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February 17, 2006
So, you're not going to let this go, huh?
Filed in: Current Affairs, Sports, Super Bowl XL

Nope. Fans require a fair game. We're going to fight for that.

This week the NFL announced a new logo for the upcoming Super Bowl XLI in Miami, Florida.


A spokesperson for the NFL said "We know there was a lot of confusion about what kind of game we run for the most important sporting event in the world. We designed this logo to be clear about that."

The design firm PP&P designed the logo and a spokesperson for the firm said "We noticed how the official penalty flag and the Steeler's Terrible Towel are nearly indistinguishable, and thought that they nicely complemented the reflection of the sunshine on the Miami skyline."

"It is our hope that everyone will look forward to next year's game", said the NFL spokesperson. "There is a lot of suspense about whether it will be three or four officiating calls or non-calls that will determine the outcome of the game", the spokesperson added, chuckling, "We hear that a whole new set of wagers are being developed to generate fan excitement in this regard."

Pulled by Emcee on February 17, 2006 at 09:54 PM
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February 14, 2006
Seattle Panorama
Filed in: Current Affairs, Photography

More from that first clear day in 2006 (Hey, we have to celebrate up here when that happens!).

In the extended post is a panorama image of the city of Seattle from Queen Anne hill. It's assembled from five images taken from my tripod around 5 PM, Friday, February 10th. This is a rough cut in that I haven't done all of the blending work required to make the panorama completely seemless, but it's pretty close.

If you click on the image in the extended post, you'll get another browser window with the image in it. If you double click on the image - in the bottom right hand corner of the image (on the IE browser for sure - I'm not sure about other browsers) you'll get a square 'full image' icon. Click on that and the image will expand to its full size and you can scroll around in it.

The original full image (as from the camera) will produce a mural 40 inches high and about 23 feet long.

...Continue reading "Seattle Panorama"

Pulled by Emcee on February 14, 2006 at 09:51 AM
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February 13, 2006
With the long lens
Filed in: Current Affairs, Photography

Going thorugh the shots I took last Friday - with a bit of brightness push - one of the Puget Sound, a couple of boats in the distance against the Olympic mountain range turned out quite nicely. Taken with 300mm zoom handheld against the sun....


UPDATE: Master photographer Jan likes this one for her novel b&w techniques. I do too. All of the horizontal lines are accentuated - and the Olympic range actually has provides more detail. Thanks Jan!


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February 12, 2006
You mean there was sunshine in Seattle?
Filed in: Current Affairs, Photography

On Friday - we had a clear day.

Now, that's simple to say - but it seems like it's been six weeks since it could be said.

I had a late afternoon meeting downtown - and ended up with a few minutes before having to cross the lake for another meeting...


Stopped by Ivar's in Pioneer Square - you might remember it's a favorite place to catch a few rays...


The gulls are an endless fascination...


And this is definitely a keeper. There always seems to be a magic moment at the good places...

...Continue reading "You mean there was sunshine in Seattle?"

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February 11, 2006
Move over Bob...
Filed in: Current Affairs, Photography

There's this new guy sits down at the market. Blows that harp real good.


I don't understand much because he sings in Spanish...


But he sounds a lot like Bob did, when he was young. Tellin' stories from an old, old soul.

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At the Pike's
Filed in: Current Affairs, Photography

It's just February - and look at the produce they have at the market! Where does this stuff come from in the dead of winter?


Look at those fruits and berries!


A cornucopia of veggies...

...Continue reading "At the Pike's"

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February 10, 2006
On the Irish Fiddle...
Filed in: Current Affairs, Photography

When I had my visitors last week - we made it down one day to Pike's Place Market in downtown Seattle.

There's a street performer who is there most every time I get by who plays a mean Irish Fiddle. I don't know his name - but I tried, this time, to capture his beautiful skill in a couple of snapshots:



I think those Irish eyes are smilin'...

