{Photography} A trip to the MN State Fair

Come with me on a photographic journey to the Minnesota State Fair! I went on Friday, “Minnesota Public Radio Day”
Protip: Click on any of the pictures to go to the picture page to see a bigger one…
State Fair Entrance
It was a cool, windy and cloudy day that I picked. Better than it being hot and too sunny, but it did mean that ice cream and cool treats were
less popular than warmer fare. And there is plenty to eat at the MN State fair…
Corn Fritters Stand
Fresh French Fries!
As I said above, today was MPR day. I spent a bunch of time around MPR stuff. Like, for example, the debate amongst the candidates for Governor…
Dayton answers a question
And, Prairie Home Companion host, Garrison Keillor
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In point of fact, the MPR people sort of know who I am. MPR Morning host Cathy Wurzer wanted a picture with *me*. She even
posted a version of this photo on the internet!
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There is plenty to do at the Fair besides hobnob with radio hosts. Like, say, climbing fire towers….
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It provides a nice view of the fair and beyond, don’t you think?
View from the Fire Tower
A fair is not a fair without a Midway…
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Minnesota is also the home of SPAM.
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But I prefer Sweet Martha’s cookies, myself:
Sweet Martha's Cookies
Finally, a trip to the fair would not be complete without seeing some local art.
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I’ve only given you a sample of the pictures I took on my fair adventure. Want to see a slideshow with
more pictures? Check out the slideshow:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/jvstin/sets/72157624891674534/show/

2010 Hugo Award Winners!

http://www.thehugoawards.org/2010/09/2010-hugo-award-winners/
Presented at: Aussiecon 4, Melbourne, Australia, September 2-6, 2010
Best Novel: TIE: The City & The City, China MiƩville (Del Rey; Macmillan UK); The Windup Girl, Paolo Bacigalupi (Night Shade)
Best Novella: “Palimpsest”, Charles Stross (Wireless; Ace, Orbit)
Best Novelette: “The Island”, Peter Watts (The New Space Opera 2; Eos)
Best Short Story: “Bridesicle”, Will McIntosh (Asimov’s 1/09)
Best Related Book: This is Me, Jack Vance! (Or, More Properly, This is “I”), Jack Vance (Subterranean)
Best Graphic Story: Girl Genius, Volume 9: Agatha Heterodyne and the Heirs of the Storm Written by Kaja and Phil Foglio; Art by Phil Foglio; Colours by Cheyenne Wright (Airship Entertainment)
Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form: Moon Screenplay by Nathan Parker; Story by Duncan Jones; Directed by Duncan Jones (Liberty Films)
Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form: Doctor Who: “The Waters of Mars” Written by Russell T Davies & Phil Ford; Directed by Graeme Harper (BBC Wales)
Best Editor Short Form: Patrick Nielsen Hayden
Best Editor Long Form: Ellen Datlow
Best Professional Artist: Shaun Tan
Best Semiprozine: Clarkesworld edited by Neil Clarke, Sean Wallace, & Cheryl Morgan
Best Fan Writer: Frederik Pohl
Best Fanzine: StarShipSofa edited by Tony C. Smith
Best Fan Artist: Brad W. Foster
And the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer (presented by Dell Magazines): Seanan McGuire
Ties rarely happen in the Hugo awards, especially with the arcane ballot rules used. The last time (for novels anyway) was 1993 (A Fire Upon the Deep and the Domesday Book).
And I am tickled pink that grand statesman Frederik Pohl won an award for best fan writer, because of his efforts in blogging the early history of the field.
Congratulations to all! (Now, I guess I really really need to get a copy of the Wind-up Girl…since it won the Nebula *and* tied for the Hugo)

Picture of the Day: Athabasca Falls


Athabasca Falls
Originally uploaded by Jvstin

I love waterfalls. (duh!). I also love mountains.

Today’s picture is the Reese’s peanut butter cup of pictures, then, combining the best of both worlds. This is Athabasca Falls, in the amazing Jasper National Park in Alberta, Canada.

This picture dates from my personal pre-DSLR era, and as I have said before, this was the trip that convinced me to jump from a pocket camera to a SLR…