The New Patriotism

My post is not intended to anger anybody. I’m the one who is angry. I literally grow angrier every week. In this post I share my perspective: some of what makes me angry. You see, I sense the careful crafting of a new idea I’m calling The New Patriotism. The New Patriotism is being born as our democracy, our representative… Continue reading

Welcoming Waldo, a New Beast, into the Family

We decided it was time to add another feline to the family. Ten years ago this month we adopted Conrad the Kat from Good Mews, a no-kill cat shelter that keeps about 100 cats at a time. We went back about 3 weeks ago.1 While we will never de-claw a cat, we need to protect our leather furniture from cat… Continue reading

The Time Machine

I had no idea that electricity is actually a time machine! The disadvantage of living in an area with so many beautiful old trees is that during a storm, they blow over onto the power lines. This year we have had over a half dozen old trees fall in the neighborhood. Some have badly damaged, even completely destroyed houses. One… Continue reading

That Basket of Deplorables Is the New Face of US Terrorism (Updated)

Peter Cvjetanovic, 20, told KTVN that he traveled from Reno to Charlottesville. Read the story here. I’m late to learning the details of what has transpired from the Nazi and White Supremacist terrorist attacks that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia.  I refuse to use the term “Alt-Right.” These are militant, white, Nazi terrorists that want to usher in to this… Continue reading

San Francisco Gay Pride: You Haven’t Lived until…

I confess, I’m not much of a parade person. I don’t hate parades; I just don’t like them. They simply don’t do anything for me. I’ve been to Atlanta Gay Pride a couple of times. Whatever. Not worth going back. But San Francisco knows how to throw a party, let me tell you. The Bay to Breakers Race is insane… Continue reading

Learning Out Loud

I was interested in exploring shooting anamorphic video with the iPhone 6s+1. In fact, I was interested in seeing how far I could push video with the iPhone generally: nighttime, directly into the sun, etc. I also wanted to try mixing some 360º footage into the my little project to see if significantly changing perspective in a normal “flat” video… Continue reading

Awww, Shucks!

Yay for Vimeo! They present video in the correct aspect ratio without letterboxing, unlike YouTube! All that effort to produce 1:2.39 aspect ratio content, and then YouTube adds that hideous black letterbox! Come on Google, get up to speed here! And what’s with the thumbnail that’s not in the correct aspect ratio at all?! Anyway… Shot on my iPhone this… Continue reading

Quality, Reflected, Warm Light

I’ve always thought that one of the most important elements in photography is the quality of the light in the scene. It’s the difference between “Oh, that’s nice.” and “Wow! That’s glorious!” Since I so very, very rarely shoot in controlled lighting environments, I generally get whatever I get when it comes to lighting. I mean, I have the apps… Continue reading

Actual Innovation

So much of what passes for innovation is little more than swapping whose bank accounts profits go into while putting others out of business. Yeah, Uber, I’m looking at you! The convenience of your app: yeah, innovative. Everything else: all that is hideous about capitalism! But Tesla… Now these guys are innovative! They are seriously changing personal transportation! Their impact… Continue reading