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February 09, 2006
Oops, we're seeing something
Filed in: Bioethics, Current Affairs, Politics

A couple of months ago I mentioned the case of little Haleigh Poutre who was condemned to death by the Court system (at the request of the Massachussetts DSS) and her doctors as she lay in a coma.

Here's what Harry Spence, Massachussetts DSS Commissioner (who moved to have Haleigh removed from life support back in October) related on January 26th:

Doctors had said she was in a vegetative state, and ''virtually brain dead." On Oct. 5, a juvenile court judge approved the request [Ed. - to remove her from life support], but the stepfather appealed to the Supreme Judicial Court to keep her alive. Many in his hometown of Westfield saw that as a way for him to avoid further charges.

The week before the SJC ruled on Jan. 17 that life support could be removed, DSS ordered a new round of tests on Haleigh after her biological mother visited and described the girl as being responsive. Based on the new tests, doctors told DSS officials that there was ''not a chance" of recovery, Spence said.

But a day after the high court's ruling, doctors told DSS that they had noticed significant improvements in Haleigh, saying, in effect, ''Oops, we're seeing something," [Ed. - emphasis added.]

Mr. Spence went to visit Haleigh "out of a sense of responsibility" on January 24th. Here's what he saw:

On Tuesday, Spence said, he went to Haleigh's room at Baystate and noticed a quiet brown-haired girl lying in bed. In front of her, he said, there were three objects: a yellow duck, a Curious George stuffed animal, and a yellow block. He said a DSS social worker accompanied him, and she said, ''Haleigh, this is Harry."

''Give him the yellow duck," the social worker said, according to Spence's recollection.

Haleigh picked up the yellow duck, he said.

''Where's Curious George?" the social worker asked Haleigh.

Haleigh then picked up the stuffed animal, Spence said.

''It's an astounding case," he said.

Haleigh was immediately moved to a rehabilitation center where, hopefully, she will continue to improve.

Astounding case? Absolutely.

But what's really astounding is that the Massachussetts court system is still practicing, that Mr. Spence still has a job. There should be public consequence for their haste to kill Haleigh.

Keep fighting little one. God Bless you on your journey to recovery...

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February 08, 2006
NFL defends the indefensible
Filed in: Current Affairs, Sports, Super Bowl XL

The NFL publically announced yesterday that the Super Bowl was properly officiated.

The league said Tuesday that no mistakes were made by the game officials...

What sort of Orwellian world do we live in?

The NFL could have easily taken the right path in this situation and could have announced an investigation into the egregious calls that affected the game's outcome. Instead they have ostensibly said: "America, don't believe your lyin' eyes. We know what's best for you. Take our position as a signal that, in our league, athletic competition is not the determining factor in the outcome of our contests - administrative management is."

When you defend fraud, you become fraud.

On the ESPN link referenced above, the Sportsnation poll disbelieves the NFL about 80% to 20%. Gosh, even the president has better numbers than that.

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February 07, 2006
So, Mac, Where ya been?
Filed in: Current Affairs, Photography

I've been getting variations of this question for a few weeks (where the Sam Hill, where the heck, howdy stranger, smoke signals please) along with very nice expressions of support - especially from the dear Scribalistas.

Here's my 'splainin'. (I can't be too specific about everything, please forgive)...

In the first week of January I finally received confirmation (for sure, really gonna happen) that I was going to have a visitor from overseas who is really important to me and my little company.

A couple of days after receiving this news I woke up in the middle of the night - wide awake - the little homonculous that lives inside my brain screaming at the top of its lungs: "You have to do something with the office!"

Now, we've been at the same office location since I founded my firm about 18 years ago. We're pretty used to the conditions, but I'm realizing that I'm going to be entertaining a billionaire.

So, here's what the space outside my office door looked like:


Note that the entry into this room is open (no door).


And it's really more than a bit of a mess. That's my office door opening all the way to the left. Please note that I opened the wide angle lens all the way to get as much of the rooms as possible in each shot - the angles and straight lines often won't work out in these shots...

...Continue reading "So, Mac, Where ya been?"

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