Tuesday, December 29, 2009

46,336 miles in the air in 2009

2009 Travel
Originally uploaded by martin_kalfatovic

Well, I'm no Chris Freeland, but still had a pretty active flying year!

You can see the full stats at OpenFlight.org.

Ronald Reagan Washington (DCA)
Washington Dulles In (IAD)
Denver Intl (DEN)
San Francisco Intl (SFO)
Narita Intl (NRT)
General Edward Lawre (BOS)
Minneapolis St Paul (MSP)
Lambert St Louis Int (STL)
Vancouver Intl (YVR)
Salt Lake City Intl (SLC)

Total flown
46336 mi
Around the world
To the Moon
To Mars

United Airlines
American Airlines
Northwest Airlines
Frontier Airlines
Alaska Airlines
Virgin America

AA 4432: BOS to DCA

Getting ready to board the last flight for 2009 ... first for 2010 scheduled for January ... back to BOS

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Sunday, December 27, 2009

TSA to require all passengers to be under general anesthesia for flights

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WASHINGTON, DC - From its headquarters today, TSA officials announced that effective January 1, 2010, all passengers flying over US airspace will be required to be under general anesthesia. Flight attendants will be trained to administer the anesthesia after boarding. Some airlines have announced that in addition to an IV option, gas will be available for an additional fee (credit cards only please).

As a frequent flyer, I'm  concerned about air safety, however, some of the proposed new rules are going a bit too far - and some of the rumored rules are even worse!

One of the new rules, not allowing pilots to point out cities and landmarks as they fly over them, is just silly.  Having just flown to Boston from Washington, my pilot pointed out Trenton, NJ. I hope that Trentonites will feel safer from now on.

The above is a joke of course, but may not be that farfetched.  Uniform application of current precautions, proper screenings, and targeting the most likely threats will make for safer travel.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

President Obama stymied by SnowOMG!

Interesting news following the "Capital Crippler", "Snowmageddon", "Snowpocolpyse" "SnowOMG"  ...

Sunday, December 20, 2009

ANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE. - President Obama, returning from the climate  summit in Denmark was forced to abandon his usual Marine One helicopter trip back to the White House because of the massive snowstorm that  blanketed the Mid-Atlantic.

Secret Service and military security officials huddled into the early hours of Sunday morning to attempt to find a solution to the problem of guiding the presidential helicopter during heavy snowstorms. Rumors that other leaders in snow bound areas have secret "flying device guidance tools" are being investigated.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Ack! what if I need coffee?


Snowapalooza? snowmageddon? snowomg? snow

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Quote of the Day: "It is disheartening work to labour with zeal ..."

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It is disheartening work to labour with zeal & not even know whether I am going the right road

Such a great statement ... I feel that way nearly every day!

Charles Darwin to W.D. Fox, Letter 223, 25 Oct 1833

Writes of his ride from Rio Negro to Bahia Blanca and Buenos Aires, which he undertook in order to learn the geology of the land, so full of bones of large extinct quadrupeds.

You can also follow Darwin on Twitter!

Reports of "Bumble" sightings increase

Bumbles? Hmmm ...

Wednesday, December 16, 2009
WHITEHORSE, YUKON TERRITORY. - The residents of Whitehorse, a sleepy town closer to Alaska than the rest of Canada, reports an increase in sightings of the legendary "Bumble" also known as the "Yeti" or "Abominable Snowman."

Reports come out of the area of large, white-furred hominids prowling the area following after a company of small caribou and dentists. Experts contacted at the Smithsonian Institute's Natural Science Museum scoffed at reporters' questions noting that the last reputable sighting of the creature was in 1964.

When pressed about possible dangers to U.S. citizens, scientists said if anyone was truly afraid, they should stock up on dental instruments.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Strange twist in U.S. healthcare debate, polar dental plans?

Another entry in the curious doings up north ...

Strange twist in U.S. healthcare debate, polar dental plans?

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

WASHINGTON, DC. - The U.S. healthcare debate took a strange twist today as reports from north of Canada come in of a dramatic new development in the area of dental care.

