Skip to main content

Another Sunday and Another Trip Back Home

Occupy Tallahassee

While other Occupy camps are being roughly disbanded by over-militarized local police (New York, Oakland, Atlanta, Miami, Orlando, etc), the camp in Tallahassee seems to be alive and well, having been established since October of last year, and having been at this location since Thanksgiving.

I found this while leaving Tallahassee after stopping by the Broken Brogan (see more below). I met several camp inhabitants this morning and they were all quite friendly. One of them, Aaron, gave me a thumbnail history of the area, stressing the fact that the city gave them permission to occupy this vacant lot at the corner of West Madison and South Duval. Apparently the Occupy group went to great pains to occupy the area legally.

Rules of Engagement - Occupy Tallahassee

I find it amazing that the city of Tallahassee would be so open-minded and cooperative with the Occupy group. Or perhaps I shouldn't be, with Florida State University and Florida A&M sitting right next door to the group. Both of these storied schools believe and support populist causes, and have helped produce like-minded local graduates for over 150 years.

The reader should note the "Please" board on the left, and the rules that the collective have set up for themselves. From all outward appearances the group is following these simple but effective rules. This is a far cry from the portrayal of other Occupy groups. I can only speak to the Orlando group, who were attempting to be as well-behaved as the Tallahassee group. The only problem were the local Orlando city fathers, who were manipulated by a local lying Tea Party group into using local City of Orlando police force to move the group and deny them their Constitutionally guaranteed First Amendment rights.

The Quad - Occupy Tallahassee

The area devoted to the group is clean and organized, but not regimented. In the peaceful morning, if you didn't know better, you'd think this was a group of camping baby boomers.

Big Yellow Bus - Occupy Tallahassee

I'm showing my age for sure, but this Occupy bus reminds me of the Muppet's Electric Mayhem Bus.

Green Tech - Occupy Tallahassee

And somebody's gone to the trouble of setting up some green tech. I don't know what the battery is for, but the solar panel is set up to trickle charge it.

Kuntry Kitsch

When in Tallahassee we stay predominantly at a local Redroof Inn, which is next door to a Cracker Barrel. We eat breakfast there before heading out for the day. Valentine's day has passed; the next commercial holiday is Easter. Rather than speak to the real roots of Easter, folks are more comfortable dealing with Easter eggs, the Easter bunny, and other bright glittery manifestations invented and/or perverted by our American culture.

Kuntry Kitsch

Broken Brogan

It's sad when a museum goes belly up, especially due to mismanagement. In the same area as the Occupy group sits the empty hulk that once housed The Mary Brogan Museum Of Art & Science. My daughter attempted to work there part time, but was released back in mid-December, just in time for Christmas. By mid-January of this year the Brogan had closed up shop, a train wreck taken over the edge appropriately enough by someone named Choo-choo (or is it Choo-cha?).

Broken Brogan

Undergoing Reinvention

What's sad is to see the simple piece of wrinkled paper haphazardly taped to the inside front, a kind of desperate attempt to convince the world there's still something left inside the place.

Empty MOAS

Until you start looking around the place with uncovered windows and see the now-empty shop, a key feature of the museum when it was open, that was once filled with merchandise. I picked up a few items when I was there last year.


Popular posts from this blog

cat-in-a-box channels greta garbo

So I'm sitting at my computer, when I start to notice a racket in back. I ignore it for a while until I hear a load "thump!", as if something had been dropped on the floor, followed by a lot of loud rattling. I turn around and see Lucy in the box just having a grand old time, rolling around and rattling that box a good one. I grab the GX1 and snap a few shots before she notices me and the camera, then leaps out and back into her chair (which used to be my chair before she decided it was her chair).

Just like caring for Katie my black Lab taught me about dogs, caring for Lucy is teaching me about cats. She finds me fascinating, as I do her. And she expresses great affection and love toward me without coaxing. I try to return the affection and love, but she is a cat, and she takes a bat at me on occasion, although I think that's just her being playful. She always has her claws in when she does that.

She sits next to me during the evening in her chair while I sit in mi…

vm networking problem fixed

Over the weekend I upgraded to Windows 8.1, then discovered that networking for the virtual machines wouldn't work. Then I tried something incredibly simple and fixed the problem.

Checking the system I noticed that three VMware Windows services weren't running; VMnetDHCP, VMUSBArbService, and VMwareNatService. VMware Player allows you to install, remove, or fix an existing installation. I chose to try fixing the installation, and that fixed the problem. The services were re-installed/restarted, and the virtual machines had networking again.

Once network connectivity was established there was exactly one updated file for Ubuntu 13.10, a data file. This underscores how solid and finished the release was this time. Every other version of every other Linux installation I've ever dealt with has always been succeeded by boatloads of updates after the initial installation. But not this time.

Everything is working properly on my notebook. All's right with the world.

sony's pivotal mirrorless move

I'm a died-in-the-wool technologist, even when it comes to photography. I have always been fascinated with the technology that goes into manufacturing any camera, from the lenses (optics) through the mechanical construction, the electronics involved, and especially the chemistry of the film and the sophistication of the digital sensor. It's amazing that the camera can do all it's asked of it, regardless of manufacturer.

Of all the types of cameras that I've really taken an interest in, contemporary mirrorless (again, regardless of manufacturer) are the most interesting because of the challenging problems the scientists and engineers have had to solve in order to build a compact but highly functional camera. In particular I've followed the sensor advances over the years and watched image quality climb (especially with μ4:3rds) to exceed film and rival one another such that there's very little difference any more as you move from the smaller sensors such as 4:3r…