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I was walking around Roosevelt Center in Greenbelt recently when I saw a man walking five dogs at the same time. I have no idea if he owned all of them or if he earns extra money walking other people’s dogs and he ended up with five of them at once. It’s a miracle that all five were well-behaved because I could easily imagine the guy getting caught up in so many different leashes at the same time. (LOL!)

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Like I wrote in my last post, I had gone to Crofton to attend a vendor event that was being held by my support group for people who are separated or divorced mainly because a recruiter was supposed to be there as well. I decided to go just to give that recruiter my resume and talk to him. I had no intention of staying long. But then the recruiter wasn’t there but he texted the organizers that he would be there soon. So I killed some time by checking out the vendor event then walk next door to the Festival on the Green where I took some photos.

I arrived back to the church where the vendor event was being held only to discover that the recruiter ended up being a no-show. So I decided to drive back home since it had started to rain. The rain grew so bad that I decided to drive along the back roads because I just didn’t want to deal with the crazy assholes who speed in any weather on the interstate highways. When I hit Bowie I became more nervous because of the weather so I ended up stopping at the Bowie Library.

I have driven past that library building numerous times. I had even taken a photo of the building when I was stopped in traffic and I wrote a post about it four years ago. But I had never stepped foot inside that building until recently.

I knew the library looked big from the outside and it looked just as impressive on the inside as well.

The children’s area had the theme of Main Street. There were all kinds of decorations to make it reflect Main Street, such as these signs.

There were all kinds of decorations that represented pretend versions of a post office, an Internet cafe (where there were computers but no food or drinks were served), and a fire engine.

My personal favorite was the area that was set up to represent a pizza place.

No pizza or any other kind of food was served because, despite the decorations, it’s still a library. But I thought the pretend pizza oven was cute.

The table tops resembled a large pizza that would be shared with three or more people.

The menu was pretty cute as well. It listed, in menu form, what foods are healthy and nutritious to eat.

Compared to the children’s area, the adult and teen areas were relatively plain. But there were plenty of books to read so I had no problem with being stranded in a library.

There was a mural which reflected the history of Bowie, Maryland.

I basically stuck around for a couple of hours. By the time I left, the worst of the rain had ended and there was a fine mist that made everything damp. At least it was better than driving in heavy rain.

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Someone has made 38 hours of playlists that trace the evolution of hip hop and you can listen to it for free.

51 illegal photos of North Korea that Kim Jong Un doesn’t want you to see.

The false promises of worker retraining.

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The countries that get by without a government.

Nineteen facts about the deindustrialization of America that will make you weep.

The point of Patreon isn’t how many people earn a full-time living, it’s how much of the money from art goes to artists.

Oprah Winfrey is one of the world’s best neoliberal capitalist thinkers.

How a nearly successful slave revolt was intentionally lost to history.

This flapper’s dollhouse costs more than most people’s homes.

Mexican cities secede to escape corruption and cartels, forming corporate dystopias, precarious utopian projects, and Mad Maxish militia towns.

How Christians can emulate Dietrich Bonhoeffer in the age of Donald Trump.

Real books are back. E-books sales plunge nearly 20%.

Republican lawmakers are surprised to learn that no black soldiers served under the Confederacy in South Carolina.

A look at the 1912 Bread and Roses Strike.

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I attended my first-ever Edcamp one month ago. I was accompanying Phil Shapiro, who needed some help with setting up this exhibit that he was displaying and I went along. He had also recently purchased this used smartphone off of eBay that can shoot 4K video and photos and he wanted me to handle photography/videography duties using that smartphone. (It was a Samsung Nexus and he got it cheap because it had a cracked screen.) This particular Edcamp was held at Loyola College’s campus in Columbia, Maryland.

Going there opened some family memories because I had a now-deceased uncle who attended the Loyola campus in Baltimore although I don’t recall ever hearing him reminisce about his days there when I used to visit him at various family gatherings. I only knew that he was a Loyola alumni.

The Columbia campus resembled a modern-day office building, which looked nice but it definitely didn’t look like a college or university. (I attended the University of Maryland at College Park, which has many brick buildings with Greco-Roman style columns.) When Phil and I arrived, we knew that we were in the right place because we saw these signs.

Edcamp at Loyola College, October 27, 2018

Edcamp at Loyola College, October 27, 2018

Edcamp at Loyola College, October 27, 2018

Edcamp provided a free breakfast of bagels and cream cheese. They had an opening session where the organizers greeted all of the attendees. Edcamp is definitely unlike any other conference I’ve ever been to. At an average conference, there are usually workshops, panels, and speeches that are planned and scheduled ahead of time. At Edcamp, workshops and other events aren’t planned ahead of time. Basically people show up and just volunteer to lead a workshop or panel based on an idea that he or she has suddenly come up with. While the breakfast and opening session is going on, volunteers start to create a schedule using Post-It Notes along with room assignments. The attendees could then take a picture of this schedule with their smartphones.

