Jason’s Glass Blowing

Our son, Jason, is following in mom’s footsteps and has started down a path of creating art. After just a few glass blowing lessons he is creating some wonderful work. Just a couple of examples below. I expect this to be just the tip of the iceberg! and

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MINIHERO – The Disappearing Bonnet

Played around with a technique last night where you can “see” through the bonnet, that would be hood for the non-MINI crowd, into the engine bay. You take an exposure with the bonnet closed, another with the bonnet open, and then do a bit of work in Photoshop to get this effect. Easy to do as long as… Read More »

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Gigging

We had a short gig last night at Smith’s Olde Bar for a fund raising event for Morningside Elementary School. It is always a blast for us as performers and as audience members. The night is filled with a large number of bands playing 30 minute sets. It is cool to see how quickly some of these bands… Read More »

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The MINI Dirty Butt Problem

If you happen to own a MINI Cooper then you are certainly aware of what I call the “MINI dirty butt problem”. The aerodynamics of our favorite little car are such that it scoops everything it can find off the road and dumps it onto the back of the car. My goodness, how frustrating it is to get… Read More »

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Lightroom Love

Bless those Lightroom developers and product managers!!! Just discovered a behavior in Lightroom that surprised and delighted me. I use a collection for all of the images we put on my wife’s art site. We’ve decided to create a “current work” page and an “archived work” page since the number of images had gotten to be so high.… Read More »

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MINIHERO Flyer

I’ve noticed a lot of folks that participate in car shows create auto show signs for their car. Since I usually enter MINIHERO into show events I decided it was bad form for MINIHERO to not have a sign as well. So, firing up Photoshop and Lightroom, I dug through some of my shots of MINIHERO and put… Read More »

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Upcoming Class Reunion

It has been 30 years since I graduated from high school. Seems a lifetime ago, well, I guess it has been. I’m pretty excited about seeing classmates and seeing the journeys our lives have taken. My graduating class was very small with only 18 seniors. That should give you an indication of how small our private school was.… Read More »

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MINI Tow Hook

I’ve purchased a number of products for my MINI from Outmotoring.com and have been very happy with their prices, speed of delivery and quality of products. One exception is the red anodized tow hook. Apparently there seems to be a wide variance in quality with anodized tow hooks. After about 60 days my red tow hook turned an… Read More »

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Set Them Free, Stay In Radio Contact

Short post today and here I go again preaching for the continued demise of command and control management. I currently have the pleasure of managing, and I use that word lightly, the highest performing team I’ve ever had the good fortune to work with. They rock and I’m sure I would still have a full head of hair… Read More »

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