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Life in the Northwest

A little StarLight Photography

With all the hopes of seeing the aurora borealis over Renton last night, I thought I would try my luck at a little starlight photography, so to speak. Taking pictures at night can be tricky, especially when you are trying to take pictures of astronomical events. Unfortunately, the aurora borealis never appeared. Probably because of the light pollution coming from Seattle, Bellevue, and Renton, and maybe a bright and almost full moon had something to do with it. But the night was not a total loss, because I started to figure out how to use my DSLR camera to shoot the stars. Continue reading

The Pacific Northwest from the International Space Station

This is a great picture taken by Astronaut Reid Wiseman from the International Space Station as it flew over the Pacific Northwest. I am not sure when this picture was taken, but that it was taken recently, I am sure. Seattle is near the center of this picture. Continue reading

My thoughts – On raising the minimum wage in Seattle to $15.00

 

Should there be a $15.00 minimum wage in Washington? Sure, absolutely, and immediately or as quickly as possible. But the minimum wage should not be increased to $15.00 across the board. There are certain industries, such as fast food and convenience stores that are designed around entry-level employees. These are jobs for high-school students who are entering the job market; that’s what they were intended for, and I think a rate of $7-$10 dollars an hour is appropriate. But other jobs that currently pay minimum wage require professional skill, and should be required to pay a… Continue reading

Supermoon – August 10, 2014

The moon showed big and bright over Renton Washington last night. Called the Supermoon because it’s closest distance to the earth, 31,000 miles closer in its elliptical orbit of 253,000 miles from the earth.

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This is my home. It is precious to me

While I am not an environmental extremist, I do believe that we must take responsibility for the damage we are causing our planet. We have to change our way of thinking and start pushing for change. Continue reading

A very cool play of light and shadow

I was on the Microsoft Campus in Redmond this week interviewing for a job, and I saw this design, actually, I am not sure what you call this style of art.  I have never seen anything quite like this, something that uses light and shadow and objects of different size or dimension to create a shadow sculpture.  What does it say to me? I see letters and numbers scattered on a wall, but in the mind of a human being, they make everything that defines us.

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I would like to know who the artist is. If anyone knows, let me know! 😉

In Memory of the Greatest Seahawk Fans I Have Ever Known

My Grandparents are the most loyal Seahawk fans I have ever known. Through the good times and the bad times, their pride in the Seahawks never wavered. In fact, in true 12th man spirit, the worse things got, the louder they got. Sadly, they both passed away before ever seeing the Seahawks win a Super Bowl Championship. So, on behalf of my Grandparents, I am going to watch the Super Bowl for them. And I hope, in some way, that they know it, and they get to see their favorite team win the Super Bowl.

 

 

 

Greatest Vacation Ever!

Take one man coming up on his 48th birthday, add a ten-day vacation, and a mountain bike and the Pacific ocean, and what do you get?  498 miles of the greatest vacation ever!  It took almost a year of planning and training , and a few trial runs to work out the bugs,  but it was so worth it!

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My trip started out in Renton Washington, and took me through places like  Centralia,   South Bend and Long Beach Washington, to Astoria Oregon  and then finally Seaside Oregon. And then back all… Continue reading

International Women’s Day 2013

International Women's Day 2013

Today is International Women’s day, and I salute all of the women around the world who fought for equality for women. It has been a long road for women, who until the early 1900’s weren’t even considered real citizens in the United States. Women were treated more like property than like human beings. Women couldn’t vote, few could own property or business, and they were discouraged from seeking a higher education and encouraged to be housewives or work in roles of servitude. It’s been a long and difficult struggle towards equal rights in this man’s world, but… Continue reading

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year world! Here’s wishing all of us around the world health and happiness. Let’s really try to put aside our differences and embrace our common grounds. Let’s open our hearts and resources to help someone in need. And let’s work hard to make this amazing little planet a better place for all creatures great and small.

2012 was a good year. We saw our economy pick up, jobs are coming back, and all in all it’s a little easier to live in the Northwest. 2012 brought a few changes in my life. I left my… Continue reading

For foster kids, the holidays can be especially hard -Treehouse For Kids

For kids living in foster care the holidays can be an emotional and confusing time. Many worry about whether they will get to see their parents or their siblings. Most wonder whether they are valued and loved. Foster children ask themselves: “Will there be a holiday gift for me?”

That’s why Treehouse needs your help to make sure foster kids have new toys and warm winter clothes this holiday season.

Throughout the coming year, more than 5,000 foster kids will turn to Treehouse to help them succeed in school, meet key material needs, and to provide childhood… Continue reading

Seattle Businesses hacked because of inadequate protection

 Network SecurityRecently, the wireless networks of  53 Seattle businesses were infiltrated by three hackers using a variety of methods ranging from techniques like wardriving ( actually going around scouting out wireless networks with weak security) to physically breaking into some of the businesses and stealing computer equipment and using it to gain access into the networks and collect data. Most of these businesses have one thing in common that made them attractive targets for these thieves, inadequate security in their network and infrastructure.

The thieves hacked e-mail servers and other equipment, and used it to infiltrate… Continue reading

Seattlescape from Kerry Park, May 26, 2012

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My daughter and I went bike riding yesterday around Greenlake. After which, we headed up to Queen Anne to find Kerry Park, which is a beautiful vantage point for taking pictures of Seattle and the bay. The picture below is a panoramic stitched together from pictures we shot from Kerry Park. Continue reading

Video: The Kids at Seattle Children’s Hospital Performing Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger”

Seattle Children's Hospital is a special place where in the face of illness and death, they radiate courage and hope, and they get great results. Some of the kids and staff in the Hem/Oncology floor put together this great video to Kelly Clarkson's song "Stronger" I dare you to watch it and not be touched by it. Continue reading

Road Trip to California

From time to time, the company I work for will send me out on projects for our clients. Up to now, all the locations I have been sent to have been in the state of Washington. This time however, I was asked to drive down to Oregon to pick up some equipment and take it to southern California.

To me, it sounded like a perfect opportunity to take some pictures, so I happily accepted. One thing I always bring with me on these assignments is my camera kit, a Sony DSLR and a few nice  … Continue reading

Pictures of the Harrington Square fire In Renton, June 30, 2009

Photographs of the Harrington Square Fire, July 30, 2009, Renton, Washington Continue reading

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