Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Music - Avicii

Avicii - Levels

YouTube Rewind 2011
Ultimate Dog Tease, Talking Twin Babies, The Force: Volkswagen Commercial, etc

I also like:
Avicii - Fade Into Darkness (Official Vocal Edit)

Both 2011 songs.

Tim Bergling (b. 8 Sep 1989)
Known professionally as Avicii, Tim Berg, The Phoenix, Lois C, and Tom Hangs.
A Swedish DJ, remixer, and record producer.

Bounce Pop-up Flash and Bokeh Kit

Photos above from photojojo.

dig photo school

Bookmarked these items and plan to buy them eventually.
Blog for reference.
I did not know a person could bounce pop-up flash. Sounds like it would be a very weak flash, though, and not sure how well it would work. I'd like to try it.

Photojojo links:

Bokeh Kit
Bokeh Kit

Popu up flash bounce
Bounce Pop-up Flash
(SLRs only)
Works on my XSi Canon
Manual Mode
ISO 800
Widest Aperture (Lowest number)
Shutter Speed 1/200 - 1/160
Set Flash On
Set Flash Exposure Compensation up
Flash set to TTL metering (Thru The Lens)

I'm not familiar with TTL. Will have to look that up in my manual.

Golden Eagle

We heard about snowy owls in the area (active during daytime) so we went for a drive.
No snowy owls, but what do we have here?

A golden eagle.
Location near the Missouri river.
He seemed kinda scraggly; made me think he was a juvenile.

Didn't get any clear photos.
We returned to the area next day and didn't see anything.


Tuesday, December 13, 2011


Can't find this on my blog, so post again.


The ones I wanted:
Scala & Kolacny Brothers
Jose Gonzalez
The Knife

Date Night

reddit (13Dec11)
reddit2 (31May10)

Open Browser
Tab 1
Tab 2
Tab 3

Music is:
Turnabout Jazz Soul - Track 8 - Godot - The Fragrance of Dark Coffee

New InkJet Wireless Printer

My new printer (supposed to use less ink):
Kodak ESP C315 Wireless Color Printer with Scanner & Copier
(Was $79.00)

I followed the setup instructions without problems.
I had to install the print driver from the CD.
The CD just spun and spun in the drive and would not install.
So I googled the driver, downloaded from the Net and installed without problems.
It also prompted me for a firmware update, so I installed that as well.
(Note: It's easier/faster to google it instead of trying to find it at the Kodak website.)

I've copied, scanned, printed photos, printed text and I like the printer.
Printer menu is easy to figure out and navigate.
Later, I made changes to my network and had to uninstall and reinstall printer driver/software before it would work on my new wireless network setup.

More Links:

Manual pdf
Ink Cartridges
(Was $27.98)

I think the 3 sheets 4x6 sampler pack (6657217) photo paper I got with the printer is this type:
Kodak Ultra Premium Photo Paper, 4 x 6 Inches, High Gloss, 100 sheets (1833987)
Specifications: 74 lb. - 280 g/m² - 10 mil
Ideal for showcasing and framing
Heavy/thick paper

What the local stores have is:
"Photo Paper"
Specifications: 48 lb. - 180 g/m² - 6.5 mil
Perfect for everyday printing
Thin but adequate for my needs
100 sheets currently cost $6.95 at Amazon.

There's also something in between those two:
Specifications: 66 lb. - 250 g/m² - 8.5 mil
Ideal for photo albums and sharing

Paper grade/weight Specs at:

Saturday, December 03, 2011

Sunday, November 27, 2011


Good album!
Ceremonials (16 tracks total.)
Florence + The Machine

uk album has acoustic versions of some of the songs. (20 tracks total.)
17. Landscape
18. Heartlines (Acoustic)
19. Shake It Out (Acoustic)
20. Breaking Down (Acoustic)

Favs (YouTube):
No Light, No Light
Shake It Out
Heartlines vs Heartlines Acoustic
Bedroom Hymns

Grooveshark links:
Green River Ordinance

Breaking Dawn 1 Soundtrack
1. A Thousand Years, by Christina Perri (I also like the song Distance by Christina Perri.)
2. Requiem On Water, by Imperial Mammoth
3. Northern Lights, by Cider Sky

Here's a couple of Enrique Iglesias songs I've been listening to:
I Like How It Feels
Enrique Iglesias

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Give Me Something To Listen To
I tried the music category.

