Wednesday, December 09, 2020

Review of The Hollow Places

After recently divorced Kara moves into her uncle’s home she discovers through a hole in a wall a portal to an alternate and mysterious reality. This is the beginning to T. Kingfisher’s horror novel The Hollow Places, a story that moves at a quick pace but offers too few spine-tingling scares.

Friday, April 24, 2020

Photographers against COVID-19

Photographers are selling limited edition prints for € 100 each to raise funds for “All United Against Coronavirus,” a French effort to support COVID-19 research and relief.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Martin Parr interviews Alec Soth

Martin Parr has a fairly new YouTube series in which he has casual conversations with photographers. In the most recent segment Parr sits down with Alec Soth, who discusses his beginnings as a photographer and his most recent work, I Know How Furiously Your Heart Is Beating.

Toward the end of the discussion Soth touches on photo ethics and photographer guilt: “The biggest ethical problems come in, not in the making of the work, but in its distribution … there’s a lot of discussion about the ethics of photography, the ethics of photographing someone on the street. Really taking the picture of someone on the street isn’t a problem, it’s putting it on the internet or selling it in the gallery.”

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

A video tour of André Kertész exhibition in Toronto

Gallery owner Stephen Bulger gives an 11-part video tour of “A Life in Photographs,” an exhibition of André Kertész (1894-1985) images in Toronto. Each video is fairly short and they are a surprisingly intimate and captivating look at Kertész life and work.

Monday, April 20, 2020

Here comes the sun

On a more pleasant note, the hospital where my daughter works in Florida plays “Here Comes the Sun” when a Covid patient is extubated and the theme from Rocky when one is discharged. It’s a nice thought.

The melancholia is palpable

When I go to the store the melancholia is palpable. People seem sad and the social distancing and social awkwardness is exhausting.

Sunday, April 19, 2020

What Jacksonville Beach really looked like after opening on Saturday. (First Coast News) Unfortunately most news coverage used photos shot with telephoto lenses that distort distances and others used old videos of crowds.

This Florida drive-in is the only U.S. theater showing new movies. (News4Jax) “The Ocala drive-in made up the entire revenue of the top-grossing film of last weekend, Swallow, which brought in $1,710.”

Friday, April 17, 2020

End of the week links

Thursday, April 09, 2020

Airbnb’s Coronavirus crisis. (The Wall Street Journal)

How to edit your own writing. (The New York Times)

Wednesday, April 08, 2020

Tuesday, April 07, 2020

Once again I can't get Jekyll to work on a Mac

I’ve tried a couple of different times over the years to install Jekyll on Macs, but I can never get it to run. The various online support cures are not effective and, honestly, it’s not worth the effort if I can’t get it to work correctly on install. I’m not confident I won’t run into future problems. But, I’ve had good luck using it on GitHub, so that’s what I’m doing for now.

My reading habits have completely changed

It has been hard to concentrate on reading books during the COVID-19 crisis. I’m finding I can read more escapist books, so I’m turning to science fiction and mysteries to get by. It’s the reading equivalent of passing on the broccoli and grabbing a bowl of ice cream.

Monday, April 06, 2020

Off to a start

This is the first post of this blog running Jekyll on GitHub. Here we go.

Friday, March 27, 2020

How to word graduation announcements for commencements canceled due to COVID-19

School graduations are upon us and if you, like me, are ordering announcements you realize a few changes need to be made to the wording due to commencement ceremonies being canceled or postponed because of COVID-19.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

How to find your 2019 Shopify Payments 1099-K

If you use Shopify Payments, you may wonder where to find the 1099-K you need for your business taxes. Shopify does not make it easy to find, but with the help of Shopify’s chat support I was able to navigate to the form. I’ve outlined the steps below to find your Shopify 1099-K.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Review: The Deserter

Nelson DeMille is back with another thriller, sharing writing duties with his son, Alex DeMille. In The Deserter, Army criminal investigators Scott Brodie and Maggie Taylor are trying to track down elite Delta Force officer Captain Kyle Mercer, who walked way from his post in Afghanistan.

Thursday, December 05, 2019

Review: Janis

Window light

Friday, October 18, 2019

Friday coffee notes

Thursday, September 26, 2019

A brief review: Daisy Jones and the Six

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Review: The Warehouse

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Review: I Like to Watch

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Coffee notes for July 30, 2019

What I’ve learned in 20 years of blogging, by Anil Dash: Most people in tech want to do good, but tech history is poorly understood. As a result, many in tech don’t understand how tech can have negative impacts when they think of themselves as good people.”

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Coffee notes for July 18, 2019

Self-driving cars are way in the future: “Several carmakers and technology companies have concluded that making autonomous vehicles is going to be harder, slower and costlier than they thought.”

Monday, July 01, 2019

Review: Recursion

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Tuesday journal

Daniel Milnor posts a thoughtful essay on “competitive travel.” I don’t agree with everything he says, but this should get you thinking about what motivates you to travel. Related: Travel photos are underrated.

Review: Once More Unto the Breach

Wednesday, June 05, 2019

Too many people want to travel. Massive crowds are causing environmental degradation, dangerous conditions, and the immiseration and pricing-out of locals.

The Atlantic

I continued to wonder what exactly I had done to deserve a woman like Valerie. Nothing, probably. I observe the world as it unfurls, I thought. Proceeding empirically, in good faith, I observe it. I can do no more than observe.

Platform by Michel Houllebecq

Tuesday, June 04, 2019

RapidWeaver + plugins = blog

I’ve put together a development blog using RapidWeaver plus the Stacks, Foundry and Alloy plugins. The development blog is just a test, but the design will be used as the framework for other projects. With RapidWeaver and its plugins it’s pretty easy to quickly create fresh designs. I basically started with a blank slate and built up what I wanted. The test blog is based on Scripting.com and Svbtle.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Using RapidWeaver to rebuild a site

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Review: Working with Color

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

A history book for comedy wonks

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

A list of Amazon RSS feeds for 2019

Unfortunately Amazon no longer provides RSS feeds. This seems to be a new trend and a number of sites, including news organizations, are discontinuing RSS feeds and making it more difficult to track information and get updates across the Internet.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Printable Bonnaroo schedules for 2019

For some reason festivals don’t provide schedules formatted for printing and I usually make my own printable Bonnaroo schedules. This year a couple of other people have done the heavy lifting already, so I’m sharing links here to the ones I’ve found. All of these were originally shared through the Reddit Bonnaroo group.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

“You can’t help but admire Google’s business model. They have close to zero content-creation cost, but are able to turn around and sell the lion’s share of the advertising.”