Herbie D. Elf, an employee of North Pole Industries, LLC., has announced that new dentistry services will be offered by NPI as staff are re-aligned from traditional work in the toy industry to fill gaps in the  areas of dentistry, dental surgery, and orthodontics.Mr. Elf promises that services from his vast staff of diminutive dental staff will change the face of dentistry. "Our dentists may be half the size, or even only a quarter, of what you're used to, but we provide 100% off the services you expect,": continued Elf.

The American Dental Association has not issued a statement on these developments, however, a member, speaking on condition of anonymity, has said, "This whole thing smells fishy. Canadian colleagues have noted that Elf has connections with the noted con-man, "Yukon Cornelius" and the questionable leader of the Island of Misfit Toys.

The President and Congressional leaders note that any options that will cut healthcare costs need to be carefully reviewed.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Cliff Lynch ...

Starts hi address at CNI in DC.

Canadian Con Man, “Yukon Cornelius” At Large

The plot thickens ...

Canadian Con Man, “Yukon Cornelius” At Large

Monday, December 14, 2006

WAWA, ONTARIO – Canadian officials have reported that notorious flim-flam artist Larry Mann, also known as “Yukon Cornelius” has escaped from a minimum security facility in Ontario and was reported traveling by sled in a northerly direction.

Mann, who first came to the public's attention with a scam involving a peppermint mine, was declared mentally competent even though a number of psychiatrists claimed otherwise. Authorities believe that Mann is not dangerous, but if sighted, law enforcement officials should be notified immediately.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Moonracer Alleges “Espionage”

And here's another story ...

Moonracer Alleges “Espionage”

Sunday, December 13, 2006

NEW YORK, NY – King Moonracer of the Island of Misfits toys has filed a formal complaint against the U.S. with the United Nations about alleged “espionage” on the island. Moonracer succeeded his father, Moondancer, in 1955 during a bloodless coup backed by the CIA. The Island of Misfit Toys has been a frequent target of U.S. concern since the Carter Administration when the Consumer Product Safety Commission expressed “concern” over the immigration from the island to the U.S. The Administration officially denies any spying on the Island of Misfit Toys. However, a high ranking official who declined to be named commented that “there’d be no tears at the White House if Moonracer took a long ride on a train with square wheels”.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

State Department Official Raises Questions about Santa’s Village

Ran across this today ...

State Department Official Raises Questions about Santa’s Village

Saturday, December 12, 2006

WASHINGON, DC – A State Department official speaking on the condition of anonymity commented that the United States if “very concerned” about transnational activity taking place in and around the North Pole. The primary habitation, “Santa’s Village”, has been placed on a government “watch list” for suspicious activity. The Attorney General’s office had no comment on the story and referred reporters to the State Department.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Adaptation is not an option ...

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... in the case of rapid evolution in the biological sphere. In the world of technology, especially those professions hit directly by the information technology wave that has been engulfing the world for the past "n" years (I was going to say 20, going back to around 1990, but you can pick your own time frame) adaptation is the only alternative to irrelevance.

Take the following statement:
Whether we’re librarians, teachers, administrators, or professors – or newspaper journalists, television producers, radio broadcasters, or magazine publishers – or travel agents, stockbrokers, medical professionals, or postal service workers, I think we need to be more uneasy. We need to be less complacent, less certain. We need to be more proactive and forward-thinking rather than self-congratulatory and self-satisfied. [emphasis added].
The above quote is from "The (un)certainty of professional persistence" by Scott McLeod (a noted thinker in K-12 eduction) in his blog, Dangerously Irrelevant. I found it a very sobering statement.

However, I remain generally hopeful for my own profession, but only if most of us stay wary, stay uneasy, stay edgy about the future. Stay willing to adapt and to maybe not afraid to cut losses and throw out many of our most cherished ideas of what is a "collection"; what is "service"; what is a "library" or "librarian."

If we continue to define our profession by what we do and where we do it, we're on our way to joining the iceman, the farrier, lamplighter, pardoner, summoner, and the canon's yeoman.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Holiday balls ...

