Weight(less): 2nd WordPress Daily Post Photo Challenge of 2016

Self is very intrigued by this week’s WordPress Daily Post Photo Challenge: WEIGHTLESS.

“Show us the effects of gravity in your photo this week.”

Funny, she actually thought the theme meant the opposite: to show us the things that exist in defiance of gravity.

Anyhoo, here’s a building in New York’s Soho district. Self has been fascinated by buildings for a long, long time. The small black cube within the larger edifice — all self can think of when she looks at this picture is: JENGA!


Weightless 1: New York skyscraper, Soho

And here’s a longer view of the same subject, showing how it fits in with the surrounding cityscape:


A longer view of Weightless 1

The third picture is a detail of the facade of the Cathedral in the beautiful Italian town of Siena, where the Palio horse races are held every year. Siena is divided into 17 districts, each represented by a different animal. Animal effigies like this lion (in mid-roar: fabulous!) are carved into the facade of the Cathedral. Since this lion is made of stone, the fact that it’s jutting out of the Cathedral wall like that is, in self’s humble opinion, awesome:


Weightless 2: The Cathedral of Siena. The facade features carvings of animals representing each of the districts that make up the city. The districts compete against each other every summer, in the Palio horse races.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Mendocino Has Circles, Too

Walked around Mendocino Village yesterday morning. Good thing self didn’t wait, for there was a deluge in the evening, and the loud blast that sounds like a foghorn went off. She remembers hearing it last year, during the big February storm. And the sound is so very eerie, an end-of-the-world kind of sound (Only, last year, during the storm, it was also terrifying)

So, this week’s Photo Challenge is CIRCLES. And self took pictures during her walk, and these are the two pictures she thinks fit the theme best:



Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

American Rust: Bill Gates Mention, p. 117

Self likes to keep tabs on how many times an actual, Real Life personality appears in a work of fiction. Lends a layer of authenticity, for sure. Like the time she read a novel about a person who had no energy to even get out of bed in the mornings: “At least, no one expects me to be Cory Aquino today.” After she read that, self did not stop laughing for at least 24 hours.

She is still reading Philipp Meyer’s American Rust. Only a third of the way, but the tension is already alarming. There’s been a murder, an affair, illegal hunting, a body dragged out of a lock.

p. 117:

Point of view: Harris

There were plenty of other squares he could have landed on, such as his brother’s, a computer programmer in Florida, four children and a Disney subdevelopment. Harris had one word for that: hellhole. Got into computers early, mainframes, the old UNIVACS, made six times what Harris did. Still down on himself — might be that runs in the family. He was no Bill Gates. Those were his own words: Bud, I am exactly the same age as Bill Gates. You’re doing pretty good, Harris had told him. Neither one of them had any college but every two years his brother got a new Mercedes. I do alright, said his brother, but it’s good to be able to admit that — I am the same age as Bill Gates. Harris wasn’t sure.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

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