Who Is Singing Me Lullabies?
Interesting story

Quantum Cello
Cellist Zoe Keating
Wow, that first piece of cello music is fabulous! Crank up the sound when she starts playing.
The song is on her 2010 album, Into The Trees, and the title is Escape Artist.
Listen to it at her website.

Loved the photo of her with the cello on her back.
Found the Flickr link at her website.
Zoe by Nadya Lev
shoot for Coilhouse magazine

See Also:
Her secret is in how she constructs her songs. Keating uses computer software to record sounds and musical phrases as she plays them on her one instrument.

Watch her play it at:
(Wired exclusive performance.)
1 May 2009

Zoë Keating (b. 2 Feb 1972)
Canadian-born cellist and composer based in San Francisco, California.
Zoë's self-produced album One Cello x 16: Natoma has four times made it to #1 on the iTunes classical charts.

So then, I checked the classical billboard charts
And found this
2CELLOS (Sulic & Hauser) - Smooth Criminal

and this
2CELLOS Cover Nirvana Classic "Smells Like Teen Spirit" Live On SiriusXM Pops
That was great, lol.
(There's one at their VEVO page too, but I like this one better.)

2Cellos (stylized 2CELLOS) is a cello duo consisting of Croatia/Slovene cellists Luka Šulić and Stjepan Hauser.

The Downy and The Goldenrod

I found an interesting tidbit about the downy woodpecker and the goldenrod plant.
Both are common/abundant in North Dakota, so maybe I'll get a chance to photograph them together some day.
The article said "Canada" goldenrod?
(Mag quote: "It attacks two species within the Canada goldenrod complex almost exclusively.")

Winter Treat For Downies
Birdwatching magazine December 2011 issue

See also:

Here's a photo of a downy I took recently in November 2011.

Blogged previously here.
The hairy woodpecker looks very similar but is bigger.

Here's a photo of goldenrod I took in August 2011, which is the month it is plentiful all over the state.
Not sure if it's Canada goldenrod.

Blogged previously here.

There are 5 kinds of goldenrod in North Dakota.
Asteraceae (The Aster Family)


Goldenrod Bonus

From the same issue Birdwatching magazine:
ID Tips for the Pine Siskin
Peregrine Falcon vs. Snowy Owl

Robert Burns

Robert Burns (b. 25 Jan 1759 – d. 21 Jul 1796)
Died at the age of 37.

Burns statue in Dorchester Square, Montréal, Québec (wiki):

Red Red Rose wiki
Burns worked for the final ten years of his life on projects to preserve traditional Scottish songs for the future. In all, Burns had a hand in preserving over 300 songs for posterity, the most famous being "Auld Lang Syne".

Burns referred to it (Red Red Rose) as a "simple old Scots song which I had picked up in the country."

Red Red Rose
Sung by Andy M. Stewart

Music, quote from archive:
Songs with the melodies (music)

Auld Lang Syne
The Cast, Scottish folk group

Robert Burns - Documentary (Part 1 of 9) The People's Poet

Robert Burns

creator:"Burns, Robert, 1759-1796"

Michel de Montaigne

28 Feb 1533 – 13 Sep 1592
Lord Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

One of the most influential writers of the French Renaissance.
Known for popularising the essay as a literary genre.
Popularly thought of as the father of Modern Skepticism.

Photo from Flickr (creative commons):
This statue stands in front of the Sorbonne university in Paris.
Paris 2006 Set
Paris 2009 Set

Wherever your life ends, it is all there.
The advantage of living is not measured by length,
but by use;
some men have lived long,
and lived little;
attend to it while you are in it.

It lies in your will,
not in the number of years,
for you to have lived enough.

Michel de Montaigne (1533–1592), French essayist. "That to Philosophize Is to Learn to Die," The Essays (Les Essais), bk. I, ch. 20, Abel Langelier, Paris (1595).

