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Architectural Abstract via Instagram

April 18th, 2019 No comments

What is your favorite architectural style? Share in the comments!

Architectural Abstract

Architectural Abstract via Instagram

Another photo of architecture taken to its abstract limits. This isn’t someplace special or unique in regards to architecture but was found in a local shopping mall. 

For myself, I was taken by the regular divisions of space in contrast to the larger panels and the curvature of the roof and how it effects the divisions. 

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Pettinaroli and Figli, Storefront, Milano, Italia via Instagram

April 18th, 2019 No comments

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Pettinaroli and Figli, Storefront, Milano, Italia via Instagram

Pettinaroli and Figli, Storefront, Milano, Italia

I ended up taking lots of photos of storefronts during this trip. There are so many interesting and unique displays and often the stores themselves are just as unique.

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Scene from the Orto Botanico in the Brera District of Milan via Instagram

April 16th, 2019 No comments

How do you design your garden? Share in the comments!

Scene from the Orto Botanico in the Brera District of Milan

Scene from the Orto Botanico in the Brera District of Milan via Instagram

In this scene we get an important lesson on how sight lines can make a garden seem much larger than it is. The leading lines of the pathway, the encroaching growth of the plants and the architecture at the end make it seem like the garden goes on for an even greater distance. 
This garden is hemmed in By buildings on each side and isn’t particularly large, but new vistas were always opening up as you walked about.

Orto Botanico di Brera 

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Historical Cooking Books: The American woman’s cook book (1939) by Ruth Berolzheimer – 26 in a series

April 16th, 2019 No comments

Archive.org has a host of old cookery books (from mid-19th to mid-20th Century) available in many formats and on a host of topics. I happened across a few in my Pinterest feed and gone completely down the rabbit hole in this treasure trove of information. Sure some ideas might be out of date, but you never know what you might find when you explore these books. I’ll be sharing more books as I find them in the coming weeks. –Douglas


Historical Cooking Books: The American woman’s cook book by Ruth Berolzheimer – 26 in a series

What might you find in these old cookbooks? What special recipes have been handed down to you? Share in the Comments!

Historical Cooking Books: The American woman's cook book by Ruth Berolzheimer - 26 in a seriesHistorical Cooking Books: The American woman's cook book by Ruth Berolzheimer - 26 in a series

Historical Cooking Books: The American woman's cook book by Ruth Berolzheimer - 26 in a seriesHistorical Cooking Books: The American woman's cook book by Ruth Berolzheimer - 26 in a series

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USE OF RECIPES

To become a good cook requires more than the blind following of a recipe. This is frequently illustrated when several women living in the same community, all using the same recipe, obtain widely differing results. It is the reason so many cooks say, “I had good luck with my cake to-day,” or “I had bad luck with my bread yesterday.” Happily, luck causes neither the success nor the failure of a product. To become a good cook means to gain a knowledge of foods and how they behave, and skill in manipulating them. The recipe by itself, helpful as it is, will not produce a good product; the human being using the recipe must interpret it and must have skill in handling the materials it prescribes.

Some of the lessons which the person desiring to become a good cook should learn are given in the following pages. They will not be learned all at once; but if they are gradually mastered, luck will play a less important part in culinary conversation.

Reviewer: Judith Martin – favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite – December 15, 2009 
Subject: American Woman’s Cook Book (1939)

This is the book my mother lived by when it came to cooking for the family “army” when all 30 of them showed up for the Christmas Eve Party at our house. Her two sisters had this book as well, so they did some of the cooking and baking to keep Mom from having to do all the cooking in her tiny kitchen. And, as for entertaining, this book still has it all when it comes to table settings and where the water and wine glasses have to go
 
Publication date1939
PublisherChicago : Published for Culinary Arts Institute by Consolidated Book Publishers, Inc.
Digitizing sponsorMSN
LanguageEnglish
 
 
 
 
 
 


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The 100 Best Pens – Gel, Ballpoint, Rollerball, and More, 2018 via The Strategist

April 16th, 2019 No comments
There is a geeky community for nearly everything in the world and pens — yes, pens for writing — is one of them. Sure you have the fountain pen collectors and users, but even the humble felt tip, rollerball and ball-points have their community. In this case, The Strategist has developed a method of rating pens of all types and quantifying how each measures up so you don’t have too.
 
Yes, I am a geek in many things and pens could be considered one of them.  I certainly have my preferences in pen and ink types I dislike ballpoints with a passion and look towards rollerball or fountain pens as my go-to writing instrument.
 
What’s your favorite writing instrument? Check out how it rates in the exhaustive list below!
 
At its most basic, a pen has to do just one thing, but there are so many reasons to choose one over another. Does it glide along the page, or does it drag? Does the ink flow in a smooth line, or is it unpredictable? Does the pen feel good or would note-taking cramp your hand? And how does it look? With so many varieties out there, from plastic ballpoints sold by the dozen to thousand-dollar fountain pens hunted down by collectors, we became determined to find the very best pens for everyday use.
Read Gel, Ballpoint, Rollerball, and More, 2018 via The Strategist





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April 15th, 2019 No comments

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April 14th, 2019 No comments

Architectural Abstract, Packing House, Claremont, California via Instagram

April 14th, 2019 No comments

What is your favorite architecture?

Architectural Abstract, Packing House, Claremont, California

The sunset created this amazing abstract light painting on the @claremontpacking building on Friday night while we had dinner at @eurekaclaremont . 
My eye is often caught by these interesting patterns. So much so that @drrosannewelch will often ask just WHAT I am taking a picture of. 😀

Architectural Abstract, Packing House, Claremont, California via Instagram

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Porter at Eureka, Claremont, California via Instagram

April 14th, 2019 No comments

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Porter at Eureka, Claremont, California

Since we had to drive to Cal Poly for an awards presentation for @drrosannewelch and an eSports event for @gogojosephw, we took some time out for a stroll and dinner in Downtown Claremont. There we had drinks and dinner at @eurekaclaremont. We ended the evening at a poetry and music show at @sanctuarycoffee, a non-profit coffeehouse that donates all profits to public assistant organizations. 

Porter at Eureka, Claremont, California

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On The Street, Via Dante, Milano, Italia via Instagram

April 11th, 2019 No comments

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On The Street, Via Dante, Milano, Italia

On The Street, Via Dante, Milano, Italia via Instagram

I have never been one to practice street photography much, probably because I’m too self-conscious about it and worry about bad reactions from people. 

That said, one afternoon we pulled up at a kiosk to rest our feet and have a snack while we waited to meet family for dinner. 
Via Dante is a large, wide, now pedestrian-only Avenue in central Milan, right near a major subway station. It is a main location for the evening passeggiata or evening stroll so familiar in Italian towns of all sizes. 

This location allowed me to casually sit and capture people as they strolled by without attracting too much attention to myself, so I felt comfortable enough to try out some spontaneous street photography. 

What’s interesting is that these photos bring back some of the fondest memories as they make me feel I am there again more than any photos of dusty history or buildings. 

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