Archive for February, 2012

America at Work

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Being on a job hunt myself, the topic of careers and jobs has been on my mind.  But, I have been fascinated with what goes on behind the scenes at places of work in the past.  I did a photo project, inspired in part by this idea, on a couple of local organizations and what takes place in their buildings.  Sitting here thinking about what I want out of a job, I noticed the book America at Home sitting on my shelf.  This gave me an idea.  Wouldn’t it be cool if there was a book like that but for America at Work.  So, I did a quick Google search and came across an InFocus collection of images on this topic (published yesterday!).  I enjoyed looking at these images, but they are just a small part of America at Work.  So, I thought, what the heck maybe I should make a book like that.  So, I am putting the idea out there.  If anyone reading this wants to send me a photo of themselves at work (with permission to publish/use the photo), with a short story and basic information about the photo (who is in it, where it is, what you are doing, etc.) send them to me at and send this on to anyone else you think would want to participate.  It will be interesting to see if anything becomes of this idea!

Missed a week???

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Oh no, I missed a week.  Well, I guess I just have to try hard not to do it again!

Well, I tried my hand at some wood working this past week.  I made a couple of picture frames for some of my photos.  I decided since you cannot buy a frame the size I want, I guess I just have to make them!  It was a fun experience, and it makes the end result even more special.  I took the picture, printed it, built the frame, and framed the picture all myself.  And, now that I know how to do it, I can make some whenever I want to hang a new picture up.  Who knows, I might even give some away as gifts, or maybe even sell a few.

I also built a shamrock for our flag pole.  We have a sign that we have hung up for Christmas for several years.  Last year my dad made a heart for Valentine’s Day and was thinking about a shamrock for St. Patrick’s Day.  Well, I made it!  What should we make next???

I have also been looking at a lot of photos on Google+, and I must say there are some amazing works on there.  Everything from splash photography, to black and white photography, to urban decay.  If you love photography and have not used Google+ to follow photographers, I highly suggest you start.  I also came across this guy somewhere else, but he makes daguerreotypes.  This is a almost forgotten process and it is interesting to see people still doing it.  It is kind of strange seeing modern technology photographed using this process.


Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

I heard about the pogoplug a few years ago and thought it was an interesting device.  Recently, I thought it would be handy to have some easily shared drives to use on my computers at home (and away for that matter).  So, I invested in a Pogoplug.  I found it on sale for $20, so if it wasn’t exactly what I wanted it wasn’t too much of an investment.  When I first took it out of the box and connected it, I thought the performance was rather pathetic.  I later realized it was connected through a surge protected which limited the connection speed down from gigabit ethernet.  I connected it directly and it seemed to improve a bit, but was still disappointing.  I hooked it up again today and it seemed to be much better.  It is not as fast as a directly connected USB drive, or computer to computer transfers over gigabit ethernet, but it was acceptable.  I think this will work the way I wanted it to, so I am satisfied.


Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

So, this winter has been extremely unusual.  We have not had as much snow as we usually do, and it has been warmer than usual almost the whole winter.  Some people like it, I think we should have cold and snow.  After all, we live in Wisconsin.  Anyway, I noticed today that it looks like the trees are starting to bud.  I guess the trees think it is spring, so should we just give up on winter and think it is spring too?  I think the ducks have.  There had to be at least 200 of them in Riverside park today!