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Saturday, February 11, 2006

Have a heart!

"I ain’t got no love, I ain’t the kind to meet, ’cause you’ll never break, never break, never break, never break...this heart of stone."
"Heart of Stone"
by the Rolling Stones.

All right, so much for the hard-hearted image I like to project; I'm just as sentimental as the next guy, if not more so. In fact, a number of female family members and friends tell me I'm in touch with my feminine side...I am fairly certain that this is intended as a compliment.

Anyway, far be it from this reporter to go on about himself.

The subject of this little exercise in vanity is Valentine's Day, and it's symbol, the familiar stylized heart shape.
(Click the link for an historical overview)

OK, enough of the obligatory stuff.

On to something more interesting (IM[NS]HO):

In keeping with the theme, there's this fascinating, naturally-occurring Heart-shaped reef in that part of the world known as the Great Barrier Reef; it is the most photographed phenomenon in the area. The tour mentioned in the link is highly recommended, as is the place from whence it begins. It is, bar none, the nicest place this reporter has ever stayed for a vacation.



Blogger MargeinMI said...

There you go again....me, me, me. :o)

Happy Valentines Day!

February 14, 2006 7:00 AM  
Blogger camojack said...

Did I?! Oops.

Happy Valentine's Day to you too, darlin'...

February 14, 2006 7:06 AM  
Blogger mig said...

Happy Valentines Day!!!

February 14, 2006 7:28 AM  
Blogger camojack said...

Ditto--> ♥♥♥

February 14, 2006 7:36 AM  
Blogger boberin said...

Cool reef, I'll bet it's the most photo'd of the bunch!
Happy valentines day to you as well!

February 14, 2006 7:45 AM  
Blogger camojack said...

Silly rabbit! I already said "it is the most photographed phenomenon in the area".
(Go read it again...)

Happy Valentine's Day to you, and Erin too.

February 14, 2006 8:10 AM  
Blogger Maggie said...


Check out #11 on the new SF post.All us gals know that you are a soft touch,that's why we love you.Happy Vallentine's Day!

February 14, 2006 8:21 AM  
Blogger camojack said...

A soft touch? Moi?! Jamais!!!

And a Happy Valentine's Day to you too, sweetie!

February 14, 2006 8:33 AM  
Blogger 'da Bunny said...

What a beautiful shot of that heart-shaped reef! I'd love to see that place sometime.

Yeah...I'd agree about that "in touch with your 'feminine side' assessment. And, yes, Jack...that IS a compliment!

Happy Valentine's Day, Jack!

February 14, 2006 11:55 AM  
Blogger camojack said...

'da Bunny:
I got to fly near enough to that reef to see it, but not as close as the picture I included.

Oh man, now you too with my feminine side?! What's a rough, tough Harley-riding man supposed to do?

This, I guess:


February 14, 2006 12:23 PM  
Blogger Barb said...

You need to get out there and start "Searchin' for a Heart of Gold". Another one of course ,you already have one of your own.

February 14, 2006 3:42 PM  
Blogger camojack_senior said...

said it's good to have a big heart but take care of that leg.
what feminine side?

February 14, 2006 5:19 PM  
Blogger onlineanalyst said...

Great photos of both the rocks and the reef, camojack.

Happy Valentine's Day to the M&M guy that you are: tough, crispy shell with a meltingly soft interior. And sometimes you act like a nut, you sweet thang!

February 14, 2006 5:46 PM  
Blogger Ms. RightWing, Ink said...

Why is this not working?

February 14, 2006 8:43 PM  
Blogger Ms. RightWing, Ink said...

sigh. All I wanted to say is you are my first link. Phew, what a job for a half blind person.

Now I hope to get all of our scrapple bloggers on

Happy Valentines

February 14, 2006 8:44 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

Searchin' for a what?

Flesh and blood will suffice. :-)

Hi, Pappy! Yeah, I know...what feminine side?

The photos aren't mine; I lifted 'em off of "Da 'Net".

M&M guy, huh? Nice analogy.

Ms. RightWing, Ink:
Why is what not working?

I'm your first link?! It's good to be the king!

February 14, 2006 10:16 PM  
Blogger JannyMae said...

I love the reef!

By the way, Camojack! My son was eleventeen last month!!

February 15, 2006 11:05 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

Yeah, that reef is a pretty cool bit of random development...or is it?