Arie at the Smithsonians Natural History museum

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Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Sun (newspaper) strikes back at new media!

Excellent defense against new media by the Sun newspaper (London), but still a losing proposition in the long term!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Friday, November 20, 2009

Lee Rainie on libraries and "The New Information Ecology"

Lee Rainie speaks at the Colorado Library Association on libraries, librarians and the new information ecology. Like most of his presentations, must read information!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

The trouble with trillions ...

Nice little video that sums up some interesting issues of the information age (such as it is at the moment). Found via my new favorite site, Obsolete.

Trillions from MAYAnMAYA on Vimeo.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

NW 2310: MSP to DCA

I bought tickets from Delta for this trip, but have yet to be on a Delta plane!

NW 5792 : YVR to MSP

Heading back to the USA

Quote of the Day: "You want the truth, but you need the lies"

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Picture at  left, Vancouver Public Library, looks a bit like the Amphitheatrum Flavium, no?  Not a good model, or is it?
I see the stars in your eyes
You want the truth, but you need the lies
Like Judy Garland, like Valentino
You give your life for rock n' roll [or libraries]
- U2, "A Room at the Heartbreak Hotel"

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Libraries, Archives & Museums presentation for ASIS&T in Vancouver, BC

Been a very rainy few days here in Vancouver, later today I'll give this presentation at the 2009 ASIS&T ASIS&T Annual Meeting: Thriving on Diversity - Information Opportunities in a Pluralistic World
November 6-11, 2009, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Monday, November 09, 2009

Random Thought of the Day: Airport reuse in the future?

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So, I'm walking past the magnificent Canadian Pacific Railway Station in Vancouver, now shops and restaurants. Earlier this summer in I was at the Union Pacific Station in Salt Lake City, also shops and restaurants.

Seems like every train station is shops and restaurants (well, of course not, Union Station in Washington is a mixed train/shops facility; Philadelphia and Baltimore are still mostly train stations). And, shockingly, when in Denver a while back, I was surprised to see the train station is actually find it was just a train station. Not a shop or restaurant in sight!

But the random thought here is airports. I just assume that our current idea of air travel (or travel in general) may change in the next 100 years. And if/when it does, what will become of all our airports?

Most are far away from population centers, so shops may be out the question. And there will be only so may air/space museums the world needs.

So, anyone want to speculate on what an abandoned DCA or ORD or SFO will be housing in a 100 years?

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Internet Archive Glassware

IA glasses
Originally uploaded by chrisfreeland2002

The celebration at the new Internet Archive headquarters and unveiling of the "Bookserver" also brought the opportunity to distribute more if he very nice Internet Archive glasses.

Suitable for all occasions, this fine bit of glassware can be seen all around the world.

If you have one and want to take a picture of it, post it to Flickr and add it to the "IA Glasses" group.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Peter Brantley speaking

At the Making Books Apparent meeting/workshop

Yet another BHL presentation

I'm in San Francisco to attend the "Internet Archive Leaders' Forum" and also their "Making Books Apparent" meeting. Also doing some other assorted Biodiversity Heritage Library and Smithsonian Library work and visits.

Our BHL group had a very good meeting yesterday followed up by an Internet Archive hosted dinner for out of towners at the St. Francis Yacht Club.

Today the Internet Archive meetings start to be followed tonight by a large press reception at the new Internet Archive headquarters (didn't know they were moving?). Yes, after all these years, IA will be leaving the Presidio for new digs. Where are they and what does it  look like? I'll let Internet search hounds figure that out for themselves, the rest of you can wait to find out later tonight (hint: as one Internet Archiver told me, "we've finally found a building that looks like our logo").

Here my presentation that will occur later today:

Saturday, October 17, 2009

UA 874: IAD to SFO

Leaving a rainy DC for sunny San Francisco. Going to be a long trip. Wonder if mold will be gone when I get back?

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Tweet tweet said the librarian

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Thinking about library reference and one of the questions I have (as many others have had) is, "are we where are patrons are?" Obviously, in many cases we are. We're in the library, we're on the phone, we answer email, we even Twitter, Yammer, and talk to people in the hallway.

