Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Al Feldstein, longtime Mad magazine editor, dies at 88



CNN: Al Feldstein, who guided Mad magazine for almost three decades as its editor, has died, according to a Montana funeral home. He was 88.

I visited him once in the 70s in his MAD NYC office. He was a very nice guy. We discussed heritage and found we were probably not related.

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Washington Avenue - Miami Beach

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Monday, April 28, 2014

A walk at the tip of Miami Beach

(best viewed on big screen at 1080p)


Continuing my learning curve on how to edit videos.

A 2-minute video in Miami Beach.

Comments welcome.

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The Village of Bal Harbour Florida and Haulover Cut in South Florida.
I did most of my pelican and boat shots from that jetty.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

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Sunny Isles Beach, Florida
The blue one is the Jade Ocean.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

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Golden Beach is the residential area at the bottom.
Across the Intracoastal on the right is the city of Aventura, the tall buildings are in Sunny Isles Beach

Friday, April 25, 2014

Ella would have been 97 today!

Jazz in Montreux (1979)


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1953 Cessna 180
Sun-N-Fun, Lakeland, Florida

Thursday, April 24, 2014

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1956 Cessna 180A
Sun-N-Fun, Lakeland, Florida

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

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1946 Taylorcraft BC12-D
Sun-N-Fun, Lakeland, Florida

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

A walk in Bal Harbour

I have been teaching myself video basics lately with a new GoPro. I have purchased Video Pad editing software. Excellent and very reasonably priced.

It is much different work editing video than still photography. Learning every day.

Here is a 3-minute video I posted. What do you think? (see it in hi-res in YouTube for best quality)

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Pier Cub at Sun-N-Fun, Lakeland, Florida

Monday, April 21, 2014

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Friday, April 18, 2014

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Miami Beach early morning

Thursday, April 17, 2014

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Miami Beach early morning

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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The Lowes Hotel - Miami Beach

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

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Washington Ave. - Miami Beach

Monday, April 14, 2014

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Got an invite to fly a Nanchang CJ-6 out of Kendall-Tamiami (KTMB). Lots of fun over the Everglades.

We did two barrel rolls. Took lots of photos. Still processing the aerials (nice pics of the Everglades an the islands at the tip of Florida). We even buzzed a boat at close to 100 ft!

The set is at my website.


Sunday, April 13, 2014

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1949 Cadillac at the Festival (Pompano) vintage car show in March.

As a follow up to my early video editing I also made a very short video of this car, incorporating some stills:

Saturday, April 12, 2014

The 747 bus at Sun-N-Fun goes by

Watch Your Inner Fish

If you missed the first episode of “Your Inner Fish” by Dr. Neil Shubin in PBS, it is now online for you to watch. Don’t miss it!


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1949 Cadillac

Thursday, April 10, 2014

1953 Beaver amphibian - short video

Another short video at Sun-N-Fun.

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Aerotek trailer at Sun-N-Fun

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

The Wrong Way to Pay for Financial Advice

Morgan Housel, a wonderful writer and one of my favorites at The Motley Fool has a great column this week titled  "The Wrong Way to Pay for Financial Advice".

I am always interested in investing issues and am fully invested in the market, to improve my chances of a comfortable retirement. Most people I talk to about investments tell me they delegate that to a professional advisor and they usually pay 1% a year for this "service".

I, on the other hand, follow the Motley Fools, which have a subscription service for a fixed price a year. I am free to take their advice, or not. I then do my own investments, based on what I learn, They do the heavy lifting (reading the financial statements and doing the professional analysis), which most people do not have the time for and are generally not qualified to do (myself included).

Morgan correctly criticizes the current - and widespread - model of charging a percentage. That is ridiculous! It does not matter the size of your investment portfolio. It does not matter if they perform well, or poorly. They get paid the same. Does it cost them 2 times more to manage a $500,000 portfolio than a $1,000,000 one? Of course not. It's a racket and most people do not even realize they have fallen for it year after year.

I asked a friend not long ago about this (he is paying 1%), and asked how did he do last year. "Very well", he answered, close to 30% up, and he was all smiles!

Wait! He is telling me that in a year when the market went up by over 32% (S&P 500), his expensive professional " expert" did not even beat the market? He could have just invested all his client's money in a passive index fund and gone to the beach the rest of the year and do better than that!

I actively manage my own account, with the excellent advice of the Fool and made over 36% in 2013. That means I beat the market by 4%. For a fixed price for the advice. That's what I am talking about.

Here's Morgan Housel's excellent article again. Go read it.

Bought a GoPro!

I recently bought a GoPro camera to start playing with video.

I am primarily a still photographer, but thought it would be fun to film my flight lessons.

In order to learn how to film and edit video, I posted a couple of very short videos in my channel. This way I learn editing, adding sound tracks, overlayed text, and simple effects like transitions. I also added some of my still photography to it.

What do you think?

(short video of a Grummand Mallard at Sun-N-Fun in Lakeland, Florida)

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Bue Angels at Sun-N-Fun

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

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Fat Albert @ Sun-N-Fun
I just returned from a few days at Sun-N-Fun, the second biggest airshow in the USA. It is held every year in Lakeland, Florida
I have a lot of pictures to process, so you will be seeing a few new ones here and there, and as always, they are all in my website.

Monday, April 07, 2014

Blurred Lines - Postmodern Jukebox


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Flying in the Ford Trimotor in Miami

Sunday, April 06, 2014

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Left pattern on Kendall-Tamiami (KTMB) Runway 27L flying in a Ford Trimotor

Saturday, April 05, 2014

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Left pattern on Kendall-Tamiami (KTMB) Runway 27L flying as a passenger in a Ford Trimotor

Friday, April 04, 2014

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

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Ford Shoebox 2-door (1950)

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

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