Ain’t I a Beauty

Fluf, a band from San Diego in the mid 1990’s, was notorious for never appearing in their press photos. The release of a new album or photo opportunity was always a joy for their fans.

Facebook, aolder pug with huge tongue web site from Mountain view that started in the mid 2000’s, required users to upload a photograph of themselves for their profile. The release of my new profile photo is reason for my adoring fans to celebrate.

Here are some of my most glamorous mug shots.

ugly dog contest winner

German shepard with crazy eye mask

bulldog drinking water from a fountain

crazy mask made of candy

cairn terrier with mouth open

electron microscope scan of microscopic critter

pug with four eyes

grey hound with sweater

comic book from movie goonies

llama screetching

Ted as an opera singing lego

pregnant guinea pig

A visit back in time to Istanbul

There were two places I wanted to visit while living in Europe: Iceland and Istanbul. I made it to Iceland earlier and this week I finally visited Istanbul. It’s a wonderful city and I could talk about what I saw and learned for hours. I’m going to cheat and let my photos speak for themselves.

Photographs of CERN by Satoru Yoshioka

CERN building photograph by Satoru Yoshioka The world is looking at CERN this week as we prepare for one hell of an experiment or the creation of a black hole that eats the world. CERN has been building the largest particle accelerator and is hoping to solve numerous physics questions over the next few years.

My friend, photographer Satoru Yoshioka, was invited to photograph the facility in 2007. He had previously photographed SLAC, the particle accelerator at Stanford University in California, J-PARC / Japan Proton Accelerator Research Complex, KEK / High Energy Accelerator Reserch Organization in Japan, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Brookhaven National Laboratory, and KamLAND.

Satoru’s photographs have inspired me over the years. It’s nice to see his art combined with amazing scientific endeavors.