4-30-14 We All Say Stupid Things (I Got Rambling On My Mind)

I think now, even Kid Rock would admit he had things backwards.

“I do not believe that artists or actors and people should be out there like voicing their full-blown opinions on politics because, let’s face it, at the end of the day, I’m not that smart of a guy. I play Rock ‘n’ Roll, that’s what I do. Who would you trust to make your decisions, Donald Rumsfeld or the Dixie Chicks?”

Please go see The Unknown Known

I have been listening to The Dixie Chicks a lot these last few days. Those young woman were really good and tight. If they hadn’t been destroyed by the Bush cabal and its followers I think country music would be much better today than it is. The Chicks were hardly the worst casualty of the Bush disaster, that honor is split between the people of Iraq, our troops, and the our economy but they were a casualty none-the-less.

January 1, 2013

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4-18-14 Weekly Photo Challenge: On Top

An artist who had certainly known the feeling of being on top died yesterday.  RIP: Gabriel García Márquez

“In the parlor was a huge camera on wheels like the ones used in public parks, and the backdrop of a marine twilight, painted with homemade paints, and the walls papered with pictures of children at memorable moments: the first Communion, the bunny costume, the happy birthday. Year after year, during contemplative pauses on afternoons of chess, Dr. Urbino had seen the gradual covering over of the walls, and he had often thought with a shudder of sorrow that in the gallery of casual portraits lay the germ of the future of the city, governed and corrupted by those unknown children, where note even the ashes of his glory would remain.”
Gabriel García Márquez – Love In The Time of Cholera

The photo challenge this week is On Top.

I will start with three views.

On Top of The Empire State Building overlooking The Hudson

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What’s actually on top of the Empire State Building

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Boro Walk

More top notch answers:

http://silverinthebarn.wordpress.com/2014/04/18/weekly-photo-challenge-on-top/

http://rygalo.com/2014/04/18/weekly-photo-challenge-on-top/

http://itravel81.wordpress.com/2014/04/18/weekly-photo-challenge-on-top/

http://maraeastern.com/2014/04/18/weekly-photo-challenge-on-top/

http://firewingphotography.com/2014/04/18/on-top/

http://jdkittlesphotography.com/2014/04/18/sammy-the-potatohead-on-top-challenge/

http://schelleycassidy.wordpress.com/2014/04/18/weekly-photo-challenge-on-top/

http://gritandsatin.wordpress.com/2014/04/18/weekly-photo-challenge-on-top/

http://tomboytravels.com/2014/04/18/on-top/

http://oliteahouse.wordpress.com/2014/04/18/weekly-photo-challenge-on-top/

3-9-14 Weekly Photo Challenge 2: A Different Perspective

The Weekly Challenge is perspective. My first go was here.  While my first attempt involved changing the distance involved in viewing an object this one challenges focus. I shot this while on my 5 mile walk up the river yesterday.  Lots of new stuff to see! Even a temporary change of season brings people out of their shells.

Here is view #1

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And here is “reality”…

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http://simplysage.org/2014/03/08/perspectives-in-paradise-its-snow-fun-without-you/

http://photoblogbynetterequena.com/2014/03/09/weekly-photo-challenge-perspective/

http://elizabethkrallphotos.wordpress.com/2014/03/08/not-what-it-seems/

http://shootngo.wordpress.com/2014/03/08/weekly-photo-challenge-perspective/

http://discoveringranchlife.com/2014/03/08/weekly-photo-challenge-perspective/

http://freddysproject.wordpress.com/2014/03/09/weekly-photo-challenge-perspective/

http://oliteahouse.wordpress.com/2014/03/09/weekly-photo-challenge-perspective/

http://agent909.wordpress.com/2014/03/09/weekly-photo-challenge-perspective-new-york/

http://austindetailsart.com/2014/03/austin-perspective/

http://brokenlightcollective.wordpress.com/2014/03/09/creating-my-fairy-tale/

http://sonyaliraphotography.com/2014/03/09/weekly-photo-challenge-perspective/

http://michikoresuello.wordpress.com/2014/03/10/perspective-a-photographers-vision/

http://andrawatkins.com/2014/03/09/to-live-forever-tour-stop-the-peoples-cafe/

2-27-14 Weekly Photo Challenge: The Third Three

“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life.

It goes on.”

Robert Frost

The challenge this week was: three.  This is my third shot at it. Attempt 1 is here, and attempt 2 is here.

For today I thought I would be flexible and go back in time to June to Union Square.

