On the road to Hobbiton

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More sights from along the pathway to the Hobbit Hole:


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A bird’s eye view of Neil Peart’s drum set

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Neil Peart requires no introduction (but just in case).

© John Arrowsmith

…and here’s a video of him using just about all of them over the course of an eight and half minute drum solo, often taken from the same perspective:

Mr. Cal’s Robot Party

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A few photos from Mr. Cal’s 7th birthday Robot Laboratory. We’re reconvening this weekend at my place to keep working on them. Once all kids have sufficiently awesome costumes we’re heading down to Kerry Park for a photo shoot, evidence of which will be forthcoming.

Mr. Newly-Toothless Birthday Kid
Ferocious Mr. Owen

The Assembled Host

Dr. J came up with a novel, non-costume idea: automated TNT robot
Robot Ruby had the whole world in her hand
Closeup of the equipment: the jet pack


At the grave of Hin-mah-too-yah-lat-kekt, also called Joseph

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A horse, some apples, and a medicine bundle. Photographed October 2007.

I know that my race must change. We cannot hold our own with the white men as we are. We only ask an even chance to live as other men live. We ask to be recognized as men. We ask that the same law shall work alike on all men. If an Indian breaks the law, punish him by the law. If a white man breaks the law, punish him also.

Let me be a free man, free to travel, free to stop, free to work, free to trade where I choose, free to choose my own teachers, free to follow the religion of my fathers, free to talk, think and act for myself — and I will obey every law or submit to the penalty.

Whenever the white man treats the Indian as they treat each other then we shall have no more wars. We shall be all alike — brothers of one father and mother, with one sky above us and one country around us and one government for all. Then the Great Spirit Chief who rules above will smile upon this land and send rain to wash out the bloody spots made by brothers’ hands upon the face of the earth. For this time the Indian race is waiting and praying. I hope no more groans of wounded men and women will ever go to the ear of the Great Spirit Chief above, and that all people may be one people…

Hin-mah-too-yah-lat-kekt, ‘Thunder Rolling Down The Mountain’; spoken upon his visit to Washington DC, 1879.

200 Calories

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A collection of different foods, portioned into 200 calorie increments. Did you ever wonder what 200 calories of celery looks like? How about Coca-Cola, or beans, or a Jack-In-The-Box cheeseburger? Well, now’s your chance. A few selections included here, but click through to the Imgur page for the full, and fascinating, collection.

200 Calories of Celery 200 Calories of Red Grapes 200 Calories of Sliced Kiwi Fruit 200 Calories of Hot Peppers