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Month: November 2007

Scared to write?

I feel timorous about writing this blog entry. I’ve just come home from a get-together with my writing group, I have the urge to write, I can feel the words and ideas jostling for attention in my my mind, but . . . dare I actually write when I know they can read these words? I met two new members tonight, and it is the awe I have for their talent that causes my nervousness. Despite those feelings, I continue to write this entry. I enjoy the process of writing, the creativity, the search for the right word or phrase to convey the idea that I wish to communicate to the world. Writing shouldn’t be an issue on my very own blog! A blog means that the writing is public, so there is a chance that the other writers will read it. What will happen then? Perhaps the real excitement…


A bit of housecleaning

I finally did my WordPress 2.3.1 upgrade today and changed my theme at the same time. I waved goodbye to the nice Ocadia theme from Beccary, which has served me well for nearly a year. Now I am using the Beast-Blog theme from Mike Cherim. There is a lot to play with in this theme, but I’ll be taking it slow at first. Rearranging categories and adding tags still needs work. It’s not surprising that the theme has a lot of rich detail and potential when it comes from a talented guy like Mike. He’s one of the team over at, the site that showcases and promotes accessible web design. They might just have the resources and inspiration you need.

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Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge

After writing about anatomical illustrations, I stayed in graphic mode and found another great link with a story, thanks to Visuality. The US National Science Foundation is taking submissions between Sept. 28, 2007 and May 31, 2008 for its Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge in each of five categories: photographs, illustrations, informational graphics, interactive media, and non-interactive media. The message is: to improve science literacy and the communication between science “and other citizens” through the use of illustrations. They word it so nicely: Some of science’s most powerful statements are not made in words. From the diagrams of DaVinci to Hooke’s microscopic bestiary, the beaks of Darwin’s finches, Rosalind Franklin’s x-rays or the latest photographic marvels retrieved from the remotest galactic outback, visualization of research has a long and literally illustrious history. To illustrate is, etymologically and actually, to enlighten. Visualization of research is another example of technical communication. STC…

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