TOTD 2018-06-01: Is Finland the Texas of Europe?

I am sick as a dog, still having chills shaking me like a leaf.  But I made a promise, and I intend to keep it.  Sorry if this is silly.

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Publix demonstration

The Left love demonstrating.  They are constantly marching and rallying, ginning up outragey feelings in search of that street-protest vibe of the 1960s.  Even high-school Leftists are nostalgic for the civil rights movement and anti-Vietnam-War marches.   They all want an emotional high, preferably with a tiny waft of tear gas in the air.

Florida high schoolers targeted Publix Supermarkets for a die-in.  Publix is a grocery store chain that is strong in Florida and Georgia and has many stores in five other Southeastern states.... [Read More]

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TOTD 2018-03-30: The Moon, Up Close and Personal

Since 1994, Fourmilab’s Earth and Moon Viewer has provided custom views of the Earth and Moon from a variety of viewpoints, using imagery databases which have evolved over the years from primitive images to gigabyte-scale mosaics collected by spacecraft.  Views were originally restricted to the Earth, but fifteen years ago, in April 2003, the ability to view the Moon was added, using the global imagery collected by the Clementine orbiter.  These data were wonderful for the time, providing full-globe topography and albedo databases with a resolution of 1440×720 pixels.  This allowed viewing the Moon as a whole or modest zooms into localities, but when you zoomed in close the results were…disappointing.  Here is the crater Copernicus viewed from an altitude of 10 km using the Clementine data.

Moon, Copernicus crater, 10 km altitude, Clementine data... [Read More]

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New Camera – Big Fun!

Olympus OM-D, E-M10MarkII, Micro-Four Thirds.   Have 14-42 and 40-150 zoom lenses, both with circular polarizing filters.  Weighs about 1/10th of my older Olympus E-3 which used the much larger Four Thirds format lenses.  Slightly higher F #’s with the new one, but for the size, don’t care.  The new one has WiFi: Crikey!

From this am, only using AUTO; a sunny morning, finally:... [Read More]

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Spring Spring!

So, yeah, I am having serious trouble with Spring fever this year.  We didn’t go the the beach this week because my perfect spouse contracted the Crud.  Postponed until 4-2.

My camera activity is getting an upgrade.  I cracked the glass over the function display on my beloved Olympus E-3, so it’s retiring.  It’s only good for fair weather action now.  My new camera is an Olympus OM-D Mark 10 II:  Micro four-thirds, 15.6 Megapixel, 5-way internal stabilization, screamingly fast AF, 8.5 fps, and built-in WiFi.  Woof!  Until I get it on Monday, here’s a few iPhone shots from yesterday:... [Read More]

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National Parks

We depart for Moab on April 29th, on a three week trip in Domus Aurea, and anticipate a bountiful display by Mother Nature.  Have not seen Arches, Canyonlands, or Capitol Reef before, so the anticipation, based on visits to other National Parks, is mounting.  That’s an understatement, on second thought!  We can’t wait.

Here are three pix from our last road trip to Utah, with a stop at Crater Lake on the way home.  The first picture was taken while wading up the Virgin River Narrows in Zion.  I tuned this one up in Photoshop, printed it, then the good wife framed it perfectly and hung it over the piano.  The second is a general vista shot of Bryce Canyon, and lastly the Lake of all lakes here in Oregon.... [Read More]

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For No Good Reason

I’m on hold with the VA, so I might as well post a few pix from Italy in 2002 using my first digital camera, a Sony CD500 camera.  Little discs, big fun!  Took over 1,100 shots over three weeks.

The choice in 2002 was either buy this in Murano, Italy, or buy the cedar deck around our pond.  The price, shockingly, was equivalent.  The picture doesn’t do this folded piece justice.... [Read More]

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