130 YEARS AGO, IN THE FUTURE . . .
Tallahassee has it's first Steampunk Expo. Steampunk is an aesthetic based on the Victorian style, brought into the unknown future. Think of what a rocketship would look like if it was designed by the Victorians, and you get the idea.
To be honest, it wasn't much, and we really weren't expecting much. That sounds cold--but it's a movement that's just getting started in Tallahassee and we wanted to support it. But there was a group from Jacksonville that brought some pretty cool stuff (note: lamp parts seem to be useful in creating future weapons)
I was particularly taken by this little killer (I assume robotic) prawn.
WORLD WAR II, Monday
A few days later we jumped from the Victorian future to the 1940's as once again we fired up the jeep and drove in the Veteran's Day Parade. It's always gratifying to see the turnout--the crowds were estimated at over 20,000. And, of course, I had to ham it up as Rosie the Riveter.
1500 YEARS AGO, Yesterday
What goes up, must come down. Sunday Liz and I gave a talk to the Panhandle Archeological Society on the Nasca era pottery and textiles on display at the Museum of Fine Arts on campus. It was a last hurrah--this exhibit's time is over, and it's someone else's turn. It was rather surprising on how fast it went--when you're setting an exhibit up, there are a lot of decisions about how to arrange the stands, what goes on what stand, what angle everything should be, the background, the lighting. Taking down--well, you just (carefully!) take it down. The covers come off, the pottery gets nestled into bubble wrap on a cart to be rolled down to the storage shelve, the textiles get wrapped in tissue and back into their drawers, and that's that--takes about an hour. I snapped one last picture before the students helping with the next exhibit got out the putty knives to peel the sign off the wall (the letters are decals).
I left before they took my name off--I had rather liked having it up there.