Abotherless place

SF’long way from home

Photography is the art, application, and practice of creating durable images by recording light, either electronically by means of an image sensor, or chemically by means of a light-sensitive material such as photographic film.
Wikipedia

Photography brought the world to the world.

The smart phone has made it even more ubiquitous, and someone’s sense of humor.

The world is about 7.75 billion people. Its likely most of those people—us—understand what is a photograph.

The “photograph” has a common meaning, not in its content, but its form which defines the meaning of the content. . Show someone a photograph and they will identify it as a photograph.

They may not have a common interpretation as to what they see in the photograph . . .

but they agree this is a photograph and when they ask What is it? , they expect to find an answer.

When they ‘know‘ its a photograph, the mind generates an image of what it should look like, and when its different, the mind wants to know who manipulated the image. “Who Photoshopped it?”

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What kind of changes did public education bring to this country? And/or to the world?

There are federal laws, mandates, rules, guidelines, and state laws, mandates, rules, guidelines, and local laws, mandates, rules, guidelines,

And there are individual personalities distributed throughout each bureaucracy . . .

each individual twisting and turning their network of influence in directions not necessarily compatible with the purpose of the bureaucracy

The idea of public education is that life has changed, where in early history education occurred in families through chores, tasks, and responsibilities, apprenticeships;

as humans evolved with increasing technological advances, divisions of labor and complex economic interrelationships . . . A standard set of adult skills was identified and came to be taught in schools.

Basic language, basic math—As society keeps changing, these skills are constantly being redefined.

Public education meant that kids attended, compulsory attendance, public schools in an orderly fashion.

Student socialization experiences increasingly occur with other students of their own age. The situations of the schools—locations, finances, etc— come to play an important part in the socialization experiences of the students. They develop their own norms based on their social experiences with each other, semi-independent of family or village elders.

Students develop their own norms and a more commonsense of reality based more on their experiences with each other, and less with family or village elders, but still in the presence of adult professionals with a more common standard across the country than local communities.

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Looking west from Albuquerque NM, the land is flat desert and the path of the late afternoon sun light can be relatively closer to the Earth without being blocked.

Minnesota plains are windy, upon arriving it quickly becomes an unconscious habit to make sure anything you put down is weighted enough not to blow away.

Driving down the driveway/road to the house, the second floor windows are seen. It was an empty house used as a barn for storage by the couple that lived in a trailer at the turn off. He had stored a barrel of salted fish only to return later to find a bear had broken in and ate the fish. Revenge— so he bought another barrel of fish, put it in place and started spending nights there, with a firearm.

An old farmhouse with a small apple orchard in the front yard, a wood stove and a pump in the kitchen, a gas refrigerator and gas lights.

Somerville neighbors on a warm afternoon

Rolling a joint in the 1960s, everyone patiently waiting . .

Fifty years later holding moms hand in rehab.

Each story has its own picture , don’t push back.

Gate gate paragate parasamgate Bodhi svaha

Shallow shelters, sundry seens

Although my book is intended mainly for the entertainment of boys and girls, I hope it will not be shunned by men and women on that account, for part of my plan has been to try to pleasantly remind adults of what they once were themselves, and of how they felt and thought and talked, and what queer enterprises they sometimes engaged in.


The Adventures 0f Tom Sawyer Preface written by the author

Hartford, 1871 Harpers & Brothers New York Copyright 1920 Mark Twain Company

The old lady pulled her spectacles down and looked over them about the room; then she put them up and looked out under them. She seldom or never looked through them for so small a thing as a boy; they were her street pair.t he pride of her heart, and were built for “style” not service—she could have seen through a pair of stove-lids just as well.She looked perplexed for a moment, but still loud enough for the furniture to hear: . . .

. . . Well, I lay if I get ’hold of you,, I’ll—

From the first page of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
Hartford, 1871 Harpers & Brothers New York Copyright 1920

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Along Alameda Creek life goes on, there is more, or less, water in the creek, more or fewer geese and ducks, seasonal changing vegetation the ever changing sky . . . and ones mental attitude.

