Self Reflection

There is a very fine line between brilliance and insanity…

Fitter, happier, more productive,
Not drinking too much,
Regular exercise at the gym
(Three days a week),
Getting on better with your associate employee contemporaries,
At ease,
Eating well
(No more microwave dinners and saturated fats),
A patient better driver,
A safer car
(Baby smiling in back seat),
Sleeping well
(No bad dreams),
No paranoia,
Careful to all animals
(Never washing spiders down the plughole),
Keep in contact with old friends
(Enjoy a drink now and then),
Will frequently check credit at (moral) bank (hole in the wall),
Favors for favors,
Fond but not in love,
Charity standing orders,
On Sundays ring road supermarket
(No killing moths or putting boiling water on the ants),
Car wash
(Also on Sundays),
No longer afraid of the dark or midday shadows
Nothing so ridiculously teenage and desperate,
Nothing so childish, at a better pace,
Slower and more calculated,
No chance of escape,
Now self-employed,
Concerned (but powerless),
An empowered and informed member of society
(Pragmatism not idealism),
Will not cry in public,
Less chance of illness,
Tires that grip in the wet
(Shot of baby strapped in back seat),
A good memory,
Still cries at a good film,
Still kisses with saliva,
No longer empty and frantic like a cat tied to a stick,
That’s driven into frozen winter shit
(The ability to laugh at weakness),
Healthier and more productive
A pig in a cage on antibiotics.

I just can’t get enough of radiohead.

Making Carbonless Fuel From Water

Here is a slow motion video cracking (electrolysis)  of water (H2O) into its constituent elements Hydrogen and Oxygen. A great carbonless fuel if someone ever figures out how to crack it more efficiently. The electrode is in saltwater and the electrodes have a potential of 12V drawing a current of 2A.

Just collect the hydrogen and compress it into a cylinder and wall-a! A carbon free emission automobile. Too bad it takes more energy to produce the hydrogen than you can possibly get out of it. It would be an act of insanity to do something like that, oh… wait a minute… that is also true for ethanol production for use in automobiles. ;-{

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After an extensive debate on YouTube a commenter decided to delete all of his comments that exemplify the ridiculousness and irrationality of how an idealist (liberal) argues. He obviously has been so humiliated that he had to remove the evidence of his stupidity. Here is a link to a copy of most of the exchange before he deleted it:


The bottom line is that this post displays the academic fallacy in that the academic and scientific communities have been nearly completely silent in that nearly all “green” energy sources cannot now, nor will ever be able to, produce wealth. Instead they consume wealth, as well as polluting more when you consider their entire processes, which is why they nearly all require government subsidies and artificial punitive penalties on those from which wealth can be created, mainly from fossil fuels and nuclear energy sources.

Sorry but throwing an exorbitant amounts of money to the “Big Government” research industry will not spontaneously produce a Mr. Fusion in which we can run our time traveling automobiles on empty beer cans an banana peels.

Smooth Waterfalls Without ND Filters

Here is another example of using multiple exposures to provide silky smooth waterfalls without using very dark, and potentially expensive, Neutral Density (ND) filters to allow for longer exposures. The following image was taken without any filters using the smallest ISO setting available of 50, 19mm focal length, f/8.0 for maximum resolution, and an exposure of 1/20s. While I do like the motion of the waterfall as is, the silky smooth effect possible by using ND filters can easily be replicated without using them.


By taking multiple exposures of the exact same perspective, tripod use is an absolute must, and then using Photoshop to mean stack them (File -> Scripts -> Statistics and then selecting Mean in the drop down menu) by loading the multiple image set and have Photoshop do all of the work for you. In this case I used fourteen images, the above  image is but one in  the set.

stats_mean_stack_psWhich is the better image? I like them both, this method simply adds an additional tool to the creative toolbox without requiring any additional hardware.

Taken at Ash River Falls near Voyageurs National Park.


A Beautiful Mother

Here are a really cool pair of images showing the sacrifice a good mother is willing to do for her young. Notice that she is creating a scene upon my arrival, she is quacking and splashing violently, drawing my attention away from her youngsters. Successfully, several hundred yards away, she is clearly upset but yet not actually escaping my presence, instead she is still drawing my attention away from her young. (notice her shit dropping in the second shot)

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Again, these images showcase the Nikon D3s and its capability for low light shots. This time about a half hour before sunset, but in heavily overcast skies and drizzle. Handheld with the 70-200mm f/2.8 lens with the 2.0x teleconverter at ISO 6400, 1/500s, f/8.0, focal length 340mm.

Taken in Voyageurs National Park, Sullivan Bay.

Nikon D3s at 128000 ISO

Here are a couple of images of a family of Canadian geese showing off Nikons D3s’s incredible low light capabilities. The first shot was taken handheld with a Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR lens with a 2.0 x teleconverter at 400mm and the widest aperture of f/5.6 and a shutter speed of 1/50s with the ISO setting to 128000 and using spot autofocus. Note that the grain and sharpness loss due to the wide open aperture. These were also taken under fairly dark twilight conditions twenty-five minutes after sunset. I had no expectations that they would turn out at all.



Nikon’s D3s is (was) the ultimate low-light high-gain capable commercial DSLR on the market. The next was taken at a focal length of 270mm. Taken in Voyageurs National Park, Lost Lake.