Check out these fantastic sights captured by Google Earth. What you see below are satellite images that resemble letters, numbers and symbols which have all been compiled for your viewing enjoyment. :-) I love that some folks have so much time on their hands. Amazing. Learn more HERE.
Madonna's ex Tony Ward is featured in Wrangler's Spring 2010 campaign. He is looking better than ever in these new ads. However, it's not the shots featured here that I found to be so incredible but rather the microsite they have set up for the new line. It's a fully interactive flash-based site that is fun to play around with. I'm such a fan of brands that do fantastic digital work. Check it out when you have a moment. It's pretty fun.
Today, September 11th, is my Dad's birthday. I'm such a huge fan of my Dad. I'm named after my Dad and he is a man that I look up to immensely. My
father is still such a rock for my family. He may come off rugged and quiet but he is one of the most sweet, caring and joyful people that I have in my
life. All of my Dad's actions come from his heart. He is not a man of pretension. If you treat him well, he will treat you well. His manner is very simple
and that it was why I've learned so much from him. So many people I've witnessed in my life thrive off of drama. To see someone so completely disconnected
from that trend can teach you a great deal. Dad - Happy Birthday. My wish for you is that this year is filled with more health, love, friends, family and
good times than you know what to do with. I love you.
Today is also a day that has become a day of remembrance. The attack on our soil was one that drove a stake in to the heart of our country. Having been in
New York during and after 9/11, I have seen a city that has grown and risen from such deep wrenching fear and loss and become a more cohesive place. I know I
will never truly get over the feeling of that day. The madness, the panic, the unsureness and the absolute feeling of helplessness is something that you
cannot shake. Each year I think different things about the events of that day and how it has shaped me, my friends, my city, my country. I look at how the
events that took place on that morning brought out the best in this country and sadly the worst. I saw the heroic and the willful in my fellow New Yorkers
as they risked their health to work at Ground Zero directly following the attacks and then we saw our own politicians use the terror warnings in the years to
follow as a voting tools. There is so much good that came out of that day in regards to our recovery and then so much negativity that still lingers 8 years
later. That day's events crushed families, broke spirits, confused our faith and at the same time it inspired hope, taught perseverance and strength and
brought a Nation together for a moment. As Friedrich Nietzsche said "What doesn't kill us makes us stronger." He couldn't have been more right.
Lastly, today is an important day to me because it is the 3rd birthday of this here blog! Dashusland is three! I began writing Dashusland on September 11th 2006. I had just
gotten home from a fabulous week in Rehoboth Beach and I wanted to create some sort of artistic and cathartic outlet for myself. I love music and poetry and
fashion and photography and art and I wanted a place where I could just document the things in my life that caught my eye. This blog has become some what of
a living online journal of mine. This post will be my 1,507th post that I have written on this site since that first day. As this blog took off and I really found my home here, I made a promise to myself (and
to you) on January 1st 2007 that I'd post at least one thing daily and I haven't missed a day yet. Whew! I look back at my HAHAHA posts that are filled with some funny videos, quotes, and photos that have caught my eye and I
still laugh. I love my posts on ART, or the photos that I have snapped with my Blackberry and now with my iPhone
that are part of my DASHUS:MOBILE series. I love my Quote related posts in my YOU CAN QUOTE ME ON THAT series featuring quotes and sayings that I found interesting or inspiring or provocative. I'm also enjoying the new set of photos that I'm calling UP FROM DOWN which is my vantage point on the city I live in looking up at all the skyscrapers that I
adore. This blog is fun for me and I hope that you find it fun sometimes, too. I really enjoy writing it and keeping it current. The things I feature here
are just things that I dig. Dashusland is my lil' outlet and my communication with you. I hope that you'll continue to visit me here. Please continue to
comment on the site and to send me things that you think I'd find interesting. I LOVE that. Here is to 3 more super duper years of Dashus goodness. I promise ya. xox.
I'm always trying to find amazing photographers to feature on my site. I've written numerous times about Joe Holmes, and I was thrilled to find another artist that I was equally as excited about. They share similar qualities so I understand my interest immediately. The artist's name is Sam Javanrouh who was born in Iran but now lives and works in Toronto. Sam's photo project is called daily dose of imagery. Sam says on his site that it's "a simple view of my day to day visual experience, or my personal photoblog." He goes on to say that he posts daily to his site which is fabulous. I went through hundreds of the photos he took and snagged a few of them to share with you. Sam's photos are from across the globe. They capture people and places and faces that span across vast geography. His site can be found HERE. I've linked you straight to his archives which feature more photos than I could count. They are touching, bright, exciting and fresh. Check it out now. xox.
September 11th has always been an important day for me. My father was born on this day and that means everything to me. I'm named after my Dad. I'm a Junior. I adore my Dad. My Dad who is recently retired is suuuuuuuch a character. My Dad is a little bit country. He's a bit of an old school athlete turned avid golfer. My Dad is a constant comedian. My Dad is a person that people in my family have always looked to for support. My Dad is simply, above all else, an amazing man. I strive to be as good and honest of a person as he is. Love. Him. Everyday. DSJ.
Another huge reason that September 11th is such an important day is the tragic events that took place 7 years ago. I wrote about that day very briefly last year on 9/11 and I still choose to only speak about it that way. Having been in New York City
when this happened, it's still quite mind blowing to me. There was a
sense of fear and of uncertainty and panic that I will never ever want
to relive again. The terror that was inflicted upon folks that day was
real. It sticks. It stings. Still. Nine Eleven. Many stories fell. Many stories grow.
The final reason that I look at September 11th like no other day is that my very first post was on Dashusland 2 years ago today. I have been writing this blog for the past 2 years and since January of 2007, it has been every single day. I haven't missed a day since January 1st 2007 and I'm loving every minute. This site is a creative release for me. It's a dialog with some of my friends and it's an introduction to folks that I've never met. I get comments from folks across the globe with opinions on things I've written about. I have people sending email to say that they love a certain something they've seen or to introduce me to something they thought was fantastic. I get so much back from writing this that I promise I'll be here to share a 3rd year of Dashusland with you. As of today, this will be the 965th post that I have done on this site. I've featured things about me, my friends, music, NYC, art, Madonna, fashion, photography, poetry, things that made me laugh - just simple things that caught my eye. I hope you have enjoyed even just a few posts. This is my online representation of things that influenced who I am, what I dig, what I loathe and what keeps me moving. Hang with me another year. It'll be groovy. Promise.