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PopTech 2010: Geeks at the Opera - 83

PopTech 2010: Geeks at the Opera - 83
Made by Ed Yourdon
Note: this photo was published in an undated (mid-Nov 2010) iinetbrush-dot-com blog about Powerbook computers, with the same title and detailed notes as what I had written here on this Flickr page. *************************************** For approximately the 7th time since 2001, I attended the annual Pop!Tech conference in Camden, Maine; it's always held in October, and this year it took place on Oct 21-23. People often ask me what Pop!Tech is all about, and the simple answer is that it deals with the interaction between technology and society -- most often in the form of lectures and presentations about the innovative ways that people around the world are using today's technology to make a positive impact on a wide range of social problems. But rather than depending on my summary of what it's all about, I recommend that you visit the Pop!Tech web site for more information. As I did last year, I photographed almost every Powerpoint slide presented by each of the speakers throughout the conference. Combined with the photos that I took of conference attendees, as well as a couple musical presentations and miscellaneous odds and ends that resulted in some 2,000 images over the course of three day conference -- which I've separated into different sets, and will upload in bits and pieces over the next week or two. I decided to separate the photos of attendees from the straightforward photos of speakers and their Powerpoint slides; the speaker/presentation slides, and photos of the speakers themselves, will appear in separate Flickr sets. This set contains about 50 images of attendees at the conference, and it will give you a good sense of the kind of people who invest their time and money to trek all the way to Camden, Maine to sit on uncomfortable seats for three days indulging in a sensory overload of materials from dozens of impassioned speakers. The attendees are from all over the U.S., and from several other countries too; they include both young and old; men and women; students and professors; academics and practitioners. Aside from the energy, enthusiasm, and commitment to social change (with or without technology), the other thing that is obviously shared among all of these attendees is the gadgetry they use to stay in touch with the world. You'll see an overwhelming predominance of Mac laptops in these photos; and you'll also see a lot of iPads (which did not exist in last year's conference,) iPhones, and other smart phones. Keep in mind that people were generally not chatting on their phones during these presentations; instead, they were using their smart-phones to email, Twitter, IM, and browse the Web. A couple of technical notes: I used a Nikon D700 for all of these photos, mostly with a 70-300mm zoom lens. I sat in the balcony section of the Camden Opera House, where the conference took place, so I was primarily photographing other people in the balcony section. An equally large number of attendees were seated on the main floor of the building, but I didn't see much point in photographing the tops of their heads. Because I could increase the ISO setting on the camera all the way up to 25,600, I was able to get reasonably good images without a flash. The lights were turned on while I was photographing, but it was fairly dim in some areas; I did my best to compensate with an appropriate white balance setting on the camera.

Picnic

Picnic
Made by NatashaRuz
This picture was taken during the two or three hour window where we had sunlight the whole time we were gone! Mt. Battie overlooks the Camden harbour and the views are spectacular. Our day to get to Mt. Battie was last Monday. 9am-trip 1 = Cloudy in town. Got there and it was so damn foggy we couldn't see two feet in front of us. 1pm - trip 2 = Sunny in town. Got up to the top, and the fog was still thick. Couldn't see 10 feet in front of us. 4pm - trip 3 = Sunny in town. Gloriously sunny on top of Mt. Battie. I'm psyched and turn to the back of the car to get my camera......it's not there. It's at the hotel room. Words can't convey how pissed off I was. I mean truly pissed off. I stomped my feet, I cursed, I 'grrrrrrred', I pouted..... We got back in the car, and my much adored husband says Honey, let's go to the hotel, get the camera and come back. You still have plenty of light.. 4:30pm - Trip 4. Success! These girls were having a picnic overlooking the bay. I thought they were having soup, but as it turns out, they were enjoying bowls of cereal and milk. :)

Camden, ME

Camden, ME
Made by DClemm
What lips my lips have kissed, and where, and why (Sonnet XLIII) by Edna St. Vincent Millay What lips my lips have kissed, and where, and why, I have forgotten, and what arms have lain Under my head till morning; but the rain Is full of ghosts tonight, that tap and sigh Upon the glass and listen for reply, And in my heart there stirs a quiet pain For unremembered lads that not again Will turn to me at midnight with a cry. Thus in winter stands the lonely tree, Nor knows what birds have vanished one by one, Yet knows its boughs more silent than before: I cannot say what loves have come and gone, I only know that summer sang in me A little while, that in me sings no more.

