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Aug. 23rd, 2017 01:52 pm
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Since the sister creature went with me yesterday, we of course, started out 90 mins late. I had to modify my route, and skipped a few stops, forgot to buy Guardians of the Galaxy 2 since it was released on DVD.

The signing was good, now that all four books are out, I can read it.

Finally got Big Brother to decided on birthday plans, I am taking everyone out to dinner on friday in observance of birthing. Brothers birthday is actually sunday, and sisters is friday, but, close enough.

Today, back outside.

Food! Glorious Food!

Aug. 23rd, 2017 10:28 am
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Alice Waters has not shopped in a conventional grocery store for 25 years. She visited this farmers market in Denver in July.

Alice Waters on Sex, Drugs and Sustainable Agriculture
In a memoir, the chef who pioneered farm-to-table food at Chez Panisse expounds on her wild early years, her politics and how she wants to be buried.

“There’s something called Vineyard magic,” said Martha Mae Jones, an artist who has been coming to the island for more than 35 years. “You’ll always meet someone from across the country that is connected to you.”

Martha’s Vineyard Has a Nourishing Magic for Black Americans
My first vacation on the island was bartered. That was seven years ago, and I’ve been drawn back every summer since.

Think Beet and Goat Cheese Salad Is a Cliché? A New Recipe Proves It’s a Classic
Our version vibrates with the tension between salt and vinegar, crunch and richness, sweetness and tang.
Recipes: Marinated Beet Salad With Whipped Goat Cheese

What to Cook This Week

Are there any more alluring words in the English language than “melted cheese”? David Tanis has a recipe for you.

Sautéed shrimp with creamed corn and feta is an inauthentic but fresh take on shrimp and grits.
Want to Make Creamed Corn Into a Meal? Add Shrimp

In this riff on shrimp and grits, fresh creamed corn spiked with feta takes the place of the usual grits.
Recipe: Shrimp With Creamed Corn and Feta

Argentine-style grilled provoleta. Here, it has been cooked on one side and then flipped.
The Allure of Argentina’s Bubbling Cheese

Fragrant with oregano, crisped at the edges, and beginning to ooze: Provoleta, a typical appetizer, is a strong way to start a meal.
Recipe: Provoleta (Grilled Provolone Cheese)

A simple, unfussy delicacy, enlivened by fat and heat.
Oysters: A Love Story

Grilled with a hot-sauce butter, they become a dish worth sharing.
Recipe: Grilled Oysters With Hot-Sauce Butter

Stackable glasses from Spain that can be used for serving wine, cocktails or snacks.
Simple Spanish Solution For Summer Entertaining

Sold by the dozen, this tempered glassware from Food 52 beats plastic party cups.

The Seasonal Food Guide app gives background information on the produce and also recipes.
New App Tracks What’s In Season From Coast to Coast
The Seasonal Food Guide tracks the seasonality of fruits and vegetables around the country.

André Ostertag of Domaine Ostertag in the Alsace wine region of France.
Alsatian Wines Strike a Balance of Dry and Sweet

For years, the region has battled its reputation for unexpectedly sweet and cloying wines. It’s time to look again.

Perry, the traditional name for pear cider, at Blackduck Cidery in Ovid, N.Y.
Cider Moves Beyond the Apple

Pear, quince, strawberry: All kinds of flavors are being brought into play by cider makers big and small.

Not yet autumn

Aug. 23rd, 2017 08:03 am
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Air temperature 70 F, dew point 67, overcast, wind south about 8 mph for the newspaper walk. "Cooler" and "drier" have not yet arrived. Nor has the apocalypse.

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Aug. 22nd, 2017 12:17 pm
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Sunday I finally fixed that bit of fence that wasnt level. Planted a few things, but ran out of steam quickly.

Monday was the eclipse. I stayed up after waking up about 8ish, instead of rolling over and going back to sleep. Watched a lot of it on the TV, but did get up and got dressed to go outside to watch the actual event. Stood around with my neighbors and it was a very cool thing. Saw Venus in the sky.

the birds went dead silent for about an hour, but after the sun started to come back, the first thing moving were a pair of hummingbirds.

Went to breakfast after with my sister, since I was up. Tried to work outside but was off due to lack of sleep. Monkey had driven to Salem with his roomies, and they stopped on the way back, we did a bit of local hanging out, then they headed north. Traffic was very bad, so it took him ages to get home.

