Showing posts from August, 2012


I have been without my beloved camera since May (I have also been without my GoPro HD HERO 2, which went first). Needless to say, I've taken on a lot of art projects and been playing a lot of literary catchup.

I purchased the Panasonic Lumix G1 back in 2009 before I moved to Okayama, Japan. It was my first major upgrade into the DSLR world and with plenty of knowledgeable help, had narrowed my choices down to three. I ultimately chose the G1 because I was excited about the micro 4:3 aspect ratio. This meant the camera held a smaller sensor, allowing the camera body to also be smaller and lighter, but with the same umph as most standard DSLRs that use the 3:2 aspect ratio. And as I stated back in 2009, I thought this camera was extremely sexy--I just could not get past its beautiful blue body color.

My lack of experience at the time was over-shadowed by my excitement to make my first decision on such an important element in my life. Unfortunately, me and the Panasonic Lumix G…

In cadence with SHARK WEEK

Photo © Brian Skerry
Brian Skerry | August 13 2012
From Peter Benchley’s immortal Jaws to the 2009 thriller Deep Blue Sea, with its hyper-intelligent (but still bad) great whites, sharks' predatory aptitude has been continually sensationalized. A handful of decades ago it wasn’t quite as clear how much trouble the ocean was in, or how important all species, including sharks, were to the balance of marine ecosystems. Now that we do know however, there is no excuse. As we begin Shark Week, we're taking it upon ourselves to change the portrayal of sharks from merciless beasts out to terrorize humans, to respected cohabitants of our largely aquatic world. Brian Skerry is among the world’s most prolific ocean wildlife photographers and clearly explains why below. We're big fans of his (see video below), and couldn't agree more. -- Ed.

As first published in The Boston Globe, August 8.

Shark. The word alone evokes a primal response in humans. Peter Benchley once commented that…

Vegan In Situ


If I was ever to own a business, it would be called, In Situ. Maybe I would sell tea, fresh produce, and vegan dishes. I would have a news board for environmental advocacy and green transport events and initiatives. I would hold after-hour discussions about community interests and harmonies with good friends and good beers.

In a couple years I would expand. Buying out the space next door to be called, Quid Pro Quo. Maybe we'd have bicycles, records and book exchanges. An area to hang and space to repair; board games and meaningful exchanges with friends and strangers.

Community health and fun. We'd bring the world together; enrich its flavor. Send it home with ideas and motivation. A doggy bag of inspiration. Wouldn't it be swell.