Terry Kroeger, former publisher of the Omaha World-Herald

You can no longer share Audible audio clips

While Google and Facebook have siphoned ad dollars away from all publishers, local news publishers have been the hardest hit. The tech giants suck up 77% of the digital advertising revenue in local markets, compared to 58% on a national level, according to estimates from Borrell Associates and eMarketer.

The Wall Street Journal

Review: The Parisian

The Parisian book cover

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Incompetence in Chernobyl

Midnight in Chernobyl book cover

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Review: The Light Years

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Review: Beginning Pen & Ink

Monday, March 04, 2019

Review: The Wolf and the Watchman

Review: The River

Sunday, March 03, 2019

Review: Territory of Light

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Review: The Plotters

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Review: The Dreamers

Monday, February 11, 2019

Review: An Orchestra of Minorities

Thursday, February 07, 2019

Review: She Lies in Wait

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Review: World's Best Whiskeys

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Review: Lessons From Lucy

Monday, December 17, 2018

Very short reviews of books

A roundup of books I read in November. Haruki Murakami’s Killing Commendatore and Stephen Markley’s Ohio were the two best books of the month. In fact, those are the only two books I would definitely recommend. Unless you’re an aspiring diarist, in which case you should read Writing Down the Bones.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Review: When the Pipirite Sings

When the Pipirite Sings presents the collected poems of Haitian poet and doctor Jean Métellus, who wrote primarily in French. The collection most notably includes the first English translation of his signature work by the same title. 

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Very short reviews of books

A roundup of brief reviews of books I read in October. Virgil Wander will probably make it to best books of 2018 list.

Review: The Frolic of the Beasts

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Review: Virgil Wander

Thursday, October 04, 2018

Very short review of books

A roundup of brief reviews of books I read in September. There were a number of good books from the month and it was heavy on sci-fi. Cherry is among the best books I’ve read this year and one to get you thinking. Fans of funny science fiction should start reading the Murderbot Diaries immediately. 

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Review: Boomer1

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Very short reviews of books

A roundup of brief reviews of books I read in August. Looking back it was a good month. Depending on where your tastes lie, I’d recommend everything but The Butcher’s Boy. But if I had to pick one, it would be The Line Becomes a River, which is a good look at what happens along our southern border and would be enlightening no matter where your politics are on immigration. 

Monday, August 27, 2018

Review: The Line That Held Us

Monday, August 13, 2018

Review: The Third Hotel

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Review: Drink Beer, Think Beer

Drink Beer, Think Beer review

Monday, August 06, 2018

Very short reviews of books

A roundup of brief reviews of books I read in July. An American Marriage is worthy of the praise it’s received this year and A Terrible Country is an interesting take on live in Putin’s Russia.

Friday, August 03, 2018

Friday morning coffee reads

A regular roundup of interesting stories to enjoy with your Friday coffee.

Thursday, August 02, 2018

Jade Bird

Jade Bird at Bonnaroo. June 7, 2018.

Monday, July 30, 2018

The best new books from the first half of 2018

Here is my list of the best new books from the first half of 2018. I’ve listed them in the order I would most recommend them to someone. But if you’re inclined, read them all.

Friday, July 27, 2018

Friday afternoon coffee reads

A regular roundup of interesting stories to enjoy with your Friday morning afternoon coffee.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Review: A Terrible Country

Andrei Kaplan is coming off of a failed relationship, low on cash and struggling to find an academic job when his brother asks him to do a favor. Kaplan accepts and heads to Russia where he will take care of his ailing grandmother in her Stalin-era, Moscow apartment.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Watch your step

[caption id=”attachment_2009” align=”aligncenter” width=”1200”] Lisbon, Portugal. May 2017.[/caption]

Monday, July 16, 2018

Review: Number One Chinese Restaurant

The characters of Number One Chinese Restaurant all inhabit a planet orbiting the Beijing Duck House. A fire at the suburban Washington, D.C restaurant upends the equilibrium and tensions between family and coworkers come to the surface.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Friday morning coffee reads

A regular roundup of interesting stories to enjoy with your Friday morning coffee.

Friday, July 06, 2018

Friday morning coffee reads

A regular roundup of interesting stories to enjoy with your Friday morning coffee.

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Very short reviews of books

A round up of brief reviews of books I read in June. David Lynch’s biography Room to Dream and Stephen King’s The Outsider are new to bookstores and worth reading.

Monday, July 02, 2018

Review: Room to Dream

The inscrutable auteur David Lynch has delivered a number of memorable films that enthrall and confuse viewers. In Room to Dream we get to peek behind the camera to see what drives the visionary director and artist.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Friday morning coffee reads

A regular roundup of interesting stories to enjoy with your Friday morning coffee.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Matt Shultz

[caption id=”attachment_1958” align=”aligncenter” width=”1200”] Matt Shultz of Cage the Elephant performs during the Tom Petty SuperJam tribute at Bonnaroo. June 2018.[/caption]

Friday, June 22, 2018

Friday morning coffee reads

A regular roundup of interesting stories to enjoy with your Friday morning coffee.

Monday, June 04, 2018

Review: The Art of Map Illustration

Four artists share their techniques for mapmaking as well as samples of their work in The Art of Map Illustration. The book is full of beautiful illustrations by each of the artists, who employ a variety of media including pen, ink, watercolor and digital.

Friday, June 01, 2018

Very short reviews of books

David Itzkoff’s compassionate biography of Robin Williams stands out among the books I read in May. David Sedaris’ wickedly humorous collection of essays is also worth picking up.

