I seem to be changing banners more frequently than I actually write on this here blog thing, but every once in a while, the mood strikes and I write 2 or 3 posts in a row and then here we are again. My life is not my own right now. I'm working on a 192-page book for my job, one that goes to press the end of May and 10-12 hour days on the computer do not lend themselves to another hour or so blogging. I don't see any end of this in sight, since once I'm done this book, I move into another, plus another after that and in between a MAJOR project that dictates I shift into uppercase every time I type MAJOR. See what I mean. It's going to be really...MAJOR.
But here's a new banner, since I think we're all pretty much suffering from Avengers-fatigue at this point (great movie, by the way, definitely the best Marvel movie ever, and that's saying a lot, since they have this movie thing down, even if they can't seem to figure out the whole creator-credit thing, which is just downright shitty, but I digress). The new banner takes us to San Francisco and the spectacular Golden Gate Bridge (not seen) where this photo of one of those "slip me a quarter and I'll show you the world" binoculars was taken.
As a kid I was fascinated by these things and almost always let down when my parents would capitulate to my wheedling and give me the damn quarter so I could peer through the dirt-encrusted lens for the measly minute of viewing time. They didn't work very well, they didn't stay on long enough, and you almost always left them with your face showing a patina of dirt from pressing up against them. (Does anyone ever clean these things?)
These days I'm most fascinated by the way they look than the way they see. I think they're incredibly elegant pieces of machinery, heavy, awkward-looking, but elegant nonetheless. They almost seem like they should allow us to look into the past, capturing image after image in their viewing range for us to look back on, like some crazy time-lapse movie from long ago. Alas, that's not the case. It's just a pair of binoculars, and a quarter doesn't buy a lot these days.
But wouldn't it be nice if that "Turn to Clear Vision" button worked on so many other levels?