Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Mowing Grass in Iraq

Operation Home

Sometimes we forget how good we have it and how lucky we are.

May 25, 2005 in Around Town - Giving back, Milestones, On the Front Lines, Road Trip | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Mercedes Expo - Test Drive the 2006 M Class 4 Free

Test Drive a Mercedes Benz for free @ upcoming Mercedes M-Class Expo now to July. Get Behind the wheel and navigate through a course designed to showcase the outstanding capabilities of the all-new 2006 M-Class before anyone else gets a chance. Go to the site to register @ the Road Rally event nearest you by clicking on locations. Here is a invitation number you can use: X191976

More than just an event to stir your driving passion —

  • Treat your eyes and ears to the latest in home entertainment systems

  • Enjoy the comfort of exclusive home furnishings

  • Pamper yourself with health and beauty products

These events are great. But register early as they fill up quick. They are held in New York, California, and a few other places. Check the site to see if this is coming near you. I registered for a test drive on June 18 for a 4:00 drive if anyone wants to join me let me know.

May 17, 2005 in Cars, Events, Road Trip, Travel | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Saturday, April 23, 2005

Web Books, Story Blogs, and Memory Maps

Here are two interesting ideas for web design and photo design that I had never considered.

  1. Web Books

    Most sites are designed to present information like billboards top 100 singles charts or they can provide a service like Google's search engine. The exception to that would be the photo blog, like quarlo or chromasia, which uses the web as a makeshift gallery for the masses and other web blogs on line communities. Yet, I just ran into another great site design for displaying creative literary based mixed media works on line. These sites offer a simple design in a story board format with link structures that turn web sites into books. I will call these web books. Disposable Lives is a web book by Alex Mossie where the writer reflects on how different people have called her different names at different points in her life. Its a clean simple web design. It is almost an anti web page. The only links on the site are to a page which continue the story. It allows individuals to map out their site guiding surfers through links in a specific order without distractions from other links .  If the story is poignant enough readers will continue on, but its hard to say if they won't be bored with the content to just navigate away from the site anyway. There are even story blogs where you can submit little excerpts instead of just posting commentary in response to a blog entry.

    1. Memory Maps
  2. Its simple to do but an ingenious idea. Go to Google maps grab a photo fom any  location save the image to flicker and right click on the add notes icon on the top right with commentary highlighting some of your favorite or memorable locales. Save these files with a "memorymap" tag and check out what other people have come up with


    Google Link -
    Flicker link with "Interactive Image" - Drag your cursor over the photo to read the comments.

    My childhood on one Google map.

April 23, 2005 in Family, Road Trip, Travel, Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Saturday, March 19, 2005

Road Trip - Road Side Long Island

The big duck was great. I finally piled the fam into the car, my dog, my fiance, and I, early ( I mean 8 am) one Saturday morning and went to see the odd sights that everyone talks about (well maybe not everyone), but I have never seen.

These are mostly large marketing gimmicks created by individuals to attract attention to local business. I don't care why they were built some of them are just plain cool others are just plain "strange". One thing they have in common though is that they can all be easily viewed by the roadside, which means you don't even have to get out of your car to enjoy them.

Some Interesting Facts on the Sights:

  • The Big Duck - Built by a duck farmer in 1931 during the Great Depression in the Hampton's.

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  • The Sphinx - Built in 1974 by the Fontana Cement company, this beauty was modeled after a bigger original which was part of the Anchorage Inn in Blue Point from 1911-1919

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  • Big Chief Lewis - Built to bring peace in 1968, the totem Poles were built by the Cherokee Indians of Locust Wood. This is close to my neighborhood and is one of my favorites!

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  • F-14 Fighter Jet - This one is for the truly adventurous as it is way out east by the Tanger Outlets. It is built on the Calverton Naval Weapons Preserve where Northrup Grumman designed, manufactured and tested these flying machines.

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March 19, 2005 in Road Trip | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack