Mississippi and Alabama, 4th of July weekend, 2011

In 2011, we took a short holiday down to the Gulf Coast.  This one of my earliest “long” videos – just over 2 minutes – with a music track.

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White Bengal

21st Century Digital #8

White Bengal Tiger, Montgomery Alabama Zoo, 2010


Highsmith, Carol M, photographer. Montgomery Zoo, Montgomery, Alabama. 2010. Image retrieved from the Library of Congress, www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2010637620/. (Accessed February 26, 2017.)

Call Number: LC-DIG-highsm- 05782 (ONLINE) [P&P]


  • Established in 1920 as part of Oak Park. Later it was re-established and moved to its current located in north Montgomery. In 1989 it underwent a major expansion encompassing over 48 acres and 700 different species of animals.
  • Title, date, subject note, and keywords provided by the photographer.
  • Credit line: The George F. Landegger Collection of Alabama Photographs in Carol M. Highsmith’s America, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.
  • Gift; George F. Landegger; 2010; (DLC/PP-2010:090).
  • Forms part of: George F. Landegger Collection of Alabama

Photographs in Carol M. Highsmith’s America Project in the Carol M. Highsmith Archive. Highsmith, a distinguished and richly published American photographer, has donated her work to the Library of Congress since 1992. Starting in 2002, Highsmith provided scans or photographs she shot digitally with new donations to allow rapid online access throughout the world. Her generosity in dedicating the rights to the American people for copyright free access also makes this Archive a very special visual resource.

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Sleeping Lady with Black Vase

Art on Sunday #23

See the ABC video, below, for the story of a long-lost painting discovered by an art historian watching a movie.

How-To Geek, Geek Trivia – A Long Lost Painting Was Discovered Thanks To A Cameo In Which Movie?

In 2009, art historian Gergely Barki was watching the 1999 film adaptation of E.B. White’s classic 1945 children’s book Stuart Little with his daughter Lola when he noticed something that thoroughly startled him. Hanging over the mantle of the protagonist’s apartment in the film was the long lost painting Sleeping Lady With a Black Vase by Hungarian painter Róbert Berény.

While someone with less knowledge of the painting might assume that it was a reprint, Barki had a very strong hunch it was the original painting, a painting which had been missing since 1928. After numerous emails to anyone and everyone he could find who had worked on the movie, eventually Barki got in contact with an assistant set designer who not only had the story of the painting, but had the painting itself hanging on her bedroom wall.

She’d purchased the painting for $500 in an antique store to add a little elegant decor to the Little’s apartment in the film. After filming, she liked the painting so much that she turned around and bought it off the company for her own collection. After Barki helped confirm the authenticity of the painting, the set designer sold the painting to a private collector who returned the painting to Hungary for auction.

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Leaving Rendezvous Mountain via Aerial Tram

From our 2010 travels, this video is looking back at the mountain as we ride the tram back down to Teton Village, Wyoming.

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Early 20th Century Yellowstone National Park Footage

The Internet Archive site can be a good source for public domain material and is where, in 2009, I found the following video, which I uploaded to YouTube. It includes images of an early recreational vehicle — a trailer –, boiling an egg in a hot thermal pool, a man feeding a bear, Old Faithful geyser, and old Faithful Inn.

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Alternative Facts

Disclaimer – This post is intended to focus on January’s overblown reaction to the term “alternative facts, not the issues behind the use of the phrase by Conway.

On January 22, 2017, during a Meet the Press interview, U.S. Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway used the phrase “alternative facts” when she defended White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s statement about the attendance at Donald Trump’s inauguration.

Kellyanne Conway: Don’t be so overly dramatic about it, Chuck. What … you’re saying it’s a falsehood. And they’re giving… Sean Spicer, our press secretary, gave alternative facts to that. But the point remains …

Chuck Todd: Wait a minute. Alternative facts?

Kellyanne Conway: … that there’s … Chuck Todd: Alternative facts? Four of the five facts he uttered – the one thing he got right …

Kellyanne Conway: … hey, Chuck, why … Hey, Chuck … Chuck Todd: … was Zeke Miller. Four of the five facts he uttered were just not true. Look, alternative facts are not facts. They’re falsehoods.1

While Conway’s use of the phrase “alternative facts” was widely derided on social media, it may not have been such a blunder as it seemed at the time.  “Alternative facts,” it seems, is a term used in law.

Conway is an attorney licensed to practice law in Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia, served as a judicial clerk for Judge Richard A. Levie of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia and was an adjunct professor at George Washington University Law Center for four years. “Alternate facts” may simply have been a term used from her legal background.