But increasingly our users are in others places. They're on Facebook (not just for kids, the largest demographic is around, uh, cough, our - meaning my - age), they're on Twitter (and not just older folks, reports that Twitter is ignore by the Millennium generation are being proven to be inaccurate), they're staring at the Google one box and feeling lucky.

Our challenge is to continue to serve current users in the spaces they are (libraries, phone, email) while also finding the common ground with new users (or old users who've moved on to new spaces.

Would any of us answer an email reference question by printing out the email, annotate it in pen, attach photocopies and drop it in interoffice mail? Unlikely. We would scan in the relevant document and email the answer back to the patron. However, in all to many instances, the answer is yes.

Likewise, our patrons in the Yammer- or Twitter-space asking the question there and probably expecting the answer to come in the same space (either to the group or as a direct message).

Yammer could prove a good test case for the brainstorming that came out of last week's brown bag on social networking.

For those of you who have been attending or listening to the Smithsonian's lecture series on information and library technology, you'll have heard these ideas before. Specifically see David Weinberger and David Lankes (links below).

And again, I still find that the Cluetrain Manifesto has said it all. From a library perspective, The Darien Statements on Libraries and Librarians are interesting .


Saturday, September 26, 2009

Flickr 7,000th photo from the National Book Festival

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My how time flies; seems like I just joined Flickr. Still the great, user friendly look and feel (thanks to UI guru George Oates!).

Today, went to the National Book Festival, sponsored by the Library of Congress, bit of a rainy day, but still LC claimed 130,000 people (new record) attended.

I remember the first NBF, held on the grounds of the Capitol (as opposed to the Mall), held on September 8, 2001. This was a small event compared to what it would grow to be.

Today was a rainy day and didn't get to see too much. Spent some time with Paula Dean and Carmen Agra Deedy (also Wilson Kimeli).

This 7,000th Flickr photo is of a woman with official ID taking photos at the 2009 event.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Pirates on the Potomac!

Celebrating Talk Like a Pirate Day with a cruise aboard the Admira Tilp on the Potomac around Alexandria.

Angry Fish : Dr. Seuss

Angry Fish : Dr. Seuss
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1,000 views! Wow. I'm glad the world has liked this photo.

I didn't realize when I crashed the ALA reception for the 50th anniversary of The Cat in the Hat that this photo of the the Fish popping out of the fishbowl - in the form of a cake - would become one of my most popular photos.

The ALA Midwinter meeting in Seattle was pretty good, but when I ran across the Cat in the Hat party, it was really great. Dr. Seuss' editor was there and they created special drinks, Thing One and Thing Two for the event (basically, they were variations on the Cosmo).

Some of my ALA friends were there and we all received a copy of the 50th anniversary edition of the Cat in the Hat!.

Metadata passing in the night: Librarians, taxonomists, and the BHL project

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In a recent post on iPhylo, Rod Page comments on the Biodiversity Heritage Library:

The more I look at BHL the more I think the resource is (a) wonderfully useful and (b) hampered by some dodgy metadata.

I'll gleefully embrace item (a) and and greet (b) with a a mournful shrug of the shoulders that says, "yes, I'm so sorry, we in the library field have failed our users in this regards."

Page goes on to document known metadata problems in the BHL, including this one:

Another issue is that of duplicates. Searching for publications on Rana grahamii, I found items 41040 and 45847. Although one item is treated as a book, and the other as a volume of the journal Records of the Indian Museum, these are the same thing.

You would think that after 200 years or so, librarians would know the difference between a monograph and a serial? Well, of course we do, but the problem is too often, instead of adhering to standards that meet the common goal of access, libraries have cataloged materials to meet their local users' needs, or to provide access at varying degrees of granularity to meet local standards. This wasn't a problem when all metadata was local, but one we've started to move into large scale, collaborative metadata mashups (such as is the BHL), all those individual aberrations from the standards (as well as the typos, non-standard rule application, etc.) have led not exactly to the "train-wreck" that the Google Book Project is faced with, but maybe something worse, a failure to serve the needs of a key user community of the BHL - taxonomists.

