Welcoming Clifford Ross, photographer, to Austin

A friend emailed me a note alerting me to an upcoming show for Clifford Ross, photographer. Ross has been commissioned to “create a monumental public art project for Austin’s new U.S. Federal Courthouse on Republic Square.” The Austin Museum of Art is holding an exhibit showcasing his work February 21 – May 17 at AMOA-Downtown. I’m particularly interested in his Hurricane Series, pictured in the image below. From the press release:

For the Hurricanes series, Ross tracked storms starting in the Sahara across the Eastern seaboard on the internet. Between August 1998 and Sept. 11, 2001, the dramatic date of his last Hurricane shoot, he captured thousands of images of stormy seas. The six large photographs featured, freeze breaking waves to capture views of nature’s power that is impossible for the eye alone to perceive The expressive energy of these black-and-white photographs ranges from soothing to menacing and evoke visitor reactions that are just as varied. In contrast, the small 10 X 8-inch diptychs and triptychs of the Horizons series Ross created using a medium format camera, show quieter, contemplative views of the rolling surf.

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Wait. Why are you following me?

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Yesterday I had an aha moment when I posted a status on Facebook and someone responded immediately. It occurred to me that people actually read my updates. I’m probably one of Twitter‘s greatest fans, but I had to wonder– why are people following me? I came up with this short survey because I’m really intellectually (not narcissistically) interested in understanding what is motivating my followers to follow me. My curiosity stems most likely from my years as a small circulation (yet clubby) newsletter editor where I knew most of my readers.So, if you’ll indulge me… tell me, why are you following me?Click Here to take surveyIf this goes well, I will follow up later with a short survey attempting to understand who my followers are as a unique cohort and see if I can draw any conclusions. I’ll publish the results of both.

LinkedIn Pay it Forward Day

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If you’re of a certain age, you know what it’s like to live through company layoffs. It’s pure hell. Paranoia lays a weird filter over every intra-company experience. If you know someone who got laid off, you just feel awful for them. At least I do. With the economy pumping out more and more bad news, the likelihood that you or someone you know will be laid off increases every day. TechCrunch has even started tracking the demise in the tech sector. So. What I suggest is we take a pro-active step in making the transition a little smoother for at least one person (more is better!) in our social network– should it unfortunately happen to them.

I’d like to establish Wednesday, October 29, 2008 LinkedIn Pay it Forward Day. It’s simple, choose one person in your social network and write a LinkedIn recommendation for them on that day. Everyone has worked with someone in their network who is deserving of a positive recommendation. The randomness of the recommendation will make it satisfying for you and the recipient.

There’s not much we can do collectively to arrest the hemorrhaging in our economy, but we can take a few charitable actions to assist others who are affected by it.

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