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Date : July 2014

Posted: MagMod Review

Categories: Photography
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Published on: 2014.07.31

I’ve posted a review of the MagMod basic kit here. (It’s a flash modifier system that began on Kickstarter.)

HOA Rules (Sometimes) Make Sense

Categories: Personal
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Published on: 2014.07.30

Hoops (Copyright © 2008 by Wil C. Fry.) Homeowners associations (HOAs) are notorious — even infamous — for having draconian rules, spotty enforcement, and … But sometimes, if you dig a little deeper, what they do makes sense. One complaint often seen about HOA rules is that they don’t allow basketball goals — either permanent[…]

What About White Balance? Kelvins And Sunsets

A single photograph of a sunset, formatted with four different Kelvin values (Copyright © 2014 by Wil C. Fry. Some rights reserved.)   When selecting a camera two-and-a-half years ago, one reason I chose the Canon EOS 60D over the 600D was the white balance setting. My previous DSLRs (and current Rebel models) have the[…]

June 2014: Hottest Ever

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Published on: 2014.07.22

Remember last month? When I mentioned that May 2014 was the hottest May ever recorded? Well, those infernal climate scientists are at it again, claiming with no evidence* that June 2014 was the hottest June ever recorded. (* Turns out they actually have plenty of evidence, such as “temperature records” and “thermometers”.) The ocean temperature[…]

Self-Portrait

Categories: Photography
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Published on: 2014.07.21

Self-Portrait, July 21, 2014 (Copyright © 2014 by Wil C. Fry. Some rights reserved.)   One flash on each side, low power, pointed downward at my mid-section    

Easdcnm, and a Comma

Categories: Language, Personal
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Published on: 2014.07.21

The same keyboard, in Dec. 2012 (Copyright © 2012 by Wil C. Fry.) I rarely look at my keyboard when I type, except occasionally when I need a special character like a tilde, but when dusting recently, I noticed several keys worn completely clean. The following keys are missing all the original paint (the letters[…]

The Tools I Use (Post-Processing)

Upon reading 12 Essential Photoshop Skills Every Photographer Should Know (I didn’t watch any of the videos), I realized a couple of things: (1) I almost never use Photoshop for anything, and (2) I apparently edit my image files less than the average photographer. When I do use Photoshop (I’m lucky to have a CS2[…]

Cropping For The Save

Categories: Photography
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Published on: 2014.07.19

This isn’t the original, but it’s what I published in my newspaper (Copyright © 2006 by Wil C. Fry.) I’ve long admitted that composition is the weak point in my photography. I know this to be true because I see the results every day. It’s a rare thing when I photograph a scene and don’t[…]

‘Word Crimes’, by Weird Al Yankovic

Categories: Grammar, Language, Music
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Published on: 2014.07.18

I’ll rarely blatantly promote a commercially produced music video. If you ask me, most of them aren’t worth the hundreds of thousands (or millions) of dollars required to produce them. But this one is worth watching, I think:  

Photography: ‘Making’ Versus ‘Taking’

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Published on: 2014.07.17

Storm clouds — Killeen, Texas I did not “take” anything from this moment, so “taking a picture” seems like a nonsensical phrase to me. What I did was “make” a digital photograph in an attempt to preserve that sight (Copyright © 2014 by Wil C. Fry.) There are a several euphemisms for the verb “photographing”[…]

The Last Bit Of The Fifth Amendment: Civil Forfeiture

Most of us are familiar with parts of the Fifth Amendment (to the U.S. Constitution), not only from the nightly news but from movies and TV shows. “I plead the Fifth” is a common enough phrase, but only refers to 14 words of the 108 words in the amendment: “…nor shall be compelled in any[…]

More Evidence We Don’t Need 51+ Driver’s Licenses

Categories: State vs. Federal
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Published on: 2014.07.16

Oklahoma learner permit, circa 2006 (Copyright © 2006 by Wil C. Fry.) A Washington, D.C., based reporter named Justin Gray had trouble getting on a plane in Orlando recently, because a TSA agent didn’t recognize a District of Columbia driver’s license. Source: Reporter Stopped By TSA Agent Who Didn’t Know District Of Columbia Is In[…]

Lighting 102: 5.2 – Assignment: Double-Duty Light

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Published on: 2014.07.15

Mortgage Happiness (Copyright © 2014 by Wil C. Fry. Some rights reserved.)   I haven’t done one of these in a while; real life gets in the way sometimes. But here’s my 12th assignment for the Strobist Lighting 102 course. This one is from 5.2 – Assignment: Double-Duty Light.

The Executive Order ‘Crisis’

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Published on: 2014.07.13

In case you get one of those stupid emails claiming that President Barack Obama has issued close to a thousand executive orders during his five-and-a-half years in office, be sure to write back to the sender that the numbers are a little off. Like more than five times off. Obama has issued (as of this[…]

A Thought Experiment: Religion On A Graph

Categories: Religion, Science
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Published on: 2014.07.13

Two years ago, I mentioned as a subpoint of an entry about Mitt Romney that “…atheists, for example, would have the same problem with Obama that they have with Romney; both men are religious.” And my lone atheist friend confirmed in the comments below: “Mormonism isn’t any more ridiculous that any other faith.” This mini-conversation[…]

Not A Conspiracy Theory Anymore?

As Germany’s investigation into the United States’ spying scheme continues, it’s looking more and more like the National Security Agency (NSA) is actually recording telephone calls — not just metadata as they’ve claimed. “At least 80% of all audio calls, not just metadata, are recorded and stored in the US. The NSA lies about what[…]

Words That Bug Me: Doubled-Up Abbreviations

Categories: Words That Bug Me
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Published on: 2014.07.09

Remember the “FBI: Female Body Inspector” T-shirts? I first saw one in the 1980s, and I know they were still for sale in the late 1990s (edit: and they are still for sale). That’s not what I’m talking about; it’s just a sexist joke on a shirt. I’m talking about when an abbreviation already exists[…]

H.R. Clinton: Naive, Or Just Dishonest?

Hillary Clinton — in a book tour and interview spree that most assume is a lead-up to a 2016 presidential run — told The Guardian she believes whistleblower Edward Snowden would be able to mount a public legal defense if he returns to the U.S. “If he wishes to return knowing he would be held[…]

‘Columbusing’: A Word Meant To Insult

From the not-always-thoroughly-researched source that is NPR’s “Code-Switch” blog, I learned a new word today: Columbusing. The headline defines it as: “The Art Of Discovering Something That Is Not New”. If they’d left it there, I would have shrugged and went on; it seems accurate enough. Christopher Columbus is most famous for “discovering” a continent[…]

‘Rolling Coal’ Is A Stupid Form Of Political Protest

If the government announced its intentions to prohibit water-wasting toilets, would you start defecating on your carpet in protest? If you answered “Yes! Absolutely!”, then you might be interested in “rolling coal”. As Business Insider reported today: “ ‘Coal Rollers’ are diesel trucks modified with chimneys and equipment that can force extra fuel into the[…]

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