And we’re back. A long trip, and I have to get right back to work Friday. I think I’ll parcel these out for a few days, but here are some highlights.
I’ve cropped and recropped this several times and can’t make up my mind — with or without the boat?
Another whale tail. Fluke, to be correct:
Feeding whales frequently attract seabirds, who scoop up the baitfish. These are Arctic terns. Again, can’t quite get the crop the way I want it:
Finally, a mountain walk near Akureyi. I was trying to get that clear-mountain-air/infinite-depth-of-field thing that makes such expeditions so memorable, like Julie Andrews singing in the Alps in the opening of “The Sound of Music,” y’know?
Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on June 16, 2016 at 9:00 pm
basset said on June 16, 2016 at 9:18 pm
With. Unless you have a banana for scale.
Deborah said on June 16, 2016 at 10:53 pm
Stunning photos, I take it they were taken with something besides an iPhone. I agree, with.
I’m back from the symphony, it was amazing. First the conductor Riccardo Muti came out and said a few words about what he called the “astonishing massacre in Orlando”. He asked everyone to stand silently before the performance. There was a guest violinist, Julia Fischer, a German woman who was one of the best violinists I’ve ever seen, she used her whole body, she appeared to be weeping while we were all standing. Muti had to wait a bit for her to compose herself, or at least that’s what appeared to be happening. The piece she played with the symphony was Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D Major, Op 61. When it was over the audience went nuts, clapping and clapping, a long standing ovation. She finally came out and played an encore, a Bach piece that I didn’t catch the name of because she said it without a microphone. I didn’t stay after intermission, they were playing Brahams and the violinists wasn’t playing anymore, it felt anticlimactic so I walked home. A beautiful cool, breezy evening.
Jolene said on June 16, 2016 at 11:54 pm
Sounds lovely, Deborah. I remember going to concerts at Orchestra Hall when I was in grad school at Northwestern years ago. Exquisite music and such a gorgeous venue.
susan said on June 17, 2016 at 1:24 am
Julie Andrews in the Alps…
adrianne said on June 17, 2016 at 5:37 am
Great pix, Nance! And welcome back to ‘Murica.
David C. said on June 17, 2016 at 6:10 am
Yes, welcome back. I wish we had taken better care of it while you were gone. You might have heard, it’s gone to hell in a handbag – again.
brian stouder said on June 17, 2016 at 8:09 am
Well, apropos of nothing, I’m looking forward to this weekend’s Formula One race at Baku City Circuit in Azerbaijan…!!
I’m not sure how long it would take me to find this on the globe…
Danny said on June 17, 2016 at 9:01 am
Sounds like you had an awesome trip, Nance. It’s definitely on my list now. But Mars may not be. Saw an article this morning of what Mars would smell like. Turns out, it smells like ass:
Morie suspects that the predominant Mars odor is a slightly acrid, gassy smell of sulfur compounds, with a chalky, sweet overtone punching through. This scent would become a big part of Red Planet settlers’ lives.
Deborah said on June 17, 2016 at 9:19 am
Holy cow Brian, driving at extremely high speeds around those curvy, tight streets… Scary.
Deborah said on June 17, 2016 at 9:32 am
Utterly tone deaf http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/republicans-muslims-lgbt-orlando-attack
basset said on June 17, 2016 at 9:42 am
Monaco’s been on the Formula 1 schedule for quite a few years, infrastructure has to be worlds better though. Formula 1 will put a race anywhere someone’s willing to pay their ridiculous fees.
brian stouder said on June 17, 2016 at 12:11 pm
Formula 1 will put a race anywhere someone’s willing to pay their ridiculous fees.
My understanding is that Basset’s statement is not 100% accurate; more like 128%.
And indeed, that is subject to change (upward) without notice!
Aside from that, I’ll skip all the easy puns, and hope for the best for Meatloaf – who isn’t that old…
Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on June 17, 2016 at 12:20 pm
That’s no way to pick your friends.
Dorothy said on June 17, 2016 at 12:28 pm
Hey Hoosiers, I am going to be in Indianapolis for four days/three nights starting next Saturday. My great niece and her teammates are playing in the National Volleyball Championships – she’s in the age 15 bracket. Letting you know in case any of you happen to be in town next weekend. I am committed to being at the volleyball matches, but Mike and I might be able to meet up for breakfast or something.