Today, new Book Tuesday, I sure hope that happens. With all the delays due to everyone leaving Oregon its hard to say. There is also the signing tonight at the Beaverton Powells.

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Aug. 22nd, 2017 09:32 am
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People are comfortable insulting others with the broadest possible brush, but God help you if they can infer the slightest affront to themselves.

Hazy, hot, humid

Aug. 22nd, 2017 08:03 am
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Air temperature 63 F, dew point 59, calm, shallow fog and scattered clouds. Supposed to get up near 90 F, hot for Maine. Chance of thunderstorms later and overnight.


Aug. 21st, 2017 08:16 pm
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Oh, swell. Zenfolio is now having problems. I guess I should stay off the internet for a while.

What I Wasn’t Going To Do

Aug. 21st, 2017 07:29 pm
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Solar Eclipse Watching
Solar Eclipse Watching
Cooper Mountain Nature Park • Beaverton, Oregon
August 21, 2017

I’ve been wont to mutter recently, “Who the heck scheduled a solar eclipse on my day off??” Because of my limited amount of paid leave, I plot my days off for an entire calendar year in advance. When in December I scheduled my August 2017 Mental Health Monday, I had no inkling that a solar eclipse fell on that day.

In the months ahead of the eclipse I read the hype – and mainly tried to figure out how to keep a low profile and not get stuck in traffic or some other timewaster. I was not planning to watch the eclipse at all. I’ve seen one solar and one lunar eclipse, and I wasn’t excited about another. When I told Debbie of my plan to avoid the eclipse, she was shocked. “I’m picking up eclipse glasses from the Audobon Society today. I’ll bring back a pair for you!”

“Don’t bother,” I said, “I won’t use them.” She tried a couple more times to convince me to participate. I was adamant in my refusal.

To my surprise, though, on Friday I had a thought… maybe I could do some photography of happenings around the eclipse… and I thought of what could be a perfect location: Cooper Mountain Nature Park at the top of Cooper Mountain.

Beaverton is about 200 feet above sea level. My house on a hill is about 330 feet above sea level. The park near the top of Cooper Mountain is about 750 feet above sea level and has a nice, wide view of the Tualatin Valley and the Chehalem Mountains. And… Cooper Mountain is only three miles away – less than 10 minutes – from my home. I can get there without crossing a single major street.

My main concern was parking – if the park was full early, I’ll take that as a sign that photos were not meant to be. Monday morning I packed up my cameras and left the house shortly before 8 am, arriving at the park at about 8:05 am. The small parking lot was not quite full – there were still a half dozen or so open spaces in the main lot. The overflow lot was largely empty. Excellent.

Besides the cameras, I brought Kanna (my iPad) and Nano-chan (my MacBook Air) so that I could do some work while waiting for the eclipse. I had hoped to get one of the picnic tables under cover of the Cooper Mountain Nature House, but all the tables had already been claimed. I was a bit surprised that the full edge of the patio was lined with folding chairs. It didn’t even occur to me to bring a chair. No matter. I found a really good spot between the playground and the patio. I sat and did some writing on my laptop. Eventually I put everything away so that I could concentrate on photos.

Because my bags and computer were holding my place, I didn’t want to wander too far from them. I trusted that no one was going to grab them and run off, but I did want to keep them in sight and shouting distance. That limited my roaming to an extent – not a handicap, though. People kept coming. The overflow parking lot filled up, and people parked on both shoulders of Kemmer Road for quite a ways. People were still wandering in at 15 minutes before totality. Crazy. Fortunately, there were open lanes for maneuvering. I tried to make sure I didn’t block anyone’s camera as I was flitting about.

I chatted with some of the other photographers and videographers. The video was a historical documentary. One photographer was photographing for THPRD to show how popular their facilities are. (I do love THPRD.) At one point I ended up in a cluster of four Nikon DSLR photographers, which was cool. I didn’t expect Nikons to outnumber Canons. I talked with only one Canon photographer.

I brought both Nikon D810s. One was fitted with the AF-S Nikkor 105mm f/1.4E for more intimate photos. The other D810 had the AF-S Nikkor 24-120mm f/4G lens for wide views. The two-camera setup worked well, and I was able to switch quickly between the two.

