Yayyyyyy, little green theengs! The first seeds we started in indoor kits have sprouted. I think these might be the cukes.
What a fitting way to celebrate my mom's birthday, which, when she was around, was practically a national holiday. She was an avid gardener, and I credit both my love of veggies and my love of diggin' in the dirt to her fabulous guidance. Happy Birthday, Mom!
I've been resisting it for a long time. Twitter, the latest killer app... you've probably heard all the arguments pro and con, I'm not going to rehash them here. Personally, it boiled down to the almighty question of What's In It For Me? And I hadn't come up with a compelling enough answer to propel me into signing up for a Twitter account.
::: cue dramatic music :::
This week I went to a DC Web Women event. In addition to the usual top-notch presentation and Q&A from the group, afterwards a group of DCWWers sat around discussing the merits of Twitter for professional purposes. Somewhere amidst all that debate, I decided it was time to plug into the Twitterverse and finally see it for myself.
What do I think is In It For Me? Well, for starters, I'm looking forward to connecting with folks I might not otherwise have access to. This will be particularly useful as I continue to ramp up my job search, and try to expand my network into the new field of Corporate Social Responsibility. Also, I love the idea of getting local recommendations on the fly while we're out traveling. I doubt I'll be nearly as ambitious as the Twitchhiker, but travel and Twitter are an intoxicating match. And finally, I'm curious about using Twitter to microblog while on the road. Not that I'm giving up crafting more in-depth blog entries. But the ability to send a quick Tweet or post a single photo does open up some new possibilities. And brevity, after all, is the soul of wit. ;)
Ah, it's that lovely time of year again. The crocuses are coming out, and so are the peeps. No, I'm not talking about the chirping sounds of happy little baby birds, I'm talking about those nasty, sugar-encrusted, technicolor marshmallow abominations in the shapes of bunnies and chicks. Despite falling into the category of "something you'd have to pay me big bucks to actually consume," Peeps have a special place in my heart as they hail from my hometown. Or at least the next town over. That's right, Peeps are a creation of the Just Born Candy Company, based in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Another dubious claim to fame for the illustrious Lehigh Valley!
Although Peeps are not fit for human consumption, they do make great art subjects. To celebrate this festive season, here are two upcoming contests involving Peeps:
Washington Post's "Power to the Peeps" diorama contest:
This is a brilliant annual event where people create amazing works of art using Peeps. In previous years, the dioramas have been based on scenes from popular movies such as Pulp Fiction, tabloid headlines like Amy Winehouse's escapades, and Olympic events. You have to see these things to believe them. An incredible amount of work goes into each piece, and last year they were displayed at a local art show. Genius.
Nat Geo's "Peeps in Places" photo challenge:
National Geographic is running a photo contest where entrants are invited to photograph Peeps in front of iconic landmarks. Speaking as someone who has traveled around the globe and done this with a small orange mascot, I think it's an awesome idea.
I know there are examples of other Peeps masterworks... are there other contests out there as well? C'mon, where my peeps at?