As the day approaches of the “End of the World As We Know It, I thought I would reblog this article I wrote some time ago. As for me and my friends, we will be eating our “last supper” together and playing games on that night. I said we should do it the day before, just in case, but got vetoed seeing how that would be on a Thursday night. Happy End of the World, or December 21, or Just Another Day!!!!! 🙂

Through The Lens

(Note: This is a look at how so-called prophets have preyed throughout the years on vulnerable people who are simply trying to find truth. It is no way meant to disrespect anyone’s particular beliefs.)

Against my better judgment, I recently viewed the movie 2012. It was your typical doom and gloom, end of the world movie – predictable and trite.

But it got me to thinking about just how many end times predictions have been made over the centuries. After a lot of research, I discovered that people are obsessed with knowing the outcome of this game called Life on Earth.

Just as at the moment we are born, we begin to die, so has this planet called Earth also been slowly decaying.

And with each passing year filled with man made and natural disasters, wars, plagues and all things imagined, hundreds of prophets  (and some not so prophetic) have…

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Permanent Makeup . . . REALLY?????

I’m a Facebook and email subscriber to several online shopping deal finders; I don’t actually purchase much, but I love to look at the latest deals.

This morning, I saw a deal for 67% off permanent makeup, and I had to ask myself, “Really?”

Some women don't really need any makeup, for the rest of us, thank goodness for makeup!

Some women don’t really need any makeup, for the rest of us, thank goodness for Max Factor!

With ever-changing trends in hair, clothing and even makeup application, one has to ask if it is really wise to permanently paint your face with a makeup trend that you may get tired of in a year or two or perhaps even six months.

I can even think back from when I was a teen in the late 70s and remember all the crazy trends that I adapted to over the years. Some of them (the big hair and weird makeup of the 80s) make me shudder to think that I might be stuck with a particular style for life. At the time, I’m sure I thought they were completely awesome (80s & 90s), only to realize when I awoke from my media induced hypnosis, that they were truly horrid.

So I did a little research and compiled an image montage of makeup through the ages. I was amazed at how much the trends have flip-flopped in just the last few years. I realize, that like fashion, whatever tickles your particular fancy goes, but you really have to ask yourself if your fancy won’t change tomorrow.

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Clockwise from top left, examples of makeup styles of the 40s, 50s, 60s and 1970s.

Clockwise from top left, examples of makeup styles of the 40s, 50s, 60s and 1970s.

The very scary 1980s and 1990s

The very scary 1980s and 1990s

Trends from 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012 (yea, I know I left out 2009).

Clockwise from top left: Trends from 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012 (yea, I know I left out 2009).

In fact, the projected makeup trend for spring of 2013 is actually taking a “less is more” approach, with nearly nude faces. So, my advice is skip this particular deal and stick to applying your makeup daily. After all, it is a small canvas, just how long could it take to paint it?

The projected makeup trend for 2013. Would be hard to get that look with the cat eye, eye liner of earlier years.

The projected makeup trend for 2013. Would be hard to get that look with the cat eye, eye liner of earlier years.

Photo Challenge 14: Big Revisited (oh, and Silhouette)

Since the seasons have not really changed in my neck of the woods much, I decided to revisit the challenge of BIG. If you may recall, I wanted to do images of wind turbines or windmills but was unable to get to the “farm.” I also didn’t have a suitable image for the Silhouette challenge. Last month, I finally made it over to the tiny town of Minco and happened upon “pieces” of a new turbine heading down the road. And, voila! My big images finally came to pass (as well as my silhouette). I probably will revisit Changing Seasons later – do you notice a pattern? You would think as a former photojournalist/reporter I could stay on task. I guess after seven years of someone telling what to shoot and write about, I have developed a little bit of a rebellious streak! 🙂

The extra long blade comes with a red-tipped warning to motorists.

The extra long blade comes with a red-tipped warning to motorists. Kind oh reminds me of Santa, Ho, Ho Ho!

Killing two birds with one stone, I managed to encompass Big and Silhouette in one shot! Better late than never!

