Sunday, May 29, 2005
Thursday, May 26, 2005
I was looking up something on the net this afternoon and I stumbled across Bruce Cameron (who is now famous so he refers to him self as W.Bruce Cameron, probably an attempt to make sure that he isn't confused with the thousands of other Bruce Camerons out there). I remember a couple of his articles and read his "8 rules for dating my daughter". I never put two and two together to realize that this was the premise for "8 Simple Rules" the show featuring the late John Ridder. Kudos to Cameron, too bad he stopped working.
Saturday, May 21, 2005
Tonight I discovered that many folks have discovered a neat little way of getting some favorites, actually there are two. Neither of them apparently has anything to do with making good images. I had to stop and really think about why it is that I do this. Is it so that I have a high ranking or is it to share my pictures with the world. I really want to improve in my art, so I welcome feedback, although I rarely get any. By placing a new picture on the site each day (haven't missed yet), I am making a committment to myself and the world that I will produce fresh work daily. I have "4" favorites this evening. I am flattered. I hope that maybe by the end of the year I have 10, but I will make this committment: I won't cheat the system to get 10. If you happen to be one of the 4 - thanks. Gratefully Brandon has turned off the identities of those who vote for me so I don't know. This keeps me from "exchanging" favorites. If you voted for me, the chances are very good that I didn't vote for you since there are 10,000 photoblogs.
On to better images!!!
Thursday, May 19, 2005
Wednesday, May 18, 2005
Lately I have been waking very early excited about the start of the day, a renewed interest in life. This morning was no different. After laying there for the traditional 10 minutes into the first snooze alarm we both shot up to start the day. I have so much to do today. I have the usualy plethora of e-mails that need to be done (6am, they are really mostly done) and then packing for the next couple of days. Today takes me to Indianapolis and tonight I will drive over to Cincinnati. I have interviews scheduled throughout the day and then another career fair tomorrow night. I am going to try to bug out early so that I can get home in time to take the family to the midnight showing of "Revenge of the Sith", the final installment of Star Wars! Friday is a day off. Mary and I will celebrate 21 years of blissful marriage. I think that we will go shoot some pictures at Bernheim Forest, then we are taking the dinner train in Bardstown at night. It is a murder mystery train, so that should prove to be a fun adventure. Should be home around midnight.
Off to Indy.
Monday, May 16, 2005
When I first got my Canon 20d I had aspirations of some great black and white photographs. I love black and white, especially Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, and Henri Cartier-Besson. But the more and more that I shoot the more that I like the color that I am seeing, thus all of the flower pictures.
Talked with Mary and decided that I am going to get a couple of my pictures framed. The first is going to be the horses at sunrise, I have really come to love this picture. I am thinking that I may give it as a gift to some of my Kentucky friends, but not sure that anyone will really want it. I gave a few prints a couple of years ago and no one said a word except my beloved. So, I might just frame it and keep it to myself. Who knows.
Friday, May 13, 2005
I am moving to a Treo 600 in the next couple of months. My company is transition its field managers to the new phone/camera/PDA with Verizon. My hopes is that the local provider can get theirs in stock at the same time and I can switch to them. The reason that I want the Treo is that it has a full fledged e-mail program. I could now check my e-mail anywhere at anytime. Since I prefer e-mail as my main method of communication this will really make my life better. The other side is the web access to go Google anything that I want.
Wednesday, May 11, 2005
Back from a quick hop to Cincinnati. Man I love that city. I could have stayed all week and not got enough. The trip down memory lane was incredible. I realized that while I had been back a lot over the past 20 years, I hadn't been back to the college. It has changed so much, and all for the better. When I graduated I knew that they were going to demolish "Old Main" and build a new student enter, but I never dreamed that it would be that nice. I think that I need to schedule a trip there when I can spend a couple of hours on campus.
Part of my trip to the Quenn City was to take in a business forum. I learned some great marketing techniques that involve e-mail (not spam) and photography. Really made me wish that I was a field manager instead of the guy that hires them. I know that 80% of the people who attended will never apply one single thing that they learned there. Frustrating.
The best part of the trip was coming home though. I had suffered two nights of extreme insomnia (2 hours a night) and I jsut crashed last night as soon as I got home. I slept a blissful 11 hours and feel back to my old self.
Monday, May 09, 2005
Can't sleep tonight (this morning). I am working out complex math equations having to do with probablility and business trending. Just when I think that I have something down I realize that I forgot something and have to start all over. I really should take a class on statistical analysis, but I have a pretty full plate right now. I read in a magazine yesterday that Kutzweiler (father of the modern music synthesizer) has developed an investment business based on his pattern recognition models. The theory is that if you trend things long enough they develop patterns and you can predict what they are going to do going forward. Lots of people have guessed at this, but as far as I know he is the only true mathematician to actually apply the principles to real cash. He has done it for two years, gaining 80% and 90% returns. Sounds like he figured it out to me! He is putting a hedge fund in play, I think the wise investor would jump on that. But, if everyone does then who assumes the losses? Never mind, no one invest, I surely won't (wink).
Do you think that Waren Buffett wakes up and thinks about playing monopoly? I really like this guy. He is smart, and he is pro-America and pro-capitalism. Same reasons why I like Sam Walton, Dave Thomas, Bill Gates, and Zig Ziglar. They have it figured out (okay, I know a couple of those guys are dead, but they HAD it figured out before they left). But, in each case there are millions who protest them or their companies. That is the downside with that kind of fame. I read an article in Fortune today about Wal-Mart and the whole article was about how they are battling so many lawsuits and image problems. Wendys? Man did they struggle with that whole finger-in-the-chili thing, even though 99% believe the woman who found the finger was probably the one who put it there. I now make it a habit to drop a dollar once a week on a bowl of chili.
Got to leave in 3 hours, better hit the sack.
Sunday, May 08, 2005
But this weekend I was forced against my will to watch Phantom of the Opera...3 times! There is nothing but a lot of singing. Not a bad story plot considering it was written nearly 100 years ago, but all they do is sing! Its like an opera. Yuck!
Off to Cincinnati for a couple of days. Going to try to get down to Fountain Square early Tuesday morning to shoot a couple fo pictures of the fountain. They are considering moving it. How stupid is that? Its like moving the Eiffel Tower or the London Bridge. Oh, that's right, they did move the London Bridge - its now in Arizona. Okay, but admit it, that is stupid.
Saturday, May 07, 2005
I applaud your courage to publicly call the President of the United States a “loser”. I feared that when Senator Daschle lost his seat that the new Democratic leadership would abandon its policies of obstructionism and high level name calling. But you have set new marks! I would have thought after the humiliating defeat of the last election that the Democrats would have tried something new like bipartisanship, optimism, or at the very least trying to come up with a plan for America. What courage you have to continue to lead your party down the same path. My sincerest gratitude. I will continue to praise your leadership wherever I can.
Cave City, KY - USA