The latest 100 posts, with excerpts

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  • Earth Day 2017: Keep it wild (4/22/2017) - Although Thomas Jefferson argued that no one generation has the right to encroach upon another generation’s freedom, the future’s right to know the freedom of wilderness is going fast. It need not go at all. A tragic loss could be... Read More ›
  • The Blue Trees in Denver (4/19/2017) - There’s a new public art installation in Denver. Work on it started yesterday and continues today. Artist Konstantin Dimopoulos, with the help of volunteers, is creating his Blue Trees project. It entails painting all the trees in the Denver Theatre District blue.... Read More ›
  • Easter Sunday (4/16/2017) - Estes Park, Colo., photographer Erik Stensland posted this on his Facebook page on April 12. He didn’t include a desciption, but I’m guessing it’s a recent sunset in Rocky Mountain National Park. Yet somehow it seems appropriate on this Easter Sunday... Read More ›
  • It’s a giraffe calf, finally (4/15/2017) - Lots of news today. But perhaps the happiest is that April the giraffe, at Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, NY, finally calved this morning. I managed to miss the whole event (early in NY is really early in Denver) but there... Read More ›
  • Tomorrow is Tax March Day (4/14/2017) - Tomorrow, April 15, Tax Day, is also the day for the Tax March. (I confess I only learned about it yesterday.) In Washington DC and in cities across the country, Americans will gather and march to demand Pres. Trump release his... Read More ›
  • It’s about priorities (4/13/2017) - This cartoon reminded me of a quotation from Pres. Dwight D. Eisenhower. I saw it earlier this week in a comment from Herb Van Fleet on his blog, The Humanist Challenge: “Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every... Read More ›
  • Thinking of flying the friendly skies? (4/11/2017) - (Updated April 13, 2017) If by some remote chance you missed the story today, passengers now risk being physically dragged off United Airlines planes to make room for their own employees: There’s another video and the complete story on CNN. I’m outraged... Read More ›
  • Hopeful but not optimistic (4/4/2017) -
  • Purrfect for pet owners (video) (4/1/2017) -
  • A little sunshine for your day (3/31/2017) - Today’s Google home page features artwork celebrating peace and diversity. A national Doodle 4 Google contest asked student artists to consider the concept “What I see for the future ….” The winner was 15-year old Connecticut high schooler Sarah Harrison, with... Read More ›
  • It’s World Meteorological Day … and more (3/23/2017) - It’s World Meteorological Day. How appropriate. The meteorologists around here are excitedly dealing with a typical Colorado weather forecast for the next 24 hours. Typical in that very little about our weather is ever “typical.” Right now, it’s a beautiful... Read More ›
  • Congress in the palm of your hand (3/20/2017) - Want to be heard in Washington but not sure where to begin (aside from voting, of course)? Well, you’re in luck. There’s an app for that. I first heard about the app “5 Calls” from Ronni Bennett on her blog... Read More ›
  • Happy St. Patrick’s Day (3/17/2017) -
  • The intransigence of hate (3/15/2017) - I first wrote about the intransigence of hate in our society back in 2009, and then again in 2010. And I’m sorry to see the topic is just as relevant today. Consider, for example, Iowa congressman Steve King’s comment on Sunday: “We can’t... Read More ›
  • GOP healthcare … all hat, no cattle? (3/9/2017) - Call me naïve, but I fully expected that after seven years of threatening to repeal and replace Obamacare, the Republicans would have a plan all polished, fully supported, and ready to launch as soon as a Republican became president. Seven years... Read More ›
