From Wikipedia:
Grief is a multifaceted response to loss, particularly to the loss of someone or something that has died, to which a bond or affection was formed. Although conventionally focused on the emotional response to loss, it also has physical, cognitive, behavioral, social, cultural, and philosophical dimensions. While the terms are often used interchangeably, bereavement refers to the state of loss, and grief is the reaction to loss.

Not everyone grieves the same, and what I am about to write is just me expressing what has crossed my mind in the past and what is crossing my mind right now.

Edited To Add: apparently, the sound on that clip is too low for some to hear. Paraphrasing, the transcript of the clip can be boiled down to this:
Inara (the woman): “You don’t have to die alone.”
Mal (the man): “Everybody dies alone.”
The scene is about him staying with his ship (dead in space) while they go off in the shuttles looking for help. At this point of the story, his chances of surviving if he stays on the ship are not that good.

That scene is from the Firefly episode Out of Gas, one of my favorite episodes in the series.

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Looking at the Nikon P900

Pay attention; there’s a questionnaire at the end of the post.

The majority of people do not click on the images I put up in my posts. If they did, a new window or tab opens up showing the images at a higher resolution (size). Very few people go to my SmugMug site to look at the full-size version of the photos. 

Why do I mention this? Because I’m looking to make a decision between spending $600 on a Nikon P900 and spending $1,400 on a Nikon 200-500mm lens for them times when I want to get in closer on a subject. 

Before covering the details on the P900 and the 200-500mm lens, take a look at this:


Pride of America ship – 3.5 miles away shot with the D7000 and the Nikon 70-200mm F/2.8 lens.


Pride of America ship – 3.5 miles away shot with the D7000 and the Nikon 70-200mm F/2.8 lens CROPPED to something that still will not resolve the name.

Now, take a look at this:

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Smithsonianing and phone photos

I subscribe to the Smithsonian’s newsletter. I should probably subscribe to their magazine but I don’t really need paper copies showing up where I live. Their short stories are generally enough and if I do chance on something that piques my interest, I gots Wikipedia providing me with references, photos, and leads to more in-depth stuff. 

That said, I do contribute to both Wikipedia and the Smithsonian. 


Painting from the lobby of a local hotel — treated with Topaz Plugins.

Anyway, I figure I would sit and share a few articles I found interesting and also share a few random photos from my phone. 

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Best Hamburger . . . and Malasadas

When we lived in Michigan, our favorite hamburger was the Big C. You can read a bit about Clyde’s and the three-quarters-pounder burger HERE and HERE. The Big C was a five hours drive from where we lived, but it was on our way to and from our cabin in the UP.

When we lived in Colorado, Smashburger — although offering only a half-pounder — was our favorite place for burgers, edging out the offering from Five Guys. 

Yes, I’m a meat eater. Some will see me as a lesser human being for it, and that’s fine. Just know I hold vegetarians in contempt for eating alive — alive, I tell you — plants trying to do nothing more than to live peacefully, not hurting anyone. You know, except the poisonous plants; them be nasty but vegetarians hypocritically leave those alone. 

Now that we are in Hawai’i, we’re working to find the best hamburger on the island. Publications that rank such things list Annies Hamburgers as offering the best burgers of the Big Island.


The thing is, that’s a $14 hamburger . . . one each for Melisa and me and a tip made this a $40 meal. 

. . . and we were underwhelmed. Little to no flavor, overcooked, sickly-looking cheese, blah condiments, and fries that looked as if scraped from the bottom of some forgotten fryer and reheated to lukewarm tastelessness. Had the ketchup masked their lack of flavor, they would have still ranked below what you can get at any fast-food joint, even one skimping on meeting health regulations.  

Now, it could be that Annies was already behind the eight ball — as they say — because one of the first places we visited when we came to the Big Island was Tex Drive In . . . 

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Disperser Workflow

I was reading another blog and ended up leaving a long comment . . . which I did not want to waste. Ergo, this post. 


Original file

By the way, there is only one photo in this post . . . repeated another 11 times. Each version represents a different post-processing of the original using a Topaz Plugins. There are a few screen captures, but those are not photos.

You can click on each photo for a larger version. Or, if so inclined, you can go to the SmugMug Gallery HERE for a tad larger version yet. Honestly, because it’s a crop, the Original is only about 25% larger than what you get by clicking on the photos. 

Anyway, on with the post. 

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I resolve . . . not!

The marking of time is important to many aspects of our lives. From insurance to taxes to benefits to medical treatments, the arbitrary demarcation of time into calendar years is employed by various bureaucracies to our supposed benefit.  

However, when it comes to personal matters, the system falls flat on its proverbial — if not actual — ass. 

The remnants of a burned tree trunk.

The remnants of a burned tree trunk.

As near as I can tell, there is no functional difference between December of one year and January of the next. Especially, there’s nothing special — or magical — about January 1st of any given year. 

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New Year’s Celebration – 2016 gives way to 2017

We are both pretty sure we’ve been here — here being Kailua Kona — on December 31st for at least a couple of our previous visits to the Big Island. We have never seen or experienced this before so perhaps our memory is a bit faulty.

This video is right around Midnight . . . not a great video, but it will give a taste of what one hears and sees.

The following photos are not in order because I want to write about the total experience and I have limited examples. I was remiss on bringing out the camera until we neared midnight. Forgive the quality because I’ve not shot fireworks for a long while and I did not do any test shots since I had but a few minutes before midnight.

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