post-blog aid

January is over and blogs around the world are sending their montly Google ad revenues to Asia for tsunami relief. I feel a bit like the fat kid that gets picked last for the baseball team… that was me as a kid… This is a new site and doesn’t get much traffic, while I pledged all of my earnings, there just wasn’t much to give. So, I donated $100, the company I work for, CSA Travel Protection, matched that donation and our underwriter matched that level. So, the final donation to Asia for the tsunami became $400. Andy Budd, the creator of Blog Aid will be creating a tally of pledges, it will be interesting to see the outcome.


photograph by Derek Loranger of a boat and lake in Vietnam
My mother was a school teacher and she would always tell us kids: “you’re going to grow up to be a teacher like me.” Naturally, I dismissed the idea, I was going to open a pet store. 20 years later, my brother David teaches high school and coaches football, my sister Cindy teaches horticulture at a local college, and I teach photography at Palomar College. Just remember kids… Mother knows best.

I love teaching. Especially a subject like photography where the people are there because they want to learn, not because the class is a requirement. I just received this message on our photo class e-mail list and it’s one of those rewards that makes it all worth while.


I was a student of Ted’s about 2 years ago and from time to time, I like to share pictures with the list, to show that the class really can help your technique.

My latest trip was to Viet Nam. And I can say that it helps to have an interesting subject.

You can visit my site at

You will note that I use many if not all of the techniques that Ted teaches in the class.


I must say, Derek was an accomplished artist before he took my class. I just introduced him to some new composition and lens techniques and how to use the camera more effectively.

Congratulations Derek on the great photographs and trip to Vietnam.


Museums on the Web 2005I was the web site manager for the San Diego Museum of Art for five years. I learned a lot during that time. I went from a wysiwyg hack using Net Objects Fusion to getting my feet wet with hand-coding, e-mail newsletters, Flash, ASP, and finally took the dive into standards-based programming.

Working for a museum is a great experience. The majority of the people are there because they love what they are doing. They work for less money but tend to get more freedom to explore and learn new techniques and technologies. While at the museum, I had the opportunity to attend numerous conferences on digital asset management, copyright laws, and emerging technologies.

My favorite conference was the Museums on the Web conference. This annual event brought museum web site managers, marketing directors, and curators together from around the world. I was fortunate to present two mini-workshops in the past, E-Mail Newsletters for the Museum and its Visitors in 2002 and Fresh and Interesting Features for any Budget in 2004.

This year, my partner Brian Rountree and I will be presenting a half-day workshop, Standards: the benefits of web standards for you and visitors to your site, at the Museums on the Web conference in Vancouver, Canada. We will be giving an introduction to the history of web design, the tag soup that we are wading through, and the future of standards-based web design. More importantly, we will show how museums will benefit from a conversion to standards-based web design. We are looking forward to this opportunity and encourage any museum web site manager to get their museum to sponsor a trip to this conference. Even if you miss our workshop, gasp, you will find the week well worth your time and money.