Photos of The Tick taking over San Diego!

A corner of San Diego is being taken over. Amazon Original The Tick streams on Prime starting August 25.
A corner of San Diego is being taken over by The Tick. The Amazon original series streams on Prime starting August 25.

Here are some photos of The Tick Takeover being built today for 2017 San Diego Comic-Con. I realize it might be difficult for a good-natured but rather dimwitted superhero to take over an entire city, but it seems The Tick will at least watch over a stretch of Martin Luther King Jr. Promenade, near the corner of Harbor Drive and First Avenue!

Graphic on rear of The Tick Takeover building shows Arthur Everest and The Tick.
Graphic on rear of The Tick Takeover building shows Arthur Everest and The Tick.
Superian says: Not everything that glows gives you superpowers!
Superian says: Not everything that glows gives you superpowers!
The Tick Takeover is under construction at the corner of First Avenue and Harbor Drive. This is the first of three sections.
The Tick Takeover is under construction at the corner of First Avenue and Harbor Drive. This is the first of three sections.
No graffiti, but lots of plastered advertisements.
No graffiti, but lots of plastered advertisements.
The inside of the building appears to be a small store.
The inside of the building appears to be a small store.
An upside down car and some rubble beside the building.
An upside down car and some rubble beside the building.
Another look.
Another look.
The second section, I learned, is where the 20 foot animatronic Tick will be located. That blue thing is part of his huge empty head.
The second section, I learned, is where the 20 foot animatronic Tick will be located. That blue thing is part of his huge (empty) head.
Workers are getting The Tick Takeover ready for 2017 San Diego Comic-Con.
Workers are getting The Tick Takeover ready for 2017 San Diego Comic-Con.
Two halves of The Tick's head lie on the ground.
Two halves of The Tick’s animatronic head lie on the ground.
Some of The Tick's characters depicted on one wall include Ramses IV, Superian and Overkill.
Some of The Tick’s characters depicted on one wall include Ramses IV, Superian and Overkill.

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Fill a red shoe online for Ronald McDonald House!

Your online gift to Ronald McDonald House will sponsor a meal, buy supplies for a student, support a night's stay for a family with a hospitalized child.
Your online gift to Ronald McDonald House will sponsor a meal, buy supplies for a student, or support a night’s stay for a family with a hospitalized child.

Today was Red Shoe Day. If you drove about San Diego, you might have seen smiling, unselfish people holding up big Ronald McDonald shoes at major intersections. Perhaps you were in traffic and didn’t have a chance to make a charitable donation.

Well, here’s your opportunity. Make your donation online (or learn about Ronald McDonald House) by clicking here!

Help support Ronald McDonald House. Fill the red shoe with an online donation!
Help support Ronald McDonald House. Fill the red shoe with an online donation!

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Chinese museum: Typing a language with no alphabet.

Outdoor display window near the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum asks: How do you type a language with no alphabet?
Outdoor display window near the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum asks: How do you type a language with no alphabet?

I was walking through San Diego’s small Chinatown yesterday morning when I spied something really interesting. In a window near the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum a special exhibit is being promoted. The exhibit is titled Radical Machines – Chinese in the Information Age.

How do you type a language with no alphabet? Good question!

I’ll probably check this exhibit out in the next couple months. It runs through April 16, 2017.

A special exhibit titled Radical Machines - Chinese in the Information Age is now running at the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum.
A special exhibit titled Radical Machines – Chinese in the Information Age can be seen at the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum.
Gazing past stone lions at the entrance of the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum.
Gazing past stone lions at the entrance of the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum.
A manual typewriter whose keys type Western Civilization's adopted Latin alphabet seems to magically produce sheets of paper containing Chinese characters.
A manual typewriter whose keys type Western Civilization’s adopted Latin alphabet seems to magically produce sheets of paper containing Chinese characters.

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Rainwater has collected in this beautiful flower.

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Another storm today. Enough outdoor drenchings for me. A good day to watch football and reorganize shelves. And maybe order a large pizza. And watch a DVD. And maybe sort through more photos!

Thanks for swinging on by and take care!

Richard

Cool San Diego stuff to pin on Pinterest!

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A good way to find stuff that interests you is to perform a search of Cool San Diego Sights. Look for the search box in my website’s sidebar.

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Three achievements that have touched many people.

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I haven’t walked or blogged much in the past few weeks. I’m a bit under the weather. I’ll try to get out on Sunday to find something interesting!

