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This made me smile:

Via TataSky on YouTube.

December 25, 2015 at 8:22 AM 2 comments

Beautiful Photo

Thursday night I stood at my east-facing kitchen window marveling at the huge full moon that was rising over the plains.  I thought about taking a picture but there are so many trees and wires in the way I decided not to because it wouldn’t reflect how beautiful the scene was.

Today I came across this photo taken by our local Denver “CBS4” helicopter that night.  It not only shows the gorgeous moon but it has the added bonus of an airplane taking off from Denver International Airport flying through the frame, silhouetted against the moon.

So pretty.

Full Moon 11-7-14 via CBS4Mark

(Image via CBS4Mark)


November 8, 2014 at 6:40 PM Leave a comment

Sunday Treat: “Ode to Joy” Flash Mob in Hong Kong

There has been a growing global phenomena over the few years or so for musicians to organize flash mobs to play Beethoven’s Ode to Joy in places like shopping centers and town squares, bringing unexpected happiness to those fortunate enough to be in the area.

As a tribute to the pro-democracy activists who’ve been demonstrating in Hong Kong over the weekend, here’s one that took place there last year featuring the Hong Kong Festival Orchestra.  The music and singing are spectacular and the crowd explodes with appreciation at the end.  Take 8:30 minutes out of your Sunday and treat yourself to it:

September 28, 2014 at 4:12 PM Leave a comment

Vivian and Alice Get Married…After 72 Years Together

Thomas Geyer, Quad City Times (AP)

(Image: Thomas Geyer, Quad City Times (AP))

DAVENPORT, Iowa — More than seven decades after beginning their relationship, Vivian Boyack and Alice “Nonie” Dubes have gotten married.

Boyack, 91, and Dubes, 90, sat next to each other during Saturday’s ceremony, reports the Quad City Times.

“This is a celebration of something that should have happened a very long time ago,” the Rev. Linda Hunsaker told the small group of close friends and family who attended.

The women met in their hometown of Yale, Iowa, while growing up. Then they moved to Davenport in 1947 where Boyack taught school and Dubes did payroll work.

Dubes said the two have enjoyed their life together and over the years they have traveled to all 50 states, all the provinces of Canada, and to England twice.

“We’ve had a good time,” Dubes said.

Boyack said it takes a lot of love and work to keep a relationship going for 72 years.


“This is a celebration of something that should have happened a very long time ago.”  What an understatement.  Anyway, congratulations Vivian and Alice!

September 10, 2014 at 1:20 PM Leave a comment

Aspen Journalism: Refreshing New Media v. Tired Old Media

This happened in April, 2009:

The Associated Press and its member newspapers will take legal action against Web sites that use newspaper articles without legal permission, the group said on Monday, in a clear shot at aggregators like Google.


Last June, AP threatened to sue bloggers for copying their content (see “AP Fair Use Guidelines” and “Wire Service Theft for some backstory).  They ultimately thought the better of it, partly as a result of mediation by the Media Bloggers Association but the basic question — what constitutes “Fair Use” in matters of breaking news — was never really resolved.  Further, as MBA president Bob Cox notes, one can be right on the legal merits, win in court, and still go bankrupt defending yourself.


This issue with the AP is still up in the air so I stay the hell away from linking to their stuff which is so dumb on their part.  If I copy a photo or some of their text, and give them credit, isn’t that good for them?  I think so.  It’s called publicity, small as my blog is.

That said, I love, love, love this much more modern approach to linking from AspenJournalism:

AspenJournalism re open accessGot that?

Editor’s note: These photos are available for distribution across all platforms with credit given to Brent Gardner-Smith/Aspen Journalism. Brent’s at and 970/948-1930.

Short and sweet and as it should be.

Journalism is supposed to be about getting the word out.  It isn’t meant to be “owned” (here’s looking at you AP).


P.S.  Thanks to AspenJournalism for giving me the freedom and peace of mind to post this.

January 5, 2014 at 8:35 PM Leave a comment

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