The random image project


A “butterfly on the summer’s breath” is just a tad too pretty to describe Stone and Sea, but it’s fairly clear topics and style are pretty loose at this blog. And that’s okay. For me, the point is to stretch and have fun writing.

In fact a good buddy and I talk fairly often about how to do just that and not long ago he had a great idea. A challenge, really, but one that might help accomplish both points mentioned above. The first post of the series should arrive shortly, but for those of you who like to get into the meat and potatoes of things the challenge is this: grab an interesting image from Flickr, somehow incorporate it into a post, write that post using a set of  constraints, and do it all in such a way you’re not bored to tears.

Why constraints, you ask? Quite a few reasons, actually. Reasons that range from best practices to mimicking business reality. But, perhaps more importantly, constraints can actually free us to produce much more creative work. Check out thisthis, and this to see what I mean.

Anyway, hope you’re going to enjoy, and keep your eyes open tomorrow.

photo by Silvio Tanaka


Great ideas

If you’re unfamiliar with this logo, I think you’re in for a treat. TED(Technology, Entertainment, and Design) is a group that, among other things, holds an annual conference where some fairly savvy folks present new ideas, technology, and so on, about topics ranging from self-aware robots to string theory. They’ve a fairly large library of videos since the last time I visited, so it’s well worth bookmarking to go back and visit. 

I was talking to a friend of mine this weekend about the video below and doing a fairly horrible job of articulating just how cool the Photoshynth project is. Check it out, but afterwards you might want to swing by the actual Photosynth site. The video is from last year and from the look of things it seems like they’ve made some cool strides.

My daughter is just a bit over one now and watching the video I can’t help but wonder what incredible things are in store for her. But, for all that, some days I really miss Atari.