Monthly Archives: February 2011

All that I survey…

All that I survey…, originally uploaded by gentlemanbeggar.

Nikon D40
Vivitar 200mm f3.5 (nonmetering)
No retouching.

Uploaded by gentlemanbeggar on 21 Feb 11, 11.15PM CST.

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Posted by on February 21, 2011 in photography


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Little Brother by Cory Doctorow

Little BrotherLittle Brother by Cory Doctorow

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’ve always treated books much the same way I treat movies; the more popular it is, the less inclined I am to check it out. A couple of years ago, when Little Brother was still a new book, the hype was quite prominent, and I avoided reading it. Recently, I saw this nice hardbound copy at my local Goodwill, and figured it might be worth dropping $2 to check it out. I already had a free digital copy sitting on my e-reader taking up space until some unknown later date, but I thought a bound copy might be nice. Having the physical book in hand, I cracked it open to read a few paragraphs. Then I burned through the book, quickly (at least for me).

One of the blurbs on the dust jacket calls it an “important” book, and I’m inclined to agree. Somewhat familiar with Doctorow through sites like boingboing, I knew he was a tech savvy guy, but I was thoroughly impressed with his ability to readily break down some pretty complex technology into layman’s terms. His descriptions of how surveillance can be misused and applied as an invasion of privacy under the guise of protection was both frightening and all too familiar in a world that has trouble drawing the line between terror and freedom.

I’m recommending this book to everyone I know, not so much for it’s mostly believable plot, not for it’s fun and identifiable characters, or even for it’s great use of suspense. No, I’m recommending it because it’s a great reminder to remain vigilant when privacy and personal information is concerned.

I found the ending to be a bit rushed, and the characters to be a bit naive from time to time, but then I have to remember this is a YA novel and I might not totally identify with the protagonist on too many levels, being in my mid-30’s.

Any flaws in the book were really quite marginal, at best, and I heartily recommend everyone read this book–if just for the concepts presented within.

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Posted by on February 21, 2011 in better living, review


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MARCO!,  POLO! originally uploaded by gentlemanbeggar.

Just watching a couple of birds play tag outside my window.
Nikon D40
Vivitar 200mm f3.5 (nonmetering)
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Posted by on February 14, 2011 in photography


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What is this bird?


What is this bird?, originally uploaded by gentlemanbeggar.

I’ve never seen one of these before. Saw him when I pulled in and had to snap off a shot. I have no clue what kind of bird it is, but he sure is fun to watch when he walks.


Edit: Apparently, it is an “American Woodcock.” Thanks to redditor “OsoGato” for clarifying!

Nikon d40
vivitar 200mm f3.5
some cropping, sharpening, and auto-levelling to improve clarity

Uploaded by gentlemanbeggar on 10 Feb 11, 10.00PM CST.


Posted by on February 10, 2011 in photography


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Snowpocalypse 2011

Snowpocalypse 2011, originally uploaded by gentlemanbeggar.

School was cancelled for this.
Nikon D40
Vivitar 200mm f3.5 (nonmetering)
No retouching.

Uploaded by gentlemanbeggar on 9 Feb 11, 2.51PM CST

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Posted by on February 9, 2011 in photography


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Keep me posted

Keep me posted, originally uploaded by gentlemanbeggar.

Twice in one year!?! Today brought the second snow of the season, a rarity in these parts. This is an old gatepost near our barn.

Uploaded by gentlemanbeggar on 4 Feb 11, 4.13PM CST.

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Posted by on February 4, 2011 in photography


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