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Looking back on 2013

Facebook and Google+ bots each took a stab at defining my year in pictures and posts. Though they identified what got my friends and circles talking, they missed a lot of the good stuff. So I thought I’d give it a try.

Claudia graduates HS and heads to college

We knew going in that 2013 was going to be The Year of Claudia the way 2011 was The Year of Frank. The acceptance letters, scholarship offers, and awards came in fast and furious.

Claudia graduates

Frank wins MAC Athlete of the Week… Twice

It was hard to imagine Frank would top his Most Valuable Player award, but he found a way. A few sweeps of all his events got the conference’s attention.

Frank swimming

Claudia gets her own MVP

Since Claudia isn’t swimming in college, the MVP award for her undefeated swim team was a great way to end her athletic career.

Claudia and mom with awards

Willie comes to live with us

With Claudia heading off to college, she worried her beloved corgi Carson would be lonely. After much cajoling, we convinced mom to get Carson a companion. Meet Willie. Every bit as sweet as he looks.

Willie

I got to go to the All Star Game

For Father’s Day Frank bought us tickets to the All Star Game at Citi Field. It was an incredible day from the parade to the final pitch. Just awesome.

All_Star_Game

Where everybody knows your name

Totally the year of Sapporo for me and She Who Must Be Obeyed. It became our regular after-gym watering hole, and in the process became an ongoing joke with many of our Facebook friends who thought we were there just a little too often. Friends from as far as Montreal came to see what all the fuss was about.

Sapporo

Grumpy Cat

We acknowledge it’s not terribly cool to get fired up over an Internet meme, but Grumpy Cat is the one bit of pop culture She Who Must Be Obeyed and I both love. My love of Grumpy Cat has gotten me Grumpy Cat themed Christmas presents. Once I found this image on my whiteboard upon returning to the office after a trip.

Grumpy_Cat

The Red Sox are World Champions!

And I even got to go to the first game of the postseason. I told everyone at work I was going home sick to catch the afternoon game. Not such a good idea. I got a text message in the middle of the game from a colleague. “Don’t make any stupid faces. You’re on TV… a lot.” Shout out to my friend Nick for taking me to so many games.

Red_Sox

Business travel

Lots of it. Dubai (pictured), Amsterdam (twice), London (three times), Germany, Montreal, LA (lost count), San Jose, NYC (lost count), Las Vegas, and I’m sure I missed a few. I hate airports.

Dubai

Christmas by the Sea

We used to take the kids to this annual event in Camden, Maine nearly every year until high school swim season forced us to stop. This year She Who Must Be Obeyed and I had no high school swim meets, so we made the trip up. Just as great as I remembered it.

Christmas

Administrivia

Going forward I’ll be posting my photograhic work at FrankCapria.com, so this blog can remain focused on media industry and design topics. I’ll continue to tweet when there’s a new photo posted, as well as articles.

Back at it

After a brief hiatus from the working world to convalesce, I’m ready to join the proletariat again. Expect me posting again shortly.

Thanks to all who sent prayers and good thoughts. It’s much appreciated and it made a big difference.

Ratcheting down the hate

Pardon me as I stray from the usual scope of this journal. As much as I try to steer clear of politics and social issues, sometimes it’s impossible. Even after a week of media saturation, I have not become numb to the sickening pain of Tyler Clementi’s death. A kid killed himself because he was outed. Is this 21st century America? A few months ago Phoebe Prince was literally bullied to death.

We are raising a generation of unfeeling, hateful teenagers. We, meaning all of us. Listen to the tone of our debates – the accusations hurled at the other side. Signs at rallies, broadcast nationwide on FOX, CNN, and MSNBC shout “Homosex is sin.” Cries over megaphones that gays are damned to hell. Just look at the anger and hatred in the eyes of the protesters. It’s fair game to dehumanize your opponent.

If our children are listening to people invoking the Bible saying that gays are unworthy of God’s love, and hear “Christian leaders” declaring homosexuality and Christianity cannot peacefully coexist, how can we be surprised when some teens interpret it as carte blanche to attack gays? These sound bites and images are everywhere.

So much of what afflicts our society, while not caused directly by the media is most certainly amplified by it. And it threatens to unravel the greatest political experiment in the history of mankind. The tone of our political discourse sets the tone for our civil and social interactions. I’m neither naive, nor am I ignorant of American history. Since the 1780s, inflammatory speech has been a way of life — the Federalist and the Jeffersonian rants about the other were every bit as over the top, mean-spirited, and libelous as Olbermann’s and Beck’s blatherings. But they weren’t beamed by satellite to every living room, health club, and airport 24/7.

It’s not just gays. The fringes of the pro-life movement have painted targets on the backs of pro-choice doctors. Commentators with audiences in the millions have likened supporters of health care reform to Nazis.

There will always be bigots, hate mongers and crazies, but there will also be decent people to counter them. It’s time for us to stand together and tell those who preach in hateful tones that their behavior is unacceptable, that their choice of words matters. It’s not easy calling friends, family, and colleagues out. It doesn’t feel good. But it has to be done. Kids are dying because of our silence.

New tagline

Since joining a publicly traded company in the media and entertainment space, postings to this blog have dwindled to a trickle. This is not because I have become less opinionated, less interested in the subject matter, or suffer from a two year bout of writer’s block. It’s simply because nearly every topic that fits into the scope of this blog is somehow linked to a partner, vendor, competitor, or customer of Avid.

Though there might be some interest in what a product designer at Avid thinks about his competitors, it would mostly be “car accident” content – not a lot of value, but interesting to read due to the possibility I write something that ends my career or a colleague’s.

I remain arrogant enough to believe I have ideas to share that may be of interest to students and colleagues, and said ramblings might expand beyond the scope of this blog to date. So, as of today this blog’s new mission is to point out stuff of interest to those interested in the intersection of media, business, and technology.

If you enjoy it, share the links. If you don’t, let me know why.

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