Monthly Archives: May 2015

Phoenix Comic Con 2015 – Friday!

Here are some pictures from Phoenix Comic Con 2015 I took earlier today.  Most are outside my booth at 3118.  Please stop by to say hi, or even better, buy a book!

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Random Humor to Bring in the Weekend

Some random humor.  Enjoy!

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My Dogs and Their Toy Box

My dog walker put all my dogs toys away in their blue toy box.  Last night, with glee, the two boys (their sister just watched), ran over to the box, looked in like they were Christmas presents, and pulled one toy after another out.

Most of these toys they have had months or years, yet each one they acted like it was the first time they had seen it.  Here is the mess after they decided to find all the “new” toys and play with them…


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Shipwrecks spotted in crystal-clear waters of Lake Michigan


The wreck of the Rising Sun rests in 6-12 feet of water. (Mitch Brown/U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City)

Early spring is apparently a good time to look for shipwrecks in Lake Michigan.

Earlier this month, a helicopter from the Coast Guard’s Air Station in Traverse City, Michigan, was out on a routine patrol over the lake, looking for boats in distress or anything out of the ordinary. It was a calm day; the ice that covered the lake had recently melted, and the water was still very cold, just 38 degrees Fahrenheit — a perfect combination for good visibility.

When Petty Officer Mitch Brown looked out the window of the helicopter, he could spot several century-old shipwrecks in the crystal-blue waters. [See photos of the wrecks from above]

“We usually look for boats that are in the process of sinking,” Lt. Dan Schrader told Live Science. “We try to keep them keep from getting to that point.”

Brown snapped several pictures of the Lake Michigan wrecks with his iPhone. The Coast Guard posted the photos to Facebook, and they quickly went viral.

“We didn’t expect these photos to catch on like they did,” Schrader said. In the last week, he’s gotten calls from reporters as far away as Norway and China.

The photos didn’t reveal any new shipwrecks, but they did offer new views of vessels that sank up to 150 years ago.

For example, the aircrew captured a shot of a 133-foot-long wooden steamer named Rising Sun that ran aground in shallow water just north of Pyramid Point on October 29, 1917, during an early season snowstorm.

Some of Brown’s photos also revealed the 121-foot-long brig James McBride, which was stranded near Sleeping Bear Point during a storm on October 19, 1857, while carrying wood to Chicago.

Both of those ships are located in the Manitou Passage, which was a major shipping area in the heyday of Michigan lumbering, according to the Michigan Underwater Preserve Council (MUPC). Ships sought safety in the waters around the Manitou islands during storms, but clearly not all of them were successful.

The historic wrecks are protected under state law, and divers should know that it is a felony to remove or tamper with artifacts in Michigan’s Great Lakes, according to the MUPC. Anyone who tries to take a porthole, anchor or other object from a wreck could face two years in prison and hefty fines.

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Cute Dog Pictures to Start Your Work Week…

Yesterday was Memorial Day here in the United States, so this is a special Tuesday edition of cute dog pictures…

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Cosplay Pictures for Your Saturday!

Phoenix Comic Con 2015 starts this Thursday and runs through Sunday.  Come say hi at my booth, “Books and Things” at booth number 3118!  Book signings and free conversation!

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Comical Photo Series Nails The Emotions Dogs Feel When It Comes To Baths

Serena Hodson Photography

Pup parents are no strangers when it comes to dealing with a dog pre and post baths. The shower shenanigans are a huge song and dance and Australian photographer Serena Hodson saw that with her own dogs.


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“Some dogs look completely different when wet and this was the joy I wanted to capture,” Hodson told Mashable. Her series — Dry Dog/Wet Dog features her pups — Simon, an English Bulldog and Garfunkel, a Frenchie.


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Hodson says that each dog she works with brings something different to the picture. It clearly reflects the pup’s underlying personality, but she also believes it’s very relatable to people as well.


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“OMG, I don’t even recognize myself anymore.”


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“I can’t go for my walk looking like this! What if that hot pup down the street sees me?!”


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“That blow-out took forever human.” #ThanksButNoThanks


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“Farrah Fawcett will be so disappointed.”


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“Oh no you can see my eyes! I’ve lost my cool boy, mysterious look. Now I just look dopey.”


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“I disapprove so much, I had to channel Ron Swanson.”


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“Hey mom, do I still look fabulous?”


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“I just feel so naked now.” :(


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You can check out the newest pictures from the ongoing series on Facebook. If you want to see more of Serena Hodson’s work head on over to her website, Serenah Photography.


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H/t Mashable

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