I’ve been thinking differently about Cool San Diego Sights lately. So many hours have been spent–mostly pleasurable ones–in building my blog. But what does all this effort amount to? I enjoy walking and making cool discoveries. It feels good to preserve and share those discoveries. And to spread some sunshine. Happiness in this troubled old world is a good thing.

I enjoy the interaction with other bloggers and people on social media, even if I only sit at my computer for a short while each day.

I enjoy the occasional surprises, such as being contacted by artists and others whose work I’ve documented. That is really amazing!

I’ve also been fortunate in rare instances to do some significant good, or touch people in a way that can make a real difference. There are three achievements in particular that I thought might be worth sharing again.

The first was helping in a small way to uncover an important part of San Diego and United States Navy history. The Navy Bicentennial Commemorative Plaque is on public display on the Greatest Generation Walk, a few steps from the USS Midway Museum, and it is passed by thousands of people every day. But it seemed all knowledge of its origin had been lost. I merely posted a plea: help solve a mystery! And, mysteriously, thanks to the magic of the internet–and perhaps word of mouth–over time information trickled in. Finally I was sent several amazing old photographs of the plaque’s creators and its forging, and a typewritten article revealing the details of its origin. I titled that post Creating a plaque: Navy history in San Diego revealed!

A second achievement, the one that probably makes the biggest difference in the lives of people, was a post I wrote about how to help the homeless in San Diego. I am absolutely astonished at how almost every single day, people coming to my blog click the links to the charities and organizations that strive to assist the homeless. There have been hundreds of clicks. I seldom ask my readers to share anything on my blog, but if you are so inclined, I titled that post 20 Ways To Help the Homeless in San Diego.

And finally, I wrote a short story that seems to have touched many deeply. It has even gone a bit viral in surprising places all around the world. It’s about how to change the world. I titled that post A short story to make you smile and cry. Realizing short stories don’t really fit on a photo blog about San Diego, I created another blog for my short works of fiction. If you like to read, perhaps click Short Stories by Richard.

Thank you all for following Cool San Diego Sights. This blogging thing is a strange, mysterious undertaking. Hundreds of visitors each day, from everywhere around the planet, most coming from search engines, and I have no idea who those people are. The whole experience has changed my life in far too many ways to mention.  For the better!  When I first started the blog, I had no notion that I would arrive here.

Well, hopefully on to more adventures! Have a great rest of the weekend!

This is what love is really about.

This is what love is really about. Helping others. Smiling. Connecting. Being unselfish. Having a purpose larger than oneself.
This is what love is really about. Helping others. Smiling. Connecting. Being unselfish. Having a purpose larger than oneself.

Unselfishness. Serving others. Expressing true compassion with more than words: with actual deeds. Having a purpose that is larger than oneself.

I know quite a few people who are fundamentally unhappy. Of course, they are all self-centered.

Perhaps they should look beyond their own nose and think of others.

Here are some photographic examples of true love. These and hundreds of other unselfish volunteers gladly took to the streets of San Diego this morning to collect donations for Ronald McDonald House. Ronald McDonald House offers families a place to stay near specialized hospitals where young children are battling life-threatening illnesses. Every year, about 1,400 families, who are undergoing unspeakable stress and worry, and possibly financial hardship, are freely given a place to stay and good meals to eat. Now that is love.

It’s too late this year to roll down your car window and drop some money into a big red shoe. But you can donate online here.

Better yet, join the Red Shoe Society, where professionals can grow and become philanthropic leaders. Now, how good do you think that would make you feel?

Life is very short. Do you have a purpose that is larger than yourself?

One of many unselfish volunteers who took to the streets of San Diego this morning, collecting donations for the Ronald McDonald House.
One of many unselfish volunteers who took to the streets of San Diego this morning, collecting donations for the Ronald McDonald House.
The happiest people alive are the least selfish. Look at the genuine smiles. What more needs to be said.
The happiest people alive are the least selfish. Look at the genuine smiles. What more needs to be said.
Money collected by this wonderful lady will provide families with a comforting place to stay while children who suffer from life-threatening illnesses are treated at a nearby hospital.
Money collected by this wonderful lady will provide families with a comforting place to stay while children who suffer from life-threatening illnesses are treated at nearby hospitals.

Are you a blogger? Do you want to make the world a better place?

Do you feel that promoting charities and providing worthy organizations with occasional online publicity–and simply highlighting what is good and wonderful in this world–is more important than blogging for selfish reasons?

Answer yes, and you might want to join Bloggers Lifting Others Generously. No self-serving gimmicks. No demands for links. No ulterior motives, such as self-promotion.  None of that depressing stuff that infests the internet.  Just a powerful idea.  Take the simple idea and run with it as you will.