Monthly Archives: January 2013

South Bay Power Plant in Chula Vista, California

Countdown to my first live implosion!

Out & About

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Tomorrow at 7:00 a.m., I get to see my first live implosion when the South Bay Power Plant, decommissioned several years ago, bites the dust.

South Bay Power Plant in Chula Vista, California

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South Bay Power Plant in Chula Vista, California

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I’ll be there taking a video, which means that I’ll have to catch the San Diego Trolley about 5:30 a.m. to get there on time. They are expecting many thousands of people so there’s no way I’m driving down there and trying to find a parking spot.

San Diego Trolley at 0542 at 70th Street Station

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House finches at San Diego National Wildlife Refuge

Look this way! Please look this way!

How I Did It

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On a recent hike in the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge, I found three house finches sitting on a wire. I took five pictures before they flew away. My intent was to get all three of them looking at me, or at least looking forward. They refused to cooperate. There was always at least one bird that was looking the other way. Begging all three birds to “look this way, please, look this way!” didn’t have any effect on them.

I got up the courage to do something about it as I was looking at the five pictures this morning. Originally, I was going to simply replace the one bird that wasn’t looking at me with one that was. Then I thought, why stop at three birds? After playing around, I came up with a nice picture of six house finches:

House finches at San Diego National Wildlife Refuge

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Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to tell me which three birds originally were not in that picture. Let us number the birds 1 through 6 from bottom left to top right. And as all good teachers would do, I require that you “show your work,” i.e., explain your decision.

My wise old grandmotherThis little exercise reminds me of my wise old grandmother. She carried her Kodak Instamatic camera in her purse everywhere she went, and she didn’t hesitate to pull it out and snap a picture. Once she got home she took all her pictures and mounted them in her scrapbooks and photo albums. However, she didn’t hesitate to crop them, cut them in two, whatever, in order to make the pictures better or make them fit the theme of her pages.

She used to always tell me, “What comes out of the camera is just the basics to start with.” It’s still like that, so if you aren’t using Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Lightroom, Serif PhotoPlus, Photo Studio, PaintShop Pro, Photo-Paint, ACDSee, Gimp, Picmonkey, etc., you’re missing out on a lot of fun. The ones I use are Photoshop CS6, Lightroom 4, Photo-Paint X6, and PaintShop Pro X5.

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A quick trip to the San Diego Zoo

San Diego Zoo logo

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Nine pictures from a quick trip to the San Diego Zoo.

Ferns at the San Diego Zoo

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Flamingos at the San Diego Zoo

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Big cat paws at the San Diego Zoo

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Striped hyena at the San Diego Zoo

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Kangaroo at the San Diego Zoo

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Duck at the San Diego Zoo

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Ducks at the San Diego Zoo

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Turtle at the San Diego Zoo

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Waterfall and pond at the San Diego Zoo

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Picture of the Moment

Symmetry

Picture of the Moment

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The cat show on Sunday was at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Usually when I go to the Fairgrounds there are another 50,000 or so people there, making pictures of the Fairgrounds itself somewhat difficult, unless you enjoy pictures of crowd mobs. However, Sunday was a dreary day, dull gray clouds with intermittent rain, resulting in smaller crowds at the cat show and the home show in one of the other pavillions. That allowed me to take time to get some pictures that I’ve always wanted to get, such as these two which I combined into one and titled Symmetry:

Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego

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Reptile House, San Diego Zoo

What type of personality are you?

Snippets

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It’s no secret that people are different.

When I first realized that, I developed a quiz to determine a person’s personality.

I just finished updating it.

There are just twelve questions.

Answer truthfully, write your answers down, and then scroll down to see what type of personality you are.

There is no correct answer, so be sure to choose one of the two choices for each question, even if you don’t like either of them — as in politics you can choose the lesser of two evils.

2012 Mother Goose Parade in El Cajon, CaliforniaReady?

Let’s go!

Do you prefer:

  1. Dogs or cats?
  2. Batman or Superman?
  3. Wonder Woman or Batgirl?
  4. Beatles or Rolling Stones?
  5. San Francisco 49ers or Baltimore Ravens in the Super Bowl?
  6. Classical music or rock ‘n’ roll?
  7. Beer or wine?
  8. Mexican food or pizza?
  9. Rose blooming in November in San Diego, CaliforniaOrchids or roses?
  10. Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie or Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston?
  11. Red or Green?
  12. Apple or Microsoft?

