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Day 5 is "Greasy". Lick it up.
from the 2015 - 15TH ROUND
of the +Chrysta Rae Photography Scavenger Hunt!!!

What you are about to experience 
over the course of the next 10 days is pretty awesome.
We play a game - 500 photographers and myself - a photography scavenger hunt.

What  is the scavenger hunt?
Only the most inspiring, creative and fun way to learn your camera, push your limits, experiment, and shoot things in ways you didn't think you could.

I host this event a few times a year for anyone of any level of photography to participate.
I open the game up to 500 Photographers
I give you 10 items to shoot 
I give you a period of time to shoot and enter your photos.
Then I have them judged by amazing photographers  

I then open the albums up to the public - every morning over the course of 10 days. 
There are 10 categories:
This is the first - the "GREASY*" album.

This event is an amazing way to use your camera in new ways. 
It gets you seeing things in new ways,
It helps improve your photography skills, 
gives you a huge audience, 
and let's everyone celebrate each other's successes. 
Make new friends,
and be a part of a community of photographers who care about each other, teach each other, and inspire one another.

The sign up for the next round of the scavenger hunt will be announced on day 10 of reveals from this round.

The group of "scavengers" that participate create a community unlike any other on G+. 
Support, encouragement  friendships even some #huntsmack is enjoyed. 
We become a family over the course of the month. 

This is a negative-free zone - I have zero tolerance for any critiques that are uninvited. 
Please be respectful and remember that every person went out there and took the time to shoot these images 
and put thought into them and tried their best. 
As always, I am proud of every single one of you.

(NONE of the images were taken by ME - this is a collection of images taken by multiple photographers participating in the scavenger hunt. All copyrights apply)

With that - I present to you the GREASY album,
1 item seen in 195 different ways.
(album cover image by +Stefan Riss)
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Well, Shit. That means API's are subject to copyright now.
The U.S Supreme Court has declined to hear Google's appeal in the case versus Oracle. When Google built Android it was modeled on the Java programming language, which was built ...
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Wow, copyrighting APIs is a major blow to the development community in general.  When we use Design Patterns such as those from the GoF it helps us communicate the software architecture easily with fellow developers.  If someone copyrights "Observer Class", "Factory Class", "Composite Class" then this will kill that communication.  Surely 'prior art' must be enforced.
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Just noticed this in my photostream. Hadn't noticed that the camera was even activated when I put the phone in the center console.

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OK, so maybe not, but like I said, I didn't "take" this shot, it sort of accidentally happened. New phone, different actions. I had like a dozen of the inside of my pocket too.
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An Unusual Mountain on Asteroid Ceres
Image Credit: +NASA, +NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory-Caltech, UCLA, MPS/DLR/IDA

What created this large mountain on asteroid Ceres? No one is yet sure. As if in anticipation of today being Asteroid Day on Earth, the robotic spacecraft Dawn in orbit around Ceres took the best yet image of an unusually tall mountain on the Asteroid Belt's largest asteroid. Visible at the top of the featured image, the exceptional mountain rises about five kilometers up from an area that otherwise appears pretty level. The image was taken about two weeks ago from about 4,400 kilometers away. Although origin hypotheses for the mountain include volcanism, impacts, and plate tectonics, clear evidence backing any of these is currently lacking. Also visible across Ceres' surface are some enigmatic light areas: bright spots whose origin and composition that also remain an active topic of investigation. Even though Dawn is expected to continue to orbit Ceres, officially dubbed a dwarf planet, for millions of years, the hydrazine fuel used to point Dawn's communications antenna toward Earth is expected to run out sometime next year.
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Geek, Photographer, Artist, Terrible Human Being.
Hello, and welcome to the "about" portion of the program. You ended up here in one of several ways:

1. You're a stalker.
B. I circled you and you're trying to figure out who the heck I am.
3. Some poor misguided soul tricked you into coming here
4. you ended up here by telling Google that you were feeling lucky.

So, In order: A. Eww. Get a life. 2. While I'm mostly a reactive hooper, I do circle people if I think we have similar interests. so check below and see if we match up somehow. C. You should hit that person. Twice. And finally, D. Yeah, uh. Probably not the droid you were looking for, sorry about that.

If you came by because you linked to me out of a photography related community, you might be more interested in, which is where most of my photography activity happens.

When I'm adding people back, I DO look at your profile. If you seem like a good fit for one of my preexisting circles I'll drop you in as appropriate. If there's not enough info to make a call, I'll deposit you in my "probationary" circle until  I figure out the best place to stick you. You are welcome to drop me a private message with a quick intro to help me place you.

Regardless of how you discovered me (unless you're a stalker), welcome. If you are looking for circles to add me to, I'm into the following things:

In general I'm into all kinds of photography. In particular, these are the kinds of things that really get my attention in the field.
  • Landscapes
  • Motorsport
  • Astrophotography
  • Light painting
  • Night Photography
  • Wildlife

Geeky Stuff:

I'm a geek by profession, working as a Linux Engineer for one of the largest domain name registrars in the world. As such, pretty much all things techy are a part of my DNA. These are the geeky things I really get down on.

  • Computing
  • HPC
  • Linux
  • Gaming (PC or table top. I'm not really a console guy.)
  • Ingress (Enlightened) @sixdaemonbag
  • Science Fiction
  • Fantasy
  • Steampunk
  • Comic Books
  • *DRAGONS!* (Yes, they're THAT important to me).


I'm a scientist at heart. That probably explains my profound interests in science in general. In particular, I am fascinated by geology and earth science disciplines, as well as by everything related to space and space exploration. I wanted to be an astronaut when I was a kid, and really, that desire has not faded now that I'm an older kid. Some day...


Planes, trains, automobiles, motorcycles, boats, pogo sticks. You name it, and I'll probably be interested in it. In particular:

  • Air Cooled Volkswagens
  • Hotrods / Street Rods
  • Airplanes of all kinds, but especially vintage piston engine stuff.
  • Steam locomotives
  • Rocketry. Amateur to NASA, I loves me some rockets.

Art and Artistic expression:

I love art in all kinds of forms. I'm married to an artist, and I'm pretty creative myself, though I can't draw and only paint by numbers.


I am, and have been, a child of METAL! for a very long time. I'm also into all kinds of other genres, and the better orchestrated and executed it is, the higher the odds are that I'll dig it. I'm not super excited about the top 40 crap that infests the airwaves today, nor am I all that into hiphop or country. My iPod is a mix of thrash, death, and power metal, with techno, industrial, some new wave, some classical, and a lot of Primus thrown in.


If you're still reading this, you'll note I tend to be prolific with my words. Some friends maintain that it takes me 3 paragraphs to say "Hello!" (they might be right, but the jury's still out). I like to write, but I seldom have time for it anymore, and I fear I've lost my muse somewhat.  I still enjoy writing when I get the chance, and at some point down the road I'll get the stories in my head out into the sunlight. Until then, they're my secret. 


I like food. I like it a lot, but I'm very picky about what foods I like. Food as an art form is also interesting to me, especially if the food is tasty. I enjoy cooking, and People enjoy eating the things I cook. What more can a guy ask for?


There's a bunch of other stuff I enjoy as well, but this is long enough as it is. if you think I'm a fit for a circle, add me.

Bragging rights
I own a hat with feathers, and I've worn it while riding an elephant.
I type numbers and letters on a keyboard to make bits of slilcon do my bidding. Sometimes I type to convince complex assemblages of carbon atoms to do the same.
Obfuscation +3, Curmudgeon +6, Trolling +99
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