Friday morning coffee reads

A regular roundup of interesting stories from the week to enjoy wit your morning coffee.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

St. Maarten

[caption id=”attachment_1887” align=”aligncenter” width=”1500”]Baie Rouge in St. Maarten, 2017. Baie Rouge in St. Maarten, 2017.[/caption]

Friday, May 25, 2018

Friday morning coffee reads

A regular roundup of interesting stories from the week to enjoy wit your morning coffee.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Review: The Shepherd's Hut

Jaxie Claxton lives a miserable life in rural Australia, stuck with a savage father he hates. Then one day a violent accident leaves him with no choice but to pack what he can carry and strike out on foot as a fugitive.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Centre Pompidou

[caption id=”attachment_1856” align=”aligncenter” width=”1500”]Centre Pompidou, Paris. Centre Pompidou, Paris. March 2012.[/caption]

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Review: Calypso

David Sedaris has mastered the ability to be dark, charming and funny at the same time. His latest collection of essays, Calypso, revolves around gatherings at his North Carolina beach house, the Sea Section. Sedaris deftly handles a variety of topics including  middle age, shopping, gay marriage, language and family tragedy.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Friday morning coffee reads

A regular roundup of interesting stories from the week to enjoy with your morning coffee.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Review: Robin

An intimate new biography of Robin Williams tells the story of the meteoric rise, frenetic life and the sad final days of the comedian. In Robin, New York Times writer David Itzkoff gives us a look at the creativity that fueled Williams’ seemingly spontaneous and endless comedic riffs. But he also tells of Williams’ substance abuse, repeated infidelities, failed marriages and a manic anxiety over the quality of his performances.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Friday morning coffee reads

A regular roundup of interesting stories from the week to enjoy with your morning coffee.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Robin Williams movies on streaming services

[caption id=”attachment_1778” align=”alignright” width=”200”] Robin Williams in Dead Poets Society.[/caption]

Friday, May 04, 2018

Friday morning coffee reads

A regular roundup of interesting stories from the week. If you’re in need of a good book, check out my latest very short reviews of books.

Thursday, May 03, 2018

Kauai

[caption id=”attachment_1741” align=”aligncenter” width=”1500”]Kauai. May 2014. Kauai. May 2014.[/caption]

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Review: Warlight

In the aftermath of WWII 14-year-old Nathaniel and his sister are left in the care of a mysterious man they nickname The Moth and his possibly criminal cohorts. Warlight follows Nathaniel’s adventures with this eccentric lot and his efforts to discover why his mother seemingly abandoned him.

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Very short reviews of books

The original, and surreal, Spaceman of Bohemia is highly recommended. The Mars Room and I am, I am, I am area also among my favorites from April.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Review: The Mars Room

Rachel Kushner’s new novel The Mars Room is a heartbreaking and unsparing look at a life gone sideways. From a young age Romy Hall became acclimatized to life on the street in San Francisco and seemed like someone who could navigate the fine line between survival and self-destruction. But a bad history with an obsessive strip club visitor leads the young mother to an unfortunate encounter and two life sentences in prison.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Friday morning coffee reads

Here is a regular roundup of interesting stories from the week.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Little River Canyon

[caption id=”attachment_1663” align=”aligncenter” width=”2500”]Little River Canyon National Preserve, Alabama. April 2018. Little River Canyon National Preserve, Alabama. April 2018.[/caption]

Friday, April 20, 2018

Friday morning coffee reads

A weekly compendium of interesting articles. Grind, brew, sip and enjoy.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Review: Gateway to the Moon

Mary Morris’ latest novel, Gateway to the Moon, combines a coming of age story with historical fiction to explore ideas of identity and how history echoes across time.  The remote New Mexico community of Entrada de la Luna is rooted in the history of the Spanish inquisition and converesos, or crypto-Jews, who fled from persecution. But the residents have lost touch with their past and don’t remember why they maintain certain rituals, such as shunning pork and lighting candles on Friday.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

2018 Bonnaroo printable daily schedules

Monday, April 16, 2018

Admiring the Louvre

[caption id=”attachment_1602” align=”aligncenter” width=”1500”]At the Louvre Museum in Paris. March 2012. At the Louvre Museum in Paris. March 2012.[/caption]

Friday, April 13, 2018

Friday morning coffee reads

A selection of stories to enjoy this Friday morning as you roll into the weekend.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

What photography is doing to our memories

I joined Kenny Smith on The Best Story I’ve Heard Today podcast to discuss the Vox story “What smartphone photography is doing to our memories.”

Monday, April 09, 2018

Monterey jellyfish

[caption id=”attachment_1534” align=”aligncenter” width=”1500”] Jellyfish at Monterey Bay Aquarium. March 2018.[/caption]

Saturday, April 07, 2018

Review: The Sun Does Shine

In 1985 Anthony Ray Hinton was arrested and charged with the death of two men in Birmingham, Alabama. Hinton was certain that because of his rock-solid alibi, everything would be cleared up and he would soon be released. But due to an ineffective and unmotivated defense attorney and a criminal justice system indifferent to the plight of a poor, black man, Hinton was wrongly convicted of murder and spent 30 years behind bars.

Friday, April 06, 2018

Friday morning coffee reads

An assortment of articles to while away the hours this Friday morning.

Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Comércio Plaza, Lisbon

[caption id=”attachment_1508” align=”aligncenter” width=”1500”] Pedestrians on Comércio Plaza in Lisbon, Portugal. May 2017.[/caption]

Monday, April 02, 2018

Very short reviews of books

A roundup of very short reviews of books I read in March. The Sun Does Shine is one of the books you must read this year. Everything else I read in March was also solid and worth your attention.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Friday morning coffee reads

Friday forenoon features for curious coffee connoisseurs.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

U2 performs at Bonnaroo

[caption id=”attachment_1480” align=”aligncenter” width=”1500”] The crowd records the moment as U2 performs at Bonnaroo. June 9, 2017.[/caption]

2018 Bonnaroo food vendors

The Bonnaroo music festival has released their 2018 food lineup, but the list on their site is hard to browse through without a lot of clicking. I’ve reformatted the list of food vendors below to make it easier to scan. Related: Bonnaroo 2018 lineup spreadsheet.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Review: Feast Days

Written in a brutally honest tone, Feast Days recounts the story of Emma, a young woman who moves with her husband from New York to Brazil, where he works as a financial analyst. While protests rattle the country, Emma tries to find where she fits in, immersing herself in the arts scene, lunching with other expat wives and volunteering to help refugees who are fleeing poverty and war.

