Monday, May 28, 2012

A Hot Day on the Fairway

Fairway by mmahaffie
Fairway, a photo by mmahaffie on Flickr.

I played a practice round at Old Landing Golf Course outside Rehoboth Beach today. It was a very hot day. I didn't carry my clubs, but I did walk the course. I'm glad I took along enough water.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Just Because This Picture is Simply Charming

Gee-Up! by josefnovak33
Gee-Up!, a photo by josefnovak33 on Flickr.
This is from a great flickr group called The Smiling Victorian. Found via the cool web editor at NPR's Fresh Air.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

"Make Up Your Own Rules"

It's graduation season and I am enjoying watching a variety of graduation addresses. Here's one from author Neil Gaiman, who is one of my favorite writers and who is modeling a new way of living as an artist and writer... on social media and the web.

Here's a part of the speech I found very interesting. It comes at the end when he has already given advice about akin art and living as an artist.
We're in a transitional world right now, if you're in any kind of artistic field, because the nature of distribution is changing, the models by which creators got their work out into the world, and got to keep a roof over their heads and buy sandwiches while they did that, are all changing. I've talked to people at the top of the food chain in publishing, in bookselling, in all those areas, and nobody knows what the landscape will look like two years from now, let alone a decade away. The distribution channels that people had built over the last century or so are in flux for print, for visual artists, for musicians, for creative people of all kinds.
Which is, on the one hand, intimidating, and on the other, immensely liberating. The rules, the assumptions, the now-we're supposed to's of how you get your work seen, and what you do then, are breaking down. The gatekeepers are leaving their gates. You can be as creative as you need to be to get your work seen. YouTube and the web (and whatever comes after YouTube and the web) can give you more people watching than television ever did. The old rules are crumbling and nobody knows what the new rules are. 
So make up your own rules.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Blackbird Creek, From a Canoe

here's a hintsunny daykayakyellow flowersin a canoemore yellow flowers
paddling on blackbird creeka dock in the wrong placeThere were a lot of yellow flowersduck blindmarsh plantslearning
cypress!greendead treesreflectionduck blindquiet spot
two tree islandsunny spotround the cornercanoe tripall done

On Thursday, I took the morning off for a naturalist-guided canoe trip on Blackbird Creek, in New Castle County. It was a part of the outreach programming from the Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve, a part of DNREC. My boss took the morning and came along, as did several members of the staff of a company called Delaware Interactive, with whom we have been partnering on several eGovernment projects lately.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Our Purple Tree, Spring 2012

There's a purple-flowering tree in our yard. I think, technically, it is called a Redbud. All I know is that each spring it goes through a purple phase before turning green.