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Monday, July 28, 2008

Somebody alert Stephen Colbert!


Heh. That bear is a real ham.

This baby monkey, on the other hand, was decidedly more shy:


(Both photos taken at the Buffalo Zoo on Saturday.)

Friday, July 25, 2008

One Mac to rule them all...


Best. Conference. Ever!

See, Phoenix and Las Vegas don't get all the cool conferences. Buffalo's got the lieutenant governors this weekend!


Do you think they sit around and complain about how their governors are jerks? ;)

Also: how many Eliot Spitzer jokes will there be?

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Hearing voices

Sometimes, I feel like the bananas are talking to me...

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

How much for that commie in the window?

Speaking of commies... I saw this piece of artwork in the window of the Sloane Gallery in downtown Denver this morning:


It's not every day you see Vladimir Lenin staring at you while you walk down the street. :) Well, unless you walk down 17th Street between Wazee and Wynkoop every day, I guess...

Monday, July 21, 2008

Protest early, protest often

The Democratic National Convention in Denver is still more than a month away, but some protesters are apparently getting an early start:



Actually, that guy is apparently a long-time regular on the corner of 17th & Broadway, according to a couple of locals I talked to. I guess his signs used to target exclusively Bill and Hillary Clinton; he's just recently branched out into Obama-bashing.

Then there's this guy, who was standing just off the 16th Street Mall, repeatedly and loudly warning that "Bill Clinton will send Al Qaeda to Denver with Weapons of Mass Destruction":


He also mentioned something about Ebola, and later, Vince Foster. And each rant ended with, "Open your eyes, repent, and be saved," or words to that effect. Very odd.


Yesterday, over Kansas or eastern Colorado (I'm not sure which).

Saturday, July 19, 2008


A pair of small statues at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Knoxville.



Friday, July 18, 2008

Mirror image


This way and that

These two photos were taken Wednesday morning from exactly the same spot in front of the Bank of America building on Main Street -- just looking in different directions.



Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Vandalism you can believe in

Obama stickers -- and an ad for a band -- on a utility pole in front of the UT Law School.

O rly?

Seen at a gas station in Knoxville:


I object in principle to this sticker's message. How am I, personally, helping to "avoid costly drive offs" by pre-paying? I wouldn't have driven off anyway, even if I'd paid after pumping! And people who would drive off, won't heed the sticker's request to pre-pay. So, who is this message geared toward, exactly?

This has been today's annoying-stickler-for-details post...

Monday, July 14, 2008

Everyone's your friend... New York City!


Regular, long-time readers will remember that photo -- it shows the Empire State Building on August 14, 2003, the night of the Great Northeast Blackout. It's part of my just-uploaded Blackout of 2003 set on Flickr.

It's also part of my general New York City set. (Speaking of which, a lyrical hat tip to TMBG for the title & opening line of this post.) And the NYC set is itself a part of my slowly-but-surely growing "Places I've lived" collection on Flickr.

So far, my New York photos are all from summer 2003. Here are a few of 'em:

Gay pride parade, Fifth Avenue.

George Washington Bridge, under construction, at sunset.

The Met.

Dominican parade.

St. Patrick's Cathedral.

Doesn't this sign just scream "New York"?

Newark at left, downtown Manhattan at right, seen from the Staten Island Ferry.

Much more here. (View as detailed thumbnails -- four pages' worth -- or as a slideshow.)

I'll be adding more NYC photos to Flickr as time goes on -- along with lots of other photos from the last several years, as I work through my photo libraries. Stay tuned!

Friday, July 11, 2008


As you may have noticed, I've switched my main domain,, so that it redirects to this site -- my photoblog -- instead of my weekly blog. [UPDATE: This is no longer true. See here.] I think that will make me a bit happier with the current blog setup, at least in the short term. And it makes sense: the photoblog is updated more often, and it's really my favorite of the three blogs right now.

You can still, of course, access the weekly blog (and its accompanying linklog) easily. Just use the "MY OTHER BLOGS" links at right, or if you prefer, bookmark directly.