Pfeiffer Beach in Big Sur

[caption id=”attachment_1423” align=”aligncenter” width=”2500”] Pfeiffer Beach. Big Sur, California. March 2018.[/caption]

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Review: Sometimes I Lie

Amber Reynolds lies in a hospital bed, unresponsive and seemingly in a coma. But Amber can hear everything that is said around her.  She remembers an accident but has trouble unraveling the exact circumstances that put her in the hospital. As she listens to conversations and slowly begins to remember events, Amber becomes suspicious of her husband and others around her.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Pacific Grove sunset

[caption id=”attachment_1399” align=”aligncenter” width=”1500”] Sunset in Pacific Grove, California. March 2018.[/caption]

Friday, March 09, 2018

Friday morning coffee reads

It’s time to settle down with a steaming mug of coffee, some interesting stories and begin putting off getting any meaningful work done today.

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Very short reviews of books

A roundup of very short reviews of books I recently read. Lincoln in the Bardo and Panorama are worth your attention.

Review: The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore

Kim Fu’s novel The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, digital galley) alternates between the stories of five young women who experienced a traumatic event at camp while girls. Unfortunately it reads as a disparate collection of unrelated stories, with the camp experience being the only thing connecting the women.

Friday, March 02, 2018

The good news story of craft beer

I again had the pleasure of joining journalist and Indiana University Media Adviser Kenny Smith on The Best Story I’ve Heard Today podcast. Today we discuss why the craft beer industry is thriving, based on this story from The AtlanticCraft beer is the strangest, happiest economic story in America.

Friday morning coffee reads

Some interesting stories to read while you begin the end of your week.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Review: Panorama

Television news pundit Richard MacMurray is in the middle of examining his life in Washington, D.C., when he finds out his estranged sister was aboard Panorama Airlines Flight 503, which crashed in Dallas with no survivors. Her death leaves MacMurray as the only living relative of her young son, Gabriel, and just another of the characters in Panorama touched by the disaster.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Friday morning coffee reads

Interesting articles to peruse with your morning joe.

Debunking conspiracy theories for dummies

I had the pleasure today of joining journalist and Indiana University Media Adviser Kenny Smith to discuss conspiracy theories and how to debunk them on The Best Story I’ve Heard Today podcast. The conversation is centered around the column ”how to test your favorite conspiracy theory” by Bloomberg writer and George Mason University Professor of Economics Tyler Cowen.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Friday morning coffee reads

For your Friday enjoyment, here is a roundup of interesting reads from the week.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Very short reviews of books

This is a roundup of books I recently finished, but which I did not give a full review.

Friday, February 09, 2018

Friday afternoon coffee reads

Here is a roundup of the best reads from the week. These may not be new to the internet or you, but they were of fresh interest to me.

Bonnaroo 2018 lineup spreadsheet

[caption id=”attachment_1002” align=”aligncenter” width=”1500”]Bonnaroo 2018 lineup spreadsheet Cage the Elephant at 2017 Bonnaroo.[/caption]

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Review: The Which Way Tree

Rarely does a book so quickly grip me in its first pages, but The Which Way Tree has done it with a harrowing story of survivalon the Texas frontier during the Civil War. Bringing to mind the tight narratives of Charles Portis, the novel weaves a story of violence, survival and frontier justice.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Review: Eternal Life

Dara Horn’s Eternal Life (W.W. Norton & Company, digital galley) is a touching story of faith, loss and family. The story’s heroine, Rachel, made a deal with God in Roman-occupied Jerusalem to trade her death for the life of her first-born son. Now, 2000 years later, Rachel struggles to find continued meaning in her never ending life.

Monday, January 08, 2018

Books for the drinking hour

Below is a roundup of books that will get you in the mood for happy hour. The two best, Trappist Beer Travels and Rum Curious, offer a mixture of history and reviews that will leave you feeling smarter about your drink choices.

Thursday, January 04, 2018

UNSUB review: A fast-paced thrill

Meg Gardiner’s psychological thriller UNSUB moves at a fast pace as the heroine, Detective Caitlin Hendrix, becomes obsessed with the Prophet, a killer who reappears after a 20 year hiatus. Inspired by the Zodiac Killer, UNSUB (Dutton, digital galley) pits Hendrix against a serial killer who enjoys taunting police.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Strangers in Budapest: A slow-paced mystery

In this slow-paced thriller an American couple starting a business in Budapest meet an elderly man hunting the son-in-law he believes murdered his daughter.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Manhattan Beach: A sweeping look at war time New York

During the Great Depression, young Anna Kerrigan regularly accompanies her father on his work as a union courier. But one morning he walks out the door and disappears, leaving Anna and her mother to take care of Anna’s disabled sister.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

'Paradox Bound' is a road-trip through time

Paradox Bound reviewWhen a book’s description mentions time travel I’m usually hooked. And because I thoroughly enjoyed Peter Clines’ 14 and The Fold, I enthusiastically jumped into his latest, Paradox Bound (Crown Publishing, digital galley).

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

DeMille introduces a new character in 'The Cuban Affair'

Key West charter boat captain Daniel “Mac” MacCormick is made an offer he has every intention of refusing: Sail his boat to Cuba under the guise of a fishing tournament and recover cash and documents hidden during the revolution. But the lure of a $2 million payday is more than he can resist, and he takes the bait.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

'The Heart's Invisible Furies' is an ambitious story of one man's life

Review of The Heart's Invisible FuriesCyril Avery is adopted at birth and raised by eccentric and well-to-do parents who make it clear that he is not a real Avery. Nonetheless he perseveres, practically raising himself in their sprawling Dublin mansion. The ambitious novel The Heart’s Invisible Furies (Hogarth Press, digital galley) follows Avery’s entire life from the 1940s to the present day.

Monday, September 11, 2017

A hike to the Walls of Jericho

On Sept. 2, 2017, I hiked the Walls of Jericho from the Alabama trial head in Jackson County, Alabama, with my brother in law and my dog. The hike is a strenuous 6 miles round trip and leads to the headwaters of the Paint Rock River. At the end of the hike is a large natural stone amphitheater which usually has at least a small flow of water running through it, feeding a series of waterfalls.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Poodle

[caption id=”attachment_868” align=”aligncenter” width=”660”]Poodle. August 2017. Poodle on sofa. August 2017.[/caption]

Thursday, August 17, 2017

'When the English Fall' shows how to handle the apocalypse with dignity

After a powerful solar storm destroys electrical devices and causes civilization to crumble, an Amish farming community in Pennsylvania helps by supplying food to a neighboring town. But as things deteriorate, the outside world encroaches on their isolated society.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Daily Miscellany: Is 'buying local' even possible?

