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Happy Earth Day

This video shows wildlife research being performed using Google Glass.  I love it when two of my passions come together like this.  And, yes, I am so old that I participated in the first Earth Day in 1970.  Much has been done but there is so much more that needs done.  It will take more than technology alone, but also human hearts and hands to put that technology to work.
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Phone Photo Fight

As the Samsung S5 comes to market, it has to compete with the recently released and beautiful HTC One M8 and the iPhone 5S.   Since once of my primary criteria in selecting a phone is the phone's camera, I found this C|Net comparo to be of great interest.

In short, if you want good pictures stick with your old 5S.  If you want decent pictures paired with Android, go with the S5.  If your shooting normally centers around macros and selfies, choose the One for your mate.

Check out the article to compare photos in a variety of situations with your own eyes.
Samsung's marquee Galaxy S5 is blazing fast and chock full of new features. But does its 16-megapixel camera have the chops to compete against the HTC One M8 and Apple iPhone 5S?
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This kind of vandalism is just sickening.  I'm so upset right now, I don't even want to think about what would be an appropriate punishment.  
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My friend Gayla shared this and I think it is just awesome. Try to watch it without moving!
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Google Play Books +

One of the better features of Google Play Music is that you can bring your own tunes to the GPM library.  You don't need to purchase the music from the Play Store.  That sweet feature has now been added to Google Play Books.  You can now upload an ePub from your Android device to your GPB library.  They still don't have an eInk reader, but they did at least allow you to lower the brightness more for reading at night.
Choose from millions of titles on Google Play including new releases, New Y...
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Love Flickr, but . . .

Why does Yahoo insist on including pictures of dolls in their Explore stream?  Those pictures really creep me out.
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Urban Biking

It looks like two of my favorite cities, Pittsburgh and Seattle, will be among the six cities participating in a pilot bike lane project.

In addition, Honolulu looks to be adding bike lanes if the mayor has his way.  What a great way to address our congestion, obesity, and mobile source pollution problems!
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Tom will be excited to hear about Pittsburgh. About time.
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Happy Birthday SAL18250

Today was the second anniversary of my 18-250mm lens.  We celebrated by taking a picture of sunrise seen through Ocean Crest Pier.  Bald Head Island can be seen in the background.  Shot from Long Beach on Oak Island.
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No Child Would Vote for This

My parents exchanged ocean breezes, tropical temps, palm trees, island culture and sweet music to be closer to our family in West Virginia.  One awesome consolation for that was having a few days each year where school was closed for snow.  So, I doubt any of the young scholars in these Pittsburgh area schools were too pleased to have snow days replaced with being educated in cyberspace from their computers at home.

But it did give me pause.  What if “cyber days” became the rule rather than the exception?

-The very best teachers in the world could be available for every subject in every school district, suburban, rural, or urban.  Parents having trouble helping with the homework could watch the lecture themselves on an “on demand” basis.
-Parents or their designated caregivers (grandparents, nannies, tutors, etc.) would have returned to them the responsibility for nurture, discipline, feeding, and spiritual direction.  Professional teachers would be free from hall duty, cafeteria duty, detention, etc. which would make the field much more appealing to people who actually care about children.
-Local teachers could use Google Hangouts to answer questions after the lecture and encourage discussion with others participating in the class, with the discussion available on YouTube afterward
-Google+ Groups could be used for more time independent discussions
-Field trips could be led by educational experts (teachers) and participating students could bring their own caregiver to handle the non-teacher roles of herding, escorting to the bathroom, etc.
-School attendance would be only for brief periods of 4 to 6 weeks each year where the focus would be on band, chorus, orchestra, art, laboratory and shop work not lending themselves to remote instruction.  Since students would not all be in attendance simultaneously, facilities could be smaller.  That decrease in overhead could be used to make sure each child had the proper computer equipment and educators were paid at a more appropriate level to the value of their social contribution.

Besides providing a higher quality of instructional material, this model could encourage a return to having adults taking greater responsibility for the upbringing of their children.  It would ameliorate the current role of the school in deciding what is and isn’t politically correct.  Our technical and information age, post-industrial, post-agricultural society seems to have figuratively set our youth in the corner to be seen and not heard in a way that past generations couldn’t have conceived.  Wouldn’t it be wonderful if our system of education reverted to more educating and less babysitting?  Wouldn’t it be wonderful if parents didn’t look at the school as being responsible to provide childcare from toddling to adulthood?  Wouldn’t it be wonderful if parents actually knew their own children?  It was an innocuous enough little article about “cyber days”.   But, it did make me think.  Maybe there is a better way.
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Christmas-A Dog's Eye View

My sister got a puppy not long ago.  Mom was telling me a Rilla-tale last night.  Mom's Christmas tree rises over a bright red skirt that has poofy white "snow balls" sewn to it.  As Rilla passes by, she likes to give a random "snow ball" a nip.  It's just fun.

I also liked this story in the Pittsburgh paper about a dog enjoying Christmas.  And thank you to everyone who has rescued a dog this year.  May you and your companion have a very merry Christmas.
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tree huggin', guitar pickin', gizmo cravin', book writin', wave ridin' pilgrim (trlong.com)
Introduction

In Jesus, I am an adopted child of God.  I am an environmentalist and writer.  Born and raised in West Virginia.  A brief stint in Hawaii as a toddler followed by numerous return visits may have infected my spirit with a deep desire to be wet and warm while listening to great music and enjoying the scent of fragrant tropical flowers.

What some people don't like about me?  My attempts at humor, my subpar singing and general music(noise)-making, and my inability to keep my opinion to myself.

Favorite quotes:
"Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than those you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from safe harbor. Catch the wind in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
– Mark Twain

"I'd rather die while I'm living than live while I'm dead"
– Jimmy Buffett

"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." - Jesus (John 10:10)

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  • Morgantown High School
  • West Virginia University
  • Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
  • Arthur Murray Dance Studio - Raleigh
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