Thursday, December 23, 2010

The art of HDR photography

Here are some nice examples

The Heart Of The Matter

Shadows On The Heavens

The Harvest Dawn

Friday, November 26, 2010

Black Friday Shopping

Attention Shoppers! Freezing rain here in NH, is there a better way?

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

So what religion-belief are you?

So we are brought up in some religious practice that we are likely to explore as we age.. what parts of it resonate with who we are... or are rote practices we adopt? Curiously I found this website to take an online quiz! (What else can determine such profound questions in 20 questions or so!) I like the final list and links to see the variations of the listed faiths.. Check it out at

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

About those condoms

So the pope is thinking that use of condoms is getting the prostitute headed towards growing morality of preventing AIDS.. is this rationale not valid in regulation of pregnancies?

Monday, November 8, 2010

Family Angry After Thieves Target Fallen Soldier's Grave - News Archive Story - WMUR Manchester

 This story really upset me. Especially since it occurred so close to Veterans Day. I only hope that the thieves will get a clue what their action meant to this grieving family:

Family Angry After Thieves Target Fallen Soldier's Grave - News Archive Story - WMUR Manchester

I was dismayed to see this news item but after seeing what the horrid  Westboro Baptist Church members are willing to do to families, I suppose I should not be surprised

I hate spammers and phish sites, this is one example

This is one reason I like Gmail spam filter, it caught this piece of garbage. The spammers thought they would be clever and use white text to throw off the pattern matching software used by anti virus and anti spam programs. I just happened to notice it when I selected the text and saw it being inverted. I've put this on a gray background for your edification.
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Miguel Cameron <>
Date: Mon, Nov 8, 2010 at 2:19 PM
Subject: notification: your account is blocked

Beast with two backs (Meaning) Who wooed in haste, and means to wed at leisure Your Federal Tax Payment Account was blocked for fraud. As cold as any stone
Please, check the information about your account:Eye of newt and toe of frog, wool of bat and tongue of dog
Make haste
*a website here *I have not slept one wink <
The Electronic Federal Tax Payment System
PLEASE NOTE: Your tax payment is due regardless of EFTPS online
availability. In case of an emergency, you can always make your tax
payment by calling the EFTPS.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Banned Book Week (Sept 25 - Oct 2)

The American Library Association kicked off it's annual banned book week starting Sept 25th.  I'm including a list of some favorites that I feel are worthy of not being burned or banned.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

On this date 168 years ago in New Ipswich

There has to be more to this story. Anyone have any information?

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Annoyed by spam comments from "Anonymous"

I have moderation enabled for my blog comment and get to spend a few minutes every morning deleting the anonymous spam that fills my inbox. I don't want to disable comments since I value feedback on my postings however I will now require folks to use Captcha. Sorry about this.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Terry Jones, the Dove World Outreach Center and 'Burn a Koran Day'

As far as I'm concerned, all books are sacred and those who burn them are evil. Terry Jones a 58 year old wacko preacher of the Dove World Outreach Center has managed to capture the attention of the international community with an ill conceived stunt of burning copies of the Koran on September 11th. It seems like an ironic action for a church that is named for a symbol of Peace.

Considering the protests after the Danish cartoon, one can only imagine the possible reaction to this event. Terry will get his moment in the spotlight, his "church" will get support and maybe add to their numbers. It's a tragedy.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

I'll admit it, cell phones are useful

I used to question the reason that anyone would want a cell phone. I once watched a woman attempt to make a right turn in her car while grasping the silly thing. She overcompensated and drove off the road. It never occurred to her to put it down and grab the wheel with both hands.

I'm a late adopter, so now that there are a number of smart phones that can anything, I'm finally getting the hang of which buttons I need to push to bring up the address book on our prehistoric Verizon phone.

But I will admit it, it comes in handy for calling for additional groceries and such, arranging meeting places and even for an emergency.

The various plans and phones confuse me and I have NO desire to have some 20 year old with a glowing blue ear tell me what I need at some dreadful kiosk at some dreadful mall. I like to do my own shopping online, take my time, do some research.

Amazon is aggregating a group of phones and service contracts in a single area. Here is the link:

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Body of Las Vegas woman found in clutter -

I'm worried about my penchant for collecting junk, this may be me

Body of Las Vegas woman found in clutter -

Back to School Food Specials

So many of us subsisted on Ramen Noodle and Peanut Butter sandwiches in college, maybe some cheap beer too. Times have changed, and there are more choices than ever. Check them out:

Portable food from Amazon

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Bad customer relations - Cheshire Fence Company of Keene NH

Don't really like to bash a business, but this one stepped out of line with a friend of mine. Watch the video and decide. If the company makes an attempt to alleviate the situation or even to apologize, I will delete this posting and pull the video.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

What is this berry?

I noticed these orange berries on a shrub along my border. They seem have the same markings as gooseberries but the color is wrong. I have plenty of Autumn Olives but they usually have a grayish green color and are much smaller.

I checked my field guide but came up empty. Anyone have a clue?

Monday, June 28, 2010

Moose Mountain

Such a great candidate for "Toilet's of the world"

Photographer - Tim Bouwer

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Watch this

It's not about a product, it's about photography.  This reminds me of the Mad Men episode "The Wheel".
Absolutely brilliant in my estimation, let me know what you think:

I may as well throw a link for the product in:

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Allergies? Asthma? Get infected with hookworms!

What did we do before the internet?

I recommend that you listen to Carl Zimmer's story on the Radiolab Podcast, preferably during the dinner hour.

Maybe we are just too clean for our own good, our poor immune systems never get a chance to do their thing so they start attacking the body they are supposed to be protecting.

Still, walking barefoot through latrines in Cameroon to pick up hookworms does seem a little extreme.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Men and women are different! It's all about the hormones

I heard an interesting segment on CNN's "Sanjay Gupta MD". Dr Gupta was interviewing Dr Louann Brizedine author of "The Male Brain". She described the profound effects that sex hormones have on behaviour.

We are different, we think different. This is a good thing.

The transcript may be found here.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

CBS poll on Obama's first year in office

I'm trying to head off a torrent of "reply to all" family emails about a CBS poll which shows how Obama gets a failing grade for his first year in office, so I decided to post the link on this blog so folks can weigh in as they seem fit.

A link to the poll can be found by clicking here.

A disclaimer mentions that it is not a scientific poll, demonstrating how CBS can save money by not hiring a polling agency. It also demonstrates the current state of "journalism"

I think I'll add a poll for myself, not really that hard.

Go ahead, weigh in! I moderate this blog, so be civil.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Scott Brown Victory in Massachusetts

Email is not the proper forum for discussion so I created a place-holder topic on this PUBLIC site to discuss the recent historic election of Scott Brown, a republican in the very blue state of Massachusetts. Keep it civil folks! I am the moderator of this blog and I can block comments that are off topic or nasty. The Democrats are already in a circular firing squad looking for someone to blame but this victory did not surprise me, even though I'm a bleeding heart liberal. I was upset with the special treatment that some of the senators got for supporting health care, or maybe jealous because our senator Jeanne Shaheen wasn't clever enough to hold out for more.

I still have hope for Obama's presidency, but I did detect a bit of back room Chicago style politicking. I didn't care for the secret meetings when I was "hoping" for the transparency and the online postings of legislation.

So weigh in with your opinions here instead of sending "reply to all" emails. If you are a big supporter of Brown, explain it to the rest of us since he is already being tapped for President 2012 with Palin. If you want to bash Obama, explain it. If you are a "Birther" I'll probably reject your comment. Have fun, and forego the email route.

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