  1. Is “buying local” even possible? “Imagine my surprise when I encountered a sign promoting a “local” food product in the bakery aisle of our town’s Safeway.”
  2. X-Ray views of the New York City subway system.
  3. Lies our tech overlords told us: A list of the bold promises on which we’re still waiting for Silicon Valley to deliver.
  4. What one reporter learned by working as a butler at the Plaza Hotel.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Steampunkalypse: A review of 'The Clockwork Dynasty'

While doing field research and trying to unlock a mystery from her childhood, anthropologist June Stefanov makes a startling discovery: For millennia automatons have lived among us, hiding their presence while trying to understand the nature of their own existence. But their time is drawing to an end and Stefanov may be a key, if unlikely, ally in their survival.

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Review of new August fiction: 'Mrs. Fletcher' and 'See What I Have Done'

Mrs. Fletcher

Daily miscellanny: We've never had it so good

  1. Megan McArdle says that from cooking to woodworking, rising levels of skill and effort have become barriers to entry.
  2. Enable HTTPS for free on you website with Let’s Encrypt.
  3. Kevin Rose talks with Ryan Holiday about Stoic philosophy.
  4. An increasingly influential group of thinkers insists that humankind has never had it so good – and only our pessimism is holding us back.
    • The proportion of the world’s population living in extreme poverty had fallen below 10% for the first time.
    • Global carbon emissions from fossil fuels had failed to rise for the third year running.
    • Child mortality is roughly half what it had been as recently as 1990.
  5. Share and receive photos at the Feature Shoot Print Swap.

Monday, August 07, 2017

'Rescued from ISIS' a disappointing telling of a compelling story

Rescued from ISIS book reviewIn 2013 former soldier Dimitri Bontinck’s 18-year-old son, Joe, fell under the sway of a radical Islamic mosque and traveled to Syria from Belgium to take part in that country’s civil war. Rescued from ISIS (St. Martin’s Press, digital galley) recounts his many harrowing trips into Syria to find and ultimately bring his son home.

Friday, July 28, 2017

An assortment of links for Friday

  1. Tumbling battery prices mean that EVs will not just have lower lifetime costs, but will also be cheaper to buy than internal combustion engine cars in most countries by 2025-29.
  2. Cellphone notifications are a tragedy of the digital commons.
  3. We now spend 30 minutes a day watching videos on our phones.
  4. Throughout our planet’s history, massive volcanic eruptions have devastated life. Could one bring an end to human civilization?

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Review: 'The Late Show' introduces a fierce detective

the Late Show book reviewMichael Connelly introduces a new detective in The Late Show (Little, Brown and Company, digital galley), a fast moving police procedural that is hard to put down. Renée Ballard works the LAPD overnight shift, responding to everything from burglaries to homicides. Because she has to hand off all of her cases at the end of her shift, she rarely gets to see anything through to completion.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

An assortment of links for Sunday

  1. Zume pizzas are made by robots, and they’re cooked in ovens inside delivery trucks on their way to delivery.
  2. While dental X-rays account for less than 3 percent of all the radiation that Americans get through medical imaging, every effort should be made to minimize their use.
  3. Let’s clear up some of the most common myths and misunderstandings about sulfites, wine, and headaches.
  4. There are two reasons why almost all digital B&W is like drinking rotten pond scum.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Review: In 'Amatka' words can literally destroy

Amatka book reviewIn Karin Tidbeck’s dystopian fantasy Amatka (Knopf Doubleday, digital galley), words have the power to build, heal and destroy. Literally.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Short reviews of summer 2017 book releases

Here is a roundup of reviews for five summer of 2017 releases. All, but for The Windfall, are recommended.

An assortment of links

  1. Nancy Pate reviews six summer thrillers.
  2. Joe Manning tracks down the identity of the woman in an historic Dorothea Lange photo which is also a Shorpy favorite.
  3. Why the highball is the ideal whisky cocktail. At least during the summer.
  4. Tyler Cowen wonders if Dali, Yunnan is the very best place in the world to visit right now.
  5. Photographers chosen to participate in Feature Shoot’s print swap will each give and receive a print.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Apollo 8 book review

Apollo 8: The Thrilling Story of the First Mission to the Moon By Jeffrey Kluger ★★★★★

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Book recommendations for April 2017

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Bonnaroo lineup 2017

The official Bonnaroo lineup 2017 was announced January 11. The June 8-11 festival is headlined by U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Weeknd and Chance the Rapper. This list was updated April 5, 2017 to include new additions to the music lineup and to the Comedy Theatre.

Saturday, April 01, 2017

Book recommendations from January, February and March 2017

From the first quarter of 2017 I recommend Celine and Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

The Princess Diarist only partly delivers on the title

I was warned right in the title that Carrie Fisher would share her diary. On that she doesn’t disappoint. But the title kind of promises details about life on the set of the first Star Wars movie. On this The Princess Diarist falls short.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Carrie Fisher: I had to comport myself with something approaching dignity

Had I known it was going to make that loud of a noise, I would’ve dressed better for those talk shows and definitely would have argued against that insane hair (although the hair was, in its own modest way, a big part of that noise). And I certainly wouldn’t have ever just blithely signed away any and all merchandising rights relating to my image and otherwise.

And on top of whatever else, Mark, Harrison, and I were the only people who were having this experience. So who do you talk to that might understand? Not that that is some sort of tragedy—it just puts you in an underpopulated, empathy-free zone. I mean, obviously I’d never starred in a movie, but this was completely not like starring in your average everyday movie. It might’ve been like being one of the Beatles. Sure, most of it was a fun surprise, but the days where you could really let your guard down were over because now there were cameras everywhere. I had to comport myself with something approaching dignity, at twenty.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

GE wall-mounted refrigerator history

[caption id=”attachment_451” align=”aligncenter” width=”1200”] Ge wall mounted refrigerator.[/caption]

Friday, March 24, 2017

Banyan Tree

[caption id=”attachment_416” align=”aligncenter” width=”1200”]A banyan tree in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. A banyan tree in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico.[/caption]

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Old San Juan journal

  • The harbor at San Juan Bay is a hive of activity. There are cruise ships, sailboats, commercial ships, ferries, seaplanes and regular planes all moving about. If you have the opportunity, grab a coffee or cocktail and sit and watch.
  • The cruise terminal docks are also a hive of activity of a different kind as vendors pitch services and wares.
  • The oldest building in the United States, if not counting Native American structures, is in San Juan. The Cathedral of San Juan Bautista dates from 1521 (pictured above).
  • The narrow, European-style streets along with the historic buildings and views of the waterfront make Old San Juan a treasure to walk through. You  can turn the corner and run into something like Capilla del Santo Cristo de la Salud (Chapel of Christ the Savior) from 1753.
  • Some cities are overrun with pigeons. Old San Juan is overrun with cats and pigeons. At Capilla del Santo Cristo de la Salud you will be offered bird seed for sale, but no cat chow.
  • The men’s room in San Felipe de Morro Fortress has a great view of the sea.
  • At night the lights on surrounding hills and cruise ships make for a beautiful sight.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Chef’s love it when customers are willing to pay to eat their garbage.

