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DPP: Year Four

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The December Photo Project (DPP) is just around the corner and the web is abuzz with RT’s annual photo project.

I’ve really enjoyed participating in the DPP each year (2006, 2007, 2008), as it has been a catalyst for me to create art and notice the beauty in the world around me.  It’s not that my pictures are always amazing, it’s more the process and joy of engaging noticing, capturing, honoring and displaying some aspect of my world makes me feel a little more alive.

I’m excited.  You might notice a new format here which I’ve switched to in hopes of being able to post larger photos.

(I’ll confess I used the time off and the bright sunshine today to store up a few shots for days when Charity has the camera or I’m working the daylight hours away 🙂

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November 26, 2009 at 10:43 pm

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Facebook vs. Blogging

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As I’ve been musing a bit lately about blogland I’ve wondered about how other people think about Facebook vs. blogs.

I tend to flatter myself by thinking of personal blogs as a medium that is about artistry.  Blog templates themselves are often beautiful in their own right (which is why I like reading the posts on the site itself rather than through Bloglines or Google Reader).  The banner picture are frequently beautiful shots are overlaid with a carefully chosen title often tell you a bit more about the person writing them than simply their name.  Both give you a bit of a picture of the person’s outlook on life.

The writing is long-form compared to Facebook blurbs and snippets, more of a story or a thought out thought.  And those are often insightful and sometimes even embroidered with language in a beautiful, clever or funny way.   The only other place I get semi-polished writing from my friends are Christmas letters and those, by their nature, are more big picture reviews than reflections on the particular.

And, of course, I love the photography so beautifully displayed on several of the blogs I read.  The pictures are full of life, color, action and vibrancy from other people’s lives; chosen as art in and of themselves.

I imagine that almost everyone else who reads this blog has a Facebook account (and I don’t).  I’ve chosen not to engage in Facebook mostly because, from the outside, the content seems so fractured and overwhelming and demanding.  My email overflows daily, the local, state, and international news constantly change, and the numerous workblogs I read already overwhelm me with their cries of urgency: “Read me,”  “Respond to me.”  I long . . . I long . . . for depth and for thoughtfulness and for beauty which is why I choose not to participate in Facebook, because I’m don’t think it would give me enough of any of those things to be worth the flood of more information.  And I fear it would crowd out more the very thing I wish most to engage in in the time I give to creating art.  And I wonder, if for other people, Facebook crowds out the time or desire to engage in the demanding artistry of blogging.

Those are my musings on the matter but I’m wary of my evaluation of an activity I don’t engage in.  I’ve come to the point where I need to converse with other people who interact with blogs (either writing or reading them).  So here are some of my earnest questions to you.  If you don’t have a blog do you find that using Facebook and reading blogs are fundamentally different experiences?  What do you think makes them different?  If you have an active blog (or a blog you wish was active, or a blog you have put aside because you like Facebook better) and a Facebook account why do you have both?  Do you use them differently?  Are they different tools?  Different mediums?

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August 2, 2009 at 11:25 am

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Check Her Out

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In case you’re not looking I’ll point over to my wife’s photo blog where she’s posting some fantastic photos.  I’m particularly fond of Drew and of the Duke Chapel.

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December 10, 2008 at 9:56 pm

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What Myers-Briggs Type is Your Blog?

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Apparently my Myers-Briggs personality type while blogging is INFP.   According to Typealyzer the parts of my brain that are active when I write are my spirituality, rhythm, and harmony.  Who knew I was so intune with myself?

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November 19, 2008 at 10:02 pm

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Blog Updates

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1) Charity’s new blog and photo blog are listed in the blogroll on the right-hand column. They’re both pretty and pretty durn cool.

2) Charity inspired me to make a few updates here.  They probably don’t stick out since they’re on the righthand column.  Mostly it’s rearranging and cleaning up but I’ve also added a “Catagory Cloud.”  Now I know that hipsters like LN are familiar with clouds but I hadn’t encountered one before.  The size of the font indicates how often the word is used.  I think it’s a pretty cool way of communicating.

My hope is that eventually graphical software like this will advance and popularize to the point that academic journals, teachers, journalist and government workers will start using these graphics to help people get a sense of how important these trends are, what exactly they mean, and how they work.  One can hope eh?

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July 20, 2008 at 5:16 pm

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In Case You Missed It

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I really liked this beautiful post by Renae over at The One Grand.

My sister Katie has a copy of the book Renae is writing about.  It’s been several weeks since I handled it and I can still feel myself seated in Katie’s living room, slowly turning the thick pages of her copy, letting the bold, solid colors and the clean, crisp lines of each cutting wash over me with its message and its art.

It was beautiful and it warms me to know that Renae liked it so much.

