January 29, 2015

Willamette View Campus Perspectives

Photos from a different point of view

Perspectives in light and shadow
Willamette View,
Portland, Oregon
Photos by Hal Brown
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Okay, it's a squirrel, but it's our squirrel.

The lock-up














Winter foliage









January 25, 2015

I began this website with the free URL from the host, and posted photos like these (below). Then I decided to start an actual blog with content so decided to shell out the $8 annual fee to buy a website name. 

All the clever URL’s I could think of were already being used or were for sale at higher prices by re-sellers. One well-known man has made a fair amount of money because he bought tens of thousands of web names and now sells them for far more than he paid.  No doubt people have guessed who will run for president in 2020 on the Republican ticket and have bought up all the likely names, and hope to wait 2 ½ years and sell them for thousands of dollars.

You’d be surprised how many of the names you think are oh-so clever have been grabbed up. Even nonsensical names have been used. When you see a movie ever notice that names they come up for their production companies like "ducks wearing sneakers productions." I wonder if David Letterman started this with his “Worldwide Pants” name for his production company.

Back to why I ended up as a dot org. I decided that since I couldn't come up with an easy to remember and clever name, that wasn’t taken, I might as well us my own name. However, halbrown.com was taken. That left me to choose between the two other upper level domain names.

I figured I’m not an organization and not a network, but I still had to choose. Network suggested my site was part of a network. That left me with being an organization of one. So there you have it.

Shirtsleeves in January

While I can't say today was a respite from a harsh winter (considering the blizzard blanketing the northeast); the springlike weather was a welcome chance to take Mac and Duff (my Westies) for a walk around the Willamette View campus.

Here are some photos.

 Below: An early start on renewing the River Walk path where the trees were cut down.






 Below: You can see where the goats did their handiwork.


 A drywall box. Really?


 Duff: "Where are the goats?"
 Mac: "Maybe they went that away."





January 23, 2015

My Hawaii photos, from paper, 1959
I spent the entire summer here when I was 15.

My aunt's Studebaker convertible.

That's my aunt in our backyard. 

Above three - my Aunt Grace's house above a garage on the end of Kalakaua at Coconut.

A WWII bunker near the Doris Duke estate.

Waikiki



From the air on arrival. Unbeknownst to me, I took a photo of my aunt's house, next to the unfinished  condo.



Diamond Head from our apartment.

The condo under construction across the street.

My aunt swimming at Doris Duke's estate where she docked yachts.

Aunt Grace


Downtown, Punchbowl in background.

Me, up the road a piece from where we lived.