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Turns Out it was a Fake Baby

A baby simulator to be exact!

Saturday, at a surprise birthday party for one of my daughter-in law’s friends, I happened to see one of the teenagers with what looked to be a real baby in her arms.

Nope, a FAKE baby!  (But it sure looked real)

I felt compelled to photograph it and asked a few questions of the “baby minder

She told me about the project for a Child Development Class in Steel Valley Senior High School.  Each student is issued a baby  (both male and female students).  They take turns caring for the “baby” for a week.

Baby simulators are expensive as I looked them up.

Don’t even think about leaving the baby unattended.

Fake baby

 

From across the room, it looked real to me!

 

fake baby key pad

The “caregiver” explained how one night the baby cried ELEVEN times!

You have to insert the proper key in the proper hole in the back of the fake baby to get it to stop crying.

 

keys for the key pad for fake babyBurping it and rocking it are part of the plan. Not sure of the effectiveness rate in pregnancy prevention but it seems like a valuable experience.

You can see the labels on the various keys to insert into the right hole in the back.

Years ago, I remember hearing about a project of attending to a five pound bag of flour for a week, carrying it with you wherever you go, not letting the bag split. The baby simulator has lots of technology and the data is monitored and recorded from what I understand.


Meditation Lights Created With Dual Image Photographs

When I went to pick up my order at my favorite framer, Panza Gallery in Millvale, I saw these lights aglow.

They are “lights not lamps, Mark Panza said.  “You can leave them on all the time and they don’t get hot.”

They caught my eye and I asked Mark about them.  Turns out he makes them and not to share his trade secrets but he uses his signature combined dual images containing architecture, figures, and or nature.  He constructs the base from frame scraps, builds a glass or plexiglass box, adds an LED light  and then Mark lines the box with his image.  Each one is unique.

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In some of the pieces you can see recognizable architectural details from the William Penn Hotel downtown Pittsburgh and Sacred Heart Church Rose Window in Shadyside.

 

 

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They looked even better when Mark switched off the gallery lights.  There was still a lot of daylight from the door but they really glowed.

 

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You may have seen previous posts with Panza Gallery featured.

Mark (and his lovely daughter Jennifer) always do a great job framing my photographs and artwork.

Panza Gallery is “dedicated to the Pittsburgh artist”.

Millvale, PA has a lot happening.

 

 


Me: That’s a lot of trash! My Sister: Yes, look up and see where it comes from.

Good point, Mary.

trash nyc

 

 

 

 

apartment building

Now I get it!

 


Early Bird

Literally.

sunrise and gull ST George

The weekly photo challenge is Early Bird  The golden hour BEFORE sunrise.  This is just at the moment of sunrise on St. George Island State Park, Florida where I was visiting dear friends last summer.  The last morning we were there we drove and then walked to the end of the Island.  It was a beautiful sunrise.

sunrise St George gull

Another early bird- in  a tidal pool, not at the State Park but by the house where we were staying.

Early Bird

“For this week’s photo challenge, get up early and explore the morning light.”

                                                                                                                                       -Brie Anne Demkiw

 

 

 


Duck Duck Go Search Engine Does NOT Track You

TAKE BACK YOUR PRIVACY is what it says on the DUCK DUCK GO page here 

Have you tried this search engine and if so, what do you think?  If not yet, why not try it?

Recently my friend Steve ran into an acquaintance who’s about 25 years younger than we are.

I mention the age difference as I’m sure it’s one reason I’m just hearing about it.

The guy is totally into computers and does well although I can’t tell you what his business is exactly except when they were talking about search engines he recommended the search engine DUCK DUCK GO.

The selling point (no charge) is they DON’T TRACK YOU.

Have you ever searched for an item and then received emails and ads in a variety of places with said item?? I am always being offered an opportunity to receive an online master’s degree in Art Education. It’s well known I look at shoes.  And now it’s baby items.

My friend V was researching a blender purchase and I helped.  Whoa!

I can’t tell you how long I got promos and ads about blenders. They KNEW I hadn’t purchased a blender yet! I’m offered photography books all the time. And equipment.  Let’s face it, Amazon has my #.

