Tuesday, May 28, 2013


On Monday the 20th, I had an opportunity to head to a little bar next to the remains of Old Tiger Stadium called The Corktown Tavern. A friend of mine from high school, Marc, told me it would be more than acceptable if I brought my camera. So, in the unbearable heat of the second floor, I captured some pictures. Here's some shots of his band, Landstalker.

Drummers are a difficult capture when the stage is this small.

I had a great time! If you want more info on the band, please check them out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LandstalkerMusic. I am always making an effort to get out to more shows, but this is the first one I was able to bring my camera to since Dragon Wagon. I'll keep using the tag and bring along more soon.


Las Vegas!

On a recent weekend, my wife and I headed to Las Vegas with a few other couples. Everyone on the trip had been before, aside from myself, and I was astounded at the sheer volume of invented places -- made to be pleasing to the eye and inspire the further spending of money. I'd never experienced such luxury, and it took me a little time to stop asking why such things existed and just accept that they did. So, I took some pictures.

Waterfalls! They're everywhere! It gave me a lot of chances to practice blurring/sharpening the flow based on timing, but I'll just leave this here so that we don't have a post full of waterfalls.

One more won't hurt.

The Mirage! This is where we stayed. I had a beautiful view of the back of that weird dome.

The strip at night, taken from the dinner table.

First experience with Fried Chicken and Waffles at Hash House A Go-Go. Not the last.

Gondolas! Right in the middle of the mall shops within the Venetian! That's where I'll stay next time.

Anyway, we had a great time, and despite being a short weekend I was thoroughly introduced to the many things Vegas has to offer -- like not sleeping, and cover bands that are way too friendly. Fun!


Monday, May 13, 2013

Embrace your generation, I guess.

No photos of my own in this post -- just a capture from Google Maps.

So, I was reading the most recent issue of Time, and the cover story is all about The Me Generation; those terrible Millennials and their narcissism. I realize that I was born in 85, but I just seethe with anger at the younger end of my generation -- so far from Gen X and so unaware of a world without advanced internet. Students posting selfies all day ruin my mood. Why? If it happened during your class, you'd be upset too. But, anyway, to my point -- I was reading about the attitude of the generation, and I noticed something interesting: they have the technology, but they don't use it to broaden their horizions. I definitely do... don't I?

Oh goodness, I've only ever looked at my own houses on Google Maps, or the layout of a mini-mall to figure out which one was the chinese place I was heading. Satellites all over the place, and I can't take the time to explore? To figure out which country is where? I mean, I know a lot, but there are just things that I don't know and have to search more to find out. I'm a lifelong learner, so naturally I finally went and searched the globe for something I'd never seen before. This is what I found.

(image courtesy of Google Maps)

Kotelny Island, part of New Siberia. This island is on the northern coast of Russia! It has everything on it! Go find something cool, guys.

I'll post some photos soon. We went somewhere and I'll tell you all about it.