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AH, THE COMPUTER AGE
BEWARE IF YOU HEAR THESE WORDS:
"This is Windows Company and we've detected a problem
with your windows."
There is a fascinating Internet scam making
the rounds. The Indian Subcontinent
accent and the unmistakable background sound
of a boiler room tipped me off. Finding
a problem with a Windows operating system on
my Mac was an achievement in itself but I
didn't let on.
The caller was enthused when I said:
"I'm having trouble with my computer."
Caller: "That's why we called. We
have detected a serious problem with your
Me: "There's a guy who makes these in his
garage and sells them out of his trunk in the
Walmart parking lot."
Before he could get into his spiel that would
lead me to download problems that would cost
me hundreds of dollars I added: "He won't fix
them when they break."
Caller: "Well. uh, make sure your
I cut him off: "I down loaded Windows 10
and the computer starts smoking when I turn it
Caller: "Smoking? What do you
Me: "Let me go over and turn it back
I tried to simulate footsteps with my fingers
tapping on the desk as he said: "Sir,
Me: "i'm back, it's on. Uh oh, it
just caught fire. I gotta get a bucket
Caller: "Sir, sir."
I waited silently for several minutes until I
heard the operator: "If you wish to make
I have read where some
people have been taken for hundreds of
dollars by this scam. The crooks have
unsuccessfully contacted me 3 or 4
times. They get the victim to
eventually access sites from which aps and
viruses are acquired. Sometimes they
even manage to freeze your screen until they
receive payment. I'm sure they leave
viruses and undesirable aps when you think
your computer is returned to apparent
normalcy. It's good sport to ridicule
them. Once I played dumb (my old
teachers said I had a gift for that) and
pretended to be really confused. I
held my hand partially over the mouthpiece
and yelled to my wife that someone was
coming to fix the broken window. I
asked the man if he'd fix the broken screen
too. Eventually he managed to explain
to me that he would fix my Windows
computer. I hollered to my wife that
we were going to get a computer. He
These scam artists
deserve your ridicule. Every minute
you can tie them up is a minute they're not
stealing from someone else. Be
creative but remember Florida law does not
allow you to record a conversation if both
parties are not aware of the
recording. I must admit I got the idea
for treating scammers like this from some
comedy bits I heard on the radio and
Internet. What I described here really
did happen. If I ever get one of them
to the stage where I have to pay them with a
Master Card I'm going to tell them my
accountant number is "3." "I've been
with this bank for a long time." The
options are numerous.
(You can Google something like Windows
scam to read more about the problem.)
10-2, 10-3 & 10-6
UWF defeated undefeated Valdosta State 3-1.
HERE FOR PHOTOS OF ALL THREE GAMES
UWF WOMEN'S SOCCER 10-2-15 &
How can you not want to photograph people like the
Lady Argos soccer team?
They're not alone on this campus in being excellent
athletes and even better people.
UWF DEFEATS SHORTER
UWF FOOTBALL SECOND SCRIMMAGE
Here: UWF FOOTBALL SCRIMMAGE PHOTOS
Alex Peyrot And Kenny Brasil Are ITA
Regional Doubles Champions!
It may have been the most exciting and well played
doubles match I've ever seen.
pleasure to photograph Coach Racine's two
teams. They are friendly,
cooperative and appreciative. They always
have a kind word or smile—until they face
an opponent. That is when they turn
as competitive as imaginable. The word
fierce comes to mind. In the last 6
or 7 years I've been emailed from family
on other continents about this web
site. I've had players introduce me
to visiting family. And I'm
nobody. Thanks Coach Racine and
thanks to the men and women you bring to
the community. It's about more than
the full trophy case you've treated us
to. We used to say: "The eyes don't
lie." Well, neither do the
FOR MORE PHOTOS OF KENNY AND ALEX
DOWNTOWN PENSACOLA IS A TREAT
"There was music in the cafes at night..."
Downtown Pensacola is a delight...great little (and
big) cafes and restaurants...
Theater and arts thrive...
The Little Theater is not so little but it is an
intimate site with several stages...
The Art Museum
The Wentworth Museum
It's a safe place...the cannons are from an earlier
There is a deep water harbor that serves the world...
The Nor Goliath is over 590 feet long!
A little perspective...if this ship were docked at
home plate of the stadium, the other end would be 190
feet beyond the center field wall!
THIS WEB SITE HAS GONE TO THE BIRDS!
BIRD WATCHING EVEN EXTENDS INTO THE CITY!
A really strange and rare bird
Pigeons (Rock Doves) were once hunted for food...today
some consider them a health hazard.