I’m glad you’re back, Nancy. The pictures have been so beautiful and hearing about your adventures was inspiring. All I have to look forward to is Indy, but I’ll take it. Anything out of the routine is always nice. Plus my brother Dave will be there, too (he lives in Chicago) – his granddaughter is the one playing volleyball. Some good family time (they live in Florida so we don’t see them often) will be had.
Suzanne said on June 17, 2016 at 12:36 pm
“…what Mars would smell like. Turns out, it smells like ass”
So glad I had not just taken a sip of something. It would have come squirting out my nose.
Little Bird said on June 17, 2016 at 1:43 pm
The words “ass” and “squirting” probably shouldn’t be used so close together…
brian stouder said on June 17, 2016 at 2:48 pm
Words to live by, indeed!
Scout said on June 17, 2016 at 3:46 pm
Great pictures. With what did you shoot? And I agree with the others, keep the boat.
nancy said on June 17, 2016 at 4:59 pm
A point-and-shoot Lumix. All the whale pix were straight-up hail Marys — point, shoot and pray.
Sherri said on June 17, 2016 at 4:01 pm
Just not this Ghostbusters movie: http://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/no-i-dont-dislike-the-new-ghostbusters-movie-because-i-hate-women-its-because-i-strongly-believe-in-hollywood-finance-reform
Danny said on June 17, 2016 at 4:46 pm
Yeah Sherri, I saw something a few weeks ago where a bunch of nerds were flipping out on some forum with all sorts of negativity towards this remake of Ghostbusters and I just did NOT get it. But a vision of a bunch of male geek misanthropes living in their parents’ basements did come to mind.
The original movies never thrilled me much and probably don’t really hold up well with the passage of time. this franchise was due for a refresh and the three lead actresses are brilliant comics. I think it will be worth a look. Plus they are bringing Sigourney back and she will always have a special place in my heart from the Alien franchise.
nancy said on June 17, 2016 at 4:58 pm
I will not be seeing the new “Ghostbusters.” I saw the old “Ghostbusters,” which was like eating a vending-size bag of potato chips — utterly forgettable, pleasant enough, forgotten 10 minutes after consumption.
But while we’re on the subject, let’s at least stipulate this: The new GB will almost certainly be cruder than the old GB. I had a Facebook chat with Michael Heaton, the Cleveland PD culture columnist, after he wrote an appalled review of “Neighbors 2,” the one where Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne move in next to a frat house (in the original) and a sorority house (in the sequel). He said it was almost unbelievably gross, and listed some of the laff moments:
“one year old baby brings mom’s big pink dildo with her everywhere and says ‘fuck.’ hilarious. …they showed a baby’s foot sticking out of a standing moms vagina as it is about to be born. shot from the back. zac efron shows his ball sack from a stage to a thousand girls and they all go wild. new father with boy says to new father with girl. ‘my son is going to bone your daughter'”
“The Nice Guys” came out around the same time. He said, “a porn producer watches one of his film while discussing anal sex w/ 13 yr old girl. she knows all about it.”
You all know I’m hardly a prude, but is there NO comedic territory between this and Woody Allen? I watched “Hail Caesar” on the plane and chuckled throughout, but mainly because I love George Clooney when he’s playing a dumbass, and I love the Coen Brothers’ visual style and the way they cast such interesting faces. But they’re way closer to Woody. Amy Schumer is crude, but smarter about it than most.
Sherri said on June 17, 2016 at 4:59 pm
The McSweeney’s article isn’t really about Ghostbusters, Danny.
MichaelG said on June 17, 2016 at 5:07 pm
Had an EKG and blood work this AM. Total time out of car, return to car, 30 minutes. I love Kaiser. Surgrey on Monday. My hair has grown back but is all curly. I look like one of those idiots who spent a zillion bucks on a perm.
Sherri said on June 17, 2016 at 5:22 pm
Amateur football gets more notice because of the concussion problem, so if you don’t follow sports closely, you may not be aware of what a moral cesspool amateur basketball is: http://thelab.bleacherreport.com/lost-in-america/
Sherri said on June 17, 2016 at 5:26 pm
MichaelG, I’m imagining Bert Convy’s hair! I hope your surgery goes well.
