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Megan’s Recital

Megan’s school had a “Unified Arts Festival” last week where students got to show off their artistic talents in everything from woodworking to painting to singing. Near the end of the evening, they had a special recital for music students who take lessons outside the school.

Megan takes voice lessons, so she got to perform. She sang “Dream a Little Dream of Me.”

As a bonus, her voice teacher was wonderful enough to come to the event to accompany her!

Snow day

Snowed. Off work. Did this.

Snow Day Zombies

Downton Tabby

Some friends of mine who volunteer for the animal shelter Pets Alive, took a few days to get footage for a promotional video that mirrors the introduction to the show Downton Abbey. It’s been a huge hit and has been picked up by quite a few news outlets, so it’s getting international publicity, which is just fantastic! …not only for my friends, but for the animal shelter as well.

For comparison sake, here’s the opening to Downton Abbey…

And here’s the awesome Downton Tabby version!

Here are some of the news outlets that have featured it!

Entertainment Weekly

Huffington Post

Jezebel

USA Today

The Telegraph

AOL On

The Albatross

Boston.com

Feeding the Gulls

Megan and I went down to the Susquehanna on Saturday with a bag of stale Corn Chex and a bag of stale soft pretzel sticks to feed the gulls. They were very appreciative, noisy, and entertaining.

Troll in Snow

We got snow today. Work was closed. School was closed. The snow was perfectly packable… so Megan and I made this.

Snow Troll Head

We were going to make a snowman, but due to the size of the pile of snow we started with, the next part of the body would have required a snowball considerably larger than what would be considered… liftable.

This was cooler, anyway.

Increased absurdity

Huh?!?I didn’t think it was possible. I mean, Sarah Palin has pretty much been the definition of the phrase "inane absurdity" (I know that comes perilously close to being redundant) for well over half a decade*, but today she appeared on The Today Show and was briefly interviewed by Matt Lauer. She has a new book about the (fictitious) "War on Christmas" but he first asked her some questions about the health care law, Chris Christie, and general politics before getting to the book.

I’m almost sure there wasn’t a single thing she said that was not either blatantly false or patently absurd. I cannot fathom why… no… wait. I can fathom why this woman still has a public platform, but it pains me to think there are  enough people in this country to voluntarily and enthusiastically provide it for her. That so many either agree with or believe her is truly indicative of a sad state of affairs in this country.

If only McCain had chosen someone else.

* Palin would occasionally lend the definition to Michele Bachmann.

This picture is not representative…

I went paddling today on the Susquehanna River in the Lake Clarke area (above Safe Harbor Dam) in my new Boreal Design Epsilon P300. I knew it would be a bit windy, so I deliberately went to the river instead of a calmer and more sheltered area so I could play in some waves and get some practice handling the Epsilon in rougher conditions than a stiff breeze and sheltered lake could provide.

The calm before the stormWhen I launched around 11:00 am, there were some choppy waves, but nothing particularly dramatic. The wind was blowing down-river and that’s the direction I headed. The chop was minor but was picking up a bit, as I expected. I turned up Fishing Creek for a bit of introductory calm. That’s where I snapped the picture accompanying this post which, as the title indicates, is not representative of the rest of my time on the water.

Once I left the shelter of Fishing Creek and continued down-river, things got a bit more lively and the waves, coming from behind me at an angle, were big enough to break over my foredeck. I don’t want to say it was a struggle to maintain my course, but I had to work at  [...]

Photo Kayaking on Lake Redman

I went out on Lake Redman today with my good camera to try out some new kayaking dry-gear. Many photographs were taken (the new dry-gear worked almost perfectly). The gulls were out in force and I took quite a few shots, mostly of gulls on the water. I did, however, spend some time taking aerial shots of them.

It’s not an easy task (on a windy day) to sit in a kayak, point a camera (with a viewfinder) at the sky, keep your balance, and hold on to your paddle. I lucked out with this shot of a gull in flight.

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A few other favorites from the day are below.

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Kayaking on the Conestoga Creek

Megan and I went on a trip down the Conestoga Creek in Lancaster County. Shanks Mare Outfitters organized the trip and provided shuttle service and a great lunch. It was a bit chilly, but we all stayed warm and dry and had a great time paddling through beautiful countryside.

Sample pictures below. Click here for the full album.

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Lake Williams in the Morning

I managed to get out on Lake Williams around 8:00 this morning. I was the only boat on the water. The leaves have begun to turn to their Autumn colors and it was wonderfully peaceful.

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Flawless use of Willy Wonka footage

Jon Stewart, to the surprise of nobody, did a bit about the government shutdown issue, placing blame squarely where it’s deserved.

Making 100% valid points along the way (including a great capper at the end), Stewart shows a clip from the original Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory with a message to House Republicans from a small business owner.

The message is appropriate, but if you carry the reference too far, it would probably be better if the Republicans suffered the fate of Augustus Gloop, something that happened near the beginning of the chocolate factory tour, ensuring Augustus would not be causing trouble when matters of golden eggs and technology were in play.

Stewart backs it up with perfect driving and football analogies, though, so it’s all good.

 

Music’s Demo Reel

I shot this demo video of my sister’s horse, Music, so prospective buyers could see him in action.

Shot with a Kodak Playsport and Kodak Zi8 and edited with Adobe Premiere Elements.