  • Giraffe born at Denver zoo while world watches NY’s April (3/7/2017) - While the world watched (and continues to watch) April, the New York giraffe expected to give birth at any time, a giraffe was born at the Denver Zoo on February 28. His name is Dobby. Dobby was a surprise to... Read More ›
  • Us vs the internet (3/4/2017) - Yesterday on Time Goes By, I read how many internet users get frustrated by all the online annoyances when they are trying to browse or read — pop-up ads, regular ads, autoplay videos with their unwanted sounds, jittery GIFs, cluttered sidebars, etc. There... Read More ›
  • Bet you can’t help smiling (3/3/2017) - This video is five years old but it was new to me. And it certainly brightened my day. I hope it will brighten yours, too. The back story on this … a guy named Matt Harding started a video project titled... Read More ›
  • Bush sounds a lot smarter now (2/27/2017) - Former President George W. Bush appeared on the Today Show this morning, and he sounded a lot more intelligent than I’ve ever given him credit for. Or perhaps it’s just the comparison to Trump. Among the former president’s observations: “I consider... Read More ›
  • Even giraffe cam isn’t above criticism (2/27/2017) - Note: To be sure you’re always seeing the current genuine live feed, click the official link at aprilthegiraffe.com. There are countless fake sites with erroneous information. Going through aprilthegiraffe.com is the only way to be certain you’re seeing the real... Read More ›
  • Estes Park webcam information updated (2/22/2017) - This month I’ve made a lot of changes to the post that usually tops my bestseller list, “Live streaming webcams on line in Estes Park.” I had to account for cameras that have gone offline and add a few new ones I’ve... Read More ›
  • Lax security in the White House (2/20/2017) - One of the shortest, most succinct reports I’ve seen recently about happenings in the White House comes from an unexpected source — Ars Technica, a computer tech magazine I learned about some years ago. Its Friday report echoes my own concerns... Read More ›
  • Tiny Trump, America’s child (2/17/2017) - It started yesterday on Reddit and is now sweeping social media — Tiny Trump! It’s the perfect opportunity for photo manipulators to demonstrate their skills. These representative samples are all from imgur via Reddit, where you can find dozens if not hundreds... Read More ›
  • All hail SCROTUS (2/17/2017) - The So-Called Ruler of the United States Additional appellations are welcome. Please share yours in the comments below.
  • Daddy’s little girl (2/16/2017) - This isn’t THE origami rose. I don’t even know if THE rose was red or some other color. But my not-quite-11-year-old granddaughter had an unforgettable Valentine’s Day. She discovered her “cubbie,” in a particular classroom I assume, had been filled... Read More ›
  • Again with the valentines? (2/14/2017) - Terrific.
  • ‘The powers of the president … will not be questioned’ (2/13/2017) - A few hours ago I could not have told you who Stephen Miller is. Now I can tell you he’s the jaw-droppingly officious little jerk who made the above assertion on Face the Nation yesterday. If you prefer not to watch... Read More ›
  • Andrew Sullivan and ‘The Madness of King Donald’ (2/13/2017) - Finally! A respected journalist and public figure, columnist Andrew Sullivan, is openly questioning the mental stability and capability of Pres. Donald Trump. It’s about time someone did. In his Friday column for New York magazine titled “The Madness of King Donald”... Read More ›
  • DeVos bought herself a cabinet position today (2/7/2017) - I am absolutely sick that Betsy DeVos was confirmed as Donald Trump’s new Secretary of Education. With our public education system in dire need of new, competent leadership, the Republicans nevertheless succeeded in confirming a woman who has never attended a... Read More ›
  • It’s called checks and balances (2/6/2017) - Apparently no one told our new president that he is not the boss of everybody.
