This week on Roadscapes Wednesday, I am featuring two more cool road drawings from me! The 51st Geek Alabama road drawing features a highway with a one lane bridge going over a creek with a bike trail and a traffic light intersection. The 52nd road drawing features an Interstate highway at the beginning of a work zone, where one side of the road crosses over the median and forms a two-lane road while the other side is being reconstructed. Both drawings features a lot of reflectors and delineators, can’t have enough of them! So enjoy the road drawings, and if you want to learn more about how I draw my roads, go to: http://geekalabama.com/road-drawings/
I have been drawing roads all of my life, but I have reached my 50th road drawing since I started the Geek Alabama blog! So in this Roadscapes post, I am featuring my 49th and 50th road drawing. The first road drawing features a simple 2-lane freeway with a left hand exit for a rest area. The unique feature is the truck way-in-motion in the right lane. The second road drawing features a 2-lane highway at a traffic light intersection. The unique thing here is the one-way bridge for a park road.
If you want to learn more about how I draw my road drawings, click on the link at: http://geekalabama.com/road-drawings/ or view the SlideShare presentation below!
A little over two weeks ago, I wrote this post about why I believe the American Dream is dead for me. The post went viral and many people read it, thank you! So for this Roadscapes Wednesday post, I am showing off two road drawings illustrating the American Dream. The first road drawing illustrates the different directions you could possibly go after the American Dream has died. The second road drawing is very simple, one direction takes you toward the American Dream, the other direction takes you to the end of the American Dream.
Being unemployed for over 30 months hurts, and living in a region that is consistently ranked as one of the worst in America also hurts. So enjoy my road drawings, I am also embedding my visual resume below, enjoy!
Geek Alabama did not do a Roadscapes post last week since it was Christmas. But we are going to do one for New Year’s Day! And this Roadscapes post is going to feature six brand new road drawings from Nathan Young. Yep, I have been busy drawing these roads in the past few months and now I wanted to feature them! Enjoy my work!
- Roadscapes Wednesday: Orchard Road Christmas Lights In Singapore (geekalabama.com)
- Roadscapes Wednesday: Hoover School Bus Fees / Huntsville Road Problems (geekalabama.com)
- Roadscapes Wednesday: The New Transportation For America (geekalabama.com)
- Sunday Discussion: Geek Alabama’s Top 3 For 2013 / Indiegogo Campaign (geekalabama.com)
Saturday was the 100th anniversary of the crossword puzzle. On December 21st, 1913, British-born newspaper editor Arthur Wynne published the world’s first crossword puzzle in the New York World. It contained 32 words, and his simple instruction read: “Fill in the small squares with words which agree with the following definitions.” Today, many people will do the daily crossword puzzle in their local newspaper or online now. But I still don’t get it. Even Google came out with an interactive doodle where you could play an online crossword puzzle from their front page. If you want to play that, go to: http://www.google.com/doodles/100th-anniversary-of-the-crossword-puzzle
Merl Reagle is one of the best and most well-known crossword constructors working today. Merl worked with Google engineer/crossword enthusiast, Tom Tabanao, to craft their puzzle grid and write all the clues. Crossword puzzles are indeed supposed to be fun, brainy fun, but I don’t get them. I know some experts out there say doing activities such as crossword puzzles or Sudoku are good for your brain. The experts say doing activities like puzzles helps your brain stay sharp and lessens the risk of Alzheimer’s. But if someone puts a crossword puzzle in front of me, I simply will not do it.
Those types of puzzles like the one above is something I do not get. The clues they give you to help fill out the crossword are pointless. I mean, why do I need to know some character on a TV show or some clue like you would see on Jeopardy! Whenever I watch that show; I can not see how those contestants can answer all of those questions. That is amazing to me. And whenever I try to play along; I get about 95% of the answers wrong or just don’t know the answer. In fact, I really love when someone does something crazy on Jeopardy! like this video below!
Another reason I hate crossword puzzles has to do with school. Whenever a teacher decided to give us a crossword puzzle filled with words that are forward, diagonal, and backwards, I looked puzzled. I would rather draw a road than do a crossword puzzle that was just pointless to me. And whenever a teacher decided to give us a crossword puzzle for homework. I faked doing it or just never did it at all. In fact, I would lean over to another student to see where the words were at because I thought crossword puzzles were crazy. I would rather go into my own zone and draw roads than doing a pointless crossword puzzle. The only puzzles I like to solve is from Wheel of Fortune! I like that game show!
And every once in a while; a teacher would give us a puzzle to do as a pop quiz or a test. Well, on those times I just flunked. Like I say; if a teacher was just giving us busy work let me just draw my roads. I feel like doing artwork was a better use of my time than doing a crossword puzzle. And did you know that doing artwork is good for your brain too? Doing artwork helps your memory and cognitive ability, it reduces stress and depression, it brings us into the present, it stimulates the imagination, it boosts self-esteem, and it enhances problem solving. I think doing artwork does a better job stimulating and enhancing your brain than doing a crossword puzzle. Everyone can do artwork, no matter how good or bad you are. Not everyone can do a crossword puzzle.
Being forced to do crossword puzzles while in school has taken the fun right out of it for me. I would rather draw my roads and be happy! Just keep crossword puzzles away from me; okay. Yes, I do draw roads. Want to see how I do it, then click the link! http://geekalabama.com/road-drawings/
- 100 years of crossword puzzles (blogs.abc.net.au)
- 100th Anniversary of the Crossword (herecomestheshrink.com)
- 100 Years Later, the Crossword Is Still the King of Puzzles (wired.com)
- Crossword Puzzle’s 100th anniversary being celebrated (thenewstribe.com)
- Crossword Puzzle Game Google Doodle Today honoring 100th Year Anniversary (vlogg.com)
- Google Doodle Celebrates the 100th Anniversary of the Crossword Puzzle (people.com)
- Google celebrates 100 years of crossword puzzles with doodle (latimes.com)