Monday, May 24, 2010

Learning Photoshop

Photoshop and I have never gotten along--we just don't see eye to eye.  But this summer I'm going to try to make friends with my little Adobe adversary.  Here are our first attempts at detente.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Graduation Day for the Class of 2010

Friday was graduation day for the class of 2010 from the Memphis Academy of Science and Engineering.  Here are some pictures I took.  Best of luck to all of our graduates.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

iTunes Doesn't Lie

According to iTunes, these are the ten songs that my wife and I have played the most since August of 2007, when we bought our new iMac.  Not what I might have expected! 


Title
Artist
Play Count
A Punk
Vampire Weekend
21
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
19
The Kinks
18
Morrissey
18
Adele
17
Sondre Lerche & The Faces Down Quartet
17
Wilson Pickett
17
Bjork
16
“Corona”
Calexico
15
Emitt Rhodes
15

Monday, May 17, 2010

Big Star's Farewell Performance at the Levitt Shell


Photo by Frank Bruno

Alex Chilton died in March, but Big Star lived on until Saturday night at the Levitt Shell in midtown Memphis.  This was most likely the last Big Star show there will ever be, and a few hundred people showed up in Overton Park to take part in it.  It was an unusual evening, and we all realized that we were witnessing something that we would never see again.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Reaching Nigeria Through Literature and Kiva.org





It's that time of year again, when I'm teaching Things Fall Apart to my high school students.  Things Fall Apart is the unforgettable story of Okonkwo, a "strong man" living in Nigeria on the eve of the arrival of British missionaries.  This is the fourth time I have taught this book, but this year I wanted to do something a little more meaningful, so I used kiva.org to connect me with a real Nigerian who could use a hand.




Monday, May 10, 2010

Holga, Holga, Holga




I'll admit it.  I'm obsessed with my Holga.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Finished!

I just finished my seventeen-part series called "It Isn't Even Past," and I'm feeling pretty good about it.  This whole blogging experience is a lot more fun than I thought it would be, and I'm ready to keep on going.

It's been twenty-five days since I started my project, and a lot has transpired in that time.  So let me catch you up.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Check Out thechubbyvegetarian.com


Check out thechubbyvegetarian.com, which is a fantastic blog by my good friend Justin Fox Burks.  Chances are you know Justin.  Chances are you know his blog.  But if you don't, you should!  Justin asked me to write an essay about my family, our traditions, and the food we eat.  You can read it here.