Planning – QOTD (Quote of the Day)

“Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now.”

Alan Lakei


Commitment – QOTD (Quote of the Day)

“The relationship between commitment and doubt is by no means an antagonistic one. Commitment is healthiest when it’s not without doubt but in spite of doubt.”

Dr Rollo May

Awards – QOTD (Quote of the Day)

Friendships are born on the field of athletic strife and the real gold of competition. Awards become corroded, friends gather no dust.

Jesse Owens

Memory – QOTD (Quote of the Day)

“it’s a poor sort of memory that only works backwards,” says the White Queen to Alice.”

Lewis Carroll

The FTC is Amazing…

Not everyone believes that the media journalists are just the pets of the “establishment”.  The theory is that access is traded for favorable stories.  If you write a bad story, you are excluded.  I like to think that many journalists are proud of their heritage as ‘truth-seekers’.  I’m sure that journalists cover a broad spectrum, from dependent to independent.  The question is always “Cui Bono“?   I’ll have a future post on that question – I think it is the most important question you can ask. It is not the only question.

But along comes the FCC to try to make “approved” journalism more profitable.  Did journalism exist before the FTC?  I’ll have to research that.  We must ask “cui bono”?  The answer seems obvious.

Patrick Henry – The Best Biography

The best biography I have ever read about Patrick Henry was written by Moses Coit Tyler over 100 years ago.  You can find the biography of Patrick Henry on Project Gutenberg.  If you prefer the hardcopy – you can find it at

Is a UV filter a good idea for your lenses?

I was on the fence before.  I’m not anymore.  Over Memorial Day weekend we went to an amusement park. Although I have a camera backpack – I rarely use it.  It provides great protection but it is cumbersome.  I can’t carry anything else (water or snacks) in the same pack.  And it SCREAMS Photographer – when I am often just trying to enjoy myself.  So normally I just put my camera in a backpack and wrap it in a spare t-shirt.   I was taking pictures of one of those log rides and I looked at my lens to see if it was wet.  This is what I saw:

My UV Lens

Luckily this is not an expensive UV Filter – only about $20 if I remember correctly.  I prefer to have my in-expensive UV filter cracked, rather than my $750 Expensive Lens. Another note – this occurred with the lens cap on.  Here is a closer look:

Closer look at crack

I suppose someone could learn another lesson from this – use the camera bag.  But I not going to do that.  For now I am going to keep these nice cheap UV filters on all my lenses.