Archive: 2010

Secrets Of Lo-Fi Photography

  • December 29, 2010
Secrets Of Lo-Fi Photography

Between An Erupting Earth And An Exploding Sky by Ashley Buress, Used With Permission.  Lo-fi photography is a style of photography generally using poor equipment, such as toy cameras or pinhole cameras, for stylistic effect. It is often considered a reaction to the perceived ease of creating technically perfect photos in the digital age. Generally the emphasis is on using film, rather than digital technology. -Wikipedia Recently, I learned an important lesson about photography. The camera does not make the photograph, the photographer does. This concept has been intentionally dismissed...

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Alone In My Own Abandon

  • December 23, 2010
Alone In My Own Abandon

I was inspired today to write this post after posting a status update on Facebook that read, "Thomas W.P. Slatin wonders why he uses Facebook when nobody ever writes anything to him." I wrote this update out of sadness. Sadness that despite trying to keep in touch with all of my friends over the years, I've moved into the digital era and joined Facebook, where all of my friends can connect with me and all of their friends in real-time. However despite my active "liking" of their posts, posting comments, and writing on their walls, it seems that nobody is interested in keeping in touch with me. It...

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I’d Like To Buy An Apple

  • November 23, 2010
I’d Like To Buy An Apple

I was waiting in line today at a local apple orchard farm stand buying some apple cider and a dozen apple cider donuts when my attention was diverted to a very impatient customer who tried to cut ahead of me in line. "Excuse me! Excuse me!", he shouted. The cashier tried her best to pretend not to hear him. He shouted louder. "EXCUSE ME!!!". I moved over and let him ahead of me even though I was the next in line. "I was wondering", he said, "if I could buy an apple." It seemed like a pretty stupid question right off the bat. At first I thought the man was an idiot....

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Never Fuck With A Writer

  • November 23, 2010
Never Fuck With A Writer

Throughout history, writers have been responsible for reporting the news, expressing their views, and giving their readers the inside scoop. Writers are folks who use their writing to communicate with the masses, generally through print media such as newspapers and magazines, and more recently, over the Internet through the use of blogs and websites. Since the advent of the Internet and blogs, the role of the writer has, in recent years, become more important and influential. Writers of today have the potential to reach far more people than those of their predecessors. Writers serve the masses...

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How To Write A Halfway Decent Letter

  • November 23, 2010
How To Write A Halfway Decent Letter

The other day, I received the strangest email from someone whom I’d lost touch with about 10 years ago. I’m not trying to hurt anyone’s feelings here, so I’ve decided not to include the letter or the name of the person who sent it. Let me just say that it didn’t make any sense to me and that I spent quite some time reading through it trying to figure out what the person was trying to say. It was so poorly written that it actually gave me a headache. I thought that printing out a copy would help me be able to figure out what the person was trying to say. Printing it only made the problem...

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My Writing Style

  • November 23, 2010
My Writing Style

The other day, Angie asked me why I started a blog. My answer was that I wanted to share my writing, creativity, and life experiences with the world. But that was only half the answer... As a child, I had dreamed of one day becoming a writer, while my parents thought I would be better off as a doctor or business man. Today, much of my writing is as random and irrelevant as the full-page articles one might find in The New Yorker Magazine, which often covers topics such as the hard-to-find items once found in produce section of the author's local supermarket. Some years back, The New Yorker wrote...

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Sticker Slap!

  • October 10, 2010
Sticker Slap!

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Rockin Roots

  • September 8, 2010
Rockin Roots

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My Life Archive

  • July 20, 2010
My Life Archive

I've been thinking lately about my fathers best friend, Arthur Covert, who died in a car accident years ago, before I met Angie.  Arturo was a statistician who worked with my father in the production of the worlds first atomic bomb. At the time of his death, my father and I went to Arturo's house to turn off the water, electricity, and lock the windows and doors.  We discovered a horde of archival media from Arturo's life; a book shelf measuring 8 feet by 12 feet filled with note books, photo albums, video tapes, computer disks, and audio recordings.  What he managed to accomplish was an archive...

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Everything Changes

  • June 6, 2010
Everything Changes

This is a generalized list of things in life that will never remain the same, despite our best attempts to keep them as such. People, places, and things change, and believe it or not, but over time the way you look at life and the feelings you have toward it and everything else will eventually change as well.  In fact, everything you know now will be completely different 10, 20, or even 30 years from now.  I came to this realization recently on a trip to Long Island with my father.  We visited a couple of the places where I used to work, spend time, visit, and the place Angie and I used...

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Falling In Love (For All The Wrong Reasons)

  • May 30, 2010
Falling In Love (For All The Wrong Reasons)

For whatever reason, people I have lost touch with 10+ years ago have decided after all these years to get back in contact with me.  Truth be told, I created my website as a means of staying in contact with people I know and as a means to deliver updates as to what I’m undertaking at the moment. These few people I once called friends at one time in my life; fast forward 10 years and they’re all working high-profile, high-paying jobs and married to extremely wealthy and successful spouses.  They’ll tell you that they’re happy but if you look at a few recent photos, you can see just...

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The Pussification Of America

  • May 30, 2010
The Pussification Of America

As a child, did I wear a helmet when I took rides on my bicycle, went downhill skiing, went rock climbing, or when I played baseball?  Of course not.  Helmets were around during those times, but nobody ever used them because we weren’t afraid to get hurt or hit in the head.  We were able to take risks and if something did hit us, we were able to deal with the pain. Accordingly, when I did fall off my bicycle while doing tricks in the local parking lot behind the bank, landing on my head and bending my bicycle frame, did anyone call an ambulance?  Of course not.  I was a kid; a young person...

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The Modern Day Renaissance Man

  • May 30, 2010
The Modern Day Renaissance Man

The terms Renaissance man and, less commonly, homo universalis (Latin for "universal man" or "man of the world") are related and used to describe a person who is well educated or who excels in a wide variety of subjects or fields. A polymath (Greek polymathēs, πολυμαθής, "having learned much") is a person whose expertise fills a significant number of subject areas. In less formal terms, a polymath (or polymathic person) may simply refer to someone who is very knowledgeable. -Wikipedia Recently, someone asked me if I considered myself to be a modern-day renaissance man.  It took...

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People Don’t Change The World, The World Changes People

  • May 30, 2010
People Don’t Change The World, The World Changes People

take it or take it not?! by by @->->-{rosaceae}- <-<-@ on Flickr The notion of people changing the world is one that has been written down, tossed around, and passed down through many generations.  It is said that everybody has the potential within themselves to one day rise up and change the world.  While this may be true, it has in recent years been evidenced only through pop culture, politics, and the media, who, for whatever reason, only report the bad things that are taking place. In past years people have been able to change the world due to the fact that for whatever...

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America The Throw-Away Society

  • May 30, 2010

Take a step back and look at what America has become… A throwaway society built upon the ideals of big corporations who’s only goal is to sell as much product as they can, as quickly as possible. It all started with capitalism, the concept upon which the American dream is built. Everything you ever want is out there, and it’s waiting to become yours. Everything is there for the purchasing. Capitalism is built upon money, and to get it, you either work a job or better yet, start your own business. In the early days of the Industrial revolution, products started to become mass-produced....

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