Monthly Archives: April 2011

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Hittin’ The Road!

Apropos my post from the 22nd, the guys and I are hittin’ the road this morning, and with the amount of rain we’ve been getting lately there’s something incredibly satisfying about heading south.

And while there’s rain in the forecast tonight there as well, our first stop is Medford, OR, where a friend’s in-laws are letting us pitch tents on their property.

Next morning, however, it’s off to Mendocino, where it’s supposed to be sunny and dry, albeit unseasonably cool.

Cool’s ok with me, however. That’s what campfires are for. Give me a fire to stay warm by, some good food, some beverages, friends and my guitar and I’m a happy camper.

Per my post from yesterday, I’ll be trying to do some photoblogging from the road, so hopefully I’ll have some images to share soon.

Cheers!

Fish & Bicycles Goes Photoblogging

Well, now that I’m equipped with my new iPhone, I’ll finally be able to try something I’ve long wanted to do here at Fish & Bicycles.

Using the iPhone’s 5 megapixel camera, some cool photography apps, and the WordPress app, I’m going to try my hand at photoblogging; interspersing, amongst my normal, more long-winded posts, images captured on the go, with only the photo and a title.

One of the internal obstacles I’ve faced as I’ve thought about photoblogging in the past is the fact that I’ve never made any consistent attempt at photography, specifically as a form of expression. Oh, I’ve got albums, both physical and digital, filled with photos of family and friends over many, many years, but these images are purely documentation.

And so, I’ll admit it, I’ve been nervous about starting to post photos here because, well, they could very possibly be crappy for quite a while. Like most things in life, however, practice is the key, and you have to start somewhere. I knew that my regular blogging could be crappy for a while when I started nearly seven years ago, but that didn’t stop me.

In addition to the many great photblogs I’ve come across over the years, I take as one of my inspirations a blog that I wrote about at the beginning of this month: one a day. Now, I won’t be posting a photo every single day, in the way that Jessica Bonin posts a painting, but I will be thinking of my photoblogging as an ongoing work in progress, so that as you scroll through the photos they won’t be just considered individually, but rather as part of a larger work on the whole.

Now, without further ado, here’s my first photo:

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The iPhone Is Mine!

I got my first cellphone right around the time when the iPod skyrocketed in popularity, and though I did not get any credit or remuneration, it was totally my idea to combine the two devices.

Really! It was!

I was thinking about all the people I was spotting, with their phones on one hip and their iPods on the other, and I just knew that no one, including myself, really wanted to look like they were wearing a Batman utility belt.

Now, you’d think that by the time the iPhone finally came out in 2007 that I’d be one of those fanatics who camped out on the sidewalk in front of the store the night before, in order to nab one as soon as the doors opened in the morning…but, I wasn’t.

No, the truth is that I wasn’t ready to pay for a data plan. I had Internet at work, Wi-Fi at home, Wi-Fi was becoming more ubiquitous at coffee shops and the like, and so I boycotted the iPhone because Apple and AT&T required that you buy a data plan, not offering the option to only connect to the Internet when Wi-Fi was available.

And yet, friends (yes, I’m talking about you, Tom) had the iPhone and they shamelessly flaunted their gorgeous touch screens at every turn, and I was so taken in by the interface that, a year later, I did a 180° on my no-utility-belt policy and bought the iPod Touch.

Oh, I truly love the iPod Touch, but carrying a cellphone and the iPod eventually got really, really old…

…and then the iPhone 4 came out…and the redesign blew my mind. Apple had managed to take a product that had become an icon, transformed it into a work of art, and yet retained the underlying iPhone identity.

I wanted it as soon as I laid eyes on it, but the money wasn’t available, I wasn’t eligible for an upgrade, and, as I wrote last month, the rumors about what might be coming in the iPhone 5 sucked me into that classic technology vortex: Should I wait or not?

Well, as soon as I saw a recent mockup of the iPhone 5, reportedly based on insider descriptions, a mockup that seems to abandon the iPhone 4 design that I love so much, it was like a switch got flipped, the decision had been made, the iPhone 4 was to be mine, even though the 5 was rumored to offer a larger screen, higher megapixel camera, and faster processor.

Reasoning: I’d learned with the iPod Touch that the screen size was not good enough for extensive web browsing, blogging, or watching long-ish videos (I have a netbook for that); I didn’t need anything better than the 5 megapixel camera; and the processor on the iPhone 4 would already be MUCH faster than on my 2nd Generation iPod Touch.

And so, since last Friday, the iPhone 4 is mine…and I’m LOVING it!!!