Killing two birds with one stone, I managed to encompass Big and Silhouette in one shot! Better late than never!

Admitted, our Oklahoma wind giants aren’t as massive as some others I have seen on the show Turbine Cowboys. But they are still pretty impressive when you seen them being hauled down the road. Each of the three blades measures approximately 126 feet long and are hauled separately. It takes a special semi truck with independent front and rear wheeled platforms to haul each piece. In fact, the rear pilot truck has a remote control that steers the back of the transport truck around corners – freaky! The rest of the rotating giant’s skeleton also arrive in pieces on many different trucks.

A single blade is transported by a special truck.

A single blade is transported by a special truck.

This big fellow was parked on the roadside waiting to make its final journey to a nearby wind farm

This big fellow was parked on the roadside waiting to make its final journey to a nearby wind farm

The piolet driver has a special remote to steer the back of the semi truck.

The piolet driver has a special remote to steer the back of the semi truck.

Wind energy and Wind Turbine farms have fast become a visual maintain in Oklahoma – hey we are the state “where the wind comes sweeping down the plain!” In fact, the town of Piedmont recently petitioned its city council to prevent one from inhabiting local farmland. Its citizen stated reasons like the windmills blocking their view of the sunset. I personally think that is a little closed minded, but I guess everyone is entitled to their own opinion.

I know it looks like the blade is stationary, but it is actually moving at a very slow 8 mph.

I know it looks like the blade is stationary, but it is actually moving at a very slow 8 mph.

Wind energy is definitely the cleanest energy and cheapest (once the huge turbines have been paid for) – after all the wind never stops no matter what the weather (or drought) conditions are here in Oklahoma. The giant turbines sit like sentinels on the precipice of Oklahoma farms, turning at a governed, very slow eight miles per hour to generate electricity. They really are a sight to see and the sound they make is a bit eerie.

I love the solider-like quality of these massive giants. They stand at attention, doing their part for clean energy.

I love the solider-like quality of these massive giants. They stand at attention, doing their part for clean energy.

The key to their efficiency is the size of the blade; the bigger the blade, the more power they can generate. Two things have limited the size of the blades: the size (and subsequentually the weight) and the cost to produce them. Last week General Electric released plans to create a cheaper, larger, more efficient fabric blade. Uh, kind of going back to the beginning on this one as windmills of times past were always covered with fabric. I personally think these will not last as long, because the fabric will deteriorate and have to be replace more often – but then, what do I know. You can read about GE’s project at http://www.zeitnews.org/applied-sciences/energy/ge-bids-increase-wind-turbine-efficiency-fabric-covered-blades.

I shot these images early in the morning facing the west, thus producing a silhouette of my project.

I shot these images early in the morning facing the west, thus producing a silhouette of my project.

Anyway, I degris. I kind of got caught up in the science of this adventure and turned this photo challenge into a research project. LOL I hope you enjoyed my images.

Weekly Photo Challenge 13: Reflection

Okay, I probably have missed the deadline on this one, but I’ve been swamped and haven’t had time to post.

We went to Bricktown in OCK, OK for my birthday, and I snapped a couple (without a tripod) of the lights on the canal. It was still 67 degrees outside, so it didn’t feel at all like Christmas. 🙂

I love looking at lights, and when you add water, doubly so!

I love looking at lights, and when you add water, doubly so!

The last time I shot this fountain, it was frozen, so you could see the entire street in the background. Pretty either way

The last time I shot this fountain, it was very cold and the water wasn’t as big, so you could see the entire street in the background. Pretty either way

 

This was taken about 8 years ago and for some reason the fountain wasn't as big - maybe the freezing temps?

This was taken about 8 years ago and for some reason the fountain wasn’t as big – maybe the freezing temps?

The canal plays home to many water fowl; I loved the reflection of the ducks and the lighted trees that are out of the frame.

The canal plays home to many water fowl; I loved the reflection of the ducks and the lighted trees that are out of the frame.

Merry Christmas Everyone In case I don’t get back on before now and then!

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