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Pictures

I pulled these photos out of my flickr account.  I need to pay to get a yearly subscription though, as I’ve used up half my alloted amount already.

Dylan Aubrey Closs, with Dad.  Less than one full day old.

Dylan in the hospital bassinet, with Mom’s hand.

Dylan at home, with her blankies.  Sam thought she looked like she was praying, so I snapped a couple of pictures of her like this while she was in her moses basket.

Baby Dylan with Auntie Jen. (I love that bambi blanket. Shhh!)

The earliest picture ever of her.  This is right after delivery on mommy’s chest, still cord attached.  At this point the Dr. was attaching the clamps and whatnot in preperation for me to cut the cord, which I did.  Didn’t know if I would be able to – but it wasn’t so difficult.  The hard part was stopping the waterworks while I did it. ;)

More posts to come with details about the whole adventure, and how things are going now.  For now, the quick update is that Ivy is doing good as a big sister, we’re settling in fine, and Dylan is super cute.  We’re very, very happy.  And we need sleepers with mittens built in! ;)

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Time to put up more Ivy pics.

So that’s what I’m doing. I’ll update this post as I get them up on Flickr.

Ivy and Gabe, Summer 2007

Ivy and Mom, Summer 2007.  She’s outgrown her Aunt Jemima outfit now, maybe we’ll have a girl to hand it down to!

Our house before renovations, sumer 2007.  I put this up for Chelsea, so she could see what it looks like.  The outside is much the same, the inside is what counts!  But I don’t have good pics of that yet!

Same photo, about the same time, but taken in front of the lilacs.  I love lilacs, and we lucked out with a couple of nice ones, plus an awesome japanese maple tree in the front yard.

A note concerning the last post.

First of all, and further to the last post, I want to give some kudo’s to the Library of Congress for putting these photos on flickr.  It’s pretty cool that someone there had the bright idea to share them on a public, super popular, photo sharing venue, instead of putting them on their own gov’t served webpage where dramatically fewer people would be exposed to them.

Further, it makes economical sense in a couple of ways.  First, they don’t have to foot the bandwidth bill for constant use of them – flickr is doing that.  In return flickr has an archive of historical photos that are royalty free.  Secondly, some of the people on the internet may very well be able to provide interesting and pertinant commentary and insight to these photos – something that I dare say would not have happened to the same extent had they only been hosted at the LoC website.

Example, a comment on Wil Wheaton’s Blog:

OK, this is weird. One of the very first photos is of a barn in the Catskills. The angle of the June sun puts the viewing angle as SE, and with the distance of the Catskill Mountains in the background, I would place this photo within 10-15 miles of the farm where I grew up. I can see why my grandfather bought those 400 acres in 1940. With a view like this, Brooklyn must’ve seemed a purgatory.

People often forget when they’re paying their taxes that these things are supported too.  That good works are being done by the the Gov’t. (this is an US example, but our Canuckian Canadian Gov’t is doing some good things too.)

I’m not going to make spiel about contacting your MP’s/Congresscritters or anything here – but I am going to make note that although we may not see  all the good projects are governments are involved in, but they do exist.  So it’s a good reminder to find someone to publicly or privately thank for those we like and support, and voice our opposition to those we don’t – otherwise, no institution, no matter how right thinking, can correctly gauge the community support for the projects proposed to it.

Library of Congress puts thousands of photos on Flickr

Through Wil Wheaton I found out about these awesome two photo sets.   The Library of Congress put over 3100 photos on flickr.  They all seem to have no copyright restrictions, being public domain photos archived by the LoC.  I’ve gone through a hundred or so of them, and a couple have made my favourites list at flickr already.  Some great stuff here, esp. the 40’s ones that are in colour, which is something you don’t normally get to see.

Quoth the Wil:

“File this under Coolest Damn Thing I’ve Seen All Day: The Library of Congress put over 3100 pictures on Flickr:

Library of Congress staff often make digital versions of our popular image collections available online as quickly as possible by relying primarily on the identifying information that came with the original photos. That text can be incomplete and is even inaccurate at times. We welcome your contribution of names, descriptions, locations, tags, and also your general reactions.

It’s divided into two different sets:

1930s-40s in Color:

These vivid color photos from the Great Depression and World War II capture an era generally seen only in black-and-white. Photographers working for the United States Farm Security Administration (FSA) and later the Office of War Information (OWI) created the images between 1939 and 1944.

News events in the 1910s:

Welcome to the daily news scene from almost a hundred years ago, as photographed by the Bain News Service in about 1910-1912. We invite your tags and comments! Also, lots more identification information. (Most of these old photos came to the Library of Congress with very little description.)

This selected set of 1,500 photographs is from a large collection of almost 40,000 glass negatives. The entire collection spans 1900-1920 and richly documents sports events, theater, celebrities, crime, strikes, disasters, and political activities, with a special emphasis on life in New York City.

I’ve only looked at a few dozen of these pictures, but they’re just astonishingly beautiful. Many of them have a haunting quality, as well, and would make great Ficlet inspiration.”

Ivy Picture Fulfillment (complete!)

Here are some more Ivy pics.  The ninja ones are per request of family.

Ivy with poo-bear winter gear.

Getting geared up for winter with a toque and bib.  Really!

Ivy in her Halloween Ninja gear – with mask!

Ivy in her ninja gear – sans mask.

Ivy punkin’ pickin’ with the family out at the Mufford Valley Ranch.

There!  All the ivy pictures updated.  Well, except for the Christmas ones, but they’re upcoming.  I’m also working on a couple simply youtube vids of her we took with the camera, we’ll see if they work.

Updates, again.

1) Flickr feed installed in sidebar.  It will show the 4 most recent pictures we upload to flickr.  We’ll see how usefull it is.

2) Tag Cloud installed in sidebar.  It makes links out of every tag we apply to a post, and makes larger word links for the larger number of posts tagged with the same word.  A neat way to browse content, try it out.

More neat stuff on the way as I play with this.  Will embed a youtube video on here as soon as I get my next one done, titled “Big Bar Blast”.

Quick Updates

1) Christmas tree is up!

2) Pics coming as soon as I figure out how to embed them from flickr.  And upload them there.

3) A friend of mine got great news! 

3a) I added a friend’s blog in my Links panel.  It belongs to Davey. 

4) Snow, snow and more snow.  I’m lovin it.

5) Some good movies coming out.  I may have to see some of them.

6) I’m yammering on for no good reason now.  I’ll shut up.