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The Swimming Imperative

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I spend a lot of time wandering around the web looking for information to share with followers of WaterShapes.com’s “Around the Internet” and “Aquatic Health, Fitness & Safety” sections and of the “The WaterShapes Web Café” feature that appear in each edition of the WaterShapes newsletter.

This browsing can be fun and entertaining, but there’s also

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Water Dynamics

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Given what I do for a living, it’s fortunate that I have a deep and abiding love of water.  I enjoy being in, on and near it.  I even like water in the forms of mist and fog.

I must declare, however, that living in the Pacific Northwest for more than three years in the early 1980s put me off a similar love of rain and, more specifically, led me to loathe

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Color Me Unimpressed

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It’s attention-getting, so it’s easy to figure out why it’s done.  But in this case, my feeling is that just because it can be done doesn’t mean it should be done.

What I’m agitated about here is the peculiarly popular practice of coloring fountain water to commemorate special dates or events.  You know what I mean:  Think about all those fountains dyed red for Valentine’s

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  • Agree completely -- more than completely. In KC (City of Fountains, Paris of the Plains, etc) this is awful. It seems to be everywhere. And the red/pink is the worst of all, because it says "blood". I know that isn't what they intended, but have they ever looked at the result of their 'die' job?...
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Clearing the Shelves

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For the past six years – ever since that fateful day in the spring of 2009 when I decided that my offsite storage space was far too inconvenient to be worth the monthly cost – I’ve been surrounded in my office by floor-to-rafters shelving stacked with back issues of WaterShapes.

I love the old magazines, and despite the fact everything we ever printed is now easily available online, I still

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Keyboard Exercises

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Among the many things I like about working on WaterShapes.com and its companion digital newsletter is the opportunity it has given me to write.

Back when I was with Pool & Spa News, I wrote opening editorials in just about every issue for nine years.  That kept the engine going, but I wouldn’t exactly describe the “Reflections” I wrote there as either free-wheeling or exactly

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A Critical Eye

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I spend a lot of time looking at watershapes:  Big and small, elaborate and simple, recreational and decorative, calm and eruptive, distant and interactive.  In too many ways to count, they’re so much nicer now than when WaterShapes started paying attention to them 16 years ago.

I think back to a time when I was an occasional

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Swimming in It

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It’s not the kind of story you want to see in your newspaper or stumble upon while surfing the web:  According to researchers at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., the waters of a sampling of well-used swimming pools in Indiana and Georgia were tested and found to contain a whole list of chemicals you might not want to

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In with the New?

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I’ve never had much luck when it comes to using this time of year, as so many do, to take stock, review the year just ending or think in any significant way about what’s to come with a fresh page on a newly printed calendar.  

The reasons for this are simple:  WaterShapes exists in service to professionals who return the favor by

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A Rippling Departure

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Back in 2008 and 2009, lots of folks weren’t too shy about letting me know I was nuts not to pursue the opportunities embodied in digital media and the Internet.  

The most persistent voice among those who doubted my sanity was that of Lenny Giteck.  I had nominally been his boss at

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Channeling Insights

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WaterShapes has been privileged to publish countless beautiful photographs through the years, and many of the best of them ended up on the printed magazine’s cover.

On a few occasions, however, great images weren’t available for cover appearances.  There were several possible reasons for this, but most often it had something to do with

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Updated Wisdom

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Let’s stroll back to February 2010:  It was about the time we at WaterShapes started getting serious about establishing an Internet presence – and more than a year before we stopped publishing printed editions of the magazine and went all-digital.

Back then, we saw the web site as more of a

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Through a Glass, Brightly

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This edition of my blog is a bit of an out-of-body experience. 

I usually write these essays no more than a few hours before each WaterShapes newsletter is released –  probably a vestige of my time at Pool & Spa News, where I put off writing my every-issue column until the very last minute so it would

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Hitting the Road

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It’s that time of year again:  I’ve started organizing the things I’ll be bringing to Orlando for the 2014 International Pool|Spa|Patio Expo, and I’m getting close to hopping on the plane and fly to what I’ve long seen as an odd sort of family reunion.

I haven’t been to Orlando in quite a while, so I’m taking an extra day while I’m there to get out and about.  As I mentioned in a recent Travelogue, I plan on a return visit to

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