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Ben Hollingsworth
Works at Prairie Rim Images
Attended University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Lives in Lincoln, NE
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Here's an interesting interview with Chuck O'Rear, the photographer who shot "Bliss," the famous default Windows XP desktop wallpaper, and now probably the most viewed photo in the world.  I can only imagine the royalties he got off that!
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Wow, thanks for this Ben. I had to rewind (that's what my brain said, so I went with it) it and watch the transition at the end twice. It's almost surreal.
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"There isn’t a rational argument for why a new company should have to use dealers. It’s just dealers trying to protect their profits."

The New Yorker weighs in on the New Jersey ban.
Last month, New Jersey decreed that Tesla would have to shut down its showrooms. The problem: Tesla sold cars directly to the public, without going through independent dealers. Auto dealers around the country have been lobbying state governments to force the company to change its ways.
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For the fifth straight year, +Noelle Hollingsworth and I spent two days wandering county roads south of the Platte River between Grand Island and Kearney, Nebraska, in search of Sandhill Cranes.  It's an easy search.  Half a million of these handsome birds stop in central Nebraska for six weeks each spring to rest and bulk up for their migration to their summer breeding grounds in Canada, Alaska, and Siberia.  This year, we found more large gatherings of cranes than ever before.  That, combined with the better lenses we took with us, made for a very productive photo outing.  My G+ peeps have seen some of the photos already, but the video below is new, as is the Prairie Rim Images blog post describing our trip:
http://blog.PrairieRimImages.com/2014/04/sandhill-cranes-along-nebraskas-platte.html
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When was the last time +Verizon Wireless or +Sprint sent you a hand-written thank you note after you emailed them with a problem? This kind of customer support is one reason I love +Ting. Experience it for yourself at https://znt1he1mog3.ting.com
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+amon medinger Like Dan said, Ting is a nationwide cell carrier that uses Sprint's network.  They're pay as you go, which means instead of signing up in advance for a certain number of minutes & megs.  You just pay for exactly what you use each month.  You also have to provide your own Sprint-compatible phone, so your Ting bill doesn't subsidize the cost of your phone.  My family of 3 smartphones generally costs us only about $52/month combined.  It's a great setup for low-usage users.  For power users who use 4G for everything and spend all day on the phone, you may be better off finding an unlimited plan.  You can check out Ting's rates at https://ting.com/rates

Ting prides themselves on customer service, and for good reason.  They've got a great sense of humor.  I actually enjoy interacting with them.  They have an online forum where you can suggest new features and vote on other people's suggestions.  Popular suggestions are likely to get implemented.

I've been using them since last summer, and I wholeheartedly recommend them every chance I get.  If you're interested in checking them out, using my referral code of https://znt1he1mog3.ting.com will save you & I each $25 off our next bill.
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Just started sorting through 2800 Sandhill Crane photos tonight.  Here's one that +Noelle Hollingsworth shot and I processed.
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All three of my kids wanted me to wake them up at 1:45am to see tonight's full lunar eclipse.  Only my daughter actually made it outside with her binoculars to watch with me.  Here's a few photos I got with my Canon 7D and Vivitar 400/5.6 lens.

The star to the lower right is Spica.  If anybody can identify the fainter star to the upper left, please let me know!
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Glad to see someone got out for it.  I didn't.
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A full lunar eclipse--the first of four in the next two years--will be visible through all of the Western Hemisphere on Monday night. The partial eclipse begins at 1am CDT Tuesday before becoming full from about 2:00-3:30am.

Personally, I can't wait to see all the stargazers flipping the moon a double bird while looking for Spica that night (read the article).
 
The first total lunar eclipse in more than two years will grace the skies on Monday, April 14. Find out how and when to watch the "blood moon" as Earth's shadow creeps across the lunar disk.
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I'm not gonna STAY up.  I'll try to hit the sack a little early and then wake the family up shortly before 2am to see it.
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Do any of you Lincolnites know of a sports bar in Lincoln that has a shuffleboard table AND great hot wings? I don't recall seeing shuffleboard the last time I was at BW-3.
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It's not and it is now closed as well.
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+Noelle Hollingsworth and I spent two days last week photographing the Sandhill Cranes that migrate through central Nebraska every spring.  I finally got a selection of some of Noelle's photos processed & uploaded.  She's developing quite a good eye, if I do say so myself.
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If anybody asks me if +Noelle Hollingsworth and I saw very many Sandhill Cranes on our photo trip to central Nebraska last week, I'm going to show them this photo:
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I fix things
Introduction
I fix things.  Cameras, Jeeps, computers, old houses... pick something.
Bragging rights
I look too cool to be an engineer (I'm told)
Education
  • University of Nebraska–Lincoln
    MS, Computer Science, 2004
  • University of Nebraska–Lincoln
    BS, Computer Science, 1994
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Married
Other names
Obi-Wan, Obi-Wan-YJ
Work
Employment
  • Prairie Rim Images
    Owner / Photographer, 2010 - present
  • Design Data
    Programmer / Analyst, 2008 - present
  • BryanLGH
    Unix Sysadmin, 2005 - 2008
  • Nebrask@ Interactive
    Senior Programmer / Sysadmin, 1996 - 2003
  • Internet Nebraska
    Founder / Sysadmin, 1994 - 2011
  • MicroImages
    Programmer, 1989 - 1993
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Lincoln, NE
Inexpensive and clean. The indoor pool and the pop machines were both out of order, but neither affected our stay. The room was clean. The beds were comfortable (if a little on the soft side). The in-room fridge worked well (there was also a microwave that we didn't use). The complimentary breakfast had a small selection compared to many sub-$100 hotels, but it was adequate and tasted good. I'd definitely stay there again.
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