Tuesday, June 27, 2006
AOL - Cancel. The. Account.
Monday, June 26, 2006
Well, I was somewhat reluctant to put this up but, here it is. My first shot using the new flashmeter and only my second attempt with the new monolight. Man, do I have a lot to learn. Nonetheless, after grabbing these pills on a whim (needing some subject to test my equipment on), I then discovered Photo Friday's theme was Health. Boldly (or perhaps foolishly) I thought this was more than coincidence. So, it turns out, my first shot with a meter will, also, be my first submission to Photo Friday. Gotta get my fun somewhere.
Sunday, June 25, 2006
Are you a democrat, Republican or Southern Republican?
Here is a little test that will help you decide.
The answer can be found in the following scenario -
You're walking down a deserted street with your wife and two small children. Suddenly, an Islamic Terrorist with a huge knife comes around the corner, locks eyes with you, screams obscenities, praises Allah, raises the knife, and charges at you. You are carrying a Glock .40 cal, and you are an expert shot. You have mere seconds before he reaches you and your family.
What do you do?
Well, that's not enough information to answer the question!
Does the man look poor! Or oppressed?
Have I ever done anything to him that would inspire him to attack?
Could we run away?
What does my wife think?
What about the kids?
Could I possibly swing the gun like a club and knock the knife out of his hand?
What does the law say about this situation?
Does the Glock have appropriate safety built into it?
Why am I carrying a loaded gun anyway, and what kind of message does this send to society and to my children?
Is it possible he'd be happy with just killing me?
Does he definitely want to kill me, or would he be content just to wound me?
If I were to grab his knees and hold on, could my family get away while he was stabbing me?
Should I call 9-1-1?
Why is this street so deserted?
We need to raise taxes, have a paint and weed day and make this happier, healthier street that would discourage such behavior.
This is all so confusing! I need to debate this with some friends for few days and try to come to a consensus.
Southern Republican's Answer:
BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! click.....(sounds of reloading).
BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! click
Daughter: "Nice grouping, Daddy! Were those the Winchester Silver Tips or Hollow Points?"
Saturday, June 24, 2006
After making twice-weekly visits to this local establishment for years, this off-duty Sandstone County Sheriff's Deputy (we will not list any names here) was caught by surprise. He had always come under the cloak of darkness in the past but, this daytime variation to his routine has created somewhat of a fuss. He shall be incognito nevermore! Truly, he was unlucky enough to be in the wrong place at the right time. Can anyone say 'smile'?
Thursday, June 22, 2006
After receiving my Alien Bee monolights I discovered the lack of an external light meter was really going to be annoying. So, I put off using my 'Bees' any further and started researching light meters. After checking out several reviews and surveying my needs I decided on the Sekonic L-308s. It seemed to be exactly what I needed and the reviews for it were great.
I then purchased the meter online from OneCall (see sidebar). They had a fantastic price and their reputation was good. My meter arrived on my doorstep yesterday. OneCall promised my order would arrive in three (3) days. I was pleasantly surprised when it was at my door in two (2) days. Usually, I'm waiting for late packages. Kudos to OneCall for their excellent service.
I can't wait to put my monolight through it's paces in conjunction with this new meter. Sadly, work prohibits me from doing this right away but, come Sunday things are going to happen. Perhaps after the weekend I will post some shots with this new equipment. Don't expect them to be artistic in nature, as initially the work will be experimental. I'm sure I have to learn the nuances of these new pieces of equipment. I can't wait!
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Sandstone County Sheriffs Department - To Serve, To Protect, To Get Rid of All Dirtbag Criminals by 2026
Rumor has it that county resident Dirk Baggs has selected a new mural to go on the side of his barn. It should be completed by mid-summer.
Tuesday, June 20, 2006
Monday, June 19, 2006
This billboard can be found in rural Sandstone County. You know the residents of really care about their community.
Sunday, June 18, 2006
It is rumored that 40 years ago Paul wrote the song "When I'm 64" as a tribute to his father. He wrote it as a teenager but, it wasn't recorded until 1967 and is found on the "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" album. However, McCartney, who turns 64 today, has had quite a different life than the one he wrote about in the song. He is a billionaire and a knight of the British Empire.
Saturday, June 17, 2006
Monday, June 12, 2006
I can't believe this! My Alien Bees arrived on the 26th of May and I still haven't been able to try them out. I've been itching to get at these babies for over two weeks now but, my life has been way too hectic lately. I purchased the 'Beginner Bee' package which consists of
1 - AlienBees B800 Monolight
1 - 10-foot General Purpose Stand
1 - AlienBees Carrying Bag and
1 - 48" Silver/White Umbrella
The monolights come in several colors. I chose Deep Space Black thinking there would be less problems with unwanted reflections.