  • What the world needs now (2/3/2017) -
  • It’s National Wear Red Day (2/3/2017) - February is American Heart Month and today, the first Friday of the month, is National Wear Red Day, promoted annually by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), HHS Office on Women’s Health, American... Read More ›
  • ‘Fire hose’ of lava flows from Kilauea volcano (1/31/2017) - From the US Geological Survey in Hawaii comes this stunning video of lava pouring, not creeping, into the sea on January 28. A view of the “fire hose” at night: Story and more photos at the USGS site and at Big Island... Read More ›
  • Once upon a time there was a land called America … (1/30/2017) -
  • Snowboarder on fire at X-Games! (1/28/2017) - Frontside grab … truck driver … frontside rodeo … cab double underflip … quad cork 1800 … half cab quadruple backflip … backside triple cork 1620 … Snowboarding tricks, many of them being done today during the 2017 X-Games in... Read More ›
  • R.I.P. Mary Tyler Moore (1/26/2017) - MARY TYLER MOORE December 29, 1936 – January 25, 2017 Rest in Peace
  • Winter wind in the Rockies (1/25/2017) - Estes Park photographer Erik Stensland posted this untitled photo on his Facebook page last month. He spoke of how difficult it can be to capture the wind in a still image. But on this day in December, he did just... Read More ›
  • Bad Lip Reading: The Inauguration (1/25/2017) -
  • Bull in a gift shop II (1/25/2017) - A few days ago I posted a story and video about a bull elk that wandered into an Estes Park, Colo., gift shop. (He stayed for about 45 minutes.) Here’s another video with a view from the outside as police tried vainly... Read More ›
  • Deflection and ‘alternative facts’ (1/23/2017) - As Daniel Patrick Moynihan once put it: “You are entitled to your opinion. But you are not entitled to your own facts.” It’s going to be a long four (or, God forbid, eight) years. But at least the mainstream media... Read More ›
  • Roe v Wade, 44 years strong today (1/22/2017) - I almost overlooked this with the Women’s March yesterday. And this is really a part of that. Today is the 44th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision that freed women to make personal health choices for themselves. For me... Read More ›
  • Worldwide rallies support Women’s March on Washington (1/21/2017) - I didn’t watch the Women’s March on Washington today. I’d hoped it would be a huge success, but I just don’t have the will to watch a lot of live coverage from DC. So imagine my amazement and delight when I finally... Read More ›
  • Bull in a gift shop (1/21/2017) - There’s never a dull moment is Estes Park, Colo., thanks to the local wildlife. Today it was a bull elk that wandered into Water Wheel Gift Corner. He hung around in the shop for about 45 minutes, to the great... Read More ›
  • Transition (1/20/2017) -
  • Gone but not forgotten (1/18/2017) -
  • Words banished for 2017 (1/16/2017) - Here it is, the list of words and phrases banished for 2017. No doubt you’ve looked forward to it for a year. Or maybe two, since I neglected to post it last year. Lake Superior State University collects the words,... Read More ›
  • Congratulations, Mr. Vice President (1/12/2017) - President Barack Obama today surprised Vice President Joe Biden with the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom with Distinction. Other recent recipients of Medals of Freedom with Distinction: Pope John Paul II, President Ronald Reagan, and Gen. Colin... Read More ›
  • Thank you, Mr. President (1/10/2017) - Thank you … … for all you’ve done and all you’ve tried to do to make this a better country for everyone. … for being a man and a president we could be proud of even if we disagreed with... Read More ›
  • Tennis shoes, sneakers, or trainers? (1/10/2017) - Something I read earlier this evening started me thinking about the different words people use when referring to the cushioned rubber-soled shoes worn for athletic activities. In the past I’ve gone off on tangents about soda vs. pop vs. coke usage around the... Read More ›
  • Biden: ‘Grow up, Donald’ (1/7/2017) - Despite my current boycott of most Washington news, I read that Vice-President Joe Biden had responded to news of a tweet by President-elect Donald Trump by saying, “Grow up, Donald.” Having seen the headline, I felt compelled to find the video and... Read More ›
  • The zen of rock balancing (1/2/2017) - It’s fascinating what this man, Michael Grab, can do. And as it turns out, he lives right up the road in Boulder, a city with a seemingly endless supply of intriguing people and things. My appreciation to Ronni Bennett at Time Goes By... Read More ›
  • Wishing you peace and happiness in the new year (12/31/2016) - “I cannot be an optimist but I am a prisoner of hope.” — Cornel West
  • Free money for Android apps (12/30/2016) - Thank my son for this tip because I’d never heard of it. There’s a little Android app you can get called Google Opinion Rewards. They occasionally ask you a couple of survey questions and in exchange for your answer(s) they... Read More ›