Zeke' Lookout Summit 5-04

Zeke' Lookout Summit 5-04
Made by InAweofGod'sCreation
Camden Hills State Park is located in the Megunticook Mountain Range on the shore of Penobscot Bay. Recognizing the special features of this area, the National Park Service acquired nearly 5,000 acres of this range in the 1930's. In cooperation with the Civilian Conservation Corps, the Park Service built the Camden Hills Recreation Development Area during the late 1930's and early 1940's. Since 1947, the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands has administered the area now known as Camden Hills State Park, one of Maine's most popular parks. travel.yahoo.com/p-parks-217011-camden_hills_state_park-i

What You Did To Me When I Was 16

What You Did To Me When I Was 16
Made by Ed Yourdon
PopTech Day Three, Oct 2008 - 089 This is one of the typical secrets posted on the PostSecret website, as discussed by Frank Warren during his presentation at PopTech, on the third day of the conference. Note: this photo was published in Jun 2009 as one of several postsecret examples published in a group by Flickr Hive Mind.

summer twilight

summer twilight
Made by Farl
Some seventeen summers ago, a good friend invited me on a boat trip in Camden and since then, I have an affection to its scenic coast. Over the years, complaints have been widespread that the old-fashioned quaint village has been transformed into a commercial haven serving the vacationers and its public landing more like a marina for the moneyed jetsetters for their yachts, schooners and boats. Notwithstanding the changes, Camden should still capture anyone’s imagination... imagine Camden in colloidfarl.blogspot.com/

Pop!Tech 2008, Day 2 - 014

Pop!Tech 2008, Day 2 - 014
Made by Ed Yourdon
While the majority of conference attendees congregated in the 2nd-floor theater to hear the presentations, a smaller group stayed in a viewing room on the 3rd floor, where they could watch the presentation on a large, flat-screen TV, while keeping their laptop computers plugged in.... It was enough to put at least a few people to sleep, like Adele here ... Note: this photo was published in a Sep 7, 2011 blog titled How to become a sleep tech in California?

water rush

water rush
Made by Farl
Maine is so pristine that scenes like this are aplenty. Brooks and streams abundantly cascade into the welcoming ocean and frequently as wild as this one in Camden. One thing I miss most in Maine, especially in mid-coast, is the taste of cold crisp water. Not bottled, but straight from the tap. at the public harbor, Camden, Maine, the US imagine Camden in colloidfarl.blogspot.com/

docked

docked
Made by Farl
Camden is a marine playground. Speckled with boats of various sizes and makes, the harbor plays host to tourists and locals who enjoy the benevolent weather Maine offers during summer. Camden is a picturesque and vibrant town that speaks of fun, adventure, and yes, money. the public harbor at Camden, Maine, the US imagine Camden in colloidfarl.blogspot.com/

falling

falling
Made by Farl
The stream gushing into the harbor of Camden is one of its most picturesque sights. Straddled by shops and restaurants, the waters provide a treat to the eyes. Imagine shopping or dining in one of those boutiques stores. No wonder Camden is overrun by tourists all year round. Camden, Maine, the US imagine Camden in colloidfarl.blogspot.com/

Curtis in a Fog

Curtis in a Fog
Made by NatashaRuz
We're back...... Wonderful trip home, albeit a wet one. We had a cloud that followed us the whole time we were there (except for a blessed 2 or 3 hours on Monday afternoon) and it rained, or poured, the whole time we were there. Despite the uncooperative weather, Paul and I had a wonderful time with family and hanging out in my old haunts. This is a view from Camden Harbor out towards Curtis Island. More to come in the next few days. :)

