Google Transit Maps Could Get You Arrested?

Being the rookie plane spotter that I am, I have been using Google Lab's new Transit Maps to plot my way to Boeing Field and back. The results it gives me are very interesting.


First Snowshoe Experience

For as long as I have lived in the Pacific Northwest and as much as I enjoy hiking, its amazing it took me this long to strap on my first pair of snowshoes.


If Newbie Forums had Bestseller Lists

Bestselling Books as selected by readers of various photo forums on the Internet:

  • The Art of the Duck
  • Backyards: More is Less
  • Perfect Photos of Your Less-than-perfect Children
  • "What bird is this?" A Guide to the Most Common Birds Ever
  • Potrait or Mugshot: a Guide to Flash Photography
  • DOF explained: A guide to perfectly sharp,irrelevant, ugly backgrounds
  • Know Your Subject, Know You Suck


My White Whale

I don't consider myself a planespotter, at least not to the degree where I concern myself with tracking tail numbers and such, but I do enjoy sitting at the end of a runway snapping photos of airliners on approach. However, I have found myself a little obsessed with a certain aircraft, which made a recent appearance here in Seattle.I have seen glimpses of this aircraft at various times through the years, usually seeing it sitting down on the tarmac of Boeing field while I drive by on I-5 at 65mph up above.


Thoughts about the Ken Rockwell Facts

Now that the Ken Rockwell Facts post has sufficiently made the rounds, from to himself, its time to do a little reflecting on the whole thing.What I am most happy about is the fact that, like Chuck Norris, Ken has found the humor in the post. I was hoping to see that rather than a Cease and Desist order in my mailbox.


Another goofy experiment

The other day my son was showing me some of the new Pokémon cards he had traded at school. I noted to my wife how much a lot of the creature names sounded like prescription drug names (or vice versa). So the other day I was bored watching American Idol so I whipped together a silly quiz tool called Pokémon or Pill.


The Original Ken Rockwell Facts

For a couple long hours, the folks on's #photogeeks IRC channel dropped lines about Ken Rockwell, the photographer/blogger we love to hate.

We created these morsels along the same vein as the infamous Chuck Norris Facts, I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. Ken Rockwell Facts

Contributed by liem, Epic|, Fufie, michel_v, neom, Wintre, Bas|k, lament, mattsteg__ and pal.




The Amish have more fun

Jenn and I went to breakfast at our favorite little place near the house, which uses random coffee mugs from around the country. I noticed some strange things on my "Amish Country" mug that shed some light on the Amish culture. Or more confusion.First of all the front of the mug features 5 idyllic Amish scenes, captioned with "The Five B's of AMISH COUNTRY":




Why I love Washington

I've lived in Washington State my entire life. I've traveled and stayed for extended periods in various other regions of the US and I have never found a place as geologically diverse as Washington.


A tough shot

Its always good to challenge one's self with regards to a hobby or skill, so the other day I was put to the test with getting a full moon (the "Snow Moon" as they call it) juxtaposed with the iconic Space Needle. I saw the potential for the shot the morning before during my commute, so I planned to try to capture it the next day, which proved to be clear.


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