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Date : December 2011

Good With Girls (Journal: 1988)

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Published on: 2011.12.30

In a recent post, I mentioned being surprised at an old journal entry, in which I bravely asked out a pretty girl, and she said yes. This contradicted my memory of being shy around girls and of being regularly rejected. The more I dig backward, the more I see this type of thing.

Review: LumiQuest Snoot XTR (MOVED)

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Published on: 2011.12.26

EDIT, 2014.12.15: This review has been moved to a static page on my website.

OCD in 1987 (My Journal)

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Published on: 2011.12.23

My wife and I joke about my obsessive-compulsive disorder, and of course it is a joke: I’ve never actually been diagnosed with any sort of mental illness. At least I don’t have any carefully filed paperwork that says so. The first lines of my earliest journal in existence* are quite revealing. The journal opens with[…]

Low Light Photography

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Published on: 2011.12.20

Photography offers all types of challenges. Sometimes the right gear is the solution. Sometimes more practice and education is the answer. Sometimes only luck will help you — being in the right place at the right time. Low light photography is one challenge that’s difficult to surmount, especially for beginners and those on a budget.[…]

She Said a Mouthful (Journal: 1991)

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Published on: 2011.12.19

In my last entry I mentioned an incident from my journal that surprised me, because it showed a twist on my personality that I didn’t remember. Reading a little further, into my first semester at Central Bible College (Springfield, Mo.), there were some tidbits that I do remember. One thing to note as that each[…]

Changes and Surprises (Journal: 1991)

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Published on: 2011.12.18

I’ve always viewed my life from the perspective of change, whether I resented it or welcomed it. Perhaps this is because we moved several times during my childhood — changing homes, schools, towns… Or perhaps everyone sees their lives this way. Sometimes I was aware of the change before it occurred. Other times I never[…]

A Blog With No Comments

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Published on: 2011.12.17

Two weeks ago, I mentioned the kinds of photography blogs I don’t like to read, and listed two specifically that I do like. Now I’m retracting part of that statement.

Sharpness, Or Lack Thereof

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Published on: 2011.12.16

“Sharpness” is a term that’s often thrown around in photography discussions. It’s used to describe images, as well as the cameras and lenses that produce them. “Is this lens sharp?” someone will ask. Or, “I just bought [name of camera] and my images don’t look very sharp. Should I have bought a different camera?” Experienced[…]

Music Memory: 77s in 1992

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Published on: 2011.12.13

As a colder-than-usual winter unsuspectingly sneaked up on me, I was also unknowingly becoming a different person and creating a set of vivid memories that would last a lifetime. Or maybe I knew this time would be special in my memory. It was December 1992. I was a second-year student at Central Bible College in[…]

Giving and Demanding

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Published on: 2011.12.11

There seems to be quite a bit of confusion as to the origin of the phrase “Indian giver”. Wikipedia says it arose from the white man’s misunderstanding of Native American trading practices. Other sites of reference point to the Native practice of demanding a gift be returned if the recipient later dishonored the gift. Still[…]

Timing My Photoflow

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Published on: 2011.12.11

About 11 months ago, I described in detail my photography workflow (‘photoflow’) here. Basically, it’s six steps: (1) Download images from card to computer, (2) Peruse images & cull, (3) Format & convert RAW to JPG, (4) Add metadata, (5) Back up all files on external device, and (6) upload to Flickr. Even listed briefly,[…]

Thoughts on the Heisman Presentation

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Published on: 2011.12.11

Congratulations to Robert Griffin III on winning the Heisman Trophy. While all five finalists are amazingly talented athletes and seem to be outstanding citizens as well, Griffin seemed to be the only one that came into a bottom-ranked football program and helped it rise to the top. And it’s kind of cool, living just 15[…]

New Camera in 3 Months (and Counting…)

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Published on: 2011.12.10

This isn’t a review or a “how to” entry; it’s more about my personal camera journey, but I didn’t want to clutter my other blog with it. In about three months, maybe four, I hope to order a new camera — assuming our income tax refund is what it’s supposed to be.

Pet Peeve: Regional Prejudice

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Published on: 2011.12.07

It really bugs me when people make blanket statements about a region of the country (or part of the world) that not only is inaccurate, but shows that they’ve never been there — or worse, weren’t paying attention when they were there.

New Year’s Resolutions

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Published on: 2011.12.06

Lacking any real-life resolutions for the new year (anything that’s an important life change should be implemented immediately, not put off until an arbitrary date like Jan. 1), I’ve made a couple of photography-related New Year’s Resolutions. As with real-life resolutions, these can be put into action now, but they’re not nearly as important to[…]

Book Review: 1421

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Published on: 2011.12.03

Title: 1421 (The Year China Discovered America) Author: Gavin Menzies Subject: China’s sea voyages of discovery in the 15th Century Genre: history Publisher: Harper Website: www.1421.tv I wasn’t as surprised as I was supposed to have been by the theories in Gavin Menzies’ 2002 book 1421. Menzies writes with the enthusiasm of someone who’s the[…]

Photo Blogs I Like to Read

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Published on: 2011.12.02

I don’t read very many “photo blogs” or blogs about photography. Mainly, this is because I don’t have tons of free time to sit around and read. But it’s also because I haven’t found very many of them that I enjoy reading.

Be the Exception to the Negative Generalization

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Published on: 2011.12.01

This past weekend, there was an apparent “melee” after a Seminole (Oklahoma) High School football game. According to articles and a column in The Seminole Prodcuer (citing mostly unnamed “bystanders”), heated comments were exchanged between people from visiting Heritage Hall (private school) and people from Seminole (rural small town), and then a couple of Seminole[…]

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