Sunday, February 29, 2004
Baby in boa beamed to me
Amy and her sister went shopping today on the occasion of the end of Cianna's third month. Back at our house, they snapped this colorful phonecam image of baby wrapped in an 8-foot long feather boa. Then this little bit of spirit-lifting heart candy popped up on my phone while I was blogging and photographing conference sessions a thousand miles away. The experiments in remote control of daddy's mind continue...
Sunday, February 22, 2004
Study of Janet
Here's one of the nicest images from a second photo session with Janet today. Many of the images from my first session were indoors in backlight, so it was nice to get outside today. More of Janet in April.
Wednesday, February 11, 2004
Lost in mother and daughter
It's difficult to go to work most mornings as I look back at this profoundly peaceful scene. But it also inspires me to go out and conquer a piece of the world for them.
Sunday, February 01, 2004
Remembering Columbia in personal photos
A year ago this weekend, dazed by the sudden loss of the Shuttle Columbia, I stopped by NASA's Goddard Spaceflight Center's Visitor's Center in Greenbelt, Maryland to see if there were any public observances. The public area was closed, so I just made a photo of part of the sign by the main employee entrance where passers-by had left bouquets of flowers.
A year later, after an exhaustive and harshly critical investigation of NASA, a resumption of preparations for the next Shuttle's return to space, and the continuation of Space Station operations, NASA is beginning to make a comeback. Two robotic rovers are now operating on Mars, and returning science data beyond all expectations, and the president has put forth a bold vision for manned missions to return to the Moon and venture to Mars. Yet serious questions remain about the slow change in NASA's culture, which cast doubt on the agency's ability to continue flying the Shuttle muchless to embark on building an entirely new vehicle to carry astronauts to the Moon. One can only hope that the memorials honoring the Columbia and her crew online, on the ground, and on Mars will also mark an end to the old way of working at NASA. The next memorial NASA needs to build is to commemorate the decades of safe operations that will be required to get humans to Mars.
Set for the Information Architecture Summit
I was on the fence for the last couple weeks about going to the 2004 Information Architecture Summit out of concern for the new infant at home and projects perking up at AARP. But things are really going well on both the home and work fronts, so I completed conference registration and travel arrangements for the summit this weekend. The summit is in Austin, Texas this year February 27-29. I arrive in Austin that Friday night and will stay until Sunday evening. Amy opted to stay home with the baby. They are taking their own trip the weekend before to visit her folks on their vacation in
Savannah, Georgia Hilton Head, South Carolina. Our dog makes out well on this schedule as she won't have to be boarded.
This year's summit theme, "Breaking New Ground" focuses on two domainsstrengthening the foundation of the discipline, and widening the scope of IA practice. Supporting the theme, two team members from AARP's Web Strategy and Operations group, where I'm currently the design and production manager, are presenting. Jessica Moore, our in-house IA and Art Director, and Joseph Matthews, Senior Web Developer, will present The Blind Leading the Blind: Theorizing a Web for the Visually Impaired. They infuse into their presentation experience gained from participating in the development and maintenance of the AARP.org web site, which averages 2 million unique visits per month.
As you might imagine, I'll be acting as an unofficial conference photographer again, so look for the asian with the ponytail flitting about with his digital camera. I'm looking forward to seeing many old friends, and making new acquaintances.