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Scepticalscribe

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My good online friend @yaxomoxay & I have both often chatted about the civilised pleasures, and delights of an excellent coffee consumed in a cosmopolitan café, or a small, lovely, cosy, family run, café, or a simply in a relaxed, local café, especially with a newspaper to read, or book to peruse or congenial conversation to be appreciated and savoured.

And it crossed my mind to attempt to re-create a space that is somewhat akin to a virtual coffee-house with this thread, and seek to cultivate the atmosphere of an agreeable & congenial coffee house, or café, or coffee shop, one where the conversation is about coffee, culture, and life.
 

ericgtr12

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I really enjoy photography books. Most are about technique and styles, but I also like a good coffee table book that simply displays nice photos as well. My latest is Magnum Contact Sheets, I wasn't exactly sure what to expect with this book but I knew it detailed the process photographers take to choose which photo is their best, or a keeper as I like to call it.

The book itself weighs in at over 6 pounds and is just over 500 pages and is extremely fascinating to me, it gives you a look into the very personal process of how photographers choose which images will be published. Ranging from wars to flowers it's both disturbing and beautiful. I would think one would have to really be into photography to read it but it also goes into the publishing side of things, how decisions are made and the entire process.
 

Yoused

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Because, reasons, we were not able to do our summer travel this year, first time in five years, only the second time in 13, and it kind of hurts. We have tended to cover a lot of the same ground, but what ground it is. To stop in those places that others drive past in their hurry to get to point B and just look for history lessons on the ground (a good rock tells a story that covers millions of years, written in a script that is better suited for admiration than for study).

We would probably be in Taos today, heading back east, after spending many afternoons in the desert or the mountains or the dry prairies where shambling wind is most of the afternoon dialogue and the pronghorns are the local traffic (who are always keen to race your vehicle). Taos is not much of a place, but it has personality and the summer thunder echoes dramatically off the mountains at its edge.

In a couple months, snow clouds will be rolling over those places, making many of theM plain inaccessible. It feels like a wasted season. I guess I will have to appreciate the firm embrace of winter this year more than I usually do.
 
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Edd70

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My wife has subscribed to the magazine The Sun awhile back. I’ve ignored the issues until I wanted something to read at the beach this week. I read a lot of it. There’s a great article on fixing the economy that I’ll probably start a separate thread about.
 
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Alli

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My wife has subscribed to the magazine The Sun awhile back. I’ve ignored the issues until I wanted something to read at the beach this week. I read a lot of it. There’s a great article on fixing the economy that I’ll probably start a separate thread about.
Please do! I’m not reading much while I’m talking classes, and prefer to grab TV time. I know. I should go back to reading.
 

Yoused

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It was kind of strange. I went outside a few times today and on occasion took time to look at the sky (which I do moreso at night – Jupiter and Saturn are very bright). It was solid blue, horizon-to-horizon.

So? It is summer, that is to be expected.

Except, on any given day, in a normal year, there will be several contrails tracking across. I have seen not a one. There used to be at least one visible at any given time, sometimes two or three. I did see a large plane that looked like it might have been heading to the airbase, but it was low enough that it was not leaving a trail.

This would be a great time to film a western.
 
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Alli

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Except, on any given day, in a normal year, there will be several contrails tracking across. I have seen not a one. There used to be at least one visible at any given time, sometimes two or three. I did see a large plane that looked like it might have been heading to the airbase, but it was low enough that it was not leaving a trail.
Where are you located?

Here in south Alabama we’ve noticed more than the usual air activity as we sit on the deck in the morning. It all seems to be UPS and FedEx. That kind of thing. The occasional LifeFlight helicopter thrown in for good measure.
 

lizkat

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Here it looks like air cargo flights and the occasional helo possibly looking for folks who forgot what state they live in and are growing an inordinately obvious amount of a popular recreational agricultural crop.

Edit: not popcorn, no.
 

ericgtr12

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Enjoying my morning cup of coffee, tweaking the board and sparring/converation with @yaxomoxay :D

Work has been really busy lately so I really enjoy my weekends these days, trying to carve out some vacation time over the next month.