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For my DC area foodie friends: Bev Eggleston of EcoFriendly Foods, who sells the most amazing pork products ever at the Couthouse Farmer's Market, will be doing his own pop-up restaurant at EatsPlace in Petworth this weekend. If you have the chance, go check it out! It's near the metro in case you're snowed in.

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For those of you that may not know, I have been working on a "Distributed Applications Book" on Github. 

Thats in quotes because its not really a book, in that there's no print or even e-book version of it, and because its sort of loosely about distributed applications - it touches on many subjects I find myself re-explaining frequently.

This is a work in progress, so any feedback is appreciated!

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You should have eaten it. Organic chicken is expensive.
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Great track heard in Northside Social today.

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How to do dependency injection within an application using Guice, a lightweight DI framework.

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A spooky cell-phone HDR shot captured in Newark Penn Station, just in time for Halloween.

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DC has a truly magical past. One looks at old photographs and renderings of the city and can feel the energy and enthusiasm of the culture that created the scenes they depict. It begs the question: what does the architecture of DC today say about the history since the 1870's? What do current plans say about today?
This is what we used to be:

Let's date this photo to 1879.  What are we looking at?  This is a photo probably taken from the top of the Smithsonian Castle (begun 1847, completed 1855).  You can see the curve of yet-to-be-named Jefferson Drive SW at center-bottom.  The view is looking west.  The tree-lined road across the bottom of the photo is 12th Street SW.

The building to the left is the original Department of Agriculture building, begun August 2, 1867, and completed September 1, 1868. The brick building was designed by legendary D.C. architect Adolph Cluss (the "Red Architect", for both his socialist political views and his love of red brick).  The circular structure and white pathways to the right (north) of the Agriculture building are its botanical gardens, built from 1867 to 1879.

The tree-lined roadway just visible mid-photo is 14th Street SW.

Beyond that is the unfinished Washington Monument.  Since the botanical gardens are complete, the earliest this image could have been taken is 1879.  Construction is clearly going on at the Monument, on which construction also began (again) in 1879 after nearly a half-century hiatus.  But since only a little work has been done, it must be very early in the construction process.  This allows us to date the work to 1879 (possibly 1880, but no later surely).

Beyond the Monument is the Potomac River.  Yes, kiddies, that's the original shoreline.  Nothing of the National Mall existed west of the Monument or south of Constitution Avenue (then known as B Street).  

The big pond-like body of water to the right (north) of the Monument is the outlet of Tiber Creek.  The creek once ran roughly from Union Station southwest to Constitution Avenue, and then along Constitution Avenue to this big tidal inlet.  (B Street at the time was about half as wide as it is today.  You can see the narrow, tree-lined road running diagonally on the right side of the photograph and terminating at 17th Street.  It wouldn't be widened and extended until they built Arlington Memorial Bridge, and it was completed about 1933.)

Notice how a construction causeway has been built across Tiber Creek's inlet.

Beyond that is the Potomac.  We know that this photo had to be taken prior to 1881, because that's the year the Corps of Engineers began filling in the Tiber Creek tidal inlet and extending the shoreline west and south to form the land we have today.  (All this land is somewhat hilly.  On purpose:  It forms a levee so that the Potomac can't flood downtown any more.)

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There's clearly a lot of preferential treatment on these types of issues. There's also apartment buildings next door that don't look very Victorian-period either. Unfortunately many neighborhoods that seem within the realm of salvation often face razing first.
If you travel on Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE between the 11th Street Bridges and the Anacostia Metro station, you will see the below on the southeast side of the block bounded by Maple View Place SE and Morris Road SE:  the now-shuttered Big K convenience store (which has a preschool and playground in the rear), an empty lot, and then four Victorian-style (sort of) homes. two of them are set far, far back from the road.  All the homes are abandoned.

This is 2226, 2228, 2234, 2238 and 2252 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE.

Two of the homes are contributing properties to the Anacostia Historic District.  Two are not, and neither is the ugly commercial building that used to house Big K.

An unnamed developer wanted to move to of the houses to an undisclosed location.  The rest of the properties would be torn down and a six-story residential and retail building constructed.

The D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board unanimously denied the entire project.  It said moving the two houses was not compatible with law governing the historic district. The Board called the six-story development incompatible with the historic district (even though the new Salvation Army headquarters across the street is five stories tall... six if you include mechanical penhouses and rooftop recreational facilities). 

The Board said it might approve retaining the two houses if they were kept pretty much on site, just moved around on the block.

My take on this?  Moving the houses even a few feet destroys their historic integrity.  Period.

But so what?  The houses are abandoned and falling apart.  Within a few years, they will have been torched or fallen down or collapsed.  No one is going to live in them, no one is going to renovate them, no one is going to make this residential again. No one famous has lived in the houses, there are hundreds of similar examples of such housing in the historic district, and the homes are neither good examples of Victorian architecture nor are they excellently constructed nor do they exhibit signs of unique construction or any other historic value of any kind.  They just have the poor luck of being within the boundary of the district.

In the meantime, decent housing for the people of Anacostia is desperately needed.  New retail in the area is desperately needed.  The razing of these abandoned, decrepit homes is desperately needed so they don't become hangouts for drug dealers. Until they are gone, no one is going to redevelop the parking lot across the street, either.

At some point, historic preservation has to give way to human need.

It hasn't in Anacostia.  And that's sad.

So I'm starting to finally come around to G+ instant upload, but my Nikon doesn't support it and I feel like managing photos on it is quite laborious. Is anyone aware of a way to make the Nikon connect to G+ auto upload?

I've seen the wifi cards like the Eye-Fi and feel like they're still a bit overcomplicated.

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Ugh... this is unfortunately true.
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