While I never looked at the sun, I knew what was happening from all the exclamations and comments around me. “It’s starting!” “I can see it!” Children were laughing and excited. Adults were astonished. “It’s a crescent now!” “This is so cool!” The energy was infectious. It was like the neighborhood’s biggest, happiest block party ever.

The photo exercise was a bonus event. I didn’t have any expectations, and if I came away with even one decent photo, the outing would be successful. I wasn’t photographing so much that I missed the experience of the totality (well… here… totality minus some fraction of a percent…). One reason I chose Cooper Mountain was so I could see the orange sunset band around the entire horizon – and that indeed was pretty cool.

After totality, the sky brightened seemingly rapidly, and I didn’t stick around to take more pictures. I wanted to beat the traffic jam – and I accomplished that. On the drive back home I saw quite a few other groups who had watched the eclipse – including one large group in the middle of a field at a grade school not far from my house. I’m glad I didn’t choose that field – you couldn’t see any horizon from there.

Of the 250 photos I took, I chose about 50 to post to Zenfolio as Solar Eclipse 2017. One of the complications in processing the photos is that the camera autoexposed for all lighting conditions – making all pictures look like a sunny day. (That’s what happens when you have a camera that can see in the dark.) I had to counteradjust exposure to reflect the actual look in the minutes before, during, and after totality.

One thing… I neglected to sync the clocks on the D810s. The cameras run fast. D810/302 was 6m 29s fast, and D810/306 was 2m 37s fast. Fortunately, Lightroom has a function for bulk editing Capture Date/Time, and the function can do those offset adjustments down to the second. Whew!

2017 OHBS Day 2 – Sunday

Aug. 21st, 2017 06:34 pm
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The plan was for me to arrive on site when the show opened at 11:00 am on Sunday. We’d round up the framebuilders and have a short photo shoot.

I arrived at Cathedral Park Place at 10:40 am – intentionally a little early. I wanted to first take a few quick photos in the area.

First… Moonstruck Chocolate… which is right across the street from Cathedral Park Place…

Moonstruck Chocolate Company
Moonstruck Chocolate Company • Portland, Oregon

Second… the St. Johns Bridge from Cathedral Park. For as many times as I’ve been across the St. Johns Bridge, amazingly I’d never been in Cathedral Park. The park is a quick walk from Cathedral Park Place (if you couldn’t tell from the name), so I thought I’d just pop over and grab a few shots. I didn’t pack a super wide lens – just the AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G. I could barely fit the bridge in from the park.

St. Johns Bridge from Cathedral Park
St. Johns Bridge from Cathedral Park

I made it back to the bicycle show in plenty of time. While Dave Levy rounded up the framebuilders, I figured out where in the gallery we could take pictures. Although I dislike shooting in front of a wall, that seemed to be the best option.

I took a group photo… then individual photos – a product photo and a headshot photo for each framebuilder. The entire process took 40 minutes – from 11:20 am to 12:00 noon (although there was about 10 minutes of dead space near the end). For the gallery photos I had brought the AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G, which is a good lens for posed studio portraits, especially when a wider angle is needed for products such as bicycles and for large group photos.

OHBS 2017 Participants
OHBS 2017 Participants

Christopher Igleheart
Christopher Igleheart • Igleheart Customs

Sim Works
Sim Works (Japan)

Dwan Shepard
Dwan Shepard • Co-Motion Cycles

Chad Smeltzer
Chad Smeltzer • Smeltzer Bikes

I packed up and did a 15-minute sweep of the venue using the 24-70mm lens to capture wide views. I was finished by 12:20 pm and on my way back to Beaverton.

2017 Oregon Handmade Bicycle Show
2017 Oregon Handmade Bicycle Show • Cathedral Park Place

Now all I had to do was to do post-procesing on the 860 photos I took for the show. It actually took quite a while – starting on Sunday the 13th and ending on Sunday the 20th. I selected about 150 photos that I posted to the OHBS 2017 Photo Gallery at Zenfolio.

2017 OHBS Day 1 – Saturday

Aug. 21st, 2017 06:31 pm
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Circa Cycles
Circa Cycles
2017 Oregon Handmade Bicycle Show
Cathedral Park Place • Portland, Oregon
Saturday, August 12, 2017

Saturday I left the house at 12:30 pm and again took the backroads through the West Hills and into St. Johns. The weather forecast was for the high 70s °F (finally!) and the cyclists were out in force on Skyline Road. In spite of that the drive was relaxing, and my Parking Fairy opened a spot for me right across the street from Cathedral Park Place – making a short walk to the show.