Danny said on June 17, 2016 at 5:35 pm
Sherri, thanks but I read the article and got the point. My point was that there is probably a strong correlation between the misogyny and the demographic of the fan-boys who are having a fit under the guise of “other reasons.”
Nance, you are so right that many modern “comedies” are over-the-top crude and terribly unfunny. We tried like one or two Melissa McCarthy comedies, and ended up turning them off after first two minutes. The one exception was an in-flight movie, Spy, that i caught coming back from Europe last year. It was pretty funny and not too crude. Adam Sandler’s recent one “Pixels” was good too and you could watch it with kids.
Deborah said on June 17, 2016 at 5:41 pm
Oh please tell me MichaelG, that it’s not like Richard Simmons. Thinking of you, good luck.
Deborah said on June 17, 2016 at 5:43 pm
Amy Schumer is crude but I like her. Especially her gun control efforts after that tragedy by another nut with a gun watching her movie.
Sherri said on June 17, 2016 at 6:06 pm
This is what makes Sanders so annoying: http://www.vox.com/2016/6/17/11962476/bernie-sanders-enrage-insiders
Brandon said on June 17, 2016 at 6:11 pm
…the one where Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne move in next to a frat house (in the original) and a sorority house (in the sequel).
At risk of getting a scolding, I must point out that the frat brothers and sorority sisters had moved in next to the Radners’ (Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne) house.
Joe K said on June 17, 2016 at 6:29 pm
It’s really been a bad week, let’s do something fun.
I propose answering this question.
If you could go back in history and witness one thing what would it be?
There are so many but for me either seeing the wright brothers fly for the first time, or watch Yeager break the sound barrier.
Anyone care to join in.
Sherri said on June 17, 2016 at 6:46 pm
The Trump campaign (if you can call it that) has 30 people on the ground. For the whole country. Clinton has more than that on the ground in Ohio.
MichaelG said on June 17, 2016 at 7:01 pm
I don’t know what those people look like and I’m not going to Google them but the curly hair thing wouldn’t be my first choice. I guess it’s better than no hair at all.
Deborah said on June 17, 2016 at 7:30 pm
MichaelG, I was just teasing you. My husband has a lot of loose curly hair but now he’s balding in the back. He didn’t even know it until we moved because our new bathroom still has a bunch of mirrors in it and he can now see the back of his head. I never bothered to tell him because it makes zero difference to me. We actually got rid of some of the mirrors in there and all of the mirrors in the rest of the place, thank goodness.
Deborah said on June 17, 2016 at 7:34 pm
Joe K, if I could go back in time and meet someone, it’d probably be someone like DaVinci or someone like that. Then I’d get the heck out of there because I wouldn’t want to hang around very long. Of course I’d have to be able to speak the same language etc.
Sherri said on June 17, 2016 at 7:51 pm
I usually find middle school graduations barely tolerable even when I have a child involved, but this graduation speech is hilarious: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5CcU-kbxuU
Sherri said on June 17, 2016 at 8:18 pm
Another exhibit in the algorithms aren’t neutral or unbiased category: the Brock Turner sentencing and evidence-based risk assessment.
Julie Robinson said on June 17, 2016 at 8:20 pm
I don’t want to go back in time. I’m only here today because of modern medicine.
Dave said on June 17, 2016 at 8:34 pm
I’ve never thought of going back in time to see a historical event, I’d want to make it more personal. What were some of your great or great-grandparents really like, have you ever wondered, would you even find anything in common or like these people?
I don’t find Seth Rogen or the things he does funny. They try vulgarity because they think it works, don’t they really think they make their audiences uncomfortable when nothing is held back? I thought not liking those movies was also a sign of advancing, out-of-touch age. Is Hail Caesar not terribly vulgar, Deborah?
Deborah said on June 17, 2016 at 9:19 pm
I haven’t seen Hail Caesar, Nancy did. But I do like Clooney and especially when he’s in Coen Bros films. I said that I like Amy Schumer, who can, as Nancy said be crude but there is some redeeming quality about her that I can’t quite put my finger on. She has a boyfriend in Chicago, a furniture designer, and comes here a lot. I would love to see her from afar, or heck even up close. She seems smart and savvy, and of course funny in a super brave way.
