Monday Links and News – 12.16.2013

Photo: A sign above a drinking fountain I found near Expedition Everest in Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

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Drink! Lens: Canon 50mm 1.8

I get about one cold a year, and this was the week. Feeling better-ish now, but the week was rough. The upside was, I got plenty of sleep and I finally watched the film Argo. I enjoyed the film, although I know there are plenty of complaints about the actual ‘true’ level of the film–which is something I could care less about. There aren’t any specific requirements for a film to proclaim ‘based on true events.’ Films are entertainment, and entertainment usually means the story, true or not, needs to be entertaining–which means parts of the story need to be ‘punched up’ or altered. Like I said, when I see ‘based on a true story’ at the start of a (non-documentary) film, I disregard the statement. Argo, punched up or not, was a well-made thriller.

Now, if Argo deserved the Oscar for Best Picture, is another story (I didn’t see all of the other nominees).

Speaking of movies, I wrote a new review for Lost Highway (Judge Dredd) and a post about checking out Blu-Ray discs from the library for the Capital Area District Libraries blog (I picked up Argo at the library).

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Lost Highway B-Movie Reviews and Cult Films (as Tiger Sixon)

My’Brary Adventure (Capital Area District Library Blog)

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Monday Links and News (Wednesday Edition) – 12.11.2013

Photo: A Michigan license plate I found at DinoLand U.S.A. in Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

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Michigan! Lens: Canon 50mm 1.8

Busy weekend and a busy start of the week kept me from getting this post up on Monday. Oops! Life happens, especially when now that I have two cats to distract me. And a PlayStation 3. The big news over the weekend: I performed another set of stand-up comedy on Sunday. A big crowd this time, and another great selection of local–and traveling–comedians.

Other news: you can buy the ebook of my novel The Magic of Eyri for only $1.99 now (Apple folks: you can download the iBook for $1.99 too). You can, of course, order the physical novel through Amazon or Lulu. In other novel news, my editing work on Riddle of the White Gun continues. There’s good days where I get through a bunch of pages, and not-so-good days when I don’t get a chance to even open the file. I’m happy with my progress though, and with the changes I am making.

Here’s last week’s links.

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Monday Links and News – 12.02.2013

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Meet Rags the cat. Photo by me. Shot with my Canon 50mm 1.8 lens.

We adopted another cat last week. The new cat’s name is Rags, and introducing him to our first cat Nigel went well–better than we hoped, actually. We were worried Nigel would not like Rags at all, but so far so good. They aren’t snuggling each other, but they aren’t fighting either. They touched noses last night, which was oh-so-cute. I think Stephanie’s head just about exploded. 

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Monday Links and News – 11.25.2013

Blogging about our Disney World honeymoon continues. It will make for many, many posts, as I shot a bunch of photos and have plenty of stories to share. Hooray, photos! Stories! In writing news, I’m hard at work on the fifth edit of my Riddle of the White Gun novel. I decided I wanted another pass at the story (came up with some tweaks and new ideas), and I will finally start sending out queries to agents and soon. Novels are easy–query letters are difficult.

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Monday Links and News – 11.18.2013

I began blogging out our Disney World honeymoon. Plenty of photos for me to wade through, that’s for sure. I only (only) shot between 5 and 7 gigabytes of photos (RAW not JPEG, so that amount is actually less than you might think).

Here’s a photo of me on the Wild Africa Trek at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, ready for action with my Canon Rebel T2i and my 55-250mm telephoto lens.

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Crocagators! Photo by Disney.

The Canon 55-250mm is a decent telephoto lens, especially for beginners. It has the Image Stabilizer feature, which helps when you are really zoomed in on a subject–although nothing beats a tripod or a monopod. I couldn’t bring a tripod or a monopod on the Wild Africa Trek, so the Image Stabilizer came in handy.

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Hippo at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Photo by me. Shot with my 55-250mm lens.

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Daniel J. Hogan’s new blog, with a humor focus, is on clattertron.com. The blog on danieljhogan.com is for weekly links, news, general updates, and other rambling
. You can follow Daniel on Twitter, @danieljhogan. Follow Clattertron on Facebook.