For those who’ve been paying attention, last week I mentioned I had gone down a bit of a rabbit hole when it came to doing Photoshop trickery to images of people doing bikecycle related athletic pursuits. Like, nearly to a point where it’s causing my eyeball balls to cross. Well, it came to my attention recently as I was having a conversation with someone that I was concentrating not on whatever topic we were discussing, but rather how I would cleanly crop the lines on the wall behind their head.
It was reminiscent of when I played a lot of Tetrus on an old housemate’s computer one time and then everywhere I looked for a couple days afterwords, I was all about placing mental shapes into their proper places.
Anyway, it was during that conversation when I realized I had a problem, but not before doing a couple final manipulations of a picture shot by Bo Bickerstaff:
And a photo shot by Geoff Martin;
I feel like I have to go out on a high note, and this was as high a note as I could hit.
I’d imagine I’ll do another from time to time, but this slope has been a slippery one, and I need to spend less time looking at pixels, and more time looking at actual nature.
I thank you for your time and consideration on this matter.
And speaking of nature, my disdain for abandoned poop bags is no secret to anyone.
I mean, I really don’t like it a lot.
Like, it’s up there with people who casually toss their trash on the ground, which in effect is exactly what it is.
Well, I have begun my own personal campaign against those who do, which basically is a friendly reminder to folks that the forest is not their personal dumping ground, and no matter how sweet their dog is, what comes out of them is not;
There are no fancy graphics, or cute little clip art cartoons, but I feel like it gets the point across.
If you might like to get in on this campaign on your own trail network, alls you gotta do is copy and paste the text, throw it up in whatever kind of word program you’ve got, print a few out and get to posting;
“ATTENTION DOG WALKERS-
BAGGED, OR UNBAGGED, PLEASE DON’T LEAVE YOUR DOG’S POOP BEHIND.
THERE IS NO POOP FAIRY. YOUR DOG IS NO ONE’S RESPONSIBILITY BUT YOUR OWN.
*Dog poop doesn’t biodegrade like wild animal poop.
*Because we feed our dogs food that’s different from the food wild animals eat, dog waste does not biodegrade quickly like wild animal waste. Due to the large number of pets in suburban neighborhoods and local parks, this hardy dog waste accumulates.
*Dog poop contains harmful bacteria, and parasites.
*Dog waste can contain harmful organisms like E. coli, Giardia, Salmonella, roundworms, hookworms, and Cryptosporidium. These can be passed on to you or your pet and may cause health problems.
*Dog waste pollutes groundwater, and water bodies.
*Bacteria in dog waste can harm water quality in creeks and rivers and alter the ecosystems of these stream corridors. Humans who come in contact with creek water can also face health hazards.
Please carry out what they leave behind.
Everyone who uses the trails.”
I’d include a link to a pdf or whatever, but I’m not that savvy.
Please help to spread the word, because the more we spread the word, the less they will spread the dung.
Now for a little feel good flick with nary a poop bag in sight comes this little ditty about a boy and his bike;
There’s not a single aspect of that video that doesn’t warm the cockles of my cold, dead heart.
And speaking of which, for the next month over there at One On One Bicycle Studio in Minneapolis, there in an exhibit of imagery and artifacts from their infamous Homie Fall Fest;
Eat a handful of mushrooms and it will be like you’re right there in the action.
Finally, in closing, Friday is the last day to submit designs for contest that KindHuman, Ruckus Composites and I are throwing;
Did you hear me? If not, I’ll say it again. Day after tomorrow is the final day.
I don’t care how you do it. Get cracking, and make something beautiful;
Just promise me that when submitting designs, you’ll keep both hands on the wheel, with your burger, drink, and phone safely in your lap.