Wednesday, March 30, 2016

blown away by mimi mathis

everything remains the same
exceptional case won't rust the case
we can not overturn the moon's grace
yet we can not reduce the sun's heat
i have seen your point of view
which makes tip over the unexpected bumps
you shall know the reason backward
the wheel of time may wear off the tangled wood
and I doubt the faith and trust you used to commit

months, years, decades, and ages,
my hair is painted white or grey,
my words are brewed with red wine ingredients
silence, silence, and i appreciate the empty space
when I dip my hands in Nashville country music Hall of Fame,
Taylor Swift has me in her bus tour then
Infamous mountain is blown away by quartz mountain,
I believe that Simon Fraser knows Trent Mantitoba

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Directions to Quartz Mountain & Hotel Information



The 2016 OSAI Photography Instructor is Kurt Markus!
Students are instructed in various photographic techniques and are encouraged to utilize the aesthetics of their surroundings. Students explore conventional and digital photography, along with darkroom and digital editing techniques. Student photography is displayed in public exhibitions. 18 students are accepted.
Please note: If selected, each photography student is required to bring a digital SLR camera and 5 rolls of black and white film to the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute. A 35 mm film camera is recommended, but not required.


  1. Complete an online application and schedule your interview no later than noon the weekday before your desired interview date. Click here for audition/interview dates. Interview spaces fill quickly, so schedule as soon as possible.
  2. Read audition tips compiled by our adjudicators.
  3. Compile your portfolio (see guidelines below).
  4. You must bring a government-issued I.D. or birth certificate to your interview for age verification purposes.
  5. Arrive at your interview at least 15 minutes early to check in.

Portfolio Guidelines:

  • You may submit conventional and/or digital photographs, but all photos must be submitted digitally in JPEG format on CD. You must bring the two (2) copies of your portfolio on CD to your interview, or you will not be allowed to audition.
  • Choose 6 – 8 photographs that you have shot and developed or processed. If you submit more than 8 photos, you will NOT be allowed to audition. The photos must have been taken AFTER June 30 of the prior  year. (Former OSAI students may not submit work produced at OSAI.)
  • Scale your work to 1200 pixels in the longest dimension. (This is the equivalent of 300 dpi when the longest dimension is 4 inches.)
  • If you are submitting digital work, please keep in mind that adjudicators will look at the metadata embedded in the photo file to assess your technical abilities. (If you are shooting every photo in fully automatic mode, it will affect your score.)
  • If you are submitting darkroom work, we recommend that you scan the images at the highest optical resolution provided by your scanner, and THEN SCALE the resulting file to 1200 pixels on the longest side.
  • Burn your portfolio of 6-8 photos to two (2) separate CDs. Both discs must contain identical material.
  • Your name must not appear anywhere on your discs. If your computer program requires you to name your photo files, do NOT save them as your name. Save your files in JPEG format and name each file in your portfolio simply “OSAI 1”, “OSAI 2”, “OSAI 3”, etc. Furthermore, do NOT write your name on your CDs. You will be assigned a number at your interview.
  • If possible, test your CDs in more than one computer to make sure they work.
  • Bring the 2 CDs with you to your interview.
  • If you have any questions, call (405) 605-7500 or email

What to Expect at Your Photography Audition:

  • During the photography interview, the interviewer will review your photographs and ask questions to gain an understanding of your perspective and technique.
  • Additionally, the interviewer will score you on your basic understanding of how the camera works in manual mode.

Judging Criteria:

  • Technique
  • Composition
  • Creativity/Originality
  • Potential
  • Technical Knowledge
Read general information about our adjudication procedures here.

Watch the 2013 OSAI photography students in action:

PLEASE NOTE: Many mapping websites and GPS devices do not have data that leads to the lodge. OAI participants have commented that their GPS system caused them to get lost on the way to Quartz Mountain. We strongly advise that you review the directions below.

Highway 9 just west of Hobart is closed. Please see the map and updated directions below.

