The Bridge Blog A dialog about our new bridge and these web pages
Overview. As a pointy-headed
university professor, my weekend project of bridge photography and
building these web pages generated many questions and introduced me
to just-in-time learning. I enjoy chasing my curiosity and
want to identify ways to encourage younger learners to also enjoy curiosity
chasing and learning.
Learning usually requires repetition while forgetting occurs when
I infrequently use information. Many young learners do not understand
the importance of repetition. Weekly visits to the bridge provided
the repetition necessary to detect changes in the bridge and
many questions and opportunities for learning. Over the course of the
bridge project, I had access to few experts for answering questions.
Rather than a liability, this became an asset and pushed me to improve
my search skills with Google. Soon, I found that answers
to questions encountered during my weekly photo shoots were often
only a Google-search away -
Restoring the Joy in Learning). Consequently Google + Internet became
dependable extensions of my memory.
Vince Streano convinced me that I should take my serious photos using
RAW image formats instead of jpg - due to small artifacts introduced
by the data compression process. For most of my academic work, open source
tools meet 80 - 90% of my needs. This morning I took a photo of the
Ravenel Bridge just to test the idea - in both RAW and high resolution
UFRaw is a
GIMP plugin that facilitates
processing Nikon raw formats without having to install Nikon software.
Here is an early morning photo of the Ravenel Bridge with the Pearman
and Grace Bridges in the background