Showing posts from April, 2020

Influenced by Eggleston

Photographer William Eggleston influenced how I view photographic composition and color . I wonder how he's doing these days.

Is this dog thinking about...?

Is this dog thinking about...
seceding from the union?
The benefits of the Nordic Way?
Maybe the virtues of Stone Soup,
and how yesterday's moderates are considered today's radical leftists;
or maybe he is thinking about his weariness of all ideologies in general?
Is he concerned with the uselessness of pointing out the hypocrisy of the President and his apologists?
Nope, Snausages, I bet it's Snausages.

(Another) Walk in the Woods

I had a good walk in a nearby woods with my son today. Some hours matter more than others.

Main St. Shut Down

Downtown River Falls has been under the COVID-19 pandemic social distancing orders implemented by the state of Wisconsin for about a month. It's interesting the variety of ways shop owners have communicated with their customers about this difficult time. (Click to enlarge.)

Monologue in the Woods

I found a folded piece of paper in the woods on a trail near the cemetery by my home. I read it and then hung it from a small tree. It was the monologue by a man named Christopher Durang. I was not familiar with his work. He had dream that he discovered his father inside a baked potato. You can look it up.

Dreary St. Paul

A sad emptiness prevails in pandemic era St. Paul. The 20th century has died. The Linus and Lucy statue appears as a relic of a feeble attempt to humanize an impersonal city. Without people the land is host to concrete scabs. Downtown is a husk.

Commercial Effect

I wandered into a business park on the edge of a corn field in Madison, Wisconsin where the workers jogged by their offices on a Saturday morning and where a tree was standing guard behind glass in a lobby; and then I arrived to where the sidewalk ends, but more places for the good workers were being constructed. (June, 2011)

Dry Limestone River Way

Images from a peaceful walk in the canyon of a dried tributary of the Wisconsin River, north of Camp Wawbeek, where my wife's family held a family reunion for a few years (April 2015).   

We are in the Max Weber Matrix

"...modern bureaucracy had six essential characteristics: (1) rule-delineated jurisdictions; (2) a hierarchy of offices; (3) written record-keeping and file-keeping; (4) specialization and a system of training specific to the areas of specialization; (5) full-time commitment by its practitioners; and (6) a system of stable, general, learnable rules.[11] These characteristics of modern bureaucracy implied some concomitant characteristics of modern bureaucrats. For Weber, the bureaucrat was appointed, not elected; served for life (by which he meant had legal protections against discretionary firing or transfer); received a regular salary; and occupied a rung of a defined career ladder.[12] (It should be noted that, for Weber, these characteristics imply that modern legal systems—even common law ones—are bureaucracies.[13])" - Constitutional Maturity, Or Reading Weber In The Age Of Trump, Josh Chafetz

Do you know Gerhard Richter?


Frosting in Wisconsin

Cake and Blue Spruce Tree

CoronaVirus Doodle via Rocketbook


Refrigerator Crisper

Refrigerator Crisper, January 2019

Is this an effigy mound?

It is claimed by the author of the The Perilous St. Croix River Valley Frontier that there is an effigy mound created by an ancient people at entrance to Kinnickinnic State Park. I think I discovered it. I've driven past it many times over the years. I think it may represent a fish. Update: Nope, this ain't it.