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Morning’s Work via Instagram

January 3rd, 2021 Comments off

Morning’s Work

Morning’s Work via Instagram

A beautiful winter sky to start the new year.

From my Instagram Feed



Douglas E Welch Design and Photography Top Sellers For 2020

January 2nd, 2021 Comments off

Douglas E Welch Design and Photography Top Sellers For 2020

Here are the top selling artworks in my Redbubble store for 2020. Check them out!

Hammond B3 Organ Hammond B3 Organ

Hammond B3 Organ 2 Hammond B3 Organ 2

Vintage Panel from a Tent Lining, India 1725–50 Vintage Panel from a Tent Lining, India 1725–50

Vintage Civil War Christmas Eve Etching (published Vintage Civil War Christmas Eve Etching (published “Harper’s Weekly,” January 3, 1863)

Vintage Cover of Vintage Cover of “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens” (1886)

Echeveria In The Sun Echeveria In The Sun

Vintage Santa Claus Etching Vintage Santa Claus Etching “Twas The Night Before Christmas” by Thomas Nast

Vintage Santa Christmas Etching Vintage Santa Christmas Etching “Caught” by Thomas Nast

Vintage Santa Christmas Etching Vintage Santa Christmas Etching “Merry Old Santa Claus” by Thomas Nast

Temple and Olive Trees, Agrigento, Sicily Temple and Olive Trees, Agrigento, Sicily

Vintage Strawberries Vintage Strawberries

Get Your Arduino Geek On! Get Your Arduino Geek On!

Bob Crachit’s Christmas Dinner” Vintage Christmas Postcard (1905)

Channel Island Fox (Urocyon littoralis), Santa Cruz Island, California Channel Island Fox (Urocyon littoralis), Santa Cruz Island, California

Vintage Brambles Print Vintage Brambles Print

 

Civics – 7 in a Series – Follow the money!

December 30th, 2020 Comments off

A wise man once said, many years ago, “Follow The Money” and it has always been true, especially when it comes to civics.

If you want a clear indication of a government’s goals and direction, follow the money using this database for All City Funds, Current balances of all Funds for the City of Los Angeles. Includes General Fund, Reserve Fund, Budget Stabilization Fund, and Special Funds. Upated daily, Monday through Friday.

Civics - 7 in a Series - Follow the money!

If you want to follow Los Angles accounts — and I admit, it can be quite a geeky endeavor — they are online for all citizens to see as yet another database on the data.lacity.org site. I previously highlighted another datas showing the status of 311 calls in the city. This database has a lot more data and can take a bit longer to sort through, but you can use the online tools to slice and dice it in any way you wish.

Civics - 7 in a Series - Follow the money!

Want a deeper understanding of your city. Dive in a swim around in this data for a while and I am almost sure you will find it!

Civics – 6 in a Series – LA City Clerk Connect

December 23rd, 2020 Comments off

Today I turn my attention back to my own backyard with this link to LA City Clerk Connect, the online information system and app for all things Los Angeles Government. Here you will find schedules, ordinances, agendas, committee information, voting records and even a public comment form if you can’t visit city hall in person.

Civics - 6 in a Series - LA City Clerk Connect

There is a lot of information here and I have only scratched the surface myself. You can set automated reminders on various discussions, ordinances and referrals to keep you informed of when action on those issues is taking place. It is a bit quiet for now due to both COVID19 and the holidays, but it will be a great place to check out in preparation for your enhanced civic engagement in the coming  year.

As always, an informed citizenry is a good citizenry!


So, just what is “civics” anyway?

Civics is defined as: the study or science of the privileges and obligations of citizens.

Civic education is the study of the theoretical, political and practical aspects of citizenship, as well as its rights and duties. It includes the study of civil law and civil code, and the study of government with attention to the role of citizens―as opposed to external factors―in the operation and oversight of government. League of Women Voters of Delaware.

In order to have the government we want, we need to both understand and engage in civics activities in our local communities. I am dedicated to doing better in 2021. How about you? 

Civics – 5 in a Series – Tracking Federal Legislation in Process with GovTrack.us

December 16th, 2020 Comments off

Tracking in-process legislation, especially at the Federal level, can be a bit difficult, but GovTrack.us has made it easier by listing bills in chronological order, Trending Bills in the news, and those bills of most interest to their users. 

