James of al-Barran
  • 57, Male
  • Albuquerque
  • United States
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Where I Live:
Albuquerque, Bel Air neighborhood
About Me:
update: 4 June 2008. I just found out I like posting blogs with pictures.

I'm an old, married guy and my kids are grown and gone. I like digital photography, history, reading, shooting and the internet. I'm in the SCA, but I haven't been able to play in a couple of years.

I grew up and lived in Albuquerque most of my life and never want to leave it again.My kids are going to the same schools my brothers and I did and I live on the same street when we moved off Kirtland in 73.
My Website:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/9575673@N08/sets/
What I'm Reading:
Honor Harrington series
The Last 100 Yards: H. John Poole
A fun weekend for me is checking into a motel with a couple of cases of beer, a few gallons of wine and watching Mel Brooks and Steve Martin movies. I had enough camping, hiking and walks on the beach when I was in the Marines ;-)


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December 24th, 1776 and 1814

Posted on December 24, 2008 at 5:49pm 1 Comment



General George Washington, with his 2400 men and 18 guns, crossed the Delaware River to attack 1400 Hessians commanded by Colonel Rahl (Rall by some accounts).



The Hessian mercenaries, fighting for the British, were surprised and defeated in a matter of an hour and a half.



Follow-up:

The effect of the battle of Trenton was out of all proportion to the numbers involved and the casualties. The American effort across the… Continue

The Gospel According To John (Moses Browning)

Posted on December 20, 2008 at 8:56pm 0 Comments

John Moses Browning was perhaps the finest firearms designer, ever. His designs continue to work and to serve almost 100 years after they were created. There is an ongoing controversy about the reliability and safety of current 1911s vs. other "modern" pistols and I think this about sums the situation up.







As translated from the original ancient manuscripts by Fr. Frog.

© copyright 2002 by John C. Schaefer



1 In… Continue

The Man in the Arena; by Theodore Roosevelt... one of my Heroes!

Posted on December 20, 2008 at 7:06pm 2 Comments



Man in the Arena



"It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great… Continue

Memorials along I-25

Posted on November 23, 2008 at 1:10pm 9 Comments

I left work a little early on Friday and stopped along the way to photograph these memorials people leave. It was a lot more dangerous that I thought it would be and I'm not going to even try the ones between Albuquerque and Santa Fe. I missed about half of them between Belen and Albuquerque because I couldn't safely pull over and get a picture.



I've been wanting to do this for a couple of years and am glad I was finally able to do it. Perhaps using a motorcycle would be safer or… Continue

Napoleon graduated from boot camp and SOI...

Posted on November 18, 2008 at 11:04pm 1 Comment

He's a great kid and I'm so very proud of him!…



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At 8:59pm on June 25, 2009, Joe said…
Jim, went to check out the mastiff site, the only thing i don't like is that they don't have vids of the dogs in action, i want to see the dog move, but yes, they are beautiful dogs.
At 7:45pm on June 23, 2009, Joe S Sausage said…
Hey Jim, so w/ regard to the Teddy Roosevelt quote about critics, I have had experience @ dog trial where there were of course the typical know-it-all-do-nothings, a fellow competitor and the judge say that i was a bit down and said to me, hey remember you were on the field, not in the stands!!
At 4:22pm on December 24, 2008, Adelita said…
Happy Holidays!
At 11:56am on November 29, 2008, Khan said…
Fellow NM Photographer!

I know I already wrote you about this, but I decided to hit a few more photographers' pages with it, too, and I certainly wouldn't want J-a-B to feel otherwise left out, so...

Just a quick note to invite you to Karl Koenig's opening at the Inpost Art Space (at the Outpost Performance Space, 210 Yale SE) this coming Friday evening, 5-8. Karl is a talented photographer who makes images mostly of nature and architecture, the world round. The show will focus on his large format gumoil photographs, a process that he pioneered himself about 20 years ago. The prints are hand pigmented, resulting in amazingly vibrant photographs with a wondrous, almost catastrophic fairy tale quality. I find them highly affecting and unique.

My fellow curator Rob Thalmann and I plan to focus heavily on local photography during our 2 year term there at the Outpost, and this is just the tip of the iceberg for us. Maybe we could even do a DCF photographer's group show there?

Come see the show on the 5th!
At 6:21pm on November 28, 2008, Khan said…
Hey there,

Seein' as how you're the photo man and all (followed your blogs and your Flickr page for some time now), thought you might be interested in this show opening up next Friday (5 Dec) at the Outpost on Yale. Karl makes these really large, vibrant, powerfully colorful gumoil photographs, as well as really subtle photogravures, lots of views from NM and the Midwest, and all manner of interesting images. Thought I'd let you know about it! Cheers.
At 3:46pm on November 18, 2008, Chris K. said…
James,

You have mentioned your daughter might be available for babysitting. My wife (the lovely and talented Raine K.) and I were wondering if she might be available Wednesday the 19th. If you could drop me a line at dckitt@yahoo.com I would really appreciate it.

Thanks,
Chris
At 8:25pm on August 18, 2008, Laura B said…
Hey James, no pic of Barack... the security men probably would have jumped me if I'd tried to handle anything silver and shiny... thanks for the comment!
At 8:54am on June 15, 2008, mombat said…
Steven Donahue's wife is one of my co-workers and both she and Steven were very excited about your post.
I do like the lighting in that sign on Central. Nice one.
At 8:34am on June 5, 2008, Gemini Goddess said…
Thanks so much for your note! I am enjoying life and I am glad you can read/feel it!
At 9:06pm on June 4, 2008, mombat said…
Thanks for the photo, you both look great. Very impressive gear. We discovered Clan Tynker at the Aquarium a few years ago. It has been really fun to watch the act change over time. Although I still can't watch the sword swallowing.
 
 
 

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