'Awesome Weekend: Shepherdstown, WV and Sharpsburg, MD'
Oct 17, 2010
What an awesome weekend! To kick things off, my good buddy and fraternity brother Scott stopped by the house en route to a wedding he was attending in nearby Leesburg. We hung around and passed out early on Friday, which allowed us to get up really early (meaning 8AM) for a bike ride into Reston Town Center. We met Kristin and Layla there and had breakfast at the outstanding Community Canteen (get an omelet - you won’t be sorry).
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.
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 :).
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.
May 06, 2010
I’ve always chuckled at this XKCD comic:
…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?