Well, in spite of still having many other pressing things to do, I broke out the'Bees' for a much anticipated test run. I simply could wait no longer. In fact, I'm surprised I've held out this long no matter what my other obligations were.
Once I got my darn subject to sit still, I managed to take 93 snaps during this session. Below are some of the results of these efforts.
Taken at f/10 and 1/160 second with an ISO of 100.
f/11 and 1/160 second, also, ISO 100
I found out I've got a lot to learn here. So many variables to consider. Besides the usual camera controls there is the placement of the light, the direction of the light, umbrella or no umbrella, distance of umbrella from light, reflector usage, and on and on. This is with a simple one-light setup. Multiple lights would increase these variables tremendously. I've got so much to learn. Practicing, however, will be a joy.
I, also, found out that shooting with non-dedicated flash units almost demands the use of an external flashmeter. It's not impossible to work without one (I didn't have one for these shots here) but, it would simplify the process immensely. I think a meter would turn the whole process from being a nightmare to being a joy. I think I will investigate this further.
Now, I can't wait to retire my current model and get my grandchildren to pose. Oh no, talk about adding variables.
In the mean time, come and check us out. If you are a member who hasn't visited in a while come see the new changes. You should enjoy them. If you've never visited our forum why don't you stop in for a while. Who knows, if you have any interest at all in Organized Crime, you may want to become part of the Family.
Thursday, June 08, 2006
Tuesday, June 06, 2006
The deputies themselves seem to have done a complete turnabout. Once initially furious at the new fitness campaign, they seem to have now embraced it. The common assumption of this newfound joyous, bliss seems to derive from the special announcement of their new program director. County officials, it seems, have made tremendous efforts to successfully negotiate a long-term contract with the infamous, exercise guru Richard Simmons. Simmons it is said, was ready for the next level and is looking forward "to working with these obnoxious, foul-smelling, obese deputies and stretching my abilities to the extreme in what may very well be my greatest challenge, EVER,"
Now that Simmons is onboard, it seems so are the personnel. It has, for example, been substantiated that Deputy Mark A. Hidrent immediately went to a big city mall and purchased a sequined, purple and yellow form-fitting bodysuit in anticipation of his personal workout with the fitness queen. Maybe this program will work out after all.
Monday, June 05, 2006
Deputy Hidrent waited outside a popular local bar, hoping for a bust. At closing time as everyone came out, he spotted his potential quarry. The deputy was elated because his upcoming victim was none other than Dirk Baggs. From the first day of his legal career Officer Hidrent swore he was going to "take down that worthless dirtbag." Looks like this will be the day.
Dirk was so obviously inebriated that he could barely walk. He stumbled around the parking lot for a few minutes, looking for his car. After trying his keys on five others, he finally found his own vehicle. He sat in the car a good ten minutes as the other patrons left. He turned his lights on, then off, wipers on then off. He started to pull forward into the grass, then stopped. Finally, when he was the last car, he pulled out onto the road and started to drive away.
Hidrent was waiting for this moment, with small quantities of spittle seeping from the corner of his mouth. Somewhat trembling, he turned on his siren, hit the lights and pulled the man over. He administered the Breathalyzer test, and to his great surprise the scum Baggs blew a 0.00! Hidrent was dumbfounded! "This equipment must be broken!" exclaimed Hidrent.
"I doubt it," said Baggs, "Tonight I'm the Designated Decoy!"
Yet another low-life, deadbeat Sandstone criminal, showing absolutely NO respect for the law!
Saturday, June 03, 2006
There was a problem at the funeral, however, that everyone should be aware of - MPR: A quiet standoff at Fargo soldier's funeral. It seems there is a hate group from Kansas who make it a point to visit funerals of these fallen patriots and protest them for their sins. This protest group from Kansas is The Westboro Baptist Church. The church claims the death of our American Soldiers is divine retribution from God for America's tolerance of homosexuality. I am not making this up, this group is really wacko! The banner on their web page states "God Hates Fags" - http://www.godhatesfags.com/main/index.html. Now, I will be blunt. No political correctness bullshit on this site. I am not a fan of these deviants, either. Not in any way whatsoever. This church, however, is carrying this much too far. Their web site is filled with material such as, "Here are your typical fag-ass American Soldiers". I hope you are getting mad. I am steaming. I do not like homosexuals but, to list our American Soldiers as typically 'fag-ass' bothers me to no end. Yes, they publish this garbage and a whole lot more vile stuff. To protest at a funeral is plainly disgusting, anyway. This is a pure example of low-life at it's finest.
