Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Photo Reflection of the Day #99: More Signs of Spring


What Is It

More flowers I encountered in my neighborhood.

Why It's Today's Pick

I'm a sucker for snapping photos of flowers that are just out in the front of someone's yard.  I just like to see them and grab a quick photo of them as they make nice backgrounds on the computer but also because I like to look at flowers and appreciate their uniqueness.  This bunch was in front of a neighbor's house I noticed on my way home today.  These flowers stuck out of course because of their bright pinkish/purplish color in a landscape of drab grays, greens, and browns (not the house--just the area in general currently).  My eyes immediately caught them and so I went for my phone.  I also like these because of their curly starburst-like nature.  It's almost like they explode outward and this is what we're seeing, the flower explode with spring.  


This submission is part of the 365 Challenge.  For 2015's submissions, check out this link to all the posts.  For access to all photos, which open for reuse under a Creative Commons License, check out the full album on Flickr.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Photo Reflection of the Day #98: There's The Spring I'm Looking For!


What Is It

A flower growing right outside my door.

Why It's Today's Pick

I found this little beauty right outside next to a tree in front of my apartment.  It was a great reminder that spring--as always--has full returned.  More so, I found it fascinating because these flowers were not around before I left last Wednesday--so there miraculous appearance made me smile even more.  I was also impressed with how well my cellphone snapped this photo.  It's so vivid and clear, I feel like I could reach out and touch the flowers.  What about you, dear reader, what signs of spring have you stumbled upon?  Reply here or tag me on Instagram, Twitter, or Flickr!

This submission is part of the 365 Challenge.  For 2015's submissions, check out this link to all the posts.  For access to all photos, which open for reuse under a Creative Commons License, check out the full album on Flickr.

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More Great Free Books From Amazon & Archive.org

So in previous blog posts, I have occasional shared out some great material that I have found online that is just ripe (and legal) for the taking!  That includes posts on finding great free audiobooks from Librivox.
This has also included a good amount of free ebooks on Amazon's Kindle.   I wrote two posts about this.  The first post entailed a lot of classic works and other useful books.  The second post included more Horror and Science Fiction ebooks.

Well, while aimless surfing on Amazon today, I stumbled upon another trove of materials that I wanted to share out--a handful of Astounding Stories magazines that are on Amazon:

Astounding Stories of Super-Science January 1930
http://www.amazon.com/Astounding-Stories-Super-Science-January-1930-ebook/dp/B00AQM8HQQ/

Astounding Stories of Super-Science, November, 1930
http://www.amazon.com/Astounding-Stories-Super-Science-November-1930-ebook/dp/B0082V4TA6/

Astounding Stories of Super-Science, December 1930 
http://www.amazon.com/Astounding-Stories-Super-Science-December-1930-ebook/dp/B0039GL1KK/

Astounding Stories, February, 1931
http://www.amazon.com/Astounding-Stories-February-1931-Various-ebook/dp/B0082X87HK/

Astounding Stories, March, 1931
http://www.amazon.com/Astounding-Stories-March-1931-Various-ebook/dp/B0039GL466/

Astounding Stories, April, 1931
http://www.amazon.com/Astounding-Stories-April-1931-Various-ebook/dp/B0039GL24U/

Astounding Stories, May, 1931
http://www.amazon.com/Astounding-Stories-May-1931-Various-ebook/dp/B0039GL3QW/

Astounding Stories, June, 1931
http://www.amazon.com/Astounding-Stories-June-1931-Various-ebook/dp/B004TPAOTE/

Astounding Stories, July, 1931
http://www.amazon.com/Astounding-Stories-July-1931-Various-ebook/dp/B0039GL2U4/

Astounding Stories, August, 1931
http://www.amazon.com/Astounding-Stories-August-1931-Various-ebook/dp/B004TQ0JIE/

But what's more, as I started to look around I also found this amazing resource from Archive.org:  +

The Pulp Magazine Archive

Screen shot of the Pulp Magazine Archive

This amazing resource has over 1600 pulp magazines from the 20th century.  So much to enjoy and peruse!  I hope you enjoyed this share!


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Monday, April 20, 2015

Photo Reflection of the Day #97: Did Anyone See Where I Parked My Car?


What Is It

A bird perched on a pole in the ocean.

Why It's Today's Pick

While taking one of my last treks along the beach, here in Daytona, I found several great pictures to capture.  It was early morning and there were not a lot of people but plenty of sights to behold.  I rather liked this one and had to set it up a little bit as I saw the bird atop the pole and realized that if I could align it just right, the bird would be in the cloud opening.  I also like the pier in the background that seems to be creeping in. The reflection of the pole in the water is nice.  I would have loved to get the full pole but it wouldn't have then been possible to get the bird in the open clouds either.

This submission is part of the 365 Challenge.  For 2015's submissions, check out this link to all the posts.  For access to all photos, which open for reuse under a Creative Commons License, check out the full album on Flickr.

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Photo Reflection of the Day #96: #SelfieSunday #16


What Is It

A post-run selfie after doing 8 miles in hot and humid Daytona Beach weather.  