  • If it bleeds, it leads … in the real world (12/29/2016) - In recent months I’ve developed a severe allergy to national news for the obvious reason: “If it bleeds, it leads.” (Try as I might, I cannot confirm the source of that phrase although everyone has heard it and it’s been around... Read More ›
  • … and don’t let the door hit you on the way out (12/27/2016) -
  • Whew … (12/26/2016) -
  • Just an old-fashioned Christmas (12/25/2016) -
  • It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas (12/24/2016) -      
  • Tips for TundraCam viewers (12/23/2016) - I’ve written more than once about the controllable TundraCam on Niwot Ridge northwest of Nederland, Colorado (about 15 miles due west of Boulder). Located at 11,600 feet, it affords some great views of the surrounding mountains and, occasionally, sightings of passing hikers or... Read More ›
  • Me, late again (12/22/2016) - I overlooked the opportunity to celebrate the shortest day of the year yesterday, but it went ahead and happened without me. Wonderful news for someone who really hates short winter days that get dark at 4:30 pm or thereabouts. From... Read More ›
  • Why they close Trail Ridge Road (12/21/2016) - I just came across this four-year-old video by Justin Calkins, an Estes Park, Colo., photographer. If you’re a frustrated tourist who didn’t get to drive Trail Ridge Road because it was closed — this shows why. Would you really want... Read More ›
  • Dawn on Trail Ridge Road (12/20/2016) - Screenshots from webcams probably don’t count as photography, but I thought this morning’s sunrise as seen from the Alpine Visitor Center (at 11,796 ft. in Rocky Mountain National Park) was especially lovely. We’ve had several days of bitter cold (-0°F, -17°C temps) with... Read More ›
  • More on willful ignorance and the media (12/16/2016) - A few days ago I wrote about willful ignorance and media bias and included a several-years-old chart from Pew Research. Shortly thereafter a reader directed me to this chart by Vanessa Otero, from her provocatively titled blog All Generalizations Are False. I thought... Read More ›
  • What a mess (12/15/2016) -
  • December dawn (12/14/2016) - Visit Erik’s gallery in Estes Park or his website, Images of RMNP, to see much more of his wonderful photography from the park.
  • Willful ignorance not acceptable (12/14/2016) - I believe it imperative that people stop being willfully ignorant and start paying attention to what’s really going on in our nation. I believe that those who get all their “news” from social media need to get real … with real,... Read More ›
  • Supergrinch (12/13/2016) -
  • Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year: Greenery (12/10/2016) - The artist/designer in me can’t resist reporting Pantone’s Color of the Year every year, and for 2017 that color is Greenery. Or to be more precise, Pantone 15-0343. Hard to believe it’s already been a year since I wrote about... Read More ›
  • R.I.P. John Glenn (12/8/2016) -   John Herschel Glenn Jr. July 18, 1921 – December 8, 2016   Godspeed, John Glenn Ad astra
  • Man punches kangaroo to save dog (12/5/2016) -
  • Crack in the Ice (12/5/2016) - “Crack in the Ice” by Alasdair Turner is one of the entries in the 2016 National Nature Photographer of the Year contest. It’s one of the editors’ favorites in the Environmental Issues category. Turner captioned the photo: A crack in sea... Read More ›
  • The heart of the matter (12/2/2016) -    
  • I do, I do (12/1/2016) -
  • WordPress snow a day early this year (11/30/2016) - WordPress has turned on its annual snowfall and it will be available until January 4. To turn the snow on or off on your blog, go to Dashboard > Settings > General and scroll to the next-to-last item on the page.... Read More ›
  • Dump Tower is gone (11/29/2016) - I may be the last to hear it, but apparently a couple of days ago, on Google maps of New York City, Trump Tower appeared as Dump Tower. If you searched for it, a map would come up showing Trump... Read More ›
  • Who do you trust? (11/29/2016) - Apparently we have a president-elect who likes or even prefers communicating via Twitter to whatever audience frequents and gets its sometimes-fake news from social media. For better or worse (I think worse), they all seem content to bypass our mainstream media. Not that the... Read More ›
  • Wishing everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving (11/24/2016) - When I was a young’un, all my Thanksgivings looked like this. Or close to it. With five kids in the family — and, as the years flew by, their spouses and children — the gathering grew to several tables in several... Read More ›
  • Forget me not (11/22/2016) -  
  • Trail Ridge Road officially closed for the season (11/19/2016) - The National Park Service announced yesterday that Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park is officially closed for the season to through traffic. This winter, weather permitting, visitors may drive only as far as Many Parks Curve on the... Read More ›
  • Tranquility base (11/17/2016) -  
  • Jon Stewart weighs in on election (11/17/2016) - Jon Stewart finally speaks about the election, the president-elect, and the nation. How I missed his wisdom, insight, and sense of humor during the endless campaign!
