Category Archives: Things to See: Pics, Art, Videos

A Hint of Winter in My Coffee


Chilling, climbing and wondering at Lake Robertson.Lake Robertson Sunlight. Chillin, Climbing and Wondering at Lake Robertson.

Railroad Trackin in Buena Vista.BV Chillin. Railroad Trackin in Buena Vista.

Muddy Times on Houston Street.Mucking About. Muddy Times on Houston Street.

Parking Lot Show and TellPurple in the Lot. Parking Lot Show and Tell.

Hiking Climates.

The Misty Blue Ridge, from House Mtn. Hiking Climates.

Storify: Parents Weekend at Washington and Lee 2012

Another Storify effort. Here, @wluLex (Twitter) collecting and curating uses of “#wluParents” on Twitter and Instagram. Crowdsourcing win.

#wluParents

Infographic: Got Instagram?

As part of the upcoming @wluLex (Twitter) campaign for W&L’s Parents’ Weekend 2012, wluLex has decided to help parents get more social. At this point, many parents seem active on Facebook (the majority of our Facebook photo album “likes” are from parents). Trying to convert parents to join Twitter is one epic war we’re not yet prepared wage. What’s a friendly medium between Facebook photo albums and Twitter?

Instagram.

I used http://www.easel.ly/ to create this.

A parents guide for using Instagram.

Instagram is today’s most popular way to share photos and experiences.
Why is it so popular? …Because it’s so easy and fun to use! Here’s how!

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#Flow

#CrazyBikeRide

This was taken after the steepest stretch of cycling I’ve experienced.  Way too busy thinking about how much hill remained to worry about the consequences of a pre-peak rest. Really loved being confined to that moment. Flow (baller idea put forth by psychologist  Mihály Csíkszentmihályi in his book, Flow.) moment for sure.

According to Csikszentmihalyi, flow is completely focused motivation. It is a single-minded immersion and represents 

perhaps the ultimate in harnessing the emotions in the service of performing and learning.

In flow, the emotions are not just contained and channeled, but positive, energized, and aligned with the task at hand.” ~ T. Wikipedia

Further, there are 6 tell-tale signs of flow, via Wikipedia:

  1. intense and focused concentration on the present moment
  2. merging of action and awareness
  3. loss of reflective self-consciousness
  4. a sense of personal control over the situation or activity
  5. distortion of temporal experience, one’s subjective experience of time is altered
  6. experience of the activity as intrinsically rewarding, also referred to as autotelic experience

So, hell yes, wretched hill.

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“Casual” Sunday Ride

Photo credit: Patrick Bolling.

 

Finally found a non-boring bike route. According to Google maps, it’s about 10.2 miles. (Note: Google Maps, while awesome, does not do the ridiculous hilliness of this route justice.) Rolling hills and endless awesome views. Met an a nice old man with a tree-stump problem while water-breaking it. Highly recommend.

Directions: Miller > Left Houston which becomes Old Farm Road > Right Popular Hill.

 

Apple Time

VA apples are one of my top 10 favorite things, hands down. I also really like carpentry, booze, and giving gifts. What happens when you mix all three together? (Jamie’s yet-to-be-named) Hard Cider! Here’s the plan, Fran:

  1. Find the best VA apples around. This pic was taken at Saunder’s Brothers Orchard in Piney River, VA.
  2. Build a cider press worthy of being passed down to Goodin generations to come.
  3. Make and refine some ballin’ soft-cider.
  4. Turn it to a hard 11.
  5. Bottle & brand it.
  6. Give it to my friends and family for holiday gifts. #SharingIsBoss

Some Cine’s

(Click ’em.)

Left: What’s one of the coolest parts about my job? Easy; I get to constantly capture the captivating creativity of the Lexington community. This was taken on a lunch break at the Hillel House. Shout-outs to Jack Burks and Nate Reisinger for the ballin rendition of Hotel California. #CoolWindInMyHair

Center: Moving back to Lexington has seriously upped my bike riding time. Loving it. This was taken on the W&L cross country course, just under the parking garage. #WaterBreak

Right: These jam sessioners were keeping it Appalachian at Harrisonburg’s Famer’s Market.

#CruiseTime

Why? My friend was in from out of town.

How? Doors off the Jeep, top down, legs out, cruise time.

Where? These were taken on the way back from Goshen Pass.

Say What? Avett Brothers, “I And Love And You.”

THIS is a lunch break

Gave my friend a ride to the vet’s office during lunch break. The cat was healthy, and so was I. #DogDaysOfSummerRt. 11, outside Lexington, Va

Appalachian Dulcimer

Appalachian Dulcimer

At the Harrisonburg Farmer’s Market three weekends ago, I came upon a baller acoustic jam session. Check out more details on Appalchian dulcimers here. #Amurka

Some highlights, via Wikipedia:

  • Number of strings: Dulcimers may have as few as two or as many as 12 strings (in six courses). Instruments with only one string would more properly be termed monochords. In the 1950s and 1960s most mountain dulcimers had three strings. The most popular variant today is four strings in three courses, with doubled melody strings.
  • Fret patterns: Until the late 1970s, most Appalachian dulcimers were made with a purely diatonic fretboard. A few years later, an added 6½ fret (and where the instrument fretboard is long enough, the 13½ fret, an octave higher) had become standard. Most makers now offer 1½ and 8½ frets as options, and the fully chromatic dulcimer is rising in popularity
  • Body shapes: Dulcimers appear in a wide variety of body types, many of which are recorded in A Catalog of Pre-Revival Dulcimers. A representative array would include: hourglass, teardrop, trapezoid, rectangular, elliptical (“Galax-style”), violin-shaped, fish-shaped, and lute-back.
  • Materials: In addition to plywood, laminates, and solid woods, some builders are using experimental materials such as carbon fiber. Dulcimers are also made of cardboard. Often sold as low-cost kits, cardboard dulcimers offer surprisingly good sound and volume. Their low cost and resistance to damage make them particularly suited to institutional settings, such as elementary school classrooms.
  • “Courting dulcimers”: One unusual variant is the “courting dulcimer.” This instrument consists of one large dulcimer body with two separate fingerboards. The instrument is laid across the laps of two facing individuals (the eponymous “courting” pair) and used to play duets.
  • “Double-Neck Dulcimers”: Somewhat the same as a “courting dulcimer”, but with both fretboards (or “necks”) facing the same direction. Popularized by performer Bing Futch, it allows for multiple tunings without changing instruments.
  • “Bowed Dulcimers”: Dulcimers that can be played with bows; in the modern era heavily modified variants have been made exclusively for bowed playing.

So, how does it sound? The combination of thumb-picking and nylon strings gave the notes a low-treble, subdued attack and the well-made acoustic body ensures a full, almost haunting ring. As pictured, the gentleman was playing in the rhythmic style of a bass guitar. This was fitting as the other instruments in the jam included banjos, mandolins, and guitars. All in all, baller.