UI Photog

Lately I've been busy.  One of my regular annual gigs came up with a short turn around time, and I had to take care of that and then the UI (University of Idaho) was able to give me some regular hours again.  So I've been busy over the last few weeks. I was a...

Don’t Wash Your Hair So Much

Ok, I'm going to branch out a bit.  Consider this a bit of a PSA (Public Service Announcement).  When I was growing up I saw my grandpa and my uncle using hair gel.  I believed it was the only way to keep my unruly hair from "poofing" and because of my double cowlick...

Pray About It

We say "I'll pray about it" when we don't want to give an answer.  Isn't that the starkest truth of the matter? If we knew for sure, or if we could win the argument wouldn't we just pursue it?  "I'll pray about it" is a stalling tactic.  Isn't it?  Now actually, I...

Photog Class 8: Personal Vision

In this final installment of the crash course in photography I want to discuss the goal, the end game, what the point of all the efforts in photography really are.  On first review, photography is more or less about making nice or beautiful pictures.  But what makes...

Summer Leaves

Hot muggy weather, thunder and hail, and all the leaves-- even though it's not officially summer, I think we're pretty much there.  I'm wearing shorts, and I took a short snooze earlier on our new deck stairs landing in my zero gravity chair. As I get older I like...

Finished

Today I finished the railing for our deck stairs.  I had some help on the project-- make that a lot of help.  But I did the final touches on the railings. It felt good to finish, and I was really enjoying the work.  We still need to caulk and repaint, but the deck is...

Good Life

Today I plugged away at a variety of personal and business projects, I had a good workout, and mostly I enjoyed a spring day in paradise.  I mean that sincerely.  The sun was shining, the wind was blowing and making the wind chimes ring out, and the atmosphere was...

Niche Myself?

So I think that I should be finding my niche.  The interesting thing about this particular task is how in the process of finding your unique corner of the universe you are routinely confronted with the need to simplify your uniqueness into a recognizable category. ...

Photog Class 7: Tools and Tasks

So now that you know the fundamentals of photography and you are able to practice this art, we come to some of the more practical matters.  What common tasks must you perform and what kinds of tools are available to you today for doing them. First, you have to capture...

Witchcraft and Following God

Today I want to say a few words about witchcraft, spiritualism, and the use of hallucinogenic drugs for spiritual awakening and or recreation (their use for PTSD and other trauma treatment is not what I'm specifically addressing).  Today it is more and more common for...

A Tough Day

Today was a tough day. I am not going to go into all the details, and I guess the good news is that it's not stuff that anyone is likely to ever notice on the outside-- so metaphorically it didn't leave a mark, but it was a tough day.   I think I'll leave it at that....

Information/Idea Advantage

Is there any benefit to keeping a good idea to yourself anymore?  One of the tropes of our internet age is the story of the first person in a particular market or industry vector who discovers that keeping the secrets isn't going to work anymore, because of the...

Products and Services

Products vs Services-- is an interesting way to divide the things we spend money on.  I think that we are generally more likely to feel good about spending money on a Product.  Sometimes I am genuinely happy I am spending money on a service.  Even there, however, the...

Photog Class 6: Learning and Growing

Now that you have been introduced to the fundamentals of photography you can begin the iterative process of learning and growing.  That means taking photographs, reviewing, editing and publishing, in one form or another. The process of achieving competence at anything...

Aiming and Goals

The more I live the more convinced I am that you generally get what you are pointing at. Knowing what you want and where you want to go, is one of the best predictors of what you will actually achieve.  So it kinda matters what you point at-- what your goals are. But...

Sunday in Spring

Today was a good day.  We went to church.  The big kids were both volunteering (yeah, they are pretty amazing!), but all I had to do was text them from bed that they should make sure to go with each other, and the case was solved.  The rest of us showed up just before...

Human Habitat

Humans are builders.  Some animals like prairie dogs and beavers build things, and of course, birds build nests. But humans create very sophisticated habitat for themselves.  The urban habitat with skyscrapers and subways is complex at a level that makes the whole...

Ancient and Future Wind

What does it mean that the animation of weather induced air currents has preceded my existence by at least six thousand years, and is very likely to succeed my earthly journey by at least as many millennia?  We think of winds and weather as temporary and changeable,...

Is “Like-Minded Friend” an Oxymoron?

So maybe that title looks like nonsense to you.  Maybe you think "of course, you can have like-minded friends, that's what draws people together, shared values!" And that's right, I can pretty much agree with that statement. So is that the end of the story?  Well, not...

The Difficult That I Do Not Think Is Work

Today on YouTube I was listening to Mark Manson on the Impact Theory vlog with Tom Bilyue.  You can listen to the interview/podcast here although I need to give a language alert.  Mark's book is named "The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F$%*" so swearing comes up a few...

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