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Couldn't agree more. 
One reason I've stuck with µ4/3 is because I ended up with a collection of lenses, including several good zooms. But when I dropped my Lightroom catalog into the dashboard, I found that 69% of the images were taken with fixed-focus lenses. The most common: 25mm (50mm eq.) 1.4 (22%) and 17mm (35mm eq) 1.8 (15%). 
I guess that reveals my age. 
Years ago, manufacturers used to offer 50mm f1.8 lenses as kit lens. Why don't they do it anymore?
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Thanks for your update, Chris. I figure I'm about 2-3 years behind you (my first seedlings went in about two years ago) so it's quite inspiring to see what you've done at Fernglade from season to season.

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Two recent articles suggest a new/old approach to protecting forests. One recounts changes in France to forest practices that were instituted a third of a millenium ago:

http://www.resilience.org/stories/2013-03-06/the-revival-of-tradition-in-france-s-forests
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Telling the truth about Exxxon.
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Chris Martenson (creator of the Crash Course) interviews John Michael Greer (of the Archdruid Report). It's enlightening to hear a conversation between two of the most sober social critics of our time. Their description of the opportunity lost in our recent elections is also the best commentary I've heard yet on that contest.
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Dear Jose, I don´t even Who is him...!! but with this bear... I need your phone and and address !! I am levaing today ...
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Por muitos anos, a maneira que nós entendemos sistemas econômicos tem fugido cada vez mais dos valores humanos e da meta de atingir um bem-estar. Isto é óbvio mesmo com respeito às ideologias mais patológicas da Universidade de Chicago, que têm dominado a política econômica global ha décadas.

Mas estão aparecendo mudas verdes nesta paisagem devastada. No nº 50 do podcast Extraenvironmentalist, eles falam sobre a economia informal, que é a fundação da sobrevivência para muita gente no mundo inteiro.

No livro dele, Sacred Economics, Eisenstein continua este pensamento ao nível de antropologia. Este clip apresenta uma introdução a estes princípios.

(E tem legendas disponíveis em português.)
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I only use manual mode (and manual focus) when I'm shooting birds. The automatic modes compensate one way when much of the background is sky, a different way when it's trees or other landscape features. One way when they're in direct sunlight, a different way when they're in the shade. One way for light colored birds, a different way for dark birds.
At first I tried to use aperture priority and tweak the exposure adjustment, but that's actually harder to think through than full manual mode. In the end the only way I can -confidently- get the bird to look right is using manual mode. 
Manual focus also is fundamental here, since the background can change so much. My EM-5 is easy to use in manual exposure mode, but the lenses are a hassle to use in manual focus. 
When do you need to use Manual mode? Believe it or not, you don't often have to do it unless you're a specific photographer.
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Belated Update:
For the record, Metabones eventually conceded the adaptor was flawed, and sent me a replacement. The new one worked (works) beautifully. 

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Dois artigos recentes (em inglês) sugerem uma direção nova/antiga para a proteção de florestas. O primeiro é sobre uma iniciativa no Pará:

http://news.mongabay.com/2013/0305-verissimo-swf2013-brazil.html
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A segunda conta sobre uma mudança na França. Mais do que três séculos atrás eles tiraram o controle local das florestas e bosques para montar um sistema nacional de controle. Muitas práticas de uso foram prohibidas. Agora estão voltando às práticas antigas:

http://www.resilience.org/stories/2013-03-06/the-revival-of-tradition-in-france-s-forests
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Very ephemeral art ...
Ironing as art: (Hat tip: Likecool)
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The hill rises steeply to the west, so the dusk is long and mostly quite bright. It's my favorite time to listen to the birds. At this hour, they seem to be playing: singing at each other from the tops of the trees and darting rapidly from tree to tree. During the day, they are more purposeful, and always get to the mulberries before I do.
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At the top of the hill, at dusk, the moths start coming out of the tall grass.
At first there are dozens, then hundreds, then thousands.
There are more, but I lose the ability to estimate.
The air is vibrating from their wings, and I feel the resonance in my lungs.
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    Masters of Architecture, 1976 - 1980
  • Michigan State University
    Psychology / Philosophy, 1971 - 1976
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