Essays (Gutenberg)
Wherever your life ends, it is all there.
The utility of living consists not in the length of days,
but in the use of time;
a man may have lived long,
and yet lived but a little.
Make use of time while it is present with you.
It depends upon your will,
and not upon the number of days,
to have a sufficient length of life.

NOTE: I guess the translator makes a difference, huh. I liked the 1st translation (from wiki) the best. - Creator vs subject:
creator: Michel de Montaigne
subject: Montaigne, Michel de, 1533-1592

Cafe - Movie

So there is almost nothing online about this movie.
I didn't think it was *that* bad. lol
It's different.
I bought the DVD for $10.00 at Target or WalMart.

There's a long list of song credits at the end of the movie.
The two I wanted were:

Gone Away From Me
By Ray LaMontagne
Movie Scene - Dancing in the Cafe

Not the Real Thing
By Teddy Goldstein
Movie Scene - Song is played at the end of the movie.
amazon single
amazon Backseat Album

review (theological themes)

Saturday, November 05, 2011

Bald Eagle Juvenile

Along the Missouri again, same area as the previous mature bald eagle photo.

The regal head:

Jules Verne EBooks


(Edits mine.)

Jules Gabriel Verne (b. 8 Feb 1828 - d. 24 Mar 1905)
A French author who pioneered the science fiction genre.
He is best known for:
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1870)
A Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864)
Around the World in Eighty Days (1873)

Dug up the epub ebooks from mobileread forum. Sometimes those are formatted better.

Verne, Jules:
Five Weeks In A Balloon
A Journey to the Interior of the Earth
See also:
Comic Book Journey to the Center of the Earth

The Mysterious Island
MobileRead Note: A loose sequel to "20,000 Leagues Under the Seas", "The Mysterious Island" tells the story of 5 men who crash-land on an uninhabited Pacific island after their balloon is caught in a hurricane. Starting with almost no resources, the book tells how they build "civilisation" from nothing. But the island has a mysterious secret...This is one of my favourite Verne novels.

An Antarctic Mystery
Around the World in 80 Days
The Adventures of a Special Correspondent
20,000 Leagues Under the Seas
The Moon Voyage
MobileRead Note: Verne's two classic books "From the Earth to the Moon" and its sequel, "Around the Moon", in a single volume.

The Blockade Runners

In Search of the Castaways

(Illustrations, Edits mine.)

My Note: This is the one I was particularly interested in.
MobileRead Note: A chance discovery of a partially illegible message in a bottle found in a shark's stomach leads to a search for shipwrecked sailors across South America, Australia, and New Zealand (the message specified the latitude, but not the longitude of the shipwreck) with numerous adventures en-route. Basically, it's a travelogue with adventures thrown in.
The characters in this book were very popular, and Verne re-introduced them in "The Mysterious Island", which is itself a sequel to "20,000 Leagues Under the Seas", so ideally this book should be read in between "20,000 Leagues Under the Seas" and "The Mysterious Island".

Jules Verne:

Monday, October 31, 2011

William Butler Yeats

Digging around in archives again.

I like this poem:

By William Butler Yeats (b. 13 Jun 1865 – d. 28 Jan 1939)

Photo from wiki
(Edits mine.)

W B Yeats - Collected Poems, 1889-1939

W.B. Yeats; a critical study (1915)

Yeats, W. B. (William Butler)

mobileread forum lrf
Yeats, William Butler: Collected Poems
(Calibre can convert lrf to epub.)

A Little Excitement Saturday

So we had a little excitement Saturday...

On a trail by the Missouri.

Here's a favorite inflight photo:

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)
The bald eagle is uncommon in North Dakota and is usually seen along the Missouri River in late fall/early winter and in the spring during migration to its northern breeding grounds.
Bald eagles do not acquire their white-colored head and tail until about 4 years of age.
The bald eagle feeds primarily on fish.

Feb 2010 NDOutdoors magazine:
listed here
Nesting in Numbers - Active Bald Eagle Nests Up in ND - Feb 2010 - (330Kb PDF)
pdf direct link
It wasn’t until the mid-2000s that the number of nesting eagles climbed in North Dakota.
To date, North Dakota Game and Fish Department biologists have logged 103 individual nest sites, some of which are no longer in use because the trees have fallen or the eagles abandoned the sites.
In 2009, Game and Fish biologists estimated that 66 nests were occupied by bald eagles, though not all eagle nest sites were visited and verified. Bald eagle nests have now been reported in 29 of 53 North Dakota counties.

