Instagram Dump #14

Nobody should use Instagram. It’s terrible.

a photo of the label that canada post puts on mail that has been damaged

Canada Post is the worst. They’re always breaking things, losing them or being horrible slow.

a photo of three "aesthetic" notebooks

I believe these notebooks are what the kids these days call “aesthetic”.

a photo of a green leuchtturm notebook with an orange cat sticker on the cover

I stuck a cute kitty sticker on the front of this Leuchtturm notebook.

I have no idea how to pronouce “Leuchtturm”.

a photo of a kodak ektra cellphone

This is a Kodak Ektra cellphone. It has Android 6, a small battery and a Sony sensor, but it shoots in RAW and has a dedicated shutter button, so I enjoy it. It was also discounted by $300, so that was nice.

a photo of the dedicated shutter button on the kodak ektra cellphone

Look at the dedicated shutter button! Be amazed!

a photo of the leather case for the kodak ektra cellphone

This is the leather case for the Kodak Ektra cellphone. I got it for free because why would anybody want this?

a photo of a glass decanter that is blue with a pointy stopper

We don’t even put liquid in it, because it’s hard to clean, but this blue decanter is pretty to look at.

a photo of a green glass decanter with a design etched into its surface

This decanter is dirty on the inside. I like the pattern etched into it, though.

a photo of some shelves with a large amount of vhs tapes on them

My family has a large amount of VHS tapes. People tell me that the Disney tapes are worth a lot of money, but I’m not sure about that.

a closeup photo of a pinecone sitting in some snow

This is a pinecone. There are a lot of pinecones in Canada.

a photo of some rocks, roots and snow

Nature is beautiful. But it will eat you.

a photo of a pink rock candy and a blue rock candy

Rock candy is mostly a novelty. I don’t think the taste is all that great and the texture is unpleasant.

a photo of a hand wearing a giant jeweled ring with lots of jewels

This ring is WAY too bit for my tiny, weird child hand.

a photo of jewel earrings in green, blue, red and white

These earrings are heavy. I should get some of those earring support patches that go on the back of your earlobe, so my ear holes don’t get stretched out.

a photo of a tin of limited edition vaseline lip therapy in pink bubbly flavour

I think that they put out this limited edition Vaseline for the royal wedding. It is very special.

a photo of a very large metal crocodile neck that is encrusted with rhinestones

This necklace is very heavy. I probably should wear jewellry that can cause my body horrible damage.

a photo of a black rhinestone necklace with black rhinestone skulls hanging off of it

This necklace is for Valentine’s Day.

a photo of a yellow gudetama squeeze toy and a white gudetama squeeze toy

These are some Gudetama squeeze toy. I like Gudetama, but the character of a clinically depressed egg is a bit messed up for a country that has problems with metal health and suicide. The “I Love DB” hashtag is there because I wanted to win more squishies.

a photo of two yarn cakes

These are some Bernat Pop! yarn cakes in “moonshadow” and “paisley pop”.

I think that yarn cakes are mostly just for Instagram photos. There’s no added utility to the cake shape, it just looks pretty.

a comparison shot of a used, stretched-out yarn cake next to a fresh one
More Cakey!

And then the yarn cakes don’t even stay cake shaped. After using a yarn cake for a bit, they get stretched out.


Depressing Trudge Down the Rillito “River”

I’m in Tucson. And you know what the thing about Tucson is? It really must have been beautiful, before they turned it into a giant parking lot and all the rivers dried up.

Case in point: The Rillito River. Once it flowed it flowed year-round, now it’s mostly just a bone-dry trench filled with garbage, unless there’s really heavy rains, in which case all the garbage gets washed into inconvenient places.

I decided to take a walk alongside the Rillito “River”. It bummed me out. It’s weird squaring with all the destruction and mayhem my species causes.

There was a river here for thousands of years and it only took us about 100 to use it all up.

Yeah, so, all my pictures suck, because I was sad… and also I was testing out the camera on my new cellphone and I didn’t realize it was shooting in 16:9 mode, because the UI was covering part of the view up.

That’s my story and I’m sticking it.

dry riverbed of the rillito river
Rillito River Dried-Up

Really, this is a river.

Vandalism Warning Sign


This sign was next to some scary-looking bathrooms that had their sinks outside.

discarded shopping cart in the dry rillito river
Shopping Cart in the Rillito River

There a loads of discarded shopping carts all over Tucson. It’s weird how far away some of them end up from any store. Tuscon has the urban sprawl something awful. Definite food desert situations in many areas. I guess some people without cars just opt to take the cart with them, rather than try to carry their groceries for miles.

brush growing in the dry rillito river
Rillito River Overgrowth

Here, fishy fishy fishy…

makeshift transient house in the dry rillito river
Rillito River Hobo House

Hhhhmmm… That’s weird. It looks like someone has cobbled together a small structure from various refuse.

shanty in the middle of dry rillito river
Rillito River Hobo House Closeup

Yes, that’s right, the Rillito River has been dry so long, that a hobo has taken up residence right in the middle of it.

I sort of wanted to go down to the shanty and have myself a little look-see, but I couldn’t see if anybody was home and I didn’t want to get hobo-shanked.

