Things I’ve Seen

Things I Saw – June

Chicago Fireworks:
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Gino’s East line, 1.5 hour wait!
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Felt good to finally get some deep dish though:
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White Sox vs. Yankees. Cellular Field.
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Good to spend some time with Dad at the baseball:
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Chicago Skyline, never gets old:
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Graduation:
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Time to fly home I guess:
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Came home to this slug:
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Things I Saw – Indonesia

View of the currently active volcano from the plane:

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Lombok to Gilli Islands:

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Lunch from the street vendors ($1):
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Marsupial that digests coffee beans to make the local coffee:
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Final product goes for around $40 a cup in the States! This small amount went for around $25:
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Locals crushing up the collected (and cleaned) beans:
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Lotus Temple:
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Us guys inside the temple:
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Rice patties. View from our table at lunch:
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Herons flying home just before sundown. Literally thousands flew overhead from 5pm-6pm:
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Ubud locals massaging their prized roosters for their semi-annual religious cockfights:
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Mission impossible! Or just the cleaning staff at Denpasar airport:
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Things I’ve Seen

My friend who is allergic to apples decided for the first time in over a decade to eat one. Before photo:
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First bites:
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After (not as bas a reaction as we expected. Although he took some Benadryl which helped):

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This little guy stayed with us for the weekend:
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Accounting homework took up my weekend…

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Looked like the spout was sick:

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Someone threw TP in the trees:

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Unofficial:

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Finally a fortune cookie that rings true. Thinking of you Aunt Angie.

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Campus Artifacts

It’s really cool to go to a school with such a long lasting history. U of I has been a school longer than Australia has been a country, which could explain why I find all this so interesting.

1. Found inside the main library foyer, times have changed:

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2. Found outside the Union:

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3. Cool old gate between the Architecture Building and David Kinley Hall:

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4. There’s beauty everywhere, even above a trashcan:

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5. Light fixture inside the Union:

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6. Chandelier, same spot:

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Lights Out.

Walking around campus, I couldn’t help but notice how many different types of lights there are, some with a history predating both World Wars, while some with a less grand, but still important past. I decided to start investigating the history of these lights.

It began with this light outside David Kinley Hall:

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Which differed (although difficult to see) to this light outside the Main Library (built 1926):

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These lights outside the Henry Administration building (built 1912) didn’t seem to be functioning. Disappointing.

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I then noticed the less interesting lights, yet they are everywhere, the large industrial concrete/granite lights. I have a theory that their prominence came from replacing early 20th century wooden light poles, which would have become more expensive and prone to fires (I’ll try to investigate this further).

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This was the only wooden light pole I could find on campus:

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The concrete/granite lights have started being replaced with these larger, sturdier, cheaper, mass produced metal ones (this one happens to have a double light):

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The quad is illuminated with these lights, they’re old. I’m not too sure how I’m going to find out how old though.

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These round bulbed lights are all around campus. Look like they’re from the 70’s (1. on and 2. off).

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The mathematics building looks like a chapel with this lighting:

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This light outside the main entrance was transcribed with “Class of 1905”. The oldest light I’ve found by far.

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There’s a lot of added security around campus:

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And added safety:

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These are the most recent lights. Lincoln Hall was construction was completed in 2013.

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I want to know more about this one:

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And less about this:

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All in all, the school is full of historical items. Some items, like lights have potential to be preserved as an historic item, while some we will soon come to regret, light the wooden light poles, and replace. It is nice to see the shifts in time periods, like long drawn out seasons. I’ll hopefully edit this with any further information I’ve found.

Things I Saw

1. I don’t know why chairs at my house never seem to get a break.

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2. Leaving A Footprint:
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3. Icicles…

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4. ….everywhere

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5. Someone’s poor barbecue. Let’s hope this barbie get’s fired up again.

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(note: was very tempted to make a shrimp on the barbie joke.)

6. Trees are pretty scary without leaves.

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7. Crowd of people heading to the Ellen DeGeneres event at the quad. Interestingly, it was the most active day in the history of the “quadcam”.

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8. Absolute favorite cookie: Reece’s Pieces Chips Ahoy! Gotta cut down on these badboys.

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9. I have taken upon a mission to try every American “delicacy”, I’m always finding new favorites.

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10. All this time indoors is making me homesick. Looking forward to seeing this guy soon…

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Things I Saw

1. Throwback to halloween. One of my favorite photos, pretty good recreation (see #2).

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2. The original:

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3. The sun is about to set. Some of the greenhouses are defying daylight hours.

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4. Contrails against the sunset. The bell tower looms over, the last to see the sun set.

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5. Too much snow. The chair is going to have to wait for some warmer weather to melt that snow.

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6. It’s a little blurry, but this swing has been a very good friend in warmer weather. When there’s a sunny 70+ day, he’ll get the crisp picture he deserves.

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7. Icy icy day at Meijer. Eery and ominous sky. Back in Australia, this is the perfect sky for a shark attack – you wont find anyone at the beach! True story.

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8. I don’t know why I like this photo. It’s just kind of sad.

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9. Starting some coding for a Music class, the coding creates unique musical sounds…

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