Why It's Today's Pick

So this is today's selfie in all my sweaty glory after running just over eight miles in the high 70s heat and serious humidity.  It's quite the difference from last week.  It wasn't a half-marathon but brutal all the same.  I had planned to do 9 miles but walked the last.  This photo is taken from the apex of a bridge I walked from Port Orange into Daytona Beach Shores and you can see Daytona Beach in the far background.  I would have liked a non-squinting picture, but the sun was right on me, so that wasn't going to happen.  For those that may have been paying attention, you'll notice something different about my photo at this point, which should be an indicator of something else that I had mentioned previously.  Let's see who figures it out first!

This submission is part of the 365 Challenge.  For 2015's submissions, check out this link to all the posts.  For access to all photos, which open for reuse under a Creative Commons License, check out the full album on Flickr.

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Photo Reflection of the Day #95: What Are You Signifying?


What Is It

A sign posted throughout Daytona Beach Shores area.

Why It's Today's Pick

In my travels while running down in Daytona Beach Shores, I encounter this sign a lot.  It seems to be on posts every 1/10th of a mile.  I kept passing by it and it continued to hound me and make me thing.  The slogan seems troubling to me.  I find it interesting that it is a quotations as if someone has said this.  Well, who said it and why did the town decide this was to be their slogan?  Did no one specifically say it, but the people who decide such things, decide that it would be better to pretend that someone said it.  Could having someone saying it (indicated by the quotations) allow some distance from the town leaders themselves declaring it.  Almost as an self-endorsement hiding as some public endorsement?  That captured my thought for a while.  However, then there is the content of the slogan.  How is life "better here"?  Is it just the sunny and warm weather?  If so, how is high humidity and upper eights and nineties during a significant amount of months of the year, "better"?  I'm not sure that it is.  Is it something about the place that makes it better?  I find this doubtful too--after all, I seem innumerable closed shops, houses in disrepair, homeless, and other signs of decay.  I guess in the end, the sign--because it is posted everywhere--left me to think long and hard about it.  However, the sign seems not to deliver on its promise.  
This submission is part of the 365 Challenge.  For 2015's submissions, check out this link to all the posts.  For access to all photos, which open for reuse under a Creative Commons License, check out the full album on Flickr.

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Friday, April 17, 2015

Photo Reflection of the Day #94: What a Vivid Fern You Are!


What Is It

A fern in a church garden in St. Augustine, FL.


Why It's Today's Pick

While wandering the streets of St. Augustine today, we found our way to one of their beautiful and older churches.  This was right near the Flagler College.  Unfortunately, the inside of the church was closed.  However, we got to wander around the outside which had a nice garden.  What I liked was that the garden had a few key flowers but wasn't overdone with them, and had some clear and distinct plans, but mostly, it was just a nice quiet place with walkways and benches.  I came upon this particular fern and found it striking with it's bright greens and large branches.  However, I was most intrigued by the center where new stalks were growing.  I tried to take this photo so that the branch in the center felt like ti was reaching out to the viewer.
This submission is part of the 365 Challenge.  For 2015's submissions, check out this link to all the posts.  For access to all photos, which open for reuse under a Creative Commons License, check out the full album on Flickr.

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Photo Reflection of the Day #93: Buildings in the Sand


What Is It

Two buildings on Daytona Beach with their respective reflections in a puddle.

Why It's Today's Pick

I am in Daytona Beach for a few days a relaxing breather from life.  I went for a run today in weather that I was not prepared to run in and thus found myself walking a bit of the waterfront.  I found a lot of things to snap photos of (a byproduct of this project--I take a lot more pictures).  I went with this shot because I particularly liked the reflection in the water.  The buildings seem to tower over some many things around it including the beach but as the puddle hints, they are fading before our very eyes.  In fact, the water and the sand are likely to be here much longer than the buildings towering over. 

This submission is part of the 365 Challenge.  For 2015's submissions, check out this link to all the posts.  For access to all photos, which open for reuse under a Creative Commons License, check out the full album on Flickr.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Photo Reflection of the Day #92: Gillis Park at Sunset


What Is It

Gillis Park at Sunset.

Why It's Today's Pick

Peeking out our window, my wife and I saw the sunset was looking pretty nice so we wandered on down to the beach and snapped a few glorious photos of the day coming to an end and wandered the beach a bit.  It's always fascinating to see the bright array of colors that come with the end of the day. It's like as we ascend into darkness, the Earth wishes to remind us of the glorious panorama that awaits us if we are to make it through till dawn.  I hope that sunsets, like life, should never get old, regardless of the passage of time.

This submission is part of the 365 Challenge.  For 2015's submissions, check out this link to all the posts.  For access to all photos, which open for reuse under a Creative Commons License, check out the full album on Flickr.

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Comics in American Culture - Online at North Shore Community College

So the following is a Course Preview for a course I'm teaching this fall, Comics in American Culture at North Shore Community College.  Feel free to take a look at the video and recommend it to people you know who might be interested.

I'm quite excited about this course as not only am I teaching it online, I've also managed to design it so that students do not have to buy books for it, but will rely on the library's inter-library-loan feature to get a hold of many of the course works.  I like this approach because it not only gets students exposure to a range of graphic novels for free, but it also informs and encourages students to use the library, which I consider a win!

As I said, feel free to watch it and get a sense of what I'm doing as well as to share it with others who you think might benefit from it.  You can watch the video below or you can go directly to the video on YouTube, here.



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