  • Our first winter storm is almost here (11/16/2016) - Time to revisit one of my favorite maps, ye olde winde map. Long-time readers saw it about two years ago but if you’re relatively new to this blog, you might have missed it. It’s almost a work of art, as you... Read More ›
  • ‘Hail Mary’ petition headed for Electoral College (11/14/2016) - Some call it “slacktivism,” the signing of online petitions in lieu of actual personal commitments of time and effort. But given the growing influence of social media, that definition could be getting a little outdated. Or not. Either way, there’s an... Read More ›
  • Protesting, Colorado style (11/12/2016) - Yep, it’s been mighty warm and dry here. For far too long. Not that folks don’t like sunny days in the 60s and 70s. Or even some record-breaking days in the 80s. But all that nonsense should have ended at least a... Read More ›
  • Another poor choice (11/12/2016) - Opinions vary, of course, but I think some really bad choices were made this week. And I’m not talking about the elections. While most of us were focused on how the balloting was going, the overall winner of the Comedy... Read More ›
  • Veterans Day 2016 (11/11/2016) -
  • Pardon my dust (11/11/2016) - Yes, there are some decorating changes afoot at Pied Type. Some things are a bit out of whack right now, but I’m working on them. It’s been a long time since I’ve messed with the code for this blog and I’ve... Read More ›
  • Death with dignity approved in Colorado (11/10/2016) - More important to me than the presidential election was Colorado’s Proposition 106 – the Colorado End-of-Life Options Act. And it was approved overwhelmingly. I can’t express how relieved I am and how grateful that so many Colorado voters — even... Read More ›
  • Trail Ridge Road still open in RMNP; free admission Friday (11/10/2016) - Update: Trail Ridge Road officially closed for the season on Friday, Nov. 19. Officials at Rocky Mountain National Park confirmed today that Trail Ridge Road has been open the last few days due to our abnormally mild, dry weather. They don’t... Read More ›
  • ‘This is painful, and it will be for a long time’ (11/9/2016) - Hillary Clinton said it this morning in her concession speech: “This is painful, and it will be for a long time.” No kidding. It will be painful for at least four years. Actually, given what is likely to happen to the... Read More ›
  • The whole world was watching (11/9/2016) -
  • When words fail (11/8/2016) -
  • Was it worth it? (11/7/2016) -
  • Need a smile? (11/5/2016) - It’s getting to be that time of year. No, not the wildly inflated Christmas holiday season that consumes everything else, but the end-of-the year round-ups of the year’s events. You know the ones — highlights and lowlights of 2016, most... Read More ›
  • Big thumbs up to these businesses (11/4/2016) - Believe it or not, our next holiday is not Christmas. It’s Thanksgiving. And I am more than pleased to recognize the businesses that have announced they will be closed on Thanksgiving. “Turkey Day” has long been my favorite holiday and I... Read More ›
  • Congratulations, Cubs!! (11/2/2016) - Congratulations to the 2016 World Series Champion Chicago Cubs! Their first World Series win since 1908 — an 8-7, 10-inning victory I haven’t been a baseball fan since fellow Oklahoman Mickey Mantle played for the Yankees. But even I understood... Read More ›
  • Under the Waves (11/2/2016) - This watercolor-like scene is “Under the Waves” by photographer Christopher Markisz. His caption: “Waves of fog roll over a neighborhood in Mill Valley, California, as seen from the top of Mount Tamaulipas.” The photo is one of hundreds of entries in National Geographic’s... Read More ›
  • Nessie in Alaska? (11/1/2016) - Two employees from the Alaska Bureau of Land Management filmed this strange “thing” swimming in the Chena River, Fairbanks, Alaska. What do you think it is? YouTube notes: Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologist Klaus Wuttig believed it’s an... Read More ›
  • Another whole week? Noooo! (11/1/2016) -
  • Happy Halloween (10/30/2016) -
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