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“I have six locks on my door all in a row. When I go out, I lock every other one. I figure no matter how long somebody stands there picking the locks, they are always locking three.”
Elayne Boosler

Some other threes:

http://flickrcomments.wordpress.com/2014/02/21/weekly-photo-challenge-threes/

http://passionatelybored.wordpress.com/2014/02/22/weekly-photo-challenge-three/

http://blogagaini.com/2014/02/21/the-pciture-thing/

Wilhelm the Wonder Bird….(wp weekly photo challenge) | Daily Observations

Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | Ruth E Hendricks Photography

Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | techMinimalist

Trompie meeting a new cat friend: Three picture story | Scrapydodog

Back to the roots | Flickr Comments

Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | Sun Setting on Lake Abert, Oregon, USA | undefined by design

John Henry – about job losses | Flickr Comments

The ‘Three-Picture story’ idea. | Helen Ross writes

2-22-14 Travel Theme: Work

 

 

 

Ailsa’s theme this week is work. I am having to do way too much work here in Boston to get online and post anything but that is a different story. This particular set might also work for the weekly photo challenge: threes, but I have other thoughts in mind for that.

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Here are some other examples of work:

http://drieskewrites.wordpress.com/2014/02/21/travel-theme-work/

http://brain.queenkv.org/2014/02/21/travel-theme-work/

http://delsotherstuff.wordpress.com/2014/02/21/travel-theme-illuminated-2/

http://aglasshalf-full.com/2014/02/15/regarding-rubber/

http://foto2nurul.wordpress.com/2014/02/21/travel-theme-work/

http://tishfarrell.wordpress.com/2014/02/22/looking-for-smut-work-on-kenyas-highland-farms/

http://ceenphotography.com/2014/02/22/travel-theme-work/

http://figliodelgiaguaro.wordpress.com/2014/02/22/travel-theme-work/

http://traveller2006.wordpress.com/2014/02/22/travel-theme-work/

2-21-14 You Do What You Must

Drove to Boston this afternoon. Horrible traffic. Arrived at my parent’s house to discover their wireless is not working. They didn’t know this. I will try to get this fixed tomorrow but in the meantime I can’t upload any of the photographs I intended.

Luckily I did take a picture of the cause of the traffic.

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2-12-14 Weekly Photo Challenge (Again With The Selfie?)

Challenge: selfie.

I had no intention of posting another one of these (attempt #1)(attempt #2) but I got such a positive response in the Fleeting Moment Portrait class – that is the one taught by Amy Arbus – last night that I figured, why not. I don’t actually think this is a “selfie”. It is a self-portrait which, to my mind is a very different thing but Abigail assures me it is a “selfie” and I figure a 17-year-old should know.

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Other selfs:

http://parislux.wordpress.com/2014/02/12/weekly-photo-challenge-selfie-reflection-in-the-window-sun-light-the-daily-post/

http://socialwilliams.us/2014/02/10/weekly-photo-challenge-selfie/

http://rindrianie.wordpress.com/2014/02/10/weekly-photo-challenge-selfie/

http://mondasiregar.wordpress.com/2014/02/10/weekly-photo-challenge-selfie/

http://kriztyne.wordpress.com/2014/02/10/weekly-photo-challenge-selfie/

http://pinoytransplant.com/2014/02/10/weekly-photo-challenge-selfie/

http://zennjennc.wordpress.com/2014/02/10/a-hair-story/

http://kosheradobo.com/2014/02/10/weekly-photo-challenge-selfie/

http://theseekersdungeon.com/2014/02/11/tricks-for-getting-through-the-day/

http://itsallaboutabitofthisandthat.wordpress.com/2014/02/12/weekly-photo-challenge-selfie-radiator-lady/

http://freerangecow.com/2014/02/12/weekly-photo-challenge-selfie/

2-7-14 Weekly Photo Challenge: Selfie (Not where I should be edition)

Today, my plan was to work until 2 and then go to Boston. Take some brilliant shots on the road and blog about the ride. However, when I went to the car…It looked something like this.

I know – you are thinking: “ugly but not terrible” Did I mention that it wasn’t snow? Nope, all ice.  After four hours it looked like this:

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So why aren’t I on the road? You can’t see it here but the left back tire is encased in ice and while the right one looks free, it is not. Probably another two hours tomorrow and then it will be free.

SO. The weekly photo challenge is that new word in the Oxford English Dictionary: selfie! I used my iPhone with the Pro HDR app and then did a little work in Snapseed.

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Here are some other selfs:

http://colderweather.me/2014/02/07/weekly-photo-challenge-selfie/

http://flickrcomments.wordpress.com/2014/02/07/weekly-photo-challenge-selfie/

http://sixdegreesphotography.wordpress.com/2014/02/07/weekly-photo-challenge-selfie/

http://giuliabernini.wordpress.com/2014/02/07/weekly-photo-challenge-selfie/

http://eikonism.wordpress.com/2014/01/29/selfie/

http://eclipseofthemoon.wordpress.com/2014/02/07/ego-folder-2/

http://pilvipouta.wordpress.com/2014/02/08/weekly-photo-challenge-selfie/

http://belohorizontedailyphoto.wordpress.com/2014/02/07/wp-week-photo-challenge-selfie/

http://foto.rudenius.se/?p=2685

http://unclespikes.wordpress.com/2014/02/07/weekly-photo-challenge-selfie-i/

http://brokenlightcollective.wordpress.com/2014/02/07/bipolar-self/