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January 28th, 2009

02:26 am - The Inauguration
I needed only four days of culling and editing to whittle down 1,000 inauguration-trip photos to a select few for posting online. Of course, I want to share them with you.

This post has 10, three before the cut.

There are 72 on my Facebook page.

And there are 255 in six galleries, divided by day, on my MobileMe site, which you can access and navigate by following this link.

Without further ado:

The Capitol and inaugural platform during the ceremony Jan. 20.

The crowd at the Lincoln Memorial for the Jan. 18 welcome concert.

Fans of the president.

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Photos ©2009 Adam Silverman
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November 23rd, 2008

12:41 am - Mr. Silverman goes to Washington
I was in Washington earlier this week for a conference. The gathering was groovy and all, but I was especially psyched that after the meeting ended for the day Tuesday, I still had some time to wander around my favorite city in the whole wide world and take pictures.

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Images ©2008 Adam Silverman
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November 1st, 2008

03:52 pm - Fall, Part III
The third in my fall-foliage series. These are the earliest, from Sept. 27 in northern Colchester, not far from my house.

Photos © 2008 Adam Silverman
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October 30th, 2008

01:29 am - Fall, Part II
Here are some more shots of this year's stupendous fall foliage. These are from Oct. 4 in rural Sheldon, a hamlet in northwest Vermont.

Images ©2008 Adam Silverman
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October 19th, 2008

04:15 am - Fall, Part I
A couple shots from my Saturday afternoon of leaf-peeping. These photos are from Monkton, right before sunset.

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September 11th, 2008

01:08 am - Camels Hump, Part II
The second in a series of photo posts from my Labor Day hike up Camels Hump (and back down again, of course).

The first of the fall foliage. Seriously.

The backlight and a gentle breeze made the leaves shimmer.

All images © 2008 Adam Silverman
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September 4th, 2008

02:22 am - Camels Hump, Part I
I climbed Camels Hump this past weekend. The trek was my first to the top of Vermont's highest undeveloped peak (as the tourist literature proclaims).

Here now, the first in a series of posts of photos from the hike.

A rock ledge at the exposed, windswept summit.

Striations decorated the stone face.

The ledge in a narrow-depth-of-field close-up.

All images © 2008 Adam Silverman
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August 20th, 2008

07:33 pm - Some cheating, apparently, is OK
The International Olympic Committee and the World Anti-Doping Agency for years have had a major hard-on about tackling "cheating" in sports. What the organizations mean by that term, though, seems more limited; they don't hate cheating, they just hate drug-fueled cheating. Other forms of cheating are fine and dandy.

What leads to this conclusion? Look no further than the Olympics under way now in Beijing, where there is near-certain proof that China has run an organized, institutionalized cheating regimen to swipe medals in women's gymnastics.

China's athletes aren't drug-doping, though -- they're age-doping.

It's just as severe an offense -- or should be -- and perhaps is even more so, because the country's government not only seems complicit but actively involved in the deception. But the international community's complacent response has signaled that form of cheating is pretty much OK.

The authoritarian Chinese regime's hunger for medals has come at the price of the credibility of the IOC, which has refused even to investigate allegations that almost every member of China's "women's" gymnastics team is younger than 15 (the eligibility rule says competitors must turn 16 in the year the Olympics take place, essentially making 15 the minimum age to take part).

There's a fantastic Sports Illustrated column about the scandal, and the IOC's ambivalence, available here.

Where's the outrage? Where's the American media? Heck, where's Dick Pound, the blusterous former head of WADA who loves to spew forth in extreme language about the evils of drug-doping but who apparently couldn't care less about age-doping?

Are we all that scared of China, of offending the host country, that we can't speak up, can't confront cheating head-on during competition on the world's grandest stage?

The answer, apparently, is yes.
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August 13th, 2008

07:06 pm - Insensitive remark of the day
Winning the Insensitive Remark of the Day Award for Wednesday: Arkansas State Rep. Janet Johnson, commenting on the murder of state Democratic Party Chairman Bill Gwatney.

"This is like something you would see in New York or Pennsylvania or California, but not here," Johnson said.

Exactly how many state party officials have been slain in New York or Pennsylvania or California?!?

Good plan, Ms. Johnson -- imply large, liberal states are hotbeds of seething violence, while good ole Arkansas should be immune.
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February 21st, 2008

01:38 am - Eclipse
Gak! Adam emerges from a lengthy posting drought!

Why? Because there was full lunar eclipse tonight, the last one until December 2010, and, despite intermittent clouds and temperatures that hovered around 15 degrees, I went outside to photograph the celestial occurrence.

A four-image panoramic eclipse series thingy ...Collapse )

Photos © 2008 Adam Silverman
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