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It’s a good thing we don’t have a clapper

January 14th, 2009 No comments
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The clapper - image from public domain contribution from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User_talk:CharlesLast night, my 9.5 month old daughter was sitting with me and she figured out that if she puts her hands together, they make an interesting noise, what we call clapping.  I asked my wife when she started doing this and she said just now.  Such a simple act brought a tear to our eyes as yet another milestone in her development came out.  I know we take these sorts of things for granted, but the coordination involved shows her motor skills are developing still further.  I truly enjoy these simple little steps in her life.

It also makes me proud as one of her primary teachers that all the things we and other teachers in her life do, work.  Things like the silly song I fondly remember my grandmother singing to my younger sister, and that both my mother and mother-in-law sing to her, the song, albeit rude and short goes like this:

“Clap hands, clap hands, till daddy comes home, daddy has money and mommy has none”.

After doing a little research on the rhyme, I found that it most likely has roots in a Sicilian rhyme, Manu Manuzzi, which makes even more sense as that was my grandmother’s heritage.  Later on in her life, I think I will use it as a means to teach her about women in history and feminism.

I guess Pat-a-cake is up next…

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Learn something new every day – Pupilometrics

January 13th, 2009 No comments
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Eye with pupil dilatedWhile the sponge in my head is still absorbing new things, I like to keep it saturated.  A while back, I pretty much stopped loading my PMP, a Blackberry 8320 currently, with music, and started loading it with podcasts.
Wow, what a great, probably underutilized, resource they have proven to be!  Last night’s listen was no exception.  I listened to an interview with Rick Sammon on Digital Photography Life hosted by Michael GW Stein and Scott Sherman. 

Sure there is a bit of waffling, but one little extract that caught my attention was Rick’s mention of pupilometrics.   The definition of pupilometrics I’ve found is, “The relationship between a viewer’s pupil dilation and the interest factor of visual stimuli”.  Bottom line – when doing portrait or headshots, try to have the subject’s eyes dilated.  He mentioned a book about it by Richard D. Zakia called Perception and Imaging.  I think this may be an interesteing read so I’ll add it to my queue.

Next time you look at a photo of a person, have a look at their pupils and see what you think.

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Time for my new site…

January 12th, 2009 No comments
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Well, I finally made the switch to WordPress.  I’ve been meaning to do this for some time now, and re-do my entire site, so here I am.  Learning as I go, please be patient…

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