Sixteen Tons – Hump Day Video

Let’s have some kick ass music for the Hump Day Video. Sixteen Tons is dedicated to working men everywhere, especially those from the coal mines of Kentucky and West Virginia.

Sixteen Tons is the Tennessee Ernie Ford classic from 1955. (more…)

Planning For Disaster


Humans are not good at planning for disasters or other rare events. It’s easy to procrastinate. Why worry about something that may not happen for years, maybe not in your lifetime.

Even if you do decide to plan for rare, but potentially devastating, events, it’s difficult to assess the level of risk. And even more problematic is the decision about how much hard earned cash to spend. How much are you prepared to spend for a little peace of mind?


Ode to Billie Joe – Still a Mystery

Bobbie Gentry-1967

There are a few songs have a kind of evil magic that grabs your subconscious and won’t let go. Bobbie Gentry’s Ode to Billie Joe is one of the best. When it was released in the summer of 1967 it was an instant hit, selling 750,000 copies its first week. It knocked the Beatles “All you need is love” out of the number one slot.

Like everyone else I was fascinated by the mystery of what was thrown off the Tallahatchie Bridge. The popular theories of the time suggested a token of failed romance, perhaps a wedding ring or flowers. There were many people who believed in a much darker story.  It was even suggested that the object thrown into those muddy waters was an aborted fetus.   Years later, a movie was made that tried to answer those questions. The movie was an unfortunate exercise written without any help from Bobbie Gentry. She was the wise one, these stories are much better when every detail is not spelled out. A little mystery lets the audience read in their own fears and beliefs. (more…)

Time for a Trip to the Zoo

Hamadryas Baboon - Papio hamadryas

It’s the time of year to start thinking about Zoo photography. The great thing about the zoo is that you almost always come back with at least one great pic.

Zoo’s have everything to make an amateur photographer excited. Lot’s of animal behavior going on in a confined area. There are always places to rest and get refreshments. Places to shelter if it rains.  Sometimes the best shot will the zoo visitors. (more…)