech support. Jason said he was going to put me on hold and get me connected to someone. It took a few around 10 minutes or so to do that. But Jason came on every few minutes to say I’d be connected shortly.

Jason came on again and said that he had Estevan on the line and he’d be helping me. Estevan started by asking me some questions about what had happened. I said it would be probably be better for me just to tell him what had happened.

The big problem was that the find iPhone function on the phone was on. In oder to delete the Apple ID associated with the phone you have to turn off the find iPhone function. But of course to do that you have to know the password to the account. After my story, Estevan said he would be able to help and that he could solve the problem.

I won’t go into all of the details but Estevan was able to solve this problem. The correct ID is now on my phone. The one question I have about this is why I wasn’t able to get someone to help me delete the old ID off of my old phone when I first called about the problem in July 2013.

And that’s my story of how I got a new iPhone.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Skittles Exhibit on the High Line


The High Line is a 1.45-mile-long New York City linear park built on a section of a disused New York Central Railroad spur called the West Side Line.

One of the best things on the High Line is an exhibit by Josh Kline called Skittles. Here’s a little more about it.
Josh Kline (b. 1979, United States) creates sculptural installations that employ the language and strategies of advertising. For Archeo, Kline presents Skittles, an industrial refrigerator containing smoothies produced by the artist using unconventional and poetic combinations of ingredients including kale chips, squid ink, sneakers, phone bills, and pepper spray. Each smoothie stands as a portrait of a different contemporary lifestyle. When grouped together, they evoke a landscape of aspiration, taste, and – at times – deprivation in a metropolis like New York City.

From the New York Times
:
Across the bar from the Standard Hotel, Josh Kline takes the most activist stance. Critics of the Bloomberg-era, tourist-friendly “luxury” New York have cited the High Line as a prime indicator of uneven development. (The Arts & Labor group of Occupy Wall Street staged its first action on the High Line.) Mr. Kline’s refrigerator filled with custom-made smoothies mimics the expensive “health” beverages found in delicatessens and gourmet markets. Ingredients listed on the front of the beverage containers veer among the material, political and poetic: “tourism, starbucks, sunglasses, metrocard, hotel soap, cupcake, cheesecake, cronut,” and “sick day, dayquil, redbull, ritalin, claritin, aspirin, advil, aleve.”

From The Bustle:
What it is: a clever play on the juice cleanse craze that so many people seem to be into (and which can actually be harmful, not beneficial, to your health). The rows of juice bottles inside the machine contain colorful blends of liquids and solids. Some of them look normal enough to down in a few sips, while others, with their floating bits of fabric and money, are more obviously different. Emblazoned in white, sans-serif font is a list of ingredients, which range from kombucha and agave to credit cards and yoga mats. As additional food for thought, the exhibition seems to contain a warning against the slick advertising on so many “healthy” products.

Kline’s work is part of the outdoor “Archeo” exhibit, which is an “exhibition about technology and obsolescence” that reflects “on humanity’s continuous fascination and frustration with technology.” According to Kline’s bio on the “Archeo” page, each “Skittles” smoothie is meant to represent a certain lifestyle:

“When grouped together, [the juices] evoke a landscape of aspiration, taste, and – at times – deprivation in a metropolis like New York City.”




Catching Up

Well I've been a way for a while. Had a great trip to New York which I will be posting pictures of shortly. Hopefully I'll get back to a more regular schedule.

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Get Out and Vote!

Maybe it should be more like this: Get out and vote? Does it really matter? Yes, I’ve sort of reached that point. Well not entirely.

I did vote and I voted early. I went Saturday to the Turkey Thicket Rec Center. I had to go past all sorts of people wanting to hand out flyers for their candidate. I very nicely said no to all of them.

Once inside the center I went to the main gym to vote. I think there were more workers then people voting. But then again it around 4:30 when I headed down. There was a very slow trickle of people coming in over the time it took me to vote.

And it took me awhile to vote. I had a hard time figuring out who I should vote for for mayor. I had a long internal talk with myself as I was walking to the poling place. The choices Muriel E. Bowser and David A. Catania. I have problems with both of them. I voted for Bowser in the primary because I could not stand Vincent Gray. The problem I have with Bowser is her inexperience. She reminds me of Adrian Fenty in that respect and his term in office did not turn out very well. The problem I have with Catania is he can rather contentious when dealing with people. There are also times he comes off very pompous and condescending. Two qualities that aren’t very good for any politician to have.

I stood for several minutes mulling over what I was going to do. I finally made a decision and voted. I’m not over joyed with who I voted for but am hoping for the best.

In general that last year or so I’ve been rather disappointed with the way things are going politically in this country. I’ve had fewer and fewer posts about politics in general to the blog.

I’m going to do a little more mulling on this just like voting for mayor and try and come up with a post about where my mind is in regards to politics in this country.