The 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington
Today I walked with thousands of people from all over the country along a route filled with historical landmarks and present-day reminders of economic, racial and systemic injustice; -and of how far we’ve come, and how far we have to go. It was fifty years later, to the day, of the March on Washington in 1963. The main stretch of the 1.6 mile route took us down Constitution Avenue past the Dept. of Labor, the U.S. Courthouse, the Federal Trade Commission and the Dept. of (what passes for) Justice.
Students from a local D.C. school led the way.
At the head of the march was a group of students from the Washington Dupont Park Adventist School. It must have been quite an extraordinary day for them. Perhaps some of them will attend the one fifty years from now, much like the people they were marching right in front of. For, walking behind them, and perhaps just a tad slower than they had in 1963, was a line of seniors, arms linked, who had all been to the original march fifty years ago as children, college students, young adults and organizers. They braved the stormy skies and once again commanded Constitution Avenue; there for each other, there for those who could not be there. There for those who would come after. A sea of umbrellas and conversations followed, as the numbers packed the westbound lanes and spilled across the sidewalks.
Veterans of the 1963 March; up front in 2013.
Banana skater? Sketch experiment #5
I’ve been playing around with a new app I got, called Sketch (for Mac). The main things I’ll be using it for are to:
- Have a tool to make flat icons for websites (see image below)
- Create SVG’s (scalable vector graphics) that can re-size without pixellation on the curves
- Design header and logo elements for web sites
- Have a tool to muck about with creatively (see image at top)
While I’m finding out that learning to create with vector tools isn’t as intuitive of a process as I’d like it to be, it’s neat to have an app that can spit out the SVG code for me when I design complicated forms that in the past I would have to load onto websites as raster images.
It’s also one twentieth of what the traditional cost of entry for the industry standard (Adobe Creative Suite, or ACS) was before it switched to a subscription model this year. Up until now, I had found that the only reasonable alternative to ACS had been the excellent (and free) open-source app Gimp; which, although something I will definitely return to in the future, I had found to have too steep of a learning curve for a newbie.
4 screen-size flat icons merged into a single transparent .png with Sketch.
While Sketch is professional-level and suitable for general web design work, it is not a photo processing/editing tool, and is more akin to ACS’s Fireworks and Illustrator. So for working with photo images, maybe that’s what I’ll try to selectively learn to do with Gimp.
Of course, 90% of web designers and clients still work with Photoshop documents. That number isn’t going to drastically change anytime soon. But with easily affordable web design tools like Sketch, Gimp, iPhoto and Balsamiq Mockups, a starting web designer can still have a fighting chance without spending a small fortune (or having to buy a pirated or student copy of ACS).
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Haikyu asked, “Does the Buddha save living creatures or not?”
Obaku replied, “In actual fact, there are no living creatures for the Buddha to save.
There is no ‘I’, thus there is no ‘not-I’ (other).
Neither Buddha nor living creatures exist.”
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Just a quick update to let you know that my six-month immersion in web des/dev and WordPress theming education is nearing its end and I should get back to posting a bit more regularly come July. I’ve really enjoyed my time at Treehouse and will continue to study there part-time as the summer and fall progress. I would highly recommend it to folks of all ages looking for a fresh start in a web design, app design or coding-related career track. (If you click on their ad in the sidebar you can get 50% off your first month.)
Some of the Treehouse modules I’ve been studying…
That also means I’ll be able to re-visit a few of my sites and start re-designing them for some better UX, and start building WordPress themes from scratch. Woo hoo!
In other developments, I’ve landed a summer position assisting Firedoglake reporter Kevin Gosztola and the staff at FDL, where I hope to put to good use some of my newfound WordPress and design skills, helping them as an archivist, reporter’s assistant and generally pitching in with any help needed on their website.
And on 6/24 I get to fulfill a decades-old wish to see the guitarist Mick Taylor play a few numbers with his old band (a British blues-rock outfit you may have heard of). That’ll be really exciting because listening to Taylor’s records/cd’s was how I learned to play slide guitar.
So there’s a lot of neat stuff to look forward to over the summer, and I thank any returning readers for their patience during the last few months when our content output kinda slowed to a drip.
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“To a Buddhist there is no far or near,
no enemy or foreigner, no renegade or untouchable,
since universal love realized through understanding
has established the brotherhood of all living beings.
A real Buddhist is a citizen of the world;
regarding the whole world as his motherland
and all as his brothers and sisters.”
-Ven. Narada in his work Buddhism in a Nutshell
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While I’m still in shock that we have at least two senators that actually ‘get it’, it’s still depressing that we have more than seventy (I’m simply being kind) who don’t. Throw in several generations of industry insiders taking over regulatory roles, embedded corporatists throughout our judicial system, news agencies and government, and it’s a wonder that government hearings on accountability even happen.