Thursday, May 21, 2015

Photo Reflection of the Day #118: From One House to the Next

From One House to the Next - 20150521_064318

What Is It

A house with it's back half made of brick and it's front half made of wood.


Why It's Today's Pick

I pass this house regularly when out for a run.  It's a strange house wherein it seems to have two distinct parts that by my guess would be made at different times.  There is the brick half and the wooden half.  To look at it from afar, it seems almost as if the wooden part has been partially birthed from the brick and is either trying to break free or possibly will give birth to it's own new domicile protruding from it's front.  It's a strange thought for sure, but there seems no other way of reconciling the two buildings.  I also wonder about how the inside is structure as I see near the top of the building there is an air conditioner that's embedded in the wall, but if you look closely enough, there is also an AC in the window less than four feet away.  Are these separate rooms or does the one in the wall no longer work and it was easier to replace than to fix?

This submission is part of the 365 Challenge.  For 2015's submissions, check out this link to all the posts.  For access to all photos, which open for reuse under a Creative Commons License, check out the full album on Flickr.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Photo Reflection of the Day #117: Water

Water - 20150519_140404

What Is It

A quote on a window in a building at North Shore Community College.


Why It's Today's Pick

I was in this building today--I'm not in it too often and I saw this quote on the window.  I have no clue if it has been there since the building's inception (several years back now) or whether it is relatively new.  But I liked it and found it rather appropriate for the gray and rainy day that we are having.  The quote is "Water is life's matter and matrix, mother and medium.  There is no life without water." and is from Nobel Prize Winner (in Physiology), Albert Szent-Gyorgyi.  I think we sometimes forget how essential water is because it is so disposable in a modern society and we forget how much effort it takes to keep our life-source clean and useful.  It is a luxury still not accessible to many in the world.  

This submission is part of the 365 Challenge.  For 2015's submissions, check out this link to all the posts.  For access to all photos, which open for reuse under a Creative Commons License, check out the full album on Flickr.

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Sunday, May 17, 2015

Photo Reflection of the Day #116: #SelfieSunday #20

#SelfieSunday #20 - 2015-05-17_12-05-20

What Is It

Selfie #20.


Why It's Today's Pick

Wow--#20--only 32 more to go, right?  I went with a straight on shot and skipped the running pic for the day.  I maybe should have cropped this photo a bit more.  I appear off-center.  I probably should have accounted for shadow more.  Oh well.  My left-eye (right eye to the viewer) is definitely more haggard than my right.  I blame this on allergies and the fact that they give my left eye more irritation than my right, but I'm clueless as to why.  I'm also noticing that I'm having trouble reconciling my face since it lacks (much) facial hair and I've been pretty scruffy for a few months now.  The things you notice (or don't) when trying to look yourself in the face, right?

This submission is part of the 365 Challenge.  For 2015's submissions, check out this link to all the posts.  For access to all photos, which open for reuse under a Creative Commons License, check out the full album on Flickr.

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Photo Reflection of the Day #115: Let Sleeping Kitties Lie

Let Sleeping Kitties Lie - 2015-05-16_12-22-23

What Is It

My car, Bear, taking a nap in her bed next to me.

Why It's Today's Pick

I've included Pumpkin in several of my pics this year, but have not given Bear her own photo ops.  Today, while pondering what to take a photo of, I looked next to me and there was Bear, napping peacefully.  I knew I had my photo of the day.  She generally likes to nap where her humans are.  If we're not around, she will opt for different places--a bed, the window, and elsewhere.  But if we're here, she's near us.  At some point soon, she'll awake and do her stretching and then come over and give me a headbut.  She's definitely the more alpha cat, but that doesn't stop her from wanting regular affection and staying near her humans.  

This submission is part of the 365 Challenge.  For 2015's submissions, check out this link to all the posts.  For access to all photos, which open for reuse under a Creative Commons License, check out the full album on Flickr.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Photo Reflection of the Day #114: Say Hello to My Lil Friend...

Say Hello to My Lil Friend...2015-05-12_09-48-51

What Is It

A spider walking along the floor at the college.

Why It's Today's Pick

I found this little fellow on the flow when I was walking up the stairs at work.  I like the picture more for the aesthetics.  The flash gave it a grayer look than it might have had otherwise.  Also, you can't actually tell whether it is a floor or the wall  The spider's presence of course changes how we look at the wall.  No longer just a surface but a surface with something potentially sinister.  I was glad that all the legs were visible and the spider itself came in so clearly.  All in all, I like how this one turned out--especially because the 8 others that I took were all blurry!


This submission is part of the 365 Challenge.  For 2015's submissions, check out this link to all the posts.  For access to all photos, which open for reuse under a Creative Commons License, check out the full album on Flickr.

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Interview With Josh Kornbluth

Photo of Josh Kornbluth
So after recently listening to Ben Franklin...Unplugged by Josh Kornbluth, I decided I would try to hunt him down through Twitter and interview him for Abbreviated Audio.  I've been a huge fan of Kornbluth since I watched Haiku Tunnel (a film that made it into my top films of all time list).  He has a self-depricating humor that he is able to use to spin out some many great tales and observations about how we (or rather he) does things.  The film and the audiobook are both worth checking out when you have the chance.  

