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Common Sense and Whiskey is moving from Typepad to WordPress. The content here is already there, and the Typepad version will expire in June 2013. The only way you should come directly here now is if you have bookmarked "commonsenseandwhiskey.typepad.com."... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2013 at Common Sense and Whiskey
Common Sense and Whiskey is moving from TypePad to Wordpress. This should cause you no grief, but as I learn about Wordpress there will be fewer posts for the time being. Once completed, I predict there will be formatting inconsistencies... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2013 at Common Sense and Whiskey
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Shot at sunrise from the lower level of the Galata Bridge toward Beyoglu as nine exposures, processed as an HDR in Photomatix, finished in Photoshop. Texture and a spin through Pixel Bender to make it like an oil painting. Click... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2013 at Common Sense and Whiskey
These two maps are really entertaining. Just click through and go see: Map of Orkney, Map of Shetland Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2013 at Common Sense and Whiskey
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Not an easy quiz this week, so here are three photo clues. Can you name the country? Extra credit for naming the capital city, which is shown in the middle photo. Place your bets and click through for the answer.... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2013 at Common Sense and Whiskey
“There has been an accident at our nuclear power station. We ask you to be calm. Gather up your necessary things, what you need for three days: food and clothing. At 1400 hours a bus will be sent to your... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2013 at Common Sense and Whiskey
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Two big, expansive views over a capital city. This week's quiz is, what country is it capital city of? And name that capital while you're at it. Clue: I don't know, looks kind of, almost ... Balkan, doesn't it? Place... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2013 at Common Sense and Whiskey
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Photos from a March visit to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, Ukraine. Click 'em to make 'em bigger. More photos here. Kindergarten inside the 30-kilometer Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, near Chernobyl, Ukraine. The lobby of the Palace of Culture, Pripyat, Ukraine, inside... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2013 at Common Sense and Whiskey
We'll Just Sterilize the Little Bastards. Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2013 at Common Sense and Whiskey
In an article with the headline Stray animal extermination to safeguard Sochi Olympics, a government official named Sergei Krivonosov says Sochi plans to kill more than 2,000 stray cats and dogs ahead of next February's Olympics "to ensure the safety... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2013 at Common Sense and Whiskey
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The RMS Titanic sank a hundred and one years ago today. Ships were dispatched from Halifax to recover bodies, since Halifax was the nearest big port with continental rail connections. The Mackay-Bennet, a Halifax-based steamer normally used for laying communications... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2013 at Common Sense and Whiskey
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Can you name this European capital? And what's the name of that river? A good weekend to all from CS&W and EarthPhotos.com. And the answer is ............................................ it's Budapest, capital of Hungary. See more photos in the Cities Gallery at... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2013 at Common Sense and Whiskey
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Now that spring has arrived here in the southeast U.S., Chernobyl looks like a cold and forbidding place. It was a cold and forbidding place, matter of fact. Here are a few HDR photos from last month's travel. Click them... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2013 at Common Sense and Whiskey
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London, Istanbul, Kyiv and Chernobyl. 25 pictures so far. Click here. Then under 'styles,' click 'slideshow.' Make 'em as big as you can. One or two more most days, right through April. Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2013 at Common Sense and Whiskey
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The three cities (besides Chernobyl) that we visited earlier this month. Everybody takes this tourist picture of London, so I decided to do something else with it - first tonemap it and then make it up to look like an... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2013 at Common Sense and Whiskey
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The concrete blocks on the buildings to the left and center comprise part of the old sarcophagus built to contain radiation after the 1986 accident. This is as close as they'll take you, about 300 meters. A new sarcophagus, an... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2013 at Common Sense and Whiskey
“To see me does not necessarily mean to see my face. To understand my thoughts is to have seen me.” - Mustafa Kemal Ataturk A penny for the thoughts of the Turkish Prime Minister as he surveys his world this... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2013 at Common Sense and Whiskey
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Just a quick first photo now that we're back and I can edit on the big screens at home. This is the Haydarpasha train station on the Asian side of the Bosphorus in Istanbul. Click it to make it bigger.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2013 at Common Sense and Whiskey
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Yesterday we arranged a visit to Chernobyl, about 110 kilometers north of Kyiv. You must have a permit to travel inside the 30 kilometer "exclusion zone" around reactor number 4. Here are a few first photos. Starting with the second... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2013 at Common Sense and Whiskey
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In the center: Maidan Nezalezhnosti, Independence Square, Kyiv, Ukraine. Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2013 at Common Sense and Whiskey
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Long, remarkable day yesterday. A trip from Kyiv up to the Chernobyl exclusion zone, Chernobyl town, reactor number 4 and Pripyat. Top: Cash register at Middle School Number 3, Pripyat, with gas masks, and bottom, a copy of Soviet Patriot... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2013 at Common Sense and Whiskey
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On the one hand (about which): On the other: Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2013 at Common Sense and Whiskey