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National Building Museum: House & Home

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The National Building Museum presents House & Home, a kaleidoscopic array of photographs, objects, models, and films that takes us on a tour of houses both familiar and surprising, through past and present, challenging our ideas about what it means to be at home in America. Remarkable transformations in technology, laws, and consumer culture have brought about enormous change in American domestic life. The breathtaking variety of stories about the American home will surprise, teach, and entertain.

The Male Brand for the 20-30 something?

I browse Pinterest and often stumble across masculine accessories and design schemes, but if you apply that principle to search engines, then I’m done. I need to go to bed. Why? Well, I’ve stumbled across a website called ManCrates.com. It hurts. “Gifts for men.” I give them props and must admire them for the concrete identification of masculine goods and how to present them. But oy vay…for me, this epitomizes the notion of men who want designer can openers but can’t open cans nor actually go camping. Now, I get it’s a thin line between function and form compared with when an individual actually wants to use an item versus their lifestyle, but it’s all a bit heavy on the image of ‘dude’/’man’/’guy’ items and less the items’ purpose itself.

I’ll dig up my post on male v. feminine form for decor, gifts, etc. – Seems only fitting.

I’ll note this isn’t new to me, and I’ve seen this before; especially because the average American male in their 20-30s normally wouldn’t even care about the ‘image’ of the item, let alone paying for a crate of them, but it’s a thing I’ve seen more and more of lately. I get the audience is women shopping for gifts for men. I get it’s folks with money. I get it’s a growing subculture of customized goods. Alas, in my quest to be decor-oriented and stylish, there’s a fine line between taste and tasty.

Too much salt here for me.

Photos: Liberty Reservoir, Eldersburg, MD

Had to visit the Liberty Reservoir with my mother today, to meditate and reflect upon Yom Kippur. I spotted this spot a month or so back during sunset, and am still surprised that this is just around the corner from Randallstown, MD.

Nighttime photos from my Instagram

Liberty Dam

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Liberty Dam

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Liberty Dam

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Liberty Dam A photo posted by Justin Fair (@jorlandofair) on

Liberty Dam

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Liberty Dam A photo posted by Justin Fair (@jorlandofair) on

Liberty Dam

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Maglev venture opens Baltimore office – Baltimore Sun

www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/bs-md-maglev-opening-20150918-story.html

“The mayor is certainly supportive of the concept of maglev,” said spokesman Howard Libit. He said Rawlings-Blake recognizes that such a rail line could connect the city to important economic development opportunities.

Don Fry, president of the Greater Baltimore Committee and a longtime maglev booster, is among those scheduled to attend. He said Northeast Maglev’s decision to open a Baltimore office is “a very important sign.”

“They have been very deliberate in their actions but have also shown a strong commitment to move this project forward,” he said.

Fry said he’s more optimistic about this version of maglev than those of the past.

“The fact you have the Japanese government ready to make a significant investment certainly has changed the dynamics of that discussion,” he said.