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The Lowdown On Photographs And Aspect Ratios

Robert Crumb - Is That me? OMG It Is

Homage To Robert Crumb - The Greatest

Wordpress 3.0 Menus, Thesis Menus, and 'Page Links To'

I found a message on the Codex page this morning while looking for a page that shows the new features of Wordpress 3.0.
In large red print the message states: "Temporarily, new account creation is suspended while developers work to combat spammers. Please check back later!"
I tried to log in but couldn't on that page, but was able to do so via the forum page and I was able to find the page that lists the features of WordPress 3.0 - it's at
The third in the list of 'highlights' states:
"New custom menu management feature, allows creation of custom menus combining posts, pages, categories, tags, and links for use in theme menus or widgets."
I use the Thesis theme in several of my sites and I notice now that under Appearance > Menu in WP Admin, it says "The current theme does not natively support menus, but you can use the “Custom Menu” widget to add any menus you create here to the theme…

Bees Kept in Urban Areas Escape CCD #bees

via Guardian Article Suggests Bees Kept in Urban Areas Escape CCD - If this is correct then cellphone towers are unlikely to be the cause of CCD, no? Posted via email from hotpixel

Birch Trees

Sarnath – Where Buddha Taught

Inside A Poppy

Congressman Steny Hoyer #Bees

Colony Collapse Disorder of Bees
President's Budget Request: $500,000
Beltsville Agricultural Research Center
10300 Baltimore Blvd, Beltsville, MD 20705The President's budget request seeks to address Colony Collapse Disorder - a major agricultural concern as certain crops can only be pollinated by honey bees.   The research to be conducted will focus on the role of pathogens and other stress factors such as pesticides and mitigating their effects.  This is a good use of taxpayer funds because it seeks to control or eliminate colony collapse disorder which has the potential to significantly impact our domestic food supply and damage our agricultural economy.via From Congressman Hoyer's Biography page:
Congressman Hoyer is recognized as an effective leader by Members on both sides of the aisle. He is the former Chairman of the Helsinki Commission and is widely regarded as a champion on human and civil rights. He is perhaps best known for guiding the landm…

Garry Winogrand Self Portrait

Who is the Minister of Mines in Afghanistan

Who is the Minister of Mines in Afghanistan:
Is it Mr. Muhammad Ibrahim Adel as described in the Afghan Embassy web page here:

Or is it Mr H.E. Wahidullah Shahrani - which the news report from Yahoo News and Associated Press suggests at

But which does not agree with the page for Mr Adel at the Afghan Embassy site, which states that it is being updated...

The Yahoo Page: By DEB RIECHMANN and AMIR SHAH, Associated Press Writer – 2 hrs 6 mins ago

KABUL, Afghanistan – Afghanistan's untapped mineral wealth is worth at least $3 trillion — triple a U.S. estimate, according to the government's top mining official, who is going to Britain next week to attract investors to mine one of the world's largest iron ore deposits in the war-torn nation. Geologists have known for decades that Afghanistan has vast deposits of iron, cop…

Curtis Botanical Images - The University of Iowa Libraries

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Transcendentalism | Ralph Waldo Emmerson, Margaret Fuller, Henry David Thoreau

The formation of the movement was in 1836 with the establishment of the Transcendental Club of Boston, Massachusetts. "Transcendentalism... maintains that man has ideas, that come not through the five senses, or the powers of reasoning, but are either the result of direct revelation from God, his immediate inspiration, or his immanent presence in the spiritual world," and "it asserts that man has something besides the body of flesh, a spiritual body, with senses to perceive what is true, and right and beautiful, and a natural love for these, as the body for its food."... who opposed Unitarianism because it was based on the sensationalism of John Locke which "insisted that only that knowledge which could be demonstrated to the senses was valid." Emerson claimed this amounted to "'a cold intellectualism' that seemed to destroy the validity of man's conscience."via Posted via web from hotpixel

