A farewell haiku

•August 1, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Farewell to my blog
Facebook has supplanted you
Next internet fad

I’m now spending all my time on Facebook, so it’s time to say goodbye to the ol’ blog (I figure when you haven’t had any posts of substance in over 3 months, it’s time to say goodbye)… Anyway, come over to FB and add me as a friend!  Click on the link below to go to my profile…

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Memorial Day

•May 26, 2008 • 1 Comment

American Anthem by Norah Jones

All we’ve been given by those who came before,
the dream of a nation where freedom would endure.
The work and prayers of centuries have brought us to this day.
What shall be our legacy? What will our children say?
Let them say of me
I was one who believed in sharing the blessings I received.
Let me know in my heart when my days are through,
America, America I gave my best to you.

Each generation from the plains to distant shore,
with the gifts that they were given were determined to leave more.
Valiant battles fought together,
acts of conscience fought alone,
these are the seeds from which America has grown.
Let them say of me I was one who believed in sharing the blessings I received.
Let me know in my heart when my days are through,
America, America I gave my best to you.

For those who think they have nothing to share,
who fear in their hearts there is no hero there,
know each quiet act of dignity is that which fortifies the soul of a nation that never dies.
Let them say of me
I was one who believed in sharing the blessings I received.
Let me know in my heart when my days are through,
America, America I gave my best to you.

Thank you, Mary Alice.

Octopus vs Shark

•May 20, 2008 • Leave a Comment

I think I’ve mentioned this before, but back in my undergrad days I spent 4 months in Monterey studying the local octopus in the area. I actually developed a great deal of respect for these creatures – they’re incredibly cunning and masters of disguise and escape. Since then I’ve refused to eat them (sushi bars, whatever) – they just seemed too smart! Also seeing what they did to the crabs I fed them was pretty intense. Now, my octopuses were small… you’ve got to check out the matchup between this giant octopus and the shark!!

Fusionman flies over the Alps

•May 18, 2008 • Leave a Comment

If you haven’t seen this, you’ve got to check out this video. The first thing Andrew asked when he saw this: “How old do I have to be so I can do that?!?!”

David Blaine Street Magic Parody

•April 28, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Too funny not to post!!

Fun with selective focus (Lensbaby)

•April 27, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Last month for my birthday, my in-laws got me a gift that has been on my registry for a while – a new Lensbaby lens! Lensbaby makes selective-focus lenses; specialty devices that really create distinctive shots. Definitely not something you’d shoot with every day, but pretty fun for some neat effects!

The Lensbaby lens (I have the 2.0 version) is actually a bendable lens – you use your fingers to push or pull the lens in & out to achieve focus, then bend the lens to direct where you want the sharp focus point to be. I brought it with me on this trip and experimented with it for the first time today – here are some of the results! (More impressive full-size, if you go to my Smugmug gallery…)

Swimming with Dolphins

•April 24, 2008 • Leave a Comment

One of our favorite stops so far was the Dolphinarium in Zihuatanejo, where the kids got to get up close and personal with dolphins! Andrew has learned about dolphins from Dora and Diego, but he’s always been a bit skittish around large animals, so boy was I surprised when he wanted to get in the water to swim with them!

Sierra loved the fun animals and their kisses…

And Justin was generally OK with the experience, but when Chaco (this one) decided to give him a grin, the sight of those big teeth became a serious cause for concern!

 
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