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Fun with a slow shutter speed (1/25th sec.):


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The Book Corner / Re: First Reads -- June 2018
« on: June 04, 2018, 06:55:51 AM »
...It doesn't help Thinnest Air's case that there's no way to "look inside" the book - but who knows, they might add that before the end of the month, like they did with the last bunch....

Can you download a sample on Kindle First selections?

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The Book Corner / Re: First Reads -- June 2018
« on: June 01, 2018, 06:49:54 AM »
"Book Club Fiction" is a category?  ::)

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A great egret shows its different approach to fishing.




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Awesome osprey assault:






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Had a line of pretty strong thunderstorms pass through yesterday after work. This is a shot of the tail end after they'd gone through, and the setting sun was lighting them up from behind me.



(Also one of my first shots with my new wide-angle (11-16mm) lens.)

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Having not read any of the original Bond stories/books, would either of you recommend From Russia with Love as a starting point OR one of his other works? I'm a huge fan of the films (especially the modern renditions, which is probably blasphemy...), so I'd be game to give the books a try.

It's been a few decades now, but my fuzzy recollections would lead me to suggest Casino Royale as possibly the best entry point of the handful I've read. (It's definitely not like the Woody Allen/Peter Sellers version. ;) )

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I have not read that one, but I did read a number of his Bond novels back in the day. Anyone who has only seen the movies should give at least one of them a try, just to see how different they are. :)

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Not Quite Kindle / Re: Someone hold me down please
« on: May 08, 2018, 02:12:16 PM »
A good friend of mine has Celiac, and is the sort of person who enjoys baking. I know she often uses some sort of rice flour (may have some other types of non-gluten flour mixed in?) and has made many baked goods that I found delicious. Sometimes the texture is just a bit different, but she's gotten pretty good at it (and maybe the non-gluten ingredients have, too, with all the non-Celiac people these days who think they should avoid gluten, too). I believe she often adds more liquids and maybe things like molasses to make up for the glutinous contribution the gluten makes? Anyway, I'll be seeing her this weekend, I think, if you'd like me to ask for any recipes, websites, whatever she might suggest.

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Moon shot with my 500mm lens:


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These little tree swallows are pretty and are amazing fliers, catching flying insects in the air.


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The Book Corner / Re: Amazon First Reads -- May 2018
« on: May 01, 2018, 01:22:50 PM »
As usual for me...


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The KBoards Photo Gallery / Re: A picture is worth 10,000 words.....
« on: April 24, 2018, 01:46:08 PM »
Sandpipers are cool (IMHO).


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Not Quite Kindle / Re: Curious About KBoard History
« on: April 22, 2018, 04:58:28 PM »
PS: I'm not blaming the authors -- just that for whatever reason, as the author traffic went up, the reader traffic went down. It may be coincidence, it may be cause and effect, or it may be some of each. I'm just personally only interested in what used to be here from a reader-centric viewpoint but has since greatly dwindled.

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...
Test2 flickr
https://www.flickr.com/gp/153874770@N07/08BM8F


For flickr, select the photo you want to view on the Flickr site, then click the "share photo" icon (bent arrow). In the pop-up window, select the BBCode tab, then select the desired size. Copy the resultant bbcode text and paste it here, and you're good to go.

IMG_0223 colour and lighting changes blue resize by Lauren Frost, on Flickr

(I usually delete everything after the first closing "/url" tag in order to remove that trailing text link. :) )

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Not Quite Kindle / Re: Curious About KBoard History
« on: April 22, 2018, 09:43:12 AM »
KBoards started out as KindleBoards, but at some point Amazon made the owner change its name.

When I joined a bunch of years ago, it was a highly interactive place for Kindle users to learn more about Kindles and other e-readers and to find things to read on them. A few early-adopter authors joined, and eventually started their own discussions about e-publishing.

Now the forum has pretty much [d]evolved to an author-centric meeting place to discuss and complain about the business of self-publishing. It seems most of my fellow readers have moved on to other pastures, and I just drop in occasionally to see what some of my old friends here are up to.

I suspect my days here are limited. :(

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The KBoards Photo Gallery / Re: A picture is worth 10,000 words.....
« on: April 20, 2018, 11:58:56 AM »
I'm in Pittsburgh for a work-related conference (RailsConf). They have several metal bridges painted yellow.

They have ducks in Pittsburgh, too.


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The KBoards Photo Gallery / Re: A picture is worth 10,000 words.....
« on: April 18, 2018, 05:47:01 PM »
I'm in Pittsburgh for a work-related conference (RailsConf). They have several metal bridges painted yellow.


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The KBoards Photo Gallery / Re: A picture is worth 10,000 words.....
« on: April 14, 2018, 06:03:22 PM »
Couldn't get an unobstructed view of this guy, but still a pretty cool pic. I'd guess his shell was around 5-6 inches long.


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The Book Corner / Re: how to motivate kids to read?
« on: April 12, 2018, 02:24:04 PM »
Hmm...I'm pretty sure my love of reading was instilled way before that, and it was simply because I grew up with parents and an older sister who were always reading something, so I just assumed that's what people do. :)

If they're not interested in reading now, I'm not sure how to instill it at this point. But if they enjoy reading but don't make the time for it, then maybe find some sort of reading club (in real life or on-line) with readers of similar ages and interests that they could join. You know: get that peer-pressure thing going? ;) It might also help them discover books they'd really be interested in, perhaps.

Anyway, that's all hypothetical on my part, so take it with several grains of salt.

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The KBoards Photo Gallery / Re: A picture is worth 10,000 words.....
« on: April 08, 2018, 06:01:17 PM »
This belted kingfisher (I think?) patiently posed for me today.


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Not Quite Kindle / Re: Just adopted an Australian Cattle Dog and...
« on: April 06, 2018, 08:00:38 AM »
Took him to the vet today, just got him yesterday, but figured since they were so short on money that he probably needed shots and stuff and he did.  They said he's one of the happiest Australian cattle dogs they ever met.  So yeah, he's pretty sweet, just a little wild and needs to learn not to jump on people.  The previous owners said he would eat anything and was super destructive but I think they just didn't give him enough to do.  It was to the point they had to have surgery to remove PVC pipe from his intestines.  He seems happy here, though, and not chewing on anything yet.

Yeah, if the herding aspect is strong in him (it wasn't in Noggin, but he was only half ACD), he'll want a job to do, and otherwise will get bored. :)

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Not Quite Kindle / Re: Just adopted an Australian Cattle Dog and...
« on: April 05, 2018, 08:57:05 PM »
 :)

I'm sure Noggin would have loved to meet him. My cousin had a black Lab named Andy who was as sweet a dog as I've ever met.

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Not Quite Kindle / Re: What are you listening to?
« on: April 01, 2018, 07:40:43 PM »
These guys do another great Chicago cover...

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kQ1llzPiB4" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kQ1llzPiB4</a>

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