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Tom Klancer
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UI Software Engineer, Photographer, Guy
UI Software Engineer, Photographer, Guy

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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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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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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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Shuttle Discovery arrival at Udvar-Hazy (4 photos)
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I'm still here! I even have a new photo!

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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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Organizations that have a vested interest in the old world are still pushing to stop the new world...
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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