I have found myself exploring the freshly painted Algoma Lighthouse more often. Amazing what a fresh coat of paint can do to these beautiful structures.
Kitsune Kon debuted in Green Bay this past weekend at the KI Convention Center. This convention outgrew the facilities in the Fox Valley and will be in Green Bay for the next couple of years. The focus of the Kitsune Kon is anime and video gaming. There were anime viewing rooms, an exhibition hall, a board gaming room, a manga cafe, a foam sword fighting area, special guest voice actors from a few higher profile animation films, amongst many other activities. And of course the cosplay. You would have been hard pressed to find a costume that was off the shelf. There were so many amazing costumes with insane detail. This is an awesome event.
On 3/17/15, we experienced a geomagnetic storm sporadically peaking at G4 intensity on the five-point scale, causing disruption to power systems and spawning a beautiful green, St. Patrick’s Day-themed aurora. This severe geomagnetic storm was caused by the combination of two coronal mass ejections and we typically do not see such vivid auroras this far south. Photo taken at the Algoma Pierhead Lighthouse.
I have always been fascinated with the theories of Stonehenge. I can clearly remember first learning about pilgrimages to Mecca in an early social studies class. I was fortunate enough to spend some time in Italy and visit the Colosseum. Each of these places are representations of the axis mundi and all have fascinated me for ages.
I am not terribly interested in football, but the last few years working for the City of Green Bay has given me special insight into the near religious fervor surrounding the Packers and the hallowed ground of Lambeau Field. Maybe because I see past the football, it is hard to ignore what must have been intentional mythic religiosity in the design of Lambeau.
Out roaming Downtown Green Bay in the wee morning hours and stumbled upon Al’s Hamburger right as they opened for this opportune shot of the waitress in the window waiting for the regulars at 5AM. This iconic roadside Americana restaurant has recently gone up for sale.
For two nights, it calls to me; the full moon, clear skies, and the most frigid temperatures of the year on Lake Michigan. It creates a somewhat surreal landscape that only appears in a narrow window of time.
I have been using Google Glass for about a year now. Here is what I have learned:
- People will stare and murmur.
- It freaks some people out.
- It will start conversations.
- Many will be fascinated with, and ask about, how it functions.
As I look back at the pictures I have taken with it over the course of a year, I find that I have a vast amount of photos where I am explaining to some curious soul about how easy it is to take photos with it via voice or tactile activation. Here is a small collection of those photos.
Green Bay has been the cultural hub of the region all of my life. That’s not saying much but you make the best of the hand you are dealt. For a City with such a long history, there are unfortunately few examples left of the architecture from nostalgic and bygone eras. The Brown County Courthouse in downtown Green Bay is one of very few buildings around with that classically iconic looking architecture of the early United States, even if it was built in 1908. If it takes 150 years for architectural styles to find there way to Green Bay… there is a joke here somewhere. Cultural trends do seem to be coming to Green Bay a bit faster as of late. Few can deny the positive re-birth, or Renaissance if you will, of the downtown. I hope the powers that be take care of this little jewel and it’s nostalgic American style.