The latest 100 posts, with excerpts

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  • The Great Mattress Migration (8/19/2019) - Funny enough on its own, but it happened right here in River City — er, greater Denver — on August 17, 2019. It seems an
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  • Olbinsky releases ‘Vorticity 2’ (8/16/2019) - Mike Olbinsky recently released another of his amazing timelapse videos of storm activity over the Great Plains. Some of you may remember previous examples of
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  • We apologize for the inconvenience (8/15/2019) - After months (if not years) of indecision, I’ve decided to make some changes in Pied Type’s design. This will no doubt cause me great consternation
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  • Short list announced for Bird Photographer of the Year (8/13/2019) - Birds aren’t everyone’s cup of tea. Neither is photography. But I can’t imagine anyone not appreciating the beauty of birds as seen by great photographers.
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  • Panning around Boulder (8/12/2019) - For those with a particular interest in Boulder, Colo., there’s a new webcam … or perhaps it’s just a new function of a previously existing
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  • And now a word from our sponsor … (8/10/2019) - This is a “high fashion” ad that appears in my New York Times newsletter most days. I’ve always thought high fashion stuff was kind of
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  • What you can do about guns (8/8/2019) - If you aren’t yet registered to vote, register now. If you are already registered, make sure all your information is up to date. And when
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  • Shootings require guns (8/7/2019) - Our lawmakers need to stop the excuses and false rationales. Other countries have mental illness. Other countries have video games. Other countries have racists. But
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  • About those red flag laws … (8/6/2019) - There has been a lot of talk this week about passing “red flag laws” to help prevent the sort of shootings that occurred in El
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  • Today it was El Paso … (8/3/2019) - … tomorrow?  
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  • Best line from last night’s debate (8/1/2019) -   During last night’s Democratic presidential debate, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (NY) had a chance to drop one of the night’s best lines. If elected, she
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  • Memorable moment from Tues. night’s debate (7/31/2019) - I had last night’s Democratic presidential candidates debate on in the background while I focused on something-or-other on my laptop. For the most part it
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  • Cool off with the Katmai bears (7/26/2019) - Looking for a way to escape the summer heat? Don’t forget the live bear cam in Katmai National Park, Alaska. Icy whitewater, leaping salmon, determined
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  • The tornado that wasn’t … or was it? (7/25/2019) - Look closely at the middle of that rain shaft in the photo. Do you see it? A funnel. The photo was taken yesterday, July 24,
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  • OMG, it’s contagious! (7/24/2019) - Just when we thought it couldn’t get any worse … Here’s what England’s The Guardian had to say: Both are loudmouthed man-children, with a history
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  • This is not a game (7/24/2019) - Regardless of a Department of Justice memo (a mere memo), no one should be above the law. Not even the president. Especially the president. We’re
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  • When good men do nothing (7/19/2019) - “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” ~ attributed to Edmund Burke  
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  • Top Gun 2: Goosebumps all around (7/18/2019) - Most of you are probably yawning at the news: The first official trailer for Top Gun 2 was released a few hours ago. And admittedly
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  • Once upon a time we dreamed (7/18/2019) - In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first US moon landing, there has been a lot of wonderful television programming — retrospectives of that
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  • Dancing with dolphins (7/16/2019) - Years ago, in Tampa Bay, FL, I was lucky enough to see three dolphins frolicking off the bow of my tour boat. I’d seen my
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  • The devil made me do this (7/15/2019) - The devil made me post this: And then I found this: Two of my biggest complaints, pointedly addressed by some talented cartoonists. I couldn’t resist.
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  • To Kaepernick & Company (7/12/2019) - (Apologies to my readers, who by now must think this is all I can write about. But I couldn’t resist this.)  
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  • Kitty karma (7/11/2019) - Some of you may remember my posts back in 2014 about a tiny kitten that almost froze to death. She was rescued, taken to the
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  • History lesson for Nike and Kaepernick (7/10/2019) - Nike, Inc. and Colin Kaepernick need a history lesson, one that most of us learned before we got out of grade school. The United States
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  • Because AMERICA! (7/4/2019) - Wishing everyone a safe and happy Fourth of July!
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  • Pardon my patriotism (7/3/2019) - In recent days we’ve seen a big flap about Nike’s almost-introduction of its patriotic Betsy Ross shoes. It seems the Betsy Ross flag was offensive
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  • Open letter to America’s news media (7/3/2019) - Attention News Media: America’s Fourth of July traditionally features a huge public celebration on the National Mall in Washington, a gigantic nonpartisan celebration with patriotic
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  • There is no free lunch (7/2/2019) - What does The Far Left not understand? There’s no such thing as a free lunch. Some way, somehow, somewhere, somebody has to pay for it!
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  • Yep, it’s just a webcam (7/1/2019) - … and people wonder why I’m hung up on webcams. This is from the Wild Basin webcam that I just rediscovered recently.
