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Models in the Wilderness
Models in the Wilderness

This past weekend was an interesting experience as I got work with three different models up in the Mount Hood National Wilderness using my newly purchased Elinchrom Ranger portable studio flash system. While the focus was on getting experience with the new equipment and putting it through its paces there was definitely a fun element […]

Southeast PDX Murals, Graffiti, and More
Southeast PDX Murals, Graffiti, and More

Murals are increasingly becoming a popular tactic for cleaning up graffiti covered areas of cities, but they have other impacts as well.  One of the earliest mural projects was started in 1984 in Philadelphia by Murals Arts.  Originally a government supported organization, the project took off and is now supported exclusively through volunteers and donations.  […]

Pictures of the Apartment

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Skit about Nerf weapons beautifully explains Nuclear Arms race

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The Internet and its affect on Marketing
The Internet and its affect on Marketing

I find it amazing how little large companies understand the shift of communications in the last few years because of the Internet and the affect on Marketing.  Here is a copy of examples…

“I wasn’t on the moon in 1969 and neither were you.”
"I wasn't on the moon in 1969 and neither were you."

I like this producer’s take on people claiming that the Apollo Moon landings were faked.  He is calm, collected, has simple facts that anyone can follow, and most of all, knowledgeable about production possibilities during the time.

The Psychology of Magic
The Psychology of Magic

The Smithsonian has a nice piece written by Teller (of Penn and Teller) about the psychology of magic.  A little short, but good enough to get you thinking, and remind you about those cognitive distortions you may have forgotten. Découvrez notre sélection de produits à petits prix VitaBeast 10 x Capsules – Complément alimentaires […]

A quick word about speaker wire.
A quick word about speaker wire.

Getting my audio setup going here in the Netherlands and had to buy some speaker wire.  Just a reminder that the only thing that matters is the diameter of the wire vs the length of the run.  Don’t fall for fancy marketing gimmicks and buy stupidly expensive wire!  Here is the technical details if you […]

Wall Street Journal article complaining about new tax increases on "families"
Wall Street Journal article complaining about new tax increases on "families"

So the WSJ is actually publishing an article complaining about how the taxes that got increased actually apply to more than the wealthiest 1%.  Specifically they are complaining about several increases to “families” making $250,000+ and are actually making them out to be hidden: “So, a couple with three children and adjusted gross income of […]

eBook reader and 1 – 3 book recommendations by me and you

If your friend just got an eBook reader and were going to recommend 1 – 3 books on it. Which books would you recommend and why? I will start: 1) The Art of Happiness (Riverhead, 1998, ISBN 1-57322-111-2) No other book has made such a powerful impact on myself and others. Even if you don’t […]

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I'm moving to the Netherlands NOT Holland!

While a few people seem to know the difference, I am a bit confused as to why some people keep thinking I am moving to Holland.  Perhaps this video will help to avoid the confusion, or maybe just add to it.   Scanning with 16fdg-pet is also a biologic clock be easily deter- with a […]

A Message by George Carlin

There a great number of people that have had wise words and insights over the years.  Besides prominent leaders such as the religious figures, politicians, and philosophers, there are creative artists that are able to craft their words and share equally powerful thoughts and ideas.  The problem is that often their words are not heard as they […]


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Compassionate Critters

In a recent study, psychologists sought to find out if a rat would assist another rat that was trapped in a confined box.  They tested it in various situations including ones where the rats were not united after being freed.  They found that the the rescue would be done quickly regardless of the reward.  They […]

How long does your mobile phone provider store your text messages?

I had just always assumed that mobile phone operators kept a log of every text message you send or receive on your phone. This might not be true. 

Phone not working!

My phone isn’t working at the moment as I port my phone number to Google Voice.  If you need to get a hold of me, email, or contact through this site is the best.  Hope to have this fixed soon!

Hollowing Out America

This article does a pretty good job of paint the bleak picture of the past quarter century in the United States. If you are not depressed after reading this, then you are not paying attention.

Taming Wall Street

I have always thought that a return to a per-transaction tax on Wall Street was a great idea.  After all, isn’t that how they make their money off their customers?

Just called popular…

I was just called “popular” by someone. I don’t think I have ever been associated with this term before, and I certainly don’t feel popular. I always felt like the odd man out.

FDA recalls drug after 5 years of side-effects and approval without testing.

This is really scary, and yet not surprising.   Apparently the FDA approved a generic version of Wellbutrine XL 5 years ago.  This generic version came in both 150mg and 300mg versions.  Immediately after patients started to use the generic version of this popular drug, complaints of side-effects and ineffectiveness started rolling in for the […]

New Site Design!

I have been reading quite a bit about what photo editors and buyers look for in Photography website designs and wanted to try and incorporate some of that research into my website. I decided I wanted to try and make a much cleaner site design that focuses on my photographic work. The idea is a […]

Portfolio Shoot – Chase
Portfolio Shoot - Chase

Did another portfolio shoot for a local aspiring model. Chase was a lot of fun to work with and brought along his own entourage. I always encourage new models to bring along some friends as it helps them to relax and that is what allows the pictures to flow. Ended up with too many good […]

It’s official! Two day workshop with Joe McNally, July 31st/Aug 1st

It’s official! Joe McNally is coming to Portland, Oregon this summer to teach a two day intensive workshop on July 31st, August 1st. This workshop is going to be amazing, and is limited to just 15 people to give you a chance to have personal instruction and practice with Joe. Instruction will be split between […]

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