Snapshot

About once a week activity

Without actually photographing yourself, document your identity in photos. Take pictures of your clothes, personal objects, people you associate with, and/or the places you visit-- anything that you think represents your identity. Post one or two photos a week to the "Snapshot" Buzz blog.

Feel free to reply to comments, ask questions, or share your thoughts about other participants' snapshots.

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Peter K's picture
Peter K says:

Its a fermented soy...cake? You can slice it up for sandwiches or stir-fries. One of my favorite versions was mashed up and made into fake crab cakes.

I looked it up on wikipedia, and apparently there are a lot of varieties. More than the soy with flax seed or the couple of other varieties at your local co-op.

posted on Fri, 11/18/2011 - 10:41am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

awww thata sosweet sike i dont kno wut i am tslkin about

posted on Fri, 11/18/2011 - 1:53pm
maiken's picture
maiken says:

Color Theory with Paint Chips
Color Theory with Paint ChipsCourtesy me

This is oddly meticulous for me but I really enjoy Joseph Albers' work and color theory so I did this exercise with my 3rd grade class a few years ago then framed it.

posted on Fri, 11/18/2011 - 2:16pm
SNAFU's picture
SNAFU says:

I'm creative. I like making things. This is a appetizer tray I made out of a wine bottle, wire ad beads. art
artCourtesy me

posted on Mon, 11/21/2011 - 5:11pm
SNAFU's picture
SNAFU says:

family cabin and the BWCA
family cabin and the BWCACourtesy me
I enjoy the Boundary Waters Canoe Area very much. I have fond memories of family vacations there every summer. When I turned 18, we bought a cabin near there so now I love it even more. It's so magical.

posted on Mon, 11/21/2011 - 5:18pm
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maiken says:

SNAFU, I've never been to the Boundary Waters. Please tell me more about what makes it so magical.

posted on Tue, 11/22/2011 - 5:32pm
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SNAFU says:

It's in Northern MN right at the boarder to Canada. It's a BIG vast wilderness that is so breathtakingly beautiful and protected. There are many different animals that live together in harmony. It's rich in history with many stories to tell. People who come together there are from everywhere and different backgrounds/beliefs and several other factors that would make it hard to get along but everyone likes one another. It's peaceful. Relaxing. Breathtakingly picturesque.

posted on Wed, 11/30/2011 - 11:12pm
Gene's picture
Gene says:

I am a guitar player. I would not call myself a musician.

It's a lefty guitar: even though I am right-handed.
It's a lefty guitar: even though I am right-handed.Courtesy Eugene Dillenburg

posted on Tue, 11/22/2011 - 3:05pm
maiken's picture
maiken says:

Gene, are you ambidextrous?

posted on Tue, 11/22/2011 - 5:38pm
Gene's picture
Gene says:

No, just stubborn. ;-) When playing guitar, you're supposed to use your right hand to strum or pick, and your left hand to hold down the strings on the fretboard (neck). This has always struck me as backwards: pressing down on strings is a lot harder work than simply strumming; logically, you should use your dominant hand for the more strenuous task. So, despite everybody telling me I was wrong, I bought a cheap lefty guitar (not the one above--that's actually a halfway decent model), taught myself a few chords, and eventually signed up for classes. There, I learned a few things:

1) You don't just strum -- you have to strum in different patterns, play individual strings, and do complicated finger-picking, all of which is more difficult with your weaker hand.

2) I lied. It was actually pretty easy to pick up. (Except for playing individual strings with a pick. I cannot play a lead line to save my life.)

3) Using my stronger hand on the fret board really did make it easier, especially when we got to barre chords.

4) My teachers had a very hard time giving me instruction, because I was holding the guitar backwards from there perspective.

5) From my perspective, instruction was much easier. When my teacher and I faced each other, they were simply a mirror image. It was very easy for me to follow what they wanted me to do. I have a much harder time following a fellow lefty player.

posted on Mon, 11/28/2011 - 9:48pm
Gene's picture
Gene says:

I am a libertarian.The hat comes from The Henry Ford Museum's exhibit, "With Liberty and Justice for All": As you might imagine, they are very popular at Michigan area Tea Party gatherings.
The hat comes from The Henry Ford Museum's exhibit, "With Liberty and Justice for All": As you might imagine, they are very popular at Michigan area Tea Party gatherings.Courtesy Eugene Dillenburg

posted on Tue, 11/22/2011 - 3:08pm
maiken's picture
maiken says:

Gene, did you get a lot of Tea Party trick-or-treaters this year?

posted on Tue, 11/22/2011 - 5:33pm
Gene's picture
Gene says:

No. I don't recall ever seeing a political costume on a trick-or-treater -- that's more of a party thing. But we did have a huge increase in visitors -- almost double previous years. (Good thing I buy extra candy!) A lot of dark angel / black fairy costumes. And several kids who said they were "an '80s person," which apparently boils down to wearing ripped jeans.

posted on Mon, 11/28/2011 - 9:38pm
Gene's picture
Gene says:

I am essentially a 10-year-old boy who never outgrew his love of dinosaurs.

