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Date : March 2014

Movie Review: The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013)

I watched The Wolf Of Wall Street partly because of its Oscar nomination; I’ve lately been in the habit of trying to see most or all of the Best Picture nominees — if only to see for myself whether they were worth it. This one was not. ◊ Metadata IMDb page Wikipedia entry Run time:[…]

What Would Aliens Say?

Categories: Waste
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Published on: 2014.03.28

What would aliens say if told that Earthlings shift clocks by an hour to fool themselves into thinking there's more sunlight — Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) March 9, 2014

Movie Review: Chasing Ice (2012)

Chasing Ice is another movie that I watched because of the Oscars — it was nominated last year (85th Academy Awards) for best original song (“Skyfall” won that year). Otherwise, I probably never would have heard of the movie, which would have been sad, because it was so beautiful. ◊ Metadata IMDb page Wikipedia entry[…]

Grayscaling With Photoshop’s Channel Mixer

Categories: Photography
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Published on: 2014.03.24

A couple of months ago, Richard Barron mentioned Photoshop’s “channel mixer” as one method of adjusting the look of black and white photographs. (Then he mentioned it again about a month ago.) As I commented on one of those posts: “The channel mixer saved my hide a few times when converting to grayscale for our[…]

Lighting 102: 4.1 – Restricting Light

My kids, lit by a DIY snoot (Copyright © 2014 by Wil C. Fry. Some rights reserved.) Here’s my ninth assignment from the Strobist Lighting 102 course. This one is 4.1 – Restricting Light. (Note: I skipped one assignment after it locked me up for weeks. While I was brainstorming aloud about it, my wife[…]

Tax The Rich To Help The Poor = Socialism? No.

Categories: Politics, Taxes
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Published on: 2014.03.22

Whenever anyone suggests that a higher tax on the wealthy might fund programs for those in poverty, I see “socialism” thrown about as an accusation, not only by politicians or columnists, but by regular people. Ignoring for a moment the arguments about whether actual socialism is good or bad and whether we should tax the[…]

DIY: Grid Spot, Using Straws

Categories: DIY, Photography
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Published on: 2014.03.20

Having already made a cardboard snoot for my flash, and covered it in black duct tape, I was inspired by some “grid spot” instructions here and here to make my own DIY grid spot. Using black straws to make a grid spot for my flash (Copyright © 2014 by Wil C. Fry. Some rights reserved.)[…]

Composite Vs. Single Image

Categories: Photography
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Published on: 2014.03.19

Composite vs. single image (same sunset, same lens) (Copyright © 2014 by Wil C. Fry. Some rights reserved.) I’ve discussed before using Microsoft ICE (or other software of your choice) to make composite images. Above is an example of the difference, a composite versus a single image.

Why Twitter And Not Facebook?

Categories: Internet, Personal
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Published on: 2014.03.19

A friend recently expressed dismay that I was on Twitter but not on Facebook. “But on Facebook, you can do everything in one place,” she noted with an incredulous tone.

My Rep. Needs A Little Help Representing Me

I’m sometimes a glutton for punishment. For example, on Twitter I “follow” @JudgeCarter, the online handle of U.S. Representative John Carter (R-Texas), who happens to be my locally elected representative to the U.S. government (District 31). A few times, I’ve replied to his inaccurate Tweets, including this exchange:

Categories! For the Selective Reader

Categories: Personal
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Published on: 2014.03.18

Several spam comments (which I deleted straightaway) on this blog got me to thinking. And, as usual, my thinking follows a circuitous and tangential course. The comments are about “SEO” (search engine optimization), and how I could easily improve my number of “hits” (page views) by clicking on their spammy links. As if hits are[…]

Taping The Snoot

Categories: DIY, Photography
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Published on: 2014.03.18

After a bit more reading about snoots, gobos, and grids, I’ve updated my DIY Cereal Box Snoot with a bit of black duct tape. Previously, the interior of my snoot was plain white — because the cereal box I used had a white interior — and the exterior was an unpaid advertisement for Cinnamon Toast[…]

6 Myths About Daylight Saving Time

If you’ve been keeping up, Daylight Saving Time is one of my pet peeves. We began the farce again early this morning. One reason we keep doing it is because governments are loathe to undo anything they’ve done, no matter how silly it later turns out to be. Another reason, I suspect, is that media[…]

In The Meantime, Six New Poems

Categories: Poetry
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Published on: 2014.03.08

Poems aren’t my strong suit anymore, if they ever were. But I still write them occasionally, when the muse calls out to me. Here is my 2014 poem index, with six so far this year, including my fifth installment of Insomnia. It’s been eight years since I wrote six or more poems in an entire[…]

Longing For An Age, Not A Time Or Place

Categories: Nostalgia
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Published on: 2014.03.08

I lived here from 1979 through 1984 (Copyright © 1983 by Wil C. Fry.) For many years, in my nomadic life, I looked back to one former residence as the happiest, funnest, and most idyllic: our house and property in Choctaw, Oklahoma. I was barely six years old when we moved there in January 1979[…]

When I Feel Sorry For Politicians

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Published on: 2014.03.07

While I’m happy to call out elected officials for their mistakes, and while I agree that they should — in theory — be held to a higher standard than the average citizen, there are times I feel sorry for them.

Radio Shack Lost This Round

Categories: Business, InTheNews, Religion
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Published on: 2014.03.05

Radio Shack will soon be closing more than a thousand stores after the company “experienced poor performance during the holiday season.” I’m sure the American Family Association is happy about this. Remember their boycott? The AFA site hasn’t yet been updated to include Radio Shack’s admission of weak holiday sales, but I have no doubt[…]

Most Irritating Business Of 2013 (and 2014): Honda Financial Services (UPDATED)

Categories: Finances, Pet Peeve
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Published on: 2014.03.03

This entry was originally published Dec. 31, 2013, but has been updated several times since then. The updates are here at the top, marked as such. UPDATE, 2014.05.31: It seems that Twitter conversation fixed the problem. We received only one call from HFS after that, the next day I think, and then they stopped for[…]

The Sad Things About David Camp’s Tax Plan

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Published on: 2014.03.02

In The News: GOP Tax Plan Lowers Rates, Repeals Popular Breaks (AP, Feb. 26, 2014) Rep. David Camp Releases Tax Overhaul Plan (NPR, Feb. 26, 2014) How to Fix Dave Camp’s Tax Plan (Forbes, Feb. 27, 2014) Dave Camp’s lonely pursuit of tax reform (Washington Post, Feb. 28, 2014) First revealed as a “House Republican[…]

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