Category: My Musings

Gloomy Morning

It is a gloomy morning as I write this.  I had planned to take the week off from posting anything or making any pictures as I thought about some major changes with my photography.  My thinking hasn’t been going well since my changes are dependent upon going off campus and finding other things to photograph.

With the very slow, extremely cautiously slow release of the constraints on my coming and goings, I can’t make any changes until it is all over and I go out and try some different things.  Unfortunately, the economic and social aftermath of the pandemic in conjunction with the demonstrations and the woeful response of the government to all of the above, I am so depressed that my photography might dry up to nothing.  To counter these feelings I decided that I had to get a camera out and make something … anything to counter my depressing thoughts.

With that in mind, I decided to do some more experimenting with a style of B&W that I had been considering for the possible printing of a small book or magazine.  That is what I did with these pictures that I made while looking out the window.

PS, WordPress is changing the editor and I need to learn how to utilize it properly; i.e. to make things look like my previous posts. I don’t like it so far.

We are Responsible

200526-060314-JEH20The image is no accident.  It was deliberate as I try to figure out where my photography is going.  It is all a blur these days and I am responsible for its future.

Life is no accident.  Nature is evolving continuously; but isn’t it true that all now is the result of man.  Man has been changing nature day by day, altering what happens at each step now.  Everything is changed by everything else.  All things, all actions, are connected and man has disrupted the natural ecosystems.   

Covid-19 as we know it and its impacts are an example. The output of its actions are all strongly influenced by man, whether we wear our masks and physically distance ourselves, etc. 

Man now affects everything that happens.  Man, and what was done, or not done, is now responsible for our future.  Collectively, and individually, we are all responsible.  We control everything, to varying degrees, through our words, our votes, and actions, or lack of actions.

Just a Blur

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 Life is just a blur, passing by.  Many are wishing for a return to the way it was.  It never will be the same.  The fear of the virus surging again and another lockdown will be hanging over their thoughts day and night.

And for those who no longer fear the current virus, there is still the economic aftermath to deal with, and if not that, there will be the political situation and the decaying of democracy and the increasing impacts from climate changes.

Reality

No matter what others think and say, I see reality.  I captured these views this morning when others saw a nice sunny day unfolding.  Me thinks too many don’t listen and look closely at what is going on around us since they hope that if they pay no attention, it won’t happen on their watch.  It is either that, or they believe in fairy tales and liars.

Pandemic Impact on Educational Systems

200502-075701-JEH20As with all of our systems, Covid-19 will have a major impact on our educational systems.  Everything from preschool through our graduate schools are going to undergo changes.

At first people just think about how they are going to maintain physical distancing and change everything from transportation to classrooms.  But, that is only the tip of the iceberg.  The big impact is going to be on funding.  Many things will cost more but at the same time our local and state governments will have less revenue to pay for the new costs.  Revenue from income and property taxes will all be reduced due to the impacts of the pandemic.

Considering that most school systems were already underfunded and undergoing revenue stress it is really going to be a lot worse now.  How will the schools respond?  Will they increase online teaching?  That will work in some cases and the current efforts at doing that will help clarify what works or doesn’t work.  Will online teaching enable them to consider laying off teachers, reducing their fleets of buses, closing dorms and dining rooms and housing to cut costs?  It could, but what about all of those people who would lose their jobs and their incomes?  What about sports?  Will children now grow up without learning how to work as teams and relying on others?  What are the costs associated with that?

Dealing with all of these questions will not be simple.  For example, what if a local school system or university decides to expand online teaching and then reduces the number of required teachers, bus drivers, infrastructure, etc.?  That translates into more people without incomes and less taxes for the school system due to increased unemployment.  It becomes a spiraling down of the whole economic system and will require other savings that will also have additional deteriorating impacts on the economy.  Taking it to the extreme, if you go down that rabbit hole you end up with a smaller population all living in self subsistence mode on farms with at-home teaching, or not.

What is the answer or solution?  I don’t know, but I do know that dealing with the problems will require a very careful weighing of all of the potential unintended longer consequences.  We all need to think our way through our recovery and consider solutions at large or we could end up making it worse.  Recovery will not be simple or quick.  It is going to take many years in dealing with interlocking systems of systems and the best talent we have to manage it.

Daylight Savings Time

Today is when we have shifted to daylight savings time (DST), at least in most of the United States.  What a misnomer.  It seems crazy to name it that when there are no savings at all.  The sun and earth keep doing the same in their movements around with the only change being in the amount of daylight versus darkness on a daily basis.

It even seems more ludicrous in doing it now since we still are having overnight frost.  I made these pictures this morning.  The only reasons for switching time these years is due to the lack of action on the part of the Administration and the Senate to face reality and do some work.  Scientific studies have shown that shifting time back and forth does more harm than good.  I have to bite my tongue as I remember that they don’t know what scientific, fact based studies of anything really are, and they couldn’t read and understand them if they had them.