Photo delivery 3.0


Photo delivery 1.0 = negatives

Photo delivery 2.0 = cd/dvd

Photo delivery 3.0 = flashdrive

Since digital files keep growing and growing in size, I decided it would be much easier to deliver my images via flashdrive. The choice seems like an obvious no-brainer - no more worrying about degradation of discs over time, no more scratched discs, no more "disc error" to contend with. But perhaps most desirable of all, my clients get a flashdrive to reuse as they please.

Shall I further expound upon it's grandeur?


the Desaparecidos of 9/11

A friend passed these lyrics on to me today in remembrance of those most forgotten from the tragedy on 9/11/2001. Grief was spoken in our country in many languages that day - and it was silenced by fear. Still is.

This is for the families of the Desaparecidos everywhere.
May you someday safely bring your loved ones into our light.

Peggy Plews Arizona Prison Watch


If I Give Your Name

by Emmas Revolution

Mi esposa, my wife, worked on the 80th floor
The company had hired illegals before
She got the job by word of mouth
That’s the way in the north when you’re from the south
They say 3,000 but the counting’s not done
Mi esposa está muerta
Three thousand and one

I have no papers, I have no rights
All my days end in sleepless nights
Missing you, silently
If I give your name
Will they come after me?

Mi hermano, my brother, the elevator man
A doctor in our country but you take what you can
I saw the photos in Union Square
But I could not leave his picture there
They say 3,000 but that’s not true
Mi hermano no volverá
Three thousand and two

Mi hija, my daughter, went in early that day
She had always been that way
Her daughter asks, "Where did she go?"
How to tell her, I don’t know
They say 3,000 but that can’t be
Perdí a mi hija
Three thousand and three

Mi padre, my father, I have no words
I tried to find you when I heard
They gave some ashes to families
But I’ll only have the ones I breathe
They say 3,000 there’s so many more
Three thousand and four

Mi esposa, my wife. Will they come after me?
Mi hermano, my brother. Will they come after me?
Mi hija, my daughter. Will they come after me?
Mi padre, my father. If I give your name,
Will they come after me?

We're Moving!

It's time to let the cat out of the bag! As you can see, things are looking a little different around here!

It's such an exciting time for all of us here at BrideTide! It's been almost two years since we've launched our little wedding blog and after some procrastination and delay, it's finally time to pull-the-trigger and upgrade this bad boy!

That's right guys and gals, the BrideTide Blog is moving to a brand-spanking new website!

Stay tuned for more details!
This is going to be awesome!

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Colorado State Penitentiary II Opens With 300 New Solitary Confinement Cells

From Solitarywatch:
September 1, 2010
by Jean Casella and James Ridgeway

Colorado already has hundreds of “administrative segregation” cells, and Colorado State Penitentiary’s ad seg unit is becoming notorious since National Geographic filmed a show on solitary confinement there. The state is also broke, making deep cuts to education and other public services. Nevertheless, following a protracted budget battle, Colorado came up with more than $10 million to open one tower of its new high-security penitentiary–officially part of the Centennial Correctional Facility, but widely known as CSP II.

The opening of CSP II will bring more than 200 new jobs to the Cañon City area, which already has 23 prisons and few other job opportunities. (Cañon City is the subject of the ”web documentary” Prison Valley.) Unsurprisingly, the report in the local paper, the Cañon City Daily Record quotes the company line from the state Department of Corrections, which insists the ad seg cells are urgently needed.

After years of waiting and building, one tower of the expanded Centennial Correctional Facility is ready for its first round of inmates.

“There’s a lot of history with this from lawsuits to being our own supervising agent on the project,” said DOC Executive Director Ari Zavaras on Wednesday at the dedication ceremony. “There are a lot of things that went into it.”

The expansion, which was originally built under the name Colorado State Penitentiary II, is a high security prison. When the facility is fully open, it will house 948 administrative segregation inmates.

The one tower that is currently opening — no plans are yet in place to open the other two towers — will house 316 inmates by Sept. 30. Beginning Sept. 1, the facility will begin accepting 15 inmates a day through the end of the month. About half the inmates, 150 will come from the statewide administrative segregation wait-list and 166 will come from the Colorado State Penitentiary, making room for that facility to house the system’s mentally ill inmates.

The expansion’s opening has been bumped several times throughout the past seven years — most recently because of funding issues during the state’s budget crisis, which would have prevented staffing it. This spring, the General Assembly approved $10.8 million to open the tower…

Ground was broken on the facility in August 2007 after lengthy court battles challenging legislation signed by then-Gov. Bill Owens authorizing the construction in 2003.

Attorney General John Suthers said the opening was overdue and that adequate high security beds are absolutely essential for the safety of everyone — inmates and officers — in Department of Corrections. The expansion, Suthers said, is a “much needed addition to the Colorado Department of Corrections.”

“We will all be a lot better off with this facility,” Zavaras said. “We have a very solid program in place. This is an essential tool.”

To get a glimpse (and surely not the worst) of what life will be like in CSP II, take a look at National Geographic Explorer: Solitary Confinement.

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