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Jeff Lampe
Jeff Lampe

Jeff Lampe has been outdoor writer at the Journal Star in Peoria for 12 duck seasons. He lives in Elmwood with his wife Monica, sons Henry, Victor and Walter, and Llewellin setter Hawkeye. A native of Buffalo, N.Y., he is an avid fan of the Bills and still has mental scars from four consecutive Super Bowl losses. Outside of hunting and fishing, Lampe's main passion in Illinois was Class A boys basketball (which sadly no longer exists). Former publisher of the Class A Weekly newsletter, Lampe is a co-author of "100 Years of Madness" and "Classical Madness," both books focusing on prep basketball in Illinois.

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August 29: Picture of the Day

August 29, 2010 at 09:47 PM

I’ve been eyeballing a new television lately, drooling over these HD models ever since visiting my parents this summer. The picture was so clear that you could see nose hair on some of the anchormen (and women, hey, they live in Buffalo).

Anyway, I’ve had a bit of HD mania lately what with football season coming soon. And yes, sometimes I buy into technology. I buy into the idea that we are really figuring things out. That humans can sure make amazing stuff.

Then I walk outside and spend a few minutes with the plants. That’s when I’m reminded that HD TV is a fraud. Sorry to whoever invented it. But it’s not that impressive compared to one stalk of rough blazingstar. Not compared to one monarch chrysalis. Or one acorn, for that matter.

The really amazing stuff is where it has always been. Outside. Ready for us to admire if we’ll only take the time and get out there.


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