Sunday, December 28, 2003
Lucid moments from the holiday blur
I've selected a small sample of some of my photos of the holidays with family to post here. Our new baby was naturally the focal point for all of our holiday activities. In the span of a week, Baby Cianna visited the office party at AARP, met my 101-year-old grandmother, and rode with us to Ohio and back to visit my wife's family. Then yesterday, my family came over to celebrate Cianna's first month with traditional Chinese red eggs. While the books say overstimulation of newborns is a concern, I'd say Amy and I are certifiably overstimulated. We rested today, but I'm back to work tomorrow, while mom and cranky baby try to get back into a routine.
Wednesday, December 17, 2003
To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Wright Brother's first flight, I went out during lunch today to see the original Wright Flyer at the National Air and Space Museum. They've taken the flyer down from its hanging place in the main Hall of Flight and wrapped an exhibit around it: The Wright Brothers: Aerial Age Begins. The flyer is now at floor level in a second floor gallery where you can inspect it from just beyond arm's reach.
The exhibit offers a rare opportunity to study the finely-crafted and brilliantly-engineered flying machine up close. I didn't have much time to look at the exhibit's info panels and many historial artifacts (including a rare Wright bicycle), so a trip back is certain. I did run into my buddy of 20 years, Bea Mowry, who is the design director of the museum. She's been working almost 'round the clock to get the displays for new Dulles Extension ready.
A TV news crew from Dayton, Ohio was taping a segment on the Wrights, and the museum had two actors present dressed as the brothers speaking in character to answer questions for visitors. I walked by the Apollo Lunar Module on my way out of the museum to feel the magnitude of how humans first achieved powered flight and later set foot on the Moon in the span of a lifetime.
Thursday, December 11, 2003
Portrait of Janet
The beauty you see here is exceeded by an inner reserve of the same. I'll revisit Janet with my camera to capture more after the holidays.
Daddy's work; daddy's rest
Work is going well at AARP.org, and some unexpected new major projects have landed in my lap, which will make the first few months of next year pretty exciting. I've got a talented and dedicated team of designers and developers as well as co-managers who have embraced my arrival enthusiastically. And what a treat for tomorrow: John Maeda of the MIT Media Lab's new Physical Language Workshop is stopping by the office for a meeting in which I will participate. I see John has a new book coming in 2004.
I'm settling into an OK routine commuting to work from Baltimore to DC on the train, but it doesn't leave me much time during the week to mess around here in curiousLee and TypePad. I find myself wishing my one-hour train ride was an hour longer each way so I can read or surf some more. And maybe one day they'll deploy Pointshot WiFi on the MARC train so I can access the Citrix server at work.
When I get home, I've got a few hours to soak in family life, and then early bed to keep to my new pattern of getting at 6-7 hours of sleep each night. Cheating on sleep along with the longish commute tires me out during the day.
So as always, keep your eye on the moblog and Brain Food content in the right sidebar. Unfortunately, because of some code incompatibility and/or a slow server at CaRP, it sometimes takes up to 30 seconds for the right side content to load.