Getting Creative With Your Point and Shoot Jul 27, 2010 Along Frying Pan Road, Herndon, VA Many people don’t realize the power contained within their simple, mild-mannered point and shoot cameras. It’s a shame, really, because the avenues for creativity can be greatly expanded when one knows which options to push on the camera. The above pictures is one such example - most people don’t take advantage of the “manual” mode found on most cameras to take interesting motion photographs. ...
Being a Parent Jul 21, 2010 Image courtesy of Aldo Risolvo on Flickr Sometimes simply being a parent takes up your day. Yesterday was one such day, when Layla needed constant attention after being awake for a marathon-like (for her) 5 1/2 hours. After playing in the mirror, hanging out in the high chair, and swinging in the swing, she just wanted more! I’d look over at her in the crib after she’d tricked me into thinking she was tired, only to find a big toothless smile and happy eyes looking back at me. ...
Mindful Running Hacks Jul 01, 2010 Image courtesy of Richard Saxon I love running; I’m a runner. On weekends, early in the morning, and even during my ever-decreasing lunch breaks, I run. I feel like it gives me the clairvoyance needed to tackle whatever problems I’m having in my life at the moment. As an example, right now I mostly focus on how to solve programming problems by putting them on the back-burner of my mind while my feet hit the pavement repeatedly. ...
HOA Fail Jun 30, 2010 HOA policy re: porking
New sculptures in RTC Jun 11, 2010 Yesterday on my almost daily walks around Reston Town Center I spotted two new sculptures cropping up in the park across from the Rolls Royce building. From the signs nearby they are made out of recycled wood posts. The first new sculpture in RTC, fully assembled. The second new sculpture in RTC. It is pretty cool how they are propping the red sculpture up - a clue as to how it may look when finished? ...
Keeping your sanity with an infant Jun 10, 2010 Those of you who know me personally also know that I had a baby girl this past Easter (Layla, on 4/4). It has been a tiring, stressful, and totally wonderful experience! What I’d like to talk about specifically are the first two points (the tiring and the stressful) and four things I’ve learned to cope with them. I hope these things will benefit you. If they do, great! If not…well, forget about everything I said and go about doing whatever it was you were going to do anyway :). ...
Subconscious Composition May 11, 2010 The next time you are walking around and something catches your eye, stop and think about exactly what it was that caused you to stop. It may not be immediately apparent to your conscious mind, but your subconscious knows what it’s doing. Trust it! Give yourself some time to absorb the scene and you’ll be rewarded with a better picture. It may not come to you immediately, but with practice you’ll begin to be able to identify the key points in a scene that initially drew your eye to it. ...
Still Waiting... May 06, 2010 I’ve always chuckled at this XKCD comic: Estimated times …especially how it mimics real life: Four days to load an album cover
The Tiny Apple Apr 30, 2010 With all of the diet gimmicks in the world, everyone seems to forget that there is another option to lose weight: just eat less. Well, almost everyone - Panera Bread seems to get the concept. They offer apples as a low-calorie alternative to their chips. How low-cal you ask? Take a look for yourself: A teeny tiny Panera apple Are my eyes just playing a trick on me or is that a really tiny apple? ...
'Coffee in Leesburg ' Apr 23, 2010 Another weekend, another Leesburg trip! The town just has so much to offer. Previously I’d mentioned the awesome coffee shop that I am just compelled to visit each time I’m there. Here’s part of the reason why: not only do they have excellent coffee, but they are also steeped in local history. According to Talk Loudon, the window countertops at the front of the store were made from the original shoe shine stand and the bookcases inside were assembled from shoe shelves. ...