Civics - 5 in a Series - Tracking Federal Legislation in Process with GovTrack.us

Too often we don’t know what a bill is proposing unless we read the text itself. Sure, the text can be a bit dense and legalize, as is to be expected, but it is still the primary source for understanding the bill. You can’t know how people are spinning a bill to their own ends unless you know what the bill contains.

You can also set alerts on bills so that you get notified when new bills are introduced, changes are made, new laws are passed, and additional legislative activity. Let the information come to you instead of having to go seek it out.

One more great feature is the ability to see who voted Aye/Nay on every single bill. Is your representative supporting your wishes or voting against them. You may not know without checking their votes and voting record.

As always, an informed citizenry is a good citizenry!


So, just what is “civics” anyway?

Civics is defined as: the study or science of the privileges and obligations of citizens.

Civic education is the study of the theoretical, political and practical aspects of citizenship, as well as its rights and duties. It includes the study of civil law and civil code, and the study of government with attention to the role of citizens―as opposed to external factors―in the operation and oversight of government. League of Women Voters of Delaware.

In order to have the government we want, we need to both understand and engage in civics activities in our local communities. I am dedicated to doing better in 2021. How about you? 

The Sifter is a beautiful database of 5,000 historical cookbooks via Input [Food]

December 11th, 2020 Comments off

Civics – 4 in a Series – Important Civic Notification and Alerts Direct To You!

December 9th, 2020 Comments off

One of the best ways of staying informed of civic information is by letting that information come to you — instead of searching it out each time. This week, I focus on 3 services  that provide up-to-the moment info on various aspects of civil life. These are all separate from the Amber Alert/Emergency Warnings we are all familiar with and do not have the accompanying emergency tones that startle us all. 

For me, I most often relied on the Notify LA system to advise me of Red Flag Alerts and their associated parking restrictions in hillside neighborhoods. When I was visiting computer clients more often int he past, this would let me know if I might need to reschedule appointments as I wouldn’t be able to park in the neighborhood if their driveway did not provide sufficient space. Even though I live in the flats of the SFV, I needed to remain aware of this information to prevent issues with my business — a great reason to sign up.

Notify LA Email and Text Messages

Notify LA Email and Text Messages

There are a variety of ways that the City of Los Angeles can reach you during an emergency. Residents are encouraged to sign up for all alert platforms relevant to where they live, work, and spend time in Los Angeles. Residents can provide multiple points of contacts, multiple addresses for alerts, and set language preferences by registering for the alert systems offered by the City of Los Angeles. 

Sign Up for Alerts

The City of Los Angeles strongly recommends subscribing to both of the following systems:

NotifyLA – Create an account to receive urgent notifications about local emergencies by phone, email, and/or text message. Subscribe to alerts for your neighborhood, schools, businesses, media, and other interest areas. Powered by Everbridge.

Log in to manage your settings – Learn more about NotifyLA

Nixle – Text your zip code to 888777 to opt-in or sign up online to receive email, text or voice messages with alerts and advisories from local law enforcement. This will sign you up to receive alerts from all agencies using Nixle in your zip code.

Sign in to modify your location or settings. List of local agencies using Nixle.

LADWP Outage Notices

LADWP Outage Notices

LADWP now provides a 24/7 outage alert service for customers to receive outage information for up to three (3) neighborhoods. Notifications are for major incidents only. Customers have the option of receiving notifications via texts, emails or both. Messages will be sent after a significant outage occurs, when updates are available, and when power is restored. Please note that outages may affect only portions of a neighborhood, so you may receive an alert even if you are not experiencing an outage.

Create/Sign into Your LA DWP Account

SCAQMD Air Alerts

SCAQMD Air Alerts

South Coast AQMD is helping Southern California residents learn to make clean air choices that will help reduce air pollution, including knowing when it’s important to curtail use of wood-burning fireplaces. 

Bad air quality can contribute to harmful diseases like asthma, lung disease and cancer in some cases. Smoke from residential wood-burning can aggravate health conditions. Check below for more information on how seasons affect air quality and steps you can take to help reduce air pollution, and to sign up to start receiving your air quality forecast and notifications today.

