November 14th, 2012

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on free time

Eastern Bluebird 8, originally uploaded by gurdonark.

The news is full of generals who, in their free time, sent tens of thousands of pages of lurid e-mails to folks other than their spouses.The whole situation feels a bit like someone gave the media a lot of fish in a barrel and made the fishing too easy. I am not surprised that the generals have these imperfections, being mere humans after all. Yet the whole thing helps me realize that, on balance, taking photos of bluebirds is a less risky pastime. I was watching once more the film "Almost Famous", and thinking about the intoxicating allure of some kinds of celebrity and power.

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My life in a USB drive

Eastern Bluebird 2c, originally uploaded by gurdonark.

Today the workday seemed to whoosh by and then it settled in and got really productive.My next goal is to load Puppy Linux on a USB so that I can always have an alternative open source operating system handy to boot up.Today I got a few pictures of bluebirds and a grackle,but the little Carolina chickadees, the downy woodpecker and the little kinglet-sized birds all evaded my lens.