All is not bad, though. Another group called The Patriot Guard Riders http://www.patriotguard.org/ showed up at the funeral, also. This honorable group of motorcycle riders make it a point to show up at these funerals (only when requested by the family) to be a buffer between the dirtbag protesters and those in mourning. I can not say enough good things about The Patriot Guard Riders. They make it clear that they themselves are not protesters. They are there simply to honor America's fallen heroes and, as stated earlier, to buffer the mourning family from improper intrusion. If ever you see this group or any member thereof you should shake their hands and thank them for the greatness that they do. I love these guys.
Below is what they have posted on their site. I do not post this to infringe on them in anyway and if any member of their group wants me to delete this from here I will do so immediately. I post this in honor of what they do and what they stand for. Thank You patriots.
Why Do We Ride?
PGR Member Laurel B. Dinsmore May 8, 2006
Why do we do this, you ask?
Why bother to stand out in wind and rain for someone unknown?
Why do we ride through torrents chilled to the bone?
The answer is simple: "Because, Never Again!"
Never again will they return home in shame,
Never again will wearing their uniform cause them pain.
Never again will we forget why they serve.
No, Never Again.
But still I hear you say "Why does it matter to you?"
your brothers, your sisters,
your father, your mother."
War is a sad time for many; it is sad but true.
So, why do you gather in the gap between their families and their foes?
The answer is simple: "Because, Never Again!"
Never again will grieving parents, families and friends alone bear mourning's toil.
Never again will hard-won freedom of speech be used to debase and destroy.
Never again will their sacrifice be dishonored upon their home soil.
No, Never Again.
Why do we gather, why do we ride?
Why travel this country far and wide?
We remember our grandfathers, fathers, brothers and others yet to come.
We stand proud through tears reflecting their courage and pride.
Because, Never Again.
That's why we ride.
Written in memory of:
Henry C. Barrows ~ Army, WWI (Great-Uncle)
Cecil A. Bray ~ Army paratrooper, WWII (Father)
In honor of:
Garrett C. Bray ~ Navy, Viet Nam (Brother)
Donald A. Dinsmore ~ Marines & Army (Husband)
All Patriot Guard Members
Laurel B. Dinsmore May 8, 2006
The effectiveness of this group is amazing. When the evil 'Westboro Baptist Church' found out that the heroic 'Patriot Guard Riders' were going to make an appearance at the funeral they quickly backed down. Only a handful of the 'evils' showed up. Over 150 Patriot Guard Riders made an appearance. You got to love it.
God bless Michael Hermanson and all his comrades. God bless all members of The Patriot Guard Riders. Don't forget - if ever given the honor of running into any of these individuals - thank them and let them know how much they are appreciated.
Today, the Kansas protesters plan to bring their signs to the funeral of Marine Lance Cpl. Robert Posivio in Welcome, Minnesota. I am sure the patriots will be their, also, to show their respects. Amen, brother. My gratitude and blessing to this family, also.
The Sandstone County Sheriffs Department has officially released some details of their new investment plan. This plan was pre-viewed last week by the department employees and their reception to the plan was mild, at best. In order to relieve some of the apprehension shown by said employees we have been asked to publish the plan here and outline some of the advantages of this new investment strategy. If read carefully, everyone should now see the wisdom of scrapping the old investment stratagem and replacing it with this more modern (and probably more lucrative) approach to investing your monies.
New Investment Plan: If you bought $1000 of Nortel stock a year ago, it would now be worth $49. With Enron, you would have $16.50 left of the original $1,000. With WorldCom, you would have less than $5 left. Now, if you bought $1,000 worth of Coors Light (the beer, not the stock) over the past year, drank all the beer, then turned in the cans for the aluminum recycling price, you would have $214. Based on these figures, the counties current investment advice is to drink heavily and recycle. Also, for the first week of the program the county will be matching all employee aluminum contributions one-for-one so get some heavy drinking in now, if you can. This is Sandstone Counties official new retirement program. Invest wisely.
If any county employees have further questions on the new 401Keg, they may call the HR Department during the normal business hours on Wednesday between 11:30 am and 12:30 pm (excluding the lunch hour). If we do not hear from you by this coming Monday we will assume active participation and immediately terminate your old retirement account.
Thursday, June 01, 2006
While traveling on Interstate 35 through Sandstone County I came up behind a semi pulling a flat bed trailer. The trailer was fully loaded with concrete cinder blocks wrapped in plastic. On the rearmost pallet someone had spray painted the message, "No baby on board, take your best shot." I thought it was pretty humorous so I'm sharing it here. I wish I could have gotten a picture.