Monthly Archives: July 2007

How does light get to the back of the retina?

The eye is a funny thing. One interesting factoid is that the light sensitive rod and cone cells are actually buried within the retina, sandwiched between cells that give structure and perform the first parts of image formation. “If that’s … Continue reading

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Folk Art

I’ve always been skeptical of folk art. If you’ve seen “Antiques Roadshow” on PBS, it’s likely that you’ve seen folk art pieces. You’ll know them because they’re quirky and frequently rough around the edges. They might not look like things … Continue reading

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Public Service Announcement: E-mail

If you use e-mail for work or school, you owe it to yourself to watch Merlin Mann’s “Inbox Zero” talk. I think it’s probably one of the most useful productivity ideas around, which you would expect from the man behind … Continue reading

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Tourists and snapshots in DC

On Tourists: I’m a tourist, and I’m proud of it. If there’s no way you can blend in, why fight it? On Snapshots: The snapshot has a bad rap. These pictures are who we are. If we’re lucky, they look … Continue reading

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Digital Imaging Workflow

“Is it true that if you don’t use it, you can lose it?” — Steve Carell, “The 40 Year Old Virgin” Sometimes . . . at least temporarily. Or so I discovered when my inkjet prints looked terrible. Colors were muddy or … Continue reading

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Mount Vernon, Virginia

Lisa, her parents, and I went to DC earlier in the week, and we visited Mount Vernon while there. In addition to the restored planter’s paradise, there was the family burial plot. George Washington, Martha, assorted progenitors, and descendants all … Continue reading

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Newton Centre Burying Ground, Newton, Mass.

Lisa and I went to Newton today to get ice cream visit a cemetery that we must have run, walked, and driven past thousands of time while we lived there. If only I had started visiting these fabulous places sooner. . . . … Continue reading

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North Purchase Cemetery, Milford

  Earlier in June, I finally got around to visiting a burying ground in Milford, the town where I live. Lisa came along; it’s always enjoyable having someone else point out the things I miss as I gawk at names. … Continue reading

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Backups, part deux

I got everything off the hard drive that I could get, which was about 80% of my photographs. The crash spared most of the older data, while toasting many of the newer images. Ironically and tragically, all of those older … Continue reading

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