It’s No Big Deal

People that know me understand that I am kind and generous. People that don’t know me see that kindness and generosity as reflecting on their lack of same. I have been bedeviled my entire life by stupid, poorly motivated and mean-spirited people who return my good works with spit. I’m too old for that now.

Now, I am pushing back in the only way I know how — with words. Words meant to shame and ridicule and to demean those who have treated me in the same way. I have never done this before as I was raised to look at the good in people and not the bad. Enough.

I have never been physical with anyone, have no police record, none, never owned a gun, don’t have one now, and my last traffic ticket was over twenty years ago. I am not a threat to anyone, unless you mean a threat in words. That’s all I have and that is all I will ever use. Only stupid people resort to violence in a society of laws like ours. And I am not stupid. Trust me, I know stupid. I’ve been dealing with stupid people my whole life. And I have never called them that before. Not anymore.

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Working the Problem

Tribute poster to the old Cal-Neva at Lake Tahoe. Original photo by Don Dondero.

First attempt. Nice border, the rest a mess of repeated cuts and pastes.

Getting closer Left lapel still a mess.

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A Few Seconds of a Nevada Wild Horse

This would have been better had I filmed in with my 4K camcorder. But that’s bulky and I don’t carry it when I hike. But, the iPhone does not have the resolution of my Canon (think number of pixels) nor does it store data fast enough to capture it all when shooting. That’s the real reason for 4K and 8K, huge file sizes but enough pixels captured to zoom in or go slo-mo when editing.


Leopard Skin Pill Box Hat Performed by Beck (slightly changed repost)


Posted on Jun 21, 2022

June 25, 2022. Google has not yet linked this profile site to my primary site. Go here for my primary site:

Leopard Skin Pill Box Hat by Bob Dylan

Dylan wrote a great song but didn’t put great music to it. Beck put great music to it. This is the value of collaboration, past or present.

Well I, see you got your
Brand new leopard-skin pill-box hat
Yes I, see you got your
Brand new leopard-skin pill-box hat
Well, you must tell me, baby how your
Head feels under somethin’ like that
Under your brand new leopard-skin pill-box hat

Well you, look so pretty in it
Honey, can I jump on it sometime?
Yes, I just wanna see
If it’s really that expensive kind
You know it balances on your head just like a
Mattress balances on a bottle of wine
Your brand new leopard-skin pill-box hat

Well if you, wanna see the sun rise
Honey, I know where
We’ll go out and see it sometime
We’ll both just sit there and stare
Me with my belt wrapped around my head
And you just sittin’ there
In your brand new leopard-skin pill-box hat

Well, I asked the doctor if I could see you
It’s bad for your health, he said
Yes, I disobeyed his orders
I came to see you
But I found him there instead
You know, I don’t mind him cheatin’ on me
But I sure wish he’d take that off his head
Your brand new leopard-skin pill-box hat.

Well, I see you got a new boyfriend
You know, I never seen him before
Well, I saw him
Makin’ love to you
You forgot to close the garage door
You might think he loves you for your money
But I know what he really loves you for
It’s your brand new leopard-skin pill-box hat.

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Once Again, The Failure of Writing Assessment Tests


Posted on Jun 21, 2022

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I am so sick of writing about this.

Online business writing, like writing for magazines and newspapers, must be clear and straightforward. There is no reason to dive deep into a grammatical problem like these tests want you to. None. Recast the sentence. Eliminate the problem with simpler language. Don’t try to rehab it! Get rid of it.

Seven years ago I started writing and editing part-time for Infocus in Vancouver. Know what my writing test was? First, they paid me for my time, and second, my assignment took over 11 hours to complete. That’s a writing test. All this other stuff is crap.

All the employer wants is a score, any score, on a piece of paper so they can eliminate you in favor of another person who survived their made up bilge. Good luck to both of you. Not!

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Writing assessment tests have no relevance, none, to online business writing under deadline. These tests are always scraps of SAT prep materials or old college grammar questions. You should never be penalized for failing to solve a problem that should have never existed in the first place. And, an employer (or their third party contractor) will never tell you what guide they are using to make their decisions nor will they let you argue about other constructions.

Of, course, most companies hiring this way have no idea of what CMOS or AP mean. Also, much of this is the job of the editor or the person who assigned the work and not the writer. The writer’s job is to provide something in substantial compliance with the requirements given and to always make deadline. If they hand in something difficult, well, it happens. The editor fixes it. Just don’t expect the writer or the editor to be Fowler, even if these nonsensical tests want them to be.

And by the way, Fowler let people disagree with him on many things. Not so these idiots.


Big Doings at My New Art Site


Posted on Jun 21, 2022

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Update: Having a terrible time with redirects. Maybe later this week. URL below probably not working.

It’s under construction, of course, but it will become a nice dumping ground for all of my still images and videos and thoughts on same.

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Lost in Translation

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A Plea for Tolerance

I’m a serious person so I have a serious tone. That is now a problem.

We have today an enormous amount of people who can’t support their argument with facts so they focus instead on the way the other person is delivering theirs.

Ben Shapiro is a great example.

Rarely wrong on the facts, people instead attack his tone. Tone? Really? That’s all you have?

Since Ben is a public figure, no one can accuse him of threatening the other person. But since most conversations are private, these poor, limited, and feeble minded people are now fighting back against strong argument by calling law enforcement. “His remarks are troubling, his tone threatening. Please come out and talk to him.”

The wrong tone means you are confrontational, confrontational means violence, violence means guns, guns means killing people.

The wrong tone will get you put in jail. In California and Nevada, a police officer at his or her discretion can put you into a hospital for a 72 hour psychiatric hold without ever having to arrest or charge you. Just because you have the wrong tone.

What they will say with a wink and a smile is this, “We think you are so upset about this matter (name the problem that some idiot who can’t argue called you out on) that we worry you will kill yourself. For your own safety, we are getting you committed.” And that’s it. It’s the ideal way to punish someone whose acts don’t rise to criminality but which the police officer and that snowflake finds offensive.

As for me, personally, I am sixty-four years old and have never been arrested and have absolutely no police record. My last traffic ticket was over twenty years ago. I have never owned a gun and I don’t own one now. I am not a registered gun owner. But none of that matters. It’s easier to lock a person up than to try to understand them.

Watch what you say these days. It doesn’t matter what is right or what the facts are. You have to have the right tone.