Please Excuse The Dust…

Hey guys,

I am in the process of moving over the site to another provider, so there may be a little disruption in the Sunday to Tuesday timeframe, so if you see anything irregular, that is likely why.

Specifically, this will mean there will be no posts on Monday while this happens.

Many apologies for any inconvenience,
Geoff Tuffli

Peeking

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Goldfish

“They say dreams are the windows of the soul–take a peek and you can see the inner workings, the nuts and bolts.”
-Henry Bromel

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Mockingbird

“I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what.”
-Harper Lee

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Keepers

“The proposition that the people are the best keepers of their own liberties is not true. They are the worst conceivable, they are no keepers at all; they can neither judge, act, think, or will, as a political body.”
-John Adams

Via yamiaki.
Quote via The Quotations Page.

Padlock and Key circa 1580

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To become a master locksmith an apprentice had to produce a ‘masterpiece’. Here the locksmith demonstrated his skill by creating a robust and secure lock and refining its appearance with delicate etching.

Similar patterns decorated other 16th century goods and furnishings, from embroidery to tooled leather. Designs circulated among craftspeople through printed versions on paper and were widely recommended in pattern books.

From V&A via Hominis Aevum.

Bursting Balloons

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Taken with a slighly shorter delay such that the rubber is still retracting. You can see that when my fingers aren’t extended, the rubber has a tendancy to catch.

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Water balloon just after burst. Yes I got wet. Very pleased with this one, particularly the rippled texture on the rubber.

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Less rounded form on this one. More like my hands are containing the blast, rather than supporting it. You can just see the sides of the balloons near my hands.

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This one was both fun and challenging. Required extra attention in dealing with the string and making sure the orientation worked out.

Via Edward Horsford.

The Honey Hunters of Nepal

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High in the Himalayan foothills of central Nepal Gurung honey hunters gather twice a year, risking their lives to harvest the honey from the world’s largest honeybee.

For hundreds of years, the skills required to practise this ancient and sacred tradition have been passed down through the generations, but now both the number of bees and traditional honey hunters are in rapid decline as a result of increased commercial interests and climate change.

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Photos by Andrew Newey for the full photo set (and prints). Also, check out Andrew Newey’s photo expeditions for those interested in more than a conventional safari.

The Dead in Diamonds

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Your very own LifeGem diamond(s) can be created from the carbon in cremation ashes, a lock of hair, or both.

Of course, not only do we turn ashes into diamonds and hair into diamonds, we also have a full line of cremation jewelry, rings, and pendants to accent your beautiful LifeGem cremation diamond.

Chicago’s LifeGem isn’t the only company doing this: Switzerland’s Algordanza, UK’s Heart-In Diamond, New Life Diamonds and Gems and also from the UK, Phoenix-Diamonds also provide similar services.

Via LifeGem.