Library of Congress Archive on Flickr

Look past the outdated styles and you would think these photographs were just taken yesterday.  But try again (1941, 1942). 
In a pilot project announced Wednesday, the government archive started their Library of Congress Flickr page. From the Library of Congress blog "Out of some 14 million prints, photographs and other visual materials
at the Library of Congress, more than 3,000 photos from two of our most
popular collections are being made available on our new Flickr page, to include only images for which no copyright restrictions are known to exist."  Flickr’s blog says "There are two main aims to The Commons project, starting with the
pilot: firstly, to increase exposure to the amazing content currently
held in the public collections of civic institutions around the world,
and secondly, to facilitate the collection of general knowledge about
these collections, with the hope that this information can feed back
into the catalogues, making them richer and easier to search." So get tagging, oohing and ahhing.



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Part3 of Ongoing Meet the Family Series

Monitor Crab


Was adopted on August 16, 2007 during a Surface Magazine Shoot.

  Previous foster parent was makeup artist (and friend) Katie Mellinger.

False name is Claude and was born on September 3, 1996.

  Resides on the top corner of a Apple Cinema Display.

Often makes computer users angry because he covers up the X in top right of screen.

  Often attacks cat and then gets knocked down by tail.

Is a poet:

  Claude the crab paints by the sea

A famous artist he hopes to be

  But the tide came in and his paints fell

Now his art is on his shell! 


Part2 of Ongoing Meet the Family Series

Grandpas Brother


Was saved from Wal-Mart on Thanksgiving night of 2004 in Pittsburgh.

While being saved that night, also shoplifted younger brother Me-Maw in his arms.

Has a older brother who looks very much like him named Grandpa.

Current occupation is MTA conductor of the G train.

Has a collection of benches in different cities.

Favorite past time is sniping (19 floors up) at people who walked by his bench.

Is one of the ring leaders of the family.

Has a myspace page:



Jollies can do it!


Let’s hope this stays true and we get some snow! I love winter snowstorms.  I feel as if they happened much more frequently growing up in Pennsylvania,  so I’m always so excited when I hear any snow is coming our way and this seems like enough to go out and build snow people!  The best was in February 2006 when we got the record snow of 26.9 inches (picture below), we still have some of that snow saved in our freezer.   If it snows, anyone want to play? I only get to wear my ridiculous winter snowboots once every few years so let’s do it.


Part1 of Ongoing Meet the Family Series



Was saved from store on 23rd St (between 2nd & 3rd ave) in Manhattan.

Originally was $14.99 but was on sale for $9.99.

Born on 09/30/98 with the false name of Pumkin given by his TY warlords.

Receives Social Security checks.

Has a ongoing battle with Yellow Crab since his checks often don’t come because Yellow Crab steals them from his mailbox.

Currently resides on Nikon film scanner.

Dollars and Cents: A Pass From the Gas Man

A collective sigh of relief was breathed today with the arrival of a cheaper than expected heating bill .  What was it going to be? $400, $600, $1000?  What with foregoing heating fuel for tiny portable electric space heaters for the past two winters Pamela and I were relative noobs staring into the face of the decadent heating oil industry.

Although stressful, it is admissible that it has been a pleasantly mild past 35 days at 144 Spencer St.  Sure, gone were extra layers of shirts and socks, jackets, and heck – we could even get away with going without shoes and gloves to keep warm indoors, but was it going to be worth the substantial extra cost?  Well, today a month’s worth of worries were put to rest with grand total for a month of heat turning out to cost no more than $120.  Whew.