Acting Up

My musings, thoughts, rants, and discoveries. - Scott Maddock

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Location: Redmond, Washington, U.S. Inc. (Formerly U.S.A.)

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I haven't blogged here since 2012. Why am I making a stab at it again?

I realized two things about social media I wanted to get away from. First was that I was often using it as a journal, which is boring and maybe TMI for those platforms. Secondly I was using it too much for my taste, so that I felt like a tool for marketers rather than using social media as a tool for my ends.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Finding Surprises

The old saga... Twenty five years ago today I was returning to basic training from the hospital. During the infamous "rifle run" I got heat stroke, not the only one in the class thanks to a sinus infection epidemic, but the worst. I thought the problem was my ankle, but nobody seemed to notice until the fourth or fifth IV bag emptied, and my ankle finally started swelling. After complaining about the ankle for hours I was something less than my normal patient self when one of the nurses or orderlies asked, "Did you know there is also something going on with your ankle?"

It was the first and less serious ankle injury. At the time the heat stroke was the bigger concern, and I at least had the chance to scare the drill instructors as bad as ever they did me. Six weeks later I rejoined another class, and three weeks after than I sprained it again, and by the time I rejoined another class after another 15 weeks nearly everybody I'd started with that time had graduated.

This Spring has been a bit less life changing, but I've renewed my interest in photography. I really loved it in high school and drifted away for budgetary reasons and more for the dysfunctional bias I had that art was not a serious pursuit. Digital photography has now matured to the point where good quality gear for nice images is within my range. I have a Flickr account, which I've divided into two collections. The first is Friends and Family for vacations, gatherings and such.

The other collection is Projects which has my aritistic work. Right now I'm trying out things with Photoshop and eventually will be upgrading to a new version and some addons, so most of the items here are things on which I'm experimenting with post-processing. There will be more I hope, including images which are untouched except for cropping, in topic or essay groupings. Here is an example of one of the images using several of the post processing options.
1069 Lilac Bud Daub Sumi
This is not my favorite from this set, however it is as this resolution. My favorite is this black and white version.

I'd appreciate comments/suggestions here or on the Flickr site. If, like I fear, you tell me to give it up, I'll ignore you.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009


Twenty Five years ago today I started basic training, at 5am in Pensacola, Florida. Back then navy flyers had a separate commissioning program, with the distinction of being the only pipeline with Marine drill instructors. I'll let you guess how those lovable grunts liked to nurture officers, Naval officers.

I was active duty for nine and a half years, and it generally seems either like it was several lifetimes ago, or just yesterday that I awoke to the first day of my military career in Pensacola.

As I celebrate this anniversary (which I nearly forgot!), please take a moment to send your thoughts to the men and women in uniform right now. I get angry then all teary everytime I think of the under-appreciated sacrifices they have made the last eight years.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Tell Me It Ain't So

Why is Cheney stepping up his criticism of the current administration and of his own administration at this moment? He's got no credibility with the majority of the country, and the media loves it when politicians politically self destruct in front of cameras and mikes. It's as if he desperately wants the spotlight on himself right now.

So, why play the crazy man on the airwaves and web right now, just when a few of his egregious crimes are coming to light? I think that question may answer itself. He will try to stir up his base by claiming his crimes are actually laudable and this is simply a witch hunt because of his criticism of the current and previous administrations. Tell me this is a silly thought if he is meaningfully held accountable for his (treasonous) crimes, and doesn't play the persecution card.

I do love the irony that he is chewing off his 'dubya' foot over Libby. He obviously doesn't really give a tinker's dam for Scooter, he's just setting himself up to assume the typical republican victim role. Did he miss the memo from Stevens and Craig, that the world isn't buying it right now?

Saturday, March 14, 2009

In the Saddle Again

Well, this week I was back at work. Sadly, finding space in the parking garage is easier. On Thursday (2/26) when I was on the way to the airport I was called by a vp to tell me about the re-org and of some of the people I'd not see again. My company has been laying people off without notice, sneaking them out the service entrance, not even allowing them the say farewell to old workplace friends. There are quite a few to whom I'd like to have offered a referral. The vacation was wonderful, though that phone call kept the stress level pretty high. First time I lost weight on a vacation.

On most of the ten days I was there we went for hikes in the desert, and I finally feel warm from my fingers to my toes. First time since I got chilled in December. I was spending a lot of time snapping pictures, working on getting the shots quickly and I got quite a few I liked. I really like saguaro cacti, and here's one them.
007 South Mountain Saguaro

This was our second hike, several miles on South Mountain, which has the claim of being the biggest city park in the country. Here is the same picture, a black and white version of the red channel. I like both versions.