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2014 Week 22B/52: Tiananmen Square

Tiananmen Square-1

We are reliving the Goddess of Democracy for those who lost their lives 25 years ago on June 4th, 1989…


OTM – Twinkie the Kid – November 19, 2012

Hamvention-3, originally uploaded by spakulsk.

I shot this over a year ago. How fitting it is today to honor Twinkie the Kid!


OTM – Vote – November 5, 2012

Vote, originally uploaded by spakulsk.

Vote tomorrow. Wait in the big lines and do your part!


OTM – Vote! – August 6, 2012

Vote!, originally uploaded by spakulsk.

Okay a break from the other toys to give an important message. The minifigures and I plead that if you live in Wayne, Oakland or Macomb counties in Michigan please vote YES on the Art Institute Authority Millage, tomorrow August 7. I am a HUGE supporter of the DIA and this cultural gem in Detroit. The Millage is a bargain giving you free admission for 10 years! Vote YES to SAVE the Detroit Institute of Arts!


‘Tis the season…

‘Tis the season…, originally uploaded by spakulsk.

…for a yard full of giant inflatable Halloween decor…


Tigers!

Way to go tonight boys! I have to stray away from photography tonight because it’s nice to see Detroit beat those overpaid, underachieving Yankees. Nice win tonight!

 

 


Okay… so I’ll take the plunge…

Okay. So I will take the plunge and finally get a iPhone 4S. Why? Well, for the camera. Yes, the camera on a phone. Hmm. What is wrong with me? I guess not that much, the iPhone 4 takes some amazing photos and now with the f/ 2.4 lens on the iPhone 4S – that is just amazing! So it was the camera (and the fact that I’ll be able to play “Angry Birds”) to allow me to move up into the 21st century. Plus, I’ll get to use the light meter app for my film cameras. How much fun will that be? That and I will always have some sort of camera on me – since I always have my phone…

I made the decision well before the news of Steve Jobs today. May he rest in peace…


Goodbye Borders

Borders-13, originally uploaded by spakulsk.

Borders was a hometown favorite of ours. It was also a stop for Alyssa and I on our marathon first date (at the flagship store in Ann Arbor). It is with much sadness that the bookstores closed. We will miss Borders. It will not be the same without you…


Celebrate Diversity (re-post from September 11, 2010)

I thought a re-post of my post last year on this date is still relevant…

 

 

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Celebrate Diversity, originally uploaded by spakulsk.

On this the ninth anniversary of the attacks on New York, Washington and rural Pennsylvania; I find it disturbing with regards to the rhetoric that is pervasive right now. I’d like to remind everyone what it is to be American. To be American means freedom of speech and assembly. That Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

This means we are to accept the proposed Mosque in lower Manhattan. It’s at an abandoned and private building that stands blocks away from the former World Trade Center site. It is the constitutional right as private citizens to legally do what you want with your private property. That is what makes America the great country it is. It celebrates our diversity and our openness as a society to accept those of other beliefs, faiths, ideologies, orientations and acknowledge them as our neighbors. This discussion on the anti-establishment of the Mosque in lower Manhattan is silly and pointless. We are all Americans. We all have the right to be ourselves. We all have the right to build a Mosque, Synagogue, Mandir, Vihara, Temple or Church on private property. That private property’s relation to neighboring structures (past or present) is irrelevant…

On the same argument, Rev. Terry Jones has every right to burn copies of the Quran. I think it is highly distasteful and as a Christian, a very non-Christian thing to do. However, in freedom of speech; you have the right to burn the Quran. You have the right to burn the Bible. You have the right to burn the American flag. It’s all protected under our constitution. But one should be mindful of their actions. That Quran or Bible or flag has different meanings to different people. We should be respectful of our neighbors when we conjure thoughts of destruction of another’s symbolic item. Celebrate diversity. Do not fear your neighbor. Discuss our differences. Embrace what we have in common.


flickr’s geofence

flickr added a new feature today. It’s called geofences. The geofence protects your privacy for certain locations. Here I have set it up for my home. Only friends and family can see my actual home location inside the 2500 meter geofence. I like this feature. I shoot a lot at home – so some privacy is nice…