CSM Assignments

CSM Assignments

We received new CSM Assignments today.  Now comes the difficult part.  That is, getting people to model for the assignments.

Where is the list of CSM Assignments currently:

Fathers interacting with their children
Title: Joy of fatherhood
Due: June 11th

Employee wellnewss
Title: Health and Wellness
walking, hiking, eathing healthy, workforce ages (18 to 65)
Due: June 23rd

Primary Leaders with their kids
Title: My calling with Primary children
fun activities and spiritual activities
ages 3-11, leaders of all ages
Due: June 29th

Young men/women leaders interacting with youth
Title: My Calling with Youth
fun activities and spiritual activities
Youth 12-18, leaders of all ages
Due: June 29th

Mission Calls
Title: Missionary Calls
Photos of missionaries opening their mission calls. Photos should be intimate and focused on the missionary opening the call in a reverent, personal setting. (i.e. not a big production)
Due: Aug 13th

How to Tell if You’re A Troll

I got thinking about a specific person I blocked on Facebook.  A former co-worker, I blocked him because he was trolling me.  But, I don’t think he realizes he was behaving like a troll.

A troll is a person who targets another person on social media or online forums.  They follow the person and wait for that person to post something they can either discredit, argue, insult, or somehow negatively respond.  (You can read more here:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_troll )

This has prompted me to ponder this, and I thought I would spell it out.  I title this, “How to Tell if You’re a Troll”.

  1. You follow or subscribe to the target’s page (now, this in itself isn’t bad).  Your sole reason in doing so is to find something to disagree about.
  2. Your posts to the target’s page are inflammatory, argumentative, upsetting, etc.
  3. You have never posted anything positive to the target’s page.   All your posts have been negative.  You’ve never left the target a positive comment or agreed with anything they’ve posted.
  4. When you engage your target, your main purpose is to prove them wrong, embarrass them, or show your superiority.  (i.e.  you’re a bully)
  5. You find doing this amusing.
  6. After reading this list, you rationalize your reason for doing the above because you don’t see yourself as a troll, but an Internet savior, saving the world from this person’s stupidity.  (i.e. you’re a sociopath.)  A troll’s common response to something like this would be to deflect (i.e. try making a joke like, “Are you calling me a troll”, or argue.

Here’s the sad part…

Because of the narcissistic personality of the troll, they will hit #6, deny it, and not make any effort to change.

How to Tell if You’re Troll-bait

My dear departed friend Enrico used to say, “If you want people to hate you, become successful.”

There’s a lot of sad, ironic truth to that.  It’s more than being successful that attracts the trolls.  It’s being moral that attracts them too.  I guess what I’m saying is, if you’re troll-bait, it’s a good thing.  Just ignore the trolls, or block them if you will, but whatever you do, don’t feed the trolls.

On to More Cheerful Things

I saw our beautiful peonies in bloom.  I grabbed the camera.

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Peony
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Peony

And, while I am at it I might as well photograph some of the other flowers too.

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Daisies
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Daisy
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Mock Orange
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Honeysuckle

First Monday Flowers

First Monday Flowers

Today is the First Monday Event and 4 friends came over where we stat around and photographed flowers.  This was more of an exercise in doing time exposures with flashlights, but flowers make a great subject.

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Rose Lit by LEDs
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Rose Straight-on

The nice things about photographing flowers inside are 1) you don’t have to contend with the wind.  Even the slightest breeze will interfere with your picture, and 2) you can photograph from the comfort of a chair.  No fussing around with trying to get to the right height to shoot the flower.

So, it was a successful First Monday.  I’m enjoying the results of my flower pictures.

Elizabethe and I talked to a lady from Children Awaiting Parents.  They are looking for photographers to voluntarily photograph the children.  This goes right along with an idea I’ve had about starting a non-profit organization that would coordinate with photographers and adoption agencies to provide high quality portraits for the orphans’ file.  While it would be quite an undertaking, it would be a worthy cause.

The lady took us around their office and showed pictures other photographers have done.  She went down the list of the photographers they’ve used, and I didn’t recognize a single one of them.  That aside, I think I can help promote the idea and get some high-quality photographers involved.

Day 3 with Talise

Day 3 with Talise

Day 3 with Talise at workshop.  Yes, Talise went with me to workshop.  This meant having her get up bright and early.