Cornell has some good juvenile photos alongside the golden eagle for comparison.
I'd love to get photos of the golden eagle too.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Road Less Traveled

Some recent photos of a trail along the Missouri river after the summer flood.

Some of the trees had water marks almost 6 feet high.
At one point the trail just disappeared. Washed away as if it never existed.

How about a tune with that.
I like this song.
Road Less Traveled
By George Strait
Country genre, not something I usually go for.

George Harvey Strait (b. 18 May 1952)
American country music singer, actor, and music producer.
Strait is referred to as the "King of Country," and critics call Strait a living legend.
George Strait holds the world record for more number-one hit singles than any other artist in the history of music on any chart or in any genre, having recorded 57 number-one hit singles as of 2010.
He eloped with his high school sweetheart, Norma in 1971.
In 1981, Strait and Norma welcomed son George Strait, Jr., known as "Bubba."
Their daughter Jenifer was killed in an automobile accident in San Marcos, Texas, on June 25, 1986, at the age of 13.

Album Nov 2001

At grooveshark:
Road Less Traveled
George Strait

There's a road, a winding road that never ends
Full of curves, lessons learned at every bend
Goin's rough, unlike the straight and narrow
It's for those, those who go against the grain
Have no fear, dare to dream of a change
Live to march, to the beat of a different drummer
And it all might come together
And it all might unraveled
On the road less traveled

For the road less traveled ain't for the faint of heart
For those who choose to play it safe and never stray too far
Me I want to live my life and one day leave my mark
And it all might come together
And it all might come unraveled
On the road less traveled

I've chosen a pathway I may not endure
One thing's for certain nothing for sure
And it all might come together
Or it all might come unraveled
On the road less traveled

For the road less traveled ain't for the faint of heart
For those who choose to play it safe and never stray too far
Me I want to live my life and some day leave my mark
And it all might come together
Or it all come unraveled
On the road less traveled

And it all might come together
Or it all come unraveled
On the road less traveled

There's a road, a winding road that never ends...

Amur Maples

I think these are Amur Maples.
They sure are pretty this year.

Lots of trees still have green leaves right now, which is unusual for our area.

Amur maple (Acer ginnala)


google images

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Sunrise Moon Nature Show

In the East - fabulous sunrise:

With the tele:

In the West - moon in trees:

I like how the tree branches seem to be holding up the moon.

Moon in clouds:

Moon again:

October's full moon is called Hunter's Moon.
Googling tells me it's supposed to be the smallest full moon of the year 2011, or furthest away from the earth.
Well, it was really beaming forth into the window right before the sun came up. Hard to ignore.

The Call of the Wild - Robert Service Poem

Dug this out of the public domain archives, so I'll post the links and poem here.

Photos from:
(Edits mine.)

Robert W. Service poetry at:

Poem images from:
archive sourdough
(Edits mine.)

mobileread forum epub
Service, Robert W: Songs of a Sourdough

Larry Beck recites the poem:
He goes a little too fast, but pretty good overall.
"The poem, written by Robert Service, is performed by Alaska's Ambassador of Good Will, Larry Beck (1935-1990)."
"Though Service never got to Alaska, his poetry describes all the regions of Alaska and the Yukon."

Here's a song of the poem - eh:
Eldorado Gene - Robert Service Call of the Wild Gold Prospecting Placer Mining
Music by Ronald Eugene Ralph.

Photo Walk

Some photos I like from a photo walk.

(Continuing the into the sun tall tree shadows photography study.)

Red Admiral Butterfly. I like the angle and the wood texture background. I thought it might be unusual to see butterflies this late in the autumn? Captured another one on camera but could not positively identify.


Swarms of noisy Sandhill Cranes (Grus canadensis) passed over our place yesterday (12 Oct 11).
North Dakota is on their migration route.

First the V:

Then the swarms:

This is the closest one captured: