Snapshots

Thunderbolts & Lightning

Late last night, a rather heavy storm passed by. With our newly purchased Panasonic Lumix FZ-8 at hand, I attempted to snap some shots from the event. As I was clicking away from our bedroom window in total darkness, rains gushing down heavily, I realized one thing: aperture and shutter speed are very elusive subjects to grok when it comes to capturing moments like these.

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Time for a tripod methinks. :-)

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Asshats, Drawings, Me Myself And I

Evolution

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I'm European -- not American -- so strictly speaking I shouldn't be poking my leftist communist anti-capitalist Old-European nose into this matter, however: it appears some 70% of all Republicans reject Darwin's theory of evolution, opting for the Creationism "theory" instead. Pardon my Freedom French Fries but: that is downright ludicrous, and quite scary to boot.

I get the impression that the US majority is silently sliding down toward some medieval perception of the world whereby the earth is flat and has all the other planets and stars revolving around it. Dunno about you, but that scares me.

Frank Zappa, sorely missed these days, had this to say about the matter:

The essence of Christianity is told to us in the Garden of Eden history. The fruit that was forbidden was on the Tree of Knowledge. The subtext is, All the suffering you have is because you wanted to find out what was going on. You could be in the Garden of Eden if you had just kept your fucking mouth shut and hadn't asked any questions.

... and also (back in '86):

We are moving toward a fascist theocracy.

Hopin' for the best, and so glad I'm not living in the land of the free right now...

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Me Myself And I, Web

All Quiet On The Western Front

New look -- one that I can actually live with for a while hopefully. I admire people who grab or design a template and then stick with it for the next ten years. Not me. Had to jump some hoops though to keep everything in place. All the drawings and photos posted here have been uploaded at 490px wide since I kickstarted moonbug dot org. Having switched to this 435px (content) wide layout -- images sporting a 3px border -- I had to find a way to display them accordingly. CSS to the rescue:

#mainCol img {width: 429px; height: auto;}

In plain English, that rule says: "make anything that is an image 429px wide and adjust the height accordingly". Fine and dandy except for IE 5.5 which in its blatant ignorance chooses to give the middle finger, which is fine by me because if you're reading this with IE 5.5, listen: your grandkid wants to play; get off the net already. Caveat: what happens to images that are smaller than 429px wide? Ha! This. Which is in fact the very reason why I am posting this: to have that entry wiped off of the frontpage. :-)

I'm also happy to have brought some of my favorite links back into the frontpage limelight. They were sort of buried away in the previous "Hemingway" theme. What else... Oh, you now get a chance to listen to my Last.fm radio station! Hurrah for sidebar widgets that nobody ever uses! And those Google ads to the right? Ignore 'em.

Apart from this lousy update, there is one thing that I am dying to tell you -- but editorial restrictions are keeping me from doing so for now. You'll just have to wait, won't you?

Stay tuned.

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