I was eleventeen last month, too.
(Plus 3 more eleventeens, etc.)

February 15, 2006 11:51 PM  
Blogger benning said...

Pretty reef. How big is it? From above the helicopter it looks small.

Awwww, you are an M&M? Awwww....


February 17, 2006 12:01 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

It is a fairly small reef; probably no more than 60-70 feet across.

Anyway, I'd have to be considered some kind of nutty M & M...

February 17, 2006 12:21 PM  
Blogger postage_stamp said...

"Anyway, far be it from this reporter to go on about himself"


BTW, when did you become a journalist?

February 19, 2006 7:01 AM  
Blogger camojack said...

Did I say I was a journalist?

Hmmm...OK, this blog is a journal of sorts.

But I guess my career as a journalist began when I wrote for my high school newspaper.

Since then, in addition to this online exercise in personal vanity, I've written several articles and have even been a newsletter editor.

In fact, I may be taking on that responsibility again for my local Harley Owners' Group.

Next question...

February 19, 2006 7:17 AM  
Blogger postage_stamp said...

I call someone a "reporter" (or a journalist) who has been published in national newspapers - like me, in fact.

High school rags and newsletters and local Harley groups don't interest me, chum.

"Personal vanity" - correct.

February 19, 2006 8:39 AM  
Blogger camojack said...

In the unlikely event that I ever feel the need to be validated by you, I'll be in a world of hurt...chum.

I call someone a reporter who reports; that's what it means, basically. Since I've reported on various topics, I qualify. Q.E.D.

It would scarcely be possible for me to care less what your opinion might be, on much of anything. As for your alleged "professional" credentials, I remain quite unimpressed with what passes for journalism these days. Sensationalism is the order of the day. "If it bleeds, it leads" and what have you.

If you don't like what I have to say? Don't visit.
(It's quite simple, really...)

February 19, 2006 2:11 PM  
Blogger postage_stamp said...

And if you don't like what I have to say, get off the web - and shut down your comments section, hmm?

February 19, 2006 5:22 PM  
Blogger postage_stamp said...

Like me to post some Jesus cartoons?

February 19, 2006 5:23 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn what you have to say.
(If you cross the line, I delete)

And no, you haven't given me any reason to like you, whatsoever..."journalist" boy.

February 19, 2006 8:50 PM  
Blogger Barb said...

Let's all go check out Orwell's blog. Now that is .....reporting ? I think you may have scared him ,Camojack,he ducked out the back door.

February 19, 2006 9:27 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

Based on his profile, he has no blog.

And as far as I've seen here, he has nothing of interest to say anyway...

February 19, 2006 9:43 PM  
Blogger postage_stamp said...

My blog is not publicly available. It is restricted to academics and graduates in journalism.

Mind you, it's very interesting to go seeking the blogs of your commentators, above. It seems that having no blog is "de rigeur" around here - not the exception.

As for yours, it seems to exist to publicise Camojack's "achievements" rather then make for discourse or debate of any kind. I've heard you love the delete button. How quaint, from an American.

Frankly, I don't give a tinker's whether you like me or not. I'm commenting on your blog since you have a comment function.

February 20, 2006 7:06 AM  
Blogger camojack said...

So, your blog is special, is that it? How nice for you, being special. Have you competed in the Special Olympics?

As for whether many of my commentators have blogs of their own or not; I haven't noticed anyone but yourself claiming to be a journalist, so they don't require credentials, by your (questionable) logic. As for myself, I merely claimed to be a reporter.
(i.e.: One who reports)

And since it is my blog, I can post any old thing I wish to here, and delete whatever comments I may find offensive. Keep yours within the bounds of decency and they'll be allowed to remain. What does being an American have to do with your statement about the quaintness of deleting offensive comments? Are you laboring under the (mistaken) assumption that freedom of speech has to be adhered to in a personal blog?! Disabuse yourself of that delusion, forthwith.

I can promise you this much: if you have nothing to add but smarmy condescension, I'll simply ignore you. And yes, possibly delete as well. What, may I ask, do you propose to do about it?

Get a life, why don't you? It would be a vast improvement over concerning yourself with mine.

Commenting just because you can? I'm laughing at your impertinence...

February 20, 2006 7:34 AM  
Blogger postage_stamp said...

"Get a life, why don't you?"

