Archive for March, 2007

There is no misfortune so bad that whining about it won’t make it worse.

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

(Today and tomorrow, the 177th Annual General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be taking place in Salt Lake City, UT. A number of leaders of the church will be speaking on a variety of topics. I’ll be posting some of my favorite tidbits as they come along. If you wish to listen or watch the conference online, click the above link to the conference and you’ll find a number of options and languages available to you.)


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you find an article about the Museum of Hoaxes, a website run out of San Diego, that compiles, discusses, and disseminates information about all sorts of hoaxes and urban legends. Apparently, they’ve put together a list of the Top 100 Best April Fool’s Day Hoaxes, “as judged by notoriety, absurdity, and number of people duped.” The link takes you straight to numbers 1-10, so you get to jump right into the best of them.
And they’re quite entertaining. A monumental tribute to the gullibility of the great, teeming masses of the world.

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the unpleasant aftermath

The Young Men and Young Women from church had a combined activity at the local little 4-lane bowling alley, The Lincoln Street Lanes, during Spring Break. Initially, we thought we’d need to rent the whole thing, all 4 lanes. When we counted better, we realized we’d probably only need three. As it turned out, we had 19 bowlers (6 people on 2 lanes, with 7 on the last) and could probably have done well with the extra lane. Oh well, we saved the church some money.

As everyone left, they handed their shoes to the clerk who lined them all up on the counter. It was too good to pass up.

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The camera’s been around for a while now.  Most of us are fairly familiar with at least one kind or another, and have used them to capture both trivial and momentous occasions in our lives. We’ve seen pictures that define a feeling, a moment, an era. They have been used to entertain, to condemn, to liberate, and to illustrate.

With cameras so commonplace these days (do you regularly carry one in your pocket yet? Check your cellphone), I have to wonder if they have affected our behavior at all? How many people out there dream of catching something amazing that they can use to be the next starlet of Flickr, YouTube, America’s Funniest Videos?

Thanks to a post by John over at Photodoto, I became aware of a little video clip that the folks over at This American Life have put together that addresses this question. It’s really well done, a short, childhood narrative related in such a way it borders on suspenseful terror.

Well, at least I thought it did.

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on the way home

Today’s random picture comes from one day when we came by to check out the house (again) before it was officially ours. We wanted to see where the schools were, so we went for a walk. On the way back, I had to shoot this one.

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ahoy, me hearty!

It’s Rotting Jack Hawkins and his scurvy little tyke! Ar!

Taken at the local Hobby Lobby by a 4-year-old little girl that was just too excited that she got to use the camera.

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get a grip

Today’s random picture comes from the Wamego City Park and their lovely little merry-go-round. On this particular day, a dad was there with a couple of his older boys. Older boys mean more RPM’s on the playground equipment. I had a fun time trying to shoot those kids as they went flying around. Didn’t get too many in focus, but I really liked how the only thing in focus here is his hand. You can see the other panned shots of the merry-go-round (and other subjects) here.

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