Monday, July 30, 2012
Saturday, July 28, 2012
Then there's at least one fan who bought an old mailbox and turned it into a Gator mailbox.
Friday, July 27, 2012
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Sunday, July 22, 2012
Saturday, July 21, 2012
This is the location of the Ocala office of ihmc (Florida Institute for Human & Machine Cognition); ihmc also has an office in Pensacola, Florida.
From the ihmc website:
"IHMC is a not-for-profit research institute of the Florida University System and is affiliated with several Florida universities.
"Researchers at IHMC pioneer technologies aimed at leveraging and extending human capabilities. Our human-centered approach often results in systems that can be regarded as cognitive or perceptual prostheses, much as eyeglasses are a sort of ocular prosthesis. These systems fit the human and machine components together in ways that exploit their respective strengths and mitigate their respective weaknesses...
"Current active research areas include: knowledge modeling and sharing, adjustable autonomy, robotics, advanced interfaces and displays, communication and collaboration, computer-mediated learning systems, intelligent data understanding, software agents, expertise studies, work practice simulation, knowledge representation, and other related areas."
Click here for an example of "Human-Machine Trust for Robust Autonomous Systems."
Friday, July 20, 2012
Thus, Forever Lawn. They clean up the mess the homeowners make.
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Ocala claims to be the "Horse Capitol of the World," but we also have a number of cattle ranches/farms in the area. In fact, the property now known as On Top of the World (OTOW) was once part of a huge ranch consisting of many hundreds of acres southwest of Ocala. The Stone Creek property was purchased from OTOW. Surrounding OTOW and Stone Creek is what's left of the ranch known as the Circle Square Ranch, which must consist of several hundred acres.
These Brahman cattle reside on the Circle Square Ranch along with a huge herd of Hereford cattle. Just across the road from the Circle Square Ranch is another large herd of Herefords.
We hope the inexorable rush to development will slow to a crawl; that these delightful rural places continue for many years to provide a respite from the urban sprawl that contaminates so much of Florida's countryside.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Monday, July 16, 2012
Sunday, July 15, 2012
Saturday, July 14, 2012
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
"A nature trail winds through Marshall Swamp. Trails blazed through barge canal diggings provide challenging rides for equestrians. The Ocklawaha and Withlacoochee Rivers, traversing opposite ends of the greenway, supply miles of scenic paddling. The Santos area offers several miles of trails for off-road biking."
Pictured above is part of the Ocala section of the trail. This is an entrance off the main trail leading to Marshall Swamp.
The Ocala section is a six mile, paved loop cutting through three different types of terrain. We have spent many hours riding bike, jogging and roller blading on this Ocala piece of the trail.
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Saturday, July 7, 2012
Thursday, July 5, 2012
The first contractor never got off the ground, but took some of the city's money which proved to be a problem to recover. I'm not sure if the city ever got all its money back.
Then we heard about Millworks, which, as you can see, is another plan to develop a downtown area by creating residences, restaurants and a parking area. That, too, has stalled, and I haven't heard much about it for a long time.
It's too bad, because Ocala's downtown area could use restoration/renovation of this sort.
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Monday, July 2, 2012
Not long ago this place housed a New Age shop which featured books, crystals, incense, jewelry, posters, bumper stickers, etc., all of which related to New Age philosophy. That shop has moved to the downtown
Now it is a counseling service center which operates from a "Christian" perspective while Hands of Mercy Everywhere, Inc., has to do with "A Christian Maternity Home for Teenagers," in Belleview, Florida.
"Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again." — Henri Cartier-Bresson