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William Parmley
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Maple in Bloom
We have many different maple trees around our property, but this is the only one that produces these vivid red, waxy blooms.  The seeds are bright red also.
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Memory Dump

You’ll hear me say that we don’t watch television shows that feature police, doctors, lawyers, or kids.  It’s not a hard and fast rule, but we’re automatically skeptical of any show that includes one or more of those four categories.  Contrary to that rule we’ve been watching “The Mysteries of Laura” and enjoying it.  It’s actually billed as a comedy as well as a crime mystery, and has a lot of light, clever banter and interaction between characters.  We watched the latest episode last night and caught a really laughable moment that I’m sure was not intended to be so.

The scene of interest took place in the offices of a company that was hoping to be “the next Facebook,” and was staffed, of course, by a bunch of rowdy Frisbee-playing millennials.  Laura and Meredith go there to talk to a suspect.  Now, Laura knows nothing about tech, and Meredith is a high-tech geek gamer.  Meredith is fascinated by the place, of course.  When they approach the suspect’s workstation, Meredith exclaims, “It’s in command line mode -- she’s done a memory dump!”.  The camera quickly pans past the monitor and, indeed, it is a black background with white text.

“This I gotta see,” says I.  We don’t watch anything live, preferring to record on our HTPC so we can skip commercials.  I stop, back up, and pause.  And there on the screen I see:

C:\> FORMAT A: /S

Followed by all the normal response you would expect from DOS if you were formatting a 3.5 inch floppy and making it bootable.  Yep, A 3.5 INCH FLOPPY.  This is a high-tech millennial company equipped with all the latest computer hardware.  I’m sure there’s not a floppy drive in sight, and those kids wouldn’t know a 3.5 inch floppy disk from a coaster.  For that matter, when was the last time YOU had a floppy drive?  I think I have one in a box in a closet somewhere.

Oh, TV, you can be so dumb!
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Snow Scene
It's sunny and heading toward 70 degrees (F) today, but it wasn't that long ago that we had some extreme snowfall (for us, at least).  I was processing some pictures yesterday and realized that I had never done anything with this one.  It was taken the morning of February 17th after the first of the big snowfalls when everything was fresh and beautiful.  I guess I forgot about it because I was so involved with getting dug out from the snow cold snow rain snow cold cycle.  The tallest tree is a bald cypress.  It used to have twin trunks, but the one on the right was hit by lightning.

(Also conducting an experiment here -- I'm posting this from my desktop (Win 8.1) computer, which I am controlling from my Chromebox using Chrome Remote Desktop.)  :-)
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Daffodil-palooza
I've been trying to figure out how to take a photo that shows how many wild daffodils we have coming up in our yard and finally realized that a #photosphere  was the way to do it.  There are more in other areas and out in the gardens.  Every spring the grass starts growing before the foliage has faded, meaning that we have to mow around these things!  There was a high, thin overcast when I took this and you can see a sundog in the upper left of the picture.  (Big file, wait for it to load.)
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What a Difference a Day Makes
Or a couple of days, anyway.  Remember my picture of a single dwarf iris blooming?  Well, a couple of days of warm weather, and here's what we have now.  Go full screen on the photo (shift-space) and zoom in to see all the details, including the sparkles and the raindrops.   #flowers   #flowerphotography  
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I love it this color!+William Parmley. Color of the life!❤️💋😄🌹😘👍💙💛
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We are putting on a Photoshop 25 birthday special webcast on Thursday... check out the promo video
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Good Morning
I am in rare form this morning, and want to share one of my favorite poems from the Tang Shi San Bai Shou (300 T'ang Poems), translated by Witter Bynner.  Make particular note of lines three and four, and the last two:

A Song of a Painting to General Cao

O General, descended from Wei's Emperor Wu, 
You are nobler now than when a noble.... 
Conquerors and their valor perish, 
But masters of beauty live forever. 
...With your brush-work learned from Lady Wei 
And second only to Wang Xizhi's, 
Faithful to your art, you know no age, 
Letting wealth and fame drift by like clouds. 
...In the years of Kaiyuan you were much with the Emperor, 
Accompanied him often to the Court of the South Wind. 
When the spirit left great statesmen, on walls of the Hall of Fame 
The point of your brush preserved their living faces. 
You crowned all the premiers with coronets of office; 
You fitted all commanders with arrows at their girdles; 
You made the founders of this dynasty, with every hair alive, 
Seem to be just back from the fierceness of a battle. 
...The late Emperor had a horse, known as Jade Flower, 
Whom artists had copied in various poses. 
They led him one day to the red marble stairs 
With his eyes toward the palace in the deepening air. 
Then, General, commanded to proceed with your work, 
You centered all your being on a piece of silk. 
And later, when your dragon-horse, born of the sky, 
Had banished earthly horses for ten thousand generations, 
There was one Jade Flower standing on the dais 
And another by the steps, and they marveled at each other.... 
The Emperor rewarded you with smiles and with gifts, 
While officers and men of the stud hung about and stared. 
...Han Gan, your follower, has likewise grown proficient 
At representing horses in all their attitudes; 
But picturing the flesh, he fails to draw the bone- 
So that even the finest are deprived of their spirit. 
You, beyond the mere skill, used your art divinely- 
And expressed, not only horses, but the life of a good man.... 
Yet here you are, wandering in a world of disorder 
And sketching from time to time some petty passerby 
People note your case with the whites of their eyes. 
There's nobody purer, there's nobody poorer. 
...Read in the records, from earliest times, 
How hard it is to be a great artist.
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Moderation