A Blue Heron
Sea Gulls...early Mormon settlers in Utah believed
gulls were part of a divine sign if not an
actual miracle. I've seen people in San
Francisco feeding them with hand held crackers!
The beach is the place to go if you want to encounter
(feed?) these guys by the hundreds.
OTHER UWF FALL SPORTS
& 9-19 VS UA, UG & Spring Hill
PHOTOS OF THE UWF WOMEN'S SOCCER GAME
WITH MONTEVALLO ARE HERE
HERE FOR THE 9-22-15 GAME
THE UWF CROSS COUNTRY TEAM
Hosted the annual Gulf Coast Stampede
Here: UWF RACE PHOTOS
is a sport by itself. It may well be
the oldest of competitive sports.
Does the name Marathon come to mind?
Mercury had winged feet as I recall.
Every other sport that really is a sport
is defined by running. Sports
that don't involve running are probably
games rather than sports. Golf,
chess and poker come to mind. I do
recall hearing of my great grandfather who
combined poker and running in the Old
West. "I don't know where that fifth ace
came from" would be shouted just before
he'd scoop up the gold and win a footrace
out of town. Non-competitive running
is good for the head. When Forrest
Gump had to clear the mental cobwebs, he
ran...and ran...and ran some more.
Of course he wasn't real but the benefits
of running (and walking) are
obvious. On this Saturday something
else was obvious. The UWF Men's and
Women's teams are awesome again.
Coach Carmichael and his runners are a
class act. Both teams finished
second on the difficult Escambia County
Equestrian Park course.
WHILE ON THE SUBJECT OF FLIGHT...
ALSO ADD THIS TO YOUR SCHEDULE
to your schedule. Pensacola, like
New York City and Mobile, celebrates the
New Year by dropping an object timed with
a countdown. New York has the famed
ball dropping in Times Square.
Equally (almost) world famous is the
dropping of a giant Moon Pie at the stroke
of midnight in Mobile, Alabama. I
wish I'd made that up. Not to be
outdone by either metropolis, Pensacola
drops a huge pelican on New Years.
This year the drop will occur downtown at
the corner of Garden and Palafox.
Music and great fireworks will be
Our beloved Blue Angels will return
for their Homecoming on November 6-7.
Bring your camera but remember the
Naval Air Station does not permit
weapons of any kind and the show is very
loud...earplugs are a must!
I made these Canon 60D shots at 1/5000th of
second, f5.6 aperture, 250mm and ISO 100
DRAMA AT THE BIRD
Of loyal parents, hapless squirrels and cardinal
IF YOU LIVED HERE YOU COULD WATCH BIRDS EVERY DAY
HERE To See More Of Drama At The Bird Feeder
A couple of bluebirds proved to be faithful
parents at this feeder that became a nest!
A greedy squirrel encountered the
male's protective wrath.
The female was quick to follow and
strafe the invader.
I have a dozen punch lines here but
I won't go sleazy just to get more readers.
Please follow the link to find
dozens of my feathered friends posing for my
camera...or grab your camera and go out to enjoy
the Panhandle's treasure.
AUTUMNAL EQUINOX 2015
THE FLORIDA PANHANDLE IS A LAND OF NATURAL WONDERS
Even an average suburban lot has a story to tell
Of A Backyard Naturalist
Don't tread on me!
The Southern Black Racer
|I helped write the Wikipedia
article on this snake and many of the photos
were taken in my yard here in Pensacola.
The original article was challenged by an editor
in France who suspected the article was designed
to promote a cartoon or movie super hero.
Getting her ducks in a row
This photo has been "borrowed" by several sites on the
Teach your children...
Home schooling is popular
in this area. Every parent and
grandparent can "home school" even if the kids
are in a regular school. Wouldn't it be
an interesting project to record the natural
conditions in a typical yard? You could teach
photography, natural history, biology,
zoology, web site creation, ecology and so
much more. When asked what they teach,
the best teacher will respond "I teach
UWF Women's Soccer Won Its Home Opener Against
PHOTOS ARE NEVER
SOLD...NEVER. I photograph for the
Athletic Communication Department but this
site is private and has nothing to do with
them. This site promotes the entire area
and other things that interest me. The
University of West Florida, especially its
athletics, are a vibrant part of the
community. I normally take 100s of photos in a
game and I'm currently re-evaluating the
idea of posting dozens of photos after a
match or game for every sport. In the
past I would post all I had regardless of
technical quality. I've always hoped I
was providing recognition and a vehicle
players and families could use to hold
memories. I'm trying to figure out if enough
athletes and their folks back home are viewing
this site in numbers that make it worth my
time. The department needs photos of
high resolution (measured in MBs) for its
needs and I need to compress photos (measured
in KBs) so that I can have them load
fast. They come first. It's not
brain surgery but it's still time consuming
for me to process photos twice. In any
event, Coach Bartlinski is back with another
WE HAVE FOOTBALL!
