Monday, May 18, 2009

Namibia Wildlife

Last week I had a brief opportunity between the completion of business meetings and catching the plane back to Europe to visit Okapuka Game Reserve, 30 minutes north of Windhoek. What a pleasure!

I had carried my Nikkor 300mm f4 lens with me "just in case" and it proved to have been worthwhile (even if it did garner the attention of security personnel at Frankfurt Airport).

Here is a link to the Flickr Slide Show of 29 photos.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Should I throw in the towel?

A quick look at Blogger statistics reveals that I have posted 996 times to this blog since 2003.

I thought I would be looking forward to reaching a major milestone but in fact I am not. I might just be getting bored with the whole internet thing. Twitter doesn't interest me at all, and maybe the entire social thing is not what I need. Flickr has been a great influence on my life but even there I am finding it difficult to stay tuned and involved.

I am trying new avenues and for a short while now the member-only has kept me informed on what is going on in North American train circles. But I again feel no compulsion to get involved in a big, lasting way. A useful resource for things I want to do but not something I want to devote a lot of my time to in "giving back". That last sentence sounds very selfish to me.

I have a number of features running in parallel at the moment. Too many, perhaps.

I am seriously thinking about dropping out of Flickr when the membership renewal comes up.

I am seriously thinking about dropping, or at least mothballing, this blog.

The focalplane pages I maintain have not been receiving enough care and attention and there is a backlog of material I don't have time to add. There is no reason for them to disappear altogether.

I would like to expand on my "Snaps and Crackles with Pops" blog, dedicated to the grandkids.

So, should I throw in the towel?

Book recommendations to put on your expenses

I have been following, at a distance, the Daily Telegraph's campaign that has exposed the ugly side of the "Mother of all Parliaments", also known as the Palace of Westminster. It would seem that the MP's Expenses exposé has awakened a sleeping giant otherwise known as the electorate.

Some essential reading for these troubled times:

Animal Farm, by George Orwell

1984, also by George Orwell

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

These tomes (well, Animal Farm is actually a very short read) all dwell on the premise that power corrupts. Furthermore, those in power will also do almost anything to maintain their status quo, including passing laws that keep them in power to the detriment of the people they are supposed to represent and serve.

As Yogi Berra might say "It's like déjà vu all over again."

National Train Day

This link includes a slide show of hundreds of photos taken at and near Portland Station, Oregon the other weekend. Southern Pacific GS-4 "Daylight" No. 4449 figures prominently; it was the star attraction.