This just happened to me today. Again.

Suddenly they’re offering me FREE SHIPPING on printed invitations. (Thanks a lot-a tad late-  I already ordered printed invitations the other day and paid for shipping)

There’s an excellent article about Duck Duck GO by Harry McCracken  at TIME magazine who calls it the In-N- Out Burger of Search Engines.  You’ll still use Google for images and books. But there is definitely “reduced clutter.”

Thank you Mr. Gabriel Weinberg for founding Duck Duck Go.  You are my new home page. I read more about your company in Paoli, Pennsylvania on the Wikipedia Article here.

It took me seven years to find you.

Maybe a few more fans will like your privacy factor (for the good).

Oh yes, they’re hiring, too.

I know this is primarily a photography blog but I didn’t want to screen shot their logo without permission.

 

 


Found the Key to Happiness

You know how I’m always looking for signs.

And there it was at the Auto Glass Store.

Driving from school, stopped at the red light.

Written on the portable sign.

 

Key to Happiness


Perseverance

You see motivational posters with a single word illustrating a character trait underneath a corresponding photo.   The power of nature to grow in an inhospitable environment is always amazing to me.

per·se·ver·ance
ˌpərsəˈvirəns/
noun
 steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.
  1. power of naturePittsburgh Greenway Parking Lot

Buying Buttons in New York City and Learning of Rumi

This is the story of my seeking special buttons for grandbaby knitting projects, (completed and on the needles) while visiting NYC over Spring break.

My sister guided me to the button store I’d found online.

Oh no, bad news.

We got to the address and there was paper covering the windows and the security grill was down-

CLOSED- 

I can’t tell you how disappointed I felt.

Fortunately,  a man on the sidewalk  saw us staring at the storefront in disbelief and he pointed to the place next door.

Lou Lou Buttons had moved just one number over, due to a malfunction of errant sprinklers and being flooded out. Lou Lou Buttons store Phew!

Turned out it was the store owner, Ross, who invited us into the button store. And I found so many interesting buttons. They are from all over the world, Japan, France…you name it!

He said every Broadway show and  opera production has come to his store to buy buttons for costumes.

I believe it! Some people replace every button on garments they purchase, to improve and upgrade the look.

Here are the buttons I bought

and here is the owner Ross, photographed by my sister Mary. I was in the photo but the image looks better with myself cropped out! IMG_8442     Lou Lou ButtonsI took this one with more buttons in the background to give you the idea of the inventory.

When I asked about the origin of the store name Lou Lou Buttons, turns out Lou Lou is like the Boogeyman, so when a child is called in from playing outside the mother might say, “Come in now, or Lou Lou’s going to get you.”

We heard Ross tell The story of the merchant to whom the parrot gave a message for the parrots of India on the occasion of his going (thither) to trade. by the Persian poet Rumi.  It’s here if you don’t know it. Be sure to scroll down for the translation in English.

It was a day when the universe rhymed- the button store still there (just one door to the lef) cute buttons for the baby sweaters and my sister and I were enthralled as we listened to the wonderful story by Rumi. 

It’s said he’s “the best selling poet in the United States.”

Buying buttons and hearing Ross tell Rumi’s story of the parrot was a New York City experience.

We left his store with a lot more than just buttons.


Simply Afloat

From my kitchen this evening, photographed specifically for the weekly photo challenge: afloat.

I was reminded of the old science experiment- will it sink or will it float?  I chose two I knew would float.

 

Rubber Duck Afloat

 

 

Floating Corkiphone 5 photography


NOLA Airport Across from Gate B7 I met a wise woman 

at the kiosk.  They were out of white milk for cereal and it had been a busy day, she said. 

She did tell me where I could get a Greek salad. 

Our plane had mechanical problems so I had to switch to another plane. That’s how I ended up talking to her

Thinking about a quick bite.

“Better to be on the ground and wish you were in the air

Than to be in the air, and wish you were on the ground.”

Yes, you are so right

    

Thank you

  


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