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Date : June 2009

Marline is Always Right

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Published on: 2009.06.28

——————————————————————————————– One thing that many husbands quickly learn is “My wife is always right.” Of course, many of them simply learn to say this — whether they believe it or not — just to appease the raging beast who wears the other ring in the family. But others, like me, have learned that it’s usually[…]

Visit to Byng

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Published on: 2009.06.28

Last night, my wife and I made the short trip to Byng, Okla., where we had dinner and spent the evening with my photographer friend Richard Barron and his wife Abby. Aside from tasty food and stimulating conversation, we spent some time taking pictures, both indoors and outdoors. Read Richard’s account of it here.  […]

Shorten Google URLs

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Published on: 2009.06.27

Have you ever tried to copy & paste the URL of a Google search? If so, you’ve noticed that there are several hundred characters in the URL (“URL” stands for Uniform Resource Locator, and is the series of characters you see in the address bar of your browser). For instance, when searching for my name[…]

41 of 365 Bokeh

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Published on: 2009.06.26

Marline got this Snoopy doll for me a couple of years ago at a conference she attended. I’ve had it on my desk at work ever since. For what it’s worth, I had Snoopy sheets when I was a child, and my favorite song has always been Snoopy vs. The Red Baron by the Royal[…]

Visit to Grandma’s

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Published on: 2009.06.25

By the way, my wife and I visited my Meemaw Crews back in April. I only mention this now because I finally finished formatting the photos a few days ago, and uploaded them to my Flickr . I know some of you have already seen all of these pictures, because you also check my Flickr[…]

Interview

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Published on: 2009.06.25

“I bought an iced coffee this afternoon, but by the time I made it back to the office, the coffee was scalding my mouth.” — DJ on Texas radio We heard the above quote from a disc jockey in Texas yesterday. It was 106 degrees Fahrenheit and about 70 percent humidity at the time. Yes,[…]

My Desktop

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Published on: 2009.06.23

I’ve been fiddling with my desktop setup for a while — it’s my favorite pastime when I’m procrastinating. Here’s the current look: ( Click here to see the full-size version .) As you can see, I’m using two monitors. On the left monitor, I have five Yahoo! Widgets in place. The top one, obviously, is[…]

Review: Year One

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Published on: 2009.06.21

We knew Year One would be pretty silly, and possibly plain stupid. And it was. The movie’s basic premise follows forbears like History of the World Part I and Life of Brian , but also seems like a spoof of 10,000 BC . (Spoiler alert!) Basically, two cavemen leave their village to explore the world.[…]

33 of 365 Bokeh

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Published on: 2009.06.18

This is just one part of the back of a Marvin Gaye CD we bought a few months ago. The photo was taken with a Sigma 50mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro lens, and a Canon 420EX Speedlite flash, bounced off the ceiling.   (Copyright © 2009 by Wil C. Fry. All rights reserved.)  

Good Business Model

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Published on: 2009.06.16

A hydrogen-powered car to be released in Britain soon will be “open-source.” Click here for the story . This is a business model that’s worked well for some internet companies. Basically “open source” means we’re not going to keep our technology secret. Anyone can use it, and anyone can improve on it or customize it.[…]

Born-Again Coffee-Drinker

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Published on: 2009.06.16

For most of my life, I thought coffee tasted nasty. Neither of my parents were coffee-drinkers. Most of the people I saw drinking coffee were also smokers, and old. So I always associated coffee-drinking with old smokers. Smelly people who coughed a lot. The only time I remember drinking coffee as a child was on[…]

Current Status

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Published on: 2009.06.15

Since my recent post End of an Era, I’ve actually continued to work (part-time) at my old job. With the new Sports Editor in place, I’m not worrying about sports anymore, except to offer advice or answer her questions (and I can jump in and help fill a page if necessary). But I’ve been instead[…]

27 of 365 Bokeh

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Published on: 2009.06.12

Last week, my Dad finally decided to part with his old, circa 1970s, camera equipment, including this Sears 8465 tripod, which I plan to use on occasion (never know when you’ll need a spare tripod). This was taken with the Sigma 50mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro lens, and using a Canon 420EX Speedlite bounced off[…]

End of an Era

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Published on: 2009.06.09

As some of you have no doubt already learned, I’ve put in my notice at my job. In fact, I notified my boss several months ago that I’d be leaving this summer. So, just before I went on vacation, they began interviewing for my replacement, and her first day was Monday, June 1 (my first[…]

Day Six — Biodome, Olympic Park

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Published on: 2009.06.08

(Click here to see the Trip Overview, including a Table of Contents.) For our last full day in Canada (Friday, May 28), Marline and I made one last venture into Montreal. After Tuesday’s adventures, we felt like we were experts at riding both the commuter rail and the Metro system, and we were. It was[…]

Day Five — Saint-Constant & ExpoRail

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Published on: 2009.06.07

(Click here to see the Trip Overview, including a Table of Contents.) On Day five (Thursday, May 28), Marline and I had intended to go back into Montreal to see the IMAX movie and tour the BioDome, but I slept too late. Blame it on the late evening at René-Max’s house the night before, or[…]

Day Four — Ottawa & René-Max’s

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Published on: 2009.06.05

(Click here to see the Trip Overview, including a Table of Contents,) On Wednesday (May 27), Marline and I rode with her Aunt Micheline to Ottawa, Ontario, to see the capital of the country, and then stopped over at Marline’s uncle’s house for dinner and conversation. In the morning, we left Miche’s house bright and[…]

Day Three — Downtown Montreal & Caroline’s Condo

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Published on: 2009.06.03

(Click here to see the Trip Overview, including a Table of Contents.) On Tuesday (May 26), Marline and I got up early and Micheline drove us around the block to the commuter train station (AMT) in Saint-Constant. We rode the in-bound commuter train to Montreal, getting off at the end of the line: Lucien-L’Allier. From[…]

Day Two – Downtown Montreal

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Published on: 2009.06.01

(Click here to see the Trip Overview, including a Table of Contents.) On Monday, the second day of our vacation, Marline and I ate a hearty breakfast of eggs and bacon (but not real bacon — I think it was chicken?) and got ready for our day. Pics of Aunt Micheline’s house: One * Two[…]

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