I had only two goals for the day: 1) take my usual bicycle art photos and 2) do the informal framebuilder photos requested by Andy. Normally I spend a few hours at the show anyway. Because I had seen the layout of the floor the night before, I had a head start on my route.

It was 1:30 pm when I started at the SE corner of the venue at the first booth – Jeffrey Bock from Iowa. Jeffrey and I chatted for quite a while – so much so that I was immediately concerned with how long it was going to take me to get through the show. But I did have the entire afternoon available, and I always enjoy chatting with the framebuilders.

My macro photos this year would have a slightly different feel. I had reviewed six years of images when I Selected Photos for Mounting. There were some views I did in early years that I hadn’t been doing more recently. And in 2015 and 2016, I used a 105mm Micro Nikkor to go with my new full-frame DSLR. This year I decided to go with the 60mm Micro Nikkor. Besides the wider angle, I could shoot with slower shutter speed (even though the 105mm has VR). This was a nice changeup. When all was said and done, I came away with macro photos that I liked very much.

Jeffrey Bock Custom Cycles
Jeffrey Bock Custom Cycles

REN Cycles
REN Cycles

REN Cycles
REN Cycles

Radian Cycles
Radian Cycles

It was 3:30 pm when I finished my art photo pass. I then switched over to my AF-S Nikkor 105mm f/1.4E lens to do some people photography. I chased that until 4:45 pm.

Brazing Demonstration by Dave Levy
Brazing Demonstration by Dave Levy

Andy Newlands of Strawberry Bicycles
Andy Newlands of Strawberry Bicycles

Joseph Ahearne of Ahearne Cycles
Joseph Ahearne of Ahearne Cycles

Then I was free to do the framebuilder photos. I checked in with Andy, and he suggested we do the photos on Sunday morning. I was fine with that. I hadn’t actually planned to come back for Sunday, but I was committed to doing the framebuilder photos, and I didn’t mind the extra visit.

I swapped lenses again, returning to the AF-S Micro Nikkor 60mm f/2.8G. This gave me a normal view so I could take wider photos of multiple booths – as well a followup with a few more macro shots. From 5 pm to 6:30 pm I continued roaming the show, taking photos here and there… and chatting with various folks. A total of five hours was an OHBS record for me.

I Kinda Hate Comcast

Aug. 21st, 2017 06:24 pm
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So. Totally. Annoying. Sunday afternoon and evening… and Monday afternoon (and evening, so far), my internet connection has been down at home. And I wanted to get a lot done today (Monday) on my day off. Yesterday I used only my iPad, but today I have to connect Belldandy to the web, so I’m running a personal hotspot on my iPhone. Thumbs up to Verizon. Thumbs down to Comcast.

The internet connection was back up at 1 am this morning… and it lasted to about noon. We’ve had this dance with Comcast before. :(

Update thingy...

Aug. 21st, 2017 10:15 am
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1. Herself is at FIL's this week. Fun times! :lol:

2. Friday we had 3 chicks hatch. Mama bird accepted 2 and rejected 1. Chicklit is now in the house. A little ticked, but OK. :lol: The other 2 are - or were, this AM - OK. Mama seems like a good one....we'll see.

3. I am fighting a head-cold/allergies. I think it's a cold, because my ears are starting to ache. I'm pushing zinc and garlic. :sigh:

4. I am SO OVER the eclipse. Seriously - you can't call it a once-in-a-lifetime event, then tell me in the same breath that we'll see ANOTHER one in 2024. :bangs head: That's just 7 years away......I kinda think there will be a *few* people alive today that'll see the next one, yes? (Lord willing, of course.) Yes, we have approved glasses. I don't think I'll be watching it - I'll probably be in bed. (I'm that tired. I'm just barely keeping my eyes open right now.)

I had other things to post, but see #3 and #4 above. :lol:

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Aug. 21st, 2017 11:14 am
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For whatever it means, Jerry Lewis was front page news here. Dick Gregory wasn't . . .

In other news

Aug. 21st, 2017 07:58 am
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Air temperature 59 F, wind SE under 5 mph, scattered clouds for the newspaper walk. Supposed to get into the 80s F today, unwanted by-product of summer.

National freak-out day

Aug. 21st, 2017 07:55 am
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It's almost as if a dragon had never swallowed the sun before . . .

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