These images will not tell you something you know or don’t know, Sometimes it may seem that reading the words is the price to see the images, but then again you do not have to read the words.

These past weeks people all over the world have been watching a daily reality TV show of putin using the Russian army to attack Ukraine, murdering innocent people, destroying infrastructure, stealing property, and from some reports, plundering, torturing and raping.

For perhaps the first time international television news is available via smart phone all around Earth, in real time or very close to real time—the world is watching the murder of innocent people by putin’s russian army.

What are they thinking??

Enabled by the legal legitimization defending the of carving up Earth into sovereign.geo-political units based on conditions in history which no longer exist, the world has changed? but people have not.

What we see is what human behavior is, we need to also ask what was it through history what can we learn from that hjstory.. Later we can consider any future plans.

Putin can do this without negative action taken to stop him because of the common acceptance of the principle of a sovereign geo-political unit, the nation state . . .War —acceptable until it isn’t.

.Nation states claim the sovereign right to kill people “to defend itself— the country..”

The nation state claims the right to send their own citizens to kill others, and die doing so, to defend itself.

Through history we people have seen and recorded the behaviors which enabled human beings to survive, evolve and have a history looking backwards we see a history of inhumanity, and humanity as well . That does not mean it was necessary to behave like that to get here. . . Sufficient, perhaps but not necessary. and not necessary to continue them,

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Temples in Japan and perhaps else where in Southeast Asia, are places where individuals come to pray at their own choice of time, and place, different than coming once a week to a group church service, maybe the latter enables the congregation to see who’s been good or bad.

Community events happen on temple grounds, and there may be classes in Buddhism, perhaps classes in kendo, ikebana, Cha-do, whatever

And chanting may be open to the public.

Looks kind if imposing when its empty.

Sometimes you are all alone–bow, clap your hands, ring the bell, make a small financial donation—and on your way. .

The temple and shrine grounds are usually open to individuals any time, no priest watching you. or telling you.

There was no wedding service here I think, usually weddings are done at shrines. or sometimes even in churches—its more of visual thing, some Japanese like the ceremony and clothes. I was there when they arrived and after they left, probably a PR or News shoot.

Wood blocks from a temple, respectively LtoR., intaglio, relief and a prove from the relief. The first block uses old style Chinese Seal Script— The proof has the Japanese pronunciation. The “Silk Road” from hundreds of years BCE was not only a distribution system for goods from one place to another, but also a place where Buddhism, as well as other religions and, knowledge in general, was circulated and dispersed

For many years Buddhist sutras were printed this way—as likely were other religious groups. Chinese were using wood to print since 200BCE. and movable type from 1040 AD; the Gutenberg press using movable type from around 1440.. and “written knowledge” to be spread from Europe across Asia to China .A copy of the Diamond Sutra from the sixth century is the oldest Buddhist printed sutra known .

People like drum sounds, when drummers are playing in public people will stop and listen. Who leads, who follows, who enjoys playing more? Sometimes I think that Warhol’s whole life was a single painting stroking to the beat of the Velvet Underground . In early films some peoples were shown using drums as a (primitive) method of communication, passing along information from place to place, but for any kind of detailed information you need 1) people from different places with the same drumming skills, and 2) a common detailed sound language. Language works great with sounds and graphics.

Earth spent .543 billion years arranging itself, this is what our world looks like today, I wonder from where did the raw materials come to make this station stare and what did people do to get them here.?

SiddarthaGuatuma had four seens: sickness, old age, death and the ascetic..

Gate gate paragate parasamgate Bodhi Svaha

Fete of know Fait

I am curious as to what people do–what is their actual behavior compared to the words used to express it

Some words are general, these people are waiting for a bus, they are doing the same thing,–waiting for the bus– but each is doing it differently in a different place.

