Archives for July 2011

Instagram Photography – Making iPhone Photos Sexy

If you follow me on Twitter or we are friends on Facebook, you may know that I have recently started to post pictures to the web using a service called Instagram.  While it’s been around for a few months, I avoided the service until recently because I just didn’t think I had time to try a new photo sharing service.  Already having photos on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and Smug Mug – I didn’t need anything more.

During my current sabbatical in Washington, DC, I decided to make time for some of the things that I had neglected the past several months/years.  Things like personal blogging and my website in general.  I also got caught up on reading and started playing around with applications that I had downloaded to my phone and iPad, but don’t use very often. [Read more…]

Morning Run Along the National Mall in Washington, DC

I have been using an iPhone app called RunKeeper to track my running activity for the past 3+ years.  It is a handy app that uses either the GPS in my phone to track my location and distance on a map as I run.  It also allows me to manually enter my time and distance when I run on a treadmill.  I have used it for walking big cities, running my “normal” route at home and even hiking in the Rocky Mountains.

Today I used it to log my run through Washington, DC as I meandered onto the national mall, ran around the Washington Monument over to the Capitol building and back.  The run was very refreshing in spite of the 80 degrees of humid air at 8:45 AM.  My only complaint was having to wait 45-60 seconds at intersections for cars to pass.

One of the cool new features on the app is that I can take photos along the way and they are automatically placed on my run map where they were taken.  Great way to remember the route.  Now I can share some of my more exotic runs with anyone who wants to see them (and even those of you who don’t care!) [Read more…]

Washington, DC for a Week

I will be spending the next week in Washington DC, visiting my fiance and working from her apartment.  I also plan on taking in some of the scenery, warm weather and food that the city has to offer.  After spending time in DC on several occasions in 2010 and 2011, DC has become one of my favorite cities in the US world.

There is more to my affinity to the city than our nations history (although the history and monuments are appreciated).  My favorite part of the city is how accessible everything is and the great food.  Unlike New York and other metropolises, Washington DC has a rule where no buildings can be higher than 110 feet.  This means that there are no skyscrapers in town, which makes it easy to view monuments and history from great distances.

This building restriction makes the city accessible visually, while a great subway system makes it easy to get to just about anywhere in the city without much effort.  Anywhere you would want to visit (including Reagan Airport) is accessible from the metro system.

My favorite use of the metro system is to use it to get to many of the fantastic restaurants in DC.  For lack of a better term, I am a foodie, and DC is the ultimate town for foodies.  It is hard to find a bad place to eat in DC.

I plan on sharing some of my experiences this week on the blog, so stay tuned.  To whet the appetite, here are some photos from my previous travels.