Sign up for Air Alerts

All of these sites also have Twitter feeds you can follow for similar information should you wish to receive alerts in that fashion.


So, just what is “civics” anyway?

Civics is defined as: the study or science of the privileges and obligations of citizens.

Civic education is the study of the theoretical, political and practical aspects of citizenship, as well as its rights and duties. It includes the study of civil law and civil code, and the study of government with attention to the role of citizens―as opposed to external factors―in the operation and oversight of government. League of Women Voters of Delaware.

In order to have the government we want, we need to both understand and engage in civics activities in our local communities. I am dedicated to doing better in 2021. How about you? 

This Rare Vintage Typewriter from the 1950s Lets You Type Sheet Music via My Modern Met

December 4th, 2020 Comments off

This Rare Vintage Typewriter from the 1950s Lets You Type Sheet Music via My Modern Met

While most composers like to handwrite their sheet music, over the years there have been all types of machines invented to help print music. Perhaps one of the coolest is the Keaton Music Typewriter. First patented in 1936, it definitely doesn’t look like an ordinary typewriter. Robert H. Keaton from San Francisco, California created the machine, which has now become something of a rare collector’s item.

The original patent was for a 14-key typewriter, which was then upgraded to 33 keys in an improved 1953 patent. Marketed in the 1950s and sold for about $255, the machine has a distinct look thanks to its circular keyboard. In creating his design, Keaton was looking to create something that would be able to print characters precisely on a staff and indicate exactly where the next character would be printed to ensure accuracy.

Read This Rare Vintage Typewriter from the 1950s Lets You Type Sheet Music via My Modern Met

Civics – 3 in a series – Keeping aware of neighborhood activities with SFV Scanner and others on Twitter

December 3rd, 2020 Comments off

On Nextdoor I often see posts like “What is going on? Why are there helicopters overhead? Why am I hearing sirens?” and others. This is natural, as we all want to stay in touch with what is happening in our neighborhood and city,

There are several ways you can sort out what is going on and one great source is Twitter. Here in the San Fernando Valley, we have a great resource in @sfvscanner, an account that monitors scanner traffic and seeks to keep people informed of major events in their area.

 

Civics - 3 in a series - Keeping aware of neighborhood activities with SFV Scanner on Twitter

 

I follow this account, among others, and even have notifications set up on my phone for each tweet that they post. This might be overkill for most people, though. You can also use it as an on-demand resource whenever something is happening and you want to know more.

That said, scanner traffic is notoriously of-the-moment and can show the confusion of an event in progress. It is important to not take everything mentioned as gospel, but rather as a reason to avoid particular areas where police and fire activity is occurring. They also delay or avoid posting information that is too sensitive at the moment to not compromise police operations. They will then post the information once the event has been completed.

By staying aware of public safety activities in our neighborhoods we can protect ourselves and our neighbors and help improve our civic life.

 

Additional Twitter accounts I follow include:

So, just what is “civics” anyway?

Civics is defined as: the study or science of the privileges and obligations of citizens.

Civic education is the study of the theoretical, political and practical aspects of citizenship, as well as its rights and duties. It includes the study of civil law and civil code, and the study of government with attention to the role of citizens―as opposed to external factors―in the operation and oversight of government. League of Women Voters of Delaware.

In order to have the government we want, we need to both understand and engage in civics activities in our local communities. I am dedicated to doing better in 2021. How about you?

COVID19 Exposure Notifications Via iPhone Now Available! Set Up Yours Today!

November 27th, 2020 Comments off

I have been eagerly waiting for this since it was first announced and my good friend Daniel let me know this morning (via our family and friends Discord server) that it was finally available here in California. It is not like I have gone much of anywhere for the last 261 days, but it always good to keep aware of what is happening around you.

There is nothing to install. Exposure notifications is built into the iPhone. Just follow the steps below to activate.

Once you activate CA COVID Notify, it does all the work. All you do is keep your bluetooth on. You will only receive alerts if you were in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19. Your privacy is protected as your identity is not known and your location is not tracked.

Set It Up Today!

COVID19 Exposure Notifcations Via iPhone Now Available! Set Up Yours Today!

Complete Information Here