My life is very full, thank you, sir. I'm on a break from the Middle East. But I'm sure you know plenty about that, being a "reporter".

I suppose you support the publicaton of the cartoons in Europe - despite deleting anything "smarmy" here. Or make that "smarmy or offensive".

Do you?

February 20, 2006 11:07 AM  
Blogger camojack said...

Regarding the publication of the cartoons, like your (asinine) offer to "post some Jesus cartoons", the Muslim response is out of proportion to reality.

There have been some rather offensive abuses of Christian icons, yet you didn't see it's adherents rioting, killing and burning places down because of it.

But what does any of that have to do with Valentine's Day, or fascinating reef formations in Australia?

Anyway, since you want to bring it up, READ THIS; I think it offers an excellent perspective.

And like others of your ilk, whereas I addressed all of your earlier comments, you pick and choose what you respond to.

I don't think George Orwell would appreciate your using his picture to represent yourself, either...

February 20, 2006 6:46 PM  
Blogger postage_stamp said...

"you pick and choose what you respond to"

Yes, like you pick and choose what you delete.

George Orwell's name was Blair. And he's dead. Anyone with half a brain would know I'm not "representing myself".

"yet you didn't see it's adherents rioting, killing and burning places down because of it"

I see them bombing and burning innocent civilians by the thousands, people who have done you or Christians anywhere no harm. I suppose you think that is preferable. Or indeed, a good example. Not to mention sadistic/sexual exploitation of people under your (Christian) control during an occupation.

Great example you give to the Muslim world.

February 21, 2006 7:43 AM  
Blogger camojack said...

So, using an image of someone you're not, and his "nom de plume" to represent you here isn't representing yourself. Who then? There's that questionable logic again. Would a real picture of you frighten small children? Got something to hide?! You do nothing but obfuscate.

The picture I'm using to represent myself is, in fact, a picture of myself. Someone, I might add, that you wouldn't dare to mess with in person. And you can't even hope to beat me in a battle of wits either...you're woefully outmatched.

And where do you get this delusional idea that Muslims have done nobody any harm, anyway?! Did they stand up to their more violent brethren when 3,000 innocent civilians were slaughtered? Hardly; they danced in the streets.

What is it with you Irish folks anyway? Maybe people like you are why my grandfather left the "Emerald Isle"...you in your ivory tower of academia. People like yourself are worse than useless; you're detrimental.
(Emphasis on "mental")

PS: Have I deleted you yet, "smart guy"? No, I'd rather let you continue to make a fool of yourself. You're doing quite a job of it. I'm laughing at you again...

February 21, 2006 9:08 AM  
Blogger Ms. RightWing, Ink said...


Where do you find these people. All I get is PETA

February 21, 2006 9:19 AM  
Blogger postage_stamp said...

I'm British, mate.
On holiday in Wicklow, outside Dublin.

What have you got against the Irish?

February 21, 2006 9:32 AM  
Blogger camojack said...

Ms. RightWing, Ink:
Dublin, Ireland, apparently. That one's I.P. address said so.

I'm not your mate, chum. And more to the point, what do the Irish have against me? It seems that every time I get some negative comments, they come from Ireland. I'm ¼ Irish myself.

Ms. RightWing, Ink:
See what I mean?! I was just replying to you when that latest one came in...Dublin, just like my tracking software said.

February 21, 2006 9:38 AM  
Blogger postage_stamp said...

Google, eBay, Cisco, Microsoft, Oracle, Symantec, Lotus and many other major companies have European operations situated in Ireland. Not to mention Wyeth, Pfizer and others in the pharma field.

Not everyone who comments here may be Irish, even with an Irish IP address. So don't assume too much.

"And where do you get this delusional idea that Muslims have done nobody any harm, anyway?!"

What did the poor half-starved people of Iraq do to you?

Lots of people dance in the streets, but nobody uses DU shells or white phosphorus on them. Blasts their kids to smithereens, or kills their mother ... or rapes their brother in jail. I wasn't aware that dancing carried the death penalty. Or maybe it does, in G W Bush's America.

February 21, 2006 10:10 AM  
Blogger camojack said...

orwell asked:
"What did the poor half-starved people of Iraq do to you?"

To me, personally? Nothing. Neither did I do anything to them, personally.

You're barking up the wrong tree, little puppy.

