Rants & Ramblings

random commentary about culture, media, politics, technology and whatnot.

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oct
23
2010

This Morning's Work

Plate 1 for my January 2011 calendar page — my contribution to a 2011 letterpress calendar being produced to benefit Pyramid Atlantic Art Center in Silver Spring, Md. I printed about 100 pages today, plus a few more to use …

oct
22
2010

I Love Lamp

Our power was out from about 7 a.m. yesterday to 1 a.m. this morning. Those camping headlamps — purchased for our recent Cape Henlopen camping trip — came in handy.

oct
15
2010

2010 Letterpress Calendar

I’ve been taking letterpress classes at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center in Silver Spring, and I’m finally embarking on a real project, participating in a 2011 letterpress calendar project to benefit the art center. Everyone picks a month (I’m January) and …

oct
13
2010

My Happy Place

Rob and I went camping at Delaware’s Cape Henlopen State Park over Columbus Day weekend, staying over Sunday night and returning Monday afternoon. It was a good excuse to escape the city — this time for the quiet calm of …

oct
02
2010

Crafty Bastards

Crafty Bastards is a huge annual crafts fair in Washington, D.C.— basically an Etsy explosion in Adams Morgan. I really enjoyed it last year and spent more than I should have. Oddly, this year, while I loved looking through …

Belle and Sebastian / Teenage Fanclub

On Thursday, Rob and I took the bus up to New York to see Glasgow bands Belle and Sebastian and Teenage Fanclub play at the Williamsburg Waterfront in Brooklyn.

sep
14
2010

Jellyfish

We paid a visit to the small-but-impressive jellyfish exhibit at the National Aquarium in Baltimore last month.

sep
12
2010

Arlington 9/11 Memorial 5K

Rob and friends Justin and Morgan ran in the Arlington 9/11 Memorial 5K, sponsored by the Arlington County police, fire and sheriff departments.

sep
11
2010

OMG. Bear.

I’ve lived in Ballston for a few years now, but rarely visit the Ballston Arts & Crafts Market. I stopped by today, and there’s a better variety of vendors than I remembered. After following the Sweet Bites dessert truck for …

Roadside Flowers

Wildflowers along Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park, Va.

sep
10
2010

So I'm Blogging Again

My blog died a slow, painful death this year: First I let it drown in republished links from my Delicious feed. Then, earlier this summer, the Movable Type admin broke (long story). So one of my goals for Labor Day …

jan
01
2010

Granny Roan

Estaline Roan, my great-grandmother on my father’s side, passed away on Monday at the age of 95. She was a remarkable woman — sharp, funny and independent. Her funeral is today. Her local newspaper, the Newton Press-Monitor, has an obituary. …

nov
14
2009

NYC Weekend

Rob’s office has sent him to WordCamp this weekend, and I’ve availed myself of the free hotel room and tagged along for some shopping and museum-hopping. Today I visited the Museum of Arts and Design (which has the awesome domain …

nov
08
2009

Great Falls in Fall

Rob, Dari and I made an afternoon trip to the Maryland side of Great Falls, at the C&O National Historic Park.

Andrew Bird and St. Vincent

Rob and I recently saw Andrew Bird play at the 9:30 Club, with opener St. Vincent. This was my third Bird show this year (saw him solo in February, then opening for the Decemberists this summer), and I very nearly …

oct
30
2009

Marathoner

Earlier this month, Rob ran his first marathon, finishing with a time of 4:39:57. (Our friend Michaela ran as well; this was her second marathon.) Photos from the race and afterwards: (If you can’t see the slideshow above, the photos …

jul
21
2009

Walter Cronkite

I went to j-school at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. The school’s namesake came to town every fall to present an award to a journalism luminary and sometimes speak to journalism students on campus. …

jun
28
2009

Tubers on the Shenandoah

On Saturday, Rob and I joined Sue, Charlie, Ashley, Jen and Eric for an outing to Front Royal, Va., to tube down a segment of the Shenandoah River. It was a gorgeous day — perfect for lazily lounging in inner …

jun
17
2009

nola

(Above: Mini Barn Owl in Jackson Square, French Quarter, in front of the St. Louis Cathedral.) I finally sorted through the rest of my photos from our trip to New Orleans last month. And Rob has posted his on Flickr. …

may
18
2009

graduation day

On Friday, Rob graduated from Georgetown University with a Master of Arts degree in Communication, Culture and Technology. He’s been at this for three years, working full-time and attending classes part-time. This semester, he wrote his thesis about Twitter — …

may
05
2009

year three

Last week, Rob and I celebrated our third anniversary with dinner at Jaleo and a screening of Tokyo! at the E Street theatre. (I also had far too much fun playing with my new favorite iPhone app, Shake It Photo, …

apr
02
2009

a dream deferred

Three years ago, just before he was scheduled to start Air Force pilot training, my brother Ryan was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He spent six months in treatment for cancer — followed by more than two years of wrangling with …

mar
11
2009

okinawa overlook

I came across some old photos today. Among them: a photo of me (right) with my siblings Ashley and Ryan near a dam in Okinawa, Japan, circa 1989. Our mom tended to dress us all the same so it would …