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We support Ron Paul for President 2012.  

I think the founding fathers would be very disappointed in what has become of the American government and its leaders; we now have a corrupt empire that largely ignores its own constitution and tramples on individuals' liberties.  The founding fathers would like Ron Paul, however.  Congressman Paul consistently votes no on issues that are unconstitutional. If elected Ron Paul will end our wars, close our hundreds of military bases across the globe and end our unsustainable, financially irresponsible empire.  Ron Paul has more support from US troops than all other presidential candidates combined!  Dr. Paul is critical of government corruption and believes in protecting whistleblowers.  As a congressman, Paul does not participate in the congressional pension, has never voted to raise congressional pay and as President he would draw a salary of just $39,336, which is the median salary of the American worker.  Paul believes the War on Drugs is not working, is a waste of money, and violates citizen's personal freedoms.  Congressman Paul has never voted for: raising taxes, an unbalanced budget, a federal restriction on gun ownership or an increase in the power of the executive branch.  Paul is the only presidential candidate proposing a viable balanced budget.  He voted against: the Patriot Act, the TARP bailouts, regulating the Internet and the Iraq war.  Search YouTube for " Ron Paul predicts " to see how Paul has predicted many of our current major problems and crises years or decades before they happened.  Please do not waste your vote on the status-quo; elect Ron Paul for US President in 2012.  - David & Joan Hall



Christmas Day

12-26-2011 ~ Blog #415


I published enough photos on Christmas day to justify a separate page: Christmas 2011 Page.



Christmas Card Photos

12-24-2011 ~ Blog #414



Two weeks ago we hadn't really given our Christmas cards much thought; it seems like we've been behind on everything this year.  Although the idea we went with isn't terribly original, we do like the effect and we were able to get the shot we wanted with only an hour of set-up, testing and shooting.  To get the lights to glow with intensity I pushed the ISO up to 1250 and opened the f-stop to f2 at 1/60th of a second.  I placed a softbox light on either side of us for general lighting.  The folks across the street have a million lit up things in their yard, so I positioned our shoot with their display in the background in attempt to achieve bokeh (out of focus) light background.  The first shot is a test shot, the last is the shot we used for our card.











Gingerbread Houses








Christmas Eve


Just home from church.


ISO1600, f1.8, 1/100th of a second









Nineteen New Movies

I hadn't edited or uploaded movies since the middle of June. 

Yesterday I got caught up and uploaded 19 movies to out Movie Page.




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Jazz Class

12-21-2011 ~ Blog #413



Yesterday was the "watch day" at Annika's dance class.








Movie Club

My 8th graders very much enjoyed a film dialog editing assignment during the first quarter.  They wrote a short two person dialog, filmed the scene from three angles and edited the clips together into a classic/standard "camera on the speaker" dialog.  They asked if they could make movies for the rest of the year.  I replied that we had too much to cover to do that, but we could have a movie club.

They loved the idea and we now have an "Eighth Grade Movie Club" that includes 32 out of 40 of our eighth graders.  For their first "challenge" I wrote an ambiguous script.  They could only use the dialog from the script, but could do anything with actions and plot.  Yesterday we had our "film festival" and watched all eight movies.  They voted on a festival winner, presented awards and the winners even gave acceptance speeches. 

Their next movie challenge must involve six costumed characters: a Cowboy, a Nerd, a Ninja, a Pirate, a Princess and a Wizard. The real challenge will be working in one of the following afflictions per character: Always surprised (Eyes bugged out), Head bobber, I surrender! (Arms always up), Only talks out of one side of mouth, Perpetual lip licker and Super-clenched everything (Mr. Constipated).  I'm looking forward to what they come up with. We had enough time after our film festival and second movie challenge introduction for them to choose their characters, afflictions and begin writing their scripts.


Ambiguous Script:
What are you doing
You done
Youíll know when Iím done
Oh, thatís really nice
You think so
Whatís that smell
It always smells like that
So, what do you think of it
Wow, thatís really amazing
Right on
I hear something
I donít
Why did you do that
I wanted to see what would happen
This might get a little uncomfortable
Yeah right
There it is
Did you mean to do that
Oh yea
Hey, that was weird
I thought you would like that


* Note that I brought in our stuffed real armadillo for them to use as a prop.



Happy Birthday Brigitta

12-18-2011 ~ Blog #412



We began Brigitta's weekend of birthday festivities on Thursday with presents and cake followed by her class Christmas concert at school.   On Friday night we hosted our first "slumber" party (so inappropriately named) with five of Brigitta's friends over.  We will concluded the weekend with a dinner out on Sunday night at the Saffron Patch, our favorite Indian restaurant.























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