Edcamp, Loyola College, October 27, 2018

All of the attendees were given swag starting with this Northrop-Grumman bag.

Edcamp at Loyola College, October 27, 2018

Edcamp at Loyola College, October 27, 2018

Northrop-Grumman also provided this missile-shaped pen that has three separate inkwells in three different colors.

Edcamp at Loyola College, October 27, 2018

Edcamp at Loyola College, October 27, 2018

The bag was also filled with all kinds of goodies ranging from stickers and buttons to promo flyers for various education technology-related products.

Edcamp at Loyola College, October 27, 2018

Edcamp at Loyola College, October 27, 2018

Edcamp at Loyola College, October 27, 2018

What was really cool was that I got this free blank book that I could use as a sketchbook.

Edcamp at Loyola College, October 27, 2018

Edcamp at Loyola College, October 27, 2018

When Phil and I arrived at Loyola the first thing we did was to set up his exhibit in the designated hands-on room, which featured exhibits that people could touch and play with. Phil had something he called an Open Source Petting Zoo where all of the computers at that exhibit were running the Linux Mint operating system with various open source applications like Libre Office (which is an open source alternative to Microsoft Office) and Inkscape (which is an open source alternative to Adobe Illustrator).

Edcamp at Loyola College, October 27, 2018

There were people who were interesting in testing out the Open Source Petting Zoo.

Edcamp at Loyola College, October 27, 2018

The hands-on room had other things on display that people can look at, touch, and even play with.

Edcamp, Loyola College, October 27, 2018

Edcamp, Loyola College, October 27, 2018

Edcamp, Loyola College, October 27, 2018

Edcamp, Loyola College, October 27, 2018

 

Edcamp, Loyola College, October 27, 2018

Edcamp, Loyola College, October 27, 2018

 

Edcamp, Loyola College, October 27, 2018

Edcamp, Loyola College, October 27, 2018

You know that you’re at a technology-oriented conference when you see a robot.

Edcamp, Loyola College, October 27, 2018

Edcamp, Loyola College, October 27, 2018

I even got my first-ever look at the Google Cardboard. During the day I managed to use it to view 360 videos for the first time, which was pretty cool.

Edcamp, Loyola College, October 27, 2018

Once I managed to help Phil with setting up his Open Source Petting Zoo, he said that I was free to check out the rest of the conference. The one workshop I attended was about Google, which had one two other people, including the guy who was giving the workshop. We chatted a bit but it was pretty informal. When the first workshop ended it was time for lunch, where we had our choice of sandwiches that came from Jason’s Deli. During the lunch there was an impromptu panel that sprung up. Phil volunteered to be on the panel even though the topic wasn’t decided on until the last minute. So I sat in the audience and shot pictures of that workshop with the smartphone that could shoot 4K photos and videos.

Edcamp at Loyola College, October 27, 2018

So here’s Phil Shapiro in the middle in the next photo.

Edcamp at Loyola College, October 27, 2018

Here’s a wide shot of the entire panel.

Edcamp at Loyola College, October 27, 2018

Here’s another wide shot of the panel, this time with Phil Shapiro holding the microphone.

Edcamp at Loyola College, October 27, 2018

Here’s a closeup of Phil with the microphone.

Edcamp at Loyola College, October 27, 2018

I even got silly and switched to my own smartphone so I could take this last photo of the panel using my smartphone’s Hatsune Miku app.

Edcamp at Loyola College, October 27, 2018

After lunch I spent the rest of the afternoon checking out the hands-on room, which had a variety of neat things to try. It was raining on the day of Edcamp so it was no big deal spending the entire day indoors. I managed to get a glimpse of this lake with a walking tour that’s outside of the campus building. If the weather had been nicer, I definitely would’ve spent some time walking by the lake. Instead I had to settle for taking photos from outside of a window.

Edcamp at Loyola College, October 27, 2018

Edcamp at Loyola College, October 27, 2018

Edcamp also had a drawing for door prizes. When we first arrived we were all given raffle tickets that we could drop into any prize bag. One of the prize bags I put my ticket in was for this writing software that had me interested because I had majored in journalism in college. I won that prize. I received this bag that was clearly marked Loyola College.

