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Folk Stories from Okinawa


The collection of folklore and legends from the Ryukyu Island Chain is growing.

Visit Ryukyu Life to see them all.


Pentax K5 Takes a Shower

Pentax K5 Takes a Shower

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Getting the Job Done: A Work Portrait


See how the job gets done.


Photo Essay: What Sort of Beach, is a Pretty Beach, to You ?

This post was inspired by comments on my Facebook Page 


2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,300 times in 2010. That’s about 3 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 12 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 28 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 25mb. That’s about 2 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was March 4th with 120 views. The most popular post that day was Hey, It’s The 21st Century !.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for, ryukyumike blog, white cats and dogs, man five toe socks, and dijicam.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Hey, It’s The 21st Century ! March 2010


Lookin’ Back April 2010


Everybody Has Black Hair ! March 2010


Cats and Dogs March 2010


Remember the Good Old Days? April 2010


Look and Learn


There it is.  The picture from JPG Magazine that got 10,000 views in just one week.  One hell of a long week and not just for me, a handful of great friends were involved in this experiment, too.  Most of them can be found over there on my blogroll.  Hopefully, someday I’ll have a page full of friends, just like them.

For a few months now, I’ve been talking about what could be done if a bunch of us got together and networked, used some of the tools available online and concentrated on promoting each other everytime one of us had something published.

I’ve been looking and learning.  This week, I have had a whole year of looking and learning experience with this online publishing business.  That’s right, a whole year,  I checked the records over at Matador Travel, just now.  I joined them March 2, 2009 to see what I could learn about travel writing.  Then, I started picking up ideas here and there all over the internet and putting them to use.

Everybody has their own way of doing things and everybody develops their own style.  My style just happens to be something like, “You can look at the book, but you ain’t gonna learn from it if you don’t jump right in and do it”.  Reading a book or watching a video won’t teach you how to swim.  You have to jump in the water and start flailing around until you get it right.  Some people swim, some sink and some even help each other, on the shallow end, until before long, they all become swimmers.

Well, the crowd who helped me with this photo today, they’re all good swimmers.  We’ve been bumping into each other all over the internet.  We each have our own style, very different style of writing; probably of swimming, too.  And we circle the globe.  Looking and learning.  And getting published.  They have helped me more than they’ll ever know.  I am watching them and picking up bits and pieces of their skills to see what fits my style of swimming.  While they are sleeping, I am surfing.  Surfing the internet and I find out where they’ve been (Published).  And,  looking and learning about all the nifty gadgets available to get other people reading what my friends wrote.

Then, I take these tools, I don’t know how to use, and I WHACK THEM !   Well, after awhile,  from using the tools, I learned which ones worked and which didn’t,  I decided it was time to put them to a test.  That’s where the idea of taking an unpublished photo, posting it online and having everyone Whack-it, to see if we could generate 10,000 hits in a week, came from.

They probably thought it was impossible and for awhile; so did I.  We did it.  We loaded up our dashboards with every worthwhile tool available and maybe, even some worthless ones and WHACKED that picture until it got 10,000 hits in one week.

Anybody can do it.  Some folks will want the details on how we did it, I’m sure.  That’s easy enough.  You can LOOK and LEARN and swim with us for awhile !



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