big wood pile in Taos

Yee-haw whoopy-doo

Man, I am set. Not one, but two full pickup loads of split 500-year-old piñon! Never mind that it hasn’t snowed sinced mid-December and we’ve had sunny days in the fifties. Winter still might make a comeback, and if it does, well hey.

You can read about the wood and UFOs and more in this piece I just published at Medium. “Fifteen People per Square Mile” is a photo-essay I put together to test the fluid, real-time user interface. To find the images, however, I had to search through my photo archives, and that was a revelation.

I have thousands of photos. I don’t use iPhoto or tags or any other management system because I am insane. They’re all in dated folders. To find something I want, I use Cover Flow view on my iMac and whirl through hundreds of images at a time, an excellent way to make you ill. (My legacy FotoFeed site is sometimes handy for nailing down the month and year.) But this time I went way back, almost all the way to San Cristobal in ’99. My God, there are so many good ones. They also reminded me of all the adventures I’ve had in the last fourteen years, but I’m a lot older than that…

You know what’s going on here, right?


Oh yeah.


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  • christian ienni January 29, 2014, 1:19 AM

    500-year-old piñon made me have a half-formed thought about “the sacredness of the Second Law of Thermodynamics”, something about releasing the potential energy that’s been stored in those logs for so long warming both your home and your spirit. sorry; the idea is there in my head but the words don’t quite convey it. i suspect you get what i mean anyway… 😉
    also: just read “Fifteen People per Square Mile”… loved this line: “Even science doesn’t have the final say, which its most gifted practitioners admit.” which is the point: science is about trying to find out “what’s *really* going on”, but being willing to adapt or discard conclusions when better data comes along. hell, Stephen Hawking just said that black holes per se don’t actually exist after all (at least in terms of a total singularity that no light or energy can escape at all). just when people think they “have it all figured out” something comes along to remind us the Universe is so much more amazing and complex (and just plain BIGGER) than we thought!

    • JHF January 29, 2014, 1:33 AM

      Why of course I know what you mean. Five hundred years of sunlight pouring down on those trees, good God! No wonder it burns like napalm. Glad you liked the piece at Medium. Management tweeted a link to another story of mine there, and it got 1,500 views in thirty-six hours. Me likee!

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