Topaz Labs has Sharpen AI on sale

Topaz Labs is having a small sale ($20 off) on Sharpen AI (HERE<<link) until August 7th. It’s not much off, but if you are in the market, it’s not bad. Better than a poke in the eye (maybe).

Here are a couple of examples:

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Auto Settings — Sharpen AI

That has introduced a few minor artifacts which I can remove by other means. It could be choosing different settings would reduce/eliminate the artifacts.

This is, perhaps, a better example . . .

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Sharpen AI — Auto Settings.

You can click to get a larger view, but here’s a gallery . . .

Note: I was not asked to do this post, nor am I receiving any compensation or commission from any sales.

I think the product does a pretty good job in many instances, and — if you can afford it — it’s worth having.

By the way, about the second image . . .

This is the second time this year I’ve seen a similar scene . . . it looks like a Song Sparrow feeding what looks like NOT a Song Sparrow fledging. Unless fledging Song Sparrows are much larger than what they will be as adults.

I’m assuming this is an instance where another bird added their egg to the Song Sparrow’s nest and the sparrow is now raising the young as its own.

I’m also assuming this is a Brown Cowbird fledging because they are notorious brood parasites, although I’ve not noticed any Brown Cowbirds around during my time here.

I was trying to find the incidence of such devious trickery because, as I said, this is the second time I’ve seen this, and I’ve yet to see a Song Sparrow feed any of its own young (although I don’t know where they nest near me).

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Juneau in Monochrome – Alaska Cruise 2017 – Part 1

The previous Juneau 2017 post is HERE.<<link

That post has color photos and rather than mix color and monochrome photos, I decided to duplicate the post with the monochrome versions of the photos. Think of it as a nod to the days before color was invented . . .

This is the first (monochrome) post documenting our September 13, 2017, visit to Juneau, Alaska, a now even longer-delayed continuation of my documentation of our 2017 Alaska Cruise. Current and previous posts relating to this cruise are HERE<<link. The following introduction is the same as that of previous posts so that’s something else you can skip.

There’s a gallery at the end of each post and a SmugMug gallery HERE<<link. Photos in SmugMug can be viewed full-size. Note that the SmugMug gallery will eventually contain all the (monochrome) photos from Juneau; those from this (monochrome) post (Part 1) and those from subsequent Juneau posts.

You can click on the photos in the body of this post to see a larger-but-less-than-full-size-version. If there’s a panorama, I’ll link the full-size files but be warned . . . they’re typically huge. Huger than people have ever seen before. Don’t click on those links unless you’re enjoying a biggly Interweb connection. Also, if you have biggly Interweb but you’re reading this on a phone — which is sad; VERY SAD — I wouldn’t bother with the full-size photos because they are HUGE; huger than anyone else’s huge photos. 

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Down to the wire for “M” stories voting

Man, it’s a tight race! . . . except for first place and last place.

If you’ve not already done so, you can read the stories and cast your vote for your favorite of the three. Links to the stories and the poll for voting for “Alphabet Challenge M-Stories” are HERE.<<<Link

Here are a few photos reworked and presented as a thank you for your participation . . .

That’s the canyon at Yellowstone. Continue reading

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Juneau – Alaska Cruise 2017 – Part 1

I’m writing this on the 28th of July, 2020 . . . my last post about our 2017 Alaska Cruise was exactly one year ago (HERE<<link) and covered the last of the Haines photos. Had I been aware of it, I would have tried to post on the anniversary of my last post . . . alas, there’s no way I’ll finish this in the next ninety minutes.

This is the first post documenting our September 13, 2017, visit to Juneau, Alaska, a now even longer-delayed continuation of my documentation of our 2017 Alaska Cruise. Current and previous posts relating to this cruise are HERE<<link. The following introduction is the same as that of previous posts so that’s something else you can skip.

There’s a gallery at the end of each post and a SmugMug gallery HERE<<link. Photos in SmugMug can be viewed full-size. Note that the SmugMug gallery will eventually contain all the photos from Juneau; those from this post (Part 1) and those from subsequent Juneau posts.

You can click on the photos in the body of this post to see a larger-but-less-than-full-size-version. If there’s a panorama, I’ll link the full-size files but be warned . . . they’re typically huge. Huger than people have ever seen before. Don’t click on those links unless you’re enjoying a biggly Interweb connection. Also, if you have biggly Interweb but you’re reading this on a phone — which is sad; VERY SAD — I wouldn’t bother with the full-size photos because they are HUGE; huger than anyone else’s huge photos. 

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Again, still pining for “M” stories votes

Only a few more days to make a difference in some unknown writer’s egos . . . not that they need any help in that regard.

If you’ve not already done so, you can read the stories and cast your vote for your favorite of the three. Links to the stories and the poll for voting for “Alphabet Challenge M-Stories” are HERE.<<<Link

Here are a few photos reworked and presented as a thank you for your participation . . .

That’s access to a beach on Martha’s Vineyard.

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A Dresden book review and “M” stories voting reminder

A departure from the usual with just one photo for this The Alphabet Challenge M-Stories voting reminder.

If you’ve not already done so, you can read the stories and cast your vote for your favorite of the three. Links to the stories and the poll for voting for “Alphabet Challenge M-Stories” are HERE.<<<Link

Here is the photo . . .

Fallen sequoia’s roots next to an upright sequoia

That be from 2016, when we headed out to California to catch a plane for the Big Island.

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Four more days of “M” stories voting

The Alphabet Challenge M-Stories votes are waiting in the wings . . . but I wish they would rush into the bright lights.