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Bad behavior can be necessary for politicians

The Dictator’s Handbook by Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alastair Smith sheds light on how politicians get and keep power. In a nutshell, the most important thing to a politician is not the welfare of the citizenry, but the welfare of the politician’s winning coalition. Keep the coalition happy by lavishing rewards on them and the politician will stay in power.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

It's easy to make homemade yogurt

It’s relatively easy to make yogurt at home without any special tools. After getting a brief demonstration from my uncle, I decided to give it a shot. Although my uncle uses an Instant Pot to incubate the yogurt, I had success with a 1 gallon insulated Coleman jug. The insulated jug is definitely the cheapest way to proceed and for now I don’t see a need to buy a special appliance. Homemade yogurt is smoother and less tart than similar, store-bought yogurts. Although you can do so, I did not add any flavoring or sweetener to the yogurt. I got enough sweetness from adding granola and fruit to the yogurt when I eat it.Here is the recipe I used to make yogurt at home.INGREDIENTS

Monday, January 23, 2017

The new January 2017 cover image

The new header image was shot at the Belle Chevre Cheese Shop and Tasting Room in Elkmont, Alabama. The shop was dog friendly and offered sandwiches, goat cheese and hand made fig ice cream.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Some quotes on the 2017 Bonnaroo lineup

… this year’s lineup resembles that of pop-and-rock-oriented competitors such as Lollapalooza and Coachella. But Bonnaroo’s organizers say they don’t view the festival as tethered to Jerry Garcia guitar solos, and haven’t for many years. ‘We certainly have jam-band roots from the first year, but our goal wasn’t to create a jam-band festival. The goal was always to create a great music festival,’ says Ashley Capps, founder of AC Entertainment, Bonnaroo’s founding promoter.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Think again before faking your own drowning

In Playing Dead: A Journey Through the World of Death Fraud author Elizabeth Greenwood recounts several stories of individuals attempting, with varying results, to fake their own deaths. As it turns out, it’s a hard thing to do successfully and there are many ways in which such attempts frequently fail.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Books I read in 2016

This is a complete list of the book I finished in 2016 and my Goodreads rating. I read exactly 100 books this year, which was my goal. All of the 4 and 5 star books are highly recommended.

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Best books of October 2016

These are the three best books I read in October. They are all recommended.

Friday, October 21, 2016

William Eggleston is a genius, he agrees

There’s a wonderful interview in The New York Times with pioneering photographer William Eggleston. He is refreshingly blunt and unendingly confident.

Norwegian Cruise Line bans Galaxy Note 7 from its ships

Norwegian Cruise Line has sent out an announcement to booked passengers on it ships telling them to leave fire-prone Galaxy Note 7 cellphones behind.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

The new October cover image

The new cover image for the home page is a tour helicopter flying down the coast at Panama City Beach, Florida. August, 2016.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Does Uber make cities safer?

Allowing ride sharing in a city likely reduces the number of DUIs, fatal accidents and arrests for assault. But automobile thefts go up, presumably of cars left at bars overnight by Uber customers.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

So he switched to whisky

The day before he was due to go home Roger and I decided to have a word with Eric [Clapton]’s doctor about his drinking. We pleaded with him to tell Eric he mustn’t drink, explained the situation, told him how much he habitually drank, and how worried we were. The doctor told Eric it was fine to have the odd drink, but he wasn’t to drink a whole bottle of brandy. Eric saw this as the green light. He mustn’t drink a whole bottle of brandy…so he switched to whisky.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Bonnaroo journal 2016

  • Crowds at Bonnaroo 2016 were lighter than past years. Some estimates put it close to 50,000, which is significantly less than recent years when nearly 90,000 attended. At $325 a ticket, that’s about $13,000,000 in revenue.
  • Traffic into Bonnaroo is usually backed up for hours on I-24 and we have a back way of getting in that lets us bypass that nonsense. This year it didn’t matter as there was no interstate traffic Thursday morning and they had closed our usual entrance. We breezed down to Bushy Branch Road and drove in without a problem.
  • Because there were fewer people they moved the festival walls in closer behind the Which stage and didn’t install as many portable toilets, so the festival overall felt about as congested as in past years. The smaller crowds were most notable during the day on the What stage, where the number of people hanging out on the field was less than normal.
  • It was really hot this year. August hot. For some reason they want to limit RVs to 10 gallons of gas, which is not enough fuel to run a generator (and air conditioner) for four days. We brought in 17.5 gallons, which gave us a little to spare. We split the fuel up between a couple of vehicles so it wouldn’t be noticed.
  • Halsey (image above) put on an energetic show Friday, getting into the crowd. Band of Horses under delivered, in my opinion, and Jason Isbell over delivered. As a side note, while Isbell’s wife Amanda Shires was performing during a Sunday Superjam, Isbell could be seen bouncing their baby on the side of the stage.
  • We got into the pit for 8 performances on the What and Which stages. On the What stage I’m no longer going to stand in the crowd behind the pit. It’s just not enjoyable. Better to go back up the hill and put a blanket on the ground. The ability to get up so close for so many acts makes the ticket price a bargain.
  • Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder stopped a few times during his set to share his thoughts about current events and politics. In this social media age it just sounded like he was reading some annoying Facebook posts. Thanks, Eddie for introducing angry, preachy politics into another aspect of my life.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

The Bank of Starbucks

Starbucks Corp. [has] $1.2 billion loaded onto Starbucks cards and the Starbucks mobile app as of the first quarter of 2016, according to the data. This money can be used to purchase items including drinks, food and other merchandise.