Map for detour

Hotels & Motels in the Altus Area

Many parents, friends, and supporters of Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute students choose to visit Quartz Mountain. During OSAI, accommodations for visitors are NOT available at the Quartz Mountain Lodge. Visitors are encouraged to reserve hotels as soon as possible. There are a limited number of rooms available in the Quartz Mountain area.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Scripps Institution of Oceanography

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Not to be confused with other organizations named Scripps.
Coordinates: 32.865437°N 117.253626°W
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Scripps Institution of Oceanography logo.png
Former names
Marine Biological Association of San Diego
Scripps Institution for Biological Research[1]
Type Public
Established 1903
Parent institution
University of California, San Diego
Director Margaret Leinen[2]
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Postgraduates 235[3]
Location La Jolla, California

A view of Scripps Institution of Oceanography in 2011, taken from the Birch Aquarium.

Scripps Institution of Oceanography pier
The Scripps Institution of Oceanography (sometimes referred to as SIO, Scripps Oceanography, or Scripps) in San Diego, California, founded in 1903, is one of the oldest and largest centers for ocean and Earth science research, public service, undergraduate and graduate training in the world. Hundreds of ocean and Earth scientists conduct research with the aid of oceanographic research vessels and shorebased laboratories. Its Old Scripps Building is a U.S. National Historic Landmark. SIO is a department of the University of California, San Diego. The public explorations center of the institution is the Birch Aquarium at Scripps. Since becoming part of the University of California in 1912, the institution has expanded its scope to include studies of the physics, chemistry, geology, biology, and climate of Earth.
Dr. Margaret Leinen took office as Vice Chancellor for Marine Sciences, Director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and Dean of the Graduate School of Marine Sciences on Oct. 1, 2013.[2]
Scripps publishes explorations now, an e-magazine of ocean and earth science.

Mission statement

"To seek, teach, and communicate scientific understanding of the oceans, atmosphere, Earth, and other planets for the benefit of society and the environment."[4]


Scripps Institution of Oceanography was founded in 1903 as the Marine Biological Association of San Diego, an independent biological research laboratory. It was proposed and incorporated by a committee of the San Diego Chamber of Commerce, led by local activist and amateur malacologist Fred Baker, together with two colleagues. He recruited University of California Zoology professor William Emerson Ritter to head up the proposed marine biology institution, and obtained financial support from local philanthropists E. W. Scripps and his sister Ellen Browning Scripps. They fully funded the institution for its first decade. It began institutional life in the boathouse of the Hotel del Coronado located on San Diego Bay. It re-located in 1905 to the La Jolla area on the head above La Jolla Cove, and finally in 1907 to its present location.[5]
In 1912 Scripps became part of the University of California and was renamed the "Scripps Institution for Biological Research." The name was changed to Scripps Institution of Oceanography in October 1925.[1] During the 1960s, led by Scripps Institution of Oceanography director Roger Revelle, it formed the nucleus for the creation of the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) on a bluff overlooking Scripps Institution.
The Old Scripps Building, designed by Irving Gill, was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1982.[6][7] Architect Barton Myers designed the current Scripps Building.

Research programs

Scripps Institution of Oceanography researchers at sea
The institution's research programs encompass biological, physical, chemical, geological, and geophysical studies of the oceans and earth. Scripps also studies the interaction of the oceans with both the atmospheric climate and environmental concerns on terra firma. Related to this research, Scripps offers undergraduate and graduate degrees. (see for more information.)
Today, the Scripps staff of 1,300 includes approximately 100 faculty, 300 other scientists and some 240 graduate students, with an annual budget of more than $180 million.[8]
The institution operates a fleet of four oceanographic research vessels and the research platform R/P FLIP (FLoating Instrument Platform) for oceanographic research. A fifth ship, R/V Sally Ride (named for the late astronaut and former UC San Diego professor), is scheduled to be launched in 2015.[9]
The Integrated Research Themes [10] encompassing the work done by Scripps researchers are:
  • Biodiversity and Conservation
  • California Environment
  • Earth and Planetary Chemistry
  • Earth Through Space and Time
  • Energy and the Environment
  • Environment and Human Health
  • Global Change
  • Global Environmental Monitoring
  • Hazards
  • Ice and Climate
  • Instruments and Innovation
  • Interfaces
  • Marine Life
  • Modeling, Theory, and Computing
  • Sound and Light in the Sea
  • Waves and Circulation

Feelings, Now by Katherine Foreman


Some kind of attraction that is neither
Animal, vegetable, nor mineral, a power not
Solar, fusion, or magnetic
And it is all in my head that
I could see into his
And find myself sitting there.