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We've gotten more than 5 inches of rain here in DC in the last day or two, and it's pretty damp out. However, this photo was taken in the Hoh Rain Forest, which gets 12-14 feet of rain every year (DC averages less than 4 feet) -- so I suppose it could be worse. On the plus side, all that rain produces some fantastic plant life. Of course, this is just a leaf, but look at how wet it is!
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A quick selection of photos from the flyover and arrival of Discovery at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum.
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This is a great shot too.
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I'm still here! I even have a new photo!
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Stunning, Tom!
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Organizations that have a vested interest in the old world are still pushing to stop the new world...
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Infuriating! The Professional Photographers of America or pro-SOPA and PIPA

What do you think? This email sent me over the edge... Did you know the PPA is actively spending money to lobby Congress for these and bills of this nature in the future?

Consider these condescending bits from their statement:

"So when a behemoth corporate money-maker like Google attempts to stand on the backs of photographers to increase its profits, we as your association take exception."

"Each of us must work to be more enlightened about the real issues, and encourage our friends and neighbors not to be led astray by the fear-mongering of Internet bullies."

Infuriating! How does the PPA get off saying something so incendiary and foolish?

Look at me, PPA. Your association of pencil-pushing middlemen has done nothing for me. Google, Yahoo, Facebook, and hundreds more companies have been helping bring in the inevitable future of media. I share everything openly and freely through Creative Commons Noncommercial. This technique has enabled StuckInCustoms.com to grow to a point where we are quite profitable and about a dozen employees. Having these bills passed a long time ago would have hurt my business rather than helped it.

Creating new, innovative business models around the internet is the future (and present, I say).

Here are is more on my position on SOPA/PIPA: https://plus.google.com/105237212888595777019/posts/Y7y8PDdWbKd

Thanks +Mike Duncan for the tip off.
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I couldn't agree with this more.
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Two things about SOPA/PIPA and then I'll shut up :)

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The internet seems to ignore legislation until somebody tries to take something away from us... then we carefully defend that one thing and never counter-attack. Then the other side says, "OK, compromise," and gets half of what they want. That's not the way to win... that's the way to see a steady and continuous erosion of rights online.

The solution is to start lobbying for our own laws. It's time to go on the offensive if we want to preserve what we've got. Let's force the RIAA and MPAA to use up all their political clout just protecting what they have. Here are some ideas we should be pushing for:

* Elimination of software patents
* Legal fees paid by the loser in patent cases; non-practicing entities must post bond before they can file fishing expedition lawsuits
* Roll back length of copyright protection to the minimum necessary "to promote the useful arts." Maybe 10 years?
* Create a legal doctrine that merely linking is protected free speech
* And ponies. We want ponies. We don't have to get all this stuff. We merely have to tie them up fighting it, and re-center the "compromise" position.

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The dismal corruption of congress has gotten it to the point where lobbying for legislation is out of control. As Larry Lessig has taught us, the core rottenness originates from the high cost of running political campaigns, which mostly just goes to TV stations.

A solution is for the Internet industry to start giving free advertising to political campaigns on our own new media assets... assets like YouTube that are rapidly displacing television. Imagine if every political candidate had free access (under some kind of "equal time" rule) to enough advertising inventory on the Internet to run a respectable campaign. Sure, candidates can still pay to advertise on television, but the cost of campaigning would be a lot lower if every candidate could run geo-targeted pre-roll ads on YouTube, geo-targeted links at the top of Reddit.com, even targeted campaigns on Facebook. If the Internet can donate enough inventory (and I suspect we can), we can make it possible for a candidate to get elected without raising huge war chests from donors who are going to want something in return, and we may finally get to a point where every member of congress isn't in permanent outstretched-hand mode.
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I'm back! That's right, despite the fact that I haven't posted in two years, I'm not dead! A few things have happened since then, such as... getting laid off, and getting engaged, and getting a new job, and of course getting married!

On that last front, my wife is from a city on the farthest edge of the continent -- St. John's, Newfoundland. It's a beautiful city, with loads of brightly painted houses and great scenery nearby. The people are some of the friendliest you'll meet, too. If you ever get the chance to go, I highly recommend it.
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I think a little Photoshop CS6 is in order to get rid of the guy in the bottom right.
If you've tried out the beta release, you know what I'm talking about
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It's been forever* since I uploaded a photo, so here's one I've been holding onto for a while. This is beargrass above Hidden Lake in Glacier National Park, taken back in 2009. Hope you enjoy it!

(*Technically not true, but it feels like it. It's not like I'm prolific anyway!)
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wunderschöne Fotos .
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I am a software engineer and a photographer, and my livelihood depends on intellectual property protections, but I oppose the misguided SOPA and PIPA bills. By now, you have surely heard of SOPA (the "Stop Online Piracy Act" in the House) and PIPA (the "PROTECT IP Act", or more properly, the "Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act of 2011", in the Senate), but if you haven't, it is an ill-concieved attempt to solve the piracy problem. There are so many problems that I genuinely don't know where to begin, but this is a good start:http://news.yahoo.com/sopa-vs-pipa-anti-piracy-bills-uproar-explained-013507326.html -- if you want more in depth information, try https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PROTECT_IP_Act and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stop_Online_Piracy_Act or the technical http://blog.reddit.com/2012/01/technical-examination-of-sopa-and.html

If you're an American citizen and you're as outraged as I am, please contact your Congressperson and Senators today. Senator Reid is planning on bringing PIPA up for a vote on January 24. If you're not sure who your representative or senators are, you can find out at http://whoismyrepresentative.com/

If you're not an American citizen, you can still have an impact -- this will still affect you if it passes. http://americancensorship.org/ has a petition for the State Department.
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