And so, it comes to pass

Having lied his way into office and promised many things, having divided the country, I watch as a cocky and self-absorbed individual with little concern for fully half of the US population leaves office and another individual takes his place. An individual who also lied his way into office, albeit with a lot less class than the outgoing President. An individual I believe has little to no concern for anyone but himself.   

Come to think of it,  I believe that is the case for nearly all politicians. In fact, I can’t think of a single politician I know or read about that I believe has the interest of the American people at heart.   



Yes, a quick post about politics and stuff with photos thrown in for people who don’t like reading my stuff.

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Looking at the Nikon P900 – Video (plus) Edition

As promised, sampling of videos . . . but before that, a couple of links and a photo or two or more. There will be a gallery at the bottom of the post with more samples.


That’s not a bad photo and had I shot it with my D7000, I would be able to crop the photo to show details that I’m interested in. Well, the P900 does not produce photos of such quality that you can “zoom in” by cropping . . . but, you can just zoom in with the camera . . . 


. . . and keep zooming . . . 



This is what I’m struggling with . . . 

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Still looking at the Nikon P900

Sure, the Nikon P900 can focus from here to eternity (hey, that would make a great movie title!) but how does it handle and perform as an everyday camera?

Well, I’m here to tell you a bit about it. No technical jargon, no numbers, just my impression and samples of the photos. These photos have been minimally retouched using a slightly modified process from what I use on my RAW files. These JPGs were also taken with the D-Lighting active, something I don’t do on my SLR. The next batch of photos will be with center-weighted metering, which is my typical setting. 

OK, OK, there is a bit of jargon; this is, after all, a post about photography.



I do have one number to report . . . a half inch . . . that is how close the macro focuses. In taking the above two photos I was very nervous about scratching the lens. I will not do that again. 

All of the photos in the main body of this post are clickable to get a larger size (like my regular photos). Because I have a lot of photos (73 . . . I know, more numbers) I will only show a few and then put the rest in a gallery people can peruse if their interest moves them so. 

One additional comment before I go on; there will be a post just for the movies. 

OK, here we go . . . 

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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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