The Summer 2010 Photo Contest is Up!

The entries are in, and we have an unprecedented fifty-one! And competition is as fierce as the summer sun.

The results will be out on Labor Day or whenever all the judges report in, whichever comes first. Good luck to all the contestants.

Check it out
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Summer Photo Contest Deadline in Less Than a Week

Midnight on August 8th, 2010. That’s the deadline for the chance to win up to $150 in the Dassler Effect’s summer photo contest, Lightning in a Bottle: Capturing Summer, with no entry fee. Get them in!

Some Words From Me on My Photography

A friend of mine, Sophie, who has a lovely blog on scrapbooking and crafting and family life and full of thoughtful writing, asked me to post some thoughts on my photography. You may check them out here, and then have a look around the rest of her blog.

If you are here from there, welcome! Stay awhile and have a look around. I’ll put the kettle on!

“Grief in the Age of Facebook,” a Fascinating Article

A friend of mine passed along this article to me as my local church community recently experienced the death of a friend and some of our grieving was expressed via Facebook. Our friend did not have a Facebook profile himself, as the very popular girl in the article did, so we did not have that dynamic with which to interact. Also, even though I waited for a good while before breaking the news on Facebook, there were some people who did hear the news via Facebook or email. I am afraid that though that is unfortunate, as the medium does not feel weighty enough to bear or perhaps even deserve the carrying of such news, this is likely an unavoidable reality of our times, just like letters or newspapers or telegraphs or or telephones or radio or television were bearers of such news in other times.

If you notice the progression of media in the last sentence of the previous paragraph (save for newspapers), the technology allows broadcast to more and more people over time. Now the interesting thing with the Internet in general, and social networking media in particular, is that 1) not only the very famous now can have news of their death broadcast to many people (even though newspaper obits did this to some degree), but 2) that many of the people to whom it is broadcast can respond and their responses become part of the broadcast itself. Of course this dynamic is at the center of social media itself and, in and of itself, is not necessarily a bad thing. And yet with such personal thoughts broadcast so widely, it should give us such pause with how such communication shapes us and our collective life, yes even our way of being human in some ways.

This line of thinking is similar to an article I just wrote, but is more focused. Now, I am not a Luddite or tremendously old, but still I bring to electronic communication conventions and courtesies learned before its advent. I am very curious to know how new conventions and courtesies are developing amongst those who have always, so to speak, swum in this media. I certainly hope such courtesies do develop, and yet I suspect that any given persons development of these will be, as always, dependent on what they learned in that other little social network, their family, and yet even that network itself cannot help but be influenced by these new media and networks.

At any rate, before I philosophically wandered off, I was commending this article to you. It is a good one.

Back to Sadish…Correction, Mistylook!

Chaotic Soul provided nice contrast for the pictures, but this is much easier on the eyes (especially for reading text), serves the pictures well enough, and I believe is better for contests.

Spring/Summer haiku contest coming soon!! Start writing!

From Sadish to Chaotic Soul: A Change of Theme

Blogs are interesting entities. If one blogs often and puts some effort into it (whatever the content) they can seem quite substantial and slick, thanks to the efforts of folks who create these nifty themes. And, yet, they are still so ephemeral, as every blog entry, indeed every blog, is only a little mouse and keyword work away from emendation or complete deletion.

And, so, this post is to mark the first switch of theme since I came over to WordPress (though my first banner change went by unmarked), even if these transitions are largely important only to me.

However, I am quite excited about this transition, and, believe it or not, have been contemplating it for some time. If you are reading this on Facebook, come on over and check it out. The images are always sharper on the blog in any case.

The irony is that my first theme, Sadish (which was not actually “sad-ish” as I originally assumed but named after an Indian or Indian-American gentleman named “Sadish”) was rather white and bright and used during a time when I was probably anything but; not that I can do anything about being more or less white ;)

And now I am using the theme Chaotic Soul, which is dark and dim, when actually I am feeling relatively more positive about life just now and less low. My soul, though, as I guess is true for most, continues to be chaotic on a regular basis :) Ah, such metaphorical/symbolic analysis! We humans are such meaning constructing/seeking beasties, or at least this one is.

Nonetheless, the thing that I am most excited about with this change is that this theme does set off the photos so nicely. In a sense, with this dark, grey theme, I am copying brother Virgil who is a baby blogger; but only chronologically speaking, technologically and aesthetically he is doing fantastic work. Check out his work.

At any rate, if you care to, give a shout out and let me now what you think of The Dassler Effect with a Chaotic Soul.