If you are a regular visitor to my small group of websites you might have noticed that hevelonian got a small facelift recently, corresponding to the release of wordpress 3.0. The most important change for my current purposes is the width of the photographs we’re now using has increased from 500px to 640px.
A primary aesthetic reason for doing this is the influence of The Big Picture – this has really set the standard for photo blogs for me, and while our photos are nowhere near as good as those, the size things are presented definitely makes a difference in how viewers reflexively assign merit to them.
So, four days ago I decided to update everything I could (within reason – we have 3300+ posts) to a width of 640. And today, magically, mercifully, flickr announced an upgrade. From now on two different “medium” sizes will be available, the prior 500px and the new wordpress standard 640. This is fantastic news. For one we won’t have to load the larger images and downsize them in browser with the width tag (for horizontal images, anyway). Also, given the changes to the way “blog this” works we may well get the 640 option direct to wordpress from within flickr, which is totally old people proof.
So cheers to the new flickr layout and size option! The timing couldn’t have been more perfect.
I’m totally psyched that one of my photos was used by the Urban Land Institute in their March/April issue of their magazine, Urban Land (specifically, way over on page 92). It’s a cropped version of the photo on the right, of the new Sharpiro Cardiovascular Center at BWH (LEED Silver!), taken from the roof of the adjacent parking garage. The article uses it in context of discussing scarcity of space in the Longwood Medical Area. For Brigham, this building added some 440,000 square feet of clinical and administrative (but no research) space to our campus. The ULI piece isn’t really about BWH anyway, they’re more focused on the challenges of forthcoming expansions at MGH and BIDMS.
What’s amusing to me is I didn’t even particularly like that photograph, and ended up using this for my photo of the day for November 10th. This second shot is of an iron worker on at the Yawkey Center for Cancer Care at DFCI (275,000 sq ft), opening next year. Much more interesting, dynamic.
Anyway, if you have any photographs of Longwood Medical Area, please consider submitting them to my LMA pool on flickr. It only has three members and is a little sad. But who knows, submit away and someday uncredited & uncompensated ‘fame’ and ‘fortune’ could be yours too!
My fuzzy one is getting to be an old lady, turning 11 today. Last year I posted a slideshow of her and some of her best links. This year I ask for your help in my world’s cutest husky spam-a-thon. Have a blog? Give her a birthday link. Don’t have a blog? Join her fan club and fave a few of her pics. Nothing would make her happier.
Ok actually a ton of stuff would make her happier. Like meat. Or smelling the tree out front. Or belly rubs, snuffing under snow, dead squirrels, waking me up at 5am, etc. Today we took a birthday trip to the park looking for as many of those things as possible. It was grand.
A long weekend of hard living north of 49°N, and I’m happy to be tiredly back in Boston. Les Francofolies was going on up in Montreal but we only saw a few snippets of that, more attention will be paid next year. This year, this trip was more to talk with some of my key boys about a man, his plan, their future and some somewhat scary speculation what’s coming down the pike for the rest of us. Per my tendencies, a few photos. All very reminiscent of a similarly excellent weekend back in 2007.
My second 50mm lens broke today (mega-suck), with a whimper, an anti-climatic, non-violent dishonorable death. I’m not willing to blame myself for this one (unlike last time, when it was most certainly my fault). The replacement lens (new as of this March!) always had a lot of give to it, and had recently been making a disturbing grinding noise during certain focusing scenarios. Anyway, the front element just came off in my bag – I picked up the camera and half the lens stayed behind. So I guess I’ll ship it back to Canon and see if they’re feeling generous. Considering the sum total number of dollars I’ve sent them over the years, I’d hope so.
But. All this makes me think I need stricter camera care rules. No more putting the camera into my shoulder bag, camera case only. No more carrying that case unclipped, and time to replace the crumpler with something with a little more room. Also, I need to be getting some kind of insurance as I move towards better and better lenses (this, this is next).
Here it is, the internet premiere of Echoplanar’s entry into the 2010 48 Hour Film Festival, Boston, our 7th consecutive year. It took less than a month to get this posted after the Kendall screening, which you’ll have to admit is sort of a breakneck pace for us.
Try not to get your expectations of awesomeness in check – we didn’t win anything in the audience or best of voting. But still, there’s a lot of fun to be had in the process, and I think it turned out pretty well overall. Thanks to everyone who helped or hung out!