As we were about to leave, I suggested we set off a smoke bomb.

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Smoke Bomb

I think I need to work on the positioning of the model and the smoke.  Yeah… you can come to your own conclusions.

Workshop went great.  Talise was a great model, and then she helped out with the child models who were there.  She did a fantastic job helping keep them happy and focused.

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Talise with one of the Child Models

Michael Barton had a great time photographing her too.  He spent most of the morning photographing Talise.

I handed my camera to another photographer and asked him to get a picture of Talise and me together.

 

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Talise and Me

Michael also brought in a bunch of flowers for us to photograph.  So, after lunch we photographed flowers.  ( Talise had a blast with too.)  Talise also picked a few flowers outside on campus to add to what Michael brought.

I had fun playing with my LED light and using it to light the flowers.  I’ve discovered that LED lighting is a very high temperature (like 11,000K) and I’ve got to learn how to set my camera for the right temperature when you don’t know for sure what it is.

However, color aside, I got a very cool black and white of the flowers Talise arranged this afternoon.

 

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Flower Arrangement

I love the textures and tonality I was able to get with my LED lighting.

You can see my photo blog at:  http://www.dbwalton.com/wp/2015/07/22/day-3-with-michael-barton/

Tuesday Now

Tuesday Now

It’s Tuesday now.  Time tracking must be one of those things that goes as you get older.  Time definitely goes faster as you get older – – there’s no doubt about that.

The day was warm and sunny, but came tonight, the lightening and thunder came and it started to pour.  My phone started buzzing and vibrating like I never experienced before.  I thought, “What in the world”, and when I  picked it up, it said, “Severe storm warning”.  I never knew it did that before today.  It was wild.  I wonder if we were under attack if I’d get a similar warning.

Because of some web site glitches with a client, I had to upload their photos today. (Tried several times last week, and their site was down.)  I got them all uploaded which was a big relief.  One more item of my “to do” list.

Tuesday Now
Studio in the Spring

Another task I had on my list was to purchase hosting for the chamber of commerce web site.  I did, and it asked for a domain name.  Once I entered it in, I had a panic attack thinking… Oh, crud, what if they transfer it over right now.  Well, they didn’t, and I got it all ironed out as to how it will all work out.

We kept pretty busy in the temple tonight.

Monday not Tuesday

It’s Monday, Not Tuesday

Some how my brain jumped track today and I was thinking it was Tuesday.  I had to remind myself it’s Monday, not Tuesday.  I guess the upside to that is I have an extra day this week.

A job got postponed this morning so it meant I had the morning for mowing the lawn.  Because I use the grass catcher, this is a half-day affair.  If you go to fast with the grass catcher attached, the chute will clog, and it is a pain to unclog it.  So, you have to take it nice and slow.

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Newly Mowed Lawn

Now that it is all cut, a nice rain would help keep it green looking.

Oh, and the crabapple trees are in bloom as are the lilacs!

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Lilac In Bloom

The blooms missed Mother’s Day by a day.  It’s too bad, because they always remind me of the song (which reminds me of my own mother)…

Whenever I hear the song of a bird
Or look at the blue, blue sky,
Whenever I feel the rain on my face
Or the wind as it rushes by,
Whenever I touch a velvet rose
Or walk by a lilac tree,
I’m glad that I live in this beautiful world
Heavenly Father created for me.

He gave me my eyes that I might see
The color of butterfly wings.
He gave me my ears that I might hear
The magical sound of things.
He gave me my life, my mind, my heart:
I thank him reverently
For all his creations, of which I’m a part.
Yes, I know Heavenly Father loves me.

 While I was mowing the lawn, I just happened to spot this little guy in the garden.  These things grow to get pretty big.  He must have just hatched.

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Turtle

 

After I got the lawn mowed, it was time to get some work done for my presentation next Monday.  I spent the rest of the afternoon working on a presentation for the temple missionaries.  Sorting through 5000 photos of Israel is not an easy task, and remember what day certain photos were taken on, that’s even more daunting.  But, I managed to muddle my way through it all.

