Summer in St. Michaels, on Maryland's Eastern Shore

Photo Gallery of St. Michaels, Maryland, including the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, Patriot Cruises, The Crab Claw Restaurant, and an authentic Maryland skipjack.

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Concord's Second Most Celebrated Holiday

The town of Concord, Massachusetts was settled about 140 years before the founding of the United States. The citizens take great pride in the town's role towards this country's independence, and the annual Patriot's Day holiday is without question the most celebrated event in the area, comemorating the Battle of Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775, or as Emerson put it, The Shot Heard Round The World.

Yet Concord does make a very good turn out for Independence Day, the national holiday on July 4th. The town shines while stars and stripes abound on door stops, mail boxes, and flag poles.

Share my photo gallery of scenes through out Concord, MA taken during early morning before the town folks turned out.

See also the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Fireworks in the Park, or the largest July 4th parade in Maryland.

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Video clips of Valle de Benasque and Llanos del Hospital in Spain

Here are a couple short video clips from a valley in the central Pyrenees, or Pirineos, in Spain. These show the mountainous region close the border of Spain and France, within the Valle de Benasque. My wife and I were married in a small church in this region, since her father and his ancestors lived in and farmed the valley using traditional, non-technological tools and practices.

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Free Online Java and J2EE Courses from JavaPassion.com

Sang Shin, architect, consultant, and evangelist of Java Technology for Sun Microsystems offers free online courses in Java Programming and J2EE Development. Fortunately for me, Sang is teaching the Introduction to JSP course at Boston University where I've been taking night classes this year towards a Java and J2EE Certificate.

Sang Shin is presently working for Sun Microsystems as a Technology architect, consultant, and evangelist. He speaks on various Java and Solaris related technologies to worldwide developer audience. He is currently based in Boston area and his duties include evangelizing and consulting on important Java technologies such as Java EE (formerly J2EE), Java SE (formerly J2SE), Java ME (formerly J2ME), Web-tier frameworks and technologies such as JavaServer Faces (JSF), Struts and AJAX, and SOA and Web services technologies. He also speaks frequently on NetBeans IDE and platform. He frequently talks on these topics in various technical conferences.


At Java Passion you can find the course material for his online courses, and instructions on how to enroll to receive personal guidance for the courses. Sang has a fantastic teaching style. He's very articulate, adheres to proper Java vocabulary and nomeclature, responds patiently, and of course, teaches passionately. The free, online course material is highly annotated so they could be used as reading material, and they are based on Sun's Java and J2EE tutorials on Sun's website, such as the Java EE 5 Tutorial, J2EE 1.4 Tutorial, and the JSP by Example Tutorial.

The Long Road to Red Hat Certified Engineer

Linux Pocket GuideIn 1999 I purchased my first PC from a local trade show where small vendors built the PC according to a printed spec sheet where the consumer would check off components that would comprise the final product. It reminded me a lot of ordering sushi.

My friend Ken Sugino, a computational neuroscientist student at Brandeis University, encouraged me to install Linux on it. I had never heard very much of Linux back then, but since Ken and I ordered identical PCs, both lacking an operating system, he recommended we install Red Hat Linux 5. Thus began my fondness for the fine grained control over an operating system and its applications that I never before witnessed on any Windows 98 or Mac OS 7, 8, or 9 system.

I recall that the state of Linux was still pretty raw back then and out of the box support for new hardware was often lacking. For example, when Ken finished examining the motherboard spec sheet and tuned all the jumper switches to provide a custom hardware setup, we moved on to searching the web for a solution to overcome a problem where X would not start -- X is the windowing or graphical interface for Linux -- and soon we found an esoteric hack for the video card chipset settings that did the trick. Much of my early experience with Linux was like that. It was the Wild West of operating systems.