I use the term society to mean a group of people who interact with each other in shared social networks, “Culture” as a popular term has developed a meaning different than the original sociological and anthropological intentions,.

To one person he is getting dressed , to another he is being disgusting.

Think of culture as a field resulting from individual‘s interactive behavior which defines the structure of human behavior within a specific area defined by the network of interaction.. Probably worked much better in the 1800 ’s; now the Earth is The Only Area . . .The only culture on this Earth is a global culture..

Graffitti–Art or vandalism? What is being communicated and Who‘s on first?

Culture is a unifying force, or field, like a gravitational field with natural forces between stars, planets and particles acting upon each other to move things around in an ordered manner enabling functionality and survival, while constantly changing.

Its the same with people, when they behave in ways that enable survival those behaviors are repeated because they work. Imagine if each person had to develop their language instead of learning one, how little conversation there would be, how little evolution.

This is what happens when people behave as society, is this human nature?

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Human Nature and Social Solidarity

Pretty much every day I walk along Alameda Creek, usually between Beard Road Staging and Isherwood. I usually have a point&shoot camera with me.

Man in society must be under rulers.
St Thomas Aquinas

Is Human Nature a Thing or a a Set of Things which all individuals have in equal or differing quantities. If everyone has these qualities, are they good or bad? or are some qualities good and some bad. or can a quality be good in one situation and bad in another?

Mostly people behave in ways which enable the functioning of the society, taking a walk along the levee i spretty safe

Some authoritarian philosophies of social solidarity support government policy to defend those who hold political power using law.: The purpose of law is order, not justice.

Man in society must be under rulers.” Saint Thomas Aquinas

The private good and the public good are not the same.
Saint Thomas Aquinas

Just rule by one person is the best form of government, Its opposite is the worst.
Just as government by a king is best, so government by a tyrant is the worst.

Saint Thomas Aquinas

So many tyrants, so little time. and it only gets worse with nation states–national sovereignty, tax payer funded military, laws defending the state, patriotism, demagogues_is it human nature that power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely..

Authoritarian philosophies usually are built on the belief that parts of human nature are good and other parts bad,

Those parts which are bad, defined ideally, are parts which create disorder in the society having a negative effect on the equality of life for people. and need to be prevented by any means necessary.

In real life, parts which are bad, are defined by the personal interests of the ruler.

Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely,

From a distance there is always peace in the valley, but when you try to go its so far away.

Three sets of sunglasses

Siddhartha Gautuma had four sightings of the outside world which so moved him he left his princely life to search, as a holy man to understand the source of suffering from sickness, old age and death .

He not busy being born is busy dying .
Bob Dylan It‘s alright Ma

Half of the people can be part right all of the time
And some of the people can be all right part of the time
But all of the people can’t be all right all of the time”
I think Abraham Lincoln said that.
“I’ll let you be in my dream if I can be in yours”
I said that.

Talkin‘ WWWIII Blues Bob Dylan

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For some time I wondered if the goal of Buddhist practice was to awaken the Buddha inside myrself, then why was the Buddha hiding inside myself in the first place?

Was it at one time human nature t was o be a Buddha and then humans and Buddhas become separated?
the person and their Buddha were alienated from each other?
Or maybe there was no first place. . .in the first place.

One day Hui-chung asked Tzu-lin,
“What is the meaning of Buddha?”
Tzu-lin answered, “Awakening.”
Hui-chung asked “Is Buddha confused?”
Tzu-lin answered., “Buddha is never confused.”
Hui-chung said, “Why does he need awakening?”

The Mind of Chinese Ch’an The Ch’an school masters and their kung-ans by Yi Wu

I was married in a Buddhist Temple. My face looks weird but I was never comfortable in a suit . My parents look happier than us. Priest Murakami was hesitant to marry us, he wondered if I was an ”American fad&fashion buddhist.”