Curtis Island Light, Camden, Maine

Curtis Island Light, Camden, Maine
Made by BILL914
Built in 1838, rebuilt 1896, 25 feet high. Off Rte 1 take a right onto Bayview in traveling North. Follow Bayview pretty straight but will bear left after Beacon Ave. Start looking to the Left thru the many shoreside houses. I parked in a gravel drive and shot the lighthouse through the upright yews. A perfect peep hole when I moved the no trespassing sign aside. I didn't have to go beyond the yews, reset the sign and left. .

Summit Turret - Mt. Battie, Maine

Summit Turret - Mt. Battie, Maine
Made by thewoodenshoes
The summit at Mount Battie offers 360 views of the mountains, islands and rocky coastline. Some of the sites, just to name a few, are Blue Hill, Isle Au Haut, the mountains of Acadia National Park and Monhegan Island. You can easily spend the day investigating all the rock formations, flora, birding, hiking and of course gazing at the gorgeous scenery. This is located just outside Camden Maine in Camden Hills State Park.

Imogen Heap at PopTech

Imogen Heap at PopTech
Made by Ed Yourdon
PopTech Day Three, Oct 2008 - 098 This is Imogen Heap, who appeared with Amos Lee and Rufus Cappodocia for a final musical number at the end of Day 3 of PopTech 2008. Note: this photo was published as an illustration in an undated (Oct 2009) Mahalo blog titled Imogen Heap.

Big finish at PopTech

Big finish at PopTech
Made by juhansonin
I had mixed feelings about this big band exit of the conference. My stomach turned at the idea that we're whitewashing the conversation with a great band performance. Hey everyone! Get all pumped up listening and performing with this fun band... forget about all the serious shit that went down in the last 3 days! Fantastic performance though. Fun as hell. Just made my stomach ache.

Norumbega- Camden ME

Norumbega- Camden ME
Made by kevystew
nrhp # 74000174- This historic architectural landmark sits atop a rise overlooking Penobscot Bay in the beautiful coastal town of Camden, Maine. Norumbega’s unique Victorian characteristics have attained it as the most photographed structure on the coast of Maine. Built in 1886, a castle of stone and wood nestled into a four-acre slope of Mt. Battie. from norumbegainn.com

Children's Garden

Children's Garden
Made by a_phoenix_rain
Near the entrance to the Public Library in Camden, there is a Children's Garden. It has a semi-circle bench, held up by stone library books. It's the coolest children's garden I've ever seen. Being in Camden, I of couse had to make sure that I got a shot of the spine of Edna St. Vincent Millay's collection of poems for children.

Rudolph

Rudolph
Made by Farl
Rudolph is probably trying to make up his mind whether to pass or not. He wanna be good. But one cannot follow all the rules sometimes. Let's grant him exception. He has a sleigh ride to catch. Camden, Maine, the US more pics and journeys in colloidfarl.blogspot.com/

public landing

public landing
Made by Farl
in daytime during summer, this marina is overrun by tourists, but this morning at 6AM, it is deserted, lonely even Camden, Maine, USA imagine Camden in colloidfarl.blogspot.com/

Ocean View from Mt. Megunticook

Ocean View from Mt. Megunticook
Made by Shutter Wag
On Labor Day weekend, I took a trip to Maine. Saturday, I climbed Mt. Megunticook in the Camden Hills State Park. As you can see, the mountain overlooks Camden Harbor and the Gulf of Maine. The day was perfect for photography, and I took most of the shots using a polarizing filter on my S3 IS.



Nearest places of interest:

Northeast Point
Sherman Cove
Laselle Island
Goosed Island Rocks
  Linconville
Ducktrap Harbor
Camden Hills State Park
Megunticook River

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