In 2003, my colleagues Tom Garnett  and Suzanne Pilsk (Smithsonian Libraries), Anna Weitzman (Smithsonian/Botany Department) and Chris Lyal (Natural History Museum, London), began work on the digitization of the Biologia Centrali-Americana. After working with Anna and Chris for a few months (through numerous meetings in a windowless conference room - Chris on speakerphone), it dawned on the library side of the group that for a 150 plus years, we'd been providing our users with great metadata, the only trouble was, it was nearly useless to them and the jobs they were trying to do. When we would say "author" we meant the author of a bibliographic work; when they said author they meant the describer of a taxon (e.g. Homo sapiens L. - the L is the author, Linnaeus). Library metadata didn't cover this; Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) might be applied, but were far to broad or general (Frogs -- North America). We were breaking Ranganathan's Law #4 of Library Science: Save the Time of the User.

Of course, part of the problem was we really weren't talking to our users. At the same time that many of the great library thinkers were working (Cutter, Dewey, Ranganathan, Bowker, Poole, etc. - I'm stretching the timeline here, I know!), there were similar life science indexing projects. Charles Davies Sherborn was compiling the Index Animalium (an index to known animal species described 1758 to 1850). Sherborn lists described species as follows:

cucullatus Struthio, Linnaeus, Syst. Nat., ed. 10, 1758, 155.—[Didus ineptus, ed. 12.]

(note since this is a species index, the name is given species/genus, not the usual genus/species, fyi, this is the dodo, later reclassed as R. cucullatus). Note how bibliographic citation is done: Linnaeus, Syst. Nat., ed 10, 1758. Could you find that a library catalog? Unlikely, taxonomists and librarians were (and are) using totally different rules to describe bibliographic things. Every taxonomist knows that Syst. Nat. is Systema Naturae, but rarely capture all the common abbreviations used in taxonomic literature (of course, taxonomist, being human - mostly at least - they do don't always follow their own rules assiduously, make typos, or just plain whack errors; Sherborn is often very inconsistent in his citations, e.g. sometimes referencing the publications of the United States Exploring Expedition by the individual volume authors and sometimes under Charles Wilkes, commander of the Expedition).

The BHL project has been a great experiment in bringing together librarians, informaticians, taxonomists, and computer scientists. It's great to be in yet another roomful (YAR) of librarians/scientists and hash out these problems. The really great thing is that now were talking to each other, not going our own ways, tending our own gardens, but actually working together to solve these problems and build great projects.

Friday, September 18, 2009


Wow! I'm amazed ... thank you Flickr-ites. You've now given me over 100,000 views on my photos and photostream.

Glad you've all like the pictures of libraries, airports, food, mold, dripping water, the Washington Monument, YARs (yet another roomful of librarians, scientists, etc.), life at the Smithsonian, conferences, views from airplane windows, life in Washington, flowers, insects, and whatever else hits my fancy.


Here's a a slideshow of my Flicrk photos!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Dodos and galleons

Dodos and galleons
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My interest in dodos (Raphus cucullatus) seems to be spreading. Today I received a copy of Dodo's en galjoenen (Dodos and Galleons by Perry Moree, 2001). It's an interesting looking book about the Dutch ship, Gelderland, and its exploration of Mauritius. Lot's of good information about dodos, including some of the earliest depictions of dodos!

Also included is a music CD by the group Pekel. Pekel, a Dutch folk group, composed songs around some of the narrative from the voyage. The song is "Dodo Song" in two parts, "Meat of the Dodo" and "Dead as a Dodo". The song is sung in English, French and Dutch.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

World Digital Library

I attended a reception at the Library of Congress to honor the World Digital Library. The reception, held in the Members Room at LC (the reading room reserved for members of Congress) was very nice. James Billington (Librarian of Congress - pictured) gave a nice introduction to the project. Member of the Obama administration attended as well as staff from the embassy community.

