on having fun with photography

I keep being surprised by how much fun I still have with photography, especially after almost 2 years of shooting every single day. Shooting silly things, not worrying about perfection or production quality. Experimenting. Having fun. Although sometimes it feels like I just keep shooting the same boring things over and over again, if I step back and look at the photographs, there is so much that I love about them. Sure, many people and things are recurring in many photographs. But that’s part of the fun. Seeing the same thing at different times, from different angles.

As long as I’m having fun, I’ll be shooting photographs. Or is it the other way around. Either way, I’m sure glad I’m not a photographer – that would be far to limiting, and probably not much fun.

maintenance day

I should probably do this on a regular basis – last friday of every month? I just finished running rsync backups of the servers I manage, burning a copy of my entire hosting account to DVD as well. I updated a bunch of software (Adobe CS3 – oh, MAN that’s an annoying/slow updater; Ubuntu in Parallels; etc…). I also pruned out a bunch of apps I don’t use anymore, and deleted some old files. Feels good to clear things up a bit…

blogging more

I don’t remember when the last time was that the front page of my blog only went back 3 days. I’m definitely blogging more after dropping out of twitterville. Definitely having more fun with the blog, anyway.

defining ple


If we have to talk about PLE (Personal Learning Environments) (blech. why does every damned thing need a name and/or acronym?), can we at least not define it to death?

“PLE” is a verb, not a noun.

“PLE” is something you do, not something you have. It’s an action, not a thing. It’s a way of interacting with others, not a way of “getting personalized learning.”

You can’t go out and set up your PLE. You are part of your PLE. You have it already. You can’t seek to personalize your learning – if your learning isn’t already personalized, you’re not learning.