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  • Mt. Meeker and the sleeping Indian (6/30/2019) - I was certain I’d written about this in the past — the profile of the sleeping Indian visible from Highway 7 near Allenspark, Colo. I
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  • Debate expectations (6/26/2019) - Tonight’s the night. We’ll see the first of two breathlessly awaited (yawn!) Democratic presidential candidate “debates.” Despite all the hype, my expectations are low …
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  • There’s something about this cat … (6/20/2019) - Maybe it’s just me, but when I came across this picture, I could think of only one thing. And it was human, not feline.
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  • Wild Basin webcam is my new favorite (6/14/2019) - I’ve long said Rocky Mountain National Park is my favorite place in the world. And it’s easy to assume that would mean a lot of
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  • No collusion? (6/14/2019) - Apparently it depends on your definiton of the word.
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  • Because we could all use a feel-good moment (6/13/2019) - Eleven-year-old Tyler Butler-Figueroa was diagnosed with leukemia at age 4. He was bullied at school because of the hair loss caused by his treatment, and
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  • D-Day: 75th Anniversary (6/6/2019) - Normandy by the Numbers The Normandy Invasion consisted of 5,333 Allied ships and landing craft embarking nearly 175,000 men. The British and Canadians put 75,215
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  • A cat tale (6/1/2019) - You might have noticed I haven’t been writing much lately. But I have reasons, or excuses, depending on how you feel about cats. Mousse, my
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  • Memorial Day 2019 (5/27/2019) - ~ Never Forget ~ All gave some. Some gave all.  
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  • Cookies in the cabinet (5/22/2019) - Yep, I saw the video yesterday. Dr. Ben Carson, US Secretary of Housing and Urban Renewal, did indeed think the congresswoman said “Oreo.” Wouldn’t it
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  • George Carlin on abortion (5/20/2019) - Given the recent surge of extremism re Roe v. Wade, now seems a good time to reprint these insightful words from comedian George Carlin, first
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  • Back to the Stone Age (5/17/2019) - Supposedly Alabama’s restrictive new abortion law is intended to get the abortion issue before the now more conservative Supreme Court in an effort to overturn
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  • Trade wars bad, very bad (5/15/2019) -   Trump lost a billion dollars in ten years (ala “The Art of the Deal“!?), but at least it was his own money. Now he’s
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  • My favorite webcams: Estes Park, Rocky Mountain NP, Pikes Peak, Denver/Boulder (5/14/2019) - From Estes and Rocky Mountain National Park, south to Pikes Peak, these are my favorite webcams.
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  • Beneath the cover-up (5/6/2019) - Although I agree that Attorney General Barr is nothing more than Trump’s lackey, that’s not why I laughed at this cartoon. I’d never thought about
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  • Finally, my Shingrix vaccination (5/3/2019) - It required three or four months on a wait list, but I finally got my first of two Shingrix shots yesterday. Shingrix is the new
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  • Religious intolerance makes no sense (4/29/2019) - They all worship the same god -- Hate & Intolerance
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  • It’s Earth Day 2019 (4/22/2019) - Pogo (Walt Kelly) said it best.
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  • Today is Earth Day 2019 (4/22/2019) - Let's make every day Earth Day before it's too late
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  • Curiosity’s killing the cat (4/21/2019) - This is part of the Mueller Report released by the Justice Department. Looks almost like an abstract pattern for fabric. That’s some pretty intense redaction
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  • Words fail (4/16/2019) - Notre Dame Cathedral, one of the world's greatest treasures, is burning.
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  • Photographic evidence (4/12/2019) - Proving what we already knew about Trump
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  • Springtime in the Rockies (4/9/2019) - The high today in Denver was 78°. A blizzard warning has been posted for tomorrow.
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  • Timer Tip (4/4/2019) - Have you ever wished you had some kind of timer that you could set once and it would alert you every 30 minutes, 4 hours,
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  • I am from … a while ago (4/2/2019) - Several recent conversations brought to mind this item I first published in 2009. I probably should have mentioned in the first few paragraphs that all
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  • Joe Biden and the #MeToo conundrum (3/31/2019) - The #MeToo movement has raised a lot of perplexing issues, demonstrated most recently by Lucy Flores, a former member of the Nevada Legislature and 2014
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  • Something is rotten in Chicago (3/31/2019) - Sixteen charges against Jussie Smollett were dropped
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  • ‘Short’ sighted (3/28/2019) - Seriously, NASA didn’t think to stock up on smaller spacesuits as soon as they let women into the program!?  
