We're almost back to normal after Hurricane Sandy. We got power back Wednesday night, we got our landline, cable, and Internet late Thursday morning, and today the college where I work got power back after being down for most of this week. Easton, Pa. isn't 100% yet; I have a few friends who still don't have power, but we're getting closer to normalcy.
Hurricane Sandy has come and gone, living much of Northampton County, Pa. without power. Most of College Hill -- including Lafayette College -- doesn't have power, though there are a few streets where the lights are still on.
"Picture of the Day" has been one of the most popular memes among my photography geek friends for the last year or so. The idea is that you take a picture a day, and then post it for the world to see, usually on Flickr or Facebook. Different people approach the project in different ways -- some take a picture and post it on the same day, some take a series of shots, and then post one a day.
I'm shooting for the former approach. I think it's more creative and challenging, and more likely to get me back into that "camera's eye" mindset. That said, I'm not going to be a slave to the format; if I have a couple of good shots I may run them over successive days.
My goals for this project are twofold. I want to learn more about my camera, the Nikon D60. It's a digital SLR that we bought a few years back, and it can do far, far more than I've done with it. The same goes for my new iPhone 4, which has a decent camera built in, and the advantage of being with me where ever I go.
Cory Doctorow's posted some thoughts on how to deal with the trolls that inevitably show up in online forums and proceed to sow chaos, poison and discord among a previously happy community. It's partly in response to Tim O'Reilly's suggestion that we have an official "Bloggers Code of Conduct" establishing rules for posting comments to a site (such as no anonymous posting) designed to prevent trolls from getting a foothold.
My sister has a blog, Monkey Foot Designs, which also happens to be the name of her craft business. Lots of crafting goodness to be found, the occasional home improvement post (in this, my sister and I are alike) and periodic photos of my niece Sydney wearing one of Kris's latest designs. There's absolutely no geek content, but it does make me want to pick up an issue of Craft.
It's true. My Xbox 360 really does have its own blog, thanks to the magic of Xbox Live and my publically available stats there on. The 360 Voice throws some meat onto those statistical bones, providing an accounting of what I did the day before in narrative form. Thus, on the first day of my 360's blogging life, it wrote:
Like a king on his throne, NukeHavoc said 'awaken' and for him I did comply. 450 points represents the size of our growing kingdom. Ok, enough of this King Arthur stuff. That is a gain of 10 points over last time! He rallied Gears of War picking up 1 achievement, and after that powered me down without even saying good night. I mean what the heck?
Uncle Bear officially turned 10 years old last week. The venerable ursine is one of the few geek zines/blogs/sites/whatever-we're-calling-ourselves-now to have survived from the year of Nuketown's own genesis. Congratulations to Berin, and here's to another 10 years of geekdom and gaming goodness!