A friend who is a terrific home handyman and carpenter part time, has been laid off from his full time job (due to the reession). If you need work done in Eastern Massachusetts or Southern NH, I can put you in touch! His work is excellent at a reasonable rate.
I have often hired him to do small jobs for me, and have always been very pleased!
A Reader Writes: I want to be a photographer someday. Any advice?
Photography is a mixture of Artistic Ability and Technical Skill -- the magic of the mix isn't written in stone. The world is filled with technically proficient but artistically uninspired photographers, there seem to be a smaller number of artistically gifted but technically unsavvy artists, but they're out there as well. But the most successful people have a mixture of both -- they have an artistic vision, and they posses the technical skills to know how to make that a reality. The technical skills are the easy part, you can learn them from a book -- f-stops and shutter speeds and light modifiers, etc. The difficult thing to come up with is an idea.
0) Possibly the most important thing of all: Find creative people and make them part of your world. They don't have to be photographers. They can be writers, or musicians, or actors or puppet makers. Have a peer group of people who are doing things. They'll be your inspiration, your facilitators, your idea makers, your artistic partners. Do this for the rest of your life. Artists rarely survive in a vacuum.
1) Get a camera. It doesn't matter what kind. Eventually you'll most likely end up with a Digital SLR but in the meantime a point and shoot, your cell phone, a 1946 Brownie Box Camera, all these will work to start out.
2) Study photography -- this doesn't mean go to school for photography, but it means pay attention to photographs tear photos that you like out of magazines and keep them in a scrap book, get photography books from the library, from the bookstore, at yard sales. Learn what types of photography you like. Landscapes? People? Bands? Artificially lit? This will start to provide you with your visual vocabulary -- which will be important in figuring out what you want to photograph. Given a camera many new photographers are left baffled as to what they ought to be taking photos of. Subscribe to photography magazines, fashion magazines, travel magazines.
3) Take photos. What is it you're interested in? Enlist friends. Take trips, set up elaborate hoaxes, copy great works of art, copy not so great works of art.
4) Make a portfolio of your 12 best photos. these can be 4x6 1 hour prints. Every month try and replace at least one of these with a better photo. Do this for the rest of your life.
5) Evaluate your equipment. When you know specifically why what you have can't do what you want, it's time to think about upgrading. Do this for the rest of your life.
6) Find someone who will pay you to take photographs. It's always easier to learn on someone elses dime. It doesn't matter what the job is -- assistant to another photographer, part time local newspaper, photographing houses for a Realtor, etc.
7) Go to school. You can learn a lot more quickly this way. Things like advanced lighting techniques, gallery framing, etc. can be more quickly figured out in an environment like this.
8) Show your work. It doesn't have to be in a traditional gallery, it can be in your parents garage, or in your stairwell. Some friends and I used to have an open-air art gallery we called "Show up and Show" where we'd meet along a length of chain link fence, hang out photos up and stand around and talk to passers by.
9) Take lots of photos, throw out the bad ones, only ever show people your best. Do this for the rest of your life.
10) Stay busy. The opposite of busy is bored. Don't visit that place. Do this for the rest of your life.
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from http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=59607156403&id=24305196&index=0 ------------------------------------------------------------------- April: 30 stories in 30 days
Friday, March 27, 2009 at 1:40pm
It's nearly April. 30 days of April. So I am writing a short, fiction story a day and posting it for all to read. This is the first time I am simply getting my work out there; also the first time I am challenging myself to write a new piece a day. The rules: Post before midnight, and everything I write will be written on that day. These stories are guaranteed to be filled with violence, filthy language, sex…well SMUT is more like it, girls, debauchery, sad things, happy things, fucked up things, strap-ons, alcohol, affairs, divorce, drugs, the circus, death, life, fun, revenge, attempts at humor, which always turn out so bleak, and have I mentioned violence? Those are the standards I am setting for myself. I’m kind of nervous that writer’s block will occur and I won’t be able to write anything. But that’s what challenges are all about. And to be perfectly honest, aside from the gross laundry list above, I have no idea what I am going to come up with Comments & crit. always welcome. Even if it’s “Jesus MJ, I hated that.” Say whatever you want because I certainly am. And since FB is so funky these days I set up an open blog here: http://emmmjay.blogspot.com/ for this project. The link & title will always be posted in my status. Much love, MJ -------------------------------------------------------------------
It's about free and ad-free LiveJournal accounts being abolished for new members, ignoring the advice from the newly-formed Advisory Board.
It's about LJ staff trying to sneak this decision in under the radar, and when people found out, telling the users it was done 'to make the signup process less confusing'.
It's about LJ staff failing to apologize for trying to hide the facts from view and for lying about the actual reasons for their actions.
And finally, it's about the latest decision to hide certain user interests from the list of Most Popular Interests, some of them being fanfiction, bisexuality, lesbianism, sex and depression. This decision was not announced or explained in any way. Users found out for themselves.
A developer has illegally added a 3rd story and gable roof to 1-4 Hayden Terrace, off Linden Avenue. It's 45 feet behind my yard, and is blocking light/air/views for me and many homes around it. It also will add traffic and parking congestion when it's occupied. He played ( Read moreCollapse ) Thanx either way,