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My parents were nerds.
I mean that in the best way, mind you. A house full of classical music and science fiction books can be a good thing for a kid. I've joked that my mother watched "Star Trek" in the delivery room, but for all I know it may be true: my parents were both big fans.
My second grade teacher was extremely surprised that while the rest of the class was still reading books that had a big picture and one sentence on each page, I turned up with a copy of "2001: A Space Odyssey" in my desk. I read my way through the whole science fiction section in the town library, and they'd call me when they got a new book.
Fast-forward to today. I make my living working on a giant worldwide interconnected network of computers. I can pull a shiny plastic box out of my pocket and talk to someone on the other side of the planet any time I like. I have a pocket computer, and a portable supercomputer that talks to me and recognizes my voice. I can cook with radio waves, and GE makes an oven that cooks with light. One of my friends picks out stars like our sun around which other plaetary systems are being discovered. There are genetically altered humans. We have cloned mammals.
Every January I attend the Arisia science fiction convention in Boston. A lot of people think science fiction conventions are a lot of people who dress up funny and talk about fantasy. But you know, with each passing year I see less distinction between the future, and today.
My entire family are avid photographers, and I am no exception to this rule. My father taught me everything I know about the subject, and while I know I'm not the next Stieglitz, I'm immodest enough to think I'm pretty good.
But more importantly, I enjoy it immensely. Digital photography has been a marvelous boon to my hobby, because I can just keep snapping photos and know that it won't cost me a penny more for film developing. My father said the same thing to me when he got his digital camera, but the last time I visited him he was astonished that I was shooting 200 megabytes of photos a day, to his approximately 15 megabytes. I just keep taking pictures until I get what I want.
I also dabble with stereography. This is the process of taking two simultaneous side-by-side photos with lenses separated by the same distance as the separation of the human eyes. When viewed with an appropriate viewer (or by looking at it crosseyed,) the resulting print appears to be 3-D. The effect is really quite startlingly realistic. It's great for outdoor scenes with multiple layers of interest, or for very lifelike portraits. Remember the Viewmaster viewer you no doubt had as a kid? That's the same technique. The technique is actually quite old, and in fact predates photography itself: some painters were actually able to paint stereographic paintings. It was more popular in the 50's, but today it's fairly rare. I was only able to find one manufacturer actually making the cameras, and I was only able to buy one from them directly.
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