Fire – The Day After

View of the east side of the 200 block of E Main
View of the east side of the 200 block of E Main
Fire Damaged and Condemned section
Fire Damaged and Condemned section
Mark's Pizza
Mark’s Pizza
Looking at the 4 churches from the fire
Looking at the 4 churches from the fire
View from the E.B. Grandin Building
View from the E.B. Grandin Building
Store Fronts and Rubble
Store Fronts and Rubble

I walked down to the village this morning to assess the damage. While there I ran in to our former Mayor, Vicki Daly, as well as some other residents. This is a big blow to our tiny village, but we will recover.

On the brighter side, the yard looks pretty this morning…

Tulips Blooming in Front of the Beckwithmansion
Tulips Blooming in Front of the Beckwithmansion

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Flowers by the Back Door
Flowers by the Back Door

May Flowers All in Bloom

May Flowers
May Flowers

It’s May and the flowers in my yard are all in bloom. It is wonderful.

At my Rochester Referral Network meeting I mentioned my Little Black Dress book project, and got quite a response. People seem to like the concept. I just need a LOT more women to feature in the book. If you know someone, have them call me at (315) 226-3292. The DO have to come to the studio for their photo session, but there is no cost involved.

For the book, I am looking for remarkable women. They don’t have to be C.E.O.s at some multi-national company. The message the book will send is that women can accomplish anything.

1/3rd Done

It is hard to believe that 2013 is 1/3rd of the way over. 4 months have passed, and it seems like the year just started.

We went to the temple this morning and noticed all of the new temple missionaries. I think the temple president said 15 new couples have arrived in Palmyra. That’s like adding 1% to the population of our little village.

One of the new couples are from St. Louis and they know a family I taught when I was on my mission. The funny thing is, the couple I taught on my mission are coming here next month. When I told this new missionary that, he was quite excited that he would get to see them.

It is a small world.

Our flowers are blooming and the yard now looks like spring. Here’s a little peek…

Trees Blooming
Trees Blooming
Magnolia Blossoms
Magnolia Blossoms
Magnolia from the Back
Magnolia from the Back

A Very Nice Spring Day

It is a very nice spring day.  I took a walk down to the Village Hall to get some papers notarized.  It was a little cool, but the sun was shining and the skies are blue.

The lawn has patches of purple… just like this…

Glories of the Snow
Glories of the Snow

 

White Crocus
White Crocus
Tulips by the Gnome
Tulips by the Gnome

 

So, I’ve been reading the Constitution.  I do not think there is a coincidence regarding the order of the Bill of Rights.

Starting with the first, it needs to be the most important.  The second is obviously there to protect the third and forth amendments.   The fifth through eighth are there to protect us when arrested.  Finally, the 9th and 10th is there to cover things not mentioned in the Constitution.

The problem is, what do you do when these are not followed by the people who are supposed to uphold the Constitution?

I just watched a news report where I guy got a letter asking him to turn in his guns.  (Violation of the 4th Amendment.)  But, he did anyway.  There was not trial.  (Violation of the 5th & 6th Amendments.)  It turns out, the state made a mistake.

I think people need to watch the movies The Patriot and A More Perfect Union if they are not going to actually read the Constitution.  If more people understood about states’ rights and the Bill of Rights, they would stop voting for these people who put us in this awful situation.

The Exploding iPhone

The saga of the iPhone continues…

I left mine plugged in last night suspecting the battery was low.  This morning something seemed wrong.  The screen was at an angle and the insides were expanded.  It appears the battery exploded during the night.

If I take it in to the Apple store, I wonder what they are going to say.  The only reason I’d want to replace it would be to listen to Pandora on my stereo (which has an iPhone dock), or to use my Squareup credit card reader.  Those are the only two reasons I use it any more.

This is the second time I’ve had a battery explode.  The first time, was a 9-volt NimHi battery.  I heard a sound that sounded like a .22 pistol.  I entered the room where the sound came from and the room was filled with smoke, and there were hot little pieces of battery laying around the room.

I don’t think the iPhone explosion was quite as dramatic, but there was enough force to split the phone open.  I’m sure it would have hurt had it been in a shirt pocket.

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I took a nice walk up to the old cemetery, then down the Erie Canal Trail, across the Division Street Bridge and back, down to the marina, and then up to Main Street and home.  It is a beautiful day outside.

The crocus are in bloom in the yard, so I took a few pictures with my homemade lens…

Crocus
Crocus
Crocus
Crocus
Crocus
Crocus
Crocus
Crocus