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Old 2018-07-17, 00:18   #78
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More Chihuly! Might be a bit over halfway through with these, it was a very comprehensive collection

The first two are from his "Venetian" collection, I think. They were inspired by glassworkers in Venice that Chihuly saw while on a visit. It seems these were made in his transition to more "organic" art, and afterwards were his "Seaforms" which resembled shells and other waterborne creatures.

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Old 2018-07-17, 22:10   #79
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Last of the Chihuly stuff for now, everything left is either extremely blurry or a repeat.

There were quite a few works on sale at the collection, mostly abstract "paintings." I'd hate to say that they're just scribblings, but check out these images. Sure, there is some semblance of an image but

In any case they sell for $3000, and you can find them hanging about in the opening hall of the museum. At the other end where the self-guided tour stops, there's actual glass(and other materials)-made sculptures. Most were $3-5k, but apparently this hawk thingy is really special

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Old 2018-07-19, 00:20   #80
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Leftover pics from Wytheville; the first two are from the woods behind the butterfly farm on our way to their pond/small lake. No clue what kind of shrub/tree/bush it was from...

The third picture is of the Bolling Wilson Hotel, which is named for the First Lady during World War I who was born in Wytheville. The last two are of a neat monument honoring KIA service members from Wytheville, going as far back as the French and Indian War.

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Old 2018-07-23, 02:51   #81
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We're going to Denver, Colorado. We stopped in Wichita, Kansas for the night and will get to the hotel in Aurora tomorrow. I'll be running around the city looking for something to do for 5 days; anything worth looking into that Google won't tell me? I'm restricted to foot travel and public transportation (all-day bus pass for $5? ), so all the cool mountains and stuff are too far.

I read recently that simply residing at a higher altitude can help you lose weight and live longer. A study took some obese guys and took them up a bit. After two weeks at a higher altitude and with unchanged (unhealthy too!) eating habits they came back to sea level, and continued to lose several pounds on average. And some other study (or the same? I can't remember) suspected that living at a higher altitude led to longer livespans by several years (not sure if for extended periods of time or just for a bit). Interesting stuff! And apparently some people sleep in hyperbaric conditions for similar benefits.

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Atlas Obscura

They should have some interesting stuff.

Look into the FieldTrip app. They have the AO stuff and others.
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Old 2018-07-30, 01:01   #83
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Back from the trip to Denver. It took us 2 days to drive there, and 2 days back, so we only spent 3 days there... and it took me about a day to figure out where the nearest public transportation stop was and how the fares worked and whatnot. The second day in Denver I didn't do anything, and the last day we just went into the city to eat. So there are only like 3 pictures because very few interesting things happened

It was very nice though. The weather was nice and cool (60s and 70s F) and there was a lot of good food. I had some awesome gyros from a restaurant right in front of the hotel.

The only pictures I have are of the aftermath of a rainstorm, which I'll post tomorrow. It started out kinda slowly, but ramped up continuously for a few minutes until it reached torrential proportions. It hailed pea-sized bits of ice; there was so much rain and hail in the air that you couldn't see 5 feet ahead. Afterwards the temperature had dropped 25-30 degrees, and the ground was covered in several inches of hail and massive puddles. All of this in less than 30 minutes! It went from sunny to rain and back to sunny in that time period
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Old 2018-07-31, 21:36   #84
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Old 2018-08-03, 18:41   #85
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I got my school schedule set up today. Arkansas has quite a few requirements for graduation, and I thought I’d have a bunch of things to take care of. But it turns out a lot of my requirements for my senior year were fulfilled while I was at ASMSA. I’ll only have 3 total years of English classes (instead of the usual 4) since my first semester at ASMSA counted as 1 whole year, and the second semester that I’m making up will be equivalent to my entire senior year. My trip (read: vacation) to Italy counted for my “fine arts” credit, so I get to skip a boring music enrichment class. So my schedule only needs 3 classes. I’m filling in the rest with Physics (not required but I should have it), a computer programming class (if I can do Haskell then this should be easy!), and a CAD class for architectural drafting (experience with the software, might influence my thoughts on the field). There are two spots left, which I can fill in with concurrent credit classes through the local CC. I suppose it’ll be easier than taking the classes at an actual college, even though the tuition would otherwise be free

It would be nice to just take less than 8 classes, but the school requires students to have a full schedule, even if the rest of the classes are just useless filler. I could reduce my course load to 6 classes, but I would have to leave the school early (no study hall?!), which I am unable to do since I’m still taking the bus

I’m also well-incentivized to get all A’s this year; doing so will net me a nice gaming laptop from my parents

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My trip (read: vacation) to Italy counted for my “fine arts” credit, so I get to skip a boring music enrichment class.
It should only be boring if the teacher makes it boring. There are all sorts of music enrichments that are not boring. There is so much old music that has been interfaced with modern music or has been presented in different ways that it should never be boring. Putting it in context helps.
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Anything you can get from a CC at this point is a bonus as it means less credits needed at college. Just make sure they are transferable.
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It should only be boring if the teacher makes it boring. There are all sorts of music enrichments that are not boring. There is so much old music that has been interfaced with modern music or has been presented in different ways that it should never be boring. Putting it in context helps.
Of course; the teachers who get stuck teaching music or art to a bunch of uninterested belligerent redneck teens are not very happy about it. I don’t mind music from most time periods, just the classes are awful. Serge linked to a video by Rick Beato in my Career Development thread, which was very interesting. If our public school teachers could present music theory like he does I’d definitely be signed up...

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Anything you can get from a CC at this point is a bonus as it means less credits needed at college. Just make sure they are transferable.
Arkansas guarantees most credits for transfer between public universities and community colleges. I already have some credits from my year at ASMSA, which were through the University of Arkansas at Little Rock; those will stay with me in full for my time at UofA in Fayetteville
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