Friday, November 24, 2006

Yucca Flower



I took this shot of a dried yucca flower yesterday when hiking around my brother-in-law's house. He lives beside some rough park space with a fabulous view of Pikes Peak when you hike to the top of a hill. I created a photo set on Flickr with quite a few shots of the landscape.

There were hundreds of yuccas in this field. My brother-in-law tells me that when they flower, the whole field is turned white. I'd love to see it.

The shot above is licensed under an attribution, non-commercial, creative commons arrangement. If you want to use it, please feel free as long as it isn't for commercial purposes--attribute it to me, and let me know that you've done it.


I am trying out a service recommended by my friend Beth Kanter. She tells me that traffic to her site has increased significantly since starting to use the service.

My traffic has been fairly healthy, but pretty flat. It would be nice to tap into a new market.

MyBlogLog allows sets up the top links on your site, track traffic, join communities. It is essentially a social network of bloggers.

We'll see how it impacts my traffic. Thanks for the tip Beth!

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Happy American Thanksgiving

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This is probably my favourite American holiday. I hope all my American friends have a great day. My family will spend part of the day in Colorado Springs at my Brother in Law's house stuffing ourselves silly.

This photo belongs to *Sage* on Flickr and is made available under a Creative Commons License. Thank you for sharing!

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Flickr Photos

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I added about 300 photos to Flickr today. They are older photos of Vancouver, the Dogs, Butterflies, and an old truck.

This brings my flickr count up to 4183 photos, but not all are viewable by the general public.

"Don't Feed the Dolphins"

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I was driving to pick up my daughter from daycare today doing what I always do--listening to NPR. Most of the new was pretty depressing.

There was an article on the detainees at Guantanamo Bay--tapes have been released via the freedom of information act. Very depressing stuff.

There was, however, one little gem. Tom Waits has released a THREE CD album called "Orphans". Apparently it has old songs, new songs, and covers. The interview was wonderful with Tom. His usual strange quips like "Don't the dolphins" popped out here and there. It had me pretty much enthralled.

You can listen to the interview with Robert Siegel on the NPR article post.

I'm looking forward to buying the album.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Denver Sky

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I grabbed this picture with my Treo 650 this afternoon. The clouds were pretty amazing and were responsible for an eerie quality of light just before twilight. I wish I had brought my regular camera--the sight was amazing.

You have new Picture Mail!

Paula's Last x-ray

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You have new Picture Mail!

Well, Paula went into the ankle doctor today and was told:

1) No more brace!
2) No more appointments!
3) Keep doing physio!
4) The screw can stay in!

So, this is likely the last x-ray from this series. I'm glad that she's healing so well.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Friday in Vancouver

On Friday, my wife and daughter met me in Vancouver. After I finished Drupal training, I met them at the Georgia Court Hotel—a very confortable establishment—where we got squared away for the evening.

On Friday night, we went to my brotherr’s place for home-made pizza and then we headed off to his church for “Family Fun Night” which was involved a craft—banging nails into ice filled tin cans to create lanterns. I think that my daughter enjoyed the exercise and it gave her a chance to spend time with her cousins who are seven and three.

The next morning we slept in as late as possible and then joined my brother and his kids at a great kid’s book store on Broadway. We ended up buying more than we really expected and then went for sushi across the street. The street also had a great produce market.

Later in the afternoon we went to IKEA as there isn’t one close to us in Metro
Denver and again, spent more money than expected. Then again, we did get a chance to look a lighting fixture called “FARTYG” which made the excursion well worth while.

That evening we congregated for a steak dinner. Sean, my brother, has terrific butcher in his neighborhood so we got a nice cut of beef, some bread, and a couple of bottles of wine. We sat down to dinner with a whole load of folks:

My Wife
Our Daughter
My Brother
His Wife
His Son
His Daughter
My Dad
My Mom.

The kids had a blast playing in the evening. We got to the Radisson and had to get up at 4 am for a 7:05 flight. Ugh.

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