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Amazing Photgraphy by Scotty Graham

I came across the blogspot site of photographer Scotty Graham the other day (via Instapundit) and was blown away by the beauty of his work. Simply amazing. I know some people will take issue with high dynamic range imaging (HDR) techniques he uses to get the brilliant luminance and painting-like quality for some of the […]

We are all Iranians

I’ve been watching this story on Iran’s “election” build for weeks now; and I, like everyone in the U.S. just assumed that Friday’s vote would come and go and that Ahmadinejad would be reinstated, as dictators always are, and that would be that.

Then, when I started to see images on blogs of rallies starting […]

Trace Bundy on Guitar

I’m not the biggest fan of Guns ‘n Roses, but I do love this song (Sweet Child of Mine)…and I am a huge fan of acoustic guitar. This rendition by Trace Bundy is very soulful.

Update on Atlas Shrugged, the Movie

I was excited to see this article by Robert Bidnatto posted at Atlas Sphere, which discusses the latest developments for the film adaptation of Ayn Rand’s magnum opus, Atlas Shrugged.

Vadim Perelman is the director, and, like Rand, he is from Russia. I haven’t seen his film, House of Sand and Fog, but I’ve heard […]

Ayn Rand and Secular Morality

Here’s a short and sweet article on Ayn Rand in Forbes online. (hat tip: Rick Gaber) I think the authors are right that the time is ripe for a truly secular morality — a morality that celebrates this life, however fleeting.

Phil Donahue once questioned Ayn Rand about her atheism. At the time, she was […]

“3:10 to Yuma”

James Mangold’s “3:10 to Yuma” succeeds on so many levels that I predict it will earn Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Cinematography. It’s that good.

The film stars Russell Crowe and Christian Bale as notorious outlaw and desperate rancher, respectively, whose lives become fatefully intertwined and changed […]

Girl From Ipanema

Every now and then I liked to watch the 1964 video of Astrud Gilberto singing, “The Girl From Ipanema.” It was always good for a smile. I just found out YouTube had to remove the video due to a copyright issue…

However, this one’s good for a smile, too…here is Frank Sinatra and Antonio Carlos […]

Film Review: Reign Over Me (2007)

“Reign Over Me,” written and directed by Mike Binder and starring Adam Sandler and Don Cheadle, is a film about grief—the inconsolable grief that comes from losing the loves of your life unexpectedly and without warning. It’s also about the power of friendship and the important bonds people make that bring meaning to their lives.

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Artists I Enjoyed at the Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival

Today, I attended the last day of the 48th Annual Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival–an amazing showcase of hundreds of talented artists representing the very best in their fields.

The festival winds through historic Winter Park, Florida, along the city’s main thoroughfare, Park Avenue. It’s a very high-energy display of some serious artists who create […]

Winter Park Art Festival

I’m very excited to be able to attend my first Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival, which is going on this weekend, March 16, 17 & 18. I’ve heard great things about this event, and I’m looking forward to browsing through the booths in search of new art for my home.

Before I moved here, I […]