Postcards From Mexico

Ever notice how postcards look like they were shot in the 1980s or 1990s? The landmarks are always more vibrant in real life, and if the weather is good, you could take better pictures. Nonetheless, until instant printable postcards become a thing, I’ll be sending the vintage prints with handwritten messages in hopes that friends will receive them some time between 1 and 8 weeks to put on their refrigerators.

I’ve kept all the postcards sent to me over the years, which aren’t that many. I have ones from Japan, Paris, Mt. Everest, and Australia. Someday, I’d like to visit these places for the breathtaking views, the adventures, the food, the entertainment, and, of course, for the postcards.

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El Arco in Los Cabos

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Lover’s Beach

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Lazy sea lions

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Streets of San Jose del Cabo

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San Jose del Cabo

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Cabo San Lucas

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Los Cabos

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The mountains and desert

 

 

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A Thousand Words

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This summer I plan on spending some time with my camera to see if I can improve my photography skills. There is a lot of room for improvement, a lot of techniques that I have yet to learn. Most of all, there is something so satisfying with capturing a beautiful moment and showing it from your perspective. I’d like to pay more attention to the world, to the environment that I am surrounded by, and appreciate subtle detail like tiny cracks in the pavement. And who knows? Maybe I’ll take a picture that will finally spark a thousand words.

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Good Things Grow

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Made a terrarium with a spherical hanging tea light holder and a baby succulent plant in the summer. Happy to report that it’s still alive after a moment of nearly dying from a lack of sunlight.

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Making It Matter

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First attempt at 3D printing. Nothing exploded.

I had never heard of the term “maker culture” until mid-last year. Curious to find out what it meant, I attended a few events across the city geared at DIY types. First there was Mozilla’s Maker Party, which is a global campaign to teach the inner workings of the web. Then, at the Toronto Mini Maker Faire, I signed up for an introduction to 3D design workshop run by MakeLab and produced my first 3D print. When the holiday season arrived, City of Craft and Vendor Queens were hosting meet-the-maker craft fairs and community art markets showcasing products that local independent designers created. It wasn’t easy to find these makers groups before. Some were professionals within the art, design, science and technology realms, while many were self-taught hobbyists. Even though I am not part of the maker scene, what inspired me most was seeing other people with little training displaying their passion projects.

You can make websites. You can make apps. You can make robots. You can make games. You can make music. You can make films. You can make books. You can make cards. You can make posters. You can make clothes. You can make accessories. You can make food. You can make a mess. You can make friends who share similar interests or simply find people who were already making the things you’d like to make.

And making matters because it’s about showing and discovering what you can do and not waiting for permission to do it. (Or in some cases, building something or else it won’t ever exist.) Everyone can learn how to create. That, I think, is what maker culture is all about.

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