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Jeremy Allaire Interview on the Charlie Rose Show: Watch the Video

Brightcove logoGuest host Walt Mossberg, personal technology columnist for the Wall Street Journal, interviews Brightcove Founder and CEO, Jeremy Allaire for the Charlie Rose show on April 26. Mossberg's introduction to Allaire and some of the questions posed to him follow:

Tonight I talk with Jeremy Allaire. He's been called a serial entrepreneur. His first venture, the Allaire Corporation, focussed on building internet based applications [ColdFusion]. He later joined [sic] Macromedia as its CTO. There he helped develop the Flash Player into internet's dominant media platform. His new venture, Brightcove, which he founded in 2004, is on the forefront of convergence. Its goal is to bring down the barriers between television and the internet. The company has already attracted major investments from Time Warner and IAC interactive, among others.


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My First Print Photo Publication is a Magazine Cover

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Shortly after publishing a collection of photos in the online Concord Magazine, the Editor of the New England Print & Publisher magazine contacted me to request that I submit some area photographs for the cover of the upcoming April 2006 edition.

Initially he suggested that I submit new photos of the Spring season, but when I shared some of my existing photos from last fall he latched on this night shot of Concord Center. He requested to crop it down to a vertical shot appropriate for the cover, so I agreed.

Embedding License in Digital Photo with XMP MetaDataThere was no monetary compensation for the use of my photo, although I'm quite happy with crossing the threshold from amateur to professional photographer. I released the photo under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license. Here's how to embed license and copyright data into a digital photograph using XMP with Adobe Bridge or Adobe Photoshop CS2.

This photo was one of my three entries in a local photo contest in Concord.

Neuroscientist Eric Kandel on The Charlie Rose Show

Eric Kandel is a living legend in Neuroscience. A pioneer in the field and author of several of my textbooks on the subject. I recall the comments I used to get on the subway when lugging around his massive 1400 page text on Principles of Neural Science. That text is the Neuroscience bible, and I still have it sitting on my desk at this moment. I'm very excited to watch this video, but I'll have to wait until this weekend.

Set your Tivo to record today's repeat broadcast of this Charlie Rose episode on your local PBS station(s) or watch it online on Google video,

DR. ERIC KANDEL
Neurobiologist / Nobel Laureate
Columbia University / Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Author, "In Search of Memory: The Emergence of a New Science of Mind"

Recommendation for BodasDVD Wedding Photographer of Barcelona

I highly recommend Bodas DVD wedding photographers in Barcelona, Spain. They met with us on several occassions the year of the wedding to coordinate the plan and requirements, and they were very accomodating to our wishes. They even traveled 4 hours to the wedding without charging us, although we did provide a hotel room for them. Carlos and his collegues were very helpful and patient throughout our wedding day. The result was a one hour interactive DVD movie of our wedding and a beautiful, leather bound wedding album of 20"x30". Everyone to whom we showed the album commented that they've never seen such a beautiful and unique album, and they all complemented the photographer's skill and style. Carles de Gispert also runs the multimedia business of Inedita and IneditAleph, and regularly uses Adobe image and video design products.

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A Main Street Point of View - Concord Museum holds photo contest

More information here, but Anderson Photo is hosting a photo contest of Concord's main streets while collaborating with the Concord Museum. The museum is hosting a show of the same name, and I gather that the contest is a way to draw attention to and benefit both parties.

I stopped by Anderson Photo just this morning to provide my 3 entries printed in their original aspect ratio on heavy weight archival matte paper. The rules do not state that the photos must be 8x10", nor do they say that they must perform the printing and matting. Rather, the rules suggest that they will do the matting for you if you provide an 8x10, and they specifically say it is permitted to submit photos in print form. They firmly let me know that the prints are required to be 8x10 and that they must do the printing in glossy or satin, but not matte. Rats!

You can imagine that I was rather unhappy when I was abruptly told that my 7x10" photos were not acceptable and that Anderson Photo must do the printing. I tried 3 times to contact the owner Lynda Anderson but she was not available since she arrives late in the day, but then was out walking her dog when I called at the time I was told she'd be in, and she has not returned my email inquiry on the matter.

Update: Can you imagine how ticked off I was after all this hassle from Andersen Photo that when I arrived to see all the contest photos on display about half of them were NOT in 8x10 format. Why did they give me such a run around for then? /END RANT

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