Thursday, August 30, 2012
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Technology is great until it doesn't work.... it's a blog eat blog world folks.
Monday, August 27, 2012
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Saturday, August 25, 2012
Friday, August 24, 2012
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
there never was any reason to stay in the past,
a place best forgotten as soon as possible....
stop stirring up those ghosts of days gone by,
it doesn't serve us well, and brings our journey
to an unwanted standstill...
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
I was at a car show and ran into a friend from the local camera club and we were talking about cameras (of course) and the upcoming club discussion about small cameras.
There's been much excitement over the new mirrorless cameras coming about, which are quickly being adopted by club members. Weight is one of the biggest reasons, these things are light.
So we stood and chatted a bit and I told her that I didn't think it would be all that long before you did everything on the camera, including post processing and uploading to the cloud. So, I did a quick demo on my phone, the result being this image. The point I was trying to make is that we'll soon be able to take the computer and photoshop (as we know it today) out of the equation.
She was impressed with what my little phone could do, and a bit discouraged at the same time, and I don't blame her. Photography enthusiasts have spent substantial amounts of time and money on their passion of making images.
Needless to say, she agreed that we'd soon be using internet connected cameras that had an operating system that allowed for post processing on touch screens.
So I'm reading my news feed today and what do I run across? An article about a new Nikon camera running Android. I kid you not.
Feel free to chime in on the comments on where you think cameras are headed.
Monday, August 20, 2012
Sunday, August 19, 2012
Saturday, August 18, 2012
This big business game of lies is disgusting. Everyone is in it for the money... forget the issues, the public, the future, the voters, the country.
There are other candidates of course, and they care about issues and the country, but they'll never end up at the "debates" nor get mentioned by the "news media".
American politics has become just more "reality" entertainment, and as such Kim Kardashian would make just as good of a "President" as anyone else running for office.
It's a game of fools, where we do get fooled, and the new boss? Same as the old one...
Friday, August 17, 2012
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
the great recession unending,
complicated by an election,
and streams of media lies,
the common man caught
without fanfare, in the middle
Monday, August 13, 2012
She'd lost so much blood from the gunshot wound in her leg she was delirious.
A storm was fast approaching, and she could hear howling dogs and gun shots off in the distance.
The burned out building she was in offered little shelter, she would be lucky to make it through the night.
Wounded and on the run, she just took what she could to survive.
Cloud content, the version we're being sold now, has been around for less than a decade. Prior to this, most music content was stored on hard drives and iPods, and in the case of movies much of that was still on DVD, and books were still printed on paper.
This has started to change drastically with the advent of the iPad, Kindle, Kindle Fire, Roku, Apple TV, an expanded iTunes, and Amazon Instant Video store.
You can now buy and store your content in the cloud and access it almost anywhere. This is a great convenience, and sure makes for a lot less clutter and reduces storage issues.
But just like physical media in the days before the cloud, digital media accumulates, and rather quickly.
I'm sure it won't be uncommon to have thousands of dollars worth of digital media stored on servers on person's personal accounts that our family and friends may not know about, but might want none the less,
So again, what happens to it when we die?
It's been bought and paid for... does it just go away? Poof?
At this point I'm just curious, but I'm sure it's an issue that will need to be addressed and probably very soon.
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Getting this document, which I didn't even know existed until a month ago, into digital format is just going to be the first part of this exercise. A time consuming one at that, but still something that needs to be done, and is the part I've spent most of my time on so far.
There's a lot to like in what I've worked on so far, and more to like I'm sure in the parts to come. My thinking now is to finish a complete read through of the manuscript and mark up minor typos and such, and get a feel for the overall piece.
That should help editing, especially thematically, later on. This is a very interesting process, and a learning experience for me, with the biggest challenge being managing a limited amount of time to work on this.
So, back to it I guess.... I'm curious where this project is going to end up.
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Friday, August 10, 2012
Thursday, August 9, 2012
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
two hours before dawn,
when the music stopped
The gathering just came about,
an informal collection of friends,
nothing had been planned
The news of Ben's leaving spread,
the spark that brought tears,
and a night of goodbyes
He was headed back to the farm,
his childhood home waited,
to fill a dying father's void
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
dot by dot we'd check them off the map as we rolled along,
stopping now and then to stretch our legs and get something to eat...
They were our lifeline, a place to get supplies as we moved on
and off the grid... we had a long way to go, yet no particular destination...
Our goal was to put miles behind us, to keep on moving, before anyone
realized we were gone...
Monday, August 6, 2012
Sunday, August 5, 2012
Saturday, August 4, 2012
If you're like me, you may have parents that are getting up there in years whose memories are becoming more unreliable, making it hard to separate fact from fiction, and that will only get worse.
I'm lucky and have a good relationship with my mom, and enjoy spending time with her, and helping her around her place.
The thing that I've found extremely rewarding is helping her with setting up a Facebook page (though it's not about being on Facebook), scanning old photos, listening to stories (though you get the hear the same ones over and over), and posting this info online (with discretion) so that other family members who live in far off places can enjoy it.
My mother has kept journals and written poetry for most of her life, so we've been able to build her a blog, and a Google Plus page.
The point of all of this has been to really engage with my mom, cull interesting stories I've forgotten about, and to share with family.
Our memories of special moments don't have to be lost like tears in the rain. We can pass them along. It's like curating family treasures before they get lost to the sands of time, and building a stronger connection to your roots.
The days of a life count for something, and that should never be forgotten.
Friday, August 3, 2012
hiding behind eternal darkness
come - come - come
reptilian waste scattered
across the barren desert highway
deceit calls out from beyond the black
hideous relief found in plight
bring salvation, take way the night
end this dream, turn on the light