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Friday, July 30, 2004

Wild sunflower

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This afternoon, I spied this butterfly resting on a wild sunflower near Cambridge, Maryland.


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Monday, July 26, 2004

I survived 24 hours of blogging!

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Well if you followed along or checked in after my 24 hour marathon blogging stunt for charity, you'll see that I made it to the end. As promised, I've mirrored my Project Blog posts from hiptop Nation to my server. Click here, or on the image above to see all the posts. I re-arranged the posts in forward chronological order and changed the Pacific time stamps to Eastern. I also cleaned up a couple broken links, minor typos and lightened some of the dark images.

At the end of the 24 hours, I had raised $435 for the Alzheimer's Association, but on Sunday, I pursuaded my mother-in-law to donate $66 to push me over to $501! If you pledged via the Project Blog site, I commend you for making it through their wacky sponsoring process. Their system will soon notify you on how to make the actual donation. If you haven't heard anything by the end of the week, please let me know. And it's still not too late to donate!

Basically my marathon day was about photography, family and fighting sleep for a good cause. I got a fresh perspective on blogging/moblogging by having to keep to a rigid schedule. Thirty minute intervals are short enough that you can never really forget that you're blogging. By the wee hours, I had to make a checklist of things to blog about. Someone asked today if I would do it again. I answered yes, but now I think when this comes around again in a year, I'll say "been there done that."

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Thursday, July 22, 2004

Moblogging 48 half hours for charity

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Sponsor me as I increase my blogging activity by an order of magnitude for charity!

I've decided to join Project Blog this Saturday, July 24th at 8am EST to blog 24 hours for charity (See the project press release). I'll be posting to my moblog on hiptop Nation every half hour according to the rules, and submitting from newly-replaced Danger Hiptop/Sidekick communicator will free me from having to sit near a desktop computer all day.

Much of what I might be doing Saturday is stuff I've moblogged before. When the blog-a-thon starts at 8am, we will have been up a while and walking the nearby farmer's market. Then I'll pack up my camera gear to drive west to Jeanne's house in Ellicott City, Maryland to do a third photo session with Janet in and around the house and grounds. Since we'll be down in a valley, my signal may be intermittent, but at least my entries will be queued up for transmission in batches. The photo session will end around 1pm at the latest and then we'll need to feed Cianna, go shopping and clean house. Later in the afternoon we might go for a smoothie. The evening and late night is when things will get more interesting as I fight off sleep and possible boredom. Expect to see some baby duties mixed with photo experiments. My wife gladly sponsored me $50 since I will be taking the night shift with baby Cianna. Of course I'll be guzzling caffienated drinks to stay awake. My last post at 8am on Sunday may very well be of the folds of my pillow just before my eye lids collapse.

So, you might want to check out the project site to consider doing the blog-a-thon yourself—or sponsor me for a few bucks to the Alzheimer's Association. Be sure to read the FAQ on the site. If you don't want to mess with logging into the system, just drop me an e-mail* with an amount you want to pledge and I'll enter it into the system for you. At the time of this post, I've got six sponsors for a total of $160 and three more pledges that I'm going to self-enter. Mark, my boss, appropriately sponsored me as the head of our board at AARP Services is the president of the Alzheimer's Association. He says he plans to tell our executive team about the stunt, which means I guess I'll have to keep my posts clean ;-)

The number of participating bloggers is now at 172, but I suspect there will be a spike in sign-ups just before the event begins. Buddy Heidi will be posting from Kansas City, and there's an art student at MICA in the game too. I see from her blog that she's planning to post around a theme (nude painting) as say others in the project's discussion forums.

OK, off to bed now to bank some sleep.




* This address has been blessedly filtered free of spam for a while by Knowspam, but that means you have to perform a quick confirmation step via a second e-mail if you haven't used this address before.




Update Friday, 7/23, 10pm: Well because the president of the company where I work personally sponsored me for $100, I've blown past the $400 mark! It's tricky to view the progress of my pledges because you have to wade through a long page of tables, but you can just go to the sponsors page and type Control-F (or Command-F on a Mac) to search for curiouslee within the page. All systems are GO, and I'm getting another good night's sleep tonight.

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Tuesday, July 20, 2004

Twilight Moon over Madison Street

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Ah, this is a scene that brings back fond memories of the time I had my design office at 4 East Madison in downtown Baltimore. As we were walking out of the first Baltimore Bloggers' Sushi Night at Minato, Amy pointed out the sliver of Moon setting behind the spikey spire of the First & Franklin Presbyterian Church. The complimentary wedges of dark blue sky and incandescent orange row houses on Madison Street were punctuated nicely by the crescent Moon.

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Just inside the northwest corner building at Charles and Madison, a pleasant group of bloggers were contemplating a second round of sushi. Amy, Cianna and I stayed long enough to have a round of drinks and for me to snap the photos that are in this phonecam postcard (click for a large version). I pushed the source photos to a moblog post at hiptop Nation from the restaurant table. I really only had a chance to get a round of introductions and some snippets of conversation before we had to head home to give Cianna bath and bed, but Baltimore Roll or eebmore will most certainly have good write-ups and links. Thanks to you two and the others for building this community. I'm really hoping I can make it to the next event.

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Saturday, July 10, 2004

Illuminating Ann

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illuminating_ann_2After a few months of juggling schedules, I finally photographed my neighbor, Acupuncturist Ann, this afternoon. Scouting some well-lit locations in and around her house, we noticed a narrow shaft of light from a small skylight centered nicely on the back wall of the stairwell. I had no previsualized image in mind, but I knew the concentrated light from above would look dramatic. We talked about Ann's hands and arms as the real tools of her trade, so she reached up towards the light and spread her fingers. I asked her to back up against the wall until her fingers cast some interesting long shadows. I worked in wide angle first (see right) and closed in for the image above. The finger shadows in the close-on image have a feather-like grace about them, and are suggestive of the gentle touch of Ann's skilled hands.

Downstairs, we made the portrait I had in my mind's eye when I arrived.

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Wednesday, July 07, 2004

Baby toy ops

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Last weekend, I documented the operational modes of my daughter's Sassy Aquatic Bobber toy.

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