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World War II Memorial

Back in 2013 I had the chance to visit the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC. I took the opportunity to highlight the parts of the memorial that were associated with my dad’s service in the Navy.

They have a kiosk where you can look up someone’s service information. My dad entered his own.

Charles J. Maszerowski

He served in the Pacific Theater for most of the war.

Pacific

Guadalcanal was the battle that resulted in his ship, USS Wasp CV-7, being sunk. He was one of many who survived.

Guadalcanal

Thanks to the efforts of the Navy, Marines and our allies we achieved a hard-fought victory. This memorial assures that they are not forgotten.

Victory At Sea

Movember 2016

As I have been doing every November since 2013 I’m participating in Movember, growing a moustache to raise money for men’s health. If you’d like to contribute go to http://mobro.co/tommaszerowski.

My dad was still alive when I started in 2013 but was still in the hospital. He would bounce from there to a rehab center and back again until finally passing in January of 2014. Although he was 92, his death came earlier than it should have because he delayed in getting the proper care. If I can get even one guy to go to the doctor when something initially seems wrong I will have considered this a success.

My approach this year is a little different than what I’ve done in the past. I’ve seen criticism of Movember as just a stunt to get yourself attention and that bothered me. I don’t like attention and I really have to force myself to do Movember and communicate on a regular basis. Nevertheless what I’m posting is mostly about health issues and I’m cutting back on the selfies to keep the focus on what it should be on.

What Are You Doing New Years Eve?

A slight departure from my usual for the holidays, this Frank Loesser standard is all about New Years Eve. Backing tracks (as usual) by Band In A Box. I’m playing my Heritage H-575 direct into GarageBand.

Working on this led to some unintentional Dad joking, by the way. Twice when I was asked what I was recording I replied “What are you doing New Years Eve?” and both times it was assumed I was actually asking that question!

Don’t read this (you’ve been warned)

I don’t talk about it much here, if at all, but I play guitar. I’ve been studying (jazz and blues) with Steve Greene, local guitarist and teacher, since 1994. But I haven’t really been playing with others much. I have a serious stage fright (not just with music) so that limits me quite a bit. Plus I don’t really know if I’m good enough. Oh, and on top of that I’m not really in a position in my life where I can commit to being in a band. Not to mention I don’t know a lot of songs by heart but I can read music and lead sheets. But I like a lot of different genres centered around American Roots music, so there’s that.

So, if you’re not totally put off by all of that and just want to jam (at least for now), give me a shout. Or don’t. I totally understand that. My BandMix profile is linked below.

www.bandmix.com

Why I left Flickr for 500px

This is one of the answers to questions no one has asked but I imagine someone would if I had readers.

I’ve been a member of Flickr since 2004 and I have over 6700 photos there. But this year I made the decision to switch photo hosting over to 500px. It wasn’t something I did lightly.

A number of my photos are linked to by other websites (though I haven’t recently checked to see if those links still exist) so by dropping my Flickr Pro membership it’s likely those links will go 404. It’s a chance I’m willing to take. I’m still keeping my Flickr account so the photos aren’t going away totally and I can always convert back to Pro if I want.

So why the change? It’s mostly about presentation. Flickr has been through a lot over the years. It was one of the few photo hosting/sharing sites early on and had a certain cachet as a result. But nothing lasts forever.

When Flickr started it had almost no competition and could do whatever it wanted. But that didn’t last. Making things worse was its acquisition by Yahoo. After an early flurry of activity due to the integration of Yahoo photos and profiles, Flickr was left alone. This stagnation made it easier for the competition to catchup and eventually pass Flickr. Like so many early market leaders it became an als0-ran in a market it essentially created.

Eventually, though, Yahoo woke up and realized they needed to do something about Flickr. What followed was a seemingly never-ending stream of changes. Every time you logged into Flickr the interface was different, features added or removed, and so on. This sort of thing is tolerable in a startup but felt out of place on a mature site like Flickr.

It got me to thinking about what I really wanted to do with my photos. Despite my half-hearted aspirations, I am not nor will I ever be a professional. Nevertheless, I would like to showcase my photos with some style. Flickr couldn’t make up its mind whether it wanted to be a photo site or a social media platform. Both are valid choices, but I was looking more towards the former. I just spewed photos at Flickr, without much thought about quality. That was fine, I guess, but I’m no longer of the opinion that’s what I want to do.

I want better presentation now more than I want quantity. For instance, compare a photo on 500px with a photo on Flickr (Flickr is down right now, which says more than I can about their service). I will never post as many photos on 500px but that’s not the point; the ones I do post will be what I consider my best.

There are many other choices out there, this is mine. It may be for you as well or may not be. Find the one you like, the one that does what you want the best, and have fun.