If you’ve not already done so, you can read the stories and cast your vote for your favorite of the three. Links to the stories and the poll for voting for “Alphabet Challenge M-Stories” are HERE.<<<Link

Here are a few photos reworked and presented as a thank you for your participation . . .

Them be Florida beaches shells.

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Still pining for “M” stories votes

The Alphabet Challenge M-Stories voting has stagnated . . . Yes, it sometimes gets a second wind near the end, but why wait?

If you’ve not already done so, you can read the stories and cast your vote for your favorite of the three. Links to the stories and the poll for voting for “Alphabet Challenge M-Stories” are HERE.<<<Link

Here are a few photos reworked and presented as a thank you for your participation . . .

That’s from the Old Kona Airport on the Big Island.

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Another reminder for “M” stories voting

The Alphabet Challenge M-Stories voting has entered the doldrums . . . I mean, I get it . . . we’re about to go to war with China, be ravaged by a pesky virus, and ruined by an economic catastrophe . . . BUT, I say, what better time to get your mind off those things and read semy-quality fiction?. 

If you’ve not already done so, you can read the stories and cast your vote for your favorite of the three. Links to the stories and the poll for voting for “Alphabet Challenge M-Stories” are HERE.<<<Link

OK, that it; you may once again ponder the shitty aspects of current life . . . BUT, before you go . . .

. . . a few photos reworked (part of a near-future post) . . .

Yes, you may assume I’ll be continuing the documentation of my 2017 Alaska cruise.

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My mother’s cross-stitch projects — Part 3

A conversation between my sister and diem3 had me remember the photos I snapped of my mother’s cross-stitch projects.

I should clarify . . . in Part 1<<link, I identified her work as needlepoint, but it’s cross-stitch. I corrected that in Part 2<<link, but I repeat it here.

OK, cross-stitch . . . here’s a description (LINK) and here’s a bit of history (LINK) and some stitches (LINK).

The last cross-stitch post had mostly Christmas related projects . . . . not this time . . .

Again, it might be helpful to step back from the screen to appreciate the picture. Up close, you can see the stitches.

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Mantis and “M” stories voting

The Alphabet Challenge “M” Stories voting has stalled. The “M” stories, mired and morose and melancholy, sit waiting for kind readers to stop by and give them a chance to enthrall, or at least entertain.

. . . er . . . mired and morose and melancholy are not the story titles; it’s just their state of being.

If you’ve not already done so, you can help them out by reading the stories and then cast your vote for your favorite of the three. Links to the stories and the poll for voting for “Alphabet Challenge M-Stories” are HERE.<<<Link

OK, that’s that. And now . . . .

Last week, when I went out to sit outside, this is what I saw next to my chair. Yes, those are rocks, but, if you haven’t already guessed from the title of the post, that’s not what I’m referring to.

It was evening, with the light fading. Some of these were shot with high ISO values and “DeNoised” and some were shot with the on-camera flash.

By the way, you can click on the photos for a larger view, or you can see the full-size photos in the SmugMug Gallery HERE.<<<Link

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Flash Hummingbird and “M” stories voting

The Alphabet Challenge “M” Stories are duking it out, and you can help cheer on the eventual winner.

If you’ve not already done so, read the stories and cast your vote for your favorite of the three. Links to the stories and the poll for voting for “Alphabet Challenge M-Stories” are HERE.<<<Link

OK, that’s that. And now, flash hummingbird . . . .

This was the setup, looking right outside my office window.

You can see the two full-size photos in the SmugMug Gallery HERE.<<<Link

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Birds on a wire and “M” stories voting

The Alphabet Challenge “M” Stories are duking it out, and you can help cheer on the eventual winner.

If you’ve not already done so, read the stories and cast your vote for your favorite of the three. Links to the stories and the poll for voting for “Alphabet Challenge M-Stories” are HERE.<<<Link

OK, that’s that. And now, birds on a wire . . . .

You can see the two full-size photos in the SmugMug Gallery HERE.<<<Link

As always, you can click on any of the photos for a larger view.

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Hard rock reminder for “M” stories voting

The Alphabet Challenge M-Stories are out there, fighting it out for the top spot in the biweekly poll . . . and you can do your part to cheer them on.

Of course, you don’t have to do anything . . . but it sure would be swell — if you’ve not already done so — if you would read the stories and cast your vote for your favorite of the three. Links to the stories and the poll for voting for “Alphabet Challenge M-Stories” are HERE.<<<Link

OK, that it, and now, an interesting rock . . . .

You can see the two full-size photos in the SmugMug Gallery HERE.<<<Link However, the smaller photos might be better for what I want to show.

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Reminder for “M” stories voting

The Alphabet Challenge M-Stories is active and stories have drawn first, second, and third blood. 

You have no obligation to do anything . . . but it sure would be swell — if you’ve not already done so — if you would read the stories and cast your vote for your favorite of the three. Links to the stories and the poll for voting for “Alphabet Challenge M-Stories” are HERE.<<<Link

OK, that it; you may return to your regularly scheduled life.

Oh, here’s a few photos before you go (part of a future series) . . .

You can see the two full-size photos in the SmugMug Gallery HERE.<<<Link

I know some (mighty few) people miss my long posts . . . but, since this is a short post, here’s a short(ish) offering,  THIS POST<<link is from 2015. 

Or, you could read THIS POST<<link offering a semi-quick flash fiction offering.

That’s it. This post has ended . . . except for the stuff below.

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