My husband comes back in town tonight. He was going to stay in NM until Sunday but the roof got done super fast so he managed to get a flight back early. His plane was delayed 70 mins though. I got my TSA number and plugged it into my frequent flier account so here’s hoping I always get tsa-pre from now on.
Sherri said on June 17, 2016 at 9:49 pm
I’m watching the ESPN OJ documentary. I didn’t think I wanted to relive that time, but all the reviews convinced me to try it, and I’m glad I did. It really is that good. It’s not just about the OJ trial; it’s not even just about OJ. I’ve watched the first two episodes, and have seen some powerful scenes not about OJ, like interviews with the LAPD Police Chief after the Watts riot, the Rodney King beating (still startling even today, when we’ve seen so many more videos of police brutality), and video from an incident I don’t even remember hearing about, the death of Latasha Harlins, who was shot and killed by a Korean store owner just a couple of weeks after the Rodney King beating. The store owner was convicted of voluntary manslaughter, but sentenced to probation and community service.
So, I recommend it even if you did think you were done with the OJ trial. I didn’t watch the FX drama, so I can’t compare it to that.
Danny said on June 17, 2016 at 11:00 pm
Man, I had forgotten about Latasha Harlans, but remember it clearly now. I do remember when the riots were going down, we were watching it at my friend Tracey’s house, who happens to be African American. His parents were over and they were joking around that Tracey and I should go up to LA and “get ourselves a free tv.” It was really just gallows humor, because we were all feeling a little horrified at the images on the screen.
brian stouder said on June 17, 2016 at 11:10 pm
Joe – if a person could be in the big throng on hand when President Lincoln delivered his Second Inaugural Address, that would be sublime.
But I’m spoiled on actually being able to hear speeches and so on, and it would be my luck to not be able to catch more than a few words here and there*, of Lincoln’s non-microphoned, unamplified oratorical masterpiece
*President Lincoln had a high (not to say shrill) voice, and, it is said, folks at the back of the crowd could usually hear him – at least the crowds at debates in Illinois and the like. But the throngs in war-time Washington DC in 1865 would be another matter altogether
brian stouder said on June 17, 2016 at 11:14 pm
Forgot to add – it looks like the next movie in my immediate future is Finding Dory. (I figure the Mouse has had a bad week, and it’s the least we can do, eh?)
MichaelG said on June 18, 2016 at 12:03 am
So this “risk based assessment” sentencing is grounded on such things as the perpetrator being a Stanford student, an athlete, white, with no sheet, etc. Isn’t this exactly what the Black Lives Matter people are upset about? How could a kid from the hood compete with this?
There has to be another variable included here. A guy embezzles money from XYZ company. The numbers above apply. OK. Here the defendant hasn’t personally harmed anybody. The victim is a large corporation. Is the perp likely to do it again?
But in the Stanford case, there was very serious, maybe irreparable harm done directly to another human being. The crime was very personal. Are the sentencing criteria to all be the same in all your algorithms? Is the only criteria to be whether Turner is a continuing threat to society? And that’s an iffy proposition. Shouldn’t there be some redress component applied? The victim deserves to see justice being done. Remember my previous post. Persky knowingly sentenced Turner to what amounted to only three months. Don’t the judge and your algorithms understand what an insult this is to the victim?
I think if I could go back in time I’d like to go back and try to be a better, more living husband.
MichaelG said on June 18, 2016 at 12:14 am
David C. said on June 18, 2016 at 6:29 am
I wouldn’t want to see an event from history, but I would like to go back 100 years at a time to the place where I grew up and see how the land changed over the years. Right now there’s a freeway going over the top of it. 100 years ago it would have been a field on the family farm. For thousands of years before that, probably a hardwood forest. I guess I’m more about place than people.
alex said on June 18, 2016 at 8:33 am
If I could go back in time, I’d have got bitten by the Underground Railroad bug when I was much younger and would interview a lot of people with knowledge of it who have passed in the last three or four decades. I was particularly bummed to learn that my primary physician’s father, who happens to be a distant relative and who recently passed, was a walking encyclopedia of information about it in this neck of the woods, but never committed anything to writing and in the last few years of his life was too out of it to be able to communicate.
basset said on June 18, 2016 at 9:09 am
The place where I grew up… hmmmm, woods and erosion till 1941, then the whole town got built out of nothing to provide worker housing for a naval ordnance factory.
