Future Islands — Ran

Future Islands has a new album dropping in April, here’s the traditional pre release tune for your enjoyment:

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Signs of Spring

The overnights and mornings here have been cold, dipping to near freezing, but our days have been temperate and things are growing. The hillsides are reaching that green haze point – that day when they seem to have a green nimbus around those bare grey branches – and shortly after all turns green and half the houses in Lenexa will become invisible again behind their screens of leafy trees.

Here’s a photo gallery of some of those signs of Spring:



Yesterday it got into the forties in the afternoon so Kasey & I snuck in a walk.

Snow dusts the broccoli trees

Vemödalen: The Fear That Everything Has Already Been Done

So I have this feeling often while taking photos — and then I try to do something different, but actually doing something different that’s not been done before is exceedingly rare because … 7 billion. Let me repeat that: Seven Billion. Now say it again like Carl Sagan would, then feel the hope and despair.


Vemödalen: The Fear That Everything Has Already Been Done – YouTube.

Blood Moon

Here’s a gallery of moon shots from this morning.









Just for reference here’s a normal, no clouds in sky, everything done perfect moon shot from September of last year:


Crop Factor with ISO & Aperture: How Sony, Olympus & Panasonic Cheat You

Here’s my PSA for today – if you buy one of those small sensor mirror less digital cameras or any other crop factor sensor camera then you really need to pay attention to the math & logic in this video before you buy any expensive lenses. If you don’t you can get really screwed.

Crop Factor with ISO & Aperture: How Sony, Olympus & Panasonic Cheat You – YouTube.

Welcome to the new Host

My blog is now moved over to Hosting Matters due to their “all you can eat for under 12 bucks” hosting deal that I really couldn’t refuse. This is the first real post at the newly moved blog & at this point I still haven’t ported in all the photos yet. So for the next hour or so you will get 404’s if you click on photos…

Here’s a test of media uploading:

A visit to the nursery

Overnight Rain

This morning there was a lot of water flowing down the creek from the overnight rains, so I had to do one of those water rushing by shots.


Why I love Google Image Search

I love Google image search because it provides contrast, e.g. a search for “Kit and Kaboodle” will deliver both this:
Purina Kit & Kaboodle
and this:
National Lampoon's Kit and Kaboodle cartoon

To read the whole classic Kit and Kaboodle cartoon from National Lampoon from 1981 go here. To think that all these years since I’ve remembered it as:

“Blegh… my spine…”
Or you could just buy the complete 246 issue set on DVD here:

Sherlock Mini-Episode: Many Happy Returns – Sherlock Series 3 Prequel