Once you have all your answers written down, scroll down to determine your personality.

Cape clawless otter, San Diego Zooscroll

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Read on to determine your personality.

  1. Sea lion at SeaWorld San DiegoDogs or cats?
    If you chose dogs, you prefer dogs.
    If you chose cats, you prefer cats.
  2. Batman or Superman?
    If you chose Batman, you prefer Batman.
    If you chose Superman, you prefer Superman.
  3. Wonder Woman or Batgirl?
    If you chose Wonder Woman, you prefer Wonder Woman.
    If you chose Batgirl, you prefer Batgirl.
  4. Beatles or Rolling Stones?
    If you chose the Beatles, you prefer The Beatles.
    If you chose the Rolling Stones, you prefer The Rolling Stones.
  5. San Francisco 49ers or Baltimore Ravens in the Super Bowl?
    If you chose the San Francisco 49ers, you probably want them to win the Super Bowl.
    If you chose the Baltimore Ravens, you probably want them to win the Super Bowl.
  6. Reptile House, San Diego ZooClassical music or rock ‘n’ roll?
    If you chose classical music, you probably like classical music.
    If you chose rock ‘n’ roll, you probably like rock ‘n’ roll music.
  7. Beer or wine?
    If you chose beer, you probably like beer better than wine.
    If you chose wine, you probably like wine better than beer.
  8. Mexican food or pizza?
    If you chose Mexican food, you probably like it better than pizza.
    If you chose pizza, you probably like it better than Mexican food.
  9. Orchids or roses?
    If you chose orchids, you’re probably high maintenance.
    If you chose roses, you’re probably high maintenance, too.
  10. Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie or Brad Pitt & Jennifer Aniston?
    If you chose Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie, you probably liked them better together than Brad Pitt & Jennifer Aniston
    If you chose Brad Pitt & Jennifer Aniston, you probably like them better together than Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie.
  11. Red or Green?
    If you chose red, you like to stop.
    If you chose green, you like to go.
  12. Microsoft or Apple?
    If you chose Microsoft, yeah!
    If you chose Apple, boo!

So how did you do? What kind of person are you?

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The Music Chronicles of Russel Ray

Music on Mondays — We are the world

The Music Chronicles of Russel Ray

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On this date in 1985, quite a few famous recording artists got together to record “We Are The World.” With the political divisiveness in the United States, the basic problems of life that still exist worldwide, the nightclub fire in Brazil that claimed over 200 lives, the globalization of the world’s economies, the 24/7 worldwide news cycle due to the Internet……. on and on……… maybe it’s time to remember that we are the world. Emphasis on WE!

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“We Are The World” was written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Ritchie. It was released as a single on March 7, 1985, and went on to sell an estimated 20 million copies worldwide, making it the best selling single in the history of pop music.

The 52-person band and singers included the five Jacksons, Lionel Ritchie, Steve Wonder, Paul Simon, Kenny Rogers, Tina Turner, Billy Joel, Diana Ross, Dionne Warwick, Willie Nelson, Al Jarreau, Bruce Springsteen, Kenny Loggins, Bob Dylan, Ray Charles, Bette Midler, Dan Aykroyd, Harry Belafonte, and many others. It’s fun to watch the video and try to identify everyone.

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Food & Water Bowl XXI, San Diego Cat Fanciers

Gratuitous cat pictures from today’s cat show

Out & About

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Ten cats from this weekend’s Food & Water Bowl XXI, hosted by the San Diego Cat Fanciers:

Food & Water Bowl XXI, San Diego Cat Fanciers

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Food & Water Bowl XXI, San Diego Cat Fanciers

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Food & Water Bowl XXI, San Diego Cat Fanciers

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Food & Water Bowl XXI, San Diego Cat Fanciers

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Food & Water Bowl XXI, San Diego Cat Fanciers

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Food & Water Bowl XXI, San Diego Cat Fanciers

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Food & Water Bowl XXI, San Diego Cat Fanciers

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Food & Water Bowl XXI, San Diego Cat Fanciers

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I give this cat the Most Relaxed Cat in Show:

Food & Water Bowl XXI, San Diego Cat Fanciers

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Lastly, the Maine Coons had a larger contingent this year. This was my favorite:

Food & Water Bowl XXI, San Diego Cat Fanciers

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