Saturday, August 19, 2017

Elegant highway interchange near Dallas, TX

I like the complexity of swooping lines in the Dallas highway interchange.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Uncanny valley carousel, Huntsville, AL

Spotted in an outdoor mall: this carousel was surrounded by faces leering at me out of the uncanny valley, too realistic to interpret symbolically but not realistic enough to feel human.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Enigmatic planet signs at Monte Sano observatory, Huntsville, AL

Atop Monte Sano is a small educational observatory, and in its yard I found this collections of signs: one for each planet, plus the Sun and Pluto. Clearly they are representing (a slightly older version of) the solar system, but why are they arranged in this double-column? If they were just being stored, I would think it would be a tighter arrangement.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Monte Sano trail blazes, near Huntsville, AL

On the other side of Huntsville from the rocket museum, the Monte Sano park rises into craggy woodlands laced with any number of lovely criss-crossing hiking trails.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Offerings to Miss Baker


Standing unobtrusively near the front entrance of the US Space and Rocket Museum is this simple memorial to Miss Baker, the space monkey who had one brief and glorious flight and then spent her remaining 25 years in pampered retirement. Her grave is a quiet site of worship.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Shuttle necklace, Huntsville, AL


Another entry in the space jewelry exhibit: while I doubt this would be comfortable or practical (I keep thinking how the shuttle would snag on things), I strongly appreciate the daring asymmetry of this necklace.