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  • Ron Leidich and Tony Wu in Palau
    Ever quick with his reactions my friend Patrik captured this freeze frame of an evening discussion I had with my friend Ron who was leading a kayak trip for my friends and me during my final adventure last year an extended visit to Palau Sunset Kung Fu Featuring Dumber and Dumbest Ron The tension built up over several days as anyone who s suffered extended exposure to Ron or me for that matter can probably understand One evening it all came to a head and we simply had to settle the score I said Superman Ron said Batman Clearly only one can prevail Anyway I sort of feel bad about it but Ron s prognosis is good He should be back on his feet in a few more days On a more serious note the kayak trip and the spawning trips before and after were fantastic We paddled our way through remote tranquil corners of Palau s beautiful Rock Islands and camped out on white sand beaches Most of the time there wasn t another soul in sight Bird s eye view of Palau s Rock Islands I posted a few more photos from the kayak excursion at the bottom

    Original URL path: http://www.tonywublog.com/journal/ron-leidich-tony-wu-being-stupid-palau (2016-04-26)
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  • Latin Motto Ars Gratia Scientiae
    the sake of art I thought that the phrase art for the sake of knowledge would be a pretty good description for what I do Photography of course is at the heart of my profession but I ve never been entirely satisfied taking beautiful pictures just to take beautiful pictures I m happy when I can get composition lighting etc just right but my goal has always been to learn to discover to work for the eureka moment So thinking back to my two years of Latin tuition in high school I came up with ars gratia scientia for my new site design meaning art for the sake of knowledge Clever me eh picture smug look on my face I ve used this text on my new site header on copyright stamps for my photos and even in presentations for the past four months Well a few days ago Richard Davis a bona fide teacher of Latin kindly informed me that I m a dunce my words not his Apparently I forgot about the genitive case I ll bet that hasn t happened to you recently In short ars gratia scientia is just a list of three nouns translating as something along the lines of art grace knowledge Not bad actually but not quite what I was going for To achieve the meaning I desire the ending of the word scientia needs to be changed to indicate a connection to the word gratia hence the genitive case of scientia which is scientiae This modifies the function of the word gratia in this context from a noun meaning grace or favour to a linking concept meaning for the sake of Richard also pointed out that MGM adopted an unorthodox word order A better word order for ars gratia artis would be

    Original URL path: http://www.tonywublog.com/journal/correcting-mistake-in-my-latin-motto-ars-gratia-scientiae (2016-04-26)
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  • Sperm Whale Defecation | Tony Wu Underwater Photography
    Photos for Sale Photos for Free Integrity Policy Contact Me Tony Wu Photo Naturalist ars gratia scientiae Whale Poo ed Again This just happened a few hours ago width 500 height 334 Group of sperm whales Physeter macrocephalus with one defecating You know I really seem to have a knack for getting poo ed on by whales Friday Mar 22 2013 Photography Marine Life Life Funny Stuff Comments by Tony

    Original URL path: http://www.tonywublog.com/journal/sperm-whale-defecation-physeter-macrocephalus (2016-04-26)
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  • Entertaining Exchange of Bad Puns | Tony Wu Underwater Photography
    hours yesterday morning excerpts from an exchange of bad puns with a bird brained friend who derives inordinate bordering on sadistic pleasure in subjecting innocent bystanders to cringe worthy awful puns To be fair in this instance I asked for it I could ve just read and deleted his initial email without replying and goading him on but I just couldn t resist To protect the guilty I won t name my friend but I m sure some of you the poor souls who know him or happen to be related to him will figure it out right away Fair warning If you can t stand atrocious puns and related butchering of language skip the rest of this post Friend My wife s favorite white bird the egret has been visiting us more recently White are my feathers Graceful are my neck and wings I am elegance Note Said friend also enjoys conveying information in haiku form Me I m tempted to engage in a pun exchange but I hesitate for fear that I ll egret it Note See I asked for it Friend Yes you d hear about it from now to the great heron Note Groan But believe it or not it gets worse from here Me My fault for opening my big mouth I never learn I feel like such a turkey Friend That s what you get for giving me the bird Me I must cry fowl Friend Tis a fowl fowl better thing that you write than you have ever written Me Now you ve scared the Dickens out of me and I just feel like sticking my head in the sand Friend Careful in Hawaii we cook things that are stuck in emus Me I m fast enough to take flight and make myself

    Original URL path: http://www.tonywublog.com/journal/entertaining-exchange-of-bad-puns (2016-04-26)
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  • Tony Wu and Vera Wang Doppelgängers | Tony Wu Underwater Photography
    how s that for efficiency Me as Vera Wang Or is it Vera Wang as me This snapshot comes via my friend Eric Cheng who saw a copy of this magazine at Fashion Week in New York I did a double take when I saw the cover photo because well that s me I know I m getting increasingly absent minded but one would think that I d recall posing for Fashion Week Especially with pizza cause I love pizza Eating it anyway not so much the making part Anyway being the kind of friend that he is Eric immediately posted the flattering photo to Facebook tagged me and asked if I design wedding dresses in my spare time It took me a while to realise that the face on the cover is supposed to be Vera Wang a famous wedding dress designer For avoidance of all doubt I d like to state for the public record that I have never knowingly designed a wedding dress and otherwise have no connection to Vera Wang except that we re both Chinese of course and she might just like pizza as much as I do As successful as she is Vera must

    Original URL path: http://www.tonywublog.com/journal/fashion-designer-vera-wang-doppleganger-tony-wu (2016-04-26)
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  • Editing Photos in the Cold of Winter | Tony Wu Underwater Photography
    Photo Naturalist ars gratia scientiae Me At Work I m back at home for about a week in between trips It s winter It s cold In order to save energy we only turn on the heat when absolutely necessary So here I am keeping toasty warm while editing photos This is how I roll in winter For the inevitable wise cracks Don t knock it if you haven t

    Original URL path: http://www.tonywublog.com/journal/tony-wu-at-work-in-winter (2016-04-26)
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  • Humpback, Blue, Sperm Whale Defecation | Tony Wu Photography
    that I ve scored my first scat trick which leads to immediate chuckles from the guys but bewildered silence from the women Picture cute Japanese manga characters with baffled expressions over sized eyes going blink blink blink with incomprehension and you get the idea Neon orange red blue whale poo Hue courtesy of the whale s krill diet The fact that I had to explain several times what a hat trick is and then go on to clarify my clever cross discipline comparison athletics scatology well sorta put a damper on the whole funny vibe I thought I had going Oh well Anyway in case you don t know hat trick is a term used in many sports to refer to achieving three of something like scoring three goals I thought this was common knowledge but as I learned from the befuddled expressions at dinner obviously not Well in the past few weeks I ve had purchasers for photographs of three different types of whale defecation Three Hat Trick Whale defecation Scat Trick Witty Right Well I thought it was Humpback whale poo soft serve ice cream style Sperm whale defecating in my general direction In any event it s

    Original URL path: http://www.tonywublog.com/journal/blue-humpback-sperm-whale-defecation (2016-04-26)
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  • Heavy Rainfall in Vava'u, Tonga | Tony Wu Underwater Photography
    Integrity Policy Contact Me Tony Wu Photo Naturalist ars gratia scientiae After the Rainbow It s been overcast and raining quite a bit since I took the photo of the double rainbow This is what the stairs leading up from the dock looked like a few days ago Lots of rain stairway transformed into a waterfall Good thing my camera was in a housing Friday Oct 5 2012 Life Funny

    Original URL path: http://www.tonywublog.com/journal/heavy-rainfall-in-vavau-tonga (2016-04-26)
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