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October 21, 2007 at 11:42 pm

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Transfer Complete

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WordPress has fixed their entry importer and I have uploaded most of the entries from the previous site. I’m glad to have them up, pictures included, even if it looks a little strange to read my words in a different font and on a different page.

I had hopes to recommend some selections to read but as I’ve looked over the old entries I’ll just leave them there for general perusing if that interests anyone.

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April 29, 2006 at 3:58 pm

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Relocated

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As noted in the previous space I’ve decided to relocate here for job market reasons. It’s a strange thought to think of writing in a different location after three years on the old server but I think this is a wise decision.

WordPress came recommended and I am impressed so far with the easy of setting it up. I’m also grateful for a program that will more easily help me to deal with the technical side of blogging: spam filters, plugins, and a privacy option which will hopefully keep me under the radar of the watching internet.

FYI: Over the next couple of weeks I’ll be relocating past entries from the old blog so if you are a bloglines subscriber you might be amazed by the amount of posting. I’ll try to post an original date before the title so people will know what is new and what is old.

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April 3, 2006 at 7:51 pm

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Thinking of Relocating

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I’ll soon be relocating the blog to a different, less searchable location. As my search begins in earnest for employment opportunities I have been strongly and wisely advised to make my thoughts less visible (and less identifiable). I’ve spent the last half-an-hour trying to remove different, random pages that show up on Google or AltaVista and have concluded that my web skills are not the equal of the search engines.

That�s frustrating but given the amount of learning and code rewriting I would have to do remove the links I think that moving locations is a better option.

I’m not sure how this is going to work and when it comes down I’ll be sorry to leave behind all the entries that I have here (and Ellen’s elegant design). But I hope to continue blogging and will make any future site available to those who want to continue reading. I�ll keep you updated.

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March 30, 2006 at 9:43 am

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In Process

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Recently my wife has begun a new blog titled In Process as another new aspect of her new life here in Carrboro. I’m curious to see how her blog evolves as she begins blogging on her own.

In addition to having a nice shot from our trip west the sidebar, there is a very cool collection of wedding photos on the bottom entry available to look at if you haven’t been forced to see the originals already!

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July 4, 2005 at 5:38 pm

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Bloglines

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Recently Elizabeth introduced me to the joys of life with Bloglines. Bloglines is a website which has you enter in the blogs that you normally check and Bloglines checks them for you throughout the day. When someone on your “Your Feeds” list creates a new entry Bloglines highlights their link in bold lettering.

It takes a minute to set up but Bloglines has drastically shortened the amount of time and mental energy I devote to checking people’s blogs. Although I recognize that many people check blogs in order to procrastinate for this procrastinator it is a nice way to still read the blogs I want but spend much less time doing so. This is exactly the kind of efficiency gains technology is supposed to create!

I’ve found Bloglines especially helpful in keeping an eye on infrequent bloggers. The one drawback that I have found is that it doesn�t give an option for new comments notification so if I leave a comment on an entry I have to manually return to the blog to see if anyone has responded to what I said. Also I haven�t figured out how to set up Bloglines to check passworded blogs so those are still checked individually.

But that said, Bloglines lets me check one page instead of 15. That�s 30 minutes of my morning back!

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March 22, 2005 at 9:21 am

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Preventive Maintenance

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Alas for comment spam! When I checked my email New Years Day I found that I was in the midst of spam attack with comments advertising many a foul thing being posted at the rate of ~10 per minute. The short term solution was to take the blog down.

Today I’m working on a long term solution with a few changes on how one comments in order to cut down on the amount of spam. Unfortunately this will make commenting a bit more of a pain.

My last programming class was many a year ago and I feel like I’m patching together solutions. Now if I could only harness that creative energy for school work . . .

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January 3, 2005 at 12:59 pm

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The Other Sister Blogs

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During my visit to Bosnia my middle sister made several comments that foreshadowed her entrance and now Elizabeth has brought her own unique self into the “blogosphere.” I’m curious and excited to see how she finds her sense of style in this new venture. Welcome sis!

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August 29, 2004 at 10:21 pm

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Commenting Again

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For a second time I have held my breath, plunged into the innards of MT and have emerged having made a few of the the changes recommended by others. Hopefully this will let readers comment again while the changes fend off the bad folks out there. Hope to hear from you, and not spammers, soon.

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August 13, 2004 at 1:03 pm

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Commenting Spam

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I have temporarily disabled the commenting feature for and love is not the easy thing until I figure out how to fight the spamming attacks that have been assaulting my site over the last week. The first time was 100 comments, each one on a different entry. The second was 40 comments on two separate entries before I disabled commenting.

I’m reading up on solutions and have asked Google to no longer include my site in their listings. Until commenting comes back online, thank you for your kind emails about my grandmother.

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August 9, 2004 at 9:36 am

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