A Happy and Sucessful New Year

It is interesting that – for being only one week apart – Christmas and the new year are two completely different celebrations.

Christmas is the one that many people look forward to all year long. For many it is a time of family; there is a joy and good will that is common to all and when it’s over there is a feeling that we can’t wait for the next one to get here.

The new year seems to be a celebration with an underlying desperation. All the things that have not gotten done pile up at the finish line and like a novice project manager we are left trying to carve victory out of a swiftly building pile of to-do items. Even the parties have a time bound feel – no one is looking forward to the hope of a joyfully dawning Christmas morning, it’s all about getting it all in before midnight when our coach turns back into a pumpkin and our lives start another crawl the seasons of another year.

So here is my wish for your new year – may you accept the things that have gone before, acknowledge the successes while not losing sight of the lessons of things you wish you had done better. May you have the courage to dream big dreams and the vision to plan how you can accomplish them in the coming year.

May each an every one of you be blessed in the New Year.

Merry Christmas Everyone

Merry Christmas everyone – I know that it has been a long time between posts but I have been working on other projects. I have a feeling that I will be here more often in the next year as I want to spend more time on my photography in the coming year.

Have a wonderful Christmas.

Winter Memories

Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

Robert Frost – New Hampshire (1923)

Technology and Magic

Sitting at lunch today and the very loud conversation at the next table is on tips for cell phone – “AT&T says you should turn your phone off once a day so that you will reconnect to a closer tower.”

I resisted the impulse to ask “what if you are driving along between cities, at what point in the drive should you recycle your phone? When you start or when you arrive?”

If you just think it through this is not logical. But most people don’t take the time to think through what they are told by “authority figures” even if that authority figure is just a voice on a phone.

Testing Flickr


Originally uploaded by KevinDunn

This photo is one I took back in May of 2008 from my first iPhone. With the major changes in Gallery and the future lack of integration on the roadmap, I am trying to figure out what I will do for photo sharing.
I want something that will allow me to post from my phone or from my computer, will retain fidelity, and will allow me to share the photos I take. Not that there is anything really great about them – it’s just fun to share.
So this is a test entry to see how the Flickr integration with WordPress looks. Will likely test a couple of other services before I settle on one.
A couple of things that I quickly see – I will need to change the basic Flickr template to integrate with Lightbox on photo click and change the link text something like “Visit this photo on Flickr” to make that option obvious.