August 21st, 2014
I was walking past the door and saw a bird. The glass is tinted and reflective from outside, so I don’t it could see me. Since it didn’t fly away, I went back to my office to grab my camera. When I returned, there were two birds.
f/9 1.1250 ISO2000 70mm
I think it came out ok in spite of the fact that I had accidentally left the ISO on 2000 and was shooting through a dirty, tinted glass door. I wish I could have used f/3.5 and a much lower ISO.
August 19th, 2014
The Wikipedia defines a ghost town as
“…an abandoned village, town or city, usually one which contains substantial visible remains.”
The quick definition of ghost town from Merriam Webster says it is
“a town that no longer has any people living in it : an abandoned town”.
These agree with what I always thought it was. So when I saw a fast fact on some tweet that Texas has over 450 ghost towns, I decided I had to find out if one was close enough for me to go see. This led me to a Wikipedia list of Texas ghost towns.
I searched the page for counties near me. First thing I found was Pyote. Pyote is so close, I can probably walk there. It is in our school district! People live there! How is that a ghost town? There is a post office. There’s a grocery store. What am I missing? The next town to catch my eye was Terlingua. Isn’t that where the International Championship Chili Cookoff has been held for the last half century?!?
How many populated cities are in this list? I’m disgusted and I’m not going to check them all.
July 24th, 2014
May 23rd, 2014
Do you see that curtain of light rays? Imagine what I could have gotten if I’d had my camera with me.
May 14th, 2014
I got to thinking I own a lot of good purple stuff now, just like I always wanted to. Something still on the purple wish list is a car. So I googled “purple cars” to see if I could find a good one to show you the color I want. I found this:
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May 8th, 2014
Here’s another shot from that huge storm cell. This one was taken at a lower ISO and the colors came out very differently. I’ve cropped it in to a panorama to showcase the lightning.
I suggest viewing it fullscreened on the largest monitor you can find.
May 6th, 2014
Here’s some old photos I took when I was a teenager. I had a disposable panoramic camera, and I was somewhere between Florida and the Bahamas. I was fascinated by the whirlpool that was forming off the side of the ship. I tried to point it out to my dad, but he didn’t look down. He looked up! And he was right to do so. A waterspout was coming right down, almost on our heads. I learned later that the ship had been pushed off course because of that thing. I had no idea how dangerous that thing really was. I turned my panoramic camera sideways and got these pictures of it all the way from sea to sky!
May 6th, 2014
I was out to eat tonight with my sister, telling her the story of the GNU operating system and how the linux kernel came to complete it, when the lady from the next table came over to shake my hand. She said she had been listening to me for a while. At first, I thought she was interested in the topic, but it turned out she was only interetsted in my voice. “You should be on the radio, or reading audio books,” she told me. “The whole time I was listening to you, I thought you were a TV.”
I was a little bit stunned. She said it like it was the greatest compliment in the world, but it was such an oddball statement that I had to wonder. The fact of the matter if that I have done both of the things she mentioned. I was the host and producer of Celtic Traditions on KOCV-FM for several years, and then had a similar show on KLBO-AM after that. I’ve also read chapters of audiobooks for librivox.org. I have done all that and have also sung professionally. Many people have told me thehy enjoyed my voice, but this was the first time anyone ever said they mistook me for a television.
I don’t want that to mean that I sound like background noise when I talk. Since she did seemed so happy to talk to me, and she took my friend card before she left, I’m going to assume the best and believe she meant to encourage me to produce more audio content. So I’m going to see what I can do about that.