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  • Nobody asked me (3/27/2019) - Yesterday Colorado Governor Jared Polis announced the adoption of a new official logo for the state. Can’t say I’m thrilled with it. Yes, I appreciate
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  • What price oil? (3/22/2019) - Updated March 23, 1:30 pm If you were planning a move to Colorado, is this what you’d want to see? Would you buy a home
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  • Gun culture (3/20/2019) - The recent mosque shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand, were terrible beyond words and yet, sadly, not at all unfamiliar to Americans. Mass shootings have become
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  • If you want to play with others, follow the rules (3/19/2019) -   The rule should be, quite simply, “No admission to a public school (or to the US) without immunizations.” Period. There’s always home schooling, permissive
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  • Worried about Ronni Bennett (3/18/2019) - Update, Mar 19: As of 6 pm MDT yesterday, Time Goes By was back on line. I have a request for any of you who
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  • Outrage (3/14/2019) - It’s outrageous no matter how you look at it. Wealthy parents buying, lying, bribing, cheating, etc. to get their kids into prestigious colleges. Or maybe
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  • Ulmer is here (3/13/2019) - In the past there’s been a lot of eye rolling when the local meteorologists get excited about an incoming storm. But this time they nailed
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  • Have a lanche (3/9/2019) - It seems logical that if any of the lower 48 states were to have avalanches, it would be Colorado. But a report yesterday that the
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  • Hickenlooper’s hat (3/5/2019) - It’s hard to guess how the large and growing Democratic field for president in 2020 is going to shake out. But here in Colorado we’d
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  • Worrisome (3/5/2019) - Worry a lot.  
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  • Watchdog (3/2/2019) - My dog Annie likes to lie on the back deck and watch for birds, squirrels, and passersby beyond the fence.    
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  • Thinning the herd: Reparations (2/23/2019) - What do Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Kamala Harris, former San Antonio mayor Julián Castro, and Marianne Williamson have in common? All are Democratic candidates for president
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  • Holy smoke, Smollett (2/22/2019) - Jussie Smollett. I know that name now, but until recently I’d never heard of him. And I’d never watched nor wanted to watch “Empire.” (Still
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  • Hey Dems, I’m getting confused (2/20/2019) - Yep. Surprise. I’m getting (even more) confused … by all the Democrats running for president in 2020. I’ve already lost track of how many there
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  • This person does not exist (2/17/2019) - That’s right. This person does not exist. She’s a product of AI, artificial intelligence. Computers have analyzed millions, probably billions, of photos of people. All ages,
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  • Oops, I almost forgot (2/14/2019) - Terrific.  
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  • When will we ever learn? (2/11/2019) - In A Measles Outbreak, Demand For Vaccine Spikes A quarter of all kindergartners in Washington county aren’t immunized. Now there’s a measles crisis Defying Parents,
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  • No, I didn’t watch the address last night (2/6/2019) - For the first time that I can remember, I didn’t watch the State of the Union address last night. I feel a little guilty, like
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  • Just another Denver sunset (1/31/2019) - Most of the orange clouds were directly overhead, so this webcam view from the Denver Museum of Nature & Science only caught an edge. But
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  • Beauty underfoot (1/29/2019) - It’s so easy in Colorado to turn one’s eyes to the mountains when seeking beauty. The grandeur of the peaks is undeniable, impossible to overlook.
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  • To my readers, with respect (1/22/2019) - I’d like to remind all my readers that Pied Type is an open forum where I encourage and try to respect all views. As I’ve
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  • It’s about choice and respect (1/22/2019) - Every woman’s right to privacy and choice was guaranteed by the Roe v. Wade decision 46 years ago. Celebrate your right to choose for yourself.
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  • Rotary phone baffles teens (1/20/2019) - If you’re of a certain age, you’re going to love this. Were rotary phones really that complicated? Am I really that old? The first push-button
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  • Incoming storm? What storm? (1/17/2019) - (Screenshots from approximately 12:30 pm MST. Click pics for current views.) These and many more webcams are always available on “My favorite webcams: Estes Park,
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  • Ten years since Miracle on the Hudson (1/15/2019) - It was ten years ago today — January 15, 2009 — that Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger safely ditched his US Airways Airbus A320 in the Hudson River after
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  • Do what you love, love what you do (1/14/2019) - A 🔟 isn't enough for this floor routine by @katelyn_ohashi. 🔥 pic.twitter.com/pqUzl7AlUA — UCLA Gymnastics (@uclagymnastics) January 13, 2019 Joy personified by UCLA’s Katelyn Ohashi. Watch
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  • More unusual cardinals (1/13/2019) - In the last few weeks there has been a significant surge in readership of my posts about Northern Cardinals, particularly the one entitled “World’s loneliest
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  • Leave only footprints (1/8/2019) - By now we’ve all seen pictures of trash piling up in national parks and at national monuments and memorials. A symbol of what happens during
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  • This might be the year (1/6/2019) - Don’t laugh. It’s possible. It could happen. Not likely, but you never know. Hope springs, yada, yada.