Houndbite – YouTube for Audio

UPDATE: Houndbite is now defunct. However, there are some great alternatives in place. Try Audioboo, SoundCloud, or Chirbit for hosting files. ……… Here’s the dilemma – I’m not diligent enough about creating audio files to get into podcasting. Podcasting really requires consistency, focus, and dedication in order to keep your audience engaged. However, I do … Continue reading Houndbite – YouTube for Audio

21 Accents

Via BoingBoing, I found this YouTube clip of actress Amy Walker saying the same sentence in 21 different accents. I listened to it with amazement. In my mind, she nailed every one of them with one notable exception – her Southern accent from Charleston, SC, sounded like the contrived, overdone version that Hollywood tends to … Continue reading 21 Accents

A Day of Festivals

Greek Festival in Greenville

Saturday was an absolutely stunning day. The air was dry and clear, and the sky was so blue that even cerulean doesn’t do it justice. There was no way that I was going to waste this on the huge stack of chores and yard work I had waiting for me at home. So, I decided a photo drive was needed. Several communities in the Upstate were having festivals this weekend, so I decided to check out a couple of them. I was actually able to hit four festivals – the Issaqueena Festival in Six Mile, the Banjo Bonanza at Hagood Mill in Pickens, the Strawberry Festival in Slater, and finally the Greek Festival at St. George Orthodox in Greenville. Continue reading “A Day of Festivals”

Wild Roses

I’m not a botanist. I know nothing about horticulture. I even flunked a test on leaf identification in high school biology. Apart from pruning, spreading mulch, and heavy lifting, I tend to leave the gardening to Laura. However, we both made a discovery this past week. Shortly after we moved to this house I was … Continue reading Wild Roses

Precis de Vie

How does one summarize twenty years of life in two paragraphs? It’s an interesting exercise. I guess for some its easier than others, especially if your life has been relatively stable – staying in pretty much the same career and location for that amount of time. For others, a couple of paragraphs would hardly suffice. … Continue reading Precis de Vie

Adventures in Audi-Land

I want a car where we’re not on a first-name basis with the service people. Thus said Laura as we drove to pick up her Audi, which had been in the shop for the past week. Both of our cars are plagued with problems. Both are Volkswagen products. We have owned Subaru’s in the past, … Continue reading Adventures in Audi-Land

High Key Portraiture

I had seen a couple of posts from a couple of my Flickr contacts that use use a high key lighting effect. I’d never heard of the term before this week, but I find the effect intriguing. Therefore, I had to give it a shot. I decided to use a tutorial I had found after … Continue reading High Key Portraiture

To Tweet or Not To Tweet

OK, so the phrase is hardly original. Apparently I’m not the only one to wonder why in the world I would want to use Twitter. I mean, do I really want the entire world to know that I’m watching “Evan Almighty” as I’m typing this? Do I really need to micro-document my entire life? I … Continue reading To Tweet or Not To Tweet