The Chautauqua Movement

via Zen and The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: I would like to use the time to talk in some depth about things that seem important. What is in mind is a sort of Chautauqua — that´s the only name that I can think of for it — like the traveling tent-show Chautauquas that used to move across America, […] an old-time series of popular talks intended to edify and entertain, improve the mind and bring culture and enlightenment to the ears and thoughts of the hearer. ( Pirsig, p.17) Posted via web from hotpixel

The Eye Has It

Dartmoor Ponies Photograph

Trip to Dartmoor was wonderful - beautiful rounded hills rolling into one another then giving way to the moors and sheep and ponies and wind and mist and freedom!Posted via email from hotpixel

Patio Furniture is #8 in 'Trending Now' in Yahoo

Donkey Foal | Dartmoor

BP bankruptcy ahead? Rivals 'licking their chops'

Some have wondered whether BP can financially survive the disaster in the Gulf. Sure, the oil giant is a diverse, international money-making machine, but the Guardian reported Monday that BP had already spent $1.25 billion seven weeks into the oil spill, with no clear end in sight. The company will be dealing with an avalanche of lawsuits for years (a New Orleans attorney told me she expects that some local law school grads will spend the bulk of their careers working on spill-related cases) and the company's stock recently nose-dived. In spite of all this, BP CEO Tony Hayward has repeatedly insisted that his company will see the disaster through until the Gulf Coast is "made whole" again.

But New York Times financial reporter >Andrew Ross Sorkin notes that many industry watchers doubt BP can survive. Rivals Exxon and Shell are already circling like buzzards in anticipation that the company may stagger into oblivion. Or, as Sorkin puts it....via Brett Mich…

Many Gulf federal judges have oil links - Associated Press

By CURT ANDERSON, AP Legal Affairs Writer Curt Anderson, Ap Legal Affairs Writer – Sun Jun 6, 2:03 pm ET MIAMI – More than half of the federal judges in districts where the bulk of Gulf oil spill-related lawsuits are pending have financial connections to the oil and gas industry, complicating the task of finding judges without conflicts to hear the cases, an Associated Press analysis of judicial financial disclosure reports shows.Thirty-seven of the 64 active or senior judges in key Gulf Coast districts in Louisiana, Texas, Alabama, Mississippi and Florida have links to oil, gas and related energy industries, including some who own stocks or bonds in BP PLC, Halliburton or Transocean — and others who regularly... READ MORE AT: Posted via web from hotpixel

Best Focal Lengths For Portrait Lenses — Photograph Works

What lens should I use for taking a portrait photograph of someone’s face? You will see this question asked time and time again by aspiring photographers. The reason it is asked is that they often don’t have long enough lenses and are disappointed when they use short focal length lenses. Or they can’t believe it is a good idea to step back and use a long focal length lens.I took this photograph of a young Asian woman with a 105mm lens on a DX camera. That is equivalent to a lens with a focal length of 157.5mm in full frame. That is not a short focal length lens. read the rest of this article at Posted via web from hotpixel

Reblogging, Advertising, Wordpress, and Blogger

Buzz Speaks
Last December there was an article in the Official Buzz From Blogger describing how Blogger was enabling easy integration with Google AdSense and with Amazon Associates.

I didn't pay much attention at the time because the Blogger templates were so rudimentary that my Blogger blog was languishing in the back of my mental 'cupboard under the stairs' - the one that has all the things in it that I mean to clear up one day.

Yes, I know that there are people outside Google who were (and are) designing templates and I tried a few. Maybe it was the cheapskate in me, but I only tried the free ones.

However, every time I looked under the hood to take a peek at the code, there would be something in the layout that made me want to back off. You may have had a different experience, but that's where I was.

Since then however, Blogger has introduced Blogger in Draft with a whole raft of new and better templates. This blog uses one of the new templates and I think it is pr… | online storage re-imagined

via I see that notices about DMCA infringement can be sent to at
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If I didn't feel angry about the oil spill before, I do now after seeing this