I hope whoever lives there doesn’t drown during the next monsoon season.

dry concrete runoff trench
Rillito Concrete Runoff Trench

On the rare occasions when there is water in the river, it can end up way too high and overflow, because the ground is so dry and hard that the water doesn’t seep into it. They built these ugly concrete trenches to mitigate the overflow.

two saguaros alongside a path
Two Saguaros

I can never seem to find any nice cacti. They’re always misshapen and weird.

a saguaro full of holes made by birds
Saguaro with Bird Holes

Birds live in those holes. Also, gnomes.

spray-painted graffiti on a saguaro
Saguaro Graffiti

It’s actually a felony to vandalize a saguaro cactus. They take a really long time to grow. It can be a 100 years before they even get their first arm. So they get a mite bit miffed when you mess with one.

fishhook barrel cactus with yellow fruit
Fishhook Barrel Cactus

The fruit of a barrel cactus are edible. You need tongs and oven mitts to harvest them, though.

palo verde tree in bloom
Palo Verde Tree

This a palo verde tree. The little yellow flowers get collect in little piles on the ground and it is very cute.

yellow palo verde flowers
Palo Verde Blooms

This is all blurry because it was very windy. I wonder if my cellphone camera has a burst function?

desert mistletoe growing on a velvet mesquite tree
Desert Mistletoe

This one is a little bit hard to see, but what looks like a clump of twigs on this tree is actually desert mistletoe. It wasn’t very Christmasy, though, because there wasn’t any little poisonous berries on it.

a tree in circular concrete landscaping
Tree Circle

This sure is a boring photo.

ocotillo in bloom

Ocotillos look like they belong on an alien planet. A lot of people have them it their gardens. I could never do that, because I would inevitably stumbled into it and grievously harm myself on the spinedies.

orange ocotillo flowers
Ocotillo Flowers

Cute little orange flowers. Apparently, hummingbirds like them.

ocotillo plant without flowers
Flowerless Ocotillo

Here’s one without flowers, just evil spinedies waiting to murder unsuspecting Laurels.

yellow brittlebush flowers
Brittlebush Flowers

I like taking photos of flowers. Someone buy me a $4000 macro lense, so I can do it more betterer.

yellow brittlebush flowers
Brittlebush Bunch

I need to learn how to stop bright yellow from blowing everything out.

purple aster flowers
Purple Aster

We have asters in Ontario, but they tend to bloom in the Fall there, instead of the Spring like here.

agave plant

This should stop being an agave and start being a tequila.

caution signs that read "watch for ice on bridge" and "change in surface"
Ice Warning Signs

Ice? Ha! You don’t know from ice, you crazy southerners.

rusted bridge with a yellow dividing line
Rusty Bridge

If this bridge wasn’t here, I might have drowned trying to cross the river.

tile art of hands and corn
Corn Hands Tiles

Some of the bridges are decorated with painted tiles.

Are those hands gigantic or is that corn really small?

broken tile art of boars
Broken Boar Tiles

Someone vandalized the pork.

tile art of some boars
Boar Tiles

Intact pork.

If you see a wild pig in Tucson, run. They’re very dangerous… and delicious.

rusted bridge with the santa catalina mountains in the backrgound
Bridge and Santa Catalina Mountains

Look it’s the mountains! Clouds look weird when you’re at a high elevation.

strange metal bench structure
Unidentified Metal Bench Thing

Alright, what the Hell is this thing? It looks like a bus stop, but it’s not anywhere near a road. It’s also the only one along the path to my knowledge.

strange hinged metal cylinder
Unidentified Metal Cylinder

And then there’s this weird cylinder in front of it. The purpose of which was the cause of much perplexitude.

strange hinged metal object in the open position
Unidentified Metal Cylinder Opened

It opens, but why?

concrete snake sculpture
Snake Sculpture

Pretty much all the art along the path has been vandalized.

tucson sun circle on a cloudy day
Sun Circle

Hey, it’s the Tucson Sun Circle, which is completely useless on an overcast day, as you can plainly see here.

instructional plaque for the tucson sun circle
Sun Circle Instructions Plaque

Here are the instructions for the Sun Circle. Apparently, it does something interesting on the Equinox, BUT I COULDN’T SIT AROUND AND WAIT THAT LONG.

bronze memorial monument in the tucson children's memorial park
Memorial Monument

I stopped at the Children’s Memorial Park. That wall back there is filled with the names of dead children. There are too many names.

bronze statue of a little girl praying
Praying Girl Statue

I’m not sure whether those flowers blew there or someone placed them on the girl.

bronze statue of a little boy on a magic carpet
Magic Carpet Statue

Not sure whether I like the idea of dead children flying around on magic carpets. Ghosts are scary enough without whimsical woven goods.

blue trash can alongside a path
Blue Trash Can

Why do they bother with trash cans? Everyone just throws their junk onto the riverbed.

ants crawling out of a hole in the sand
Sand Ants

I always wanted an ant farm as a kid.

dead dove on gravel
Dead Dove

It is a dead dove. It’s a metaphor for my life.

Google Photos created this stupid hipster video of my trip.


If I misidentified anything in these photos, feel free to drop me a line.

And, yes, I realize that it’s still technically a river because there is water flowing underground. (Same as it ever was. Same as it ever was. Same as it ever was…)

Flickr Dump #8

Yay! This is the last flickr dump! It’s pictures 351 to 397. I’m a little upset that it’s not a nice, round number. Anyway, click a tumbnail for a larger version.

That’s all, folks! Well, actually, there were more photographs in my flickr account, but I didn’t think they were that interesting.

Flickr Dump #7

This is the second to last flickr dump. These are photos 301 to 350. Click for bigger.

Flickr Dump #6

Even more flickr dump photos! This is insane! Here are photos 251 to 300. Click for larger.

Flickr Dump #4

Herein lies part 4 of the flickr dump. It consists of photos 151 to 200. Click to see a larger size.