Love the West and Mountain Life? Check out these short films!

If you love the West, mountain life, and Big Sky country, check out these short films submitted by Montana’s own Audrey Hall to the Nikon “Your Day In 140 Seconds” Film Festival.

See You Then is a poignant look at the unforeseen connections between people.

Hi Lonesome looks at the day of a photographer, artist, and rancher.

Here’s what one what some viewers have to say about “Hi Lonesome”:

"Beautifully captures the essence of not only a fading life, but a fading way of life." "An engaging yet honest portrayal of the West." "To the power of the lonesome rancher subject with all its beauty, Audrey layers her artistry with that of another artist’s view by pencil."

Google Voice voice mail transcription needs a little work…

I just received this voice mail transcription from Google Voice from my wife. I have no idea what she’s talking about.

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Mexico's murder rate

The hysteria over Mexico’s drug war has reached a fever pitch in the United States.

It’s true that the violence is horrible, the brazenness of many attacks disconcerting, and the manner in which they are carried out gruesome. That innocent civilians are often caught in the middle is doubly worse.

El Universal is reporting that 6,476 people have been killed this year in drug-related violence, but the number is more telling when adjusted for population.

Mexico’s overall homicide rate has actually been declining over the years but is still double that of the U.S. (10.00 vs 5.8 per 100,000 inhabitants, respectively) (source: the UN as reported on Wikipedia).