Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Bloggerstock: The story of what is on your desk.
Before I really get into this post I just want to give another big thanks to Toya, one of the Bloggerstock Founders, for designing some really cool graphics for us, like the banner above!
The timing for this month's installment of Bloggerstock is actually quite good. Most of the year I don't really have a desk that I call my own. Now that I have actually put that into words, I realized that it isn't quite the case. I tend to forget that I have a nice big desk in my office that collects a lot of junk. However, I was referring to the fact that while I am at camp for the summer, I actually have a desk in my cabin that I use all the time (it tends to collect a lot of junk as well). The real question that just came to me though is, which is more interesting or should i just write about both? We shall see I suppose.
At home I don't really have a desk. My "desk" is often the ottoman in the living-room. We have a room that we sometimes use as an office area, but the desk in there tends to collect so much stuff that you can't really work at it all the time. In the summer though, as I said, I do have a desk. I actually like this desk, I am sitting at it right now as I write this post (go figure). Since it is summer camp it is a very rough kind of desk, just built into the wall, but it serves it's purpose very well. It has even kept some of my things from year to year. Come to think of it, the fact that some things that I didn't even realize I had left here were still in my desk when I got back to camp this summer is pretty impressive.
Probably the first thing that I did this summer upon arriving at my cabin was set up my desk. I don't think that I even had unpacked my bags when I started unpacking my desk! As a total tech geek, photographer, video guy, et-al, I have quite the collection of computer and camera equipment that resides on my desk. As it looks at the moment, I have five hard drives, two optical drives, a couple spindles of various recordable media, multiple battery chargers for different batteries, some video cameras and lots of other miscellaneous stuff. Wanna see it?
So, that there is my desk as it currently looks. As with all of my desk areas, a slight bit of a disaster, but it is home. Up on the wall to the left is my daily schedule. I am one of the lucky people to have two, one for each camp. I actually forgot about the little TV that is sitting under my desk until I took this photo! I suppose it is appropriate for me to have a TV, though I never use it.
One of the things that you can't really see in the photo is a stack of old photos under my hat. Those photos, along with some big tubs full of more, are probably the most interesting things on my desk. This camp dates back to the 1920's and there are actually photo records that go back almost to the beginning. I think it is really cool to see all the photos of what camp was like over the years. There are some places in camp that have not changed since day one while there are others that look completely different. Looking at what kids and staff were wearing and what they wear now, so interesting.
We are trying to actually start to scan these images this year so that they can be preserved for ever. While most of the prints have stood the test of time very well, no one actually gets to see them since they sit in big tubs in a closet in camp. Once digitized we can share them with the greater camp community online so current campers, staff, and alumni can see them. It is a huge and daunting project, but we will get there.
So that is my desk in a nutshell. It is kind of the center-point of my life at camp as I pull in all the videos that we make and edit them and get them up on the web.
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Posted by YoungUrbanAmateur at 6/30/2010 03:29:00 AM