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Today marks the big unveiling of Ida, the name given to a phenomenally intact 47-million-year-old fossil that links humans with monkeys.  The announcement seems to be making some of my coworkers uncomfortable as it, in their own words, undermines their entire Christian faith.  Coincidentally, I’m writing this blog entry just as I am finishing the last chapter of Jerry [...]

Mortgage Munch

Riding on the coattails of this newly-minted term, here is what I’ve been taking to work for lunch: Award-Winning Recipe Cook some white rice.  Boil a wiener or two and cut into pieces.  Open a can of maple syrup-flavored baked beans (Western Family brand in my case) and scoop a few tablespoons onto the rice.  Top [...]

Bellevue/Seattle Trip: Highs and Lows

A young lady seated under a patio umbrella at University Village reading The Thorn Birds.  [Biggest Throwback] Pentax remote control shutter releases going for $4.80 at Kits Camera.  I picked up two. This was my only purchase on the whole trip.  [Best Bargain] The Steak Diane at The Cheesecake Factory.  Soggy is the best way to [...]

F’Art #2 (Frog Art)

I was surprised at how easy it was to get these shots.  Frogs make for very willing subjects.  My 100mm lens macro was just as much in its element.  I’ll be taking my manual focus Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 macro along on my next visit, though.  The extra reach will come in handy.  And I’ll remember to [...]

F’Art #1 (Fish Art)

Looking at my recent aquarium pics, only these two approach anything “arty” or “artsy.” The latter has clearly been manipulated—in Adobe Lightroom 2.2, to be exact. This is fun fun stuff. Clearly, I can justify the purchase of a “fast” autofocusing wide angle lens. Now, if only somebody could be so kind as to inform [...]

Fish Fotos

Recalling last summer’s not so (photographically speaking) successful Vancouver Aquarium outing, I made sure this time to pack the Pentax 100mm f/2.8 macro, and the 25-year old Vivitar 28mm f/2 wide angle, in my new Lowepro Flipside 400 AW camera bag.  These two lenses are optically well-suited for the dimly-lit tanks and displays.  They are relatively [...]

Rendezvous With Rockfish

“We’re quite proud of our latest habitat,” intercoursed Sapprodyx6-2-di+10032.45 to his companion, “modelled after their largest hives.”   The companion chuffled a resplendent blorg in agreement. “Left in this environment, the females can live to 205 of their star years,”  continued Sapprodyx6-2-di+10032.46 as he readied his siphon over the eating plinth.  “Over two-hundred disease-free and commercially [...]

Stovetop Shots #2

My daughter, Lil’ Miss Manga, made the following game pieces for her French assignment using Play-Doh. I still don’t see the point—tomatoes in French is tomates; hot dog is, well, hot dog.  Where’s the pedagogy? Not to say that I didn’t love what she created! And just for a sense of scale:

Books Old and New

I broke down and bought a book, despite publicly declaring a few weeks ago that any new literature meant either going to be the library or the benevolence of friends. I’ve run out of shelf space and now have a mortgage. I blame my daughter for the trangression. We had a Chapters “$5 off purchases over $35″ [...]

Schleich Head

My son has been bugging me for some Schleich zoo figurines.  The company website directed us to two Vancouver retailers.  Thus it came to be that we found ourselves Saturday morning at the Splash Toy Shop on Dunbar Street.  I was quite impressed with the size of the place—room enough to swing a cat—not bad at all [...]