Governors Prayer Breakfast

March 28, 2009

The best part was Russell O’quinn giving his life’s story. He’s an interesting person. The food was ok and Sarah Palin couldn’t make it due to Mt. Redoubt erupting again. And right now ash is falling in Anchorage.

Breakfast.

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Todd Palin.

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Someone (a relative of someone that walked on the moon) gave an interesting gift to Sarah. It’s a flag that actually went to the moon. And some pics. Is that awesome or what!

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A view of my street and the sun with the ash cloud.

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And this is ash on my vehicle.

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Mt. Redoubt Blows! (Again!)

March 27, 2009

Redoubt erupts; ash falling on Kenai Peninsula

Redoubt erupted twice this morning, including a huge explosion at 9:24 that sent a cloud of ash to 65,000 feet, higher than any since the mountain came to life on Sunday night.

So far, no ash in Anchorage!

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Yes, the quality is sub-par but I’m new at the tools used to do this.


Barack Teleprompter

March 24, 2009

President Obama finally gave a speech WITHOUT a teleprompter! But he did have a huge monitor in the back of the room with his speech on it. Does this mean he’s weaning himself off of them or is his vision going on him?

You know what’s ironic about this? One of his doting bloggers kept complaining about McCain using a teleprompter during the election. She even nicknamed him ‘Johnny McTeleprompter’! And now she has the gall to say:

George Bush used a teleprompter, Sarah Palin used a teleprompter, John McCain used a teleprompter…..I mean, really, what is it with the wingers and their sudden disapproval of President Obama using a teleprompter? Huh?

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The wrath of David Letterman continues against Johnny McTeleprompter!

I don’t think John McCain knows the difference between Viagra and birth control

Oh nevermind. You can’t even hear me ask the questions…let alone…answer them without your teleprompter which we know you’re having a hard time working at the moment! Maybe some Viagra for that thang?

And he thinks he’s the best choice to be in the White House? Wow.

So how’s that fellow you supported doing? LOL! And Obama’s had his share of teleprompter problems too!

And to top it off, she said this too:

For those doing the Teleprompter Watch: President Obama will be using a teleprompter for the introduction and then will be fielding questions from the media without the use of the teleprompter.

Emphasis mine. Wow! He answers his own questions! Amazing! Obama is soooo awesome!!

So, how does it feel to lower your standards to meet the realization that Obama just isn’t as good of an orator that you thought he was?


Lens Comparisons

March 23, 2009

This is just to give you an idea of the differences between the focal lengths.

50mm (notice the red arrow pointing to the sign)

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200mm

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600mm

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1200mm
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Keep in mind that none of these pics have been enhanced by photoshop and the 600-1200mm lens exposures were done manually. Actually, I just changed the iso ratings.

Now, let’s just look at the signs! All of these are actual pixel resolution.

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600mm

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1200mm

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Yes, I know. I need to work on focusing better! Keep in mind these were taken through tinted windows as well.


King Salmon Plane Crash, 1985

March 22, 2009

I was stationed at King Salmon AFS, in Alaska,  in 1985 when an (then) unknown aircraft crashed on approach. The details were quickly hushed up and rumors were whispered about since there was a lack of facts to discuss.

I’ve done a few searches and found nothing about it, until today. According to Aviation Safety Network, the aircraft was a C-47B, flying from Homer to King Salmon. It was owned by Northern Peninsula Fisheries.

I find it odd that something like this was hushed up. Does anyone else know more information about this?


Pictures! (you know you love them!)

March 21, 2009

And you can see the full sized ones here: Frznagn

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My best Raven pic yet.

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An immature Bald Eagle stretching his wings.

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Same eagle, different pose.

I got my T-mount in the mail and now I can use CJ’s 600-1200mm lens.

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This is the peak you see when you look down our street. I know, a bit out of focus.

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This would be looking at the bottom part of the picture above it and zoomed in all the way. It’s hard to focus with the camera zoomed in because it shakes quite a bit at this level of zoom and the tri-pod is old and cheap which makes it wobble more.

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A new sign in our neighborhood.

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Same sign, just zoomed in all the way. Notice that you can see the texture much better!

Now lets look at them at full resolution quality and cropped to one letter:

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Amazing, eh?


Who’s the Warmonger now?

March 17, 2009

U.S. May Widen Covert War in Pakistan

President Obama and his national security advisers are considering expanding the covert U.S. war in Pakistan far beyond the tribal areas near the Afghan border to strike top Taliban leaders coordinating attacks in the region.

Senior administration officials say two high-level reports on Pakistan and Afghanistan that were forwarded to the White House in recent weeks have called for widening the target area to reach the Taliban and other insurgent groups to a major sanctuary in and around the city of Quetta, the New York Times reported on its Web site.

What happened to all the cries of sovereignty when Bush was in office? Oh, it’s because it doesn’t count when a Democrat is in, right? How very hypocritical of you!

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And for those of you that complained about President Bush:

Bush: Obama ‘Deserves My Silence,’ Won’t Criticize New Administration

Former President George W. Bush said on Tuesday that he won’t criticize Obama because the new U.S. president “deserves my silence,” and said he plans to write a book about the 12 toughest decisions he made in office.

“I’m not going to spend my time criticizing him. There are plenty of critics in the arena,” Bush said. “He deserves my silence.”

Bush said he wants Obama to succeed and said it’s important that he has that support.

I’m still waiting for the left to apologize for all the lies they said about him. Things like him trying to start a war with Iran, activating the draft, declaring Martial Law and not ceding the Presidency. Sure, he made mistakes but he is a class act. Something that I doubt President Obama can live up to.