Oh, and stay tuned for improvements to the commenting system. I'm finally making progress on that front, and I hope to be Haloscan-free by the end of the weekend Tuesday. (Among other things, my blogs will load much faster once Haloscan is gone!)

Anyway... since this is supposed to be a photoblog, here's a photo -- one of my favorite pictures that I've ever taken, in fact. It's a shot of the 9/11 anniversary tributes in the New York City skyline on September 11, 2003, taken from Staten Island:

Tribute in Light

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Love thee, Notre Dame

For a long time now, I've been meaning to put together a mega-album of Notre Dame photos that I took during my three years in law school. Well, I decided to start tonight. I've only gotten through fall semester of 1L year, but there are already some pretty good ones... if I do say so myself. :) For example:



touchdown jesus reflection







The full album -- so far -- is here. Larger thumbnails can be found on the 3-page version: here, here and here. Or you can view the whole album as a slideshow.

Stay tuned for more additions, from 2005 on.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Fog on the sound

A cormorant on a rock, and a sailboat in the distance, on Long Island Sound. Taken in Old Saybrook, Connecticut.


Friday, July 4, 2008

Rain, rain, go away

A stationary front is causing scattered showers and thunderstorms across much of the eastern half of the country. Not exactly ideal for the holiday weekend -- but hey, the raindrops on the roses look pretty:


Thursday, July 3, 2008

Road trip scenes

Pal's Sudden Service, Kingsport, Tennessee.

Holiday weekend traffic, Tappan Zee Bridge, New York.

Flying car, somewhere in Pennsylvania.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Dandridge, Tennessee

I had occasion this afternoon to spend a couple of hours in Dandridge, Tennessee, the second oldest town in the state, incorporated in 1793. It's a lovely little town -- population 2,078 -- and, needless to say, it is veritably suffused with history. Today being a gorgeous day, I couldn't resist snapping a few photos.

The Tinsley Bible Drug Store, where I had lunch. It's basically a combined restaurant and general store. Locals apparently say that "if you can't get it at Tinsley Bible Drugs, you don't need it." Oh, and the food is really good!

The Dandridge Revolutionary War Graveyard. The folks buried here were members of the Hopewell Presbyterian Church, the oldest church in Jefferson County, founded in 1785 when the area was part of the State of Franklin.

A view of the Highway 92 Bridge, Douglas Lake, and the earthen dike that protects Dandridge from being flooded by said lake. When the lake was created by the damming of the French Broad River in 1942, the initial plan was to simply let it flood much of Dandridge -- until, according to Wikipedia, "the citizens of Dandridge appealed to First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, pointing out that the town was the only place in the United States named for Martha [Dandridge] Washington."

Full Flickr gallery here.

UPDATE: Welcome, InstaPundit readers, to my brand-new photoblog! I know there isn't a lot here now, but this site will be a prime focus of my blogging energies, now that I've shut down the Irish Trojan blog. [UPDATE: Stylesheet problems fixed. If you previously viewed the linked page when it was messed up, you may need to reload it, and possibly clear your browser's cache.]

Since I'm living in Knoxville, there will undoubtedly be a lot of East Tennessee photoblogging here. So, if you like that sort of thing, you may want to bookmark and check back occasionally.

In the mean time, you can already view my Flickr galleries of Springtime in Knoxville, Harriman Cruisin', the Porters Creek Trail in the Smokies, Super Tuesday in Knoxville, and various other photo sets. Enjoy!

Jesus fish

These ichthys things are everywhere in East Tennessee -- both the actual Christian ones, like this, and also the assorted rebuttals (Darwin, Dogwin, etc.). I really need to gather all my ichthys photos together and create a Flickr album called "The Jesus Fish Wars in Knoxville." :)

Anyway, I took this picture the other day. It was the first time I'd seen an ichthys on a gas-cap door. But hey, with gas prices being so high, maybe it's not a bad idea to remind yourself of your faith while filling up at the pump!

Sunrise, sunset

Morning and evening shadows in downtown Knoxville, on June 25, 2008, as seen in the shadows on a pair of buildings on Main Street:

The Post Office and Courthouse.

The First Baptist Church.