Some time over the last couple days, I broke 50000 views on Panoramio. I don't know if that's a milestone, but it sounds cool.
They haven't updated their "view on map" thing for a couple years. Alas.
Music-wise, I've been working on some loops for a new project. Still hoping to get some songs mastered in July with my cousin in Victoria.
In the meantime, I've been taking lots of photos. Here are a few digital ones from a recent trip to 100 Mile House.
On Friday night, we spent the night at Othello Tunnels Campground in Hope, BC, but the others in our party found the passing trucks unbearable. I didn't really notice the trucks because I didn't know any better. But we packed up and drove up the forest road to Jones Lake.
And the sounds of nature were sonorous. And the sky was jammed with stars and a few planets. And it didn't really take that long to set up or tear down. And the beach was covered with sand and glass, but the girls had a good time. And I had a good time too, although I was admittedly antsy.
At one point, my S5's battery died because we forgot the car charger. Fortunately, I'd decided to bring the old Blackberry Torch, which I initially intended to be my daughter's camera for the trip. I used the Torch for quite a few photographs, including the one of frogs in the top-right corner. It was fun to use the old-school cameraphone, but it was also a good reminder of the severe superiority of the S5. The novelty of the Torch's camera wears off quickly.
It's good to know about the campsite. I will return there. I'd like to return sometime without needing to stress out about the RV's tires and whatnot, perhaps just to go there with the kids.
There's a wonderful set of photographs of "Abandoned Italian discoteques" over at Slate. I love this stuff. I'd love to visit these places and take my own photos, or do a small gig, or something fun and creative. Unfortunately, these wonderful buildings serve a more "real" purpose today:
I'd love to have some "underground parties" in a space like this...
... or this...
Here's a link to the actual photography project that Slate's referring to.
The way these ruins can just be abandoned kind-of reminds me of Egypt, where we saw thousands of buildings abandoned or unfinished. They could abandon buildings because the climate was so dry that they wouldn't rot. In BC we can't get away with that; abandoned buildings rot quickly and usually get torn down. Perhaps that's why I like these "modern ruins" so much; we simply can't have them here, so they're particularly exotic to me.
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