The crop on the bird picture is fine, rule of thirds says so.
Deborah said on June 18, 2016 at 10:16 am
Basset, what’s the rule of thirds?
Deborah said on June 18, 2016 at 10:33 am
I got my official Woman Card in the mail from the Hillary campaign. Very clever, it says in small print on the front, “Congratulations! You’re in the majority.” Other clever stuff on the back.
Jolene said on June 18, 2016 at 11:55 am
I got mine a couple days ago too, Deborah. I also ordered this T-shirt, which I thought was sort of cute. I don’t usually wear clothes with messages (or, in fact, T-shirts), but I liked this design.
Deborah said on June 18, 2016 at 12:07 pm
Oh that T-shirt is cute, I’m going to get one too.
Suzanne said on June 18, 2016 at 1:32 pm
I’ve long thought that heaven would be the ability to go to any time period and see what really happened like watching a movie. I suspect we would all be surprised at how historical happenings played out.
If I could go back to my younger self, especially my college years, I would be much less shy and keep my eyes & ears open to learn from others. I grew up in a blue collar family and even through college and my early post-college years, really never understood the difference in how I viewed work as opposed to the upper middle & upper class people I rubbed shoulders with in college and after, who saw a career as a totally different thing than just a job. I could have learned so much on business relationships, networking, and the like, but, at the time, I really didn’t understand there even were such things. Well, maybe if I had gotten a business degree…
Jakash said on June 18, 2016 at 1:51 pm
There’s this more incendiary view of a Trump rally skittering around Twitter: http://politicalscrapbook.net/2016/06/a-journalist-went-to-a-donald-trump-rally-yesterday-and-came-back-shocked-here-are-his-tweets/
But, oddly, I find myself less concerned about the truly dispiriting, racist and sexist “Trump That Bitch” crowd than I am about the “regular” folks who find Rumplethinskin so appealing. As disturbing as the number of actual Nazi-sympathizers is, there’s definitely not enough of them to elect the guy. I hope there’s not enough “regular” folks, either, but there could conceivably be. That’s what scares me, at this point. Here’s a long, reflective piece about attending a rally by Dave Eggers, in which he points out how the crowd was actually more diverse than usually noted.
“I noticed another unexpected demographic reality – the audience was at least half women. There were women of all ages, socioeconomic classes and ethnicities. Black women, white women, Indian women, teenagers, preppy women, women dressed as if heading to a party at the beach, women in heels, older women in large groups, one elderly woman in a ‘Veterans of Foreign Wars’ hat. Despite all the things that Trump has said that indicated, or proved, he was at best an unreconstructed chauvinist and at worst a misogynistic and existential threat to the foundational rights of women, his appeal among the women of the Sacramento area was real.”
“And then it came together. I’d been watching Trump’s speech, hearing the crowd laugh and cheer and have a good time in the early evening sun, and all along I’d been trying to put my finger on what the rally reminded me of. And now, my head back in the 1980s, it hit me: Andrew Dice Clay. … “he’d tell jokes that were politically incorrect but often very funny. His posture was that of a braggy thug from Brooklyn, saying crude things on the street corner. At the height of his fame, he could sell out stadiums.
“It was just an act, of course. But like a lot of comedy, the appeal is in the forbidden delight in hearing highly inappropriate things spoken into a microphone. We can’t believe someone said that, on stage, or behind a podium, to so many.”
“Because there are no positions and no statements that matter to them. There is only the man, the name, the brand, the personality they have seen on television.
“Believing that Trump’s supporters are all fascists or racists is a grave mistake. This day in Sacramento presented a different picture, of a thousand or so regular people who thought it was pretty cool how Trump showed up in a plane with his name on it. How naughty it was when he called the president ‘stupid’. How funny it was when he said the word ‘huge’ the peculiar way he does, without the ‘h’ (the audience yelled back ‘uuuuge!’, laughing half with him, half at him). In the same way we rooted for Clay a few years ago when he showed up as an actual actor in a Woody Allen movie, the audience at a Trump rally is thinking, How funny would it be if this guy were across the table from Angela Merkel? That would be classic.”
