Bookstore Cats

I was at A Novel Idea for a read-in* the other day, and the cats (Padraig and Eddie) were out doing their curious cat thing, instead of staying curled up and asleep in the windows.

* The Read-In was in protest of a TransCanada pipeline (the Keystone XL line, if I’m not mistaken) that, if built, will put an oil pipeline straight through Nebraska’s Sandhills, an ecologically delicate region that is 1) unique in the United States (as far as I know), and 2) covers a large portion of the Ogalala Aquifer, which provides drinking water to most of the state’s residents, and irrigation to a large portion of  the state’s farmers. Given the recent history of oil pipelines breaking down and causing major pollution to rivers in Michigan, Wyoming, Illinois, and Montana in recent years, a pipeline going from oil sand fields in Canada to Okalahoma/Texas sounds like the last thing we need. You can find more information about the “Stand With Randy” campaign at   There are other events listed at Bold Nebraska’s site

Infrared Style

I decided to do a little experiment with the Infrared black and white effect in Adobe Lightroom, and then see what it would look like to put a mostly transparent overlay of the original color file. In some cases, the final product was bland, but in other cases, I thought it looked great.