Art and Eiffel

After a long break I’m finally going through the last pictures from my trip to Europe in September.

The french pioneered the glass pyramid as a holistic healing device
A fancy room
The crown jewels
Winged Victory of Samothrace
The only thing greater than the size of this museum is the number of visitors
A lucky shot of the Venus de Milo without any other tourists in frame
Cultural appropriation… err… I mean, a sphinx?
Concentrating on framing
Feel that healing power
Triumph
Posing with a local bicycle cabby
The Eiffel Tower
Not quiet a Space Needle, but its still nice.
Worlds largest sundial
Looking down at where we’ve been
Boats on the Seine
The Trocadéro across the river
Getting a nice picture
Wow, what an original picture
Do it for the Instagram
This would look good on Instagram
You have something on your head
Still not taller
Wandering the streets at night
Some great neon signs lighting the dark streets

All Signs Point to Paris

After a long break I’m finally going through the last pictures from my trip to Europe in September.

After taking the train from Brussels to Paris and getting settled in our new AirBnB. We still had some time in the day to visit a few churches before on the way to get some ice cream.

Sainte-Chapelle
Notre Dama
Ice cream

Snowing in Seattle

It doesn’t snow often in Seattle. Which is good because it is a very hilly city without the infrastructure to remove snow. On the rare occasion when it does snow this circumstances leave residents with only one option for getting around the city.

Skiing down Fremont hill

Snow Day

This week the impossible has happened. Its been snowing in Seattle. This is a little hilarious and a little terrifying as it is a very hilly city with nearly no infrastructure for snow or ice. It was nice on Monday to work from home and look out the window at the pristine white layers.

A Snow Day

The forecast is predicting twice as much snow again this weekend which might mean the largest snowfall for the city in over 20 years. People are stocking up on groceries ready to be snowed in, but I wonder if I’ll be able to ski down the Fremont hill.

Mill Valley

Some people may say that things are never black and white. To those people I would direct them up to the mountains on a cold winter morning and see a dark world covered in fresh snow. I managed a picture of this winter wonderland while skiing this weekend, with the clouds just retreating back up into the sky and a light dusting on all the trees.

Mill Valley

The Horror

Recently I’ve been playing Arkham Horror the card game. It’s a living card game adaptation of the Arkham Horror board games with many mechanical improvements. One thing its share with its progenitor is that there are a lot of cards and pieces and it can become a confusing mess quite quickly.

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The table after playing Curse of the Rougarou with the unpainted markers

One thing I do like about the Arkham Horror board game is the modular interlocking board pieces that become the setting of the game. Since all the card games has is cards each location becomes a card and instead of interlocking cardboard connectors there is complicated system of symbols on each location card noting which other locations its accessible from.

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Painted and weathered token next to an unaltered one

I was not the only one who found this confusing. Users on Thingiverse had uploaded 3D models of arrow tokens which can be used instead to show the connections between the locations. Firing up the 3D printer I printed out a batch. The tokens were very nice, but the flat plastic color didn’t fit the 1920 noir theme of the rest of the game. With a little gold and black paint that was also remedied.

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The markers in use

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A fleet of tokens waiting to be used

Link to the Location Connectors STL

Link to the play mat

Let Bob Do His Job

This week has been a political rollercoaster with the Democrats taking the house almost immediately followed by the “resignation” of Sessions. The latter with the appointment of Whitaker as AG crossed a line and yesterday I made good on a commitment made months ago; to take to the streets if there were sign of interference in the Special Counsel investigation. Seattle has a long and troubled history with the Trump administration, so it’s no surprise that I was not alone in showing up on short notice to protest the transparently corrupt actions taken. The point of the protest was to send a message, and to help spread that message I documented many of the interesting signs and people who showed up to support this cause.

In Bruges

Our next day in Belgium we split the day between Bruges and Ghent. Both of these cities were beautiful examples of Gothic ascetics with very little modern construction.

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A picturesque hotel right as we got off the train

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The morning streets of Bruges

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Omer on the streets

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Around every corner is another great scene

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Jonathan, looking for breakfast

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Spires tower over all the city

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Getting a picutre

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Waling the street

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The Courthouse

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The Belfry of Bruges

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Inside the Belfry

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From the top of the Belfry we watch a storm roll in

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Looking down on the Basilica of the Holy Blood

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Bells in the Belfry

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“Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries”

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A medieval courtyard

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The back of the tower

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The streets after the rain

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The rain removes all the tourist from in from of City hall

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Basilica of the Holy Blood, no pictures were allowed inside

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Looking cool

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Empty streets

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Admiring the Church

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The Church of St. Anne

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The Courthouse

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Where we stopped for lunch for Belgium fries

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More chocolates

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The Senate and People of Belgium?

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A Bridge in Bruges

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Top photo spot

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Justin by the canal

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Behind Church of Our Lady Bruges

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Taking a picture

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Half Moon’s bier pipeline!

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On a bridge

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Where we should have gotten lunch

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Goodbye Bruges, will Justin make it to Ghent?

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Saint Nicholas’ Church in Ghent

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So many towers

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I think the stone tower looks nicer than the crane

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The Belfry of Ghent

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Belfry of Ghent, St Bavo’s Cathedral in the background

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Post Plaza

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Looking back at Saint Nicholas

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Leie (Lys) River

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Gravensteen castle

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Despite running to the castle we arrived just as it closed

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Defend the gates

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Saint Nicholas

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A canal cafe

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Sunset

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Ghent at night

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Back at Gravensteen castle

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Canals are calm at night

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Bridge of the Lys at night

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