Older Japanese houses may not have central heating, especially n the more rural the area.. In cold times people sit around the kotatsu, a table with a heat source underneath and a padded cover.

A pair of kotatsu repurposed as tables

Do words express true meanings,
I mean no words are still the same.
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What is it that is so confusing about words??
Young . . .

or old . Why is it that I must awaken the Buddha inside me instead of the Buddha awaking the I holding him. imprisoned?

.Gate gate para gate, parasamgate Bodhi svaha

Winin’ doubt, know

Art has nothing to do with intellectual pursuit—it shouldn’t be in a university at all. Art should be practiced in gutters—pardon me, in attics.

Phillip Johnson Architect & Mischief Maker

Balloon Art

Walking along Alameda Creek I often meet interesting people. Bob noticing the “discarded ” balloons congregating in the San Francisco Bay along Alameda Creek , made a commitment to cleanup and assembled the balloons into a visual.

Balloons wandering free in the San Francisco Bay.

“There is trash and junk that are far too close to the fish and birds in the area.”

Personal stories told

The visual exhibit.

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In the morning I usually do some floor exercises in front of the tv and often some version of Law and Order is on. Today the behavioral science professional was on the witness chair, and prosecuting showed evidence that his methodology was not scientific. The defense attorney then stated that “Just because the methodology was not acceptable does not mean the conclusions is wrong.”

lf that were so then why bother doing the experiment, save time and money by just writing out the conclusion and submitting. Forget data gathering and go right to data processing..

Philosophy influenced, perhaps gave birth to, Science and regarding “knowing,” Philosophy had two important concerns : What do we know and How do we know it,

What is the data and how did we get it? What are the conclusions and how did we get there? Actually its What did we do and what are the conclusions.based on the data. —the experiment comes before the conclusions.

In Science there those scientists who specialize in collecting data—methodology— and those who specialize in reviewing and drawing conclusions. from the data.

In Science there is a “standard,” the “Scientific Method,” which defines how to do the experiment, and how to draw and write observations and conclusions.

The “Scientific Method” was developed over centuries by discussions in Philosophy of knowing —What you know and how you know it are equal parts of the knowing process.

The standard is “set”, but not “set in stone.”

Its set ( and taught) so everyone scientist knows what is. and can check on it every once in a while, and, its not set in stone because Science is a process which may never complete, a goal of differentiating and defining every “thing” in the Universe. it seems it will always be learning and growing.

Science is not claiming an “ in and of itself truth” about the Universe and the things in it, but a “to the best of our knowledge,” where knowledge is measured by Did the scientist adhere to the Scientific Method.

If they did not, which may well occur, and mostly does occur, unintentionally and further investigation oftens lead to modification—advancements— in defining and measuring ”—of the Method itself.

The body of scientists is held together by the personal commitment of choice by individual scientists to the Scientific Method. Its an unwritten agreement among self declared individual scientists

There are professional organizations, big and small, and perhaps the main commonality is higher education levels and the more specialized jobs associated. But still scientists around this world are united by their personal commitment to the scientific method.

There are “amateur scientists,” sometimes you hear of discoveries in space, and individuals who collect data adhering to the Method (migration for example) but today science businesses are common as well as well funded university projects.

Still all of these people .who identify themselves as scientists agree to follow the Scientific Method, one part of which is to publish their experimental data for peer review. And they do it peacefully with a balance of rights and responsibilities.

Still, whether we can know the Universe, and all the “things that make it up” is a whole other question. Can we know the Universe only through our biological senses— Empirical data alone —or by our biological capabilities of the mind—Reason interpreting our sensual data.

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But happiness is being able to hope, however faintly, for happiness. So, at least, we must believe if we are to live in the world of today.

