Month: July 2007

Erin on the Shepaug

Erin on the Shepaug

Washington, Connecticut. My granddaughter Erin, my wife and I spent the afternoon boulder hopping on the Shepaug River a few miles south of here. This was a big deal for Erin who loves to walk up and down the bed of our stream but had never been on a big river like this one. The boulders behind her are in the middle of the river and we had to carefully (me with camera pack) boulder-hop out here, scaring a great blue heron away in the process.

Once we set up "camp" on the boulder we explored and swam all around it, Anne did yoga on the boulder and Erin waded out into the fast current.

My friend Gary and I had discovered this spot a few weeks ago so I knew about it. I’m sure I’m going to return here often as it’s a great place to hang on a hot day.

Internet Censorship Spreading, Study Finds

Internet Censorship Spreading, Study Finds

How companies like Google and Yahoo deal with this going forward will be interesting. The recent flap about censorship on flickr (owned by Yahoo) saw thousands of customers leaving in protest. Personally, I think their anger was partly misdirected; they should have been aiming it at Germany and other countries asking Yahoo for the content filters.

[via NYT > Technology.]

Blaise Aguera y Arcas: Jaw-dropping Photosynth demo

Blaise Aguera y Arcas: Jaw-dropping Photosynth demo.

Photosynth is an algorithm for mapping all kinds of visual information into easy to scan and navigate forms. This demo is mind blowing, especially the finale which is thousands of images from flickr of the Notre Dame Cathedral all linked together to make a whole. What a fantastic example of collective knowledge put to good use.

[via Steve Splonskowski]

Asiatic Lily Jungle

Asiatic Lily Jungle

Warren, Connecticut. A friend called at the end of a rainy day and said that she knew where there was a yard full of Asiatic lilies that were in full bloom and that I should pack up my camera gear and get over quick between downpours. It was a perfect day: broken clouds, small bits of low angle sunlight breaking through, wet atmosphere, and water droplets on the flowers. And, I had her eye to help me find interesting plants. I took my time and took in all the great shapes and colors. I didn’t even notice that I was being eaten by mosquitoes until I got home.

Purple Flower in Asiatic Lily Jungle