Archive | June, 2011

Deciphering Fabric Care Symbols

29 Jun

1953 Porsche 356

24 Jun



Percection? I think so. Vintage. Air-cooled. Awesome. Look at those lines! Give me a break!

8 Year Daily Photo Project

14 Jun

Many have seen Daily Photo videos, where a subject takes a photo of their face/head each day for a given amount of time. However, this is the first time I have see one that covers eight years. Thats a better part of a decade! Watch as JK Keller’s hair, clothes, and face change as he grows older right before your eyes.

Flag Day

14 Jun

“I am what you make me; nothing more. I swing before your eyes as a bright gleam of color, a symbol of yourself.”

In the United States, Flag Dayis celebrated on June 14. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened that day by resolution of the Second Continental Congress in 1777. The June 14 date is also when Congress adopted “the American continental army” after reaching a consensus position in The Committee of the Whole.

The Fourth of July was traditionally celebrated as America’s birthday, but the idea of an annual day specifically celebrating the Flag is believed to have first originated in 1885. BJ Cigrand, a schoolteacher, arranged for the pupils in the Fredonia, Wisconsin Public School, District 6, to observe June 14 (the 108th anniversary of the official adoption of The Stars and Stripes) as ‘Flag Birthday’. In numerous magazines and newspaper articles and public addresses over the following years, Cigrand continued to enthusiastically advocate the observance of June 14 as ‘Flag Birthday’, or ‘Flag Day’.

On June 14, 1889, George Balch, a kindergarten teacher in New York City, planned appropriate ceremonies for the children of his school, and his idea of observing Flag Day was later adopted by the State Board of Education of New York. On June 14, 1891, the Betsy Ross House in Philadelphia held a Flag Day celebration, and on June 14 of the following year, the New York Society of the Sons of the Revolution, celebrated Flag Day.

Following the suggestion of Colonel J Granville Leach (at the time historian of the Pennsylvania Society of the Sons of the Revolution), the Pennsylvania Society of Colonial Dames of America on April 25, 1893 adopted a resolution requesting the mayor of Philadelphia and all others in authority and all private citizens to display the Flag on June 14th. Leach went on to recommend that thereafter the day be known as ‘Flag Day’, and on that day, school children be assembled for appropriate exercises, with each child being given a small Flag.

Two weeks later on May 8th, the Board of Managers of the Pennsylvania Society of Sons of the Revolution unanimously endorsed the action of the Pennsylvania Society of Colonial Dames. As a result of the resolution, Dr. Edward Brooks, then Superintendent of Public Schools of Philadelphia, directed that Flag Day exercises be held on June 14, 1893 in Independence Square. School children were assembled, each carrying a small Flag, and patriotic songs were sung and addresses delivered.

In 1894, the governor of New York directed that on June 14 the Flag be displayed on all public buildings. With BJ Cigrand and Leroy Van Horn as the moving spirits, the Illinois organization, known as the American Flag Day Association, was organized for the purpose of promoting the holding of Flag Day exercises. On June 14th, 1894, under the auspices of this association, the first general public school children’s celebration of Flag Day in Chicago was held in Douglas, Garfield, Humboldt, Lincoln, and Washington Parks, with more than 300,000 children participating.

Adults, too, participated in patriotic programs. Franklin K. Lane, Secretary of the Interior, delivered a 1914 Flag Day address in which he repeated words he said the flag had spoken to him that morning: “I am what you make me; nothing more. I swing before your eyes as a bright gleam of color, a symbol of yourself.”

Inspired by these three decades of state and local celebrations, Flag Day – the anniversary of the Flag Resolution of 1777 – was officially established by the Proclamation of President Woodrow Wilson on May 30th, 1916. While Flag Day was celebrated in various communities for years after Wilson’s proclamation, it was not until August 3rd, 1949, that President Truman signed an Act of Congress designating June 14th of each year as National Flag Day.

Apple’s plan for a new Cupertino campus

8 Jun

Is the new “Infinity Loop?” I think so….

It’s a very ambitious design utilizing 55 acres purchased from Hewlett Packard in Cupertino, California. It’s one giant building that would hold 12,000 people (possibly 13,000). The building is circular with “not a straight piece of glass”–all curved. Jobs

Other highlights include:

  • The campus would use its own natural gas generator as its primary source of power and the city’s power grid only as a backup. Weird.
  • The building includes an auditorium for conferences, and Jobs suggests that’s where Apple could hold its big events instead of renting out space in San Francisco.
  • Apple wants to break ground next year, and move in in 2015.





Spirit Fall on Japan

2 Jun

I’m publishing  this post, a simple video made of images from Japan set to the song Spirit Fall by Chris Tomlin, for two reasons:

1.) Almost three months ago, On March 11, an earthquake struck Japan near the city of Sendai, which caused a tremendous amount of damage and generated a powerful tsunami which then struck northern Japan and spread across the Pacific. Many people lost lost loved ones, their personal belongings, or worse, a loved one. 

2.) I really like this song. I am fortunate enough to be able to attend Passion City Church in Atlanta, GA and have been able to hear thousands of people singing this song at once. It is quite powerful experience. Quite thankful for CJC for bringing me along.

I hope you all enjoy this one, turn it up, and test your speakers!



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