UWF HAS BROUGHT COLLEGE FOOTBALL
University of West Florida has a football
program and it looks very
impressive. They had their first
scrimmage on 9-12-15 and the large crowd
was delighted. We saw speed, some
size and a whole bunch of skill being
honed by an excellent coaching staff.
There is self discipline being encouraged
and good football being taught. Mobile,
hostile (in a proper sense) and agile were
the key descriptions. Students
arrived and acted like the kind of fans
that makes college football the great
institution it is. One fraternity
brought couches for its members and
enthusiasm for the team. The rest of us
will get the hang of tailgating but
Pete Shinnick long ago figured out what
successful college football is all
about. Bring on 2016, these guys are
ready right now. Below are
some photos I made of the
here for MORE PHOTOS OF THE FIRST SCRIMMAGE
THE 2015-16 UWF SPORTS SEASONS
target audience was small to
begin with but when cobwebs
formed on the hit counter I knew
I was wasting time and
effort. It's no
reflection on the athletes and
coaches. They are among the best
in Division II. My
philosophy of including even
photos of poor technical quality
was based on the grandfather in
me—there are no photos of my
grandchildren that I don't
appreciate. Even free it
didn't sell and I couldn't
figure out how to get the price
below free. The cynic says
free things tend to get valued
at that price but I like to
believe what we have here is a
failure to communicate on my
part. I also failed to
realize that these champion
athletes already had bulging
scrapbooks from more credible
sources than I offered.
continue to photograph for the
Department of Athletic
Communication. They do a
terrific job and I've often
compared them to Division I
programs. The website
you're reading is my personal
operation and it will revert
back to being an organ to
promote this great area (of
which UWF is an integral
part), wildlife and other
things that interest me.
I'm sure I'll find the time to
include sports photos and
information about special
successes, especially at
UWF. It's going to
be another exciting year and I
look forward to photographing
and watching UWF coaches and
breathtaking athleticism with
strong character. I just won't
be posting the 100-200 or so
photos I've taken at the event.
mentioned this once before and I
hope it amuses you as much as it
does me. There is a
certain irony in telling a non
existent audience that it
doesn't exist. I feel like
Les Nessman, the befuddled
newsman on the 70s-80s
sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati.
Their transmitter was blown up
and he wanted to lead his news
report with the story that they
were off the air. Did I
mention I am off the air?
HISTORY AND WILDLIFE BECKON
visitors and new residents...Ft.
Pickens should be worth frequent
visits. Here a heron
greets me. Like many of us, he
is willing to stick his neck out
to promote our beautiful Emerald
Coast. (Sorry) Whether it
be history (Ft Pickens was a
Civil War Union fort as well as
the prison that held Geronimo)
or lonesome beaches, dunes and
natural wonders...it is one of
our gems here in Pensacola.
Ft Pickens is rarely crowded
at the University of West Florida
You can probably figure out my feelings
for schedules of your favorite
Bring the kids to show them how things are
done the right way
9-25-15 Through 9-27-15
The Pensacola Seafood Festival
Entertainment, 5k race, Arts & Crafts,
Frequent Music Shows
Music shows up close and personal!
Pensacola Museum of Art
Photos of our area
From Now until October 17th
Pensacola Greek Festival
Great food and more
BANDS ON THE BEACH
Great Live Music
It's FREE every Tuesday until October 27th
THERE IS SO MUCH MORE GOING ON IN
THIS IS JUST THE TIP OF THE
OK, I CAN'T TEAR MYSELF AWAY SO QUICKLY FROM SPORTS
THIS IS CORA BIDLACK AND I BELIEVE
HER POSITION IS OUTSIDE HITTER FOR UWF.
YOU WONDER WHY THE UWF VOLLEYBALL TEAM IS
9-2? JUST LOOK AT THIS VERTICAL LEAP!!
THEY PLAY HARD AND SMART FOR COACH WOLTER (WHO HAS
By the way, the other shots in
the sequence show she scored a kill on this play.
BUT IT'S NOT JUST GREAT VOLLEYBALL
MARTIENN URBANCIC IS CELEBRATING ANOTHER GOAL FOR
THE UNDEFEATED MEN'S SOCCER TEAM
WITH A LEVITATION MOVE THAT WOULD MAKE DAVID
BLAINE TAKE NOTICE!
Check goargos.com for schedules
for these and other sports