Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Jean Keene (wiki) passed away yesterday at age 85.

I saw the news on Gregg's photo.

Rest In Peace - Jean Keene

From wiki:

Keene's career as the "Eagle Lady" began shortly after her arrival in Homer, when one morning she noticed two bald eagles on the beach near her motorhome. Keene saw offering food to the eagles as a natural extension of her practice of keeping bird feeders filled with sunflower seeds for wild songbirds. She began to bring home surplus fish from her job in a bucket, and each morning would throw some fish to the eagles over the short driftwood fence she had made around her motorhome. By the end of that spring, a half-dozen eagles were showing up for breakfast.

Here's Gregg's photo tribute:
Rest in peace Eagle Lady

And here's a couple of Woody's photos from his trip to Alaska and the Eagle Lady's place.


Sunday, January 11, 2009

Western Low Land Gorillas at the US National Zoo - baby born January 10th 2009.

Mandara's new baby was born yesterday (1/10/2009) at the National Zoo in Washington D.C.

All the Gorillas are still on exhibit, including the 1 day old baby.

I'm going to post one image to flickr, and a bunch just here.

Mandara and New Born Gorilla @ US National Zoo 1/11/2009

(here only)


Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Podcasts and advertising... Please give it a break.

I listen to a bunch of podcasts. Some of them have pre-roll and post-roll ads, and some have quick breaks to cut to an ad and then come back to the show. Those are all tolerable because they are quick ads, and are clearly just that, ads and not the content of the show.

Today I was listening to This Week In Photography (TWIP - 1/4/09 episode). They're sponsored by Drobo, and have the pre-roll ad. But what finally bugged me today was that it seems like every recent episode now contains a segment where they pimp the Drobo as part of their content. I can see mentioning them every now and then, but it has pretty much become a regular component of the show where they try to talk candidly, relay stories and the status of their Drobo's and it has finally reached a point where it bugs me. If I want to listen to a Drobo Podcast I will go searching for one. I want to know about photography.

I think I'm going to change my links to their site to This Week In Drobo.

I probably wouldn't be as bothered by it all, but I listen to This Week In Media too (TWIM), where advertising in podcasts was discussed not too long ago, and they talked about how much better the candid discussion of products is better than the short taped ads. If it was done in moderate amounts it wouldn't bug me, but I think they've finally gone too far with it all.