Yearly Archives: 2011

The Year that Was

Here is a brief review of the first year of Madness and Magic in a video slideshow set to the tune of Upstream from the excellent album Fishing Music by Ben Winship and David Thompson. I look forward to documenting more of the adventure in 2012. For better viewing select 720p(HD) and fullscreen, or try […]

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Anatomy of a Weekend

Cast of Characters ADAM, John Voelker’s quick-witted grandson TIM, the bumbling photographer and flailing fisherman BROOK TROUT, the foolish and unwary native Scene One: The Internet Prologue (Email exchange, day one.) ADAM Tim, I’m thinking of coming up to camp for this weekend. If you are free why don’t you come down and we can […]

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The Last Day

As the sun sank behind the large maple at the end of our driveway, the Last Day morphed into the Last Night and I sorted through the last of the photos. Now I was trying to tell the story. . . . What could I do, that’s never been done before? What can I say, […]

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Monsters in July

I can scarcely remember how I came to this place. When I was young the water flowed all around me. The swift current swept bugs and small minnows through predictable paths, and I ate recklessly. When the small bugs tried to fly, I jumped through the air and caught them in my mouth. But I […]

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The Digital Camera: The Spherical Lens (Part I)

We recently examined the way a spherical glass surface focusses light; however, this focussing property is not unique for light that travels from air into glass. Instead, this phenomenon occurs anytime light travels between two surroundings separated by a spherical boundary. For light that originates from a point source, the general equation that specifies the relationship […]

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Spam!

I have a few new posts ready to go, but I’ve been spending my time lately trying to learn how to stop the onslaught of spam comments I’ve been receiving on the blog. If you have advice, I’d appreciate any help on this. (I use wordpress to manage this blog.) I have wordpress configured to […]

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“They’ve never really been there”

It would be ironic — and a hideous thought to contemplate — if this little book should help bring about the discovery of the “forgotten” Upper Peninsula. Yet I take comfort when I reflect that the people who might find and deflower my native heath rarely hold still long enough to read books.  . . […]

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Back to School

My oldest son returned to college on Thursday, and, because of a work commitment for Friday, I stayed in Houghton while my wife accompanied him to East Lansing. My youngest son was practicing with his band the evening they left, so I retreated to my office to wallow in sadness and self-pity. “Stop whining you big […]

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Rolling a Cast on Frenchman’s

All Hail the roll cast: all fishermen should be required to learn it at birth. I teach it by special appointment, but only on Leap Year Day. John Voelker Anatomy of a Fisherman I think the instructor would be proud of his student . . . (John Voelker’s grandson Adam Tsaloff rolling a cast on […]

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The Digital Camera: Refraction by a Spherical Surface

Having learned about refraction in our recent posts, we can now begin to appreciate the imaging capability of a lens by applying the principle of Snell’s law to understand the way in which a glass surface can bend light rays to form an image. To see how this works, we first think about a cylindrical piece of […]

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Solitude Lost

The Middle Branch of the Escanaba River begins northwest of Humboldt, Michigan and flows south and east until it joins the East Branch just below the the town of Gwinn. Highly oxygenated riffles, pools the size of small lakes, spring-fed tributaries, and an abundant supply of food make the resident trout happy which, in turn, causes […]

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The Digital Camera: The Pinhole Camera

Over a period of several months in 2005 and 2006, a half-dozen artists converted a shuttered F-18 aircraft hanger into the largest camera ever made. To darken the hanger the artists used 24,000 square feet of viscuine, 1,300 gallons of foam gap filler, one and a half miles of gorilla tape, and 40 cans of […]

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