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On the good stereo, before bed.

G'night G+

Where I lurk more, and share less =(


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Thought +Brandon Foster and +Kent Nowviskie might like this image gallery.

The one with the bear is epic.
Concept Artist & Illustrator
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I love Battletech flavor =)

Now I want to play...

Related, but unrelated, I know Kent will get a kick out of these:

http://io9.com/the-incredibly-bizarre-world-of-animated-soviet-propaga-1644248684
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Finally put the words in my brain to the image I made a couple of years ago.

Yes, I believe this sums it up nicely.
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My friend +Jessica Murphy wrote down a quote from a presentation I did yesterday, and my friend +Ron Davis made a poster.

Both made me smile.

The silliness of it makes me chuckle, and that it shows how far I am from where I was is... worth reflecting on.

I've got great friends, from 37 years past to recent.

I'm a lucky guy.
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I don't. I shoot for average. Sometimes I accidentally over achieve.
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No matter what he shoots, I love +Roman F's work.

Shots like this appear effortless, though I know they are not.

Thanks to +Roman Olynyk for calling me to the computer one morning to ask

'Do you follow this guy on G+? If not, you should.'
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Prejudice.

It pops up in interesting places.

As a West Virginian, I'm used to hearing bullshit about my State. 

The first time I remember seeing it in the media was an episode of Night Court. The Net reminds me it was in 1985. I was probably 14:

Night Court - Bob & June Wheeler

Every now and again, some hack decides it's time to drag out the tired old stereotypes.

Today? It's Fox Sports. Since Fox News (imo) is a cancer, I expect the same from Fox Sports. Expectation met!

http://www.foxsports.com/college-football/outkick-the-coverage/the-ten-dumbest-fan-bases-in-america-8-west-virginia-080813

There are so many things in this comedy piece I find utterly offensive. SO MANY.

I can only hope, one day, people who find so much humor in so much hate get the recognition they deserve:

- These are the mean kids, who laugh at the poor kids who have holes in their shoes.

- These are the mean teens, who make fun of the virgins and the nerds.

- These are the college students, who fall into Greek cliques and haze those who want to fit in.

- These are the adults, who swim in a hateful ignorance- and are happiest when they make others hurt.

Know what? 

Fuck those people. They suck.
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When I moved to DC, I had to defend WV a lot. Don't get me wrong; I have no pride for it. But I won't let it be unduly insulted. 
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"I love the people who made this. Korra is awesome."

- My 9 year old, and one of the things she and her 6 year old sister said when they realized, with great dismay, that there would be no more =(

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I whole heartedly agree with your daughters. Koraa is a bright spot in the darkness that is American animation. I'll also miss it.
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I watched far too many iterations of that video. I can't tell what changes.
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For my veggie-loving friends, like +Christopher Boyer and +Eli Heady:

 
If the patty looks like meat, if it bleeds like meat and if it sizzles like meat... the patty can somehow be a plant-based vegetarian burger, just like the cheeseburger above. It's called the Impossible Cheeseburger and it's completely made from plants.
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AFAIK Most vegetarians/vegans really only ever get them for the social aspect that surrounds cookouts... That said I'll take a good black bean burger over a real hamburger anyday.
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Lots of things contributed to my G+'ing falling off the map.

I lurk more now.

In May 2013 I finished my Masters. That took a chunk. My photography, for almost the whole year prior, was focused almost exclusively on (post)processing my photo doc.

Last August I started training as a Bowen Therapist, and started a new job (from tech teaching/training to Unix admin, that was a big kick in the brain).

And my laptop died right after I received my degree. At least it waited til I finished it =) Though, it's really hard to be a DSLR enthusiast without a machine capable of doing all the tweakwerk it requires =|

I iPhone most of my captures now. It's a convenience thing. The camera you have with you, and all that.

While I lurked, looking at the stats of some of my favorite photographers, I wondered if G+ is a hugely off-kilter popularity contest- where it's hard for the less popular kids to be as noticeable as the most popular ones.

I watch a few people, in particular, and wonder why their popularity hasn't grown much the past year. They're awesome. They deserve a lot more praise and a lot more interest in their work.

I'm not sure how G+ will fit in my life in the coming months.

I'll finish my anatomy class soon, and be a certified Bowen Therapist. 

I'll continue to learn more in my new job, and dream of Tron.

If I get a new computer, I may trade my D7000 in for a D300 (I really miss my D200, and I don't enjoy the D7000 as much), and maybe I'll get the urge to photograph like I used to.

And there are those writing projects I'm working on...

Not sure if G+ will give me the interaction and support I need for my hobbies and life.

We'll have to see.

As much as I hate about it, FB, at the least, provides more dialog. I don't have to compete, like the people I watch here, against the popular kids for interaction.

And on that reflection, enjoy some metal =)
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The bastards say Welcome.
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Revisiting a picture.

Black and white, or color?

#monochromemonday   #nightscapes   #moodymonday
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I also like color on this one.
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Going through journals is... educational.

I won't lose another 10 years of possibility to fear of failure, and a continued regret.

[that is an older me looking at the younger me, staring sadly at me, while this me looks back on all of me]




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That's the fear I had to get over when I switched jobs. It's powerful. The complacency is strong. 
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By day: Ex-tech-trainer/instructor, about to learn how deep the rabbit hole goes, but I'm really an amnesiac superhero writer/photographer. By night: studying/performing Bowen Therapy for pain.
Skills
I work in IT (been a computer nerd since Micronauts, TI99/4A, and Merlin). I write (I do have that BA in English w/ a fiction writing emphasis). I take pictures (that Journalism MS is more about photo-documentary, diplomacy, and conflict resolution than it is about Journalism). I am training to be a Bowen Therapist. I'm a Jack of All Trades, Master of Some.
Employment
  • Self via Zen From Within
    Bowen Therapist in training, 2013 - present
    My evening job. I injured my back when I was 12. Decided to follow in the footsteps of the woman who did more for my pain than any treatment I tried over the last 30 years. Hoping to help others manage their pain the way my mentor Melita helped me.
  • West Virginia University
    UNIX Sys Admin, 2013 - present
    New job! A chance to get back to my computer nerd roots. Excited and scared- in a good way =) Work with some of the smartest people I've ever met. And they're good people, too.
  • West Virginia University
    Tech Trainer, 2005 - 2013
    I love to teach. This job allowed me to train faculty, staff, and students in everything from Blackboard to Photoshop. I'm an IT resource for trouble-shooting whatever comes my way. I helped students with their ETDs (electronic theses and dissertations), too.
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Male
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Married
Story
Tagline
Life can get better.
Introduction
Every day I wake up and I'm a better person.
Bragging rights
I was born in 1970. Even though it meant odd plaid Easter suits and bell-bottoms, I am glad to be from the Arcade Generation. I think people my age have a unique perspective on technology and the progression of our electronic lives our parents never understood, and our children will take for granted.
Education
  • Bowenwork Academy USA
    Bowen Therapist in training., present
    On the certification track. Taking training. Apprenticing under Melita Mollohan.
  • West Virginia University
    B.A. in English (Creative Writing) and M.S. in Journalism (Photodocumentary), 1996 - 2013
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