Monthly Archives: October 2011

Images from TEDxMidAtlantic (2)

As always, you can click on an image to see it larger in the Gallery.

Woman writing on community wall at TEDxMidAtlantic 2011

People on stairs.

Semi-abstract view down stairwell.

Boy with imaginary gun.

Table and chair legs, people's feet in background.

Previously published images from TEDxMidAtlantic 2011 are available here and here.

A Year Ago: Less Bad Than I Thought

World War II Memorial on the National Mall
You may have noticed that I am a person with no shortage of opinions…
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Wish I Had Met Him

Novelty was not Steve’s highest value. Beauty was.

His philosophy of aesthetics reminds me of a quote that went something like this: “Fashion is what seems beautiful now but looks ugly later; art can be ugly at first but it becomes beautiful later.”

Steve always aspired to make beautiful later.

He was willing to be misunderstood.

Steve was like a girl in the amount of time he spent talking about love. Love was his supreme virtue, his god of gods.

But with that will, that work ethic, that strength, there was also sweet Steve’s capacity for wonderment, the artist’s belief in the ideal, the still more beautiful later.

Steve’s final words, hours earlier, were monosyllables, repeated three times.

Before embarking, he’d looked at his sister Patty, then for a long time at his children, then at his life’s partner, Laurene, and then over their shoulders past them.

Steve’s final words were:


—From Mona Simpson’s eulogy for her brother Steve Jobs.

Read the whole thing.

Images from TEDxMidAtlantic (1)

As usual, click on an image to see it larger.

TEDxMidAtlantic at Harmon Hall

On break at TEDxMidAtlantic.

On break at TEDxMidAtlantic 2011

Two women conversing at TEDxMidAtlantic

Three people on break at TEDxMidAtlantic

Attendees at TEDxMidAtlantic on stairs.

Man writing on comment wall, TEDxMidAtlantic

See also, yesterday’s post. More to come tomorrow.

A Year Ago: Sanitation at the Rally to Restore Sanity

Rally-goers leave their imprint.We walked to the Mall and back from Arlington, about ten miles round trip…
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Not A Conversation

Couple in silhouette at table.

I spent a stimulating and exhausting day at TEDxMidAtlantic 2011. I’ve got some other photos to share, mostly just some documents, but I’m too bushed to put them up today.

[Update: More pictures here and here.]

A Year Ago: Glen Echo Halloween

Preparations at the Glen Echo BallroomFor the first time on any of my visits to Glen Echo, the door to the Ballroom was unlocked…
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Summer’s Flower

Butterfly on flowering plant.

The summer’s flower is to the summer sweet,
Though to itself it only live and die…”
—William Shakespeare, Sonnet 94

Snow may be on the way.

(Will you please check out the glorious bokeh in this image? Leica 45 macro I <3 you!!!)

A Year Ago: Orchid

OrchidI can in no sense be said to have painted this image…
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Dutch, Dutch Baby!

Dutch baby in skillet on stovetop.

Oh, how I wish I could rap in a way that would do justice to this perfect breakfast food!

You make it with stuff you probably already have in the house: butter, eggs, flour, milk. It takes 20 minutes. And now the true raison d’être of my seasoned cast-iron skillet has been revealed.

I had mine with agave syrup and fresh lemon juice drizzled on it. But frankly, you could put pretty much ANYTHING you like, savory or sweet as you prefer, on top of this and it would be yummy. It is eggy, and bready, and fluffy and chewy and moist all at once. Pancake meets waffle meets souflé.

Omelets, I am so over you!

[Update: Seriously, why eat anything else, ever?]

Dutch baby with blueberries.

A Year Ago: Fruit of the Tree

Pomegranate decorative detail.Some say that the apple of the garden of Eden was a pomegranate…
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It’s Nice to be Rich

View from Currituck Light, Corolla, NC

Some people are kind enough to make their playgrounds available to the public when they can no longer use them themselves.

A Year Ago: Galaxy of Life

Weeds going to seed in autumn.Even at the end of the cycle there’s a profusion of life…
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Google Search, take note! has been spamming my site with junk comments relentlessly for a week now. (The most laughable of which chided me for having bad spelling on my site, while itself being riddled with grotesque misspellings and hideous grammar.) I always have and always will moderate all comments and trackbacks. I will never publish a single spammy comment, EVAR.

Do not do business with obnoxious companies like who try to game the internet and distort search results with this kind of low-down, asinine behaivior. is a bad citizen of the web.

Sound Sunset

Sunset with color palette

Let’s break some rules, shall we?

  1. It’s a sunset. Sunsets are big honkin’ clichés. But you know what? I don’t care!
  2. Sunsets are about the sun and the sky. OR NOT. This one is more about the water and the dark weeds in the foreground.
  3. Don’t cut your image in half by putting the horizon dead center. Unless, y’know, it works best that way.
  4. High ISO images are a waste of electrons. Says who? This was shot at ISO 1600 at f4:1/30. There’s some noise, alright. I kinda like it.
  5. A color palette shouldn’t look like “One from columns A-E.” Have a look, though: are these not the colors of a wonderful autumn wardrobe?

The moral of the story is: know the rules, understand why they are the rules, respect the rules enough to know when it’s right to break them, and finally—own your creative choices, but don’t be so stubborn that you can’t admit it when it becomes clear that it wasn’t artistic genius but rather a mistake born of ignorance and/or bloody-minded egotism.

A Year Ago: Good News

Another Destination for the Bucket List

[Midnight Sun | Iceland—I recommend the largest size and highest resolution you can muster for this one.]

I’ve seen so many fantastic pictures from Iceland that I’ve resolved I really must go there one day.

A Year Ago: Organized Grief

Pentagon MemorialThe Pentagon Memorial is structured around dates…
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