Finally a tax proposal both my wife and daughter would advocate for.
Me? No, it would be too heavy of a burden.
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I am listening to this audiobook in my car as I drive.
Two hours into the book I am amazed how much a child of the 60s Steve Jobs was. LSD, bare feet, long hair, even gurus and vegetarian. It will be interesting to watch him transform into the consummate businessman.
What was difference between his failures at Apple, Next, & Pixar that brought success later at Pixar and then Apple?
Based on more than forty interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.
At a time when America is seeking ways to sustain its innovative edge, and when societies around the world are trying to build digital-age economies, Jobs stands as the ultimate icon of inventiveness and applied imagination. He knew that the best way to create value in the twenty-first century was to connect creativity with technology. He built a company where leaps of the imagination were combined with remarkable feats of engineering.
Although Jobs cooperated with this book, he asked for no control over what was written nor even the right to read it before it was published. He put nothing off-limits. He encouraged the people he knew to speak honestly. And Jobs speaks candidly, sometimes brutally so, about the people he worked with and competed against. His friends, foes, and colleagues provide an unvarnished view of the passions, perfectionism, obsessions, artistry, devilry, and compulsion for control that shaped his approach to business and the innovative products that resulted.
Driven by demons, Jobs could drive those around him to fury and despair. But his personality and products were interrelated, just as Apple’s hardware and software tended to be, as if part of an integrated system. His tale is instructive and cautionary, filled with lessons about innovation, character, leadership, and values.
Neil Gaiman came to the Crystal Ballroom in Portland to promote “The Ocean at the End of the Lane”, his latest book. He spoke, read a chapter of the book, and then spent close to 4 hours signing books. What an enjoyable experience!
A brilliantly imaginative and poignant fairy tale from the modern master of wonder and terror, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is Neil Gaiman’s first new novel for adults since his #1 New York Times bestseller Anansi Boys.
This bewitching and harrowing tale of mystery and survival, and memory and magic, makes the impossible all too real
4th day of my challenge to see how many consecutive days I can ride my Trikke 10+ miles.
For today’s ride I started at the parking lot on the east end of Chiawana Park and trikked 1 mile to the end of the bike bath at the west end of the park, turned around and trikked a little over 4 miles to the Blue Bridge. Once there, I decided to attempt to climb the slope to the top of the bridge.
I surprised myself by actually making it to the flag at the top of the Blue Bridge. My arms were worn out. The bike path ramp up to the bridge is narrow and appears not to have been swept clear in some time, the sand littering the trail making carving up the incline quite challenging. Once on the bridge walkway, carving on the windswept concrete path was much easier even though the path is quite narrow.
The path along the river is fairly well maintained. Much of today’s ride was wide and smooth. Even with quite a number of folks riding bikes and families taking evening walks, it was easy to pass the pedestrians and be passed by bikers. Some of the trail, between Road 88 and Road 92, has not been widened but at least most of it seems to have been resurfaced recently.
Where to ride tomorrow?
3rd day of my challenge to see how many consecutive days I can ride my Trikke 10+ miles.
Today I rode just short of 11 miles, starting from the Richland Wye and riding the bike path across the Yakima River to Howard Amon Park. Compared to yesterday’s ride through Columbia Park, this bike trail is heavenly. Wide, smooth, and clean almost all the way to Howard Amon Park where you encounter concrete sidewalks heaved ever so much by tree roots. I will be riding this trail more often.
Going up over the Yakima River and then back down to river level also gave me quite a bit more elevation to deal with but the inclines were not insurmountable. I had to work at a couple of the inclines but can sure tell that my hill climbing skills have greatly improved with practice
Where to ride tomorrow?
2nd day of my challenge to see how many consecutive days I can ride my Trikke 10+ miles.
Columbia Park is a much more difficult ride. The first half of the the trail is in Columbia Park and this portion of the trail is not maintained as well as some of the other portions of the river trail in the Tri-Cities. Half of the trail in Columbia Park is on the edge of the road and is one of the roughest road surfaces in the Tri-Cities. The portions of the trail that loop down to the river are narrow and have grass overgrowing the path in many areas.
The second half of the ride, from the Blue Bridge to the Cable Bridge is along the dike top and is much wider and smoother. This portion of the trail was much easier to ride on.
Some day soon I will attempt to cross the Cable Bridge on the bike path. I am getting much better at climbing hills and bridges are just another form of hill climb.
My kids have grown out of the desire to hunt hidden treasure with their father, but luckily I have grand-kids who are the age my boys were when we started geocaching. We took them out camping for the first time this year and they wanted to make sure we took some time to hunt the elusive Tupperware.
Going out with them brought back memories of why I enjoyed geocaching so much. The chance to get outside, walk around, but mostly to visit places and vistas you most likely would not have if not for the sport. We traveled quite a few back roads, up some hills, through some boggy roads, and saw some gorgeous country. Great fun.
The view above is from the geocache Valley Overlook (GC1XTGX)
When taking landscape photos I have found that taking 3 photos of the same scene and combining them into one gives me more leeway in how I can optimize the image. The trick is to take one normal image and then a second that is two steps too dark and a third that is two steps too bright. When all three images are combined into one, detail can be pulled out of the shadows and highlights that normally, with one shot, would be unavailable.
To combine the shots I use Photomatix. Mostly because Trey Ratcliff uses it and I hope to be half as good as he is some day. The combined image can be processed as HDR, High Dynamic Range, using a process called tone-mapping which tweaks the colors or as a regular image back in Lightroom.
For this image, taken on a hike above Harris Park outside Milton Freewater, I chose to use HDR because it pulled the colors out of the rocks. If I had to do it over again, I would have bumped all the photos one stop darker so I could get more detail from the clouds. I allowed the camera to set the exposure while pointing at the dark rocks so baseline photo was underexposed. If I had been paying attention (we were just out for a fun hike) I would have set the exposure one step darker.