The highlight was when students from Westlake High School in nearby Charles County, Maryland, demonstrated how there used the WDL in class assignments in the past few months.

I spent a nice time before the speechifying with Ronald Cunningham, Deputy Superintendent of Schools for Charles County discussing the changes that the Internet and digital libraries have brought to the K-12 environment. Mr. Cunningham is clearly a believer in new styles of learning (while keeping the successful lessons - pun intended - from the past!).

An aside, the food at the reception, was quite nice!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Who needs cloud computing?

Me! Or something other than a monthly fix of a case of 500 gig hard drives from my dealer, Iomega.

Oh yeah, the 4 tb NAS came with the same delivery!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

You've Reached That Star Teddy!

The morning rain in the Washington area had ended and though it was still pretty humid, it wasn't all that hot.

And so, I decided to walk over to Arlington Cemetery to watch the funeral procession of Ted Kennedy. As these things often are, things were delayed and we ended up standing and waiting for nearly 2 hours til the procession arrived.

There was a large crowd and lots of chatter and friendliness. In a nod to technology, people were checking smart phones and texting to find out the status of the procession. The various reporters, security and Secret Service people joined in to chat with the crowd and give status updates.

I got Twitter and Facebook updates from friends at other points along the route.

As the Kennedy Family arrived following the hearse, there was almost a festive atmosphere as they smiled and waved to the crowd.

At Arlington Cemetery

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Edward M. Kennedy (1932-2009)

In 1979 it seemed like a lot of things would be happening to this 60's wannabe college freshman. First off, there were rumors that the Beatles were going to reunite for a benefit concert of some sort (never happened, Paul and Wings played a great set at the Concert for the People of Kampuchea, however).

The other thing was that Camelot would be coming back. Ted Kennedy was going to run for president and take care of all those annoying LBJ-Nixon-Ford-Carter blues we'd been having since 22 November 1963 (or 6 June 1968 or 18 July 1968).

Yup, this was a good time to be a College Democrat!

So when Teddy announced at Faneuil Hall that he'd be running for president (in a hopeless challenge against a sitting president no less!) it was GREAT!

I sure didn't understand "realpolitik" then (if I do know!), but it sure seemed like a good idea. My Economics 101 prof was excited (Kennedy will bring in great minds!); and, being in school in Washington, I joined the Kennedy Campaign. I didn't do much (stuffed envelopes at the National HQ building - a former Cadillac showroom [insert jokes here] - ran in a fundraising raise [I think I still have the tee-shirt]). My now wife (a Mass. native) also worked on the campaign and with a friend did a campaign roadtrip to Pennsylvania. There was a big party after the Penn. primary (Ted won!) at the Cadillac HQ, but Ted never showed up.

Being angry - and VERY NAIVE - when Ted lost the nomination (but gave the great convention speech which probably sealed the Reagan victory) I couldn't vote for Jimmy and ended up voting for John Anderson (who you ask???? aside: ran into Anderson at a movie theater in DC 6 months after the election, "I voted for you" says I, "thanks" says he").

And thus passes Camelot.

(image above, pin from 1960 John Kennedy campaign purchased at 1980 EMK fundraiser)

(remind me to tell you about Jerry Brown sometime!)

Sunday, August 23, 2009

2009 Arlington County Fair: Photography Competition

The 2009 Arlington County Fair competition this year was pretty tough!

I thought that I had a a couple of blue ribbon winners this year, but no luck, out of the five entrants this year I had:

- 1 third place (white ribbon)
- 2 honorable mentions (green ribbon)
- 2 no place

Here's the rundown:

Insect/Flower (3rd premium)

Taipei Fish Market (honorable mention), I thought this was a winner!
Taipei Fish Market

Taipei 101 / New York New York (honorable mention)
Taipei 101 / New York New York

Taiwan Fishing Boats (no place)
Taiwan River Boats

In the Wasatch (no place) - really thought this was a winner!
In the Wasatch

Meanwhile, my eight year old, in her first competition, pulled in a first premium (blue ribbon!) for this photo:

Wild Utah Grass
Wild Utah Grass