Finding and reporting Banded Brown Pelicans (and other birds)

One of the things I keep an eye out for when I'm in the field birdwatching or doing photography are tagged birds. I typically find one or two a year, although I once had four. Why? Those tags are part of research programs for people trying to study and understand what...
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Some personal updates

It’s been a while since I’ve done a personal status report of sorts, so I figured now was as good a time as any… Overall, my state of mind seems mostly to be something like “Wait? How can it almost be October?”, but when I sit down and think about what I’ve gotten...
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Some recent Photography books I’ve read and how they’re changing my work

Books Discussed in this Article: Luong, Q.T.: Treasured Lands: A Photographic Odyssey Through America’s National Parks Wolfe, Art with Sheppard, Rob: Photographs from the Edge Rowell, Galen: Inner Game of Outdoor Photography duChemin, David: The Soul of the Camera...
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Apple Watch Sport Loop

I was going to write a piece on Apple's new Sport Loop, but Mikah Sargent at iMore wrote a really good one first. Please go read Apple Watch Sport Loop: an up close look at the new Midnight Blue band. I agree with everything he says. I picked up the black band, have...
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Snow Geese, Colusa National Wildlife Refuge

Ask any nature photographer about it, and they will tell you that one day, they wake up and look outside, and something about the air and the light tells them "fall is here". I had my "it's fall" moment this week, out doing some birdwatching with a group in Coyote...
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Lake Tahoe Retreats

I’m just back from a couple of days on the road, where I headed up to Lake Tahoe. The trip was really a way for me to simply break things up for a bit, unplug and reset, and get out of the familiar for a bit while trying to focus on some planning and a special...
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Quick thoughts on the Apple announcements

I’m not going to go in depth about the announcements from Apple this week, but I did want to touch on a couple of things. If you want more detailed coverage and haven’t already found it, I suggest Sixcolors, iMore, Daring Fireball, 512pixels and Macstories. There’s a...
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I found something about the iMac I don’t like

Since buying this new iMac 5K, I've been really happy with it. Yesterday, though, I ran into something I wasn't completely thrilled at. Getting ready to hop on a conference call, I fired up the built in camera, and... That's rather red and dark and, well, not awesome....
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Jerry Pournelle, RIP

The word is out tonight that we've lost Jerry Pournelle, age 84. All I can say is, well, dammit! Rest well, Jerry. Sad to hear but not surprised. There had been some quiet chatter I'd heard from people I know in SFWA that after his last stroke he'd gone downhill. I...
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Our Diet Guidelines are wrong: notes on the PURE study

A new major and important dietary study has been released. It’s called PURE, and I think it’s going to be a big factor in reshaping how we think about our diets. This isn’t the first time I’ve written on the subject (a good piece on my views is here) and won’t be the...
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Occam’s Fireaxe Podcast

 

Occam’s Fireaxe is a monthly podcast where I sit down and review two books for you in 30 minutes or less. Most of the books will be science fiction or fantasy, but I will occasionally sidetrack into history, biography or something off the wall that caught my eye. If you’re trying to find the next book to sit down and enjoy, Occam’s Fireaxe has my recommendations for you.