August 28, 2009

Women and Larvae First!

Amazing video--filmed just north of here in the Amazon. The number of dramas that unfold on a daily basis in the animal kingdom is staggering. The Author of this adventure is truly awesome!

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August 25, 2009

Vintage Rio

Ever since I returned from my short trip to the US I have been scanning some old pictures and posting them on my Flickr and Facebook pages. These pictures were originally taken by Edward (Guy) McLain, the first Baptist Mid-Missions missionary to serve in this part of Brazil. The are from the 1930's and 40's.

Later on I will be posting some of them here, after some more information can be gathered. For right now, however, I wanted to share some postcards from Rio de Janeiro that were included in the batch. If you are at all familiar with the Cidade Maravilhosa you will be amazed at these shots.

Canto do Rio

This is perhaps the most beautiful picture in the whole set. It is what is called the Canto do Rio, and in the distance one can see Corcovado (where the Christ the Redeemer statue is) and a tiny bit of Sugarloaf.

Canto do Rio at Night

Another one from Canto do Rio...this one showing the distant lights of the city at night.

Seaplane over Botafogo

A seaplane taking off in the Botafogo area, with Corcovado in the background.


The classic view of Corcovado and Sugarloaf.

Itá in Rio

This photo is a little more recent. I took it when Itá and I were in Rio in 2000. Taken from the Niteroi side of the bay, it remains my all-time favorite shot of Rio...mostly because of the lovely model in the foreground!

You can see all the pictures in this set here.

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Fishers of Fish

I had to post this picture, taken last week, of me with my (one and only) catch, a piranbeba (a kinder, gentler member of the piranha family).

Mighty Fisherman

Notice how gingerly I am holding the fish. I did not want to get any appendages anywhere near those teeth.

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August 23, 2009

Phamily Photos

It has been some time since we have posted anything resembling a family portrait.

This picture was taken last week by my parents who were visiting us here, and shamelessly downloaded from Dad's Facebook page.

The Comings Family

And then there is this one, taken this afternoon with the webcam...

Fun with the Web Cam

So, which one do you think should be used for our next prayer card?

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August 20, 2009

Obama Invests in Offshore Drilling... Brazil!

That's right, Brazil is in the news again.

I am scratching my head with this. From anything I can determine, the US is strapped for cash. Yet here is a huge loan to Brazil to drill in the Tupi oil fields.

Also...I can tell you from here in Brazil, Petrobras is doing just fine. Why is the US investing in a competitor to US oil companies.

One more thing: where is the principled opposition to offshore drilling? Apparently it is OK to drill off Brazil's beautiful beaches, but not in the Gulf of Mexico.

Final note: Interesting Soros connection at the bottom of the article. Seriously, why is nobody investigating this guy?
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The U.S. is going to lend billions of dollars to Brazil’s state-owned oil company, Petrobras, to finance exploration of the huge offshore discovery in Brazil’s Tupi oil field in the Santos Basin near Rio de Janeiro.
this corporate foreign aid may strike some readers as odd, given that the U.S. Treasury seems desperate for cash and Petrobras is one of the largest corporations in the Americas. …
But it still doesn’t allow the U.S. to explore in Alaska or along the East and West Coasts, which could be our equivalent of the Tupi oil fields, which are set to make Brazil a leading oil exporter. Americans are right to wonder why Mr. Obama is underwriting in Brazil what he won’t allow at home.
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August 14, 2009

Joe the Photographer in Military Rollover

My kid brother Joe works for News 10 Now in Binghamton, NY. The other day he went with a reporter to get the scoop on a some new military vehicles. The reporter was given the opportunity to get behind the wheel, and Joe went along to get some pictures. The reporter took a curve too fast, and the vehicle flipped.

Fortunately, the whole thing was caught on tape.

Oh yes, and Joe is fine.

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August 10, 2009

Reflections On My Trip to the US

Since it has been almost a week since I arrived from the US, I thought I would share a few random observations while they are still fresh on my mind. No real order or agenda, just things that come to mind as I think back on the week I spend in my country of birth.

1. American cars are freakishly big. They probably have not grown much since I lived there, but it is all the more evident to me since I have been living in the land of Volkswagens and Fiats.

2. I had no idea how much I missed Dr. Pepper. And cottage cheese.

3. Heaven is going to look much like Books-A-Million.

4. Being in the US made me realize how much I love Brazil.

Below are some pictures from the week spent in Florida:

The Head

I stayed with Pastor Rick Piatt, shepherd of our sending church, and collector of exotic animals. This picture is from his back yard. I slept with one eye open.

Fort DeSoto Gun

We went with the family to Fort DeSoto near St. Petersburg. The fort was very nice. The beach was cool--but when one is used to Brazilian beaches everything else is just sand and waves.

Deep in Conversation

Here I am in deep conversation with Pastor Peter Brock. The last time we had seen each other he was here in Brazil heading up a missions team that came down to work with us for a week.

Live-Tweeting the Ordination

This is me live-tweeting my brother's ordination council. Most fun I have had at an ordination--ever.

Daniel, Looking Very Pastoral

My brother Daniel, after the ordination, looking very pastoral.

McDonalds Brothers

Aaaaand, a less pastoral moment. Daniel and I at the McDonalds we worked at while in college. The scary part is that one of the crew-people in this picture worked there when we did.

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