And yet again I inquire of you-
What does any of that have to do with Valentine's Day, or fascinating reef formations in Australia?

Which were, after all, the topic of this thread: ♥♥♥

February 21, 2006 10:24 AM  
Blogger postage_stamp said...

Keep in mind, too, that there are currently over 250,000 non-Irish nationals employed in the Irish economy. Many from other EU states, as well as some from the USA. So don't jump the gun so quickly.

[Excuse my faux pas. Jumping the gun is surely an American trait. Or maybe it's just Cheney?]

Do people here always only comment on the particular thread? I chose to comment on the top post.

I'm amused by someone whose blog address is

Personally I always find other matters more important than me.

"Neither did I do anything to them, personally"

So you didn't and don't support the invasion. And given the chance you'd vote to take the troops out immediately -- and leave Iraqis to manage their own OIL, without interference?

February 21, 2006 10:46 AM  
Blogger camojack said...

Valentine's Day, or fascinating reef formations in Australia, are what the top post is about. It doesn't take a genius to see that.

But hey, I'm glad my intellectual level amuses you. It's for real, though, regardless of what you (or anyone else) may think about it. Do you honestly think I "give a tinker's" what your assessment of me (or anything else) might be? Hardly...

February 21, 2006 6:17 PM  
Blogger MargeinMI said...

Rut-roh Shaggy, I think he meant he was responding to the first 'post' (mine, which was tongue in cheek as YOU know, buddy, but which obviously escaped him). So sorry. You never know what's going to set off self rightous folks.

How DARE you call yourself a reporter!!! Where's your press card? Your degree? Your lisence? Your bona fides to call yourself the lofty title of Journalist? What? There are no such things required to be a Journalist? Or a reporter? Humph. Well alrighty then, where do you get off having a blog and telling your point of view? How dare you offer YOUR opinion on YOUR blog!!!!!! Typical self-centered American. Again, harumph!

(This was more tongue in cheek, in case you're not familiar with sarcasm.)

February 22, 2006 6:59 AM  
Blogger camojack said...

Sarcasm? Oh, REALLY?!

You mean like irony, hyperbole, stuff like that?

Heh, heh...

February 22, 2006 7:26 AM  
Blogger postage_stamp said...

1) I was responding (if you check back) to Camojack's remark in the top post, viz, "Anyway, far be it from this reporter to go on about himself". That was what I quoted in my first comment.

2) In case anyone is labouring under a misaprehension, the current top post is about the following:

"All right, so much for the hard-hearted image I like to project; I'm just as sentimental as the next guy, if not more so. In fact, a number of female family members and friends tell me I'm in touch with my feminine side...I am fairly certain that this is intended as a compliment.
Anyway, far be it from this reporter to go on about himself ...
It is, bar none, the nicest place this reporter has ever stayed for a vacation".

I.e. Camojack and his bragging.

It goes hand in hand with the Harley-Davidson, the "All the helicopters I flew", the "I really haven't even bothered to attend a casting call since '97...a year in which I worked on several movies" ... "Consequently, when the time comes for this Screen Actors Guild member to vote on the Screen Actors Guild Awards, I abstain ...".

Not to mention the holidays in Hawaii, and ... oh, yes, skiing!

And then we have this bit: "I've been getting tired of letting my hair grow as long as it has, but it's for a great cause".

Yada yada yada -- which is why he has a blog. Not to "report" on anything. And which, of course, is why I picked up on his remark in the first place.

Anyway, back to Basra. Camojack, stay comfy in your own "real estate" (oops, did you mention that too?)

February 22, 2006 7:44 AM  
Blogger camojack said...

Are you "Kelly Green" with envy?

Golly gee willikers, (what are "willikers" anyway?) it's my blog, chum, consequently I get to talk about whatever suits me.

You claim to have a double secret, special hidden blog reserved for professional journalists, etc. I guess (because I can only guess, obviously) that you write strictly what you're told to by others, eh what?

Just give me a freakin' break...
(Oh, and keep your head down)

February 22, 2006 8:00 AM  
Blogger postage_stamp said...

"that you write strictly what you're told to by others, eh what?"

Nope, freelance.
Cheerio, mate. ♥

February 22, 2006 10:11 AM  
Blogger camojack said...

Frosted Flakes, chum. ♠

February 22, 2006 5:33 PM  

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