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Bavaria journal

  • Although reserved, people in the street were friendly and willing to meet our gaze and return a smile.
  • Traditional German food in Huntsville seems just as good as in Bavaria. Perhaps traditional German food travels better than other ethnic dishes. Or maybe Huntsville restaurants do a better than average job of presenting it (Huntsville has a lot of traditional German restaurants due to the large number of German scientists who emigrated there following WWII).
  • On the shelf in a grocery store: Mississippi Barbecue Sauce. For those of us from the U.S., Texas would be a more obvious branding choice, or even Tennessee if you wanted something related to the deep south.
  • We were made a couple of times to feel a little foolish for asking questions in a store, compared to Alabama where the clerks would have apologized to us. “Do you have this in blue?” Germany: “If we had it in blue it would be on the shelf.” Alabama: “I’m sorry, we only have it in orange.”
  • The Munich subway works on the honor system. Although we didn’t experience it, there are regular control events when riders are checked and heavy fines issued for not having a ticket. As an observer it’s nearly impossible to tell how well this works. But Germans seem to be rule followers in general. And Googling indicates illegal ridership is pretty low.
  • You are expected you to know how things work or at least to read the signs. In short, they expect you to act like adults. I didn’t see anyone paid to simply stand around telling people which line to get into, as I immediately experienced upon returning to the United States.

Sunday, June 05, 2016

Salzburg journal

  • Salzburg is a surprisingly small city. It has a population of less than 150,000 and is smaller than Huntsville, Alabama, which has a population closer to 190,000.
  • It always amazes me in European cities how tourists cluster around just a couple of sites. Mozart’s birthplace, for instance. Yet go just two or three blocks and it feels like you have the place to yourself.
  • Mozart takes precedence over The Sound of Music around the city. This surely reflects the former’s global appeal and the later’s appeal primarily to U.S. tourists.
  • There are a lot of U.S. tourists. Maybe even primarily U.S. tourists. And not as many British tourists as I expected.
  • Everyone speaks English. Even those who profess not to.
  • In the U.S. it’s very easy to buy a very bad beer. In Salzburg it may be impossible. But with the growth of craft beers, the United States now produces some very good beer on par with Bavaria. There are now, for instance, nine breweries in and around Huntsville, Alabama, offering a wider variety of styles than is available in Salzburg.
  • Salzburg is a very comfortable city to visit and navigate as a US visitor.
  • There is a noticeable Italian influence on the city, which makes sense due to proximity, but it surprised me nonetheless.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

This is Marlboro country

I created this piece of pop art circa 1979 for a school assignment. In the 1970s featuring cigarettes in a middle school assignment was completely acceptable.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

What does it take to make us safe?

During the Olympics in Atlanta, and following the bombing in Centennial Olympic Park, my wife and I were among spectators made to stand in huge crowds outside of venues while the buildings were swept for explosives. While this exercise may have guaranteed the safety of the facilities it did nothing to protect those of us huddle in large, vulnerable crowds outside.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Warren Dunes State Park

Warren Dunes State Park on the shore of Lake Michigan. May 8, 2016.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Project finished before my second cup of coffee

I installed the RainMachine Mini-8 on my home sprinkler system this morning. It was one of the easiest home improvement/tech projects I’ve ever done.

Friday, January 01, 2016

Books I read in 2015

This is a complete list of the book I finished in 2015 and my Goodreads rating. I read 102 books this year. My goal was 80, but once I was underway I picked up some steam and got to more than 100. All of the 4 and 5 star books are highly recommended.

Friday, February 13, 2015

What I'm watching: More Than the Rainbow

Street photographer Matt Weber spent three decades documenting life in New York City. He started by pointing his lens out of his cab window and in the years since he walked the streets catching poignant images of the city’s inhabitants.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Cover image of July 4 fireworks on Outer Banks

My new cover photo is of Independence Day fireworks on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. July 4, 2013.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Using discovery sites to navigate Netflix

Despite containing many excellent films, it is often difficult to find anything to watch on Netflix. The tools available on the site don’t make it easy to discover the many wonderful movies hidden within its catalog.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Who needs experience?

A 24-year-old former wedding photographer is now running Lonely Planet, the world’s largest publisher of travel guides.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

My new cover photo is Waikiki Beach

My new cover photo is of the 1975 Wide World of Sports Superteams tug-of-war competition. The Pittsburgh Steelers and the Minnesota Vikings met on Waikiki Beach for the showdown. Keith Jackson and O.J. Simpson hosted the show and are talking in the center of the image. My father took the photo.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Film types for VueScan film scanners

If you use VueScan as your negative scanning software – and you should – you will have seen an option on the Color tab to select a negative vendor, brand and type. It’s almost always easy to figure out the vendor (Fuji, for instance). But the brand and type are not always obvious (something like Super G second generation 400 speed).

Monday, January 20, 2014

Alternative blog platforms based on Dropbox

There are a number of new blogging platforms that make it easy to publish content stored in a online file service, such as Dropbox, as a blog or web site. For the most part editing is done using Mark Down, so no HTML knowledge is necessary. One of the advantages of this method of publishing is you control all of your content in your account and it is very simple to get a new site up and running. Because the sites use mark down, any files you create for one platform can easily be moved to a new platform for publishing.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Buying a used FujiFilm X100

The cost of a new FujiFilm X100 last year was $1299, but now they’re available for less than $700 on the used market. With the release of the updated X100s a couple of months ago the X100 became yesterday’s technology and used prices dropped accordingly.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

35mm film scanner reviews

The topic of 35mm film scanners comes up occasionally around the office and in correspondence with Shorpy and Vintagraph readers. The email I receive generally comes from individuals looking for a recommendation of a scanner to archive family photos. Because everyone’s needs and budget are different it’s not easy to make a general recommendation.