Sherri said on June 18, 2016 at 1:52 pm
I got my woman card, too, and that same t-shirt! Guess the campaign understands the base!
Jakash said on June 18, 2016 at 1:59 pm
As for traveling back in time, I think I’m with Dave @ 40. “I’d want to make it more personal.” Hanging out with your great-great-grandparents for a while. Even with my own mom or dad when they were young. Shooting the shit with my dad during some random downtime afternoon on some island in the Pacific between engagements. (Uh, think I’d decline the opportunity to actually participate in any action…)
Jakash said on June 18, 2016 at 2:03 pm
Uh, that Pacific reference was to WWII — I may have left that out…
Judybusy said on June 18, 2016 at 2:15 pm
Hi All! Just got back Friday night from our trip. We also loved Iceland, and then moved on to Brussels and Bruges. We ended in Paris. It was an absolute blast. The Gullfoss Falls Nancy went to were spectacular. We also went horseback riding and just loved exploring Reykjavik for a day.
Belgium was all about beer, chocolate, amazing architechture and the medieval wonderland of Bruges. We caught a street musician group there playing baroque music that included a balalaika that was 3 feet on a side. I bought their CD. I took all my pics on my Android, and it’s easy to make little movies of your pictures. Here’s what those 3 days looked liked: https://goo.gl/photos/B8qD12ooPuEzxzZW8 I think I did it right to be able to share it with you all!
Paris. Well, it’s ruined me for shoe and clothes shopping in the US forever. We got to see a lot of great art and enjoyed the street scene. Our apartment could nearly have fit in our home kitchen, but it was cute and in a great location. We found Parisens friendly and patient with my crap French when they didn’t speak a lot of English.
My wife, niece, and I all want to return to each place for longer stints.
Joe, I’d love to be present for the big bang, with enough understanding of advanced physics to know what I was seeing. I’d also like to get there and then 10″ early, to see if there was any there there.
Deborah said on June 18, 2016 at 3:06 pm
Judy Busy, I’ve been looking forward to your return to learn all about your trip. I’m so looking forward to another international trip, but we need to wait until we’re done with our construction projects.
Deborah said on June 18, 2016 at 3:08 pm
Also, I loved your movie, so cool.
basset said on June 18, 2016 at 3:13 pm
And the rule applies, of course, to manual-, semi-, and fully automatic cameras.
basset said on June 18, 2016 at 3:31 pm
This’ll probably show up twice because I typed my email address wrong on my phone and the post went to moderation… but, Deborah, the rule of thirds involves using imaginary lines to divide your photo into thirds both horizontally and vertically, then putting your object of most interest at or near the intersection of those lines. Corrects the common mistake of putting that object (for example, your subject’s eyes) right square in the middle of the frame.
Deborah said on June 18, 2016 at 4:20 pm
Interesting Basset, with as many thousands upon thousands of photos I have cropped before I retired, for graphic print pieces I designed I had never heard of that explained that way before. It makes total sense though. I love that they also say that rules are to be broken. I so agree with that one hundred percent. Whenever I had a book design project (or any design project) I always established the rules at the beginning and then made a point of breaking the rules somewhere along the line to keep things from getting boring and monotonous. Thanks for mentioning the rule of thirds, I learned something today.
basset said on June 18, 2016 at 11:07 pm
Paul McCartney’s birthday today, he’s 74… so we had some friends over to watch the Rutles movie, me with my “Still Pissed at Yoko” t-shirt on.
Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on June 19, 2016 at 6:40 am
Looking forward to more pics of Nancy’s adventure in a different country last night — Parrothead Country! Judybusy, thanks for sharing the roll of shots; my son went to Bruges with People to People two years ago and took no pictures as he was too busy eating chocolate, so it was nice to catch a glimpse of the place.
Danny said on June 19, 2016 at 10:59 am
Anyone ever see the movie, “In Bruges,” with Colin Farrell? It has a lot of language, but it was funny.