Last year I made some resolutions here on the ol' dotcom. Let's recap:
1. Sell the car. Check!
2. Launch JPG. Check!
3. Quit smoking. Check! Then ... uncheck. Sigh.
4. Kick ass at work. IMHO, Check!
5. Remember to treasure every moment. Doing my best.
6. Be more patient with those who mean well but communicate poorly. Doing my best.
7. Take Fray to the next level, whatever that is. Does putting it on hiatus count? If so, check.
8. Self-publish a book. Check!
I guess I'll keep those "doing my best" ones on the list for this year, as well as that pesky unchecked one. And here area few new ones for 2006:
9. Get more serious with JPG Magazine.
10. Say yes more than no. Much more.
11. Keep feathering the nest.
12. [This one's in my inside voice. I know what it is. You'll see.]
Our hallway ceiling is now a stunning shade of "Frank's Fire." The only Frank I know is my cousin the accountant, and, as far as I know, he's never been on fire. But if he was, I assume he'd be this color.
I do not hate Christmas. I do not hate hearing Christmas songs in every store I go into. I do not hate the expectation that most people have around this time of year that everyone around them should be filled with "Christmas Cheer." I do not hate the presents - buying them, wrapping them, standing in long lines to mail them to every cousin I can manage to remember.
I do not hate that every show I watch has to have a Very Special Christmas Episode. I do not hate that every newspaper and magazine I pick up has something about Christmas - how I should celebrate it, how I should believe in it, how I should care about how other people celebrate and believe in it.
I do not hate the candy canes and Christmas trees that adorn every storefront in town. I do not hate the candy cane stripes on the parking meters, the city-owned and operated meters, that appeared just after Thanksgiving. I do not hate the slowly dying pine trees that sprang up overnight where empty lots used to be. I do not hate the expectation everyone has that I'm going to buy one.
Heather and I just put the finishing touches on some great new stuff for JPG Magazine.
JPG Magazine Issue 4: No Theme is now available! For the final issue of our first year, we decided to take a break from the usual theme. We just asked for your best photos of 2005. And we got 'em!
Inside issue 4 you'll find 35 amazing photographs, an interview with Youngna Park and Zach Klein about their "Candy Cane for Your Portrait" project, and a set of brilliant lomos by featured photographer, Kevin Meredith.
We've also announced the theme for Issue 5: Photography is Not a Crime. In a post 9/11 age of paranoia and suspicion, public photography has become threatening, even criminal. And we here at JPG are sick of it.
For Issue 5, we're asking you to go out in public and take photos. Insist on your rights as a photographer. Shoot where people tell you not to. And, of course, send the best one to us. Submissions are open now until January 15, 2006.
See also: The Bug Calendar!
This section is called Just a Thought. It's a blog where I post little pieces of what I'm thinking about at the moment. This page shows thoughts from December 2005, including:
My Resolutions for 2006
28 December 2005
The Household Beautification Project Continues
28 December 2005
A Very Special Christmas Post
18 December 2005
New in JPG Magazine
4 December 2005
1 December 2005
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Working the web since 1995, Derek Powazek is the creator of many award-winning websites, a couple of which still exist. Derek is the cofounder of JPG Magazine and the CCO of 8020 Publishing. Derek lives in San Francisco with his wife, two nutty Chihuahuas, a grumpy cat, and a house full of plants named Fred. More »
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My Resolutions for 2006 28 December 2005
The Household Beautification Project Continues 28 December 2005
A Very Special Christmas Post 18 December 2005
New in JPG Magazine 4 December 2005
Chawazek 2006 1 December 2005