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

A trip to Bald Point Florida

Where Ochlockonee Bay meets Apalachee Bay in the Florida panhandle sits the secluded Bald Point peninsula, an area of scrub oak, pine trees, marshes and white sand beaches. Most of the peninsula is occupied by Bald Point State Park, with a few beachside homes and rental properties scattered along the shore. We made a Spring Break trip there because dogs are allowed on the non-State Park beaches of Bald Point and Alligator Point.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Moving past Google Reader

Google announced yesterday that it will shut down Reader on July 1. It’s hard to believe it only launched in 2005. It feels like I’ve been dependent on it for much longer. The majority of my browsing begins either directly in Reader or on services supported by Reader. Google created the best RSS reader available and topped all competitors. I will miss it.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Durango & Silverton Railroad

My wife and I were skiing at Purgatory in 1994 and rode the Durango & Silverton Railroad as a side trip. It’s well worth doing if you’re in that part of the country, particularly during the winter. The views of snow-covered mountains can’t be beat.This image is from a new scan from a 35mm photo taken during the trip. I was worried about how the scans would look, but I’m very happy with the results.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Upgrading backend for Vintagraph

I moved Vintagraph to a new backend over the weekend. It’s a big change for us as it takes us from a blogging platform to one designed specifically for storefronts.

Friday, June 15, 2012

1984 Disney Gradnite pamphlet

[caption id=”attachment_1919” align=”aligncenter” width=”1200”]Disney Gradnite 1984 pamphlet. Disney Gradnite 1984 pamphlet.[/caption]

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Madison Pike upgrade

I’ve made a few design changes to Madison Pike to give it a cleaner Dave Winer-like “River of News” appearance. The site is a news aggregator for Madison, Alabama and the new design cuts out extraneous design elements and does away with the larger blog-style headlines in favor of headlines nested within the paragraphs. I started with Automatic’s relatively new P2 WordPress theme and made a few modifications, including using Google Web Fonts for the masthead.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Pinocchio and the cowgirl

So, am I technically photo bombing her? Magic Kingdom, Florida.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Feeling the Magic

I traveled to Orlando this past weekend as chaperon with my daughter’s high school choir. I took this photo of a tired man at dusk at the Magic Kingdom. By this point in the day I felt like he looks.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Hanging on a prayer

Painters on the steeple at First United Methodist Church in Huntsville, Alabama.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Snow day

On Monday, while it was still snowing in Madison, we decided to walk from our neighborhood down to a nearby shopping center. For part of the walk we were shadowed by another adventurous soul. There were not many people out that day and we saw very few drivers on the road. The snowfall of about 8″ was enough to shut the city down for several days and keep the kids out of school for the entire week.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

River of News view

I have just published my effort at designing a unique view for Dave Winer’s River of News. Dave published his news river as JSONP, making it available via Javascript for modification. I know just enough about Javascript to modify a script someone else has written, so I have to thank Martin Duffy for graciously letting me grab his script and modify it for my effort.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Shoe ball

I ran across this guy trying to climb a palm tree on the University of Florida campus last Saturday. He was actually making a good go of it, but finally had to give up and drop to the ground. It turns out he was trying to retrieve a football and shoe from the branches. His buddy started hurling his remaining shoe to try to dislodge the other two. When we walked by later the tree was empty, so they figured something out.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

WordCamp to go: Marketing for bloggers

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

WordCamp to go: Assorted links

Monday, September 27, 2010

WordCamp to go: Web typography

Friday, September 24, 2010

WordCamp to go: Improving site performance

While things are fresh in my mind, and because I told a few people I would, I have jotted down some notes I took away from WordCamp Birmingham last weekend. I had intended to make one post, but after getting into it I saw it would be more useful if broken up into several posts. First I’d like to congratulate the organizers on a first-rate event and point out the event was worth many times the $40 it cost me to attend.These notes are simply things that were new or important to me and do not begin to cover all of the information offered. I’d recommend watching the SlideShare presentations for more details. Today I’ve including my notes for improving site performance. I’ll follow up with posts on web typography, marketing for bloggers and finally a collection of useful links I jotted down.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

VAIO con Dios

I think I may have killed my beloved VAIO laptop. Yesterday afternoon I tried adding a external monitor to extend my desktop, but after rebooting neither the laptop monitor nor the external monitor would work. After spending a good part of the day futzing with it, I have come to the conclusion that I somehow damaged the graphics card.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Customer service is marketing

The most useful thing I read today:

Monday, July 26, 2010

Monopoly killer and other links

Can You Say … “Hero”?

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Jungle Room and other links

Presidio Heights Mansion Has Special Jungle Room

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Yah00.00!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

The world is changing

Best thing I read today:

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Hyper-local news blog is up and running

I got back from 4-day trip to Ohio this week and immediately started work on a hyper-local news blog, Madison Pike. Setting up aggregation of local news sources was easy. I also located a WordPress plugin that lets me easily turn any post into a calendar event. So by pulling in a feed of city hall news items, for example, I can immediately turn their announcement of a commission meeting into a calendar event. Slick. But trying to pull in other local resources it turning out to be more of a challenge.

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Sending the order form to the design spa

I spent a lot of time yesterday and today upgrading the look of the print order forms and shopping carts on Vintagraph and Shorpy. The old design looked clunky and had a very 1999 feel to it. It was basic html and lacked the appeal of most modern web stores.

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Colorized photos, we got 'em

What started out as a novelty from a couple of visitors to Shorpy has grown into a rather large collection of colorized photos. We now have 96 photos in the gallery and a few more in the wings waiting to be posted. It’s interesting that the first few colorized photos that were shared on the site inspired a number of other people to start taking a crack at it. The quality varies, but a number are quite well done. The comments on a few of the photos have also become heated as people attack or defend the practice of altering historic images. The consensus seems to be, “let people have some fun.”

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Cost of doing business and other links

The NPAA Cost of Doing Business Calculator. Targeted at photographers, but useful for any small business owner.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Post Office in Sprott, Alabama

The interior of the old Post Office in Sprott, Alabama, made famous by Walker Evans. It’s now an antique store.

Friday, August 01, 2008

Poll daddy and other links

PollDaddy: Create online surveys and polls.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Fenced In

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Disk encryption and other links

TrueCrypt: Free open-source data encryption software.

Monday, June 30, 2008

Deadly storm at Huntsville air show

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Computer manuals and other links

SafeManuals.com: Find user guides, instruction manual and owner manual for a large assortment of electronics and gadgets.

Monday, June 23, 2008

High-tech pranks and other links

The 25 Best High-Tech Pranks: Don’t be fooled again.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Blogopticon and other links

Blogopticon: Blogging scatter plot.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Camp Vulcan Flag

KenBooth: I was honored that our office was presented today with a flag that flew over Camp Vulcan, Afghanistan. Thanks Mike

Friday, May 23, 2008

Live on TV