The interview was a lot of fun and can be found here at Abbreviated Audio.  What was so great about Kornbluth is that he came across as the same man one sees in the film and on the audiobooks.  I'm sure there is some filter, but he was both genuine and funny, which made me totally geek out about the interview.  Definitely check it out if you have the chance!


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Monday, May 11, 2015

Photo Reflection of the Day #113: Here Comes The Sun

Here Comes The Sun - 20150511_054110

What Is It

The sun peeking through some clouds in the early morning.  

Why It's Today's Pick

While taking my morning run, I snapped this photo when coming over the bridge.  There were several versions of it depending on which angle or how much sky and water I had in the photo.  However, I went with thsi because the sun's rays eminating from behind the cloud were most visible while you can also see the mixtures of reds and oranges in the smaller gap in the cloud. 

This submission is part of the 365 Challenge.  For 2015's submissions, check out this link to all the posts.  For access to all photos, which open for reuse under a Creative Commons License, check out the full album on Flickr.

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CFP: Teaching Popular Culture

The Northeast Popular/American Culture Association is seeking papers on popular and American culture, broadly construed, for its annual fall conference to be held on Friday October 30 and Saturday October 31, 2015, on the campus of Colby-Sawyer College in New London, NH.  NEPCA prides itself on holding conferences that emphasize sharing ideas in a non-competitive and supportive environment.  We welcome proposals from graduate students, junior faculty, and senior scholars.  NEPCA conferences offer intimate and nurturing sessions in which new ideas and works-in-progress can be aired, as well as completed projects.
Black and white photo of an old classroom.  Source: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/7e/Bundesarchiv_Bild_183-13055-0008,_Hohendorf,_JP_mit_Dorflehrer.jpg

In particular, I am the chair of the Teaching and Popular Culture area and I'm really interested in hearing about and seeing the different ways instructors use popular culture in their courses--be it their core curriculum or even courses on popular culture.  If you have some ideas about a panel as a whole or individual papers that you would like to present on regarding this area, please be sure to submit.  A larger goal of this area is to create a place to foster ideas and approaches to teaching popular culture, regardless of the discipline.

NEPCA Fall Conference information, including the paper proposal form, can be found here.  Please submit the form, including a brief CV and abstract, located on the site.  Both proposals for individual papers and complete panels will be considered.  Please direct any questions to either 2015 Program Chair Kraig Larkin (kraig.larkin@colby-sawyer.edu) and/or to the appropriate Area Chair.  For a complete list of Area Chairs, please visit the NEPCA website.   The deadline for proposals is June 15, 2015.

If you submitted prior to April 29th and did not receive an email confirmation of your submission, please contact nepca2015@gmail.com ASAP.  We've had some reports of people submitting their abstract and not receiving a receipt and we want to make sure we have everyone who has submitted.


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Sunday, May 10, 2015

Photo Reflection of the Day #112: #SelfieSunday #19; Or Here's the Face of an Idiot!

#SelfieSunday #19; Or Here's the Face of an Idiot! 2015-05-10_12-36-22

What Is It

Post race selfie.


Why It's Today's Pick

So I got up at the crack of dawn (4:30am) to get ready and drive 1.5 hours to run a half-marathon in Maine.  Unfortunately, that half-marathon was yesterday.  Now, there is some explanation for my idiocy--I didn't just do this of no accord, but much of the problem came from not paying attention to details.  I had originally signed up for a marathon for today back in March.  I realized I wouldn't be ready for a marathon today and switched to the half-marathon they were offering a few weeks back.  They said I was good to go and I never remembered to double-check the dates because the half-marathon was to be run on Saturday.  I can only imagine what the folks at registration were thinking.  I got back in my car, posted about it on Facebook--my idiocy--because I'm forever amused about such mistakes in my life.  On the way home, I found out that a friend of mine was running a race near where I live that was just 3-mile loops for up to six hours.  I was familiar with the place and figured I would go and sign up.  I did and also met my friend there.  I though that the race would be mostly pact gravel or even cement roads.  Unfortunately, half the loop was rocky and rooted terrain which is really hard on the Vibrams.  I made it 2 loops and called it a day.  So yes, today, this selfie is of an idiot!    

This submission is part of the 365 Challenge.  For 2015's submissions, check out this link to all the posts.  For access to all photos, which open for reuse under a Creative Commons License, check out the full album on Flickr.

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Saturday, May 9, 2015

Photo Reflection of the Day #111: Armed on the Beach

Armed on the Beach - 2015-05-09_09-30-21

What Is It

A crab arm on the beach.  

Why It's Today's Pick

I was wandering on the beach this morning and stumbled upon this crab arm.  It sat there lifeless and has probably been there for a while.  In its curved state, I can still picture some crab attached to it, holding up its claw as it if was posing for a picture and flexing its biceps.  I also found the range of color in in the arm impressive.  I played with crabs as a kid but never really looked closely at one.  The rich color of reds and beiges make it perfect for camouflage in the sandy environment in which it lives.  But unfortunately, the owner of this arm is not likely among the living any more.

This submission is part of the 365 Challenge.  For 2015's submissions, check out this link to all the posts.  For access to all photos, which open for reuse under a Creative Commons License, check out the full album on Flickr.

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