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Wha’ happened?

March 20, 2013 · 7 Comments 

It’s dawned on me that I need to explain: I’m not dead, sick or otherwise incapacitated. It’s just that the blog is on temporary hiatus until I get around to fixing a bunch of stuff.

Glass

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Tools: Cropping templates

October 25, 2012 · Leave a Comment 

Sometimes removing all the extraneous junk from a composition makes it easy to see. All it takes is a piece of cardboard and an Xacto knife.

Photographers and art directors in pre-Photoshop days would figure out how to crop a photo by setting it on a lightbox and covering up the edges with paper/cardboard/whatever. I was fascinated by it; a half-inch of concealment could turn a bad photo into a great image.

Why not apply the same technique to glass?

TechBiz

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Kickstartled

October 18, 2012 · 5 Comments 

Crowdsourcing–where an inventor/artist/creative funds a beloved project by selling it to the masses, eschewing the more formal stuffed-shirt, naysaying, elitist big-cheese venture capitalist–can be a great way for us masses to get in on wonderful, wonderful things.

Or not. I’ve backed 16 Kickstarter projects. So far, ten have delivered. Four are thrilling.

The rest? Meh.

Food

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CT Viet + Thai Bistro (Asian food)

February 29, 2012 · 4 Comments 

So tonight I found our I really DON’T need to look any further than my own back yard. A few blocks down the road there’s a typical suburban strip mall with a little Vietnamese place that does eggrolls. Beautiful eggrolls and salad rolls and stuff I can’t possibly pronounce.

It’s called CT Viet + Thai Bistro, and my friend Sharon and I had dinner there tonight, almost by accident.

Art

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Art fair, year 3

May 15, 2012 · 5 Comments 

To all artists who make (at least part of) a living doing artfairs:

Superpeople. You’re superpeople. Your muscles are titanium, your brains are solid gold.

I am not in your class. After one artfair, my muscles are jelly, and my brain is solid mush.

Photography

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Byron Dazey, people photographer

November 30, 2010 · 2 Comments 

OK, this is a man whose work I need to sculpt. I purely love this guy’s photography.

I don’t know much about Byron Dazey, but I do know that–like me–he treasures strangers. I write about them, Byron photographs them. His ability to capture personality with a lens is remarkable; I find myself telling the stories behind his candids and portraits without ever meeting the subjects.

That’s pretty powerful skill.

Observations from life

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Tools: Cropping templates

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