Osamu Dazai Japanese author 1909 – 1948

A couple from Mumbai visiting their son who live near by, while enjoying the splendors of Alameda Creek

If you’re ever down in Houston, 
Boy you better walk right
And you better not squabble, 
And you better not fight
Bason and Brock will arrest you, 
Payton and Boone will take you down
You can bet your bottom dollar, 
That you’re Sugar Land bound
Let the Midnight Special, 
Shine a light on me
Let the Midnight Special, Shine the ever-lovin’ light on me.

Midnight Special lyrics by Ledbelly (Huddie Ledbetter)

Summer, 1971, Phillips church summer school

The story is that Ledbelly wrote this song while in prison. He got into a fight in a bar, killed someone and was sent to prison. Perhaps he wrote it, perhaps he heard it sung and improved on it

.Ledbelly claimed to have written lots of songs, who knows but he had a singular memory capability and tens if not hundreds of “folk songs” would have been lost if there had been no Leadbelly. The story tells that the warden was so impressed with his singing that he helped him get out of jail.
Ledbelly played the 12-string and Fannon Street tells of his younger days.

Summer, 1971, Phillips church summer school

1969 I made photographs of the Toledo Model Cities program. Ed Douthet (sorry if wrong spelling) in white shirt was training these young men in the Art of brick laying. I was still yet to leave Sociology. much less have a moving business, live in Maine, go to art school, work at a big printer and then move to SiliconValley to start a design business. Ed talked about brick laying as a public Art where design, skill and commitment pf the craftsman made people’s everyday lives better. Some of his words about the public responsibility of artisans doing “the trades” have been with me all my life, he was teaching his students that what they were learning was attached to a vision of how everyday experiences are better because of the visual quality of the work.

Leaving Strong, Maine, at the edge of the town, while driving I looked out the window, picked up the camera and shot, . circa 1971, fifty-one years ago, that makes them over 55 years old. Photographs are frozen moments connecting the past and the future.

In Filene’s, Washington Street, Boston, around 1971

Its cold in Maine

Avalokiteshavara —he who hears the sounds of people all over the world, and now that is the sound of one man, for his personal pleasure killing thousands of people as the world watches in horror as it happens, on prime time television..

Gate gate paragate parasamgate Bodhi Svaha

Life of know life

One n’ either

At 76 years of age some days I might wonder what the world wold be if me and my camera had chosen to be the guardian of the Gate of the Past, that gate which always shines with glory . . .

Would .I have rejected the Bodhisattva He Who Observes the Sounds of the World

What sounds would I have missed hearing ?

Maybe the sound of people being friends. or just the sound of my own name.

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Walking along Alameda Creek gives me a chance to be someone else than myself . . .

That self full of 76 years of life, even so I can still pretend I was not me. . . .

If only I had done that or had not done this. . .

Could I have been a different?

Would I have been a different person or the same person? Is my essence greater than my experience or would my experience have changed my essence?

Or does no matter what your life was . . .

The same person would have come through it all being me..

Everyday, or most every day, I walk along theAlameda Creek levee

Somehow the same places look different . . .

and the different places look the same.

Only to find that its me that has changed, and is changing, into my self.

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A moment in a small midwest town . . .

and a moment in a big city.

A family I remember from, over 50 years ago. They were my friends then, I hope their life was good., His father had been a preacher rural Missouri, he played a little piano and sometimes we would sing some of those old gospel songs.

My own mother,, at the time of this photo I was not sure if she knew who I was, maybe at the moment of the photo she did so today I can have the memory she did know who I was

That is one nice quality about words, you can make them mean whatever you want whenever you want—“
I mean, know words are still the same.

Some daze its easier, well maybe more fun anyway, to think of it all —my life— as just a bunch of designs dancing randomly through my memories. As I get older it seems easier to sort & shuffle these memories around, recall them in a different order, imagine I actually did them n that new order, where I knew things and then unlearned them rather than learning from making mistakes but maybe I would have just lost the things I wanted instead of only getting some of those things I wanted and not getting others,

What my camera feels like sandwiched between reality and my illusions.

Gate Gate paragate, parasamgate Bodhi Svaha