I Love TypePad AntiSpam

Saturday, 31 May 2008 | Blog, Internet

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I love the new TypePad Antispam and I hate blog spam. Blog spam is so pervasive and one of the things I like least about blogging. But now the good folks at TypePad have provided faithful Movable Type users with a weapon to fight against unwanted comments. So, goodbye to spam and welcome to desired comments! :)

TypePad AntiSpam is already built into TypePad, but they have versions for Movable Type like I'm using and WordPress too. I've been using it for a day now and it's working just great. And the best part is it is free.

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Anna's Tulips for 2008

Thursday, 22 May 2008 | Friends

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My friend Anna adores tulips. On Mother's Day her son or daughter customarily send her a bouquet of tulips for Mother's Day. This year Christine sent these stunning pink and white tipped tulips. I love to capture the beauty of Anna's flowers so she can enjoy them long after they're wilted and gone.

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Heather's Senior Portraits at UCR

Wednesday, 21 May 2008 | Family, Friends, Photography

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On Sunday, Erin and I went to the University of California at Riverside to take some senior portraits for a wonderful young lady, Heather. A coworker or mine, Sharon, arranged for the photo shoot. Heather is the girlfriend of Sharon's son, Matt. It was the first time I had met Heather. She was so fun to work with. She seemed a bit reserved at first, but later relaxed once she began to feel more comfortable with me. It was a very hot day; a near record setting high of 102 degeees for that day in May. It's funny, but you can't even tell it was so warm by looking at the picture of Heather above. Photographs often hide the true environment.

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After the photo session, we all went to the Old Spaghetti Factory in Riverside for lunch. We were all very thirsty and hungry. This restaurant is a converted orange packing plant. It's decorated with Victorian style furniture and lighting. I love the collection of vintage looking chandeliers.

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Blue Whale at Aquarium of the Pacific

Wednesday, 21 May 2008 | Photography

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My Blue Whale photo will be featured in a special edition 10th Anniversary 19-month calendar for the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach.

I took this photograph on a Flickr meet at the Aquarium. I'm so honored they want to use it for their calendar and can't wait to see the final product. I like this photograph, but I remember being very frustrated that day because only a handful of images turned out well. It was difficult photographing the aquarium because of the crowds and the dim lighting. I'll definitely be going back armed with my D3 and its low light magic.

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I Love Big Atomic Clocks

Tuesday, 20 May 2008 | Daily, Electronics

I bought a digital wall clock this evening at Costco. It's one of those digital clocks that synchronizes with the U.S. atomic clock, so it's accurate to within a second at all times. The idea of a clock that is spot on accurate thrills me in a geeky way. Add to that the fact I don't have to Spring it forward or Fall it back and I'm one happy and content puppy. :)

Oh, and this one has readings for month, day day of week, ambient temperature AND time. I think it's telling of my age, but I what I love the most are the HUMONGOUS 3.75 inch numbers for the time readout. It's the large print version of wall clocks. ;)

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