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I have been working more than i would prefer but am purposely scaling back prior to our vacation to see The Siths.

Housekeeper and Tender of the Beests, check. Bills paid, check. Time off, check, check, check. Train tickets, check. Packed and ready to go, not so checked.

Yes, train. We are taking a train to see the Siths in Deepest Darkest Texas. We will smoke meat, spend money (wimmenfolk and chilluns), and escape by fishing somewhere (me and Mr. Sith). I have packed the dry rub, which is of paramount importance.

Here is a pic of me trying to explain to CW last week why I had to work late again.


Speaking of CW… She sent me this today. Great one.


The shop is nearly wired. In a few weeks the contractor will start on getting it ready to put in a concrete pad. I am in a tizzy but my calm demeanor may be at odds with that declaration. Just tired.

Have a pic of Melody and Jilly-boo. Note the kitten’s size and her submissive stance around Jill.


Now have a pic of Mel and Jill intently watching Hackerboy’s tuna fish sandwich. Note their clear hesitation at getting too close.


Hackerboy was busy using Cruel Wife’s iPad and email account this morning when I got up… he was fixin’ to send a message to the makers of a video game, expressing his displeasure at their game. The kid is seven. We need to watch him more closely.

A side project of mine is playing with LED lighting. On Amazon I got 15′ rolls of LED’s for $13. I took an old train caboose lantern that already had red glass and installed a pipe for heat conduction and wrapped the LED’s around it, ending up with a lantern that makes an awesome night light. It won’t keep you awake but is excellent for seeing at night when you get up to answer nature’s call. Either that or we can open a brothel.


I am currently figuring out how to mount a 4-5 inch lens in a brass ring, ala-steampunk, and internally ring the lens with green LED’s. It is a surprise for CW… Shhh, don’t tell.

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Night shooting.

Funny, but following on the heels of my Words without equivalents post, aliceaitch over at DPUD passed on the following link, enough to make a father quiver.

50 Rules for Dads of Daughters.  Hats off to Michael Mitchell, the author.  Damn that saccharine-ey sweet list.   Does it have to be right?

#7 seems appropriate.  #47 is going to.

Not fair, aliceaitch… not fair.


No, not with guns.  Cameras!

It’s been a full moon and it has also been the perfect opportunity to break out the tripod and take some long exposures.

Not bad for focusing in the dark.  It was midnight in Michigan – definitely dark except for the moon.

F/5.6, 15sec, ISO400.  Bit of postprocessing of the raw image and in photoshop.  I’m doing something wrong with my colorspace handling, which is why it looks bluer than it did when I was processing it – sort of how film processing labs went overboard on the blue to make people’s blue skies look really blue when it was actually pretty darned hazy-grey.  I’ll run that issue down and re-post the image.

Considering I went outside and took four shots, two of the moon and two of the driveway, I wasn’t too unhappy with the exposure and focus side of things.  I’ve got a very great deal to learn, as you can see.  I think I really need to crank the aperture down some more but we’ll see tonight after I shoot some more.

I’m REALLY going to run down that color issue.  More I look at it the more I hate it and want to kill it with fire.

This was a better one.  Same camera settings, looking up at the moon.

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