Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Abandoned places

I've always had a strong fascination with abandoned structures and deserted places.  I can't help but wonder what they were like when they were populated and in use, and what caused their ultimate demise.  Needless to say, I was utterly captivated by this collection of abandoned places.  See if you don't get the same eerie feeling I get when looking at these photos. 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Sony RX100 shines

Remember a while back when I posted about my new high-end small camera, right here? The camera is certainly living up to its reputation as you can see from this pretty awesome shot, which I uploaded to my Flickr account.  I did a little post-shot production on the clouds, which were a bit blown out, but the rest of it stands "as shot," and shows the quality of the camera.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

An "oldie but goodie"

Bill Maher laid down this terrific rant back in January 2011, but it is as fresh today as it was then, (if not more so.)  Why are matters that are so clear to me beyond the ken of the right wing believers?  I guess they live in their own self-constructed universe based on blatant denial.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Andy Borowitz nails it again...

Andy Borowitz has a sly way of getting heavy points across lightly.  Concerning the so-called failure of Obama Care he offers the following gem.  [scroll to the top of the article]

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Sunday, March 23, 2014

John Butler deserves more fame

One of the most underrated, undiscovered (other than in Australia)  talents making music today is John Butler, with his trio, or by himself "unplugged."  By all means you should read all about him right here.
Eileen and have been big fans for quite a long time.  He is truly versatile as this excerpt from the Wiki page bears out:
Butler plays harmonica, didgeridoo, drums, lap-steel, banjo and amplified acoustic guitars and removes the higher octave G string on his 12-string guitar.[28][29] Butler prefers the Maton 12-string guitar and often uses a Seymour Duncan SA-6 Mag Mic pickup with a Marshall Amplification JMP Super Lead Head and a Marshall 4×12 cabinet. He uses a variety of electronic effects including distortion, reverb / delay and wah-wah pedal to achieve his unique sound.[30] Butler uses long, pointed acrylic fingernails for finger picking.
So I know you've been waiting for a link to a performance, right?  Try this one, a great "uplugged" effort.  Ain't he the very essence of cool?

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Post-modern jukebox

For yet another example of why the Internet is endlessly cool and surprising, check this out.  All six songs are great, but the last one (Get Lucky) is a charmer.