Dino collection
Dino collectionCourtesy Eugene Dillenburg

posted on Tue, 11/22/2011 - 3:10pm
maiken's picture
maiken says:

A Battle to the Death, Frozen in Time
A Battle to the Death, Frozen in TimeCourtesy me

Me too Gene, except I never actually was a 10 year old boy!

posted on Tue, 11/22/2011 - 5:37pm
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Mark R Trost says:

Left In Pieces: 
$620 shoes cost so little when one sits and stares at the prosthetic limbs while waiting to pay.
I'm a diabetic.  I've lost two toes to the disease.  I wrote this piece about the first time I had to buy orthotic shoes.  
Each: Left In Pieces 
He shifted his shoes as he launched his hip to his left. His lips were pursed as he pulled his palm from his back pocket. Although pain pinched his toes, he wouldn't pinch his pennies. He couldn't afford to reinjure his feet. Diabetes demanded his diligence. "They feel pretty comfortable." He offered his check card to the clerk. "How much are they?" 
"$265 each." She slotted his card. 
"Each?" He fashioned his face into a façade. He had to ensure that his feet were protected; his pockets paid the punishment of their price. He was uninsured but he was determined to toe the line. He had lost two toes. He'd be Goddamned if he'd lose a foot. He checked his emotions. His nerves were raw as he hid his card in his wallet. He slipped the wallet into the seat of his trousers. His legs were safe for now. 
"Some people only need one shoe," she softly apologized. 
He lifted the shoebox from the counter before he grasped the weight of her words. Her whispered words had shattered his soul. He felt both of his soles in both of his shoes. His two legs echoed his lips. The quartet trembled in recognition. "Thank you," he seeped. "I'm grateful I need to buy two." 
Diabetes may have waged a war but he'd take a stand. He refused to be defeated.
Left In Pieces:

$620 shoes cost so little when one sits and stares at the prosthetic limbs while waiting to pay.

I'm a diabetic. I've lost two toes to the disease. I wrote this piece about the first time I had to buy orthotic shoes.

Each: Left In Pieces

He shifted his shoes as he launched his hip to his left. His lips were pursed as he pulled his palm from his back pocket. Although pain pinched his toes, he wouldn't pinch his pennies. He couldn't afford to reinjure his feet. Diabetes demanded his diligence. "They feel pretty comfortable." He offered his check card to the clerk. "How much are they?"

"$265 each." She slotted his card.

"Each?" He fashioned his face into a façade. He had to ensure that his feet were protected; his pockets paid the punishment of their price. He was uninsured but he was determined to toe the line. He had lost two toes. He'd be Goddamned if he'd lose a foot. He checked his emotions. His nerves were raw as he hid his card in his wallet. He slipped the wallet into the seat of his trousers. His legs were safe for now.

"Some people only need one shoe," she softly apologized.

He lifted the shoebox from the counter before he grasped the weight of her words. Her whispered words had shattered his soul. He felt both of his soles in both of his shoes. His two legs echoed his lips. The quartet trembled in recognition. "Thank you," he seeped. "I'm grateful I need to buy two."

Diabetes may have waged a war but he'd take a stand. He refused to be defeated.
Courtesy Mark R. Trost

posted on Wed, 11/23/2011 - 10:14am
maiken's picture
maiken says:

Mark, diabetes is quickly becoming one of my newest fears. Several people in my family have it or have had it. All of it has been late onset.
Is that what yours is?

My cat just got diagnosed a year ago.
This is a stupid question but is it contagious?

posted on Sun, 11/27/2011 - 12:41am
Gene's picture
Gene says:

Nope.

posted on Mon, 11/28/2011 - 9:50pm
SNAFU's picture
SNAFU says:

I find history truly fascinating! I always have. I love museums--The International Spy Museum, the Tenement Museum, any old historic house, the Quebec Archeology museum and the Science Museum are among my favorites--and learning about the past. Currently, I'm researching more about my family history. This is one of many old photographs I have to yet discover who it is on my family tree. history is nifty
history is niftyCourtesy me

posted on Wed, 11/30/2011 - 11:24pm

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