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Mountain Film, Podcast / 21.06.2009

[caption id="attachment_302" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Slow Food USA President Josh Viertel"][/caption] If we slow down long enough to think about our food we just might come to realize there’s more to it than filling that nagging void in our bellies. We’re so pressed for time that we fail to think about the nutritional value of what we eat. Racing through the drive-thru window of fast food restaurants we pack faces with hamburgers and tacos loaded with fat, salt and empty carbohydrates. And worse than that, we really have...

Uncategorized / 20.06.2009

ilike-logo-orangeI think it’s safe to say that social media is here to stay. In the six month since launching the Joy Trip Project I’ve managed to connect with thousands of people all over the world. I've managed to jump on just about every social media platform imaginable and the latest is the music site iLike. The JTP isn't necessarily a provider of music. But as a series of MP3 files with audio featuring musical elements I figured it might make sense to use this service to hopefully make the stories bring to you every week a little easier to listen to and hopefully share with your friends. Find the new iLike fan page for the Joy Trip Project at: http://www.ilike.com/artist/The+Joy+Trip+Project [polldaddy poll=1725623] So far I’ve been really lucky. Several supporters of my work have made it possible for me to travel a little and gather more compelling content. I aim to keep that going with several new editions of the podcast coming out, plus new posts to this blog and the photo stream throughout the summer. As it turns out though, finding these stories isn’t hard. There’s no shortage of interesting people doing exciting things with their lives, many for the benefit of others. The challenge is in packaging all these stories and delivering them to you in a manner that is convenient for you to enjoy. I hope iLike will help.
Uncategorized / 16.06.2009

I just donated $20 to This American Life. A plea for cash came across my Facebook groups update list asking members to support the show’s free podcast. Apparently it costs $150,000 just to accommodate the bandwidth. So I plunked down my credit card and forked over the money. As the Joy Trip Project struggles to meet its own fundraising goals I’d frankly feel like a hypocrite if I didn’t pony up to support those with similar objectives. Supporting TAL is a no-brainer because at some point I’d love nothing...

Podcast / 15.06.2009

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="255" caption="Quang-Tuan Luong"][/caption] In most films by Ken Burns like the Brooklyn Bridge, Jazz, The Civil War or Baseball he uses historical archive photographs that show us snap shots of time long past. And though there are plenty of old photos in his latest film “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea,” Burns also uses modern images taken by naturalist photographer Quang Toan Luong. Luong’s images feature prominently in Burns’ National Parks film series due to premiere on PBS station nation wide in late September. Having visited all...

Madison, Triathlon / 14.06.2009

I'll be the first to admit it. This is one I kind of phoned this one in. I almost didn't make out in time to get this series of photographs you'll find at : http://www.jamesedwardmills.com/The_Joy_Trip_Project/Photos/Pages/Capitol_View_Triathlon.html I completely missed the swim start and just barely made it in time to see the bike and run finishes. But frankly it was far too  gorgeous a Sunday morning to miss this fabulous event.  Everyone was in high spirits and great form. Please post your comments and highlights....

Bikes, Madison / 14.06.2009

  IMG_6695 Late last night we heard a crash. Must have been about 2 in the morning. My wife and I thought it was kids playing with fireworks in the cemetery behind our house. That's not an unusual sound to hear this close to July 4th. Beats the hell out of the sound of gunfire. After the dogs stopped barking we rolled over and went back to sleep. But when we woke up this morning we discovered one of the huge maple trees in our back yard had lost a limb. It had to be 40 inches in diameter at its base and its mass of branches and leaves completely covered the Capital City bike path.