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Posted in Apple, • Wood Dickinson Sites, Block Island, Computers, Humility, Photography, software with tags , , , , , , , on 08/07/2018 by wooddickinson

In the ParkHistorically I have been an early adopter of new technology. Especially computer and game console technology. I have owned more computers that I care to recount. Almost all of those have gone by the wayside except the Mac and Microsoft driven computers which we used to call IBM clones.

My first Apple computer was an Apple ][plus with 16K of RAM and a cassette recorder for file storage. There were very few programs out for it so we all learned how to write are own. A lot has changed since those days. Now we look at a computer as one more appliance we have to have. Same with smart phones. We have come to depend on these devices, especially our phones. The problem is smart phones aren’t really that smart. I mean they can’t even keep themselves charged.

But the desire to stay connected through social media begs the need for a phone that can take photos, let me post them to Facebook, email and text them and do what ever else I feel I need to do with them. My point is we all have come to depend on these phones which are nothing more than sophisticated computers. When a storm blows through and you lose power in your home panic sets in. How much battery power is left on my phone! We all tweet about the power lose and looming problem of dead phone battery which means disconnection from social media.

I could go on about this for a long time but you get the drill. That’s what I love about Block Island. It is a low tech place with spotty wi-fi and nominal cell service. It is a place where you can reconnect with yourself and someone you love. We all should turn off our phones at least one day a week and allow ourselves to just be.


Posted in • Wood Dickinson Sites, Clouds, Faith, Fear, Home, Hope, Kansas City, Need with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on 10/17/2011 by wooddickinson

What a wonderful October day. Sun wispy clouds being blown by a gentle breeze. I feel that cutting knife in the wind cold and deadly but if I just relax it doesn’t cut so deep. Not like it will come November.

Using a wonder of invention, the iPad to hunt and peck my way along. Just as I’ve been dwelling on the destructive nature of these devices. Cell phones, texts, email, Facebook. What little good is there in any of this. Keeping a journal is fine. Thinking the rest of us care is narcissistic. Does anyone care your at the dry cleaners? Really now is it so important that I’m at my grand kids soccer game to post it along with photos on Facebook followed by a tweet?

I think not. Once there was a time we reserved our efforts for those true masters. e. e. Cummings wrote,

i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go,my dear;and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,my darling)
i fear
no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want
no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)

How could I say this any better? Tweet I’m at Tommy with my wife of 35 years?

I suggest we create a day devoted to no use of communications thecnology. No cell, text, computers; nothing that requires more than a pen and paper or face to face communications. Yes. Freedom. What peace there would be on that day.

Been Awhile

Posted in Art, • Wood Dickinson Sites, Book, Color, Fine Art Photography, HDR, Holga, Photography, Uplift with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 01/24/2011 by wooddickinson

Truck #22

It seems like it has been a long time since I posted here. I have been finishing the photos to be used in exhibition at Project Uplifts 20th Anniversary Gala this coming March AND putting the special edition book together as well. The book will have my photos of a group of homeless men and women here in Kansas City and it will also have their stories written by my wife Patti.

This has been an ambitious project. It was started last spring and we could easily spent two years working on it before it would be ready but because of the Gala March 31st we had a deadline. It was difficult keeping all the facts straight working so quickly. I’ve met some amazing people both at Uplift and on the street. As we have been following this group, one has gotten sober and on medication. He also has all his ID now and is working toward section 8 housing. A success. Another fellow was arrested for murder and awaits trial, Another moved out of the city to where his daughter lives. He found her on Facebook. Another fellow had an accident and passed away. It has been quite a ride and I’m so very glad Uplift gave me the chance to do this.

I will share a few photos taken while working on this but I can’t release any of the people shots. After March of 2011 I will have them available for sale.

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