It’s been a while since I’ve done this

So have some patience with me.  I figured that I’d try out my new batch photo editing software, so you’ll have to let me know how you like the watermarks.  In the meantime, I squeezed in a shoot at Union Hill Cemetery in Georgetown, TX, at the beginning of March when all the wildflowers were just coming up. These are just the flowers and the prettiest parts of the plots. I’ll add the tombstones later. Please let me know what you think!

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Pardon me while I Gleek out

New Glee sneak peek!!!!!  Best line? “We’re glitterati; I feel like Lady Gaga!” See it here…

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Happy Valentine’s to me!

I thought y’all would enjoy this.  I’d like to point out that the person that gave me the phalaenopsis was so confident in my ability to kill an orchid that they gave it to me in a reusable container! 😀

Happy Valentine’s Day!!!

Update – and then I came home to these, which I was slow to get a picture up for…

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Funny post that you need to see

Did you ever read the email story about the kid, the Chapstick and the cat? You know the one if you’ve seen it, in one of its five million iterations on the web.  I get it regularly as I struggle with my ongoing addiction to lip balm,

I  can quit anytime

Lip balm at hand

as my friends think its funny to torture me.  Well, one day I looked up the story to send to a friend, and was delighted to find that the original woman who wrote the story (as a submission to a Suave promotion) lives here in Austin, and blogs (on WordPress) as txmomof3. I started following her (of course!), and ran across this hilarious video of her appearances (or rather, lack of appearances) on Ellen.  She warns you that the video is a tad lengthy, but it is worth it.

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So Much Going On!!!

I haven’t made time to write!!! On the upside, everything is on the up-side 😀 I like staying busy, and although it gets a little stressful, I love the direction that my life is heading, so I’m willing to put in the time! Talk to you all soon!

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Well, we know who the real twit is…

Honestly, I run into the weirdest things by reading Whedonesque

Lets talk about Felicia Day and Twitter. Felicia is known for the webseries The Guild, and for being one of the Potentials/Slayers on Buffy the Vampire Slayer,  but I noticed her when Joss tapped her again for Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.  She’s a prolific Twitter user (and WordPress user!!), and a huge supporter of social media, so when this article came out in Vanity Fair about business women using Twitter as part of their presence on the net, everyone got excited.  Disappointingly, its horrible (and not in the awesome Neil Patrick Harris sort of way).
Felicia was understandably disappointed and posted her thoughts about the incident on her blog. She was very polite about the entire incident considering how livid she must have been, and only crowed once about how the magazine was being made redundant in the spate and growth of new media. Talk about a great lady! I doubt that I could have been that reserved if I had been the subject of the VF article, especially with quotes like this:

In order to stay in touch with, and keep intact, their legions of “followers”—that’s twitspeak for the number of people who have signed up to read one’s tweets—these civilian twilebrities must, you know, tweet a lot.

Wow.  That’s deep. I’m now inspired to, you know, tweet a lot. If there is ever a course that focuses on gender presentation in modern technology, this would be an excellent cautionary tale of  how to alienate every educated and enlightened individual that reads your publication. Congratulations, Vanity Fair.

ANYWAY,  the comments on Felicia’s blog  get super interesting after a bit – apparently some of her commenters believed that in taking that photograph (in which the girls appear as stylized ‘virtual reporters’ in trenchcoats and heels with their phones in hand) and appearing attractive/sexy in it, they were deserving to be completely patronized and dismissed in the article.  Enjoy the debate.

I also liked the comment (via 2 Twitter posts) from one of the other picture “Twilebrities”  Sarah Evans, who managed to put a nice and positive spin on the whole experience.

Thank you to all who posted thoughts & reactions to the Vanity Fair piece. Hopefully this serves as a launching pad… …to highlight real accomplishments by these women. It’s sparked topics that really do need to be discussed, & for that, I’m glad.

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It’s Snowing!!!

Well it was!

Not just on my blog, either.  When I woke up this morning (late), and took the dog out, I heard the tip tip of  tiny raindrops, and saw that they were actually little snowflakes 🙂 I bring proof, even (see attachments)

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I really love Flickr and it’s support of various kinds of Creative Commons licensing, which I’ve used to share my photos with various websites.  My favorite site that I’ve shared with lately is Oddly Specific, which I heard about at the Microsoft PDC09 keynote speech, and to which I  submitted my favorite sign ever:

I really love their site, and will be submitting often.  But this posts is about the times that I see my work in unexpected places.

Occasionally, I look through the referrers to my photostream, though, and find very amusing (and usually fully attributed) uses of my photos. For instance, I have never been to Foley, Alabama or the Magnolia Hotel, and yet they used one of my photos –

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Of course, I’m extremely flattered that they used my photograph, and will now have to visit both their hotel and their Antique Rose Trail – I might even offer them a new photo from in, instead of them having to use this one from the Antique Rose Emporium in Independence, TX.OMG!!!

This Digg post cause my Flickr photo of a funnel cloud jump to 35 thousand views in a couple of days.  Imagine my surprise when I stopped by my Flickr statistics, and saw all those views!!!!

Oddly, I also shoClose upw up on several flower referencFire Wheeles like for Bells of Ireland and Indian Blankets. I love taking pictures of flowers, so I really enjoy seeing my pictures being used as examples on these sites.

I guess the moral of this ramble down Flickr lane is to keep an eye on your statistics and referrers – you never know where you’re going to see your own photograph looking back at you!!

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The Dollhouse and the Rossum Corporation

Wow, this is a really awesome viral campaign!

Rossum Corporation launched a web site in apparent reaction to Senator Perrin’s Senate investigation of both the corporation, and the allegations of a Dollhouse (or Dollhouses). According to Whedonesque, when the Rossum contact number is called, and a message left, you will receive a message imploring you to “ditch the tech”.

The wicked smart poster (Dev – name, not function) then went back to the web, and searched the phrase…and found this truly eerie site. If you open up the link at the bottom, there’s a few little posters to paste around town, and possibly highly confuse folks 🙂

Finally, commenter Arison noticed a link leading to a site called Wipe the Future. This site seems to have to most activity, since it said only “Soon” this morning when Arison saw it, and it says “ROSSUM KNOWS THAT YOU KNOW.” now.

There are more things in heaven and earth, Topher, than are dreamt of in your Dollhouse.

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Final Update on the Drive

They did it!!!!  The Geek Squad rescued all my data!!!! They’re mailing it back to me on a portable drive.  I ❤ the Geek Squad.

I ❤ Seagate, too.  I checked on them, and they were really laid back.  Don’t worry about the drive, they said, we’ll take it when you get it back.

I ❤ you guys, and your prayers.  Thank you SO MUCH for your support, and guidance <hugs!>!

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