Edcamp at Loyola College, October 27, 2018

Edcamp at Loyola College, October 27, 2018

When I pulled out the flyer I saw that this software was aimed at teaching students how to write. Except that I’m not a full-time professional teacher. I’ve taught Sunday school at my Unitarian Universalist church a number of years ago until I burned out after my second year and I quit after that. I’ve ran a Zentangle workshop for adults during the Enrichment Hour at the same church. I also served as an assistant teacher for the Takoma Park, Maryland chapter of Girls Who Code but that was a part-time gig and I wasn’t the main teacher. Phil said that he might find a use for it. I hope so because I would hate to waste this prize.

Edcamp at Loyola College, October 27, 2018

Edcamp ended around 2 or 3 p.m. so I helped Phil with dismantling his Open Source Petting Zoo and put everything in his car. I was glad that he was driving that day because it was raining like crazy that day. Afterwards Phil was interested mainly in the 4K video I had shot that day. Of the footage I provided to him, he chose to highlight only two of the videos that I made on his own YouTube channel. One was of people checking out something called Merge Cubes in the hands-on room.

The other was of people testing this kit where kids can easily create their own video games.

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Six tiny movie moments that took insane amounts of work.

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Christian Marianciuc creates a new decorated origami paper crane daily for 1,000 days.

View the wedding photos that were shot when the bride refused to cancel the photo shoot after the groom was killed right before the wedding.

When a full-time job isn’t enough to make it.

What did ancient Greek music sound like? Listen to a reconstruction that’s 100% accurate.

What a German diary from the Nazi era can teach us about what’s happening in America today.

Why we shouldn’t be surprised that some pre-Christian deities are similar to Jesus.

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Not too long ago I posted photos of Honey, a dog who’s a regular visitor to the Greenbelt Makerspace as she accompanies her owner to the Wednesday Fiber Fans Night. Here’s a more recent photo of Honey as she’s sleeping on a couch.

Life as a pet can be hard and tiring at times. LOL!

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I live not too far away from Buddy Attick Park, where Greenbelt Lake is located. So I was pleasantly surprised to find that a park that is in my local area has made NBC4’s list of the Best Places to See Fall Foliage in the DC Area. So over a few days I took some photos of the fall foliage along the lake. I took the bulk of the photos in the afternoon but there were a few that I took at sunset.

For years I have heard that there is something magical about going to New England during the fall to see the fall foliage there. Having been there a few times during the fall (most recently in 2010) I have to say that, yes, the leaves are very pretty there this time of the year. I know there’s a certain romance with seeing the fall foliage in New England with all of its shades of green, yellow, red, and orange. But the foliage where I live are just as nice as what I saw in New England and I don’t have to deal with getting hotel reservations (which can be very hard to come by in the New England region this time of the year) or traveling there.

In any case, here are my photos of the fall foliage along Greenbelt Lake in Buddy Attick Park. Enjoy!

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Here is the last of the Halloween posts for this blog. I meant to write this sooner but I got distracted by Inktober, the recent midterm elections, and a lot of other things that are currently going on in my life.

My local Unitarian Universalist congregation, Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church, decided to hold an all-ages Halloween celebration on the Sunday before Halloween. It started with an all-ages Sunday service. There were two choirs who performed. One was the children’s choir, which was all decked out in Halloween costumes.

Halloween Sunday Service

The other was the adult choir, where everyone also wore Halloween costumes.

Halloween Sunday Service

After the service ended there was the usual social hour. There were a few adults who also wore costumes, like this Jurassic Park-themed one, complete with a baby raptor dinosaur breaking out of an egg.

Halloween Sunday at Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church

Halloween Sunday at Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church

Halloween Sunday at Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church

Halloween Sunday at Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church

Halloween Sunday at Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church

While the social hour was going on I was busy with decorating my car trunk for Trunk or Treat. Here is what it looked like this year.

Trunk or Treat at Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church

Trunk or Treat at Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church

Trunk or Treat at Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church

Trunk or Treat at Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church

Trunk or Treat at Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church

Trunk or Treat at Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church

Trunk or Treat at Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church

Trunk or Treat at Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church

Trunk or Treat at Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church

Here are the photos I shot of other people’s decorated car trunks.

Trunk or Treat at Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church

Trunk or Treat at Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church

Trunk or Treat at Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church

Trunk or Treat at Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church

Trunk or Treat at Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church

Trunk or Treat at Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church

Trunk or Treat at Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church

There were games for children to play and there was lunch served as well. There were people of all ages walking around in costumes.

Trunk or Treat at Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church

Trunk or Treat at Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church

Trunk or Treat at Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church

Trunk or Treat at Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church

Trunk or Treat at Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church

I tried my hand at decorating a skull-shaped sugar cookie. I struggled with the icing because it was a bit on the hard side.

Trunk or Treat at Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church

This was the best I could do for decorating my skull cookie.

Trunk or Treat at Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church

I also shot a video of the day’s festivities including the costume parade, which went on during the Sunday service.

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Debunking myths about estrangement from family.

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