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Mike Baird is a serious amateur photographer, and a retired Silicon Valley Internet entrepreneur, now living in Morro Bay where he edits the community service site http:// morro-bay.com. Mike has a PhD in Computer Science, and an MBA, and was the first VP of Engineering of the $7 billion ask.com start-up, and is author of the 17-year best-selling entrepreneurship book entitled "Engineering Your Start-up: A Guide for the High-Tech Entrepreneur" http:// eysu.org. As a volunteer docent for CA State Parks since 2001, he has specialized in nature and wildlife and surf photography along the California Central Coast. Http:// BairdPhotos.com is his gateway to his various photo-related sites. His recent photos are best found at http://flickr.bairdphotos.com. Mike is a Canon equipment enthusiast, and specializes in mastering technical aspects of nature and surf photography. Http:// Howto.dchoc.org contains Mike’s online version of his Lulu booklet http:// LuLu.com/mikebaird entitled San Luis Obispo County California Nature Photographers -- Their Works and Techniques: Interviews with local nature photographers about how they take such great photos. Contact Mike at mike [at} mikebaird d o t com.
My most interesting 50 images: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikebaird/sets/72157600171769664/
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Published on Oct 11, 2014 by Thomas Wilmer
In the months before D-Day the U.S. Navy drilled for the Normandy invasion using Morro Bay, California as its training ground
WWII Morro Bay
You will see many photos of Morro Bay from the ~1943-44 era that you have never seen before, as the US Navy military trains in Morro Bay.
Peter Wightman said "Some interesting views of Morro Bay during training in preparation to invasion of North Africa or Normandy.
Looks also at the time the breakwater [extension to Morro Rock] was being built."
Mammal Tracking in the East Mojave
BIOL X410.1 | 1.5 units | Starting Oct 24th, 2014 at Desert Studies Center at Zzyzx | $325.00
Instructor: James Lowery
Schedule: Fri. 8:30-9:30 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m.-6:15 p.m. & 7:30-8:30 p.m. & Sun. 8 a.m.-noon Oct. 24, 25 & 26 (4 meetings)
Preregistration: Requested by October 10th
Location: Desert Studies Center at Zzyzx, Baker
Textbook: Information will be posted with this listing as soon as it is available.
Credit: 1.5 units
Notes: This field study is based at the Desert Studies Center (of California State University) located within the Preserve at Soda Springs (Zzyzx), about a three-hour drive from Riverside. The course fee includes two nights' lodging at the Center (dormitory rooms & some couples rooms), and meals starting with breakfast Saturday through lunch on Sunday. Upon enrollment, you will be sent detailed information via email about the Center and what to bring. High clearance or 4WD vehicles are desirable but not required.
Ajoutée le 11 août 2014
RIP Robin Williams (1951-2014) - Best Movie Moments
Unexpected, shocking and tremendously sad news arrives this afternoon. Oscar-winning actor Robin Williams has passed away today at the age of 63. Early reports indicate that Williams may have taken his own life.
It wasn't long before the movies came calling, and Williams carved out an impressive career with roles both comedic and dramatic, or more often with elements of both. Directors such as Barry Levinson ("Good Morning Vietnam"), Terry Gilliam ("The Adventures Of Baron Munchausen," "The Fisher King"), Steven Spielberg ("Hook," "A.I."), Mark Romanek ("One Hour Photo"), Gus Van Sant ("Good Will Hunting"), Kenneth Branagh ("Dead Again"), Penny Marshall ("Awakenings," "Hamlet"), Christopher Nolan ("Insomnia") and countless others all found different shades of his talent in the work. And even in an animated role, playing the genie in Disney's "Aladdin," Williams' ferocious energy couldn't be contained.
But the actor showed he could turn off the persona and charisma that made him famous, and fearlessly took on darker roles, often in independent productions. He consistently challenged himself through his work, but never completely left behind his comedic skills that won him a devoted audience. And for these efforts he was honored time and again by audiences and the industry, winning an Oscar for "Good Will Hunting" (he was nominated a total of four times), in addition to two Emmy Awards, four Golden Globes, five Grammys and more.
Williams' final roles were in the comedy "Merry Friggin' Christmas" and in the Monty Python animated picture "Absolutely Anything." He had been filming "Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb," but there's no word yet on whether he completed his scenes for the movie.
Williams was a drug addict during the '70s and '80s, but had quit. However, he was re-admitted to rehab in 2009 for alcohol addiction, and more recently checked in again last month where he had planned to stay for several weeks.
It's hard to properly summarize Williams' impact, but this video from Peter Weir's "Dead Poets Society" pretty much says it all. Williams will be greatly missed.
Those who worked with him knew him to be a genius and the rarest of talents. After news of his shocking death spread, his friends and professional admirers expressed their love for the man Steve Martin called a "great talent, acting partner, genuine soul."
Robin Williams (1951-2014) Tribute
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