“If I could put it into a very few words, dear sir, I should say that our prevalent belief is in moderation. We inculcate the virtue of avoiding excesses of all kinds—even including, if you will pardon the paradox, excess of virtue itself.”

(James Hilton, writing in Lost Horizon )
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Tech Wars

Why, hello young person.  Nice electric car you have there.  I think I’ll stick with my “pony car” for a while longer though.  Cool mobile device you have there too.  I have something similar, although it uses a different operating system.  Yes, you’re right, it seems we’re always at “war” over our particular brand choices.  I remember a lot of them going way back.  I’ll bet you’re not aware of some of them.  

Well, yes, the Linux, Microsoft, Apple thing goes back a ways, but I’d add in Chrome OS and say that’s still a current issue.  I know we keep hearing that users are moving away from the desktop, but once you've done photo editing on a 30 inch monitor I don’t think you’re going to migrate to a five inch screen any time soon.  No, I’m thinking further back.

GUI versus CLI?  Very good!  I’m surprised you've heard of it, young whippersnapper.  Yep, the GUI won that one -- for the most part.  I still use the command line interface regularly, though, to SSH into my headless home file server running on a Raspberry Pi.  Gibberish?  I guess it might sound like that.  I’ll explain later.

How about TI versus HP?  Pocket calculators of a size similar to our mobile devices that could perform incredible tasks such as taking square roots!  No, they were more powerful than that, really.  Some were quite programmable and could even store programs on little magnetic strips.  HP was super deluxe and TI was the “everyman” model.  It was a real hoot to watch a TI guy try to do even the most simple calculation on an HP, which used RPN -- I’m sure you can read about RPN on Wikipedia.  

No, I’m still going further back.  I’m talking bamboo versus aluminum!  Don’t let your face freeze like that, youngster.  Really, seriously!  Post slide rules, especially the Post Versalog, were made from bamboo, while the Pickett slide rules were made from aluminum.  The Post was thicker and had a nice hefty feel and an eggshell white finish, while the Pickett was thinner, with a bright yellow finish.  Each had their proponents; I preferred the Post myself, even though it could be affected by humidity and needed occasional adjustment to slide smoothly.  Yep, we even had “cursors” back then, and they weren’t little blinking lines under our text!

Hey, we also had our equivalent of the Linux user -- he was the the guy with a Pickett circular slide rule.  The circular slide rule was great once you got used to it, but confusing as hell when you first picked it up.

Well, looks like the sun is coming out.  I’m going to put my top down and head to Sonic for a burger.  TTYL!
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+Frederick Kassebaum Not bad choices.  I still have my Versalog and a Pickett circular.  I remember one time in class the prof was doing some calculation and asked someone to hand him a slide rule.  One of the guys handed him a circular rule and he fumbled with it for a while and gave up in disgust, and asked for a regular one.
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The Open Door
I spotted this sign on an open door while visiting a facility recently.  I also noted that the door had been blocked open with a rubber doorstop, so the sign has not been particularly effective.  Based on the content of the message I would say that Art is getting an important lesson in human nature!  Submitted for #signsunday +Sign Sunday +Lori Carey +Janice Hackney +Jetski Jones.
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Art needs to face some facts about revolving doors :D
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Selfie
I tried taking a selfie at lunch today, but all I got was the top of my cap.  It says "ettevroC", by the way, but I'm not driving one and don't own one. :-{  I picked it up at the National Corvette Museum and bought it mainly because it matches the color of my car. :-)  I don't often go to Sonic, but where else would you go on the first day of Spring while streaming the Beach Boys Deuce Coupe album to the radio?
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Sounds like fun +sandra wetzel collins.  I'll be looking forward to it!
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My interests include electronics, radio, photography, computers, gardening, cats, and all kinds of outdoor activities -- hiking, canoeing, birdwatching, etc.  I am also an Amateur Radio Operator (Callsign: KR8L).  I particularly enjoy photography and work very hard at trying to improve my composition and post processing skills.  I shoot only RAW and primarily use Lightroom to process my images, augmented with Photoshop Elements and the Nik plugins as needed. 

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