Alternative facts is a term in law to describe inconsistent sets of facts put forth by the same party in a court given that there is plausible evidence to support both alternatives.The term is also used to describe competing facts for the two sides of the case.3

4.4.5 Alternative facts

It used to be provided expressly in the rules that a party could raise alternative and inconsistent sets of facts or alternative and inconsistent defences. As a matter of principle it must still be possible to do so. A party may always say that one or other of two versions of the facts is true, but he does not at present know which… It should be made clear, however, that this does not mean that a party can state alternative facts that are within his knowledge, so that one or other must be a lie. A claimant can quite properly state: The defendant hit me deliberately; if he didn’t he did so carelessly.’ But a defendant cannot say: ‘I wasn’t the driver of the car, I was the passenger; but if I was the driver I hadn’t been drinking.’4

  1. “Alternative facts” used by Kellyanne Conway – Wikipedia
  2. Kellyanne Conway – Huffington Post
  3. Alternative facts (law) – Wikipedia
  4. Drafting, page 26, The City Law College, Oxford Press, August 11, 2016 (a manual containing practical advice on the skill of drafting in a number of legal settings, including contract, tort, and criminal proceedings.)

Image credit: DonkeyHotey on Flickr; Creative Commons: Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic; Kellyanne Conway – Caricature

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1755 Bellin Map of the Great Lakes

Art on Sunday #23

A rare and extremely influential 1755 map of the Great Lakes drawn by Jacques Nicholas Bellin.

Partie Occidentale de la Nouvelle France ou du Canada.

After many years, I have recently been dabbling in genealogy.  My current focus is New France, where, in April 1657, a French soldier turned farmer, Pierre Couc dit Lafleur de Cognac,  married an Algonquin woman, Marie Mitéouamegoukoué, who had lost her first husband and two small children when a band of Iroquois warriors attacked her village several years before. While I don’t know that this couple are my ancestors for certain, there is a connection.  Now, if I can just find it.

The Art of Cartography – Until science claimed cartography, mapmaking and landscape painting were kindred activities, often performed by the same hand. …making a map invariably was an occasion for displaying artistry.1

A rare and extremely influential 1755 map of the Great Lakes drawn by Jacques Nicholas Bellin. This map, which appeared in the 1755 issue of the Homann Heirs Atlas Major, covers all five of the Great Lakes as well as the adjacent Indian lands and the English colonies of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York. 2

This map enjoys lasting significance due to John Mitchell’s use of it in compiling his important wall map, A Map of the British & French Dominions in North America . Mitchell’s monumental cartographic masterpiece was used in 1783 to define the boundaries between Canada and the post-Revolutionary United States, forming the basis for national borders that are still in effect today.2

  1. Rees, Ronald, “Historical Links between Cartography and Art,” Geographical Review, Vol. 70, No. 1 (Jan., 1980), pp. 60-78
  2. Wikimedia Commons
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Eyes of the Great Depression 143

Lange, Dorothea, photographer. Mennonite farmer, formerly wheat farmer in Kansas, now developing stump ranch in Boundary County, Idaho. Oct, 1939.

Lange, Dorothea, photographer. Mennonite farmer, formerly wheat farmer in Kansas, now developing stump ranch in Boundary County, Idaho. Oct, 1939.

Mennonite farmer, formerly wheat farmer in Kansas, now developing stump ranch in Boundary County, Idaho.1

  1. Lange, Dorothea, photographer. Oct, 1939. Image retrieved from the Library of Congress, www.loc.gov/pictures/item/fsa2000005323/PP/. (Accessed October 25, 2016.)
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Eyes of the Great Depression 142

Lange, Dorothea, photographer. Cotton worker in Sunday clothes. Near Blytheville, Arkansas. June, 1937.

Lange, Dorothea, photographer. Cotton worker in Sunday clothes. Near Blytheville, Arkansas. June, 1937.

Cotton worker in Sunday clothes. Near Blytheville, Arkansas.1

  1. Lange, Dorothea, photographer. June, 1937. Image retrieved from the Library of Congress, www.loc.gov/pictures/item/fsa2000001369/PP/. (Accessed October 25, 2016.)
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Farmhouse in Winter

Art on Sunday #23

Wikimedia info:
Artist: Otto Barth
Description: Altenbergertal on the Rax, Styrian part of Preinergscheid).
Date 1910
Original Medium: oil
Dimensions 70 × 90 cm (27.6 × 35.4 in)


This image is from a chromolithograph at the US Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division

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