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3D Zebra Stripe Crosswalk in Iceland Slows Traffic with Stunning Optical Illusion…

March 21, 2018 Leave a comment

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

By Jessica Stewart on My Modern Met site:

The use of illusion in art is nothing new, but a small town in Iceland is using the effect to help with public safety and traffic issues. In the small fishing village of Ísafjörður, a 3D pedestrian crossing was painted last month in an effort to slow traffic on a narrow street. The eye-popping illusion gives the effect of walking on air as pedestrians move from one side of the street to the other.

Environmental commissioner Ralf Trylla came up with the idea after seeing a similar project in New Delhi, India. Trylla was researching creative ideas on how to slow traffic when he stumbled upon the India project and came together with street painting company Vegmálun GÍH to create the effect. They experimented for several weeks before perfecting the technique and painting the crosswalk.

The visual effect is striking, as the…

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Book Review: Secret of the Attal

March 16, 2018 Leave a comment

The Secret of the Attal: A Michael Chrome Novel (The Attal Series Book 1)

Huh, what a concept:  a story about aliens on earth that doesn’t involve war and conquest between our species and theirs.  A convenience store in Ohio is where SETI has its “Eureka!” moment when the owner is approached by a regular customer who reveals himself to be from that place “where no man has gone before” and actually asks for his assistance.  It seems that some of the extraterrestrials–who have been here  the whole time looking over shoulders of scientists as they listen for radio transmissions from outer space–aren’t playing well with others and are rigging the game of climbing the alien’s version of the corporate ladder against his son. A fun and refreshing family-friendly read.  (4 of 5 Stars)

Link to Secret of the Attal on Amazon

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Chick Pix

March 14, 2018 1 comment

For some reason I am reminded of this ne’re-do-well’s latest novel, Fowl Play —


chick 0 Moreno Monti and Matteo Tranchellini

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Night Smoke

March 7, 2018 Leave a comment

O at the Edges


Night Smoke

Incomplete, it rises
only to dissipate

like the griefs we shape,
somehow unnoticed,

beyond reach but felt.
Last night’s moon, the glance.

Forgotten stars, a withheld
kiss, words we never formed.

How difficult to be lost.
So easy to remain unseen.

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“Night Smoke” last appeared here in June 2016.


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Book Review: Keep Your Airspeed Up

February 23, 2018 Leave a comment

I first met Dr. Brown in the Tin Goose Diner at the Port Clinton airport, when he came over to our table  to compliment our ride — the RV-7A built by my student’s dad in their garage. Since then, I’ve seen him speak a number of times and tell many of the tales recounted in this book.  He’s a great story-teller and Keep Your Airspeed Up is as close as you can get to being in the room with him.  What more can you ask of an autobiography?

Meeting someone who made history, as Dr. Brown did being one of the Tuskegee Airmen, is an amazing experience — heightened even more by our mutual passion for aviation.  We shared the boyhood dream of becoming a pilot.  What we did not share were the unfair headwinds of a racism that is nearly unimaginable now, more than fifty years downstream from the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Keep Your Airspeed Up brought home the realities of that period of history to me in a way that no other book, movie or even Dr. Brown’s own “hangar talks” ever have before. But that was just the beginning of his long career in the Air Force and later in education.

Having shaken history’s hand, this book really is the next best thing to being there.  (5 of 5 Stars)

Link to Keep Your Airspeed Up on Amazon

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Woah, We’re Halfway There…

February 21, 2018 Leave a comment

M.T. Bass

I crossed the halfway mark in drafting Murder by Munchausen #3:  The Invisible Mind.  So, in celebration I’m running a special 50% off sale on #1 & #2 at

Use Coupon Code CZ58N for Murder by Munchausen

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And, by the way, The Invisible Mind is available for pre-order at Smashwords and iBooks for only $.99 with a release date of February 2, 2019.

Take my hand, we’ll make it I swear
Woah, livin’ on a prayer

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Works of art, too

February 14, 2018 Leave a comment

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Andreas Feininger

. . . a sequel to the previous article, Works of Art

Another of Alfred T Palmer’s superb staff photographers at the United States Office of War Information (OWI) was a young freelancer with a very bright future – Andreas Feininger (1906 – 1999).

Over his lifetime, Feininger created an enormous portfolio of famous images, including many iconic photos of New York City in the 1950s and 60s, and penned a small library of books on photographic technique.

A consummate lensman

Self portrait. Andreas Feininger, 1946. (Whitney Museum of American Art) Self portrait. Andreas Feininger, 1946. (Whitney Museum of American Art)

Of German-American descent, Feininger was born in Paris and trained as an architect in Germany. He moved to Sweden in 1396 and began to concentrate on photography.

Thanks to his father’s US citizenship, he was able to migrate to the USA as a freelance photographer in 1939, shortly before the war in Europe, and was recruited by Palmer and…

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